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Nearby Towns and Day Trips

Friendly. Cultural. Fun. Excitement. Relaxation. Adventure. And for the most part, very pet friendly...these nearby towns and cities have all the ingredients for an ideal getaway. We encourage you to explore the rich history, quirky facts, and excellent resources that our guests have helped us make available to you!


West Rutland - Our beautiful country town was the center of the worldwide/world class marble trade until tough times forced many of the quarries to close in the mid 1900s. Since the closing of the marble trade, artists and dog lovers have built upon the natural beauty of our area and have created a hidden muttropolis for you to enjoy. In addition to The Paw House, cute restaurants and a magnificent Marble Carving Studio are some of the worthwhile highlights of our little slice of heaven.

Rutland - Originally chartered in 1761, the wonderful city of Rutland has maintained much of the rustic charm of many years gone by. From the 1800s- early 20th century, Rutland was a prosperous community, with many fine Victorian homes and merchant buildings of the era still standing, used, and admired. The banking center for the Vermont marble trade hit hard times during the Great Depression of the 1920s and Rutland suffered for some time. But in recent years, Rutland has witnesses a passionate reniassiance. Native Vermonters and newcomers alike have made a priority of sharing the treasures of the town in a uniquely warm Vermont way. Friendly and inviting, the city is the cultural center of the surrounding towns. For more information about Rutland, here are some fun websites to explore:

Area Attractions
Nearby Restaurants
Calendar of Events

Rutland's History
Norman Rockwell Museum
Antique Hunter's Guide
Wilson Castle
Marble Museum
New England Maple Sugar Museum

Did you know that the best selling book "Songs in Ordinary Time" by Mary McGarry Morris takes place in Rutland? In the book, the town is renamed "Atkinson."

Killington - It was in the year 1763 when Reverend Samuel Peters christened the State of Vermont from the top of Killington Peak. Reverend Peters is credited with naming the state "Verde-Mont" for Green Mountain as he smashed a bottle of booze on the rocks. The Reverend Peters was traveling the mountains baptizing local residents. (And little has changed!!! Except hopefully people are drinking better booze these days.) The Killington area was sparsely populated, only about 300 people lived in the area at the time. The first tourist resort at Killington was built in 1880, well before the region was developed as a ski resort. The Killington Ski Area opened on December 13, 1958...the beginning of Vermont's most famous and largest ski resort. Each winter Killington welcomes thousands of outdoor winter enthusiasts from throughout the world while spring, summer, and fall the six peaks of this glorious area is home to some of the greatest dog friendly hiking and adventuring in North America.

Here are some good links to help you learn more about this exciting town
Ski/Ride/Outdoor Activities

Ludlow/Okemo - Largely known as a ski-destination Ludlow/Okemo is much, much more. This area has some of the most beautiful hiking/swimming trails in the region, fantastic theater and art, shopping, and restaurants. This website has an abundance of information about the area including activities, attractions, and more.

Woodstock -This richly cultural town is considered by many as the "quintessential New England Village." For over 200 years, the focal point of Woodstock Village has been the famed site of what is now known as the Woodstock Inn. The original structure was built in 1792, and in 1874 tourists were inspired to flock to the area via "The Woodstock Car" - a rail car that departed nightly from Grand Central Station in New York City. In 1969, after being approached to renovate the then existing structure, Laurance S. Rockefeller (grandson of John D. Rockefeller) deemed the old inn unsalvageable and replaced it with the current, stately structure. The town spreads from the Inn in all directions featuring classic general stores, great dining, working farms, beautiful homes, and more. This is a favorite destination among our guests and here are some points of interest for you to read more:

Billings Farm
Long Trail Brewery
History of the town

Quechee -
Just beyond Woodstock to the east Quechee is nestled within the banks of the Ottauquechee River Valley, its hillsides, open meadows, woodland, and spectacular world renown gorge. Quechee is home to the Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Studio, the Vermont Balloon Festival, and Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) Nature Center. (VINS features a state-of-the art Raptor Exhibit, displaying one of North America’s finest collections of birds of prey Visitors can now get eye to eye with Snowy Owls, Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles and other birds of prey.)

- The "tag line" of Brandon is perfect...Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable. Settled in the mid 1700s, quickly became an important mill town with both saw and grist mills operating on over 20 sites. Abundant local iron ore led to the production of stoves and other iron products. With the coming of the Burlington-Rutland Railroad in 1849, Brandon became a center for the manufacture of railroad cars. Formerly a major area for marble quarrying, only one site remains active today. The town is flanked by inns and restaurants, new and restored each with a unique contribution to the town's eclectic mix of beauty and tradition. Brandon is also home to the artist Warren Kimble who remains active in the Brandon Artist Guild

A great "walking tour" is available online and some other points of interest about Brandon are:
Area attractions
Calendar of events|

Middlebury - Just north of Brandon and 30 minutes south of Burlington, Middlebury, combines the youthful exuberance of a college town and an ideal location for many activities. Laden with a wide ranging selection of stores, restaurants, galleries, walking trails, historic inns and more, Middlebury makes for a fun day trip. Here are some sites to help you explore Middlebury:

Otter Creek Brewery
Middlebury Antique Center
Frog Hollow (Gallery of Vermont Artists - FANTASTIC)
Middlebury College

Burlington - Just 90 minutes away from the inn and nestled alongside the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain, is the beautiful and eclectic city of Burlington The best way to describe Burlington is a combination of beauty coupled with a unique blend of both simpleness and sophistication. In the warmer months a stroll down dog friendly Church Street or the Riverwalk aside the grandeur of Lake Champlain will lead you to outdoor cafes, crunchy old general stores, and modern day shopping. In our opinion, Burlington is a mini San Francisco...memorable, scenic and bustling with activities of all kinds.

Attractions and Activities
Shellburne Museum
The Original Ben and Jerry's

- In the footprint of Mount Equinox, lies the historic town of Manchester. Home to some of the finest brand name outlet shopping in the country, Manchester is a unique blend of New England charm, style, arts and culture. The area is a true four-season destination offering exquisite fall foliage, challenging golf and legendary fly fishing when the snow is not falling. Manchester features an abundance of inns, antique shops and museums in addition to a wealth of dining opportunities.

Guide to outlets
Manchester Music Festival
Fly Fishing Museum
Hildene (former home of Robert Todd Lincoln)

Weston - Weston is a village virtually untouched by time. Determined to preserve its Yankee spirit, the people of this magnificent town have lovingly kept up the 200+ year old traditions that make Weston a most special place to visit. In fact, the entire village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places!
If you go to Weston, here are some spots that you won't want to pass by:

The Vermont Country Store
Weston Playhouse

The Inn at Weston (featuring a beautiful greenhouse of orchids from around the world)


Other great sources of information are:
Vermont Living
Yankee Magazine