The big world of a great small town
Randolph, Vermont is one of America’s classic, close-knit and friendly communities, with strong local institutions, an old-fashioned Main Street, and a satisfying quality of life. People here take care of each other — and Gifford Health Care, including the Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community, is very much a part of that.
Randolph is also a well-connected, forward-looking community, home to a highly rated college, a vibrant cultural life, multi-ethnic dining, and close highway and rail links to much more. The town includes:
Randolph Center, a scenic hilltop village that hosts both Morgan Orchards and Vermont Technical College, with spectacular views of the Green Mountains, and
Randolph village down the hill, with shopping, dining, a movie theater, the Chandler Center for the Arts, Amtrak rail service, and the central facility of Gifford Medical Center.
This is an ideal community for senior living — there’s a whole world to discover and enjoy here. And that’s only the beginning of what’s fun, beautiful, and interesting in this very special part of America called Central Vermont.
Year-round arts, recreation, culture … and fun!
Here are just some of the Randolph area’s attractions:
The arts: The Chandler Center for the Arts hosts a year-round slate of performances, art exhibits, film screenings, educational programs, and music and theater festivals. The acoustics here are world-class, and patrons enjoy classical, multicultural and traditional music, plus jazz, dance and live theatre. That’s not to mention the yoga, tai chi, swing and line dancing lessons in the Upper Gallery, the curated annual film series, the free monthly Brown Bag lunch series, the arts-education workshops, and the annual Broadway musical staged by nearly 150 area young people each Fourth of July weekend.
Also downtown, the Playhouse Movie Theater specializes in fun, family-friendly, newly released and classic films.
Local dining: Right in Randolph, you can enjoy Thai, Cajun/Creole, country-inn traditional, pub-style and brunch options — and there’s much more just half an hour south on Interstate 89, in Lebanon, West Lebanon, and Hanover, New Hampshire, north on I-89 is Barre and Montpelier, and Burlington and its waterfront are just an hour farther north.
Outdoor recreation: This is Vermont! There’s hiking, golfing, bicycling, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, skating, and so much more. Or simply stroll in the historic village of Randolph Center, taking in its traditional architecture and stunning, four-season Green Mountain vistas. The beautifully maintained Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, just a short walk away from Morgan Orchards, is an ideal place for a peaceful stroll.
Higher education: Another short walk from Morgan Orchards is Vermont Technical College, which for generations educated Vermont’s farmers, foresters, and skilled workers. Today, Vermont Tech is a four-year college that’s ranked among the best in the Northeast. Residents at Morgan Orchards can audit classes, attend lectures and discussions, enjoy cultural and athletic events, use the fitness equipment, and exercise in the college pool.
In Randolph village, the Kimball Public Library hosts senior book discussions, workshops, and knitting groups, and is a welcome place to read, relax, and discover new interests.
Shopping: Randolph has a classic, old-fashioned local department store called Belmains, plus Blue Moon Boutique, Main Street Crafters, the Randolph Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from May to October, and two grocery stores: Shaw’s downtown, and Floyd’s General Store right nearby in Randolph Center. There’s even more local shopping to discover a short drive away. A half-hour drive to the north brings you to the shopping mall and shops of Barre, Berlin, and Montpelier, and a half-hour south are the outlet, chain, and specialty stores of West Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Worship: Nearby churches with regular services include First Congregational Church, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Green Mountain Gospel Chapel, Bethany United Church of Christ, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Saints Donatian and Rogatian Catholic Church, and the United Church of Randolph.
Easily located: Randolph Center is right off Interstate 89, exactly in the center of Vermont. Within an hour’s drive north on the highway are Montpelier, America’s smallest state capitol, with its lively arts, dining, and public events; and Burlington, Vermont’s lakeside jewel of a city, with its wealth of ways to enjoy a day trip or an evening out. Within three hours are Montreal and Boston — and airports in Burlington and Manchester, New Hampshire are easily accessible.