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Despite being one of Vermont’s largest cities, Rutland offers the perfect blend of big city attractions and small-town charm . Nestled in the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Green Mountains, Rutland provides limitless opportunities to get outside and play, share a top-notch meal with family or friends, or spend the afternoon shopping in its vibrant downtown . 

I spent a lot of time here in my 20’s, so I’ve experienced a lot of the Vermont fun things to do  to be had in Rutland.

Whether you’re here for a week vacationing with family in Rutland or just passing through on your leaf-peeping excursion in the fall, I’m sure you’ll find yourself wanting to come back to explore more of the region. While you’re here, check out some of our favorite things to do in Rutland VT! 

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Things to Do in Rutland VT

Get outside.

Vermont is a nature lover’s paradise. Despite being a city, Rutland offers unparalleled opportunities to get outside and explore throughout the four seasons (or six, depending on who you ask). 

Pine Hill Park

Located on the edge of the city’s limits in Rutland’s northwest corner, Pine Hill Park is home to over 325 acres of forest. Pine Hill Park offers 17 miles of single-track trails, making it the perfect spot for biking, hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and geocaching. The park is open year-round and is regularly maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. 

White Rocks Recreation Area

This one isn’t in Rutland, but it’s one you don’t want to miss. White Rocks Recreation Area is located in Wallingford, Vermont, just 15 minutes from Rutland. White Rocks is proudly on display as you head south out of the city, and in the warmer months the peak glows pink under the setting summer sun. This popular four-mile out-and-back trail features a waterfall and breathtaking views from the top. 

Lake Bomoseen

Calm view of a lake under a blue sky dotted with clouds. In the distance, on the other side of the lake, is a forest in Rutland, Vermont.

When the temperature begins to rise, locals and visitors alike flock to Lake Bomoseen. Less than 30 minutes away from Rutland, this is the largest lake that lies entirely within Vermont . Lake Bomoseen is great for boating, fishing, swimming, and more. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat at the Lake House Pub & Grille or The Taproom at Lake Bomoseen Lodge . 

Killington and Pico Resorts

Rutland City lies in the Killington Valley, making it a perfect spot for those who want to ski or ride at Killington Resort , or its smaller sister mountain Pico . Affectionately known as “The Beast of the East,” Killington Resort is home to seven distinct mountain areas, including Killington Peak – which stands at 4,241 feet. In the winter months, enjoy snowmobile and snowshoe tours, their tubing park, snowcat-drawn sleigh rides, and more. In the summer, visit the Adventure Center and take a ride down the Beast Coaster, or enjoy a scenic gondola ride, Segway tour, or hop on your mountain bike and go. 

Pico Mountain is great for families, beginners, or those looking for a slower pace on the slopes, with 468 skiable acres and 19 miles of trails. 

Celebrate the Arts

For those who want to tap into their more creative side, Rutland has something for you. Rutland’s art scene includes galleries, museums, performing arts venues, outdoor murals and sculptures – just to name a few. 

The Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre welcomes world-renowned performers, actors, and comedians to its historic home in downtown Rutland. In recent years, Kip Moore, Jack Hanna, Twiddle, Howie Mandel, Blues Traveler, and many more have graced the stage of the theatre in Rutland.

The Paramount Theatre opens its doors to show sporting events and movies on the big screen, from the Super Bowl to The Grinch to National Theatre Live. The venue also hosts some of the community’s most loved events, including Dancing with the Rutland Stars and Real Rutland Feud. 

Chaffee Art Center

Chaffee Art Center is the hub of creativity in Rutland. Chaffee Art Center features a gallery with new exhibits and artists added each month. Twice each year (in summer and fall), Chaffee Art Center hosts Art in the Park . This fun, family-friendly festival features juried fine artists, craftspeople, and speciality food producers on exhibit and for sale, as well as food vendors, live music, and artist demonstrations. 

Art Galleries

Rutland is home to several art galleries. The Castleton University Bank Gallery can be found in the historic bank building in the heart of downtown Rutland. The gallery features shows, which change monthly, with a focus on local artists and their photography, painting, sculpture, and other mediums. 77 Art Center includes a gallery – Gallery 77 – and a gallery space in the historic Opera House. 77 Art Center hosts exhibits, events, and an international artist residency program. 

Downtown Rutland is beautiful to begin with, but the murals and other public art that have popped up in recent years have really set it apart from other towns in Vermont. Rutland is home to incredible works of art. Animals are the biggest theme, with whales, peregrine falcons, elephants, giraffes, fish, an owl, and yes, even a monkey holding a pigeon with a balloon that reads “everything is going to be ok.” This particular mural appeared during the height of the pandemic and was a sweet reminder of why this community is such a special place to work, live, and play. 

Other murals include a duel between Batman and Grifin, fruit and flowers on a table, Greta Thunberg, and a hidden tunnel. My favorites include a monochromatic mural of Rutland’s most recognizable buildings and artist LMNOPI ’s breathtaking mural in Center Street Marketplace Park . See it for yourself when you have dinner at Roots The Restaurant , one of the best restaurants in Rutland!

Shop in Rutland

Shops line the side of a street where cars are parked in Rutland, Vermont.

Rutland offers the convenience of a large city with department stores and chain retailers, but you want to head to Downtown Rutland for the best shopping. 

Phoenix Books

No city is complete without a good bookstore. I would take a trip to Phoenix Books over Barnes and Noble any day. It’s small, but don’t let its size fool you. Phoenix Books is cozy and intimate, offering a great selection of new releases and older favorites. Be sure to check out the back left corner, featuring their greeting cards, apparel, puzzles, games, and more. Because the staff are bookworms like myself, I know I can trust them to fill my basket with their staff picks and other recommendations. 

Fruition Fineries

When you walk into Fruition Fineries , you pause. It looks more like what you’d expect to find in New York City, and less what you’d expect to find in a place like rural Vermont. But it’s the place to get exactly what you need. Dress for a date? Check. A new sweater just because? Yes. A birthday present for your sister, mom, or friend? You got it. They even offer personal shopping assistance upon request.

The Curiosity Shop

The Curiosity Shop is one of the more eclectic places to shop in Rutland. The store features antiques, collectibles, furniture, and other fun things you didn’t know you wanted or needed. It’s one of those places you have to keep going back to because they constantly have new items. 

The Farmers Market 

Rutland is home to a year-round farmers market , which happens to be the largest in the state. Find fresh produce from local farmers and growers, bread and baked goods, jewelry and crafts, maple syrup, and much more at this twice-weekly market.

Grab a Bite to Eat

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Sugar and Spice

The best breakfast in Rutland can be found in a rustic, working sugar house. Sugar and Spice sits just outside Rutland in the neighboring town of Mendon, Vermont, serving breakfast and lunch daily. They have the best pancakes, and this is the place where locals and visitors alike start their day. Get there early, and ask to be seated upstairs for the full experience. When you’re done, stop by their gift shop to bring a little Sugar and Spice home with you. 

Speakeasy Café

Ask any local about their favorite coffee shop, and this will be it! Speakeasy Café is quaint and cozy, and their menu is filled with delicious food and drinks. Eating there just makes me feel like a cooler human being. Where else can you get a bagel with spicy avocado cream cheese AND a vegan/ gluten free sweet & salty pink grapefruit muffin? This is one of my favorite places to catch up with friends or have a casual work meeting. 

If Rutland has mastered one thing, it’s sandwiches. Seriously, we have some of the best sandwich shops. But this one is the BEST. Gills has been around since 1964 and is still family owned and operated. With fresh rolls baked daily and high-quality ingredients, it’s my go-to place lunch spot. Gills grinders are legendary. Before Christmas, I was waiting in line and overheard someone on the phone asking if they would ship a grinder to her daughter because it was all she wanted but couldn’t make it home for the holidays. They’re seriously that good. 

TaSo on Center

This one is newer to Rutland’s dining scene, but has quickly become a local favorite! The owner is no stranger to the restaurant business, as his family owns The Palms , one of my favorite Italian restaurants. TaSo on Center has a modern, industrial feel, making it the perfect spot for date night. Start with the Dirty Fries, try the Fish Tacos, and definitely have dessert. You won’t regret it!

Brix Bistro

Brix Bistro is a cozy, casual lounge serving a small-plate bistro menu and fine wine, beer, and cocktails. Think meat and cheese boards, salads, pasta, sliders, and a few delicious entrees. Grab some friends during the warmer months and enjoy an evening on the patio taking in the beauty in Downtown Rutland. 

There’s Always More to See and Do in Rutland

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Wonderfeet Kids Museum

Rutland has its very own children’s museum. Wonderfeet Kids Museum welcomes children of all ages, with hands-on, interactive exhibits for children ages 0-8 years old. They offer a dedicated play area for infants, while the bigger kids get free rein to play in the kinetic sand, build with legos, draw, play in the kitchen or the credit union, and much more.

This should definitely be on your list of things to do in Rutland, Vermont with kids!

Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center

This full-service wellness center offers classes, services, and experiential opportunities for your mind, body, and soul. My absolute favorite thing about visiting Pyramid is a chance to relax in their salt cave. This Himalayan salt cave has over 17,000 pounds of salt and was the first public salt cave built in the United States. It offers a one-of-a-kind experience, with a zero gravity chairs, a fireplace wall, a fiber optic night sky, and calming music. 

Hathaway Farm

Hathaway Farm is a must visit if you’re in Rutland for fall. Not only does it have a fantastic pumpkin patch that is open to the public, but its 12-acre corn maze is a guaranteed good time!

Now that you have the inside scoop on the best things to do in the region, we hope you’ll come to visit (or come back and visit again). This list is by no means all-encompassing, and there’s more to discover in Rutland and its surrounding communities. Next time you’re here, ask a local about their favorite Rutland thing to do and watch your list grow! 

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The 10 Best Things to Do in Rutland, Vermont

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A central Vermont city with a small-town vibe, Rutland sits on the western edge of the Green Mountains. Beginning in the mid-1800s, rich marble deposits drove this region's development for more than a century—but the quarries became extinct in the last few decades of the 20th century. Now, diverse opportunities for outdoor recreation (including winter skiing at Killington and Pico Mountain ) and a blossoming arts scene are shaping Rutland's identity. Checking off these top things to do in the Rutland area will take you to the city's historic downtown, as well as to nearby villages where traditional Vermont industries, like cheesemaking, thrive.

See Marble Transformed Into Art

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Drills whirr, dust flies, and visitors are mesmerized as sculptors transform big hunks of marble into smoothed and chiseled works of art at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center. On the grounds of a former quarry, resident artists have freedom to experiment, and workshops offer opportunities to explore a variety of media. The former Vermont Marble Company store is the hub of activity, and visitors are invited to admire fresh works in the gallery and encounter enormous sculptures as they wander the grounds.

