Southern Vermont is your gateway to Vermont from southern states, and offers a hero’s welcome rich with history, beautiful views, captivating heritage and an immediate sense of belonging. Southern Vermont celebrates its past and heritage, like the town of Bellows Falls, where the first bridge to be built anywhere on the 410-mile-long Connecticut River was over the Falls' narrow gorge, or Springfield, home to a thriving manufacturing past and stunning historic downtown.
A Weekend in Southern Vermont
Vermont's southern region is a stronghold of history and culture, as well as home to unique events, bustling downtowns and lots to explore. Our itinerary for a long weekend in southern Vermont will help as you plan your own trip.
NO PLACE LIKE GRAFTON
Vermont’s unspoiled beauty abounds in Grafton, home to the Grafton Inn, delicious local cheese, a network of trails to explore and a base from which to check out southern Vermont.
VERMONTING IN Arlington and Manchester
Explore Vermont’s Battenkill River and whet your appetite for delicious local beers and cuisine with Vermont weekly Seven Days’ exploration of the Arlington and Manchester areas.
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.
Stay at Rudyard Kipling’s Historic Home
The writer Rudyard Kipling made his home in southern Vermont in the late 1800s and wrote several of his critically acclaimed works here – and now visitors can call his painstakingly restored home theirs, too, for a vacation.
Explore the Path of Life
This Windsor sculpture garden interprets the human experience, including joy and oblivion, through outdoor sculpture. Wander the trail and follow up its spiritual experience with local beer.
SOUTHERN VERMONT HISTORIC DOWNTOWNS
Vermont’s historic downtowns offer the chance to get off the beaten path and explore the history of the Green Mountains, as well as enjoy delicious local food, shopping that feels like treasure hunting and welcoming communities.
WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY
Vermont is home to unique lodging, world-class recreation, local food, shopping, history and art in beautiful surroundings. Plan your trip with our directory.