Rutland VT Delights: A Weekend Getaway Itinerary

Nestled amid the rolling hills and vibrant landscapes of New England’s Green Mountains, Rutland, Vermont beckons with a unique blend of character and charm that’s waiting to be explored. Nearby, there’s a homespun Maple Museum, a cool Marble Museum, a collection of Norman Rockwell magazine covers, good eats, beautiful inns, and of course, ski resorts.

Whether you’re an adventurer drawn to the region’s natural wonders, a history enthusiast intrigued by its rich heritage, or a food lover eager to savor local flavors, there are lots of romantic things to do in Rutland VT.

Looking for more weekend getaway ideas? Check out our list of romantic getaways in New England.

Best Things to Do In Rutland VT

Handmade in Vermont, Wallingford VT

SHOP: Handmade in Vermont – Wallingford VT

The last thing you’d expect before walking through the door of this historic stone building, America’s first pitchfork factory built in 1848, is an assemblage of contemporary home décor, crafts, and lighting.

It’s quite a surprise.  As the largest Hubbarton Forge dealer, Handmade In Vermont features gorgeous lighting fixtures and other home accessories and furniture hand-forged in Vermont.

SHOP: Vermont Farmers Market

The Farmers Market in the City of Rutland is a gathering place where visitors can explore a diverse array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, handmade crafts, and delectable treats. From farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to artisan cheeses and homemade baked goods, the market offers a delightful showcase of Vermont’s agricultural and creative talents.

Vermont Marble Museum, Proctor VT

TOUR: Vermont Marble Museum – Proctor VT

New Hampshire might have its granite, but Vermont has marble: Beautiful, white, veined stone. Not all iconic national monuments were made of marble quarried in Vermont, however.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, for example, was excavated in Colorado by the Vermont Marble Company and sent to Vermont to be carved. The museum is housed inside the company’s industrial building, with a gleaming white marble plaza.

Mountain Top Resort Spa, Chittenden VT

A tour imparts information about geology, history of the marble industry, and brings you to past US Presidents, carved in bas-relief, in the stately Hall of Presidents. Open mid-May to October, daily 10-5. $9 adults, $4 kids.

DO: Spa Treatment at Mountain Top Spa, Chittenden VT

Even if you don’t stay there, plan a treatment at Mountain Top’s barn-chic Spa. Treatment rooms, for facials, body wraps and all kinds of massage, are stone-tile chic.

Participate in Yoga, Guided Meditation, X-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in season. If your time is limited, revel in the mountain and lake views  while soaking your feet in hammered copper bowls filled with warm water and soothing salts.

SKI: Killington and Pico

Both Killington and Pico are close by, and the reason most people visit here in winter. But if you are not a skier, use the above ideas to explore.

Rutland VT Restaurants

Roots Restaurant, Rutland VT

EAT: Roots

I’ve never had Chicken Thighs quite like these: tasty, tender and glazed in Vermont honey-butter. I’d return for these delectable treats alone. But this popular farm-to-fork eatery is also known for its craft cocktails, house-made pastas, Emu Meatloaf , and a Signature Cheese Fondue that incorporates local milk and cheese.

Tavern, Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT

EAT: Red Clover Inn – Mendon VT

A destination restaurant at a stunning country inn (see below in “Where to Stay”), Red Clover is as innovative as it is excellent. You’ll find Escargot atop a bed of seaweed, Duck pan-roasted with pomegranate demi-glaze, and other remarkable dishes on a menu that changes seasonally.

Mountaint Top Tavern, Chittenden VT

EAT: Mountain Top Inn and Resort – Chittenden VT

Another destination restaurant, this is less experimental, but excels in Vermont Cheese and craft beer.

Rutland VT Hotels

Red Clover Inn exterior, Mendon VT

STAY: Red Clover Inn, Mendon, Vermont

Just a few miles from downtown Rutland, and about 15 minutes from Killington Ski Resort, many consider The Red Clover Inn to be one of the top B&B’s in central Vermont.

This attractive yellow inn is fine enough for the local Chamber of Commerce to hold a monthly soiree, friendly enough to feel like family, and pretty enough to impress a jaded travel writer.

100 Year Old Apple Tree, Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT

Built in 1849 as a summer retreat and 200-acre farm for the Ripley family of Rutland, what is now the Red Clover Inn became the SATCO Lodge in the 60’s and 70’s before falling into disrepair.

The Tyler’s (who also own the family-friendly Tyler Place Resort), purchased the property in 2009. They then renovated and updated all 14 rooms to striking effect. Thankfully, the 100+ year old apple tree out back was left alone.

In late 2021, biotech entrepreneur and outdoors adventurer, Dr. Mark Allen and wife Venetia purchased the Red Clover Inn.  Building upon the beautiful work of the prior owners, they are restoring and re-imagining the property in a rustic, elegant style.  They brought back Carol and Mike Ryan to offer the same impeccable service and amazing food that made the Red Clover famous.

First Impressions of Red Clover Inn

About a half mile off busy Route 4, the inn isn’t tough to find. Despite its name, The Red Clover’s canary yellow exterior shines like a beacon.

Living Room, Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT

Check in is warm and welcoming. While touring the Federalist-meets-Adirondack style common rooms, the innkeeper points out towels available for a small hot tub outside. There are also complimentary water bottles, and popcorn near a microwave for the taking when you need a little snack.

Rooms at Red Clover Inn

Emma Room, Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT

Rooms are named after each of the 13 kids in the Ripley family. Ask for a corner one, like Emma. This sun drenched dormer with two skylights – one over an in-bedroom Jacuzzi, the other in a sizable bathroom – is romantic plus.

Tromp l’oeille stones peek out in sections of cream colored sponge-painted walls, lending Mediterranean flair. Sunset casts the whole room in amber.

Other chambers are smaller and more traditionally decorated, but all are elegant and fine. Apparently, the interior designer had a grand time creating a different atmosphere in each room.

Dining at Red Clover Inn

Breakfast, Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT

Breakfast here is as farm-to-table as it gets, with locally made raspberry jam, fruit, and made-to-order omelets with potatoes.

Tavern, Red Clover Inn, Mendon VT

The Red Clover Inn is known for its destination restaurant, as innovative as it is excellent. You’ll find Escargot atop a bed of seaweed, Duck pan-roasted with pomegranate demi-glaze, and other remarkable dishes on a menu that changes seasonally. Rooms and suites from $125 – $350 per night. Includes gourmet hot breakfast, parking, wi-fi, popcorn.

Room at Mountain Top Resort, Chittenden VT

STAY: Mountain Top Inn Resort, Chittenden

This high-end, newly renovated resort high on a hill has fantastic views of the Chittenden Reservoir and mountains. It’s also an Equestrian Center with miles of trails on 350 acres for horses. You can trailer your horse here, board it (limited stalls) and stay in luxury yourself.

Ask for a themed room, like the woodsy Adirondack or Elk Cove. Or book a family cottage or rustic cabin for larger families. The Spa is enticing and out of this world (see above). Rooms from $275 per night.  Includes morning coffee, afternoon refreshments, us of hot tubs, pool, x-country ski trails, parking, wifi. 

STAY: HandMade In Vermont Housing, Wallingford, Vermont

According to the owner, these 4 wonderfully renovated homes are “tricked out for people traveling with elderly parents and dogs.” And lots of kids. About 15 minutes from Okemo and Killington, homes have two or three bedrooms each.


  • Malerie Yolen-Cohen

    Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of the cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday, with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine,, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler, New England Boating, Huffington Post, and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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