The next stop of the Vermonter is not actually in Vermont. It's across the Connecticut River in Claremont, New Hampshire. The actual train depot is almost 2 miles from the downtown area and making connections between these 2 destinations can be quite challenging. Nonetheless, there is a wonderful restaurant and inn called the Common Man in Claremont. It also has a beautiful Opera House and some new, local artisan offerings including the New Socials club and restaurant right in the heart of town.
The old train station in Claremont, NH is now the home of a bicycle shop, another business trying to facilitate connections in Claremont. Did you know that you can now have your bike shipped on Amtrak? The shipping boxes are readily available at this bike shop called the Claremont Cycle Depot (603) 542-2453.
Like Bellows Falls to the south, Claremont was a prosperous industrial town in the early twentieth century. While some manufacturing remains, Claremont is trying to meet the social and economic challenges that have become part of the life cycle of many New England towns. Monadnock Mills thrived here in Claremont and once made linens for the ship, Titanic. Its operations ceased in the Depression. Other milling enterprises, related primarily to pulp and paper production, are gone and sorely missed by many. Some businesses have seized the inherent opportunities and are making sincere efforts to become part of the solution to some tremendous challenges. We salute their efforts to transform and re-connect Claremont.