The best attractions and things-to-do in the Rutland Area Vermont for Seniors are the many restaurants, the Paramount Theater, the Killington Ski Area, the Rutland Farmers Market, the Vermont State Fair, the Killington Golf Course, Hiking and Walking Trails and shopping.
The Rutland Area along with Killington is one of our favorite travel destinations close to home.
Rutland is the third largest city in Vermont behind Burlington and South Burlington. It has a population of 15,800 and downtown Rutland is listed as a historic district in the National List of Historic Places.
It is nestled on the western edge of the beautiful and scenic Vermont Green Mountains.
Killington for seniors is a great place to visit any time of the year. We like to book a "Weekend Get-Away" in the off-season free from the heavy population of skiers.
There are many hotels and motels near the heart of Rutland such as the Holiday Inn, the Comfort Inn, the Days Inn and the Hampton Inn. Some of these are a part of a hotel chain with membership programs for reduced rates.
You can find many places to stay along Route 4 heading towards the Killington Ski area. Some have great deals especially in the off-season.
There are quite a few restaurants in downtown Rutland.
Here are some choices:
Catch a show at the Paramount Theater in downtown Rutland, VT.
The Paramount hosts a variety of shows such as plays by the Metropolitan Opera, kid's shows from age 3 yrs. and up, comedians, plays by the Youth Theater, Ballet by various groups and music concerts.
The Rutland Summer Farmers Market is located in Depot Park in downtown Rutland and a great place for seniors to spend a few hours shopping at a variety of vendors. It is open every May through October from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and from 1 pm to 5 pm on Wednesdays. You can find fresh agricultural products, alcohol, animal products, crafts, dairy, flowers & plants, health & beauty, maple syrup, prepared foods, and produce.
We always put the Farmers Market on our "to-do-list" when we are visiting the area.
The Rutland Winter Farmers Market is located in the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center, 251 West Street, Rutland. It is open from November through April on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2 pm.
The Vermont State Fair in Rutland, VT. has been operating since 1846 which makes it one of the oldest fairs in the country!
The land at 175 South Main Street in Rutland was originally known as the Rutland County Park but is now it's permanent home. The fair, which was officially renamed in 1972 as the "Vermont State Fair" is still held at this location today.
The Fair is usually a Summer event during the last days of August each year.
Killington town sits right in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont and our "Place to Stay" when we visit the Rutland Area. It is a short and scenic drive from downtown Rutland.
If you go in the off-season it is more attractive for us seniors without the hustle and bustle of the very busy ski season.
We like to book a condo up on Killington Mountain near the slopes. You can get great deals in the off-season through Airbnb or VRBO.
There are an abundance of restaurants along Killington Road leading up to the ski area and the little condo villages.
Here is a screenshot of a Google map showing all of the restaurants along Killington Rd. As you can see there are many. A few close in the off-season but most are open.
Here are few restaurants near the ski area:
Of course if you have it in you, Killington is most known for it's ski area of 155 trails including more expert terrain than any other mountain in Vermont, with 60 trails and 16 glades. Intermediate skiers have 53 trails and beginning skiers have 43 trails to choose from.
You may want to take advantage of the complimentary "Meet the Mountains Tours" hosted by Killington Resort. It is a 75 to 90 minute tour on the slopes for the experienced novice and higher ability levels.
Killington Ski Area managed to stay open for the last weekend of the ski season on June 4, 2022.
A new record for the longest ski season for Killington Ski Area!
A favorite of Seniors is golfing and there is a beautiful course on Killington mountain. It is usually open from the end of May to the middle of October.
The course was designed by Geoffrey Cornish with it's unique mountain terrain. The 2000 ft. elevation with streams and beautiful vistas set the scene for this 6,186-yard, par 72 Championship Golf Course.
The course includes a practice facility with a 12,000 square-foot putting green and practice bunker.
There is a full-size retail pro shop with all the essentials, on-course beverage cart, caddy shack with food and beverage offerings, as well as the Clubhouse Bar and Grill with indoor and outdoor seating.
Our absolute favorite is the Castle Hill Restaurant in Cavendish, Vt. which is a "Fine Dining" restaurant and a must visit for a special occasion.
It is situated in, just as it's name, a beautiful old castle. A little bit of a drive from the area but a very scenic one and well worth the trip.
The atmosphere is stunning with a real "Old World" feeling. The woodwork is incredibly intricate and well preserved. You will feel like a "King & Queen" when dining here!
Little Harry's Restaurant in downtown Rutland has a diverse menu with exceptional choices. We had delicious dinners here. The dining room has a quaint and warm cafe atmosphere with a choice of tables or booths. The booths have an intimate and private feel to them.
Red Clover Restaurant in Mendon, Vt. is located off Route 4 between Rutland City and Killington. The restaurant is located within the Inn.
The dining room is "white tablecloth" fine dining. We have visited several times and always had excellent service and meals.
Unfortunately, the establishment is currently for sale and only taking room reservations at the Inn with the restaurant closed. We are hoping the establishment sells quickly and the restaurant re-opens.
If you have a chance to visit the Rutland/Killington area in Vermont we're sure you won't be disappointed!
There are many outdoor activities during the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter such as hiking/walking, biking, camping, swimming in the nearby waters, skiing, snowshoeing and more.
If you are into hiking or trail walking, the Vermont State Parks website has a list of trails describing each trail with the "Trail Name", "Mileage", "Loop or One Way", "Difficulty" (Easy, Moderate, Difficult), "Hiking Time", "Description" and "Kid-Friendly".
You can see the website here.
There are a lot of accommodations available, restaurants to explore and many things to do for Seniors in the Rutland Area of Vermont.