Rutland is a city of about 18,000 people in Vermont. It is the second largest city in the state. It is a good starting point for exploring the Green Mountains, and is very close to several major ski areas. The town has over one hundred houses on the National Register of Historic Places.
Route 4 runs East-West through town and Route 7 runs North-South. Business Route 4 runs along the southern edge of the downtown. Generally, it is a 4 hour drive from New York City, a 3 hour drive from Boston and a 4 hour drive from Montreal.
Cape Air runs a few flights daily from Boston Logan aboard their Cessna propeller-driven airplanes to Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport (RUT) near Rutland. This is a very small airport somewhat distant from town, so be sure to arrange transportation ahead of time. It's about 2 hours by car to Burlington.
Rutland Falls is a nice waterfall just west of town on Otter Creek. It is crossed by a gargantuan railroad bridge and littered with huge slabs of authentic Vermont marble. It is accessible from Old Falls Rd, opposite the junction between Rt 3 and Business Rt 4.
The Vermont State Fair is held at the racetrack on South Main Street every September.
Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, 636 marble street, West Rutland, . 9-5 every day in summer. This is the site of an old marble quarry that's been turned into an art installation space. They have a great sculpture garden as well as a nice spot to swim in the back. Free. edit
Nearby Proctor, an old marble cutting town, is home to the Vermont Marble Exhibit . The town is pretty and also a little quirky because just about everything is made out of marble. Even the sidewalks.
Killington, the largest ski resort in the Northeast, is only a 20 minute drive to the east. They offer skiing in the winter and various recreational activities (mountain biking, hiking) in the other months of the year.