RUTLAND COUNTY

County Offices
83 Center Street
Rutland 802-775-4394

Chamber of Commerce
50 Merchants Row
Rutland 802-773-2747
www.rutlandvermont.com

Cradled in a region of sparkling lakes and rushing streams, Rutland County combines a mountainous terrain with broad agricultural valleys of fields, orchards, pastures, and meadows. To the east, the Green Mountain National Forest features such peaks as Killington, with Bird’s Eye and the northern end of the Taconic Mountains to the west.

 

Services
Educational opportunities for Rutland County residents are underlined by quality public and private schools from preschool through secondary. The Stafford Technical Center provides career-oriented training to regional high school students and adults of all ages as well as customized programs for area businesses and industries. Higher education is available in Castleton at Castleton State College, which also operates a learning center in Rutland. Part of the state college system, CSC offers more than 30 academic programs in an atmosphere that combines career preparation with a liberal arts education. Rutland houses one of the learning centers for the Community College of Vermont, known for its affordability and innovative programming. The private College of St. Joseph is a Catholic, liberal arts institution also located in Rutland. Poultney is home to Green Mountain College, providing two and four-year programs in select fields. The University of Vermont also operates an extension in Rutland County, supporting the research and educational needs of the agricultural community. One of the area’s more unique resources is Vermont Interactive Television at the Stafford Technical Center, linking to a dozen other sites across the state as well as to national and international destinations with free video conferencing services.

The outstanding network of healthcare facilities and services that serve Rutland County residents is anchored by Rutland Regional Medical Center. Beginning its tradition of delivering quality healthcare as Rutland Hospital more than 100 years ago, this modern medical center reflects decades of growth, expansion, and continual improvement. Rutland Regional Medical Center encompasses a comprehensive, 188-bed medical and surgical hospital that provides a wide variety of services and specialized care. The emergency department is open around the clock, staffed by professionals and physicians who are trained in emergency medicine. The range of services offered by the medical center has qualified it as Medicare-designated Rural Referral Center, with patients delivered via ambulance service and rescue squads. Four licensed nursing homes can accommodate more than 400 patients. Other expanded health services include the Vermont Achievement Center for special needs children, Rutland Area Community Services, Rutland Area Visiting Nurses Association, Southern Vermont Women’s Health Center, Community Health Plan, Convenient Medical Center, and Planned Parenthood. Skilled professionals maintain private practices and clinics throughout the region, ensuring that all routine needs and many specialized care concerns can be addressed close to home.

 

Lifestyle
Cradled in the very heart of the Green Mountain state, Rutland County is home to one of Vermont’s largest cities as well as peaceful countryside, quiet small towns, and quaint villages. The city of Rutland serves as the hub of business and commerce with attractions like the Diamond Run Mall, a thriving downtown district, a regional library, a regional medical center, and fine schools that include colleges and a technical education center. Some of the cultural attractions include the New England Maple Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Wilson Castle, and the Vermont Marble Exhibit. The Killington Music Festival is widely anticipated as the only resident professional classical music organization in central Vermont. Each summer, more than 100 students from the nation’s most prestigious arts institutions gather to play chamber music and teach string students. Ambitiously restored and renovated, the historic Paramount Theatre in Rutland reopened its doors in 2000 to host a wide variety of outstanding shows and talent. Even the Rutland Recreation Department provides summer band concerts. Art studios and galleries dot the area, displaying an eclectic mix of fine art. The Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts sponsors two annual arts festivals and hosts several exhibitions.

World-class recreation is another magnet to Rutland County, where state forests and parks combine with 56,000 acres of national forestland. The famous Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail are available for local hikers, with the Long Trail doubling along the ridge of the Green Mountains to pass Killington and Pico Peaks. The Killington Resort is the largest ski and snowboard facility in the eastern United States, featuring a diverse terrain, a first-rate lift network, a leading snow-making system, and a wide variety of off-mountain entertainment. In the warmer months, visitors enjoy alpine and water slides, mountain biking, hiking, and a championship golf course. Another recreational jewel is Okemo Mountain Resort in the village of Ludlow, where skiers enjoy 112 trails, slopes, and glades for a remarkable variety of skiing experiences. The resort recently expanded with the new Jackson Gore Terrain network, adding 14 trails and four lifts, and offers an 18-hole championship golf facility with a state-of-the-art golf learning center. Cross-country skiing is available at a number of facilities, and hockey is a popular pastime at the area’s large ice rinks. Sparkling lakes are ideal for sailing, swimming, waterskiing, canoeing, and fishing. Throughout the region, scenic backdrops are available for rock climbing, horseback riding, playing tennis, golfing, camping, and picnicking. Outdoor events like rodeos and stock car racing draw enthusiastic crowds, while festivals and celebrations fill the calendar with dates to remember. Regardless of your lifestyle choice or your favorite pastimes, Rutland County is an idyllic and lively place to call home.