Taste History at Crowley Cheese Company

Just over 30 minutes from Rutland in Mount Holly, Vermont, America's oldest still-operating cheese factory will impress you with its old-school, all-natural, originated-in-America cheeses. Depending on the schedule, you may even get to observe the cheesemaking process, which has changed little since 1824. Tiny samples aplenty await, so you can choose and shop for your favorites (don't forget to bring a cooler bag along). Creamy, garlicky muffaletta; sage cheddar; and maple-smoked cheese are among the favorites. You'll love nibbling your way through the full range of handcrafted, aged cheddars, from Mild to XX Sharp and even Unusually Sharp. Although traditional cheesemaking and recipes are at the heart of this enduring business, current owner Galen Jones is introducing an innovative new line of A2 milk cheeses that are more easily digestible for those with dairy intolerance.

Attend a Performance at Paramount Theatre

Rutland's Paramount Theatre has been a fixture on Center Street since it was built as "The Playhouse" in 1913. Back then, the stage played host to traveling vaudeville troupes and minstrel shows. The artfully appointed theatre even brought Tom Thumb, Will Rogers, and Harry Houdini to town. Abandoned in the mid-'70s, the Paramount was restored to its former glory in 2000 and now serves as a cultural hub. Get tickets to a classical or contemporary music concert, or see a movie or live simulcast event on the big screen. Even if you haven't planned ahead, check at the box office for last-minute availability. There isn't a bad seat in the house.

Hike a Stretch of the Appalachian Trail

You might not be up for hiking the entire 2,200-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail that crosses 14 states—but while you're in Vermont, make time to hike the stretch that passes near Rutland. The Green Mountain Club maintains all 150 miles of the AT within Vermont's borders. Park your car at Gifford Woods State Park ; from there, it is easy to hook up with the Appalachian Trail for a day hike. Detour off the Appalachian Trail onto the moderately challenging Deer Look Overlook Trail, and your exertion will be rewarded with incredible views. Right in downtown Rutland, the Hikers Hostel provides affordable, dorm-style lodging for those who are passing through on foot. Rides from the trail into town are provided on request.

Dine 24/7 at the Yellow Deli

With wood and stone decor straight out of "The Hobbit," a warming fire, fresh-baked breads, and the yummiest pastrami sandwich this far north of New York City, the Yellow Deli would be a notable find even if it wasn't the rare restaurant in these parts that's open around the clock. Here, the food is fresh and satisfying, and you'll be glad you stopped in for the Insta-worthy photo ops.

Shop for Classic Vinyl and Hear Live Bands

If you're a record collector or even just a music lover, you'll love Rick & Kat's Howlin' Mouse record store . The bins filled with classic albums aren't the only thing here that's retro. The shop's owners go above and beyond to locate what you're looking for, and you'll feel appreciated as a customer throughout your shopping experience. A stage in the middle of the store hosts everything from metal bands to storytelling events and open mic nights.

Take Little Learners to the Wonderfeet Kids' Museum

A true grassroots effort brought this hands-on museum to life in 2013, and the affordable admission price—just $5 for all visitors ages one and up—makes it an ideal family outing. From engineering LEGO vehicles and robots to testing flying creations in a wind tunnel and role playing at a farmer's market, the museum engages kids of all ages in playful, imaginative learning. A dedicated infant and toddler space even allows parents to introduce freshly hatched children to the joys of museum-going.

Celebrate Agricultural Traditions at the Vermont State Fair

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A summer-fun tradition since 1846, the annual Vermont State Fair features five days of entertainment, exhibits, animals, competitions, carnival rides, and of course, fair food. It is one of the oldest state fairs in the nation and an opportunity to appreciate Vermont's enduring agrarian culture and well-known products, like maple syrup and milk. From horse shows and country music performers to a demolition derby, the line-up of events features all of the nostalgia you'd expect from a long-running country fair.

View or Make Art at the Chaffee Art Center

A turreted Victorian is the epicenter of artistic activity in Rutland. You'll find juried art exhibitions to view—plus classes in everything from drawing and painting to yoga and ukulele—at the Rutland Area Art Association's Chaffee Art Center. The organization is best known for its annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festivals, which have been held in Main Street Park twice a year for nearly 60 years.

Drive the Crossroad of Vermont Byway

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Rutland is the western starting point for the 50-mile, east-west scenic route known as the Crossroad of Vermont Byway or, more simply, U.S. Route 4. Fall foliage season is the pinnacle time to drive this historic highway west through the towns of Killington, Woodstock, and Hartford. Stop to enjoy the aerial views from the Killington K-1 gondola , visit Vermont's only national park , photograph covered bridges, sip craft beer at Long Trail Brewery , and watch glassblowers at work at Simon Pearce .

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  • Unlock the Secrets of Rutland, VT: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Things to Do

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Imagine a small, all-year haven in the heart of Vermont . Think of a place where lively culture mixes with beautiful views. This place is Rutland, VT. It's full of history and outdoor fun . In this guide, you'll learn about Rutland's beauty and the many activities it offers. Rutland welcomes everyone. History lovers, art fans, and those who seek adventure will find joy and new discoveries in Rutland, Vermont. So take a nap, grab a map, and let's hit the road to Rutland!

Photo above is courtesy of Ken Lund , edited by Vermonter.com

Important Points to Ponder

  • Unveiling the highlights that make Rutland, VT, a multifaceted destination.
  • Tips on the best spots to immerse yourself in the vibrant history of Rutland .
  • Discovering the top outdoor adventures that await in Rutland's picturesque scenery.
  • How to navigate and savor the culinary and cultural delights of downtown Rutland .
  • Strategies for planning an unforgettable trip to Rutland to suit every type of traveler.
  • Insights into the community's passion that shapes Rutland’s unique identity and culture.

Why Rutland is a Must-Visit Destination in Vermont

Rutland VT is perfect for lovers of history and the outdoors. It has a vibrant history of Rutland with modern-day fun. The city blends its historic roots with exciting current experiences.

The vibrant history of Rutland City and Rutland County

Rutland VT is a historian’s dream with lots of stories. Its buildings and sites tell a vibrant history of Rutland. You can learn about its past, from iron to marble work, which helped it grow.

Discovering downtown Rutland's historic charm and vibrant economy

The heart of downtown Rutland is a bustling place. This area is lively, combining old charm with today's comforts. Rutland's historic downtown features unique shops, galleries, and restaurants housed in well-preserved 19th-century buildings.

Rutland's role in Vermont’s outdoor recreation and cultural scene

The city is also key to outdoor recreation in Rutland VT and its cultural scene. From hiking views to local art, Rutland adds to Vermont's culture. Each season brings new outdoor and cultural fun.

Calling Rutland a must-visit destination is really true. You’ll find history, business, and fun. Your trip to Rutland, VT will be as memorable as the city’s stories. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Rutland provides a peaceful and laid-back atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Top Attractions to Explore in Rutland, Vermont and its Surroundings

Rutland, VT is a great place to see some of Vermont's best spots. There are outdoor adventures and places for family fun. This area has something for everyone. Check out some of the following fun places, things to do and see.

Adventures in the Green Mountain National Forest and Pico Mountain

Love nature? Then you must visit the Green Mountain National Forest . It has beautiful trails for hiking and places to see wildlife. Close by, Pico Mountain is perfect for skiing and snowboarding . It offers great slopes and views.

Family Fun at Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze and Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum

During the autumn months, Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze is great for kids of all ages (and big kids too!). It has a cool corn maze and a petting zoo. The Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum makes learning fun with interactive exhibits. Check out their website for current news and hours. Both of these places are fun and educational for families.

Rock Climbing and Skiing Opportunities: From Giorgetti Park to Killington

Love thrills? Rutland's rock climbing at Giorgetti Park is awesome. It's perfect for climbers of any skill. When it's snowy, Rutland becomes a skiing paradise. Killington has some of the best ski slopes in the Northeast. These spots are great for all, from beginners to experts.

Discover Downtown Rutland: A Walk Through Vermont's Heart

Take a walk in Rutland's heart and feel its quaint charm. You'll find history and art in every corner. Downtown Rutland VT is a mix of old and new, waiting for you.

The architectural beauty and shops of historic downtown Rutland

Downtown Rutland tells stories through its buildings and murals. You'll see many styles as you walk. Rutland's historic downtown features unique shops, galleries, and restaurants housed in well-preserved 19th-century buildings. The shops in downtown Rutland range from old boutiques to modern stores. They offer totally unique Rutland experiences.

The Paramount Theatre and Rutland's vibrant arts scene

The art scene in Rutland, Vermont is as vibrant as ever. The city has seen a reinvestment in the arts in recent years, with the restoration of the the historic 1912 Paramount Theatre in Rutland , which is at the heart of Rutland's arts. For over a century, it's been a place for shows and movies. It shows Rutland's love for arts and its community. Downtown Rutland is home to several incredible works of art from local, national, and international artists. There has been an emergence of new galleries, artisan markets, and murals throughout the downtown area. Check it out!

Beyond the visual arts, Rutland also has a vibrant performing arts scene. The Stone Church in nearby Brattleboro has become a beloved music venue, hosting local and internationally touring acts.

Dining and shopping in Rutland’s walkable downtown area

Downtown Rutland is famous for its food. Restaurants serve many dishes, making dining in downtown Rutland special. Shopping in downtown Rutland adds to the fun. You can shop and find places to eat fairly easily.

The Great Outdoors: Rutland’s Must-Visit Parks and Recreational Areas

Are you ready to see the stunning nature and fun outdoor stuff in Vermont? Rutland's parks and areas for fun are perfect for you. They have quiet spots and exciting things to do. Let's check out the beautiful outdoors in this magical area.

Hiking and mountain biking in Pine Hill Park

Right in Rutland's outdoor fun area is Pine Hill Park Rutland. It's loved by fans of hiking Rutland VT and mountain biking . Pine Hill Park is a 325-acre city-owned park located in Rutland, Vermont. It offers an extensive trail system. The place has great trails! The extensive trail network through varied terrain in Pine Hill Park offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in the Rutland area, made possible through the dedicated efforts of volunteer stewards from the local community.

Ski and snowboard areas: Embracing Vermont's winter wonderland

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When it snows, people head to Rutland's top ski and snowboarding areas. As mentioned above, Killington and Pico have hills for everyone, no matter how well they ski. Everyone can have fun in Vermont's famous snow.

Relaxing and playing at Rutland Country Club and Giorgetti Park

Looking for a calm spot? Rutland Country Club is great for golf with amazing views. But Giorgetti Park is perfect for family fun. It has sports fields, places for kids to play, and areas for events.

Going up Pine Hill Park Rutland or gliding in the snow at ski areas in the Rutland area, you'll make awesome memories. Enjoy the calm and beauty of Rutland parks and recreational areas . Your adventure is waiting!

Planning Your Visit to Rutland, VT for 2024

If you're planning a visit to Rutland VT, you want to catch its seasonal best. You can see autumn colors, winter snows, or summer festivals. Hard to choose? You bet! Picking the best time to visit Rutland VT, according your personal preferences will help make your trip ideal.

