Route 100 Road Trip: 20 Places to Stop Along the Way
October 20, 2017
For anyone visiting Vermont, a Route 100 road trip is often at the top of their list. Vermont’s Route 100 stretches 216 scenic miles along the spine of the Green Mountains through 33 classic villages and towns, from Stamford to Pittsfield to Westfield.
Some of the state’s most notable ski areas and attractions can be found along the scenic Vermont route, including Mount Snow, Okemo, Sugarbush, the Vermont Country Store, and Ben & Jerry’s.
Starting at the Massachusetts border, Vermont’s Route 100 travels north-south and ends just below Newport. Route 100, which earliest origins date back to the 1700s, follows rivers and the contours of the Vermont landscape, making it one of the most beautiful and popular roads in the Green Mountain State.
Where to Stop on Your Route 100 Road Trip
Sticky Fingers Bakery on Route 100 in West Dover
Since first opening in May 2010, Sticky Fingers Bakery has made a name for itself as a local bakery. Being located on Vermont’s Route 100 makes it easily accessible. Serving homemade pastries, ice cream, desserts, cookies, breads, and celebration cakes, Sticky Fingers is worth the trip. (210 VT-100, West Dover; 802-464-9463; stickyfingersvermontbakery.com)
A Vermont Scenic Drive to Mount Snow in West Dover
As one of the very first ski areas on the East Coast, Mount Snow offers skiing, mountain biking, golf, hiking trails, and children’s summer camps. With a summit elevation of 3,600 feet, Mount Snow offers 87 trails and a variety of terrain for beginner, intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders. In the summer and fall, this Route 100 ski area an incredible place to explore the outdoors with scenic views and a dynamic mountain biking trail system. (West Dover; 800-245-SNOW; mountsnow.com)
Meulemans’ Craft Drafts in Rawsonville
Like beer? So do the folks at Meulemans. This roadside beer store at the junction of Routes 30 and 100 offers an extensive beer list, from Burlington Beer Orbital Elevator to Trout River Rainbow Red to 14th Star Maple Breakfast Stout. They also stock hard cider and plenty of non-Vermont beers, including Brown’s Oatmeal Stout and New Belgium’s Fat Tire. Cans, bottles, and growlers available. Be sure to put Meulemans on your must-list for your next Route Vermont road trip. (8814 Route 30, Rawsonville; 802-297-9333; craftdraughts.com)
Honeypie in Rawsonville
The couple behind the James-Beard nominated SoLo Farm and Table opened Honeypie in an old Route 100 gas station in Rawsonville, just across the street from Meulemans’ Craft Drafts. Owned by Wesley and Chloe Genovart, Honeypie offers a tasty selection of burgers, chicken sandwiches, house-made sausage sandwiches, fries, beer, wine, soft drinks, and milkshakes. (8811 Route 30, Rawsonville; 802-548-4999; eatathoneypie.com)
Vermont Country Store in Weston
Owned and operated by the Orton family since 1946, the Vermont Country Store in Weston started as a small mail-order business before becoming one of Vermont’s top visitor destinations. And its location on Route 100 in Weston is as pretty as it gets in Vermont. The store is known for selling practical, offbeat, and hard-to-find items, such as Dr. Scholl’s sandals and children’s Fisher Price record players. The Vermont Country Store also carries jewelry, classic kitchenware, soap, cheese, candy and much more. (657 Main Street/Route 100, Weston; 802-824-3184; vermontcountrystore.com)
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo ski area that is home to 121 trails and five mountain areas that include Jackson Gore Peak, Solitude Peak, South Face, Glades Peak and South Ride. The year-round Adventure Zone is sure to please all ages, and mountain biking and golf make this southern Vermont resort the perfect outdoor playground. (77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow; 800-78-OKEMO; okemo.com)
Green Mountain Sugar House in Ludlow
This family-owned maple sugaring business on Route 100 got its start more than 50 years ago, when David and Marjorie Harlow opened a sugarhouse near the shore of Lake Pauline. In 1985, the couple sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Doug Rose. They continue the tradition of tapping trees, boiling sap, and packing syrup into jugs and glass bottles. They also make their own maple candy, maple cream, and maple nut brittle. Don’t forget to order a maple creemee while you’re there. (820 Route 100, Ludlow; 800-643-9338; gmsh.com)
