Poultney & Castleton, Vermont
Poultney and Castleton are picturesque New England towns located just north of Pond Mountain Inn. Castleton is home to Castleton University, founded in 1787, is the oldest institution of higher education in Vermont and 18th oldest in the United States (Approximate Travel Times: 20 & 30 Minutes)
The Essential Guide to Poultney & Castleton
Taco Experiment: Poultney. Home-made tacos with high-quality ingredients, and $10 will buy three of any of their tacos or add a dollar and splurge on a special. Dinner for two with a drink is less than $25.00!
Noteworthy Poultney Restaurants: Tap’s Tavern • Perry’s Main Street Eatery • Poultney House of Pizza • Full Belly Deli.
Kinder Way Coffeehouse at the Depot (Amtrak Station): Castleton, 802.468.3400. Mark and Ericka serve up warmth and smiles with fabulous baked goods, simple food, and local artisanal farm products! There is an ever-increasing variety of vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products, primarily organic and natural. The spacious dining area is bright, casual. Well worth the drive!
Castleton Village Store: Castleton, 802.468.2213. The 100-year-old general store provides one of the area’s most extensive wine selections. Stop by for local beers, farmstead cheeses, cured meats and baked goods.
Blue Cat Bistro: Castleton, 802.468.2791. The Bistro offers a number of traditional Italian specialties with locally sources ingredients that are enhanced by a nice selection of fine wines. Experience the “fiber optic light show” in the ceiling that feels like a starry Tuscan evening with an occasional shooting star!
Roxies: Castleton, 802.468.2800. Classic Vermont Summer Tradition. A great place for burgers, fries, ice cream, milkshakes! Plenty of parking, easy to find just west of Castleton Corners. Fast service, little playground for kids, picnic tables, just yummy food for decent prices.
Taconic Mountains Ramble: Castleton/Hubbarton, 802.273.2997. Vermont’s newest state park contains numerous trails located on steep, rocky, challenging terrain. The Japanese garden is accessed by a very steep, hilly trail. This is not a developed park with no facilities.
Bird Mountain Wildlife Management Area: Castleton, Poultney & Ira. This 770-acre park with 2,216-foot towering cliffs on this Hershey kiss-shaped hunk of rock are home to the world’s fastest bird – the peregrine falcon. A short hike to Gulley Brook is well worth seeing.
Hubbardton Battlefield: Castleton. The battle of Hubbardton, fought in the green hills of Hubbardton in the early morning of July 7, 1777, was the only Revolutionary War battle fought entirely in what would become Vermont soil. The permanent exhibit tells the story of the Battle of Hubbardton by placing it in the larger context of the Saratoga Campaign and the Revolutionary War.
Lake Bomoseen State Park: Castleton, 802.265.4242. The 3,576-acre park is located in the Taconic Mountains on the shores of Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within Vermont’s borders. Well worth visiting that includes a public beach, marinas, boat launch and 3-4 restaurants (The Lake House Pub & Grille • The Palms At Prospect Bay • Lake Bomoseen Lodge Taproom).