Seasonal highlights and the best time to explore Rutland’s attractions

Rutland is beautiful in every season, changing its colors and mood. Don't miss the spring flowers or the colorful leaves in fall . Winter has snow for skiing and summer brings sun for outdoor fun. Planning with the local weather makes your visit unforgettable.

A guide to Rutland's accommodation and dining options

Rutland accommodation options include cozy B&Bs and big hotels. Dining in Rutland VT is awesome, with local foods and lots of places to eat. Rutland's warm welcome matches its tasty breakfasts and maple syrup .

Transportation tips: Getting around Rutland and Rutland County

Transportation in Rutland VT is easy and friendly for visitors. You can rent bikes, use buses, or hire a car. Rutland County is small, so you can see a lot easily. This lets you enjoy everything more. It's pretty easy to get around and explore the area by car, bike, etc. Take a ride out to the Castleton area and Lake Bomoseen , for some gorgeous views and small town charm.

What Makes Rutland, Vermont Unique: Its Community and Culture

Rutland, Vermont, is known for its beautiful scenes and rich history. It is special for its tight-knit community and lively culture. The people here have a strong bond and love for their town. This makes Rutland more than just its scenic views. The town works hard to grow economically and culturally. It shows how together, they create a place full of purpose and pride.

The economic development and revitalization of Rutland Town

Rutland Town has changed a lot recently, thanks to hard work and new ideas. This change has made the town better, with new shops and a refreshed market. It’s like mixing old with new—making everything better than before. Rutland's comeback is impressive. It respects its history while adding new touches.

Rutland’s community events and traditions throughout the year

Rutland is always lively, no matter the season. From the Winter Festival to the Farmers Market, there’s always something happening. These events show how close the people in Rutland are. They’re not just fun; they bring everyone together. It’s how the heart of Rutland beats, showing its true spirit.

How Rutland is home to a vibrant community and local businesses

Rutland is full of people who care about each other. The local shops here reflect the town's energy and creativity. When you visit, you feel a part of this warmth. Visiting a gallery or having coffee, you’ll feel connected. It’s a place where people lift each other up, celebrating both the big and small wins.

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Q: What are the top attractions to visit while in Rutland?

A: Whether you're looking to explore the great outdoors or dive into the local culture, Rutland has something for everyone. Key attractions include the indoor Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center for adventure seekers, the Wonderfeet Kid's Museum for families looking to ignite the power of play, and the historic downtown area of the City of Rutland, which features incredible works of art and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don't forget to check out the Rocking Horse Country Store for unique Vermont gifts and souvenirs.

Q: Are there any recommended activities for outdoor enthusiasts in Rutland?

A: Absolutely! Rutland is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With its proximity to Killington and Pico , two of the most famous ski resorts in the Green Mountain State , visitors can enjoy a variety of winter sports. In warmer months, hiking and enjoying the views of the Green Mountains are popular activities. Additionally, the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center offers year-round climbing opportunities for all skill levels.

Q: Can families find kid-friendly activities in Rutland?

A: Yes, families visiting Rutland will find a wealth of activities conducive to fostering curiosity and exploration. The Wonderfeet Kid's Museum, in particular, is designed with families in mind, providing interactive exhibits that encourage children to learn through the power of play. For outdoor fun, many parks throughout the city, including ones with a basketball court, offer a great opportunity for kids to burn off some energy.

Q: What unique shopping experiences can visitors find in Rutland?

A: Shopping in Rutland offers a mix of unique local boutiques and specialty stores. The Rocking Horse Country Store is a must-visit for those looking for local Vermont products and handcrafted items. Shopping in Rutland is also a great way to support Rutland businesses and the local economy.

Q: What historical sites can visitors explore in Rutland?

A: Rutland is rich in history, chartered in 1761, and offers several historical sites for history buffs. Throughout the city and the town of Proctor, visitors can explore buildings and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, Rutland’s history as part of the green mountain state is showcased through various monuments and museums dedicated to its past.

Q: How can visitors best enjoy the natural beauty of Rutland?

A: To truly embrace the natural beauty of Rutland, visitors should take advantage of the various hiking and biking trails that offer panoramic views of the Green Mountains . Many choose to visit Killington and Pico for mountaintop adventures or simply enjoy a scenic drive through the lush Vermont landscape. Rutland's many parks and natural areas provide ample space for picnicking, bird watching, and immersing oneself in the tranquil beauty of Vermont.

Q: Are there any wellness or relaxation experiences in Rutland?

A: Yes, for those looking to unwind, Rutland provides several options for relaxation and wellness. The Rutland Regional Medical Center offers some wellness services, and there are numerous spas and retreats in the surrounding areas that cater to visitors seeking a tranquil escape. The natural beauty of the area alone, with its serene landscapes, also offers a peaceful respite for those looking to recharge.

Q: What resources are available for those wanting to learn more about visiting Rutland?

A: For anyone planning a trip to Rutland, the local tourism office and the city's official website are great starting points for discovering all that Rutland has to offer. Additionally, TripAdvisor provides up-to-date reviews and recommendations on activities, accommodations, and dining options in Rutland. These resources provide valuable information for maximizing your visit to this charming Vermont city.

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Rutland is a city of about 17,000 people in Southern Vermont . It is the third largest city in the state. It is a good starting point for exploring the Green Mountains, and is very close to several major ski areas. The town has over one hundred houses on the National Register of Historic Places. This article also covers the nearby village of Chittenden .

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Rutland has many pretty historic houses in its Historic District. A bit further south on Route 7, there is a fairly large area of modern shopping malls, car dealerships, chain stores, and restaurants.

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Route 4 runs east-west through town and Route 7 runs north-south. Business Route 4 runs along the southern edge of the downtown. Generally, it is a 5-hour drive from New York City, a 3-hour drive from Boston and a 4-hour drive from Montreal.

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There is a Greyhound bus terminal at 102 West St, downtown.

Vermont Translines route 7 connects Rutland with Burlington.

By train [ edit ]

  • Ethan Allen Express operating daily between Burlington and New York City including in Middlebury , Rutland, Saratoga Springs , Schenectady , Albany ( Rensselaer ), Hudson , Rhinecliff , Poughkeepsie , Croton-on-Hudson , and Yonkers .

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Get around [ edit ].

Downtown Rutland is easily walkable, but to go anywhere else you'll either need a car or take public transit. There is a local bus service called The Bus . The Bus also runs to Killington for $2.

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  • Mead's Falls . A nice waterfall just west of town on Otter Creek. It is crossed by a gargantuan railroad bridge and littered with huge slabs of authentic Vermont marble. It is accessible from Old Falls Rd, opposite the junction between Rt 3 and Business Rt 4. ( updated Apr 2024 )

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  • [dead link] Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center , 223 Woodstock Ave. , ☏ +1 802-773-3343 . Indoor climbing gym suitable for both beginner and advanced climbers. Guided outdoor rock and ice climbing trips are available as well. ( updated Jun 2017 )
  • Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze , 741 Prospect Hill Rd. , ☏ +1 802-775-2624 . Large themed corn maze open late summer through late fall. ( updated Jun 2017 )

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  • Rutland Farmers Market , Downtown - Depot Park (Summer), 251 West St (Winter) . Market for local produce and goods every Saturday morning. Held indoors during the winter months ( updated May 2017 )

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  • West Street Grill ( Was Little Harry's ), 121 West St ( off route 7 ), ☏ +1 802-747-4848 . An unexpected gem; a warm and friendly restaurant with an imaginative menu. ( updated Apr 2024 )
  • Sugar and Spice , 43 US Rt 4 ( Drive east on 4 out of town, the restaurant is located between Park Ln. and Meadow Lake Dr. ), ☏ +1 802-773-7832 . 7AM-2PM . Vermont-themed restaurant built around a working sugarhouse. Also has a gift shop with many Vermont products for sale. ( updated Jun 2017 )
  • The Sandwich Shoppe , 56 1/2 Merchants Row , ☏ +1 802-773-2580 . A great little lunch spot with a huge menu ( updated Jun 2017 )
  • [dead link] The Village Snack Bar , 389 West Street , ☏ +1 802-775-2717 . A summer favorite of locals, features typical snack bar fare made to order. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open April through September ( updated Jun 2017 )
  • Gill's Delicatseen , 68 Strongs Ave. , ☏ +1 802-773-7414 . Classic deli options ( updated Jun 2017 )
  • Roots the Restaurant , 51 Wales St. , ☏ +1 802-747-7414 . Localvore-focused cuisine in a nice atmosphere. Seating is limited. ( updated Jun 2017 )

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  • Hop'n Moose Brewing Company , 41 Center St , ☏ +1 802-775-7063 . Brewpub with a large selection of unique drinks and wood-fired pizza. ( updated May 2017 )
  • Vermont Tap House , 120 S Main St. , ☏ +1 802-775-0000 . 28 regional brews on tap and wood-fired pizza ( updated Jun 2017 )

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  • Hampton Inn , 47 Farrell Rd. , ☏ +1 802-773-9066 .  
  • Best Western , 5 Best Western Pl , ☏ +1 802-773-3200 , toll-free: +1-866-229-6188 , [email protected] . ( updated Nov 2017 )
  • Rodeway Inn Rutland , 138 North Main St , ☏ +1 802-775-2575 . Comfortable, moderately priced accommodations, pet friendly lodging options, complimentary breakfast, discount vacation packages.  
  • Quality Inn , 253 South Main Street, Rt. 4 & Rt. 7 , ☏ +1 802-773-3361 .  
  • 43.71 -72.9396 1 Fox Creek Inn , 49 Dam Rd, Chittenden , ☏ +1 802-483-6213 , toll-free: +1-800-707-0017 . Check-in: 11AM , check-out: 3PM . $237-406, including breakfast and dinner, higher in Sep-Oct . ( updated Feb 2023 )

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  • The Rutland Herald is the major local paper. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

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  • Nearby Proctor , an old marble cutting town, is home to the Vermont Marble Exhibit . The town is pretty and also a little quirky because just about everything is made out of marble. Even the sidewalks.
  • Killington , the largest ski resort in the Northeast, is only a 20-minute drive to the east. They offer skiing in the winter and various recreational activities (mountain biking, hiking) in the other months of the year.

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12 Things To Do In Rutland: Complete Guide To The Must-Sees In This Quaint Town

Small-town charm meets big-city attractions in Vermont's third-largest city. Discover the top things to do in the quaint town of Rutland.

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Things To Do In Rutland, Vermont (An Updated List)

Nestled at the western foot of the pristine Green Mountains, Rutland is a picturesque town where the old mixes harmoniously with the new. Despite being one of Vermont’s largest cities, Rutland balances its small-town charm with big-city amenities, a vibe that can be felt in its historic yet vibrant downtown.

Spurred by the discovery of rich marble deposits in the mid-1800s, the town experienced significant development till the late 20th century, when the quarries ran dry. However, that did not stop Rutland from morphing into a booming tourist destination with diverse offerings. The luscious landscapes and wilderness surrounding the city offer endless outdoor opportunities. But more introverted travelers will gravitate towards the blossoming arts and culture scene shaping the city’s identity.

