Maybe you want to do something other than ride your bike and eat while you’re here. Coupla things real quick:
The Deane Nature Preserve is a semi-steep hike up the ridge to a lovely overlook of Lake St. Catherine. Accessing the trailhead can feel a little weird. You walk through the private property of a cool cottage, cross a bridge over a pond (where you’ll scope some interesting sculptures). You’ll find raspberries in the field at the bottom and wild blueberries at the top if you happen to be around in the right season. It’s owned by Green Mountain College which, at the time of this writing, is on track to close at the end of the current semester. We don’t know what that’ll mean for the Deane Preserve so before you head over just check in and figure out if it’s still open to the public.
One last thing!
The Lake Saint Catherine State Park entrance is about 5 miles south from the shop down Route 30. It’s a fine place to camp, family friendly, with showers and real toilets (oh my!). You’ll have access to the lake, which has a nice beach for swimming, and kayaks you can rent. The Lake itself if about 7 miles long, so you could easily spend a couple days paddling around at a gentle pace. In the winter, the park closes for camping, but you can still get in to XC ski, and when the lake freezes up in the winter you’ll find ice fisherpeople driving around and drilling fishing holes near their shanties. We recommend taking out fat bikes with studded tires on the frozen water, it’s pretty surreal (and mostly not terrifying, just don’t think about it too hard!).
This is just a short list of the resources in our neck of the woods, we’d love to tell you more, so don’t be afraid to ask!