Rutland is Vermont’s second-largest city, after Burlington. Its most distinctive topographical feature, Mount Killington, is just 154 feet lower than the highest peak in the state. But that’s where this region’s runner-up status ends. Regardless of the season, its diversity of mountains and valleys, towns and cities, sports and culture, make Rutland one of the most interesting and enjoyable areas in Vermont. You just need to know where to look.
Pine Hill Park
Tired of pounding the pavement? Rutland has the largest bike trail network of any town or city in Vermont. Three hundred acres, 16 miles of luscious, mapped singletrack, and a picturesque pond — all within five minutes from the center of the city. A community of outdoor enthusiasts revived the former quarry.
Off the fast-food strip in downtown Rutland, the incongruous Table 24 is a multicultural oasis. With its wideplank floors, beamed ceilings and sunset-red walls, the welcoming eatery looks like a mashup of Provençal bistro, Mexican cantina and Texas roadhouse. Keep reading...
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Need to stretch your legs after a long haul in the car? The best bang for your buck is the 3.1 mile hike to the top of Deer's Leap, where you can get great views of Pico and Killington — the fearless rock climbers scaling the big cliffs below. Afterward, reward yourself with a smooth draft Guinness at McGrath's Irish Pub at the Inn at Long Trail.
Green Mountain National Golf Course
Rated the number one public golf course in Vermont by Golf Digest, the GMNGC is carved out of the hills and yet manages to not be too hilly. The narrow fairways challenge even the best golfers, but even if you double-bogey, the gorgeous scenery keeps things in perspective.
Hubbardton Battle Monument
History buff? Don't miss the Hubbardton Battle Monument. This Revolutionary War battle took place in 1777 — it was the only one that took place entirely on Vermont soil. On a piece of ground now known as Monument Hill, with good views into New York, there's a visitor's center, houses and a museum with exhibits and period artifacts. An annual Revolutionary War encampment in early July commemorates the battle.
Arts & Entertainment
Rutland Concerts on the Green
It may not be ideal for acoustics, but the "town green" is a great place to catch a concert — weather permitting, of course. On Wednesday nights from June to August, Vermont bands play in the gazebo on the Rutland Green. Nothing says summer like listening to free tunes — from a lawnchair — while the sun sinks behind the mountains.
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