Our area has a ton of amazing activities. Below we have provided our personal favorites and those worth exploring. Feel free to ask us about any activities and we’ll be happy to help you plan your visit. See more HERE.
VISIT THESE VERMONT GEMS
GREEN MOUNTAIN SUGAR HOUSE
This adorable red roofed sugar house, just steps away from the lake’s edge, makes everything from maple syrup & fudge to Maple Creemees: the most delicious maple soft serve ice cream in the world. Vermont merchandise and unique foods and gifts can be found here. Take a dip in the lake at Red Bridge Rd before or after.
|Hours vary seasonally|(802)228-2298|
|820 Route 100 N, just a ten minute drive from here
THE VERMONT COUNTRY STORES
Everything you could ever want in a store. Walk around sampling endless platters of Vermont cheese, fudge, mustard, dip, pickles, candy & cookies. Once you’re full, begin trying on flannel shirts, wool socks & moccasins, pick out some prank toys, and finally buy some beautiful Vermont-made kitchen utensils. Once finished, head to the Bryant House for a delicious meal. There is one country store in Weston and one in Rockingham. Ask us for details about which to go to. See more details about Weston under Day Trips pg.
Weston:|67 Main Street, Weston, VT|hours vary seasonally|(802)824-3184
Rockingham: |1292 Rockingham Rd. Rockingham, VT|(802)463-2224
SINGLETON’S GENERAL STORE
This store provides the total Vermont experience in one stop: Guns, Liquor, Carharts, Cured Meats, Marinated Meats, Live Honey Bees, VT Cheeses, Produce, Maple Syrup, a Butcher Shop and more. This store will give you a deeper understanding of Vermonters. This place is so great that its hours don’t even vary seasonally. What are you waiting for?
|356 Main St., Proctorsville, VT|Daily 8am-7pm|(802)226-7666|
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
At Okemo Mountain, of course! We grew up snowboarding here and we love it. Plus, it’s only 1 mile to the first chairlift.
Lake Pauline, Lake Rescue and Echo Lake are home to rainbow, brook, and lake trout, perch, bass, and pickerel. Lake Pauline is a lovely spot to fish. There’s a little pull-off on the road just before the Green Mountain Sugar House, at the intersection of E Lake Rd. and Rt 100, 2.8 miles from here. You can sit and fish right before the waterfall. Ask us for more fishing spots and where to get fishing equipment. The address you can plug into your phone is 16 E Lake Rd, Ludlow, VT. Drive to Red Bridge Rd to take a dip once you’re through with fishing.
Our favorite scenic hike in Ludlow is to Okemo’s Fire Tower. The fire tower rests on Okemo’s 3,343-foot summit and offers a panoramic view of green mountains, lakes, NY’s Adirondacks and NH’s White Mountains. Don’t miss this in the fall. Ask us for a map of directions to get to this hike. Perfect for kids and adults, as there are two points of entry making this a long or short hike. We are situated next to America’s oldest long distance hiking trail, The Long Trail. With many entries around the area, you can pick where you hike will begin by clicking here. For closer day hikes click here.
Road cycling in VT is unreal, and a great way to explore Vermont’s scenery and small towns. There are many routes available online.
Buttermilk Falls: Take Rte 103 north out of Ludlow, follow 1.6, turn right onto Buttermilk Falls road follow roughly .75 miles up to the dead end. Follow paths down to the river on the right hand side.
Plymouth State Park Beach: Lovely lakeside beach and park. The park has picnic areas too, so remember to bring food for a barbeque. Take Rte 103 north out of Ludlow, follow 1.5 miles, turn right onto Rte 100 North, follow for approx 4 miles, look for Reading road on right (look for the Echo Lake Inn on your left). Follow up for 1.5 miles, Turn left onto Boy Scout Camp Road. Follow 1.0 mile to the park, turn in on the left.
Worth the drive: Dorest Quarry, Danby Slides, Hamilton Falls, Townshend Dam and Quechee Gorge. A quick google search will reveal all their locations!
If you have your own equipment, you can kayak in any water you want. If you’d like to rent kayaks, please contact Tygart Mountain Sports @ 802.228.5440.
SKI + SNOWBOARD
DARKSIDE SNOWBOARD SHOP
Snowboard, Boots & Helmet Rentals, Demos, Tune-Ups|57 Pond St. in the plaza across from the Okemo access road
|Hours vary seasonally|(802)228-5444
OKEMO MOUNTAIN RENTAL CENTER
Rentals, Demos, Tune-Ups, Ski + Snowboard Ride School Reservations & Sales of Next-Day Tickets
|In the Clock Tower Base Lodge & Jackson Gore Base Area|Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30pm, Weekends and Holidays 7:30-5|(802)228-5222
TYGART MOUNTAIN SPORTS
A great place to buy or rent all sports equipment, including skis, mountain bikes and kayaks. A great place to support! Rent your ski equipment online in advance for your convenience.
|57 Pond Street|(802)228-5440
GYMS + MASSAGE THERAPY
Spring House Fitness Center at Jackson Gore
call (802) 228-1419 for rates and information|
The Spa at Jackson Gore offers spa and massage services.
call (802) 228-1419 for rates and information|
Body and Sole Massage Therapy and Reflexology offers great massages at good prices. This sweet mother-daughter duo will travel to you, or you can visit them. Chat with us to secure a location here at HH. We are happy to set up an appointment for you, or you can give call them at (802)-558-5229.
Ludlow Farmer’s Market (1/2 mile walk from Hostel) Friday 4-7pm
Norwich Farmer’s Market (43 miles) Saturday 9am-1pm
West River Farmer’s Market ( 16 miles) Saturday 9am-1pm
(802) 786-8004| 143 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 30 minute drive
SPRINGFIELD CINEMAS 3
This adorable little movie theatre is located approximately 25 minutes away by car.
(802) 885-1009|26 Main St., Springfield, VT
Vermont’s premier and longest running professional theater. Nestled within the beautiful village of Weston, this is not to be missed. Let us know if you’d like to catch a show and enjoy 15% your theater tickets. Don’t forget to visit the Vermont Country Store when in Weston! https://www.westonplayhouse.org
CALVIN COOLIDGE HOMESTEAD
Visit where the 30th president of the United States grew up. A little township located on top of a mountain, replete with shops, hiking trails, a little town and of course a creamery. Check out Plymouth Cheese’s Red, White & Blue cheese (it’s Oprah’s favorite!). 3780 VT-100A, Plymouth, VT 05056
LONG TRAIL BREWERY
A great brewery offering delicious beers on tap and a seasonal food menu.
(802) 672-5011 Open daily 10am-7pm 5520 US Rte. 4, Bridgewater Corners, VT
One of eight attractions in the Artisans Park in Windsor, Harpoon offers amazing food, beers, and a lovely outdoor garden. Harpoon offers brewery tours and tastings. Visit their website for up to date events and festivals. Ask us for information on kayaking to the brewery
(802) 674-5491 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor,VT Hours vary by season
MORE ON ARTISAN PARK
This beautiful park is home to eight Vermont attractions. In one stop, visit Harpoon brewery, Simon Pearce Factory Outlet, Path of Life Garden, Great River Outfitters, SILO Vodka Distillery, Superfood Café, VT Farmstead Cheese and Sustainable Farmer. There is a playground for children, great food and drinks, and tons of live entertainment throughout the year. Visit www.artisanpark.net for more information.
MANCHESTER CENTER SHOPPING OUTLETS
In the cute little town of Manchester, you will find plentiful lunch restaurants and cafes alongside many outlet stores including J Crew, Brooks Brothers, Clarks, Coach, Theory, Crabtree & Evelyn, Eddie Bauer, Armani, Gymboree, Kate Spade, Ann Taylor Loft, Gap, Michael Kors, New Balance, Overland Sheepskin, Polo Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, Yankee Candle, and more
|Located in Manchester Center, VT
GRAFTON VILLAGE CHEESE TOUR
In this classic New England village you will find a library, nature museum, parks, and the retail and factory locations of the Grafton Village Cheese Co. The retail location is in the heart of the historic village, where you can sample specialty cheese and wine. Cheesemaking tours can be taken at the production facility on 533 Townsend Road on select days. Call (802) 843-1062 for more information.