05477 = 18 easy minutes to Burlington, 18 easy minutes to Waterbury, non-profit skiing, the round church, and some pretty great food. Contact Kathy if you have questions or would like more information about the area.
Richmond, 05477, is a small town of approximately 4000, in Chittenden County in the foothills of the Green Mountains and on the eastern edge of the Champlain Valley. Surrounding Richmond are Jericho, Bolton, Huntington, and Williston. Richmond makes for an easy commute to its neighboring town of Williston and is just an 18-minute drive to either downtown Burlington or the Waterbury/Stowe exits. Some even find themselves commuting (half hour drive) to the State’s capital Montpelier. It is one of the most affordable communities in Chittenden County, only seconds from Interstate 89, and a very short drive to Bolton Valley Ski Resort, making it one of the most popular alternatives to the areas immediately surrounding Burlington.
Richmond is home to one of Vermont’s most memorable monuments, the Old Round Church, built in 1812-13 and on the National Historic Register. The church is known for its unique construction, drawing historians, tourists (both native and visiting), artists, and pleasantly surprised passersby. Enjoy the summer and fall concert series, and be prepared to find yourself invited to a wedding at this unique venue.
Students will attend Richmond Elementary School for grades PreK-4, followed by Camels Hump Middle School, then moving onto Mount Mansfield Union High School, with its 10 out of 10 rating, located in the neighboring town of Jericho, for grades 9-12.
On the Landscape
Bolton Valley Ski Resort is just 15 minutes from Richmond…a ski resort can’t get any closer than this!! Bolton Valley Ski resort is a unique, high mountain alpine ski village surrounded by over 5,000 pristine acres. It focuses on the family ski ability which offers an array of terrain, whether it be for the beginner or advanced skier/snowboarder. With numerous winter weather activities offered and breathtaking vista views, restaurants, bars, and entertainment, it’s a great, reasonably priced place option for family winter fun!
Cochran’s Ski Area is the Vermont ski area for kids, operating as a not-for-profit (the nation’s first tax-exempt ski area!) on Cochrans Road in Richmond. With national sponsors, an absolutely dedicated family of supporters (the Cochran family since 1961), a loyal legion of volunteers, snowmaking, an upgraded lodge, lifts, and substantial programming, Cochran’s serves over 500 area school children each year under the motto “No child will be denied the opportunity to ski or ride.”
Whether biking the popular 55-mile loop around Camels Hump, hiking the historic long trail maintained by the Green Mountain Club, skiing Bolton, Cochrans, or the Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center’s Nordic trails, diving into the Bolton Potholes on a hot day or loitering under the waterfalls of Huntington Gorge, the “Western Slopes” area has several special recreational opportunities. In Richmond proper, you’ll find Volunteers Green offers a playground and playing fields. Cyclists come from far and wide for several local routes. In addition to the Camels Hump loop, the challenging ride over the Appalachian Gap (the “App Gap”) begins at one end, at the Richmond Park & Ride. Hike Camels Hump via the Burrows Trail in Huntington, and try Bolton for several challenging climbs, including Bolton Quarry for ice climbing.
Just a 15-minute drive from Richmond, you’ll find Mills Riverside Park, with its 216 acres of open meadow and wooded areas, and with incredible vistas of Mt. Mansfield. You’ll find good fishing on Browns River and wonderful picnicking at the pond. Great hiking and cross country ski trails make it a popular destination. The “off leash” dog runs bring countless canines from near and far. Perhaps its most unique spot is the beautiful post and beam pavilion in the meadows, central to a great summer concert series.
The Underhill State Park is located within Vermont's 39,837-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest, lying at about 2000 ft. elevation on the west slope of the state's highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, at 4,393 ft. A small campground, picnic grounds, and facilities, plus four outstanding trails leading up to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, make the Underhill State Park a must-do for hikers.
A Bit About Dining
The Kitchen Table Bistro is Richmond’s choice for fine dining offers locals and loyalists from neighboring towns a wonderful culinary experience. The restaurant operates out of a historic Farm House just off Interstate 89, where not much excepting the kitchen has been modified from the original structure. A minimal shaker style atmosphere spread throughout several small rooms, and on both floors, offers an unusual and intimate experience. With much of their food sourced locally, and therefore seasonally inspired, the menu is pure inspiration.
The charming Toscano Café and Bistro on Bridge Street is a family-owned Mediterranean-inspired bistro run by a dedicated husband and wife team. In addition, you’ll find the Sonoma Station, also on Bridge Street, offers elegant American cuisine with a global influence. The Bridge Street Café is the casual choice for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner, offering biscuits and gravy to eggplant parmigiana and pizza.
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