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Colorful, Historic, Festive
Rutland is home to a picturesque historic downtown rich with community events, arts, and character and is conveniently located in central Vermont close to several mountains and lakes. Historic Downtown Rutland is the heart of Rutland County, with dozens of shops and restaurants, as well as a world-class performing arts venue. It's easy to have the perfect day in Rutland: Make your way to the acclaimed Vermont Farmers Market in Depot Park from May to October, grab a bite and maybe a local brew in one of many independently owned localvore restaurants before taking in a show at the brilliantly restored 1912 Paramount Theatre. Special events are a regular happening in downtown, including the renowned Halloween parade, Friday Night Live free concert series, Sip and Shop events, the annual sidewalk sales and Santa’s arrival by fire truck for the holiday Tree Lighting. Rutland is also home to a new, 24,000-square-foot coworking space, Hub CoWorks, with podcasting space and room for an artist incubator. For outdoor adventure, downtown Rutland is strategically located in the center of it all, with lakes, ski mountains, hiking, biking and more minutes away.
Ski at Killington, mountain bike in Pine Hill Park, check out nearby Mendon, or hike the world-famous Long Trail – Rutland has it all.
Rutland is home to rich history. Explore the area’s best attractions:
Find out what sets us apart. Learn more about attractions, get the inside scoop on must-do stops and plan your visit by getting to know the area's regional tourism association.
WHAT TO DO
Vermont’s downtowns are home to unique places to stay, restaurants serving locally grown artisan food and drinks, and places to stop and shop. Plan your vacation with our directory.
A Summer Weekend down South
Vermont's southern region is a stronghold of history and culture, as well as home to unique events, bustling downtowns and lots to explore all summer long.
Exploring Downtown Rutland
Downtown Rutland is home to outdoor art aplenty, history, delicious local dining and stores that offer the unique and unexpected. Go along with a Seven Days reporter to explore, and then plan your own trip.
Vermont's downtowns offer access to unique local businesses with one-of-a-kind gifts, treats and treasures. Learn more about shopping in Rutland.
Much of Vermont is accessible by rail. Learn about what’s near the train station here, and plan your route.
Get to Know Rutland
Rutland is where small businesses and scaled-down urban living go hand in hand. Family-owned businesses can help you find that perfect something; the city’s historic theatre always has something exciting in store.