 

Brandon
Town Offices
802-247-3635
http://townofbrandon.com

Chamber of Commerce
802-247-6401
www.brandon.org

The Brandon area has been called the “Art and Soul” of Vermont for its abundance of cultural attractions. Fine galleries display world-famous art, including the celebrated American folk artist Warren Kimble who lives and paints in Brandon. The Brandon Artists Guild presents the work of more than 50 artisans, and local antique shops are known for unique treasures. In addition to the winter Art in the Snow event, a number of music events including Brandon Music are well attended. The Brandon Museum and Visitor Center at the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace is a more recently opened attraction. World-class recreational opportunities are available in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest. Sparkling Lake Dunmore, Branbury State Park, nearby Killington and Pico Resorts, and the Blueberry Hill Ski Center are just a few of the premier regional destinations. With its wonderful museums, historic sites, Farmer’s Markets, cultural enrichment, natural beauty, and eclectic amenities, Brandon is a delightful hometown.

 

Castleton
Town Offices
802-468-5319
www.castletonvermont.org

Chamber of Commerce
802-773-2747
www.rutlandvermont.com

The picturesque New England town of Castleton is located just 15 miles west of Rutland and five miles from the New York-Vermont state border. Castleton State College maintains a campus in Castleton, part of the Vermont State College system. Founded in 1787, CSC provides one of the widest curriculums in New England and adds a lineup of fine and performing arts shows. Many locally owned business and services ensure a convenient lifestyle, although residents are minutes away from expansive shopping malls and the Rutland downtown district. Recreational opportunities are first-rate, including fishing and water sports on Lake Bomoseen or relaxing at the town-owned Crystal Beach. The town’s location in the foothills of the Green Mountains surrounds residential development with lovely views. Residents enjoy a close-knit community spirit and wonderful events like the Concert on the Green series each summer.

 

Fair Haven
Town Offices
802-265-3010
www.fairhavenvt.org

Chamber of Commerce
802-265-8600
www.vtlakesregionchamber.org

The lovely town of Fair Haven is nestled in the Vermont Lakes Region in the upper southwestern section of the state. Fair Haven is located at the junction of US Routes 44 and 22A, historically the town that welcomed visitors as they traveled from New York into Vermont. Today, the Interstate allows traffic to bypass this tranquil village. Nestled in rolling hills between New York’s Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains of Vermont, Fair Haven offers postcard images of a small New England village with church steeples towering above the shaded village green. The town claims some of the finest Victorian architecture in Vermont and several impressive marble buildings. Fair Haven is home to a municipal airport and a number of thriving companies, surrounded by a business community that takes in the bordering communities of Castleton, Bomoseen, Hydeville, and Poultney. Premier recreational attractions like Lake Bomoseen, Lake Champlain, and Lake St. Catherine are all easily accessible from Fair Haven and provide four-season recreational opportunities.

 

Killington
Town Offices
802-422-3243
www.killingtontown.com

Chamber of Commerce
802-422-5722
www.killingtonchamber.com

The Killington area is best known for its premier recreational amenities and resorts. Cradled in the heart of the breathtaking Green Mountains, this four-season paradise combines outdoor adventure with urban delights. When the sun goes down, Killington springs to life along a five-mile corridor of nightclubs, restaurants, and taverns. The mountains that surround Killington feature some of the highest and most varied terrain in New England. For expanded shopping and a bustling old-fashioned downtown district, the city of Rutland is just a few minutes from home. The Killington Resort is one of the largest of its kind in the world, while neighboring Pico Mountain adds alpine charm within the big-mountain adventure of Killington Resort.  The same extensive trail system that beckons snowmobilers and cross-country skiers welcomes hikers, bicyclers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders in warmer weather. The famous Long Trail and Appalachian Trail, championship golf courses, and refreshing spas are complemented by a full lineup of cultural attractions in and near Killington, from performing arts to wonderful museums.

