Attractions

Year Round AttractionsWinter ActivitiesSpring, Summer, Fall Attractions & Activities

If a day on the slopes or putting on the green are not in your plans, then be sure to plan a few days exploring all the many Southern Vermont Attractions.  A mid-day break for lunch, or an exceptional evening on the town, the region boasts dozens of dining options - from coffee-house, casual cafe's and pizza parlors, to gourmet, fine and relaxed country dining.  Dining options are included in the Lodging Directory.

Spring, Summer, Fall

Weston Playhouse

Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

Artist Galleries

Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone

Stellafane (Stargazing)

Horse Rides

Bike Tours & Trails

Golf, Tennis, Hiking & Canoeing

The Green Mountain Railroad

Vermont State Parks

Fall Foliage

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Year Round Activities

Ben & Jerry's

Billings Farm & Museum

Claremont Opera House

Grafton Village Cheese

Manchester Music Festival

Marie Miller Antique Quilts

Simon Pearce Glassblowing & Pottery

Therapeutic Massage

Vermont Country Store

Vermont Teddy Bears

The Windham Performance Venue

Yankee Candle Flagship Store

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Winter Activities

Okemo Mountain - Skiing & Snowboarding

Magic Mountain - Skiing & Snowboarding

Bromley Mountain - Skiing

Stratton Mountain - Skiing

Killington & Ascutney - Skiing

Chester Snowmobile Club

Snowmobile Tours

Cross-Country Skiing

Green Mountain Festival Series (Theater)

Sleigh & Carriage Rides (Romance)

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Man With A Plan (VHS Video)Man With A Plan
(1996) VHS
An offbeat look at American politics, this mock documentary chronicles the 1996 grassroots "campaign" of Fred Tuttle, an outspoken septuagenarian and retired dairy farmer, as he sets out to win his home state of Vermont's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (Two years after this film, Tuttle became a real-life congressional candidate).

 

 

 

 

"...detailed scenic driving tours make this book useful to anyone exploring the back roads of Vermont..."

 

 

 

Aside from the mountain resorts, visitors to the region enjoy great summer theater at the Weston Playhouse, enjoy shopping for treasures, taking in a walk, hike or bike trek through the countryside, and enjoy great dining.

Art galleries, antique shops and historic sites are abundant.  Interesting culture is part of life here, including the Weston Priory, Vermont Academy and Black River Academy Museum.

For the young at heart, both Bromley and Killington mountains offer summer thrill rides, with adventures like the Alpine slide.

Live music, street fairs, fireworks, craft & antique shows and the like are regular activities throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The Weston Playhouse
Vermont's oldest professional theatre company (the first season was in 1937) is located in Weston, minutes from Ludlow, Londonderry/Peru, Chester/Andover and Grafton.

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Visit a Vermont Maple Farm
Vermont Maple Syrup - The FinestA trip to Vermont isn't complete without a visit to and the acquisition of some Pure Vermont Maple products - from syrup to candy to ice cream - plus demonstrations and tours at many Maple Farms!

Some Suggestions:

Mitch's Maples - Green Mountain Turnpike, Chester 802-228-5242

Harlow's Sugar House in Putney (Near Bellows Falls/Rockingham): 802-387-5852

Green Mountain Sugar House in Ludlow: 802-228-7151

Artist Galleries
Bellows Falls, Chester, Saxtons River, Grafton, Ludlow and Springfield are all home to a variety of artists, in various formats.  Here's a sampling...

Chester Art Guild, 802-875-3767: 1881 Academy Building; On "The Village Green"; Gallery Shows, Lectures & Art Classes.  Proceeds benefit artistic scholarships and the arts in the region. 

Crow Hill Gallery, Chester: 802-875-3763: Crow Hill Gallery was conceived by Jeanne and Larry Carbonetti as a unity of life and work.  To visit their web site, click here.

Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, 802-885-7111 (Visit them on Facebook

Hunter Studio, Bellows Falls 802-463-3669: "Hunter's subjects range from trains, radiators and anything that needs a coat of paint to various Vermont and New Hampshire landscape settings usually involving old architecture, cows - mostly Jerseys, but an occasional Holstein as well - and sheep." http://www.hunter-studio.com/

Vitriesse Glass Studio, Weston 802-824-6634: Unique whimsical glass collection in Weston, Vermont.

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Bromley Mountain
Summer Thrill Zone
Home to both winter and summer enthusiasts, Bromley Mountain features the Mountain Thrill Zone (in summer) with America's longest Alpine Slide!  Other attractions include DevalKarts, Championship Mini-Golf and Pig Dog's Fun Park New Volcano Peak.  Bromley Thrill Zone also features The Trampoline Thing and 24' Climbing Wall.  Coming Soon - The Big Splash - The region's only wild-water rafting water ride. Bromley is conveniently located on Route 11 in Peru Vermont, minutes west of Londonderry, and close to Andover/Chester, Ludlow & Weston.  