Meanwhile, its lively downtown accords all the creature comforts visitors will require, thanks to a cluster of boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and other businesses. With so much to offer, Rutland is one of Vermont’s top destinations , and it doesn’t take long for first-timers in the city to notice this.

UPDATE: 2023/08/02 07:50 EST BY BARRY JUMA

Vermont is known for its stunning landscape, and a visit to Rutland ought to include a lot of outdoor time. This update offers more options for those who love nature, with attractions like Bomoseen State Park and Killington Ski Resort, both located a short drive from Rutland, among other things to do included on the list.

Top 8 Things To Do In Rutland

Hailed for its superb blend of fun pastimes, Rutland is the ideal destination for introverts and extroverts. Whether itching to get outside and explore the open spaces or comfortable inspecting arts and crafts between four walls, the city has something for everyone.

Discover the top things to do in this delightful New England destination.

1 Watch A Captivating Live Show At Paramount Theater

Paramount Theater is a symbol of Rutland’s rich history and one of the top attractions in the city. Originally constructed in 1912 by George T. Chaffee, the theater was officially opened in 1914 and features unique design elements, inside and outside, inspired by communal and classical architectural styles.

Today, Paramount Theater hosts an array of entertaining live performances, ranging from magic shows and operas to comedy gigs and musical acts. It is an excellent spot for family entertainment, especially for newcomers to the city.

  • Tickets and hours: Visit the website for details on upcoming events, their duration, and corresponding ticket prices.

The Paramount Theater features on the National Register of Historic Places. It has hosted performances like Stephen King’s IT and Champions of Magic, making it a worthy interest point for history buffs and performance art lovers.

2 Take Up The Challenge At Pine Hill Park

Located just outside the city limits to the northwest, Pine Hill Park is ideal for outdoorsy tourists looking for a not-so-little physical challenge. The park houses 325 acres of forested land waiting to be explored. It features almost 17 miles of trails, rated moderate to difficult, suitable for runners, hikers, and bikers.

During the winter, the snow-covered trails offer the perfect opportunity for snowshoers and backcountry skiers to be in their element. Volunteers maintain the park, allowing the public to take advantage of its amenities all year round.

  • Admissions : Free
  • Hours : Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm

Bring all hiking essentials and dress appropriately for the best experience. Also, stick to the marked trail during hiking as it passes through private property that tourists shouldn’t trespass on.

3 Take The Toddlers To Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum

The Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum offers vacationing families in Rutland a wonderful experience through a raft of fun and interactive activities designed for young souls. The facility has dedicated play areas for different age groups, from infants as young as a year old to bigger kids up to eight years.

From building with Lego and playing in kinetic sand to drawing and imitating their moms in the kitchen, visitors can look forward to a day full of fun for their kids. Play aside, children learn about the state’s culture through awesome exhibits and fun classes.

  • Admissions : $5 per person
  • Hours : Friday to Saturday (10 am - 2 pm), Sunday (12 pm - 4 pm)

Wonderfeet Kid's Museum is temporarily closed for March and April. When it reopens, the facility will have relocated to a larger site at the GMP Energy Innovation Center.

4 Admire Creative Craftwork At Chaffee Art Center

Rutland boasts a thriving art scene, and the Chaffee Art Center is one of the major areas locals and tourists go to show their appreciation. The center is inside Queen Anne Mansion and gets its name from the builder, George Thrall Chaffee. Guests can survey multiple exhibits, including a collection of artwork that is replenished monthly.

Furthermore, the establishment organizes classes for interested visitors looking to fine-tune their artistic skills.

  • Admissions : By donation
  • Hours : Thursday to Friday (12 pm - 4 pm), Saturday (10 am - 2 pm)

Every summer and autumn, Chaffee Art Center stages Art in the Park . This family-friendly festival brings together craftspeople, fine artisans, distillers, and food producers to display and sell their works. The atmosphere is pretty fascinating, with live music and demos from artists.

5 Try Not To Get Lost In Hathaway Farm And Corn Maze

This historic farm in Rutland has passed through three generations since 1942 and is a major draw for holidaymakers. The highlight of Hathaway Farm is its 13-acre corn plantation, which visitors have a memorable time exploring and trying to find the exit inside the corn maze. Kids can also get in on the fun in the specially-designed mini-maze.

The farm also doubles up as a livestock ranch, and guests learn how Vermonters use their maple syrup in the production area.

Ignoring the rules set at the Hathaway Farm may result in getting lost. Be sure to stay close to other visitors and follow all guidelines.

6 Experience The Area’s Agrarian Heritage At Vermont State Fair

One of the best ways to participate in Rutland’s summer tradition is to attend the festive Vermont State Fair. The event has been running since 1846 and incorporates exhibits, animal shows, carnival rides, competitions, and food into five days of unadulterated entertainment.

As one of the oldest of such events in the country, the fair is a way for residents to appreciate Vermont’s longstanding agricultural culture.

Guests can sample some of Rutland’s top farm products, including maple syrup and cheese, and revel in country music performances and the demolition derby, which bring a surreal sense of nostalgia.

  • Date : 27th and 28th May (Noon to 6 pm)
  • Location : Vermont State Fairgrounds

Related: Why Burlington, Vermont Should Be On Your Travel Radar

7 Explore Rutland’s Downtown

The National Register of Historic Places lists Rutland's Downtown as a historic district. It is essentially the city’s heartbeat and where first-timers can experience how the town's urban flair merges with its historical elements.

The area is a hive of activity dotted with shops, restaurants, and dozens of other businesses, making it a hotspot for newcomers. Guests can shop at boutiques, sample local cuisine at various restaurants, and even attend shows at famous performing arts centers.

The downtown district hosts the Vermont Farmers’ Market and is home to the Paramount Theater. Additionally, its central strategic placement in the city offers easy access to backcountry attractions like hiking at Pine Hill Park and Skiing at Killington.

8 Get Lost (But Not Really!) In The Dense Green Mountain National Forest

Travelers looking to take a break from civilization can escape to the Green Mountain National Forest for an exciting off-the-grid adventure. This sprawling green space spans just under 400,000 acres, full of diverse flora and fauna, and is among the largest national forests in Rutland. Nature lovers will feel at home in the lush and undisturbed setting of the wilderness.

Meanwhile, almost 900 miles of trails will accommodate runners, bikers, and hikers. During the excursions, visitors should be on the lookout for various wildlife, such as moose, coyotes, wild turkeys, beavers, and black bears.

When venturing into the Green Mountain National Forest, carry a camera to capture beautiful shots of the gorgeous atmosphere and creatures living within it. Camping is also open to those who want to get the full outdoor experience.

9 Learn About Marble Quarrying At The Vermont Marble Museum

Found in the heart of Proctor, just a 10-minute drive from Rutland, the Vermont Marble Museum stands as a testament to the town's rich history in marble quarrying.

The museum, once a bustling marble mill, now houses a vast array of artifacts and exhibits that tell a captivating story of the marble industry. Tourists get the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of marble quarrying, from extraction to the creation of impressive sculptures and monuments.

  • Address : 52 Main St, Proctor, VT 05765, United States
  • Hours : Tue - Fri: 10 am - 4 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5 pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
  • Cost : Adults (18 and over): $9; Seniors: $7; Children/Teens (6 to 17): $4; Children (5 and under): Free

10 Tour The Historic Wilson Castle

Wilson Castle , situated in Proctor, is an architectural marvel that dates back to the late 19th century. This historic estate, with its blend of Queen Anne and Gothic Revival styles, draws attention to the opulence of its original owners. The castle's extensive grounds, adorned with well-preserved outbuildings and gardens, offer a glimpse into the past.

The entire property is open for tours; there are also haunted tours for those who prefer a little extra thrill.

  • Address : 2970 W Proctor Rd, Proctor, VT 05765, United States
  • Hours : Thu - Mon: 10 am - 5 pm (closed on Tue & Wed)
  • Cost : Adults (13+): $17; Seniors (62+): $16; Youth (6 to 12): $7.50; Children (0 to 6): Free

11 Go Skiing At Killington Ski Resort

Killington Ski Resort is nestled in the Green Mountains, and it is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. With over 1500 acres of skiable terrain, it boasts some of the best skiing opportunities in the region.

The resort is not just about skiing; it's a complete winter wonderland with a range of activities including snowboarding, snowshoeing, and tubing. There’s also a golf course, bike park, hiking trails, and an adventure center in addition to the ski trails, making this a year-round destination. Plus, this attraction is just a 20-minute drive from Rutland.

  • Address : 4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT 05751, United States
  • Hours :10 am - 6 pm (daily)
  • Cost : Seasonal passes from $79

Hours for the golf course, bike park, and adventure center vary. Check the website for actual timings.

12 Enjoy A Day Out At Bomoseen State Park

Bomoseen State Park is located in Fair Haven, about a 30-minute drive from Rutland. The park is spread over 3,576 acres, and it includes the largest lake within the state's boundaries.

Bomoseen offers a variety of recreational activities, from hiking and birdwatching to swimming and fishing. The park's historic buildings and picturesque landscapes make it a must-visit.

  • Address : 22 Cedar Mountain Rd, Fair Haven, VT 05743, United States
  • Hours : 10 am - sunset (daily)
  • Cost : Adults (14+): $5; Children (4-13): $2; Children (3 and under): Free

Visitors can also camp in the park. Camping fees start at $28 with an additional $2 for prime sites. Prices are for up to 4 people, any extra person is charged $5 per person.

13 Best Time To Visit Rutland

The best time to visit Rutland is between June and August when the weather is suitable for all outdoor activities. The conditions are relatively warm, with temperatures reaching a pleasant high of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer receives the highest visitor numbers in the city, and the setting is perfect for a dip in the lakes or shopping at the popular farmers’ markets. As the sun beats down on the city, guests can use this opportunity to cool off with an ice-cold Vermont craft beer when hiking the great outdoors .

Vermont is known for its charming fall-weather destinations , and Rutland doesn’t disappoint with colorful fall foliage. The mild weather conditions, alongside thinner crowds, provide the perfect environment for leaf-peepers to explore the vast city wilderness.

Tourists can head to the Green Mountain National Forest for a camping excursion, relish its biodiversity, or spend time at the pumpkin patch inside the Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze.

Related: The 8 Best Glamping Spots In Vermont's Green Mountains

14 Best Ways To Get Around Rutland

The city of Rutland has a network of roads and passenger rail services that make it easy for tourists to traverse it. Whether planning to stay within the city limits or venture further away to the outskirts and neighboring towns, these are suitable transport options available.

Guests can hire a set of wheels upon landing at Rutland Airport from different rental agencies within the area, including Vermont Rental Cars and Green Mountain Rental Cars. This makes getting around all the sites within the small city and those on its outskirts more convenient.

Given the central position of Rutland in the state, having a car comes in handy when thinking of a day trip to other charming towns in Vermont .

Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD), popularly referred to as “The Bus,” is the primary public transit system in the city, operating routes across the broader Rutland County. The buses link Rutland to neighboring towns like Killington, Middlebury, Fair Haven, and Manchester.

  • Fares : Adults $.50, Seniors and Veterans $.25, monthly pass $15, and $7.5 (reduced fare)
  • Hours : Monday to Saturday, 8 am – 4:30 pm, passing every half hour

Thanks to the Vermont rail corridor, visitors can access the Amtrak Ethan Allen Express train, which makes trips between Rutland and New York City . This allows for an easy commute to other destinations within the route.

Related: 10 Most Relaxing Vermont Getaways In Charming Inns And B&Bs

15 Where To Stay In Rutland

Rutland has enough accommodation options to suit every budget, want, and need. Whether visitors are searching for luxurious hotel suites with high-quality amenities or family-friendly resorts with a home-away-from-home feel, there is something for everyone.

Depending on their preferred attractions and points of interest, here are the top hotels to consider when it Rutland:

Luxury options:

Hampton Inn Rutland

  • Address : 47 Farrell Road, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Rate per night: Starts at $216 for 2 guests
  • Amenities : Indoor pool, Coffee machine, Cable or satellite TV, Free parking, Business center, Free toiletries, Meeting/Banquet facilities, Fitness center, Free Wi-Fi,

Best Western Inn & Suites Rutland-Killington

  • Address : 5 Best Western Place, Rutland, VT 05701-9705
  • Rate per night: Starts at $208 for 2 guests
  • Amenities : Fitness center, Wi-Fi available in all areas, Restaurant, Coffee machine, Free parking, Business center, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Tea/coffee maker, Flat-screen TV, TV

Mid-range options:

Comfort Inn Trolley Square

  • Address : 19 Allen Street, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Rate per night: Starts at $146 for 2 guests
  • Amenities : Indoor pool, Bar/Lounge, Free Wi-Fi, Tea/coffee maker, Free parking, Restaurant, Business center, Flat-screen TV

Days Inn by Wyndham Rutland/Killington Area

  • Address : 401 US Route 7 South, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Rate per night: Starts at $148 for 2 guests
  • Amenities : Outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi in all areas, Restaurant, Tea/coffee maker, Coffee machine, Free parking, Flat-screen TV, Cable or satellite TV

Budget options:

Quality Inn Rutland

  • Address : 253 South Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Rate per night: $$
  • Amenities : Indoor pool, Free toiletries, Room service, Free parking, Business center, Free Wi-Fi, Cable or satellite TV, Internet

16 Where To Eat In Rutland

The dining scene is impressively diverse and eclectic for a small town like Rutland. From Mexican cafés serving classic dishes like burritos and tacos to Italian restaurants with a romantic setting perfect for couples, tourists can look forward to an exciting culinary adventure.

Whether in the middle of the city or in one of its residential suburbs, there is always a restaurant on the corner waiting to cater to their foodie needs. Here are the top joints in Rutland.

For breakfast:

Johnny Boy's Pancake House

  • Address : 182 U.s. 4, Rutland, VT 05701
  • Hours : Open daily, 7 am – 1:30 pm
  • Food to order: Monte Cristo Sandwich

Related: 10 Restaurants In Vermont That Are Worth Dining For The Views Alone

For lunch and dinner:

Bueno Burrito

  • Address : 136 Strongs Ave, Rutland, VT 05701-4444
  • Hours : Monday to Friday (11 am – 6:30 pm), Saturday (11 am – 6 pm)
  • Food to order: Quesadillas, tacos, and burritos
  • Address : 24 Wales St Ste 7, Rutland, VT 05701-4042
  • Hours : Tuesday to Friday (5 pm – 8 pm), Friday & Saturday (5 pm – 9 pm)
  • Food to order: Barbecue pork nachos

For drinks:

Hop'n Moose Brewing Co

  • Address : 41 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701-4016
  • Hours : Wednesday to Friday (4 pm – 9 pm), Saturday (12 pm – 9 pm), Sunday (12 pm – 8 pm)

17 How To Spend The Perfect Day In Rutland

After breakfast at Johnny Boy’s Pancake House, start the day exploring the busy downtown region. Take advantage of the many shopping opportunities to buy a souvenir before getting deep into the day’s itinerary.

Head to Queen Anne Mansion and admire the lovely homestead before inspecting the various works of art displayed by the Chaffee Art Center inside the mansion.

Stop by Rutland Bowlerama for a fun game of bowling with family or friends. Meanwhile, the kids can play video games as the adults work on their bowling skills. From here, take the children to the Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum for more fun and a little bit of learning.

For lunch, head to The Yellow Delli for a sumptuous sandwich before taking it easy at Pine Hill Park. Kick back in the cozy green space, and hike or bike on the trails if in the mood. Later, catch a live performance at Paramount Theater and cap the day’s adventures off by getting lost in the corn maze at Hathaway Farm.

Finally, ride to Brix Bistro for a luscious last meal of the day and pair it with a glass of wine before calling it a day!

Q: Is Rutland a good place to live in?

Rutland offers a suburban feel with a small-town charm. The mountainous landscapes surrounding the city are so picturesque, and its downtown is abuzz with bars, coffee shops, and restaurants serving the best of Vermont’s farm-to-table cuisine .

Q: What is Rutland famous for?

Rutland is renowned for being the headquarters of Green Mountain National Forest, a one-stop shop for all outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, biking, camping, skiing, and more.

The city also hosts the Vermont State Fair, and attending it is among the best ways to spend time in Green Mountain State .

Q: What are winters like in Rutland?

Winters in Rutland can be freezing, with considerable snowfall. Temperatures hover around 12 degrees Fahrenheit on average and rarely drop below -6.

Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom as the surrounding Green Mountains allow visitors to schedule the ideal winter skiing vacation in Vermont .

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28 Best & Fun Things to Do in Rutland (VT)

In search of the best and fun things to do in Rutland, VT?

Rutland is the third-biggest city in Vermont, United States, abounding in exceptional attractions. This city, which is also the county seat of Rutland county, had a population of 15,807 as of 2020.

Most travelers who visited Rutland have portrayed it as gorgeous. There is only an overflow of brilliant activities and finds in this area!

Vermont’s oldest newspaper, the Rutland Daily Herald, hails from Rutland. You can’t afford to miss exploring the city’s scenic, historic downtown district. The district is lined with different attractions; you won’t regret visiting.

Are you planning an exploration of Rutland? Here are the best things to do in Rutland, VT.

Things to Do in Rutland, VT

1. green mountain national forest.

Green Mountain National Forest

Explore Green Mountain National Forest if you don’t know what to do in Rutland, VT, but have an affinity for natural landscapes.

It is one of the most valued public forests in the town, covering 399,151 acres. There are around 900 miles of trails where you can go running, climbing, or trekking; the choice is yours!

The Green Mountain National Forest’s ambiance is quiet and ideal for wildlife, having numerous species of animals like moose, beaver, mountain bear, coyote, wild turkey, white-followed deer, etc.

Its scenic environment is perfect for taking pictures, so ensure to come with your camera.

Address: 231 N Main St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

2. Giorgetti Park

Giorgetti Park

Giorgetti Park is one of the most mind-blowing areas if you wish to partake in different energizing outdoor exercises in a delightful setting.

The Giorgetti Athletic Complex, near the recreation area, offers various open-air exercises like an ice arena, turf, and skating.

The courses in the Park are also excellent for different exercises like riding, climbing, snowshoeing, and more.

Since Giorgetti Park’s environment is a suitable habitat for living species, you might see a portion of the recreation area’s enchanting animals.

The fun doesn’t end there as this place is not only for adults but also teenagers and little kids, so no one is left out.

If you’re feeling bored and need a place to have fun with your friends or kids, Giorgetti Park is a good destination.

Address: Giorgetti Blvd, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

3. Hathaway Farm

Hathaway Farm

Hathaway Farm is one of the best places to visit in Rutland, VT; suppose you’re on vacation with kids.

The Hathaway Farm is privately owned and run by a family. The Hathaway Farm is home to the second-biggest corn labyrinth in Vermont and is the second-biggest in the entire US.

Notwithstanding the numerous attractions of the corn labyrinth, there are also rabbits, sheep, jackasses, goats, chickens, pigs, and others.

During a tour, your kids will learn more about these animals and how they should be handled.

In addition, you might taste Hathaway Farm maple syrup, one of their top-of-the-line items. Try not to pass on the fantastic chance to visit Hathaway Farm!

Address: 741 Prospect Hill Rd, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

4. Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum

Wonderfeet Kid's Museum

The midtown area of Rutland brings so much to the table, including the Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum .

One of the best things to do in Rutland, VT, is to explore the magnificent Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum. At Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum, your kids are free to engage in numerous activities, like Block Puzzle, Reading Chair, Rigamajig, and more.

The Museum’s exhibition hall is open from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm daily except on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

A few programs in the Museum are for all ages, so nobody feels left out at Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum.

Address: 11 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

5. The Curiosity Shop

The Curiosity Shop

The Curiosity Shop features collectibles, antiques, furniture, etc. Once you visit, you won’t be able to stop visiting.

The Curiosity Shop is great for those looking for a place to have a family day out, as kids find comics and limited edition collectibles there if they’re lucky.

Anyone who visits this destination will surely find something that suits them. Adults can explore beautiful paintings, antique furniture, etc. Regardless of if you’re interested in buying something. There’s a lot to see at this beautiful Rutland shop.

Address: 18 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

6. Chaffee Art Center

Chaffee Art Center

For individuals who like artistry at its best, visiting Chaffee Art Center is one of the top things to do in Rutland, VT.

The Center, established in 1961, is Rutland’s popular craftsmanship community displaying various artworks. Visitors can also learn how the artworks were made by checking out their specialty art studios.

People of all ages and inclinations are welcome in the Center. The area has a delightful event known as “Art In The Park,” where recognized arts specialists, alongside their masterpieces, are exhibited.

Visitors can enjoy different activities, dishes, musical performances, and children’s exercises during the occasion.

Address: 16 S Main St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States.

7. Table 24

Table 24

If you want one of the excellent cuisines in Rutland, visit Rutland’s Table 24 . Table 24 is among the top restaurants in the city and, most importantly, pocket friendly.

Among the brilliant American-style food varieties accessible are bison shrimp, grilled pork nachos, jambalaya, veggie macintosh and cheddar, cheeseburger, and more.

Besides the excellent American-style food that you might taste, Table 24 also has one of the best bars in the city.

So why not enjoy a portion of their delicious refreshments, like red and white wine? It’s worth your time and money.

Address: 24 Wales St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

8. Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center

Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center

The Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center is among the best destinations to be in Rutland, VT, if you’re feeling stressed out and wound up.

Visitors can have different massages, including prenatal, deep tissue, Swedish, and more.

Visitors can also opt for a massage inside the salt cavern, a prestigious cavern made of 17,000 pounds of salt existing for about a millennia.

The Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center has numerous rooms from which you can choose, such as the Pyramid Rooms, Amethyst Room, Angel Rooms, and Mandala Room.

