Seniors Enjoy Historic Rutland

Rutland VT WN

Senior travelers will find Rutland, Vermont centered in the heart of the Green Mountain State. The City of Rutland (pop. 17,000+) enjoys a thriving historic downtown, a variety of businesses and services including the Diamond Run Mall, a regional library, a regional medical center, fine schools including colleges and a technical education center.

The Rutland region offers a wide variety of arts, art events and workshops throughout the year. Downtown Rutland has an awesome historic district and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Rutland began on Otter Creek as a small hamlet called Mill Village in Rutland in 1761 named after John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland. A Duke…pretty impressive I’d say. Within minutes of Rutland, senior tourists can enjoy many year round activities. The quiet of the colorful woods is perfect for hiking, horseback riding and mountain bike trails.

TripAdvisor has visited Rutland and has over a dozen suggested “don’t miss” things to see and do, including the Norman Rockwell Museum. On one of the many beautiful lakes in the Lakes Region senior visitors can enjoy sailing, kayaking, swimming, waterskiing and fishing.

Seniors Visit Merchant’s Row in Downtown Rutland


In the winter, senior enthusiasts enjoy world class downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Major events in Rutland include the Ethnic Festival, Friday Night Live, Art in the Park, a Summer Concert Series and the Vermont State Fair. Rutland is home to Community College of Vermont and a thriving Jewish Center.

Senior travelers, plan a visit to Wilson Castle.  Then enjoy Vermont Marble Museum, Green Mountain Rock Climbing, Chaffee Center for the Visual Arts, Killington Gondola, Concerts in the Park, Vermont Chamber Ballet and the Rutland Historical Society.


The downtown area is home to Merchant’s Row, a collection of restored buildings dating back to the early 1800s. Over a hundred structures in Rutland are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Project Vision in Rutland is working to bring about a series of significant changes to the city including undertaking an extensive community building effort in the Northwest Neighborhood.

Stop in Rutland and see why it is a favorite for tourists in Vermont. -jeb

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