Amtrak Train Stops: Rutland (RUD), Castleton (CNV) Stations
Plan your next trip by train and experience the excitement of Rutland in the mountains of Vermont.
From RUD Station: 16.3 miles car; 39 minute bus
From ESX Station: 7.5 miles car
From BRA Station: .3 miles car; 7 minute walk; 8 minute bus
From WMN Station: .5 miles car; 10 minute walk
From RUD Station: 0.5 miles car; 10 minute walk; 9 minute bus
From BRA Station: 1 minute walk
WHAT'S NOT TO MISS
From MPR Station: 1.8 miles car
From WRJ Station: 6.4 miles car
From WAB Station: 1.9 miles car; 23 minute bus
Unless you've visited, it's impossible to know how intense the colors of Vermont's autumn can be; how romantic a winter evening in front of the fire at a cozy inn; how sweet the syrup from maple trees can taste; how heart pumping the climb to the summit and heart stopping the vista below.
Vermont and Vermonters are serious about hospitality and devoted to caring for each other, for those who visit and for the natural beauty and surroundings, which means visitors return frequently, often to stay and make Vermont home.
Come spring, about 60 farmers' markets throughout the state feature a cornucopia of vegetables and fruits, honey, goat and sheep farmstead cheeses, sumptuous breads and baked goods, and freshly picked garden bouquets. There's no better way to savor the bounty than on a bike tour, pedaling your way from cozy inn to inn, or in the fields, touring a farm and harvesting the ingredients for a evening meal.
Summer seems custom-made for exploring more than 800 lakes and 7,000 miles of rivers and streams. It's easy to rent a kayak or canoe, or, if you don't care to paddle, to cruise Lake Champlain in style on the Sprit of Ethan Allen tour boat. Whether boat or streamside, Vermont's fishing is renowned for warm and cold water species from salmon to trout to rainbows and bass. Check Yoga.org, the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association, for info.
Crisp temperatures, apple harvests and bean suppers complement fall's vibrant and world famous foliage season, providing ample reason to take a road trip with a picnic in hand. Vermont's network of ten designated byways (Vermont-byways.us) unveil the towns and villages settled when America was young. The winter brings the deep mountain snow, a delight for skiers and snowboarders, as well as enthusiasts who embrace sleigh rides, snowman building, ice pond skating and snow shoeing, as well as those "insiders" who thrive on antiquing, art galleries and eclectic shopping.
On Your Bike in Vermont, bike paths in Stowe, Burlington and the 26-mile rural Mississquoi rail trail between St. Albans and Richford provide a not-to-be-missed landscape for premier foliage viewing without premier exertion. The popular touring route in Waterbury-Stowe is described as taking the cyclist "past panoramic mountain views, under ‘haunted' covered bridges, through woods and pastures, along and over small rivers, into one of Vermont's best known villages." Check Vermontvaction.com for links to a host of biking resources.
Looking for a different sort of vacation? If a peaceful break from mainstream attractions appeals, you may enjoy a taste of farm life. Stay a night, weekend, or longer. You could do a turn as a farmhand-milking cows, tending sheep, picking apples-and really earn one of those big family breakfasts to fuel your day.
Some farms offer antique filled and comfortable accommodations, while all provide some of the most beautiful scenery and friendly faces on the planet. For details, check the Vermont Farms Association at Vfarms.org
Antiquing Vermont, it's said, is a kind of sport. The thrill of the hunt is engaged in out-of-the way barns and multi-dealer shops where you'll find furniture, fashions and age-old fixtures and collectibles. The Vermont Antique Dealers Association, Vermontada.com, will guide you to your quarry. For fans of traditional and contemporary Vermont art and craft, visit Vermont State Craft Centers (Craftcenters.vermont.gov) and mark your calendar for Open Studio Weekend in spring and fall; Vermontcrafts.com for details.
Winter is not for skiers only Vermont's winter beauty can be appreciated from many vantage points other then schussing down a slope. There's dog-sledding, moose-tracking, snowshoeing and the gentle pleasure of horse-drawn sleigh, followed by a relaxing hour in a full-service spa. The Travel Planner section at VermontVacation.com will help you hone in on precisely the sort of adventure or amenity you're looking for.
Killington, Okemo, Stratton, Stowe…with 17 alpine ski resorts and more then 30 cross-country ski centers, Vermont has the terrain to thrill skiers and snowboarders at every level. A growing number of snowshoeing trails, established in may communities and at resorts, have turned the woodlands and forests into winter arenas where exercise and contemplation go hand in hand. Skivermont.com will keep you updated on skiing conditions and clue you in to evens and deals.
Diginvt.com aims to be a portal to Vermont's agriculture and culinary experiences that are open to the public. Follow its suggestions to experience the authentic taste of Vermont from farm to table.