Vermont’s Green Mountains are most well known as a winter attraction, but they’re here to be enjoyed all year round! Take advantage of the sunny summer weather and spend some time hiking in the Ludlow area.
Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of Okemo and take on the challenge of picking out local area attractions from afar! Choosing your starting point may not be the most difficult part of your adventure, but it won’t be easy to pick from the available options. Start from the Okemo Mountain base or the Jackson Gore base and make the 4.5 mile journey to the summit. For those looking for shade, try the 6 mile round trip Healdville Trail. A quick 9 minute drive from the base of Okemo will bring you to the neighboring town of Mount Holly, where you can enjoy the woods and wildlife of Vermont on your way up the back of Okemo Mountain. Once the top, test your limits and try to climb to the top of the fire tower. Your efforts will surely be rewarded as you stand above the treetops and appreciate all of Vermont’s beauty.
The Vista Trail is a great option for those wishing to enjoy a hike and the beach. Located in Camp Plymouth State Park, visitors can tour the Plymouth cemetery and take in the view of Echo Lake and the state park from the Vista. Afterwards, go for a refreshing swim in the lake to cool off. Be aware that admission to the park is charged during the summer season.
After you’ve finished your hike head over to the Green Mountain Sugar House located on Route 100 North for a maple creemee! You don’t want to miss this favorite Vermont treat.
~ Alyssa Collins
This week we are taking a closer look at Plymouth, VT. Located along scenic routes 100 & 100A, Plymouth is actually comprised of two small villages, Plymouth and Plymouth Notch. Well known as a national historic treasure, its biggest claim to fame is as the birth place and final resting spot of President Calvin Coolidge. You can check out the State Historic site and even visit his homestead! The Plymouth Notch historic district offers a step back in time. Stroll the streets and visit the general store, church, and other buildings which contain much of the original furnishings. The Center of town has been precisely maintained almost as it was at the turn of the century.
While on your walk be sure to stop into the Plymouth Artisan Cheese factory. Started by John Coolidge, father of President Calvin Coolidge, this is one of the oldest cheese enterprises in the U.S. You can complement any cheese you may pick up with a stop into the Long Trail Brewing Company.
From adventurous snowmobile tours and skiing in the winter to spending the day in the sun at one of the local State parks, Plymouth has something for everyone, every season of the year.