The Governor's Inn - Romantic Getaway Bed and Breakfast Country Inn Lodging in Ludlow, Okemo Valley, Vermont
The Governor's Inn
86 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149

A Vermont Bed & Breakfast
Very Near Okemo Mountain
Jim and Cathy Kubec, Innkeepers

(800) GOVERNOR / (800) 468-3766 / (802) 228-8830

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Ludlow and Okemo Valley Activities and Events

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Antiques

Arts, Crafts & Gifts

Beaches/Swimming

Because the Okemo Valley is strewn with so many different rivers, ponds and lakes, you are certain to find a swimming hole near you. Please see the Okemo Valley Swimming page.

There's an old fashioned swimming hole in Ludlow at Buttermilk Falls.

There's a beach on Echo Lake at Camp Plymouth State Park.

Book Stores

Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Camp Plymouth State Park - north off VT Rte. 100 on Echo Lake (104 acres) - boat rentals
  • Lake Amherst (81 acres)
  • Lake Ninevah (171 areas)
  • Lake Pauline (32 acres)
  • Lake Rescue (229 acres)
  • Lowell Lake (109 areas) - Lowell Lake Road off VT Rte. 11
  • Woodward Reservoir (106 acres) - 13 mi. north of inn on VT Rte. 100

Cheese and Cheese Factories

Country Stores

Covered Bridges

For descriptions and pictures of covered bridges in Southern Vermont near the Governor's Inn, look at Vermont Covered Bridges by County. The inn is in Windsor County not far from Rutland County.

The covered bridges closest to the Governor's Inn are also described at Okemo Valley's Covered Bridges.

Crafts, Craft Fairs & Festivals

Cycling

A series of bike trips through Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Weston, Plymouth, Mt Holly and Weathersfield are all located in the Okemo Valley. Moderate to easy terrain as well as mixed asphalt and dirt roads. Click for a list of Okemo Valley Cycling Tours.

The Vermont Challenge - annually mid-August - Offers 3 ride choices from which to choose: The 4-day Grand Challenge; The 3-day Weekend Challenge; or the 1-day Legendary "Gap" Century. It's the only bicycle challenge that tours southern and central Vermont. For more information click The Vermont Challenge

Festivals & Shows

Fishing

  • Black River, a “Trophy Trout Stream”
  • The “Ludlow Lakes”, rainbow and lake trout
  • Lowell Lake, small mouth bass
  • Kevin Ladden Fly Fishing Guide & Outfitter
    64 Tucker Road
    Ludlow, Vermont 05149
    (802) 228-5195

Foliage

Various driving tours - ask your innkeeper for recommendations when you arrive. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Mt. Tabor Road
    Beginning at Weston, follow Lawrence Hill Road to Landgrove Road. Left onto Landgrove Road about 4 miles to Little Michigan Road. Sharp right onto Little Michigan Road to Mt. Tabor Road which is Forest Road 10. (This road is closed in winter.) Parking where Appalachian Trail / Long Trail intersect. - Approx. 12 miles
  • Shrewsbury
    Beginning at Plymouth Union, follow VT Rte. 100 north about two miles to CCC Rd on the left. (This road closed in winter.)
  • Texas Falls State Park
    Follow VT Rte 100 north to VT Rte 125. Turn West toward Middlebury Gap. Take a picnic.

Golf

Hiking

Vista Trail in Plymouth State Park

This out-and-back trail is approximately 5 miles north of the inn off VT Rt.100. Take Plymouth Tyson Road east 1 mile to Boy Scout Camp Road. Turn left to Plymouth State Park.
1.5 miles round trip, vertical rise 200 ft.
Trail leads to an overlook of the lakes area.
( Estimated hiking time 1.0 hr. )

Healdville Trail

This out-and-back trail is located approximately 5 miles northwest of the inn off VT Rte.103. Turn south on Station Road (beside Wright Construction Co.). Follow until you cross railroad tracks. Parking on left.
  • 6 miles - about 4 hours - round trip
  • Moderate to difficult hike, elevation change of 1900 ft.
  • Excellent views of Okemo ski area - a fire tower at top.
Trail crosses two small brooks and features several lookouts offering sweeping views of local ski area. The fire tower affords views of the White Mountains to the northeast, including Mt. Washington; the Green Mountains, north, west, and south; Mt. Ascutney, to the east; and Mt. Monadnock to southeast. Return by the same route. For more information go to Okemo State Forest - Healdville Trail

Greendale Loop Trail

This loop trail is approximately 12 miles southwest of the inn off VT Rte.100. Take Greendale Road (Forest Road 18) 3.5 mi. west, past the campground to parking area.
  • 4.0 miles (approx.) - about 2.5 hour - loop trail
  • Easy to moderate hike, elevation change of 260 ft.
  • Mixed northern hardwood and conifer bordering Greendale Brook, quiet forest roads along Jenny Coolidge Brook.
Beyond the parking area, cross the bridge and follow the blue diamonds up a moderate grade to an old road, the Jenny Coolidge Trail. Turn left and follow Forest Road 17 gradually downhill for approx. 2 miles back to Greendale Road. Turn left and follow the road back to the trail head.
Please practice "Leave No Trace" ethics, such as carry out what you carry in. For more information go to Greendale Loop.

