At the Rowell’s Inn, we want our guests to unwind and unplug, enjoying time away from everyday life. We also want to encourage guests to explore the wide variety of local activities that the state of Vermont has to offer. Below you will find a selection of year-round and seasonal activities for all to enjoy. Visit local museums for art and culture, or indulge in an evening of theatergoing experience at the Weston Playhouse. Hit the slopes at one of the various world-class ski resorts, or sample locally brewed beer at some of Vermont’s finest breweries nearby.
For more ideas, visit vermontvacation.com for a complete vacation guide to the state of Vermont.
Year-Round Local Activities
Shopping & Antiques
Vermont Country Store (Weston or Rockingham)
657 Main Street, Weston, VT
1292 Rockingham Road (Route 103), Bellows Falls, VT
Stone House Antique Center
557 Route 103, Chester, VT
Stone Cottage Collectables
196 North Street, Chester, VT
Vermont Picker Antiques
527 North Street, Chester, VT
General Stores & Local Markets
J. J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery
305 Main Street, Peru, VT · jjhapgood.com
An old-fashioned general store and eatery located in Peru featuring quality goods and local groceries with a wood-fired pizza and locally made foods.
3776 Route 11, Peru, VT · bromleymarketanddeli.com
Bromley Mountain’s neighborhood country store, featuring a full-service gas station and grocery stocked with local Vermont items.
Dorset Farmers Market
Winter: JK Adams Kitchen Store, 1430 Route 30, Dorset, VT
Summer: HN Williams General Store. 2732 Route 30, Dorset, VT
From over 50 area producers, you will find freshly picked vegetables and fruits, home baked breads and pastries, artisan cheeses, wines, and spirits, grass-fed beef, bison, and poultry, free-range eggs, canned goods and pickled produce, specialty goods, hot prepared foods, functional Vermont crafts, and live, local music.
Grafton Village Cheese Company
533 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT · graftonvillagecheese.com
West River Creamery
1061 Middletown Road, Londonderry, VT · westrivercreamery.com
Crowley Cheese Company
14 Crowley Ln, Mt Holly, VT · crowleycheese.com
Weston Theater Company
703 Main Street Weston, VT · westontheater.org
Vermont’s longest-running professional theatre features live performances of musicals, family-friendly productions, classic plays, and ground-breaking new works.
Museums & Art (Year Round)
Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive, Manchester, VT · svac.org
Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont
654 Route 4, Rutland, VT
75 Main St, Bennington, VT · benningtonmuseum.org
American Museum of Fly Fishing
4070 Main St, Manchester, VT · amff.org
The Nature Museum
Thursdays & Fridays: 10am – 4pm (year around)
Saturdays: 10am – 4pm (June through September)
186 Townshend Road, Grafton, VT · nature-museum.org
Day Spa Stratton Village
8c Village Lodge Rd, Stratton Mountain, VT · stratton.com
Slowe Day Spa
3791 VT-30, Jamaica, VT 05343
Seventh Heaven Salon & Spa
66 Route 100 North, Ludlow, VT · seventhheavensalonandspa.com
East of Equinox Day Spa
4716 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT · eastofequinoxdayspa.com
Breweries & Distilleries
Long Trail Brewing Company
5520 Route 4, Bridgewater Corners, VT · longtrail.com
A favorite among locals, the brew pub and restaurant offers a seasonally rotating menu featuring more than a dozen beers including year-round staples, seasonal selections and limited releases.
336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor, VT · harpoonbrewery.com
Take a guided tour of the brewery and learn all about Harpoon’s brewing process. After the tour, enjoy a range of freshly-brewed beers and some food including homemade pretzels, burgers, smoked brats, brisket and more.
Outer Limits Brewing
60 Village Green, Proctorsville, VT · outerlimitsbrewing.com
Village Garage Distillery
107 Depot Street, Bennington, VT · villagegarage.com
Slate Town Brewing
31 Main Street, Granville, NY · slatetownbrewing.com
Brown’s Brewing Company’s Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery
50 Factory Hill Road, North Hoosick, NY · brownsbrewing.com
3 Artisans Way Windsor, VT · silodistillery.com
Vermont Spirits Distilling Co.
5573 Woodstock Road, White River Junction, VT · vermontspirits.com
Saxtons River Distillery
485 W River Road, Brattleboro, VT · saxtonsdistillery.com
Bars & Nightlife
44 Pond St, Ludlow, VT · killarneyludlow.com
2229 Killington Rd, Killington, VT · wobblybarn.com
Pickle Barrel Nightclub
1741 Killington Rd, Killington, VT · picklebarrelnightclub.com
Seasonal Local Activities
Museums (Spring through Fall)
Vermont Marble Museum
Open seasonally, May through October · closed during winter
52 Main Street, Proctor, VT · vermontmarblemuseum.org
Visit the largest marble exhibit in the world, and a great source of pride for generations. The museum tells a unique story of the people and places that made up Vermont’s marble industry, linking historical, artistic and cultural traditions, and connecting the past with the present.
Hall Art Foundation
Open seasonally, May through November · closed during winter
Admission is free on the first Friday of every month, from 5 – 8 PM
544 Route 106, Reading, VT · hallartfoundation.org
Visit a stunning and unique art museum, converted from a former dairy farm, the property consists of a stone farmhouse, cow barn, horse barn and tractor barn, grouped together. Exhibitions are held seasonally with a program of rotating, temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
Hildene – The Lincoln Family Home
1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT · hildene.org
The Old Mill Museum
4 Park Street, Weston, VT
The Original Newfane Flea Market
Late April to October · Sundays, 6am – 2pm · closed during winter 788 Route 30, Newfane, VT
Vermont’s longest-running flea market with diverse sellers.
Wilmington Antique and Flea Market
May to October · Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 4pm · closed during winter
236 Route 9, Wilmington, VT · vtflea.com
Home of “Rare Finds and Useful Items” in Southern Vermont — a must stop for both travelers and area residents for over thirty years. Vendors offer a potpourri of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, glass, furniture, flowers, plants, vegetables and artisan crafts.
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
3984 Route 11, Peru, VT · bromley.com
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort and Golf Course
5 Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain, VT · stratton.com
Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow, VT · okemo.com
3861 Killington Road, Killington, VT · killington.com
39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT · mountsnow.com
Magic Mountain Ski Area
495 Magic Mountain Access, Londonderry, VT · magicmtn.com
State Parks & Campgrounds
Hapgood Pond Recreation Area and Campground
Lowell Lake State Park
Londonderry, VT · vtstateparks.com/lowell.html
Lowell Lake State Park is a day use state park on 102-acre Lowell Lake in Londonderry, Vermont. Activities includes hiking, non-motorized boating, fishing, picnicking, wildlife watching, and winter sports.
Emerald Lake State Park
65 Emerald Lake Lane, East Dorset, VT · vtstateparks.com/emerald.html
Chester Town Forest
Williams River State Forest
William C. Putnam State Forest
Townshend State Park
Fairs & Festivals
September, Peru, VT · perufair.org
30 VT Route 30, Bondville, VT · bondvillefair.org
The oldest continuous fair in Vermont since 1797.
Vermont State Fair
Late August, Rutland, VT · vermontstatefair.org
July, Central VT · solarfest.org
Art in the Park
Main Street Park, Route 4 at Route 7, Rutland, VT · chaffeeartcenter.org/art-in-the-park
The Chaffee Art Center hosts an annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival one weekend in August and one weekend in October.
Friday Night Live
Downtown Rutland, VT · downtownrutland.com/fridaynightlive
Friday Night Live is a free outdoor concert series that takes place on Center Street throughout July. This fun and casual series draws the community together to enjoy music, outdoor dining, shopping, children’s activities and more starting at 5pm.
Pond Hill Ranch Rodeo
1683 Pond Hill Ranch Road, Castleton, VT · pondhillranch.com
10 weekly rodeos every Saturday evening at 8pm, late June through August.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway
2743 Route 22A, West Haven, VT · devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com
Manchester Music Festival
Various locations, Manchester, VT · mmfvt.org
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Various locations including Weston, Rutland, Burlington · vso.org