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Shop. Eat. Be Entertained


Historic Downtown Rutland can be considered the true “heart” of Rutland County. With dozens of shops and restaurants, as well as a world-class performing arts venue, downtown Rutland is the perfect destination to shop, eat and be entertained. Visit one of the town's many unique shops as you make your way to the acclaimed Vermont Farmers Market in Depot Park. Grab a bite and maybe a local brew in one of many independently owned localvore restaurants before taking in a show at the brilliantly restored 1912 Paramount Theatre. Special events are a regular happening in downtown, including the Friday Nights: Downtown Rutland music series, the annual sidewalk sales, the Summer and Winter Movie Series at the Paramount, various extended hour shopping nights and Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting. If you are interested in an eco adventure, downtown Rutland is strategically located in the center of it all. Lakes, ski mountains, hiking, biking and much more are just minutes away. From skiing at Killington, mountain biking in Pine Hill Park, or hiking the world-famous Long Trail, downtown Rutland is a good place to start. See for yourself when you visit downtown Rutland!

For more information, visit Downtown Rutland Partnership or call (802) 773-9380

Rutland is accessible by train on Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express and offers an array of amenities to support a car-free vacation. Click here to see local travel details for train travelers.

Rutland is home to rich history. Explore the area’s best attractions: 

Paramount Theatre 

Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum 

Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont 

Chaffee Art Center

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