From the Dorset Chamber of Commerce: "Dorset's appeal as a Vermont getaway destination was established over a century ago. The town occupies the highest valley between New York City and Montreal, Canada. Nineteenth century physicians recommended these clean, cool environs as restorative havens from crowded, polluted cities. By the early 1900s, artists were gathering here to capture the landscape on canvas while enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside and the wholesome fare offered at the dairy farms and Vermont country inns. This largely summer traffic soon led to the acquisition of homes by those who wished to stay for longer periods. It is to these early "summer people" that Dorset owes much of its current appeal.
The marble quarries at the edge of Dorset are said to be the oldest in the country and were once a major part of Dorset's economy. They provided the marble for landmarks such as the New York City Library as well as for the marble sidewalks which lace the town and the all-marble church next to the village green. Yesterday's quarries now are today's popular swimming holes." And they make cheese nearby.
|The Dorset Inn claims to be Vermont's oldest continuously operating inn, offering lodging, fine dining, and traditional New England hospitality for over 200 years. Gracious lodging, an in-house Day Spa, gourmet dining, and exceptional wine are available. Certainly, we have had a fine lunch featuring a warm focaccia sandwich with smoked Gouda, spinach, and a large portabella mushroom topped with sun-dried tomato puree and grilled shrimp skewers with Hoisin sauce, seaweed salad and Asian peanut sauce. The dinner menu looked even better and the wine list was quite good. The photo is from their website and the tulips tell you it was spring.|
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