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Barre is often thought of as the little sister to Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, that’s just down the road from it. The two are nearly equal in size and have a similar number of hotels, eateries, and cultural attractions. The town was founded in the late 1700s but really began to boom a few decades later with the opening of nearby granite quarries.
This boom continued with the arrival of the railroad, which increased efficiency when shipping the massive loads of rock. Sculptors found the rock’s fine grain to be perfect for outdoor sculptures and particularly sought after Barre’s granite. Today, the Rock of Ages granite quarry outside of Barre is the largest quarry in the world and a tourist attraction in itself.
Vermont is a nature lovers dream, with verdant green hills, snow-capped peaks, and the glistening blue waters of Lake Champlain. Ask any resident about their favorite activities, and you’re sure to get a list of outdoor adventures. When you book an RV in Barre, you can see all that the mountains around Vermont’s capital region have to offer. The tallest peak in the state, Mount Mansfield, isn’t too far from Barre and is quite popular with its residents and the university students in Burlington. There’s also the Camel’s Hump hike, which has some stunning views of Lake Champlain.
You can’t visit Vermont in the winter without doing at least a little bit of skiing. When you get a camper rental in Barre, you’ll be within a short drive of several resorts, including Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Bolton Valley, Mad River Glen, and Sugarbush. If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, there are also some great cross-country tracks in the area. You can also rent your own gear in town (including snowshoes) and head off on one of the many trails nearby.
For something a little closer to town, take a stroll along the south side of the Winooski River in Montpelier. The trail is popular with joggers and families looking for a quiet place to picnic. If you get hungry along the way, there are plenty of great places to eat just a few minutes away.
When you choose a travel trailer rental in Barre, you’ll have quite a few RV park and campground options. One of the closest ones is the Lazy Lion Campground near Graniteville, which offers full hookups, a dump station, and laundry facilities. If you’re going to visit the Rock of Ages quarry, this is one of the nearest campsites to it.
Another choice is the Limehurst Lake Campground in Williamstown, which sits on the banks of a gorgeous mountain lake. In addition to the usual campground amenities of full hookups, a dump station, and a playground, they also have boat rentals available to use on the lake. If you’ve brought along a four-legged friend, there’s a dog park and a short walking trail around the lake. Northeast of Barre, in the town of Plainville, there’s also the Onion River Campground, one of the most picturesque parks in Vermont. It’s often used for wedding and photoshoots, and they have a full-service campground with hookups too.
If you’re accustomed to camping in Walmart parking lots, one of the closest is in South Burlington. While that’s some distance from Barre, it’s not bad for a night or two, but be sure to ask for the manager’s permission before settling in for the night.
While Barre is quite small, there are a number of excellent attractions to explore when you rent an RV there; additionally, the towns of Montpelier, Northfield, Waterbury, and Stowe aren’t too far away. One of the more unique places to visit when you get an RV rental in Barre is the Vermont Granite Museum. Vermont is famous for the lustrous granite mined at the nearby Rock of Ages quarry and has been used for multiple large-scale projects. The Granite Museum chronicles the history of the quarry and the amazing pieces that have been sculpted from its rock.
Motorsports fans will love a day at the Thunder Road Speedbowl when they get a motorhome rental in Barre. It’s one of the best short tracks in the country and is a great place to see residents come out to support each other.
Looking for great nightlife in Barre? Check the calendar for the Barre Opera House. The theater is brimming with history (Theodore Roosevelt made a campaign speech from its balcony in 1912) but plays host to a number of popular musicians and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.