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!
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.
- 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
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.
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.
-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:
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
Brandon - 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
- 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
- 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.
Manchester - 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.
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: