Rutland, Proctor, Pittsford, Ripton, and Middlebury, VT

Middlebury, Vermont

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Rutland, the second largest city in Vermont, was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. In the 1770s Rutland prospered as a frontier town, with both a gristmill and a sawmill. Later, the town and surrounding area became famous for its superb marble. To get a sense of how marble built the prosperity of the city, travel north to Proctor, the center of the marble industry. In Pittsford maple syrup aficionados will enjoy the New England Maple Museum. Ripton is where Robert Frost lived from 1939 until his death in 1963. His home, the Homer Noble Farm, is just east of the town. Middlebury is the home of Middlebury College, long noted as one of the best places in the U.S. to study foreign languages and literatures. Its lovely old Georgian and nineteenth-century buildings make this “college on the hill” just what a New England college should be. This eTrail contains everything you need to getaway for a quick daytrip or a long weekend jaunt. A route map is included and as are suggestions for the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.
Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine

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Daytrips and Getaway Weekends in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine

by Patricia and Robert Foulke (The Globe Pequot Press)

Rutland, the second largest city in Vermont, was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. In the 1770s Rutland prospered as a frontier town, with both a gristmill and a sawmill. Later, the town and surrounding area became famous for its superb marble. To get a sense of how marble built the prosperity of the city, travel north to Proctor, the center of the marble industry.

In Pittsford maple syrup aficionados will enjoy the New England Maple Museum. Ripton is where Robert Frost lived from 1939 until his death in 1963. His home, the Homer Noble Farm, is just east of the town. Middlebury is the home of Middlebury College, long noted as one of the best places in the U.S. to study foreign languages and literatures. Its lovely old Georgian and nineteenth-century buildings make this “college on the hill” just what a New England college should be. This eTrail contains everything you need to getaway for a quick daytrip or a long weekend jaunt. A route map is included and as are suggestions for the best things to do, places to eat, and places to stay.

©  Patricia and Robert Foulke/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Middlebury
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions and dining are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Rutland, Proctor, Pittsford, Ripton, & Middlebury, VT

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