-The view from Killington peak
Killington Resort: Skiing, Hiking & More Near Route 100
Killington gives skiers and riders of all levels a choice of wide-open groomed cruisers, narrow classic New England runs, moguls, and trees. The resort, which is home to six mountains and an Adventure Center, is also where you’ll find professional women skiers racing at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Thanksgiving Weekend. In the summer, you can golf, mountain bike, and hike. The mountain’s access road near the intersection of Route 100 and Route 4 has plenty of options for dining, lodging, and shopping. If you’re looking for a great meal, try one of our favorites, The Foundry. (4763 Killington Road, Killington; 800-734-9435; killington.com)
Original Country Store in Pittsfield
The Original General Store is a perfect stopping point on Route 100. The store sells coffee, snacks, beer, pizza, breakfast sandwiches and even features a well-stocked wine cellar. (3963 Route 100, Pittsfield; www.vermontsoriginalstore.com)
The Rochester Cafe & Country Store
This wonderful spot for breakfast and lunch is a must when you’re passing through the beautiful town of Rochester on Vermont’s scenic Route 100. The Rochester Cafe & Country Store is located in the heart of town and offers plenty of local food and flavor. The cafe has been around since 1985, and the building dates back to the mid-1800s. Once home to a local drug store with a popular soda fountain (frequented by Robert Frost on a hot summer day), the building is part of what is historically known as the Trask Block. Other enterprises in the building have included a bank, town library, dentist office, funeral parlor, and video shop. Those are long gone, but the old-fashion soda fountain at The Rochester Cafe & Country Store is still making customers happy. (55 North Main Street/Route 100, Rochester; http://rochestercafe.com)
Moss Glen Falls in Granville: A Route 100 Highlight
A must-see stop on your Route 100 road trip includes Moss Glen Falls, a magnificent 30-foot waterfall. The falls are located on the western edge of Route 100 in the Granville Gulf Reservation, a six-mile, winding stretch of untouched wilderness between Rochester and Warren. (Route 100, Granville)
The Warren Store just off Route 100
At the Warren Store, you’ll find everything from fine wine to deli sandwiches to CBD products and silver earrings. The building that houses the store dates back to 1839 when it was constructed as a stagecoach inn and boarding house. Over the years, the building has been used as a post office, local library, funeral parlor, and hardware store. The store was sold in 2020 to Sadie Dog, LLC, owned by George Dorsey of Middlebury. On your Route 100 road trip, take a slight turn onto Main Street in Warren to visit this gem of a general store. (284 Main Street, Warren; 802-496-3864; warrenstore.com)
With 111 trails spread across two mountains—Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen—Sugarbush has something for skiers and riders of all ages and levels. Trails on Castle Rock are known for being among the most natural and challenging expert terrain around. In the summer and fall, enjoy hiking, a zipline, downhill biking, scenic lift rides, and more. (102 Forrest Drive, Warren; 800-537-8427; sugarbush.com)
American Flatbread in Waitsfield
George Schenk arrived to the Mad River Valley in 1979 as a ski bum. After working in local restaurants, he started making wood-fired, clay oven flatbreads. In 1990, he opened American Flatbread along Route 100 in Waitsfield, and the rest is history. Pizzas are baked in a primitive, wood-fired oven heated to 800 degrees and served to guests in the cozy Lareau Farm dining room. With an emphasis on local produce, American Flatbread is more than your average pizza joint. It’s a slice of Vermont. (40 Laureau Road, Route 100, Waitsfield; 802-496-8856; americanflatbread.com)
Prohibition Pig in Waterbury