All the rooms are intended to give you an amazing feeling of peace and relaxation. A rejuvenating experience awaits you at this destination.

Address: 120 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, United States.

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9. The Castleton University Bank Gallery

Castleton University Bank Gallery

Rutland is home to a few craftsmanship displays. One of the best can be found in The Castleton University Bank Gallery .

The Castleton University Bank Gallery lies in the notable bank working downtown Rutland’s core.

The display highlights shows, which change month to month, emphasizing local artisans and their photography, painting, design, and different mediums.

If you’re an art lover, don’t hesitate to check out the Castleton University Bank Gallery and admire some artworks.

Address: 104 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

10. Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center

Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center

Take your companions to the Mountain Rock Climbing Center if you like partaking in proactive tasks. Going rock climbing in this destination is one of the fun things to do in Rutland, VT.

Climb the 46 feet height and other fascinating Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center walls. You can also participate in exercises like 26 top-rope stations, bouldering, lead climbing, amateur walls, etc.

The rush and pleasure you will have at Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center won’t be something you will ever forget!

This spot is open from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Address: 223 Woodstock Ave, Rutland, VT 05701, United States.

11. Downtown Rutland

Downtown Rutland

One of the top things to do in Rutland, VT, is to explore Downtown Rutland. This historic district features many restaurants, art shops, apparel shops, and activities.

You can stop by any of the small enterprises in the area as you explore stunning murals. You can also shop for fresh foods at the farmers’ market.

This destination is where everything happens in Rutland, VT. If you don’t want to buy anything, you can walk through and enjoy the bustling scenery.

There’s never a dull moment in the historic Downtown Rutland. Do visit!

Address: Rutland, Vermont, USA.

12. Vermont Tap House

Vermont Tap House

If you visit Vermont Tap House, you will taste one of the best pizzas!

The Vermont Tap House was established by an excellent restauranteur, Jonathan Wish, who devoted himself to carrying a sensation of local cooking to the area.

The Vermont Tap House is the kind of café that invests heavily in offering phenomenal and flavorful firewood-prepared pizzas.

Besides serving probably the best pizzas, they also serve dishes like Tap House Mac Attack and Grilled Thai Wings.

All their dishes are affordable. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Vermont Tap House in Rutland, Vermont!

Address: 120 S Main St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States.

13. Rutland Free Library

Rutland Free Library

One of the best decisions if you want to be away from the city’s busy life is to check out the exceptional Rutland Free Library , which offers various charming books and assets.

Besides partaking in a tranquil setting, increasing your knowledge in different fields is a good experience.

Individuals and sightseers adore Rutland Free Library.

Assuming you have kids, you can let them participate in the exercises presented by the library, which are mostly poetry and educationally-based.

Notwithstanding their broad assortment of books and educational materials, you can access the web utilizing their laptops.

The Rutland Free Library is among the best places to visit in Rutland, VT, as it offers you the knowledge for whatever you would like to know, especially about Rutland

Address: 10 Court St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

14. Fruition Fineries

Fruition Fineries

When you stroll into Fruition Fineries, you’ll be amazed because it looks like what you’ll find in New York City; due to its beautiful outlook.

Nevertheless, it’s the spot to get the exact cloth you want, whether a dress for a date or a sweater. If you need a birthday present for your sister, mother, or companion, they’ve got it. They make it a priority to meet the demand of their customers.

Fruition Fineries is any lady’s dream as it’s the best place to find anything they could need and shop till they drop. Visit Fruition Fineries, and you won’t have regrets.

Address: 56 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, United States.

15. Johnny Boy’s Pancake House

Johnny Boy's Pancake House

Those needing tasty pancakes need not look any farther than Johnny Boys Pancake House , where they will get the most delectable pancakes.

Café owner, Johnny Petrone, also called “Johnny Boy,” established the eatery in 1972 and has been making waves ever since.

The café serves pancakes, house omelets, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, steaks, and more. It is open from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm, and you can also join a feast during lunch hours.

Address: 182 US-4, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

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16. The Sandwich Shoppe

Sandwich Shoppe

Sandwich Shoppe was acquired by the Zullo family and has been in business for over 40 years. They serve different food sources you might appreciate for breakfast or lunch, such as cheeseburgers, sausages, pizza burgers, turkey sub, and more.

The Sandwich Shoppe is one of the respected restaurants in Rutland, VT, and you don’t have to break the bank to buy their food.

Whether you’re coming in for breakfast or lunch or need a snack to get you going for the day, the Sandwich Shoppe is perfect for you.

If you desire burgers and sandwiches, don’t hesitate to visit Sandwich Shoppe.

Address: 56 1/2 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

17. TaSo on Center

TASO On Center

The TaSo on Center is a new dining location; however, it has rapidly become a neighborhood favorite.

The owner is not new to the restaurant business, as his family owns The Palms, one of the number one Italian eateries.

TaSo on Center has a cutting-edge, modern feel, making it the ideal spot for a night out with friends or family. Begin with the Dirty Fries, try the Fish Tacos, and most certainly have dessert. You will love it!

The staff of the TaSo on Center is competent and friendly, as they ensure you’re attended to quickly without having to wait for minutes.

Visit TaSo on Center and have your fill!

Address: 22 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

18. Pine Hill Park

Pine Hill Park

Pine Hill Park, situated on the edge of Rutland’s northwest corner, encompasses over 325 acres of woodland.

Pine Hill Park comprises 17 miles of single-track trails suitable for trekking, climbing, trail running, backwoods skiing, and geocaching.

Pine Hill Park is open all year and is routinely maintained by committed workers. The Park’s recreational activities allow visitors also to explore the greenery and trees of the habitat.

Camping in this place is also perfect as you’ll become one with nature. If you’re lucky, you can get to see beautiful birds and squirrels on your way through the forest; you can also take pictures of them. Do visit!

Address: 2 Oak St Ext, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

19. Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre

This venue in Rutland has a vital historical past. It is revered as one of the spectacular attractions in the area. Visiting Paramount Theater is one of the fun things to do in Rutland, VT.

The Paramount Theater, previously known as the “Playhouse,” was established in 1913.

The Theater’s interior and exterior designs have some bearings from communal and classical styles, representing the city’s culture.

The Paramount Theatre’s building style represents the beautiful city’s development and culture from the past to the present.

The Paramount Theater in Vermont, which is recorded on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of Vermont’s famous tourist attractions.

Some of the theatrical performances include Magic shows, comedy acts, opera shows, etc. These shows are open to all ages, making them a fantastic family destination.

Address: 30 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

Gills

Rutland dominates in sandwiches, as it has the best sandwich shops in the region. However, Gills is the best sandwich shop.

Gills was established in 1964 and is family owned and operated. With a new release every day and great taste, Gills is the go-to lunch spot.

Gills chefs are incredible. Gills can go as far as delivering their grinders to your doorstep during the Christmas holidays.

If it’s a perfect day out you need or a memorable picnic or a good meal you’re searching for, you can arrange for it at Gills.

They have the friendliest and hard-working staff any customer could ask for, as they rarely mix up their orders and are prompt in delivery.

If you’re looking for an excellent place to eat or need to be cheered up after a gloomy day, a sandwich at Gills can wipe that frown off your face!

Address: 68 Strongs Ave, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

21. Killington Resorts

Killington Resorts

Killington Resort, lovingly known as “The Beast of the East,” is home to seven mountain regions, including Killington Peak – which remains at 4,241 feet.

In the cold months, visitors can enjoy snowmobiling and snowshoeing, their tubing park, sled rides, etc.

During late spring, visit the Adventure Center and bring a ride down the Beast Coaster, or partake in a picturesque gondola ride, Segway visit, or bounce on your off-road bicycle.

This attraction is perfect for families, children, or those searching for a slower speed on the inclines, with 468 skiable sections of land and 19 miles of trails.

Address: Killington, VT, USA

22. Phoenix Books

Phoenix Books

No city is complete without a decent bookshop. Go on an outing to Phoenix Books over Barnes and Noble quickly if you’re wondering what to do in Rutland, VT.

Phoenix Books is small; however, don’t allow its size to trick you, as you can find a vast assortment of books within.

The destination is comfortable, offering an incredible selection of new deliveries and more established choices.

Make sure to look at the back left corner, highlighting their hello cards, clothing, riddles, games, etc. Their staffs are bibliophiles, so they are in an excellent position to make suggestions for you if you become indecisive.

Phoenix Books is a great place to find many exciting books to read and expand your knowledge. If you’re a bookworm, this place is for you!

Address: 2 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States.

23. Vermont Truffle Company

Vermont Truffle Company

Whenever you talk about the Vermont Truffle Company, what comes to mind should be three words: Salted, Caramel, and Truffle.

Vermont Truffle Company produces the world’s best truffles, as many have testified.

This Truffle Company has assorted truffles, like the four-piece box and countless other flavors.

It can’t turn out badly with any of their flavors, and you would want to should attempt their Vermont Maple Truffle no less than once.

If you need the best truffles the beautiful city of Rutland has to offer, visit the Vermont Truffle Company.

Address: 37 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

24. Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice

The best breakfast in Rutland can be found in a rural, working sugar house, Sugar and Spice. They have the best pancakes, which attract locals and guests for a delicious treat.

Try to be early, so you can request to be on the first floor to enjoy the magnificent view while you relish your meal.

When you’re finished, you can check out their gift shop to bring a little Sugar and Spice home with you.

Don’t hesitate to visit this destination, as it has a lot of surprises in store for you.

Address: Rutland, Vermont, United States

25. Fortress of Fun

Fortress of Fun

Fortress of Fun is an indoor family-friendly recreational center in Rutland, VT. It offers many fun activities to make your family trip memorable and exciting.

The indoor facility has a play area, bumper cars, bouncy castles, and an arcade where visitors can play various games.

They offer their guests a range of indoor party packages, which include the Silver Knight Package, Bronze Maiden Package, and Golden Knight Package.

The Golden Knight Package comes with a gift bag, 20 tokens for playing arcade games, a drink, and the option to choose the motif for the party room and its balloon arrangement. 

Address: 702 US-4 BUS, Center Rutland, VT 05736, United States

26. Stonehenge Indoor Golf

Stonehenge Indoor Golf

Stonehedge Indoor Golf has been providing fantastic recreational services for over 20 years at a great value. They are also devoted to delivering exciting indoor activities to the residents of Rutland. 

Apart from golfing, various pleasurable activities here will pique your interest.

You can pause on their 38 top-tier golf courses and check out their indoor mini golf, four indoor virtual shooting ranges, foosball, a private suite, and a 22′ shuffleboard table.

If you become hungry while having fun, you can head to their pub and grill, which offers a selection of delicious foods such as homemade wings and pizza.

This attraction also has a full-service bar with a vast selection of handcrafted brews, exotic wines, and local beers.

Address: 172 S Main St, Rutland, VT 05701, United States

27. Pico Peak

Pico Peak

Pico Peak is the second highest elevation, whereas Killington Peak is the first highest. This place features a well-maintained hiking route that goes up to the topmost part of Pico Peak.

