"Townshend: A Friendly Place in Vermont's Snowbelt" Townshend by Phantis

Townshend Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 2 photos

Townshend's attractions

Townshend is your standard sleepy Vermont town. The Chevy Chase movie "Funny Farm" was filmed here, which is why there's a very nice gazebo on the town green. The Townshend Lake, created by the Townshend Dam, has a beautiful beach and great swimming during the short summer. There are several places to camp, including the Townshend Family Park, and the West River is great for canoeing and tubing. There's a covered bridge, a driving range, the famous Townshend Dam Diner, several antique shops, a stuffed animal museum and factory, and several bed and breakfasts to make your home, if only temporarily.

Let it snow

Townshend is in the Southern Vermont snowbelt, which means it gets hit with quite a bit of powder every year. In 2002, the last snow of the season fell on April 28, and the first fell on October 28. Do the math--that is 6 full months of winter! Whenever a chance of snow is forecasted for the area, you can bet that if flurries are going to fall, they'll fall in or near Townshend. It is within 20 miles of 4 ski resorts; Magic Mountain to the north, Bromley to the west, Mt. Snow to the south, and Stratton to the southwest.

Other things to do

Within a short and beautiful drive of Townshend are many of Southern Vermont's best shopping areas. If you travel south from Townshend on Rte. 30, you'll pass by Dutton's Farmstand, an area staple for many years, where you can buy fresh produce, just-baked pies and bread, and gardening supplies. If you continue south, you'll reach Brattleboro, a very eclectic "city" with lots of galleries, restaurants, relatively cheap hotels, and interesting stores (and people). If cheese is your passion, you should take Rte. 35 north from the Townshend Green, which will take you to the charming villiage of Grafton. The Grafton Cheese Company makes the best cheddar in the world (I saw it on the Food Network, so it's got to be true!) and you are welcome to taste all of their cheeses, feed a cow, and if you're there on a weekday, watch them make the cheese. To the northwest of Townshend on rte. 30 is Jamaica, a quirky town with galleries and gift shops, and if you keep going, you'll reach Manchester, outlet store heaven. There is everything from Land's End to Giorgio Armani in Manchester, and some of the state's best restaurants are found there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Snow, friendly people, a laid back way of life, natural beauty everywhere
  • Cons:Snow
  • In a nutshell:Get outside and enjoy it!
  • Last visit to Townshend: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Feb 3, 2004 at 1:48 AM

    Lisa, many many happy returns of the day. Wishing you a happy birthday and all the best in future. Greetings from India. Nice page and tips.

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    May 21, 2003 at 6:43 AM

    Ah yes the Dam Dinner the best Dam food in Vermont.Like this area,lived in Jamaica for 1 year wile looking for my home.


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