Rutland is a city of about 17,000 people in Southern Vermont. It is the third largest city in the state. It is a good starting point for exploring the Green Mountains, and is very close to several major ski areas. The town has over one hundred houses on the National Register of Historic Places.
Rutland has many pretty historic houses in its Historic District. A bit further south on Route 7, there is a fairly large area of modern shopping malls, car dealerships and chain stores and restaurants.
Route 4 runs East-West through town and Route 7 runs North-South. Business Route 4 runs along the southern edge of the downtown. Generally, it is a 4-hour drive from New York City, a 3-hour drive from Boston and a 4-hour drive from Montreal.
There is a Greyhound bus terminal at 102 West St, downtown.
There is an daily Amtrak service to and from New York City via the Ethan Allen Express train. Journey time for travelling the full length of the route is about 5½ hours. 1 Rutland Station is located at 25 Evelyn St, in downtown.
- 2 Rutland–Southern Vermont Regional Airport (RUT IATA). Cape Air runs a few flights daily from Boston Logan aboard their Cessna propeller-driven airplanes. This is a very small airport somewhat distant from town, so be sure to arrange transportation ahead of time. It's about 2 hours by car to Burlington.
Downtown Rutland is easily walkable, but to go anywhere else you'll either need a car or take public transit. There is a local bus service called The Bus. The Bus also runs to Killington for $2.
- Rutland Falls. A nice waterfall just west of town on Otter Creek. It is crossed by a gargantuan railroad bridge and littered with huge slabs of authentic Vermont marble. It is accessible from Old Falls Rd, opposite the junction between Rt 3 and Business Rt 4.
- 1 Vermont State Fair. Held at the racetrack on South Main Street every September.
- 2 Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St, ☏ . Art gallery with changing exhibits and art classes and workshops
- 1 Paramount Theater, 30 Center St, ☏ . Historic performance theater with many events and touring shows visiting every year
- 2 Pine Hill Park, 2 Oak St Ext. Park with large well-maintained trail system for mountain biking and hiking
- [dead link] Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, 223 Woodstock Ave., ☏ . Indoor climbing gym suitable for both beginner and advanced climbers. Guided outdoor rock and ice climbing trips are available as well.
- Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze, 741 Prospect Hill Rd., ☏ . Large themed corn maze open late summer through late fall.
- Rutland Farmers Market, Downtown - Depot Park (Summer), 251 West St (Winter). Market for local produce and goods every Saturday morning. Held indoors during the winter months
- Little Harry's, 121 West St (off route 7), ☏ . An unexpected gem; a warm and friendly restaurant with an imaginative menu.
- Sugar and Spice, 43 US Rt 4 (Drive east on 4 out of town, the restaurant is located between Park Ln. and Meadow Lake Dr.), ☏ . 7AM-2PM. Vermont-themed restaurant built around a working sugarhouse. Also has a gift shop with many Vermont products for sale.
- The Sandwich Shoppe, 56 1/2 Merchants Row, ☏ . A great little lunch spot with a huge menu
- [dead link] The Village Snack Bar, 389 West Street, ☏ . A summer favorite of locals, features typical snack bar fare made to order. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open April through September
- Table 24, 24 Wales St., ☏ . Upscale restaurant with many entreés featuring local ingredients.
- Gill's Delicatseen, 68 Strongs Ave., ☏ . Classic deli options
- Roots the Restaurant, 51 Wales St., ☏ . Localvore-focused cuisine in a nice atmosphere. Seating is limited.
- Hampton Inn, 47 Farrell Rd., ☏ .
- Best Western, 5 Best Western Pl, ☏ , toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rodeway Inn Rutland, 138 North Main St, ☏ . Comfortable, moderately priced accommodations, pet friendly lodging options, complimentary breakfast, discount vacation packages.
- Quality Inn, 253 South Main Street, Rt. 4 & Rt. 7, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Dr., ☏ , toll-free: .
- The Rutland Herald is the major local paper. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001.
- Nearby Proctor, an old marble cutting town, is home to the Vermont Marble Exhibit. The town is pretty and also a little quirky because just about everything is made out of marble. Even the sidewalks.
- Killington, the largest ski resort in the Northeast, is only a 20-minute drive to the east. They offer skiing in the winter and various recreational activities (mountain biking, hiking) in the other months of the year.
|Routes through Rutland|
|Troy ← Whitehall ←||W E||→ Killington → White River Junction|
|Burlington ← Brandon ←||N S||→ Manchester → Pittsfield|