The Stratton/Okemo region of Vermont is a paradise for skiers in winter, a relaxing and revitalizing vacation for guests in spring and summer, and an absolutely gorgeous canvas for those who wish to see the fall foliage in autumn. A seamless blend of vast forests and rural communities, this popular vacation area has the ability to pamper those who wish to have a more low-key vacation, or excite and thrill the adventurous.
Stratton and Okemo form two points of a diamond, the other two being Bromley and Magic Mountain, four outstanding Vermont resorts that offer runs for skiers of all ages and skill levels. Perfect for families and groups looking for a long ski vacation, each mountain offers dozens of trails ensuring no one gets bored going down the same runs during your stay! Each resort has restaurants on the mountain, stores from which to buy the gear you need, and offers lessons to those who wish to improve.
While Vermont may be best known for its incredible skiing, there is no lack of amenities, great places to eat, and things to do while staying in the warmer months. The Four Columns Inn and Artisan Restaurant in Stratton is a well-known and highly-rated, a great place to have delicious meals, or to get pampered with their indoor and outdoor spa packages. The SoLo Farm & Table in South Londonderry is just one of many small restaurants in the area that offer fresh farm-to-table entrees using locally sourced produce.
Agritourism is also a popular attraction. There are many family-owned farms in the area that you can visit and each has its own flair. Anjali Farm, Taylor Farm, and West River Farmer’s Market are just some of the options in the area, and farm stands pop-up throughout the growing and harvest season. You can buy the freshest organic produce, eggs with golden-yellow yolks that are great for omelets and boiling for salads, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more. Berry picking season is also very popular, which runs from June to October, and blueberry festivals run from late July to early August.
This historic town of Manchester is also jam-packed with things to do. For shoppers looking for a bargain, the Manchester Designer Outlets have over 40 stores and great restaurants—all with an outstanding view. The town is also the site of the Lincoln Family home, a great place to visit and learn about our history. There are numerous art galleries and shops, perfect for getting a taste of the local culture.
For those looking for a bit more excitement in the summer, you can learn to drive off-road in the Land Rover Driving Experience, or learn new fishing and shooting techniques at the Orvis School. Anglers who love history can also check out the American Museum of Fly Fishing! Equestrian fanatics will also be ecstatic, the famous Vermont Horse Show in summer is a must-see, as is the highly-esteemed van Eyck Dressage at Northshire Farm.
There are numerous lakes, rivers, and trails for the outdoors enthusiasts, as well. The water is stocked with trout, and natural fish species include bass, pike, and perch, and the trails are a great way to experience the natural beauty of Vermont, where you can be close-up to the sights, smells, and sounds of the forest as the leaves change in autumn. Last, and certainly not least, for those who love to golf, check out the Stratton Mountain Golf Club, or the Tater Hill Golf Club!