While hiking, if you gaze toward the North, you will see Deer Leap Mountain, and in the south direction, you will find Rams Head. The Pico Peak can be located across the Sherburne Pass, and it has a cone-like shape.

The Pico Peak offers outdoor opportunities, including horseback riding, skiing, hiking, and snowboarding. 

28. Hampton Inn Rutland

Hampton Inn Rutland Rutland, VT

Hampton Inn offers its visitors easy access to outdoor activities in all four seasons of the year.

These Mountains offer a unique snowboarding and skiing experience in the East, Killington, Okemo, and Pico Mountains.

The mountains also serve as the perfect setting for different activities. You can go antique shopping on the Historic Route 6 and scenic drives or recall history at the New England Maple Museum, Wilson Castle, Robert Todd Lincoln’s Hildene, and Shelburne Museum.

Hampton Inn also has proximity to various attractions, including places like Castle State College, Middlebury College, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and College of Saint Joseph. 

The hotel has an indoor pool, fitness center, meeting rooms, a business center, free parking, and free Internet access. The guest rooms are well equipped.

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Rutland is one of the cool cities in Vermont, as it offers a wide range of fun activities, from natural to artificial attractions.

With the vast number of things you can do in the city and others nearby, you will have a memorable experience.

Despite being Vermont’s third largest city, Rutland offers the perfect blend of big city attractions and small-town charm.

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As Vermont ’s second largest city, rich in natural beauty, with a healthy economy and wonderful history, Rutland is hailed as an eclectic mix of the old and the new. Whether you’re itching to be out in nature, passionate about art and history, looking to treat yourself to some pampering, seeking an adventure, or hoping to immerse yourself in culture, you won’t want to miss out on these incredible things to see and do in Rutland , Vermont.

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Explore the trails of Pine Hill Park

Offering 16 miles of single-track trail spread over 325 acres of terrain, Pine Hill Park provides its visitors with some of the very best mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking, snowshoeing, and geocaching in the central Vermont region. Pine Hill Park is owned by the City of Rutland, Vermont, and it is stewarded by the Pine Hill Partnership, which is a non-profit volunteer organization formed to maintain the park for the enjoyment of all who love the outdoors. Trail construction and maintenance is conducted entirely by volunteers who have donated tens of thousands of strenuous man-hours. All of the dirt digging, shoveling, bridge building, and signage was done by volunteers coordinated through the Pine Hill Partnership. The park is home to seven unique wooden bridges, including a Chinese-timber arch bridge, a centrifuge berm, another based on the Fibonacci sequence, and even a full suspension bridge. All of the bridges are built with trex decking material that holds its grip even when it’s wet so that the bridges are always safe for visitors. Pine Hill’s suggested trails , all of which feature stunning views of natural Vermont scenery, include both running and mountain biking loops at all levels of difficulty, in addition to the popular Carriage Trail marked with royal blue blazes.

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View the historic collections of the Norman Rockwell Museum

Established in 1976, the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont features a nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell’s art, commemorating his years in Vermont and the entire span and diversity of his career from 1911 to 1978. Americans first knew and loved Norman Rockwell’s art and style as it appeared on and between the covers of America’s most popular magazines, and these magazine covers, advertisements, and illustrations are at the heart of the museum’s collection. The Saturday Evening Post covers, with which most people are familiar, represent a just a fraction of Rockwell’s art. He also painted covers for such forgotten magazines as Judge, Leslie’s, The Literary Digest, The Country Gentleman, and a host of others. The museum showcases a chronological display of more than 2,500 Norman Rockwell magazine covers, advertisements, paintings, facts, and other published works, showing Rockwell’s development as an illustrator and linking his work to the political, economic, and cultural history of the United States. From prints and figurines to collector plates and Boy Scout art to books and Norman Rockwell-themed gifts, the Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont has it all.

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Get lost in the Hathaway Farm Corn Maze

Inside a third generation Vermont farm at the foot of the Green Mountains, the Hathaway Farm Corn Maze delights guests of all ages as the largest corn maze in the state. With 12 acres of corn and miles of paths, solving the maze is certainly a challenging task. Luckily, there is an Early Exit available so that visitors can ‘escape’ if they really need to. The maze has a different theme every year (the 2015 theme was Under the Sea), and there are always clues scattered throughout to help guests along the way. In addition, the maze famously features eight hole punches of all different shapes that people can try to find in order to fill up a punch card while solving the maze. Those who are able to find all of the punches will be eligible for a raffle drawing at the end of the year. There are four bridges that visitors might encounter along their journey, one of them being a four-way bridge that could even be happened upon more than once. There’s also a grassy knoll, a little field inside the maze where people can sit and relax in the Adirondack chairs while taking in the beautiful mountain views or roll down the hill with all the kids, and two huge tractor tires somewhere in there that double as a great spot to sit down and ponder where to go next. This year, Hathaway Farm started a series of smartphone games for the maze, allowing guests to access a site with trivia, digital checkpoints, and a map of the maze with a GPS function to that lets people see exactly where they are.

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Relax at A Signature Day Spa

Promising that its focus will always be on you, A Signature Day Spa offers a peaceful, zen, and beautiful environment, a place to exhale deeply, breathe freely, and to release stress and tension. Established in 2005, the spa’s reputation has grown more and more each year, now attracting clients from Killington, Ludlow, Stratton, and throughout Vermont. A Signature Day Spa has been voted Best of the Best Day Spa, Massage, Skincare and Waxing. With a goal of making a difference in the lives that they touch, the folks at A Signature Day Spa promotes a healthier lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit. Thanks to the highly trained friendly staff, guests can relax and rest assured that the skilled and knowledgeable spa professionals are there to take care of their needs on many different levels. The spa sets out to bring each visitor an environment where the highest levels of skin and body care are provided to nurture the well-being of mind, body, and spirit. Infusing Western modalities with knowledge of Easter healing and well-being, A Signature Day Spa is able to tailor each treatment to anyone’s needs. In addition to massage and body treatments, skin care services, manicures and pedicures, and waxing services, the spa even offers life coaching programs as well as workshops on massage and makeup application techniques.

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Catch a show at the Paramount Theatre

Presenting world-class live entertainment in historic downtown Rutland, Paramount Theatre has assumed its role as an arts, cultural, and educational leader, and as a significant and valuable community resource. Originally built in 1912 and 1913 by George T. Chaffee, the theater opened on January 16, 1914 with classical style exterior architecture that reflected the ‘City Beautiful’ movement of the time, while the interior took on the look of a Victorian opera house. Du Barry rose tapestry covered the side walls, and velour hangings of the same shade adorned the boxes. The ceilings were beautifully decorated with gold leaf, and a large oval painting representing music, lyric art, and the dramas was shown among the 150 softly glowing incandescent ceiling lights. The floors of the auditorium, aisles, boxes, and lobby were carpeted in green with wilton. In the 1970s, however, like many small theaters across the country, the Paramount Theatre, then known as The Movies, paralleled the decline of the film industry and closed its doors in 1975. In 1985, Paramount Center, Inc. took over and set about restoring the building to its original glory. The successful restoration of the Paramount Theatre was completed in February of 2000, and today it hosts a variety of impressive and reasonably priced shows including ballets , old films, stand-up comedy, and musical performances.

Immerse yourself in culture at the Chaffee Art Center and Chaffee Downtown

Showcasing a diverse array of unique art exhibits in beautiful buildings that are themselves historic landmarks, the Chaffee Art Center and Chaffee Downtown are two art galleries owned by the Rutland Area Arts Association, a nonprofit enterprise financed by donations, memberships, exhibit sponsors, and commissions on artwork sales. Founded in 1961, the Rutland Area Arts Association was created to promote the arts within the Rutland community, and the organization’s physical incarnation first found a home in the gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian mansion built and originally owned by prominent businessman George T. Chaffee back in the 1890s. The home, which now houses the appropriately named Chaffee Art Center, features a variety of European and Middle Eastern architectural styles popular at the time amongst wealthy Americans. Its distinctive features include the Syrian arch front entrance, a first floor of machine-cut marble blocks, a three-story corner tower with gothic windows, and an elegant porte-cochere. The gallery features exhibits that highlight the work of the center’s juried artists, regional New England artists, and even international artists. On New Year’s Eve of 2013, the Chaffee Art Center opened Chaffee Downtown on Merchants Row, kicking off the new year with a new space to provide yet another venue for area artists to exhibit and community art offerings to take place.

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Rutland calling: public art guides a day trip in the former marble town.

By Sally Pollak Story originally published in Seven Days on 05|25|2021.

Driving to Rutland recently, I was taken aback to realize I hadn’t been there in 30 years. Back then, I was a sportswriter covering high school football, and Mount St. Joseph Academy, a Catholic high school in Rutland, was a football powerhouse. I made the trip down to write about the Mounties and their hometown rivals, the Rutland Red Raiders (now called the Ravens). My view of the city was from the sidelines, literally.

But teams’ fortunes change, as do newspaper beats, and I stopped going to Rutland.

That changed in early May, when my daughter and I drove 65 miles south on Route 7 for a road trip to Rutland. With a population of roughly 15,000 people, it’s the biggest city in Vermont outside of Chittenden County. Its major crossroads of routes 4 and 7, marked by Starbucks, CVS and Burger King, could be Anywhere, USA.

But just a few blocks west of that junction is a historic downtown with local shops and a view of not-so-distant mountains. A distinct and fascinating feature of the business district is the Rutland Sculpture Trail. The collection of eight stone sculptures (with more to come) recollects the history of the region through representational works of art. The Danby marble from which the sculptures are carved recalls a centuries-old local practice. The trail of art guided our visit.

The carved figures include Ann Story and her son Solomon, who were coconspirators of the Green Mountain Boys. Ann cooked and spied for the Revolutionaries in pre-statehood Vermont. Also rendered in marble is Martin Freeman, a Rutland native and 1849 graduate of Middlebury College who became the nation’s first Black college president, and William Wilson (known as Bill W.), the Dorset-born, Rutland-raised cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

“These are all people who have contributed to Vermont’s cultural heritage,” said Carol Driscoll, executive director of the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland. “It takes a lot to come up with a way to present them, interpret their lives and have it be translatable into marble.”

The arts organization collaborated with several key partners to organize, execute and finance the sculpture project, she said. They include Green Mountain Power, MKF Properties and Vermont Quarries. The latter business donated marble quarried in Danby — stone valued at $10,000 to $40,000 per sculpture — to produce the artwork, according to Driscoll.

For our trip, my daughter downloaded the Downtown Rutland app, a handy tool for following the trail and learning about its subjects. Using this guide, we started at Center Street Marketplace Park, site of one of the first works in the collection.

Carved in 2017 by the Italian artists Alessandro Lombardo and Andrea Ingrassia, “Stone Legacy” depicts an unidentified stoneworker. The 11-foot-tall sculpture is a tribute to the local people who, dating back to the mid-19th century, carved gravestones, monuments and other objects from Vermont stone.

