Cambridge Village lies in the serene and fertile Lamoille River Valley. At the intersection of Routes 15 and 104 you’ll find the family owned and operated Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits that offers tastings of their award-winning wines, liqueurs, and ciders. Driving east into the village you’ll pass the Artists Medium Art Shop, a locally owned and artist-run gallery. Then you’ll spot a building painted like the Italian flag – it’s Angelina’s where you can get homemade pizza, calzones and more. The Cambridge Village Market is a country store and gas station with great subs that is a mainstay of the community.
Cambridge Junction, on the eastern edge of the Town of Cambridge, was once an important train stop. The tracks that ran through the valley and along the river are now the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT). The trail is designed for biking, walking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. The LVRT traverses the northern part of Vermont and will eventually be over 90 miles long. It also connects to the Cambridge Greenway that takes you into Jeffersonville. The historic Cambridge Junction Covered Bridge is near the trailhead. To see where locals have a beer, visit Robbie’s Wildlife Refuge.
Named for Thomas Jefferson, Jeffersonville sits at the intersection of Routes 15 and 108 in the geographic center of Cambridge. Two art galleries demonstrate Jeffersonville’s history as a center for landscape artists. That history continues; the Cambridge Arts Council commissioned the painting of two silos and the organization hosts the annual Festival of the Arts on the second Saturday in August. There’s a nice selection of chews & brews including Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, 158 Main Restaurant, The Village Tavern, The Family Table, Cupboard Deli, The Farm Store, and Burger Barn (late spring – fall). Plenty of recreation offerings are available including canoeing and kayaking on the Lamoille River with services provided by Bert’s Boats and Vermont Canoe and Kayak; the Cambridge Greenway connecting to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail with bike rentals by Bootlegger Bikes; Brewster River Park and the Little Canyon Covered Bridge, and the Cambridge Community Center with indoor basketball, soccer, pickleball, and more. The Cambridge Historical Society maintains the historic Warner Lodge.
Smugglers’ Notch (Smugglers Notch Fall front pond)
The historic Notch acquired the name of Smugglers’ Notch when smugglers circumvented Thomas Jefferson’s early 1800’s embargo and later on transported bootleg liquor during Prohibition in the 1920’s. The area is popular with hikers with multiple trail options available. Sterling Pond is one of the most popular with a quiet pond at the top of the trail. During the winter the Notch is closed to all vehicular traffic but cross country skiers and snowshoers take advantage of it.
The area is also home to Smugglers’ Notch Resort, a four-season mountain resort offering award-winning family experiences. Enjoy condominium lodging in a cozy mountainside village.