Visit the Buyways
The Goal of the Vermont Antique BuyWays is to provide you with all the tools needed to plan an efficient yet personalized Vermont antique hunting experience. We provide you with a number of manageable day long excursions, which can be easily combined into a multi-day vacation. Though each BuyWay is carefully laid out, our goal is to provide you the flexibility to customize each day and take advantage of the unexpected find or adventure.
We recognize that each buyer is looking for something different and we have attempted to list all possibilities with accurate and current assessments of what you will find, allowing you to focus on the shops most likely to satisfy your taste. The places of interest we suggest are all stops that we believe will be appreciated by those who value the past. The links we have provided, connecting you to web sites with complete listings of categories such as covered bridges, local breweries and vineyards, museums and historic sites, allow you to include stops that are of particular interest to you. Because we are antique lovers ourselves, we know that a good day is coming home with a great find, but a great day is the total experience that stays with you forever. Some will focus only on the hunt, but others may choose to take advantage of the various suggestions we have made, which we believe will help in turning a good day into a great day.
In the past, there were a number of routes in Vermont with a high density of antique shops. Unfortunately, over the last decade, as in many other antique areas, many shops have closed. Today you will find the greatest concentration of shops, over thirty, in the Winooski River Valley, connecting Barre and Burlington. In the last year alone, six new antique shops have opened there, creating a vitality found nowhere else in Vermont. This drive is now Vermont’s official antiques corridor and provides the perfect weekend excursion. The loops we suggest connect great antique shops while following some of the most scenic routes in Vermont.
We recommend Central Vermont as the most convenient location to base your Vermont Antique holiday. We are able to offer you discounted rates in Barre, Vermont’s premier antique center,with 10 antique and vintage shops. Located at the Crossroads of several major routes, it is the ideal base both for the Winooski Valley BuyWay and the three loops, 1A, 1B and 1C. We have also included suggested accommodations for BuyWays 2-5. These are generally Bed and Breakfasts conveniently located at the beginning or end of the BuyWays and, we believe, are especially well suited to antique hunters. Lastly we have included some recommendations for restaurants situated in the locations where you will most likely find yourself at lunchtime. We have eaten at each of these and can vouch for their uniqueness, quality and value.
The Winooski River Valley, which connects Barre to Burlington, has since prehistoric times been one of the few East/West pathways through the mountains that make up the back bone of Vermont. Today this pathway, with over 25 shops, is Vermont’s premier antiques corridor. It connects several historic Vermont communities with a wide variety of quality antiques. Since two days are needed to complete this excursion, we recommend the Winooski River BuyWay as Vermont’s perfect antique getaway weekend....Read more
Our first recommended day trip, after completing BuyWay 1, this buyway loop first heads east, following the ancient Coos Indian trail, used annually for centuries by Abenaki Indians traveling from Lake Champlain to their summer fishing grounds on the Connecticut River.Read more
This loop is designed to lead you through some of Vermont’s best antique shops while following one of the states most scenic drives. You will begin in Waterbury where you will head north on Rt. 100, one of Vermont’s mostRead more
This loop circles one of Vermont’s highest and most distinctive peaks, Camel’s Hump, and is designed for flexibility and specifically, to get you onto some of Vermont’s most interesting back roads. Loop 1C will contain fewer antique shops than theRead more
This route follows The Connecticut River from White River Jct. to Springfield, then heads west to Chester and back to Bellows Falls . You will pass through historic towns that were key in the establishment and independence of early VermontRead more
This scenic route, named for the dynamic and colorful wife of Revolutionary War hero, John Stark, follows Rt. 9 from Brattleboro to Bennington, Vermont’s two most important southern cities. Both cities have interesting downtown areas with several antique shops, giftRead more
This route, for the most part, follows Rt. 7 from Rutland, Vermont’s second city, to Vergennes, America’s smallest city. After visiting Rutland, one of American’s premier marble producing centers, you will travel through the southern end of the Champlain ValleyRead more