Ludlow is a small town in Southern Vermont. Home to the popular Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow offers diverse outdoor, athletic, and cultural attractions all seasons of the year.
By road, Ludlow is relatively accessible from major cities in the Northeastern United States and Canada. It is about 4 hours 15 minutes from New York, 2 hours 40 minutes from Boston, and 3 hours 30 minutes from Montreal. The town is best reached from either Exit 6 or Exit 8 of Interstate 91, from which points it is an additional 23 miles (37 km) or 19 miles (31 km) respectively to the town center.
Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport, located 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Ludlow, offers service on Cape Air to Boston Logan International Airport.
Otherwise, the nearest major international airport is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Located about 2 hours south of Ludlow, the airport offers direct service to major hubs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Alternatively, Boston Logan International Airport and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport are about 2 hours 40 minutes and 4 hours away from Ludlow respectively.
Amtrak offers two passenger rail services into the state of Vermont.
The Ethan Allen Express runs daily from New York Penn Station to Rutland Amtrak Station, with stops in towns throughout Upstate New York. The duration of the trip from New York to Rutland and vice versa is generally between five amd five and a half hours.
In addition, the Vermonter offers daily service from Washington Union Station to Bellows Falls Station, about 26 miles (42 km) east of Ludlow. Stopping in Philadelphia, New York, and other east coast cities, the total duration of the trip from Washington is about ten hours, from New York about six hours.
As Ludlow is relatively rural and has a low population density, renting a car or bringing your own is generally advisable for efficient transportation in and around the town. Though the town center itself is relatively pedestrian-friendly, many of the town's most interesting attractions are located several miles from downtown, thus making driving entirely necessary to reach some locations.
- Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, 703 Main Street Weston, VT, ☎ (802) 824-8167. Nonprofit regional theatre dedicated to original, unique monthly shows. Call for reservations/show times. edit
- Zucchini Festival, . Check website for annual date/time. Ludlow, VT has a unique annual event: the Zucchini Festival! Enjoy everything made out of zucchini. Zucchini bread, latkes, pies and candy! Art is sold and exhibited by Vermont's talented artists. Food and drinks are available and don't miss out on zucchini carving and Vermont's largest zucchini! edit
- Llamas at local shops/restaurants, (Throughout town). It was a Ludlow tradition to originally and decoratively paint life-size llamas as a fundraiser. Local shops bought the llamas and their money was donated to local foundations. You can see colorful, different llamas displayed outside of Ludlow's shops on Main Street. edit
- Okemo Mountain Resort, +1 802 228-4041, E-mail: [email protected], . Skiing, cross country, boarding, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking.
- Just north of the village are a number of Lakes for fishing, swimming and boating.
- Buttermilk Falls, (off Route 103). On the side of the road off Route 103, after walking through a short walk in the woods, you will come to a beautiful swimming hole and waterfall. This local favorite is protected by the Vermont River Conservancy. There are rocks up to 10 feet high that risk-takers jump off of into the chilly waters below. There is one large waterfall and a wading, rocky pool of fresh water at the bottom. its awesome edit
- Echo Lake. Echo Lake and Park offers boat rentals, beach, swimming, picnic, private island, playground, hundreds of acres of fields and grass.
There are many shops that have a large variety of Vermont made goods and souvenirs. Vermont is known for its maple syrup and nature and animal oriented original art pieces.
- Blue Sky, . Vermont specials; sweatshirts, maple syrup, hand-made jewelry, local jewelry, local art, postcards, other souvenoirs. edit
- Green Mountain Sugar House, . Warm up after a long day of skiing at the Sugar house and order coffee, tea, Maple Creemees or beer. Gift shop is located on the beautiful Lake Pauline with local Vermont gifts such as maple syrup, maple candies and Vermont cheeses.
Local restaurants and pubs offer many choices in food and drink and entertainment.
- Pot Belly Pub: This small pub combines unique seating arrangements; booths, barseats, long tables, round tables; in sectioned rooms and also offers outside and upstairs seating. Known for its appetizers and "pot belly burgers".
- Sam's Steakhouse: 10-foot-long salad bar with over 20 toppings along with a fresh bread bar. Crab cakes, chicken & early bird specials! 91 Route 103 S
Ludlow, VT 05149-9777
- The Hatchery: A small breakfast nook located at the bottom of the mountain. Offers pancakes the size of plates and any breakfast fix-in you could imagine. Open for breakfast and lunch... For lunch, grab a quick bite before exploring Ludlow. Paninis, sandwiches, soups and omelettes, coffee and smoothies. Everything is homemade food written on chalkboards on the wall. A popular local spot. (802) 228-2311
- Java Baba's: Slow cooked food "deli", offering smoothies, coffee and breakfast food. Located in the shopping center at the bottom of the hill. Abundant booths, tables and festive decorations to eat your food "here", or take it "to go".
- Sweet Surrender Bakery, 44 Pond Street, ☎ (802) 228-8986. Family-owned bakery and coffee shop in the heart of Ludlow. Homemade muffins, pastries and doughnuts. Coffee, tea and cold drink selections. Upstairs and downstairs. edit
- Cafe at De Light, 145 Main Street (Uniquely named, this restaurant is at the only stop light in Ludlow!), ☎ (802) 228-2150. Known for it's breakfast, sandwiches and friendly atmosphere. Town's favorite breakfast spot. Warm, cozy and friendly. edit
- Wicked Good Pizza, 117 Main Street Ludlow, VT, ☎ (802) 228-4131, . Colorfully decorated and themed. During warm weather, there are picnic tables outside you can eat on that view the entire town. edit
- Echo Lake Inn. Bed and breakfast http://www.echolakeinn.com/ edit
- Best Western Ludlow, 93 Main Street, +1 802-228-8188, .
- Trojan Horse Lodge, 44 Andover St., Phone: +1 800-547-7475, .
- Slopeside Okemo Condominium Rentals, Rt. 103, Phone: +1 802 228-8999 . They specialize in condos on Okemo Mountain, and all of them are slopeside!
- Inn at Water's Edge, 45 Kingdom Road, Phone: +1 802 228-8143, . 11 guest rooms.
- The Point at Castle Hill Resort & Spa, 2940 Route 103, Phone: +1 800-438-7908, .
- Okemo Mountain Vacation Center, . Quick find for available rentals on Okemo Mountain. edit