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StellfaneStellafane Stargazing

Stargazing, astronomy, telescopes and clear night skies create a wonderful environment for adventures beyond the imagination.  For more information, visit the Stellafane Website (click the logo above) or email: stellafane_www@yahoo.com

The annual convention is usually held in August, off route 11 in Springfield, close to Chester, Bellows Falls/Rockingham and Grafton/Saxtons River.

For additional astronomy information, visit:
http://www.astronomydaily.com

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Horse Rides
When was the last time you saddled up?

In Proctorsville (south of Ludlow on Route 103), Cavendish Trail Horse Rides offers guided rides and scenic trails.  Reservations preferred by calling 802-226-7821.

Deb Hodis is the proprietor of Horses for Hire located on Route 30 North at the Junction of Routes 30 & 100 in Rawsonville Vermont.  Deb offers Mountain Trail Rides and Sleigh Rides in the heart of the Green Mountains.   Reservations can be made by calling 802/297-1468, or visit their website: http://www.horsesforhire.net/

Please let them know OkemoLodging.com referred you!

Bike Tours & Trails
Bike tours are popular throughout much of the year in Vermont.  In addition to organized tours, many guests simply like to get away for a few days with their bicycle and simply explore the region.  The area is a great location for accessing many bike routes and trails without having to move their car. 

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Golf, Tennis, Hiking & Canoeing

Several golf courses from 9 to 18-holes are located within the region.  Windam Hill, an 18-hole course on route 11, midway between Andover/Chester and Londonderry/Peru, close to Grafton and Weston.  Their telephone number is 802-875-2517.

The town of Chester boasts 2 tennis courts, a public inground swimming pool and skateboard park.  All are located about a 1/2 mile from the Village Green on Lovers Lane (home to the Orcutt Forest).

Planned walking trails are located in Springfield, along route 11, heading towards the Connecticut River and New Hampshire border at Charleston.   Many visitors enjoy the secluded Lowell Lake a mile from the entrance to Magic Mountain.

Canoeing and fishing in the many rivers and lakes is available throughout the area, with many options in Ludlow.  For RENTAL information on CANOE'S, KAYAK'S or FLOAT TUBES, contact Extreme Adventures of VT.  During peak periods, availability may be limited!   

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The Green Mountain Railroad
Railroad enthusiasts will delight on a scenic train ride from Chester to Bellows Falls - a great chance to step back in time during your visit!  Plus special seasonal runs to Ludlow/Rutland.

Vermont State Parks
The following parks are located in our midst.  Click on any park name for more information.
Lowell Lake State Park (Londonderry)
Townshend State Park
Wilgus State Park (Ascutney)

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Spectacular Fall Foliage
From late September to mid-October, the Green Mountains become a spectacle of color.  For decades, visitors have flocked to the state to enjoy the beautiful season of Fall in Vermont.  During this period, the area boasts some wonderful antique shows and the Weston Playhouse features it's Fall Classic. 

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Year Round Activities

Vermont Country Store

We cannot begin to explain a trip to the Vermont Country Store.  Rest assured you're certain to find something you simply cannot live without.  Be it a set of cat salt and pepper shakers or delicious Vermont Made cheeses and gourmet foods.  The samples are delightful!  There are actually two locations, on Route 103 in Rockingham (closest to Bellows Falls, Grafton & Saxtons River), or the flagship store in Weston.

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Grafton Village Cheese
A Vermont tradition since 1892, the company and store is located in the picturesque village of Grafton.

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Marie Miller Antique Quilts
An outstanding collection of over 300 antique quilts from the 19th and early 20th century.  Located in Dorset, near Manchester Vermont.  Click here to visit their web site.

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Simon Pearce
Glassblowing, pottery making and a retail center complete a visit to the factory/shop in nearby Windsor Vermont, the birthplace of Vermont.  A must-see collection while visiting southern Vermont.  Walk the catwalk above the glassblowing factory floor below and watch master craftspeople create works of art.  Glory holes reach thousands of degrees!  Click here or call 802-674-6280 for more information.  Open daily.

Therapeutic Massage
Therapeutic massage is available through several local massage therapists, including:

Touch Chi - www.touchchi.net

Ruth Stanton, Chester: 802-875-3914

Patrice Johnsen Massage Therapy, 70 Main Street, Ludlow VT; 802-228-2935 or email: patricegj@adelphia.net

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Claremont Opera House, New Hampshire
The Claremont Opera House
To our east in Claremont New Hampshire, the Opera House, originally built in 1897 serves as wonderful venue for great music and performance.  Minutes from Springfield Vermont. Visit their website for a current schedule of events:
http://www.claremontoperahouse.com/

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The Billings Farm & Museum
Located in Woodstock, this living museum of Vermont's rural past is an easy drive north from our region.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
No visit to Vermont is complete without a visit to Ben & Jerry's!  The closest Scoop Shop to the area is in Rutland.  That does seem a bit far for ice cream, but it's worth it.  Click Ben & Jerry's for more information.

