Nearby mountains and lakes are perfect for hiking, swimming and autumn foliage, and the Killington, Pico, Okemo, and Stratton Mountain resorts offer some of the finest skiing in the Northeast, within minutes of downtown.
Native Americans were the first inhabitants of this fertile plain 10,000 years ago, but the present community took shape as a result of the economic vitality created by the marble industry after 1850. In the 1870s Rutland’s Merchants Row was was reknown as one of the most impressive streets in New England. Today the downtown’s architectural legacy is second to none - 108 of its downtown buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn more about town history on the Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Rutland and explore shops offering trendy or classical apparel, unique gifts, home items, jewelry, and books. Nearly 30 distinctly different eateries will be glad to serve you just about anything from sandwiches to sumptuous cuisine along with a global array of ethnic specialties.
The Downtown Rutland Farmers Market, Tues. and Sat. from mid May - October, offers fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, breads, and mouth-watering desserts, plus handmade arts and crafts. Live music, art and the region's largest movie complex, are all part of the entertainment picture. The recent renovation of the historic Paramount Theater provides a vital cultural center with year-round live entertainment, including popular musicians, theatre and dance performances.
Summer outdoor events are a regular downtown happening, ranging from noon-time and evening performances to outdoor movies under the stars. In the fall, revel in the state’s largest Halloween parade, replete with connections to Marvel Comics popular characters, or join in the annual October Chili Challenge.
Rutland's central location offers many transportation options. Major north/south and east/west highways meet in Rutland. Amtrak rail service connects Rutland to New York City's Penn Station daily, while the Rutland airport and Vermont Transit bus service provide additional options from every direction.
For more information: www.rutlanddowntown.com or www.rutlandvermont.com; 802-773-2747.