With easy access to Stowe to the north and the Mad River Valley to the south, Waterbury is a great base for exploring Vermont, and has quite a few attractions of its own: some great restaurants, breweries, and of course, the Ben and Jerry’s factory.
Located just off highway 89, make sure to set aside some time in Waterbury if you’re on your way to Stowe or heading to Burlington. One of the main draws is the Prohibition Pig restaurant and brewery. They’re known for their smoked meat, such as the hand-sliced beef brisket, but also make a great burger and quite possibly the best mac n’ cheese around. The adjacent brewery offers a selection of house brewed beers, as well as offerings from other craft breweries. Set just across from “Pro pig,” as it’s known, the Blackback Pub is a cozy, local-friendly bar with a great beer selection on their 22 taps. It’s a great place to stop in, belly up to the bar and sample some local beers after a day of hiking or skiing.
For some fine dining, check out Hen of the Wood, which first opened in Waterbury in 2005 and later opened a popular sister restaurant in Burlington. Set in an old mill building, they offer locally sourced food, meticulously prepared and presented.
Before you getting into all that eating and drinking though, you might want to check out some of the local outdoor activities. Little River State Park and Waterbury Reservoir offers a range of hiking, boating, camping and fishing options, and nearby Perry Hill is often listed as some of the best (and most challenging) mountain biking in the state.