Downtown, shoppers can explore several locally owned shops that offer unique gifts and items for the home—vintage, antique, modern and homemade, as well as a variety of clothing and accessory stores. Many stores sell authentic Vermont made products for visitors from all over. Sports and outdoor enthusiasts can find everything they need for athletic apparel and outdoor gear, and book lovers will be right at home at the local book shop on Main Street.
The variety of restaurants in Middlebury is most impressive for a small Vermont town. It is home to international restaurants and American steakhouses, pizzerias and ice cream shops, bakeries and taverns. A variety that is fit for families with kids or couples for a date night. Old fashioned root beer floats at the local carhop, and specialty drinks at the tea shop are a couple of town favorites!
Explore the many art galleries, historical sights and the Henry Sheldon Museum. Almost from the year of its founding, Middlebury has been a town of significance in the state of Vermont—a leader in invention, manufacturing, agriculture, and education. As early as 1810 the booming village on the Otter inspired President Timothy Dwight of Yale to write: “On the whole Middlebury is one of the most prosperous and most virtuous towns in New England.”