Once home to the widely-acclaimed Alchemist brewery (until Hurricane Irene heavily damaged the building in 2011), Prohibition Pig came onto the scene the following year. The restaurant has made a solid name for itself, serving up frothy house-brewed IPAs and ales, as well as local beers from Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest. Come for the beer and stay for the outstanding comfort food, which includes poutine, chicken and biscuits, and beef brisket. (23 South Main Street/Route 100, Waterbury; 802-244-4120; prohibitionpig.com)
-courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury
No Vermont Route 100 road trip is complete without a stop at Ben & Jerry’s. The Green Mountain’s most popular tourist attraction is also one of the tastiest places to visit. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who started scooping their famous Vermont ice cream 40 years ago, are the guys behind Cherry Garcia, Heath Bar Crunch, and Chunky Monkey. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the Route 100 factory for the scoop shop, as well as 30-minute tours and gift shop (restarting in January 2022) . (1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road/Route 100, Waterbury; 866-258-6877; benandjerrys.com)
Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury Center
Cold Hollow Cider Mill is one of New England’s largest producers of fresh apple cider—last year they used 7.5 million pounds of apples. Cold Hollow draws busloads of visitors who watch cider being made on a vintage 1920 press, then sample the goods. While Cold Hollow has always been a place to pick up a variety of specialty foods like apple jelly, butters, and sauces, you can now add hard cider to the mix. Their relatively new hard cider, Barn Dance, is sold exclusively at Cold Hollow in the Apple Core Luncheonette & Brew. (3600 Waterbury-Stowe Road/Route 100, Waterbury Center; 800-3-APPLES; coldhollow.com)
Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe
The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum on Route 100 celebrates Vermont’s remarkable skiing and snowboarding history—showcasing everything from snowsuit fashion to lift technology. The museum, which houses more than 7,700 ski items, rotates exhibits annually and highlights pioneers of Vermont skiing in its hall of fame. (1 South Main Street/Route 100, Stowe; 802-253-9911; vtssm.com)
Westfield General Store
The Westfield General Store is about as Vermonty as it gets on your Route 100 road trip. Located 15 minutes from Jay Peak Resort, the store is known for its friendly staff, tasty sandwiches, and local vibe. Its deli offers everything from shepherds pie to Reubens to beef fried rice. (17 North Hill Road, Westfield; 802-744-2223; facebook.com/WestfieldGeneralStore)
Couture’s Maple Shop & B&B in Westfield
Not far from the Canadian border is Couture’s Maple Shop, a long-established maple producer selling maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream, maple barbeque sauce, and more. In addition to their maple syrup business, owners Jacques and Pauline Couture run a small B&B in their 1892 farmhouse, as well as operate a dairy farm on the property. (560 Route 100, Westfield; 802-744-2733; maplesyrupvermont.com)
What are some of your favorite places to stop on a Vermont Route 100 road trip?
Jean and John DennisonPosted at 07:52h, 21 October
We own The Troy Country Store on route 100 in Troy. We are known for having the lowest gas prices around! Often the lowest in the state! With all that driving and sight seeing you’re sure to need gas! And we have a nice selection of conveniences, Vermont products and an awesome craft beer and wine selection. ?
EricaPosted at 08:55h, 22 October
Thanks, Jean and John! I will have to check it out. Thanks for the suggestion!
Lucille RainvillePosted at 12:14h, 22 October
Love the Troy Store there are more smaller local finds along Rt 100. Take your time and stop in the smaller local villages to enjoy Vermony.
EricaPosted at 10:20h, 23 October
Absolutely, Lucille! Thanks for saying hello. -Erica
VirginiaPosted at 09:36h, 23 October
How about the “other” Moss Glen Falls in Stowe? It’s also beautiful…. but then simply driving Rte 100 is great.
EricaPosted at 10:19h, 23 October
That is very true, Virginia! Great suggestion! Thank you – Erica