 

Pittsford
Town Offices
802-483-6500
www.pittsfordvermont.com

Chamber of Commerce
802-773-2747
www.rutlandvermont.com

Known as Vermont’s “Sunshine Village,” Pittsford offers a lovely, friendly town between Rutland and Middlebury along Scenic Otter Creek and the Route 7 corridor. Gently rolling hills, clear streams, green pastures, and historic covered bridges give the town a postcard-perfect image. Established prior to the Revolutionary war, the town is proud of its historic roots. Generational families are common in Pittsford, a testament to the quality of life and the community spirit that prevails. Today, picturesque farms and deep forests create a scenic background for modern residential development. Beautiful Otter Creek and numerous tributaries flow through the town’s valleys on the way to Lake Champlain, attracting varied and abundant wildlife. The town derives its nickname of the “Sunshine Village” for the results of a state survey that found Pittsford to have the most sunshine of any Vermont town. An unusual feature in this area is the geographical formation known as the Pittsford Ice Caves. Charming hamlets in the town include Grangerville and Florence.

 

Poultney
Town Offices
802-287-5761
www.poultney.vt.gov

Chamber of Commerce
802-287-2010
www.poultneyareachamber.com

The lively community of Poultney is nestled along the Vermont-New York border in the Lakes Region of Rutland County. The quaint village, the lovely town, and the scenic Lake St. Catherine areas all offer ideal settings for residential development. Poultney is home to one of Rutland County’s fine educational resources, the four-year liberal arts institution of Green Mountain College, focusing on environmental studies. The town is committed to a balance between preserving historic charm and quality of life while it embraces progress and technology. Both the village and East Poultney are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The village features an award-winning, long-term plan for its charming downtown district, adding even more services and one-of-a-kind shops. Outstanding recreational opportunities have made Poultney a tourist destination for nearly two centuries. Lake St. Catherine features a 117-acre park for picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, and boating. Other amenities include the Lake St. Catherine County Club and its 18-hole golf course and restaurant.

 

Rutland City, Rutland Town
City Offices
802-773-1800
www.rutlandcity.org
Town Offices
802-773-2528
www.rutlandtown.com
Chamber of Commerce
802-773-2747
www.rutlandvermont.com

Nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, Rutland rests in a wide valley between two mountain ranges with scenic Otter Creek adding natural beauty. To the west are the Taconic Mountains and to the east are towering peaks in the Green Mountain range, Killington, Pico, and Shrewsbury. Vermont’s famous Killington Mountain Resort and Pico Ski Area are minutes away. Rutland has blossomed into one of Vermont’s largest cities, fueled in part by the brisk recreational tourism industry and other economic development. World-class skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling combine with warm-weather activities like hiking, mountain biking, golfing, playing tennis, camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Residents of Rutland enjoy a city with a healthy local economy, a wonderful sense of history, and a charming mix of old and new. The historic downtown district is a treasure, lined with shops, restaurants, diners, boutiques, and services. Rutland is home to the College of St. Joseph, the Vermont State Fair, numerous businesses and industries, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and the Rutland State Airport.

 

Wallingford
Town Offices
802-446-2336
www.wallingfordvt.com

Chamber of Commerce
802-773-2747
www.rutlandvermont.com

Ideally located just south of Rutland along Route 7, the town of Wallingford encompasses the villages of Wallingford, South Wallingford, and East Wallingford to cover 42 square miles. This historic town is proud of its railroad past and the prosperity that enabled the construction of lovely homes. Wallingford also claims to be the birthplace of Vermont’s maple syrup industry at Sugar Hill. The community spirit runs high in Wallingford, where volunteerism has strong traditions. Paul Harris, a famous native son, founded Rotary International. Today’s Wallingford Rotary still holds its weekly meetings in the brick schoolhouse where Harris once attended school. The White Rocks Recreation Area is located just east of the village on Route 140, providing hiking trails and picnic areas. Local recreation programs keep summer lively, and beautiful Elfin Lake also welcomes visitors in the warmer months. The opportunities for outdoor adventure in surrounding Rutland County are world-class and easily accessible.

 

West Rutland
Town Offices
802-438-2263
www.westrutlandtown.com

Chamber of Commerce
802-773-2747
www.rutlandvermont.com

The origin of the quaint town of West Rutland goes back to the marble industry. Early settlement days filled the streets and quarries with the sounds of diverse languages, a fact that enables West Rutland to preserve an appealing and culturally rich heritage. The quarries have long since closed, but the unique reminders of that era remain and add to West Rutland’s visual appeal. This wonderful town has distinctive attractions like a school that teaches marble sculpting and many private art galleries and studios. The town enjoys an idyllic setting between the Taconic Mountains and the main range of the Green Mountains, providing breathtaking views for residential development. Local business is developed sufficiently for a convenient lifestyle, with expanded amenities available in Rutland. In addition to the town recreation area, West Rutland offers easy access to nearby Pico/Killington ski resorts and the celebrated Lakes Region.

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