Running along the eastern edge of the Green Mountains, the Vermont Scenic Route 100 Byway is located in south-central Vermont. The route is recognized as one of the most scenic drives in New England. Also known as “Vermont’s Main Street” and “The Skier’s Highway” it connects some of the best Northeastern winter skiing and riding. During the rest of the year there’s great hiking, biking and golf.
The Byway also provides top-notch dining and lodging, ample opportunities to explore history and culture, and shopping for one-of-a-kind art, craft and handcrafted fine and rustic furniture. Take your time to explore all that the 146 miles of the Scenic Route 100 Byway has to offer.
The Green Mountains and gorgeous green valleys of Vermont ring the 12 historic towns & villages that make up the Okemo Valley. For those outdoor enthusiasts, the mountainous trails offer hiking and mountain biking for all levels. In colder weather, the area offers the best in winter sports including skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, ice-skating, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and so much more. When the weather turns warm, the local swimming hole at Buttermilk Falls is a great place to cool off or just relax and take in the mountain vistas and pristine lakes. Yourplaceinvermont.com.
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Vermont may be known for its world-class skiing, but there’s plenty to do beyond the slopes. Whether you’re up for outdoor adventure or looking to explore scenic towns and historic places, the Okemo Valley offers the best in winter fun.
Locally focused menus and farm to table product make every meal special. Try the creative pairing and heartwarming comfort of the foods of Okemo Valley’s innovative restaurants. When you’re in the area check out our picks for best burgers and beer.
Ludlow: The green Mountains and all of their spoils ring Ludlow, while the historic town mixes shops, galleries, and top notch dining.
Chester: This classic New England village, close to ski areas, and a former stagecoach hub, is filled with unique shops, exclusive galleries, and enticing restaurants. There’s also the historic Stone Village to explore.
Grafton: has been named one of the ten most beautiful places in America by USA Today. A lovingly restored 1800’s town, there’s galleries and shops, a beautiful historic inn, and outdoor recreation at Grafton Ponds. Need we say more!
Londonderry: Rolling farmlands, mountain trails begging for your footsteps, and welcoming artisans with Magic Mountain right there, you’ll want to put Londonderry on your must visit list.
Mount Holly/Belmont: Mount Holly may be the most picturesque in the region, with a general store, library and great views of the mountains from the shores of Star Lake. Crowley cheese, America’s oldest and most distinguished cheese maker is a must-see stop where you can sample the cheese and see it being made.
Plymouth/Tyson: A nineteenth-century time capsule in the hills of Plymouth Notch that’s also the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, this town is a living paean to the state’s rich farming history.
Shrewsbury/Cuttingsville: Chartered in 1761, sheep and cattle cleared the land for farming. The rocks created the towns beautiful stonewalls. The military route Crown Point Road passes through the town, a road that served as a highway from Charleston, NH to Fort Ticonderoga, NY.
Weathersfield/Ascutney/Perkinsville: One of the most peaceful yet accessible corners of the Okemo Valley, Weatherfield is made up of two small villages, including Perkinsville and Ascutney.
Weston: A mountain escape with classic New England sensibilities, the village blends history —the village is designated a National Historic District —and active artistic pursuits hosting the Weston Playhouse and Walker Farm theaters.
Andover: A mountainous town with two villages, Peaseville and Simonsville. The town’s residents have been actively engaged in farming and sugaring since the early days.
Cavendish/Proctorsville: Looking for outdoor recreation such as angling to hiking and cycling, this is where you want to go.
Baltimore: Located in the southeastern face of Hawks Mountain, Baltimore consists of approximately 3,000 acres of woodland, pasture, and rural farms. If you’re looking to drive on dirt roads, this is where to go as the area only has dirt roads, with one main road — Baltimore Road.