By S. Royalton author Kate George
Royalton is a place like no other. Stand on the hill above the South Royalton Green and view the village laid out in front of you – so picturesque it was used in the opening scene in the popular TV show Gilmore Girls. It is a community in the strongest sense of the word, neighbors helping neighbors in a town where neighbors could be from anywhere in the world. Vermont Law School makes its home there, drawing students from all over the world, creating a diverse multicultural community.
Visitors to Royalton can breakfast at one of the delicious local restaurants, climb the trail to Kent’s ledge and view the town, fields and river laid out in front of them, or sit on the banks of the White River and watch it roll by. They can enjoy the reflection of the trees in the deep, clear water, or swim, paddle, and tube from bridge to bridge. Dinner and a brew can be purchased at Cross Roads Bar and Grille, the Worthy Burger, or 5 Ole Tavern followed by a stroll to the park is a perfect summer evening. On Thursday’s you can listen to the town band play at the gazebo.
An ancient cemetery and Celtic caves await intrepid adventurers. During the summer sample local produce, jams, baked goods and handmade items from local artisans at the weekly Farmer’s Market held on the town green Thursday afternoons. The Joseph Smith Memorial is especially beautiful at Christmas festooned with lights. And don’t forget to look up at night. If you’ve never lived in a place without city lights you can’t know what the night sky is really like. There are more stars than you can imagine, and South Royalton is the perfect place to take some time to learn their names.