In the first set of photos is my #1 reason to go to claremont: Daddypops Tumble Inn Diner. You should probably try the flapjacks if you go there. Claremont is about a 20 min drive from Windsor, VT. Claremont has a large town square with shops on all 4 sides. One road heading out continues the "downtown" area a bit. There are a few old mill building and some antique stores like in a lot of older, New England towns.
NH - Claremont
If you check out the visitor's center (upper left small photo), you will see there are a lot of changes in the works. They are building a foot bridge across the river that will connect a bunch of neighborhoods with the downtown area and putting in a hotel and, I think, a culinary school. Photos taken in 2007.
Photos from 2007.