White Rocks Cliffs Trail - off of the Long/Appalachian Trail*

This out-and-back trail is located approximately 15 miles northwest of the inn off VT Rte.140. Follow VT Rte.103 west to VT Rte.140. Take Sugarhill Road (dirt - approx. 4 mi. from VT 103) to "Green Mountain National Forest Picnic Area at White Rocks".
  • 3.2 miles - about 3 hours - round trip
  • Moderate to difficult hike, elevation change of 1250 ft.
  • Excellent views of and from White Rocks Cliff - a strenuous climb.
Begin on the blue-blazed Keewaydin Trail, go right at the fork, right again where it joins the AT/LT. Follow the white blazes to 3 rock cairns in a small clearing. A sign marks the White Rock Cliff Trail (blue blazes). Return by the same route. For more information go to White Rocks Cliffs Trail - Green Mountain National Forest

* The combined Long & Appalachian Trails can also be
accessed from VT Rte.103 and VT Rte.11

Weathersfield Trail

6 miles round trip, vertical rise 2250 ft. to the summit of Ascutney Mountain (3150 ft. elevation)
Beginning with log stairs, the blue-blazed trail follows varied terrain to the white-blazed Old Weathersfield Trail. Follow this trail past Gus's Lookout and bear right where it forks, continuing to the antennae-covered summit.
( Estimated hiking time 4.5 hr. )
Approximately 15 miles east of the inn off VT Rt.131. Approx three miles east of the Rte.131/Rte.106 junction, look for sign noting "Weathersfield Trail". Take Cascade Falls Road north (left), bear left at the fork, then right into an Ascutney State Park parking lot.

Shrewsbury Peak / Black Swamp Trail

This loop trail is located approximately 17 miles north of the inn off VT Rte.100. Turn west onto Plymouth State Forest Rd / Shrewsbury Road (2.2 miles north of Plymouth Union beyond Black Pond). Follow for 3.3 miles (road name changes to CCC Rd.) to trailhead parking on right.
  • 5.5 miles - about 4 hours - round trip
  • Moderate to difficult hike, elevation change of 1200 ft.
  • Challenging loop hike to one of the major peaks of the Coolidge Range.
Start blue-blazed Shrewsbury Peak Trail at the northwest corner of parking lot between the bulletin board and old stone chimney. Pass Russell Hill Shelter, through a ravine, across a woodroad, and ascend steeply to Shrewsbury Peak (about 1.9 miles). At a junction 0.1 mile beyond the peak, turn right onto the Black Swamp Trail. Descend about 2.1 miles, past the Shrewsbury Peak Shelter onto a woodroad, through a gateway, crossing another woodroad, a bridge, reaching the Black Swamp trailhead on the CCC Road. Turn right and follow the CCC Road west 1.3 miles to the parking lot by the old stone chimney. For more information go to Coolidge State Forest - Shrewsbury Peak Trail (1) and Black Swamp Trail (9). NOTE: This guide describes the Black Swamp Trail ascending Shrewsbury Peak.

Lowell Lake Trail

This loop trail is approximately 20 miles south of the inn off VT Rte.11. Take Lowell Lake Road, turn right at the barn.
3.5 miles round trip, vertical rise 20 ft., begins on the dam
Large selection of wildlife and great views across the lake. Good snowshoe and cross-country ski terrain.
( Estimated hiking time 2.5 hr. Add one hour in winter.)

The Pinnacle - Wilgus State Park

This loop trail is approximately 20 miles east of the inn off VT Rte.131. Take US Rte.5 (Connecticut River Road) 1.5 mi. south to park entrance on left.
  • 1.2 miles (approx.) - about 1.0 hour - loop trail
  • Easy to Moderate hike, elevation change of 325 ft.
  • Excellent views from summit of Connecticut River Valley.
Starting near the parking lot, the trail crosses US Rte.5, rises, turns left and levels, and rises and curves right to summit. Loop continues down, curves right and down, crosses US Rte.5, and becomes more gradual as it returns to the park road. Follow the park road to the right to the entrance parking lot. For more information go to Wilgus State Park.