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Vermont Teddy Bears
If you are traveling through Vermont, you'll certainly want to plan a visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Store / Factory / Cafe in Shelburne.  Shelburne is a relaxing day-trip to northwest Vermont.

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Yankee Candle Flagship Store
About 1 to 1 1/2 hours south of the region in Deerfield Massachusetts, visitors will find a Yankee Candle Flagship Store.  No trip to New England is complete without a gift from Yankee Candle.

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Manchester Music Festival
Founded in 1974, the festival features events year round.  Most events are held in Manchester, about 15 minutes west of Londonderry/Peru.

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Winter Attractions

Okemo Mountain
Ludlow

One of the largest and most popular ski resorts in the region.   The mountain features 88 Trails of Downhill Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowboarding and (in summer), an 18-Hole Championship Golf Course.  The resort is located in Ludlow.  

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Magic Mountain
Londonderry
Located in Londonderry on Route 11, close to Chester/Andover and Weston, visitors to Magic Mountain may enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing!  Magic Mountain is one of the oldest ski resorts in the area and in years past was one of the top rated mountains.  In recent years, ownership changes have hampered the mountains ability to compete with larger mountains, such as Okemo.  Nonetheless, through volunteers and paid staff, Magic Mountain continues to offer the ski enthusiast some of the most challenging slopes.  With another good season of snow, guests will want to check out this option - with greatly reduced ticket prices! 

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Bromley Mountain
Peru (West of Londonderry)
Home to both winter and summer enthusiasts, Bromley Mountain offers some great skiing.  This family friendly mountain is easily accessible on route 11.  On extremely cold days, Bromley's southern exposure offers skiers such much needed warmth.  Smaller then Okemo and Stratton, visitors to Bromley report good ski conditions and less crowds! 

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Stratton Mountain
If Okemo, Bromley and Magic Mountains are not enough, guests of the area also ski at Stratton, a long established mountain similar to Okemo in size.  Stratton is closest to visitors of Londonderry/Peru and Weston.

Killington & Ascutney
More Skiing, Gondola Rides, An Alpine Slide, Mountain Biking & Hiking await you at Killington.  Killington is north of Ludlow (Okemo) via Route 100, with easiest access for visitors of Ludlow and Weston.

Ascutney is due north of Springfield, Bellows Falls/Rockingham, an easy drive on Interstate 91.  Sadly, Ascutney Mountain Resort closed in 2010 ... read more.

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Chester is home to one of the largest clubs in Vermont!  Snowmobile trails lead directly to some Inn's and Motels, including Motel in the Meadow in Chester!  Visit the clubs web site here.

Snowmobile Vermont
For an adventure in snowmobiling, Okemo Snowmobile Tours offers a variety of snowmobiling for all different levels of ability.   For information and reservations, call 1-800-FAT-TRAK.

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Cross-Country Skiing
Four popular cross-country ski areas are located in the region:

Grafton Ponds, Townsend Road in Grafton (Close to Saxtons River and Chester/Andover)
Snowmaking capabilities and great trails!
802-843-2400

Viking Nordic Ski Center in Londonderry (Close to Weston)
802-824-3933

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center in Peru
802-824-6793

Okemo Resort Nordic Center in Ludlow
Dependent upon natural snow, this Nordic Center boasts 28km of groomed cross-country trails and 10km of snowshoe trails.
802-228-1396

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Green Mountain Festival Series
Theater, music & dance - now in its' 18th year.  This artistic series is held in Chester at Green Mountain Union High School.  Tickets prices from $7 to $18.  Saturday evening performances November through Spring.

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Sleigh & Carriage Rides

Nothing says Vermont like a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered countryside!

In Londonderry, Jon & Kate Wright of Taylor Farm offer sleigh rides (for 1 to 10 people).  Reservations are encouraged by calling 802/824-5690.

Deb Hodis is the proprietor of Horses for Hire located on Route 30 North at the Junction of Routes 30 & 100 in Rawsonville Vermont.  Deb offers Mountain Trail Rides and Sleigh Rides in the heart of the Green Mountains.   Reservations can be made by calling 802/297-1468, or visit their website: http://www.horsesforhire.net/

More options include: Winter Sleigh Rides by Karl Pfister - 802/824-6320;  and Adams Farm Sleigh Rides, Wilmington - 802/464-3762.

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