Barre is a great place to spend a weekend. Build your personalized adventure by pairing two or more of Barre’s unique attractions – high quality cultural, entertainment, and outdoor recreational experiences – with breakfast or lunch at one of our local cafes and dinner at a downtown restaurant. The Granite Capital of the World is home to unique museums, diverse eateries, vibrant visual and performing arts, and one of the Top Ten mountain biking trail systems in New England.
Pack a picnic lunch and hike through the stunning Barre Town Forest or ride single track through Gnome Man’s Land at Millstone Trails during the day, then see a fabulous headliner at Barre Opera House that evening. Make sure to look for all the unique stone carvings and historical markers as you work up an appetite for dinner at the Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen before the show.
Spend an afternoon learning all about Barre’s granite industry of yesteryear and today at Rock of Ages Visitors Center & Quarry Tour, and make sure you get to Hope Cemetery to see the incredible artistry of the unusual memorials there. Afterwards, experience a perfect summer evening at the races at Thunder Road Speedbowl. Grab dinner at the Quarry Kitchen before, or go all out at the concession.
Join a morning art class or view eclectic works in the galleries at Studio Place Arts and stop for lunch at Morse Block Deli while discovering Barre’s downtown granite sculptures along the Art Stroll. After lunch, head over to the Vermont Granite Museum to learn hands-on about the history of granite quarrying and sculpture and see contemporary stone artists working their craft at the Stone Arts School.
Downtown Barre offers a number of great dining choices, from classic diners, bakeries and hip coffee shops to world class delis, pizzerias, casual grills and sophisticated pubs. Start your adventure with a hearty breakfast, then break for a sit-down lunch or pick up sandwiches for a picnic. Have dinner out at the end of a fun-filled day, or before the show or the races begin.