“It’s a tribute to the unknown carver, the not-named carver, who [worked] below the radar,” Driscoll said.

After viewing this piece and two others in the park, we spotted Roots the Restaurant at the edge of the green. As it happened, we had a reservation there for late-afternoon drinks and appetizers.

But before the appointed snack hour, there was more art to see. We followed our digital docent to Phoenix Books on Center Street, where an installation sits by the front door.

“Jungle Book” is the work of Barre artist Sean Hunter Williams, who designed and carved the sculpture that pays tribute to Rudyard Kipling’s book. Williams spent a summer at the carving studio in West Rutland to create the piece.

Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in 1893 and 1894, when he was living in Dummerston. Williams, who grew up in Montpelier, said he knew the cartoon series as a kid and read the book before making the sculpture.

“What I wanted to do is kind of interpret the characters in my own way,” said Williams, 35, noting that he researched bears and wolves that are native to India. “I chose the scene where the jungle [animals] are deciding what to do with Mowgli.”

The sculpture trail is a testament to what a small city can do when it commits local resources to a project, he said.

“Rutland used to be more of a hub for carvers and the marble industry,” Williams said. “It’s nice that they’re keeping that connection alive.”

The trail also affords easy access to downtown businesses, so we ducked into a few stores. Besides the bookshop, our stops included a clothing boutique, Trap Door, that earned a big thumbs-up from my daughter, and Mountain Music, a record store and jewelry shop. What a treat it was to browse aimlessly in a store after a year of quick in-and-out shopping and curbside pickup.

Still, I loved a totem of 2020 at Mountain Music, where shoppers are greeted by a photo of Prince, wearing granny glasses and peeking through the hole of an album sleeve, captioned by the words “MASKS REQUIRED.”

A fun aspect of our walk was coming upon other public art — in particular, murals painted in vibrant colors on downtown walls. We saw whales, a monkey, elephants, birds, flowers, a wonderful cityscape and cool, multicolored painted barrels by Bill Ramage, a tribute to an art piece by Christo and Jeanne-Claude from 1960s Paris.

The trail also led us to an unexpected and lovely lunch. We had planned to eat at Gill’s Delicatessen, Rutland’s beloved sandwich shop, but changed our minds when we happened upon Tokyo House, a Japanese restaurant on West Street. Our takeout meal of crab and vegetable tempura, spring rolls, and gyoza was as enjoyable as it was impromptu — and a bargain at $20 for two.

With some time to spare before our Roots reservation, we decided to check out Pine Hill Park, 325 acres barely a five-minute drive from downtown. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this month, Pine Hill offers 17 miles of wooded trails for mountain biking and hiking. A path designed for young explorers, the Pine Cone Adventure Forest, leads to 12 destinations, including a climbing rock, a troll bridge and balance beams.

Our day came full circle with drinks and food at Roots, where our table was under an awning at the edge of Center Street Marketplace Park and its three marble sculptures. The cocktails — a pink strawberry sour (with Barr Hill gin) and a purple blackberry lemonade (with Smugglers’ Notch Distillery bourbon) — tasted like a prelude to summer. The cheese fondue, a blue cheese and Parmesan blend sweetened with honey, warmed and nourished us on what was, in fact, a cool spring afternoon.

Driving back to Burlington, we stopped for ice cream at Seward’s Family Restaurant on Route 7, a dining landmark founded in 1947. I vowed not to let 30 years pass before I visit Rutland again.

My excuse to return will be two more sculptures that are in production. The new marble artworks will depict Julia Dorr, a poet and founder of the Rutland Free Library, and Ernie Royal, the first Black restaurateur in Vermont. He opened Royal’s Hearthside Restaurant in 1963 at the site of the current Starbucks.

Mount St. Joseph dropped its football program in 2018. The school’s longtime and legendary coach, Alfonso “Funzie” Cioffi, died in 2014 at age 84. Maybe one day a sculptor will carve a marble likeness of him, cradling a football and high-fiving his quarterback.

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Exquisite views, quaint Victorian homes, and covered bridges dot the countryside surrounding Rutland ? a beautiful place to bike or hike the mountain trails. Horseback riding, hay rides and a good old summertime rodeo add to the equestrian delights of the region. But, a romantic sleigh ride completes the picture with total satisfaction.

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - A new statue unveiled in Rutland on Wednesday pays homage to Vermont’s first Black restaurant owner.

Ernie Royal and his wife, Willa, moved to Rutland and opened Royal’s Hearthside in 1963. They spent 30 years building up their business, which they operated until Ernie’s death in 1994.

The monument is the 12th piece on the Rutland Sculpture Trail . It was made by the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center in West Rutland.

At the ceremony, those who knew Ernie Royal shared what his legacy meant to Rutland.

“It means an awful lot, the sculpture trail is coming along and there’s several folks of color that are represented there. This is certainly a welcome addition, it cements Ernie’s history in Rutland and quite frankly to have a Black person out front the way he was and now will be, that I think is encouraging from a whole lot of perspectives,” said Al Wakefield, the former owner of Royal’s Hearthside.

You can see the new monument at its permanent home on Merchants Row, within walking distance of many of the other 11 sculptures in the city’s downtown.

A new monument on the Rutland Sculpture Trail pays homage to Vermont's first Black restaurant owners, Ernie and Willa Royal.

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - Rutland’s Evergreen Cemetery is staying alive with a gift of life from a new board of trustees.

The 163-year-old cemetery has faced financial challenges and back in March the board announced it would fold June 1 after the city didn’t want to pick up the extra yearly expense.

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“Moving forward, we’re checking out finances, how we can make sure no mistakes don’t happen like they did in the past. But again, it’s a lot of positive energy with people and I’m very impressed with what the board’s been doing,” said Rutland City Cemetery Commissioner Tom Giffin. “People are very interested in making sure the cemetery is solvent and does have enough finances to maintain what we have.”

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RUTLAND — As this city’s sole cemetery commissioner and head of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association , Thomas Giffin can tell you all about the long life of the 163-year-old Evergreen Cemetery.

“Every stone has a story,” he said in a recent interview. “You have governors, you have U.S. senators, you have Medal of Honor winners. … You have so much of the history of the state here.”

Then this March, Giffin scanned the local paper and stumbled over what he feared was the burial ground’s obituary.

“It is with great sadness that the board of trustees of Evergreen Cemetery must announce we are ceasing operations,” its president, Paula McCann, wrote in a letter to the editor .

Since its founding in 1861, the 75-acre privately owned property has survived everything from the Civil War to Covid-19. But with a fall in traditional funerals and a rise in cremation, it has faced growing financial problems.

“The reality is that the number of people choosing to be buried is much lower now,” McCann wrote in her letter, “and the expenses are much higher.”

And so officials announced plans to archive more than 15,000 burial records and end operations, leaving no one responsible for mowing and maintenance and shutting down the possibility of people arranging for new graves.

Can a cemetery die? Locals wondered as the board voted to dissolve. Then this month, 65 plot-holders gathered at the gates and, resuscitating the old bylaws, voted in a new slate of trustees.

“It may take some time, but we have high hopes,” Giffin said of the resurrection effort, which he sees as a wake-up call for the state’s more than 2,000 other cemeteries that date back as far as the 1700s. “I see a lot of communities really agonizing over maintaining them — although I’ve never seen one this big have this issue.”

A weathered statue of a woman stands in a green cemetery with tombstones in the background on a cloudy day.

When the original 45 acres of wooded knolls opened as the Pine Hill Cemetery in 1861, “a visit to them cannot fail to gratify,” the Rutland Herald reported. Changing its name to Evergreen the next year, the burial ground accumulated more property and more plot-holders over time.

The most currently recognized name chiseled in stone is that of the late Vermont governor, U.S. representative and U.S. senator Robert Stafford. Best known for the federal student loan program that bears his name, he lived in Rutland County from his birth in 1913 to his death in 2006.

Stafford is buried alongside fellow U.S. Sen. Solomon Foot (1802-1866); U.S. representatives George Tisdale Hodges (1789-1860) and Charles Herbert Joyce (1830-1916); and governors Percival Clement (1846–1927), John Mead (1841-1920), John Page (1826-1885), Charles Manley Smith (1868-1937) and Charles Williams (1782–1853).

Military heroes range from Col. William Nichols (1829-1882), who led the 14th Vermont Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, to Maj. Gen. Leonard Wing (1893-1945), one of just three National Guard officers to lead a combat division in World War II.

A gravestone marked "Leonard F. Wing, Died Dec. 19, 1945, Age 52 Yrs, Major General, United States Army" with two red tulips in front, located in a cemetery.

“The people who don’t have the big monuments, they have quite a story, too,” Giffin said.

Take poet Julia Dorr (1825-1913), a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Her work included “The Fallow Field.”

Naught am I but a fallow field;

Never a crop my acres yield. …

A century after the poem’s publication, McCann discovered Evergreen Cemetery when she moved into a nearby house and, walking the grounds, unearthed the stone for Foot, who served as the U.S. Senate’s president pro tempore during the Civil War.

“His gravesite was completely grown over,” she recalled.

Since joining the cemetery’s board of trustees, McCann has spoken publicly for years about the challenges of paying an annual minimum of $120,000 for staffing and supplies to dig graves, mow and respond to genealogy requests.

“We can no longer be self-sustaining,” she told the Rutland City board of aldermen at a 2022 meeting . “Cemeteries throughout Vermont are seeing very hard times financially. It’s not just us. We just happen to be one of the biggest and I think we’ve lasted as one of the longest.”

A cemetery with various tombstones scattered across grassy and hilly terrain, surrounded by tall trees and a winding road.

The cemetery’s bank balance dipped to $8,000 a year ago, leading its board to vote this March to dissolve due to “financial insufficiency.”

Under state law , cemetery associations that fold “may” transfer land and other assets to their home municipalities — but host communities aren’t required to receive them. That’s why Rutland City declined to take over Evergreen.

“For the city to run it would be very outside the scope of what we do every day, and would definitely cost some money,” Rutland City Mayor Mike Doenges told the Herald earlier this spring.

Instead, Doenges watched at the gates as plot holders gathered May 13 to form a new board, which is expected to meet regularly to discuss how to raise money and maintain the property.

This Memorial Day, visitors won’t hear talk of past problems, just birdsong and buzzing bees.

“Evergreen is a beautiful space,” McCann said.

Giffin, for his part, is one of the new trustees. He’s interested in helping not only as a local and state expert, but also as someone whose family has plots there.

“Men, women, children — the people who made our history are buried in these cemeteries,” he said. “We owe them something.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the year John Page was born and the year he died, and it misrendered a quote from Paula McCann

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    The successful restoration of Rutland Vermont's Paramount Theatre was completed in February 2000 and an Opening Night Gala in March 2000 honored the artisans and contributors who made the historic project possible. With 838 seats in one of the most beautiful buildings in New England, we offer a unique approach to live event production.

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