Named One of the 10 "Coolest" Towns in the U.S. by Budget Travel
A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Lively White River Junction owes much of its recent revival to the efforts of artists and entrepreneurs. Northern Stage Theatre moves this year from the Briggs Opera House to a new theater in the historic Miller Auto Building. Tip Top Media and Arts building bakes business rather than bread, housing more than 30 artists, studios, small media businesses, and the Tip Top Restaurant. The unusual and eclectic collections at the Main Street Museum share the 1893 Firehouse with Northstar Canoe and Kayak rentals for Connecticut River and White River explorations.
Students from across the world are being trained at The Center for Cartoon Studies in graphic design for comics and graphic novels, a vaunted program that features accomplished visiting professors and exhibits by internationally famous cartoonists. The Inky Solomon Center in the 1940 Post Office building is home to the Schultz Library gifted by Charles Schultz’s family.
Visitors can stay at the historic Hotel Coolidge, also home to the Zollikofery Gallery, BoHo’s restaurant, and the Yarn Store. Revolution and OOdles specialize in vintage and new clothing, jewelry and furniture by local designers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with a taste of Turkish cuisine are served at the Tukkerbox Café. There’s famous barbeque at Big Fatties and the upscale Elixir is located a renovated 1889 railroad freight house. Annual events include the White River Indie Film Festival, the autumn Glory Days of the Railroad Festival, and the “Gory Daze” Halloween Parade and Ball.
The Train Station, which once saw as many as 50 trains a day, is now the WRJ Information Center. White River Junction is still served daily by the Amtrak Vermonter, providing passenger service at nine stations in Vermont, New York City’s Penn Station, and several stops in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
White River Junction is accessible by train on Amtrak's Vermonter line, which now offers carry-on bike service. Click here to see local travel details and amenities that support a car-free vacation for train travelers.