city in and county seat of Rutland County, Vermont, United States

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. This article also covers the nearby village of Chittenden.

A view of the Rutland Downtown Historic District on an overcast day

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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.

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Map of Rutland (Vermont)

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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.

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There is a Greyhound bus terminal at 102 West St, downtown.

Vermont Translines route 7 connects Rutland with Burlington.

By train edit

See also: Rail travel in the United States

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  • 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.    

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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.

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Center Street lit up at night during a festival, with the historic and still-operating Paramount Theatre on the left
  • 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, +1 802-775-0356. Art gallery with changing exhibits and art classes and workshops    
  • 3 New England Maple Museum, 4578 US-7, +1 802-483-9414. Museum with the history of maple syrup    

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  • 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

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  • Little Harry's, 121 West St (off route 7), +1 802-747-4848. 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.), +1 802-773-7832. 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, +1 802-773-2580. A great little lunch spot with a huge menu
  • [dead link] The Village Snack Bar, 389 West Street, +1 802-775-2717. 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., +1 802-775-2424. Upscale restaurant with many entreés featuring local ingredients.
  • Gill's Delicatseen, 68 Strongs Ave., +1 802-773-7414. Classic deli options
  • Roots the Restaurant, 51 Wales St., +1 802-747-7414. Localvore-focused cuisine in a nice atmosphere. Seating is limited.

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Longfellow School

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  • 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
TroyWhitehall  W   E  KillingtonWhite River Junction
BurlingtonBrandon  N   S  ManchesterPittsfield

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