Central Vermont has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Northeastern U.S., particularly in the fall. Rutland, Vermont sits in a part of the U.S. that was once owned by the British, in a valley between the Green Mountains and the Taconic Range.
Indeed, the area that would become Rutland was an outpost built by British General Sir Jeffrey Amherst in 1759. The route was a military road to Lake Champlain. In Colonial North America, the British built forts to promote trade and order in the territory.
Rutland’s geographic location gives away its early American Historical importance to settling the area. Rutland is around 35 miles west of the New Hampshire border and 65 miles north of the Massachusetts state line.
With Rutland 20 miles east of the New York state line, many people who came through New York City would have considered settling in the area. New York City would have been a carriage ride away. Exploring downtown Rutland brings visitors back to the feeling residents had being close to NYC and yet so far in the country.
- Today’s Rutland is vibrant with historical reverence
- The County Seat
- Dozens of local shops and restaurants line quaint downtown business streets
- Rutland retains much of that old colonial world feel, a world where country life was simple and busy with hard work.
Those who come to Vermont enjoy the outdoor life as there is no shortage of hiking trails and other outdoor activities available in Central Vermont. When exploring Vermont, consider staying in one of the local hotels in Rutland.