|Manchester, Vermont is an energetic New England town embraced by the towering flanks of Mount Equinox and settled along the broad Batten Kill river valley between the Green and Taconic mountain ranges. A favored summer retreat for over 150 years, it now boasts year-round attractions, from recreational to the arts, amidst its peaceful rural ambience.|
Five major ski resorts are within a 45-minute drive. Golf courses, cross-country and snowshoe, hiking and biking trails and byways, and world-famous trout fishing take recreationists into the depth of its spectacular natural attributes. Music, theater and art centers draw from far and wide. An array of lodging, dining, and shopping bring on all the creature comforts. Now, as long ago, clear air and unspoiled landscapes beckon visitors from around the globe to find respite all year-round in this vibrant town nestled beneath the mountains of southern Vermont.
The community of Manchester has re-dedicated itself to providing some of the best cycling and mountain biking in New England. Explore www.bikemanchestervt.com to connect with comprehensive route maps for rides ranging from family-friendly to challenging mountain climbs, bike-friendly inns and services, events and competitions in the greater Manchester area. Local cycling enthusiasts invite you to share the bounty of biking experiences that abound here.
|The Village of Ludlow is a classic Vermont setting, featuring an array of shops, restaurants, attractions, church bazaars, summer lawn concerts, country fairs and community suppers that can be enjoyed by guests and residents alike. Located in the southwestern part of Rutland county, it is bounded by Plymouth in the north, Cavendish and Chester in the east, Andover and Weston in the south, and Mt. Holley in the west.|
The village of Ludlow, nestled just northeast of the Green Mountain National Forest, was well developed before anyone thought of skiing on Ludlow Mountain. It has retained its New England charm with wonderful examples of earlier architectural styles.
While the old dry goods, general merchandise stores and old mills have long been forgotten, Ludlow over the centuries has seen the old stove, hardware and furniture store replaced with hotels, inns, restaurants and a booming ski industry. Aside from this it is surrounded by an industrious and thrifty farming community. Altogether, Ludlow Vermont a lively and charming place.
|The Stratton Village is a bustling hub with world-class shops, local crafts, and casual and fine dining all within steps of your front door. The Village is Vermont through-and-through: rustic yet refined, a small town with a worldly view. Pop into the village for an afternoon of shopping, or simply take a stroll after a romantic nightcap. Environmentally, Stratton continuously finds a balance between fun and accountability. While enjoying this mountain home, they maintain a deep respect for the power and diversity of their surroundings and all that share it with them.|
Stratton Mountain and Intrawest are associated with quality providers, and provide top-quality services to their customers at any one of their resorts. Intrawest has a network of premier resorts ranging from the tops of towering mountains to championship golf courses and pristine beaches.
|Rising above the village of Ludlow, in south-central Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a family-operated, four-season, outdoor enthusiast's playground. The resort continues to earn top awards and accolades for snow quality, grooming, terrain parks, family programs, slopeside lodging, resort dining, and friendly and professional guest service.|
Serving as a gateway to Okemo Mountain Resort, the town of Ludlow is a thriving, authentic New England village with Main-Street charm and local flavor. Gift shops, galleries and boutiques entice strolling shoppers, while assorted cafes, eateries and fine restaurants invite diners, après-ski revelers and nighttime partiers to while away the off-snow hours. Okemo's central location also makes it ideal for daytime excursions to family attractions and points of natural and historic interest.
|Whether blanketed in winter white, sporting the deep emerald the Green Mountains are named for, or dazzling in fiery fall color, these mountains know no season. The "Heart of Vermont" is embodied in the Killington Region - spectacular mountains, outdoor adventure, quaint New England towns, peaceful farmland, country stores and unique shops. The Town of Killington is home to the largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America, two 18-hole championship golf courses and Pico Mountain Resort & Adventure Center. In the middle of it all is the famous Killington Access Road, which offers countless options for lodging, shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife.|
|There's an original skiing-first spirit at Magic, born over 50 years ago, but now renewed. Magic connects deeply with those who come here for two big reasons: its awesome terrain and its authentic community "vibe". It's why Magic not only endures but now offers skiers and riders a true alternative to today's crowded corporate resorts. At its core, Magic is a "mecca" for skiers and riders who want to challenge themselves on its legendary expert trails and off-piste glades. These are real black diamonds, with real snow, real steeps, and real obstacles to overcome. And, Magic's original 1960s-style trails deliver a more interesting and fun experience at all ability levels.|
But it's Magic's skiers who create a spirited community like no other. It's a laid-back, friendly vibe where friends and families commune at Black Line Brew Pub to tell stories; where volunteers pitch in to help clear trails; where many have invested in Magic's future; and, where new "winter friends" are made every season. There are some who yearn for discovering something different, original and true. And, for those that have ventured here, it has made all the difference.