Quechee, Vermont is a picturesque community of fewer than 700 people, situated on the eastern border of Vermont about 10 miles from New Hampshire. Quechee was once a thriving mill town, today the Ottauquechee River serves as a beautiful backdrop and recreation source. Quechee's scenic country side attracts many visitors to the area throughout the year.
Spend Time Outside in Quechee
Quechee State Park is a popular hiking destination among residents and tourists alike. The park, which is located along Route 4 in Quechee, features 7 lean-to sites and 45 tent/trailer sites. The Focal point of Quechee State Park is the Quechee Gorge, which is sometimes referred to as the "Little Grand Canyon of Vermont". The gorge, which is the deepest gorge in Vermont, reaches depths of 165 feet. The gorge can be viewed from the bridge on Route 4 as well as from trails that run along either side of the gorge. The Ottauquechee River flows through the bottom of the gorge and is popular among white water kayakers.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is a 47-acre campus dedicated to the rehabilitation of wildlife in the Quechee area. VINS is adjacent to Quechee State Park, that's open throughout the year. VINS features 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, and 3/4 of a mile of nature trails. Whether you are exploring trails or attending one of their education programs or exhibits, VINS is fun for the whole family!
Don't Miss the Hot Air Balloon Festival
Every year in June, Quechee hosts the Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival. The Quechee Balloon Festival is the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England. This three-day long festival features up to 20 hot air balloons with five flights scheduled throughout the weekend. There is also continuous live music and entertainment for all age groups, as well as over 60 artisans and commercial vendors. There are plenty of things for the kiddos to do, including a bounce house and rock climbing wall. Don't forget to bring your appetite, as there is plenty of festival food, healthy options, and a beer and wine garden.
Where to Eat in Quechee
The Mill at Simon Pearce is an award-winning restaurant located in Simon Pearce retail store and glass blowing studio on Main Street in Quechee. Travel and Leisure voted The Mill one of America's Most Romantic Restaurants. Thier dining rooms stretches out over the Ottauquechee River, featuring views of the Ottauquechee River Waterfall and covered bridge, which is only surpassed by the delicious, locally sourced menu. All of the tables are set with Simon Pearce glassware and pottery -- which you can watch come to life in the workshop located in the basement. Simon Pearce's ever changing American menu is perfect for a casual lunch or special occasions.
Dana's by the Gorge, located on Woodstock Road in Quechee, is popular among residents for breakfast and lunch. Their fairly large menu features classic New England favorites that are sure to delight.
The Parker House Inn, located next door to Simon Pearce on Main Street, is a charming, historic inn that features spectacular views of the Ottauquechee River and covered bridge. The bistro at the Parker House features a menu packed with Mediterranean Flavors that are sourced from New England farms. The quaint inn features stunning views of the Ottauquechee River and covered bridge.
Golf & Leisure in Quechee
The Quechee Club, located on Main Street in Quechee, is so much more than just an amazing golf course. The Quechee Club features 3 restaurants, Davidsons' which serves dinner Thursday - Saturday, The Base Lodge which serves breakfast and lunch daily, and Dewey's Deck, which is open to the public from Labor Day through Columbus Day and serves lunch on the weekend's and dinner Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays. The Quechee Club features two golf courses, Highland and Lakeland. The Highland Course has been rated among the top ten courses in the State of Vermont by Golf DIgest and spans 6,765 yards. The Lakeland Course measures approximately 6.570 yards and is a links-style course. The Quechee Club also features a fantastic pool, racquet sports courts, skiing, massage, and fitness classes.
Schools in Quechee
Quechee is part of the Hartford School District along with White River Junction, and Hartford. Students from Pre-K to 5th grade in Quechee attend the Ottauquechee School. 6th through 8th grade students attend the Hartford Memorial Middle School in Hartford. High School students attend Hartford High School. High School students also have the opportunity to attend the Hartford Area Career & Technology Center, which offers programs from culinary to welding. The Upper Valley Waldorf School is also located in Quechee. UVWS is an independent school serving students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.