Little Rock Pond * and Green Mountain Trails

This loop trail begins at the Danby-Mt. Tabor Road intersection with AT/LT Trail, approximately 26 miles southwest of the inn. Take VT 100 south to Weston (appox 11 mi.). Turn right just beyond the town green (Lawrence Hill Road). Turn left onto Landgrove Road and follow for 4 miles. Turn sharp right onto Little Michigan Road. Turn right onto Danby-Mt. Tabor Road (National Forest Road 10). Follow for about 10 miles to the LT/AT (Long Trail/Appalachian Trail) intersection and parking lot (on left around the bend to the left).
  • 6.8 miles (approx.) - about 4.5 hours - round trip
  • Moderate to difficult hike, elevation change of 1050 ft.
  • Excellent views from summit of Green Mountain - a strenuous climb.
To Little Rock Pond (2.0 miles, 1.0 hr, vertical rise 300 ft. - Easy) : Cross road from AT/LT Parking, follow white blazed AT/LT North. Crosses Little Black Brook twice - at 0.6 and 0.8 miles Planking through boggy sections Lula Tye Shelter at 1.8 miles.
To Other Side of Little Rock Pond (0.5 mile, 15 min.): Follow AT/LT counterclockwise around pond, hugging the shoreline. Views to East and South Leave the AT/LT, keeping left, passing over the outlet of the pond on a bridge. The Little Rock Pond trail continues completely around.
To Green Mountain Summit (0.6 miles, 45 min, vertical rise 750 ft. - Strenuous) : At a double blue blaze, turn right, away from the pond, up a 25 ft. bank to the blue blazed Green Mountain Trail. Follow the Green Mountain Trail steadily upward. The trail is rocky - a long hogback, smooth slabs, big boulders. [Remember that double blazes indicate a turn!] Views to the left and a signed 100 yard long spur to better pond views.
Return by retracing your route past the pond (3 miles) OR
Return by way of the Green Mountain Trail (4.0 miles, 2.0 hr, vertical descent 1050 ft - moderate) : Continue along the back side of the mountain, going down and up easily and descending gently. Follow an old road through large cathedral pines. Near the end, the trail turns left - Green Mountain Connector - running roughly parallel to Forest Road 10, back to the AT/LT parking area.
Please practice "Leave No Trace" ethics, such as carry out what you carry in. For more information, go to Little Rock Pond / Green Mountain Loop - Green Mountain National Forest. NOTE: This guide heads you in the opposite (clockwise) direction around the loop.
* The combined Long & Appalachian Trails can also be
accessed from VT Rte.103 and VT Rte.11

Vermont History & Heritage

Horseback Riding

  • Horses for Hire, Peru, VT, 802-297-1468
    Approximately 22 miles southwest of the inn off Vermont Rte. 11.
  • Mountain View Ranch, Danby, VT, 802-293-5837
    Approximately 29 miles west of the inn off US Rte. 7.

Live Music

  • Kinhaven Music School
    Student concerts, Friday at 4:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm
    Faculty concerts, Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm
    354 Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, 10 miles south of the inn
  • Chester Music Series
    On the lawn in front of the historic Academy Building, across from the Fullerton Inn, 12 miles southeast of the Governor's Inn
  • Summer Outdoor Concert Series at Jackson Gore

  • Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival - Plymouth
    Musicians from across the country and throughout Vermont team up for a festival of folk and blues music performed in the pur country air of beautiful Plymouth Notch, the historic birthplace of the 30th U.S. President.
    Free admission; donations appreciated

Nature / Science

Services

Shopping / Specialty Shops

Shop the Okemo Valley for Apparel & Sporting Goods; Arts, Crafts, & Antiques; Country Stores; Home & Garden; and Specialty Items. Click Okemo Valley Shopping for a list of opportunities.

Downhill Skiing

Okemo Mountain Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding is in Ludlow, Vermont, 1 mile west of the inn. A free mountain shuttle stops across the street from the inn.

Other nearby ski mountains include:
  • Killington - 24 miles
  • Stratton - 25 miles
  • Bromley - 21 miles

Cross-Country Skiing

Snow Shoeing

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

  • Horses for Hire, Peru, VT, 802-297-1468
    Approximately 19 miles south of the inn off Vermont Rte. 11.
  • Mountain View Ranch, Danby, VT, 802-293-5837
    Approximately 29 miles west of the inn off US Rte. 7.
  • Taylor Farm, Londonderry, VT, 802-293-5837
    Approximately 17 miles west of the inn off US Rte. 7.

Snowmobiling

Spa Services

Theatre

Weston Playhouse

Vermont's oldest professional theater, The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is dedicated to excellence in a unique Vermont setting, serving a community of artists and audiences through a broad spectrum of dramatic works and educational programs.

-- MainStage

Pump Boys and Dinettes - June 30 to July 11
 -- A down-home musical served with a smile
Peter and the Starcatcher - July 16 to July 25
 -- The Tony-winning prequel to Peter Pan
Guys and Dolls - July 30 to August 22
 -- The legendary Broadway fable
The Glass Menagerie - August 27 to September 5
 -- The timeless American masterpiece

And . . . following the final curtain most evenings THE CABARET in the intimate downstairs lounge.

-- OtherStages

Junie B. Jones - June 25 to July 12   (The WPTC Young Company)
 -- Everybody's favorite first-grader
The Other Place - July 23 to August 9
 -- The riveting new psychological drama
The Road to Where - August 13 to August 30
 -- An uplifting journey told through stories and song

Taxis and Shuttles

Vermont Products



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The Governor's Inn, a Vermont Bed and Breakfast, very near Okemo Mountain
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