Rutland is a city of about 18,000 people in Vermont. It is a good starting point for exploring the Green Mountains, and is very close to several major ski areas.
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.
There is a Greyhound bus terminal at 102 West St, downtown.
The Amtrak station is at 25 Evelyn Place, also downtown, and is served by the Ethan Allen Express, a daily service to and from New York City.
Continental Airlines runs a few flights daily from Boston Logan to Rutland airport (RUT).
Downtown Rutland is easily walkable, but to go anywhere else you'll either need a car or take public transit. There is a local bus service called The Bus. The Bus also runs to Killington for $2.
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.
There is a wide range of eating options in the Rutland area.
Hemingway's Restaurant is an excellent four-star restaurant just east of the Killington base road turnoff on Rt 4. Try the chocolate cake.
Little Harry's is an unexpected gem; a warm and friendly restaurant with an imaginative menu. 121 West street off route 7.
Best Western, #1 Route 4 East, (866) 229-6188, .
Rodeway Inn Rutland, 138 North Main St,802-775-2575,. Comfortable, moderately priced accommodations, pet friendly lodging options, complimentary breakfast, discount vacation packages.
The Rutland Herald,  is the major local paper. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001.
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.