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Things To Do In Central Vermont and Warren VT

Visit the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

One of the most spectacular activities in our area is the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry tour. As the largest “deep hole” granite quarry in the world, there’s something magical about the stark contrast of the white stone walls surrounding bright turquoise water. Watching the process of the huge chunks of granite cut away in geometric forms from the enormous mountain is a sight like none other.

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

The Rock of Ages Granite Quarry tour begins at the 5,000 square foot modern visitors center and reopens on May 16th for the 2022 season. Here, you’ll book your 40-minute guided caravan tour up to the quarry, watch exciting videos, pop into the gift shop, and view old photos and exhibits. Before you leave, be sure to try your hand at the outdoor granite bowling lane—you’ll discover pretty quickly why this stone material didn’t serve as the best choice for the sport.

Our Vermont Bed and Breakfast is the ideal location for your accommodations to explore nearby attractions like the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry and much more in the stunning Green Mountain State. Head over to our availability calendar for this spring and book your next stay today! 

After Rock of Ages Granite Quarry head to Hope Cemetery

The Rock of Ages Granite Quarry, also known as the E. L. Smith Quarry, is just about 40 minutes from our Vermont Bed and Breakfast. The tour and quarry are located near the town of Barre, VT, which is known as the “Granite Capital of the World.” This is also where you’ll find the Hope Cemetery, where you can see thousands carvings and headstones (pictured below) made from the nearby quarry.

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

The Hope Cemetery is not only a memorial to the people that have passed on, but it stands as a museum to granite sculptures and tombstones. There are more than 10,000 pieces at the 65-acre cemetery. One of the most interesting facts is that more than 75 percent of these tombstones were carved by the occupants of the graves, an unusual tradition in the area.

The granite quarries brought many immigrants to this area in the early 1900s, the majority from Italy, to get involved in the booming granite industry. Sadly, the high content of granite dust in the air contributes to a higher death rate in Barre, Vermont. All in all, The Hope Cemetery is a lovely spot for quiet contemplation and viewing some spectacular works of art from stone.

After a tour at the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry and a stop by the Hope Cemetary, why not make a day of it and find a late lunch or early supper at one of the charming restaurants in Barre, VT, as well. The number one top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor is The Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen. You’ll find elevated pub grub, hearty burgers, and creative mac and cheese (made with our local Vermont cheeses, of course.) After a meal here, you’ll be all set to make the scenic drive back to the West Hill House B&B.

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

Relaxing Lodging in Vermont for your Next Getaway

Nestled in the quiet town of Warren, Vermont, the West Hill House B&B is the ultimate choice for lodging in the Mad River Valley. Our beautiful parcel offers nine acres of seasonal gardens, meadows, and woodlands with the stunning Green Mountains as a backdrop. We encourage all of our guests to explore our grounds and breathe in Vermont’s fresh air and peaceful setting. We’re also in the ideal location to head out and explore the nearby attractions like the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry.

Inside our 160-year old Vermont Bed and Breakfast, you’ll find nine unique guest rooms, each with a private en-suite bathroom, where you’ll find either luxury steam showers or jacuzzi tubs. Our guest suites have the most comfortable beds with fine linens for the most restful night’s sleep. Additionally, your time here comes with a host of complimentary amenities, including a delicious breakfast each morning, homemade treats available throughout the day, and the warmest hospitality from our knowledgable Innkeepers. Book your next stay today!

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