RICHMOND-The historic town of Richmond is located southeast of Burlington in the foothills of the Green Mountains. ThIS town of 4,000 residents sits on the Winooski River nestled between the bustle of Burlington and the mountains. It is easily accessible by Interstate 89 or U.S. Route 2, which passes through downtown Richmond. Now that the Richmond Bridge has reopened after five months of closure, the entire town can readily be accessed from all directions.
Located about ten minutes from Taft's Corners in Williston, Richmond not only makes a great side trip after shopping in the Burlington area but is also a great place to spend a day or even spend a weekend at one of the area's bed and breakfasts.
There are plenty of locally owned businesses to shop in Richmond including places to buy gifts, antiques, toys, books, clothing, apparel, footwear, flowers, hardware and home supplies, beverages, pet supplies, bicycle supplies and services, automotive supplies and services, food and groceries including freshly baked bread and of course restaurants of all kinds for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure to call ahead because some businesses are closed on Mondays.
If you're not in the mood for shopping, there are plenty of other things to do in the area as well. Visit the 1813 Round Church, one of the oldest community churches in the country. Visit one of Richmond's parks. Go skiing at Cochran's famous ski area or nearby Bolton Valley resort and lodge. Drive through Richmond to check out the fall foliage.
Come see all that this unique town has to offer. For more information about Richmond visit www.richmondvt.com or www.richmondvermont.com.
Special thanks to Chubby Robin Gifts for their contributions to this article.