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Whatever you’re thinking about doing this summer, you can do it in the Okemo Valley. Enjoy summer naturally; biking along scenic back roads, hiking on miles of exquisite trails from gently sloping meadows to steep alpine summits, or swimming in crystal clear brooks, lakes and ponds surrounded by birch groves, majestic sugar maples and pines.
The Okemo Valley brings together distinctive beauty, culture and endless possibilities in the towns of Andover, Cavendish, Chester, Mount Holly, Ludlow, Plymouth and Weston. Seven charming villages woven together by quaint country roads, dotted with shops and sites of every variety imaginable. A cornucopia of entertainment, recreation, dining, shopping and leisure activity awaits. Whether you’re looking for the finest in antiques and collectibles, award-winning live theater, championship golf courses, fine dining or craft breweries, you can find them all in the Okemo Valley.
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Ludlow – Weston – Chester
From the Visitor Information Center in Ludlow, take a left onto Route 103 and go one mile to Route 100 South (it’s a right turn just past Sunoco station) Continue up and over the mountain for about 5 miles. At end, take a left and follow into Weston. Public parking is behind the Vermont Country Store. Be sure to see:
- The Village Green Gallery
- The Vermont Country Store
- Bryant House (lunch & dinner)
- Snack Bar at Weston Village Store (open summers)
- Weston Village Christmas Shop
- Weston Village Store
- Old Mill and Farrar-Mansur Museum (open June – October)
- Weston Playhouse Theater
Next, on to Chester.
From the Vermont Country Store parking lot, take a right and head north. Make a right at gas station at Weston Marketplacet onto Andover Road. At end, take a left onto Route 11 and continue to Chester. (If you take a right you will go to Manchester). Park by the village green & gazebo. In Chester be sure to see:
- 10,000 teddy bears in the Hugging Bear Inn and Toy Shoppe
- Misty Valley Books
- 103 Artisan Marketplace
- Breakfast or Lunch at Country Girl Diner or Heritage Deli & Bakery
- Lunch or Dinner at The Fullerton Inn, The Free Range, or Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern
- High Tea at Inn Victoria
Get back in the car and drive down 103S to 103 Artisans Marketplace and and Heritage Deli & Bakery. Be sure to cross the street to visit Stone House Antiques. And don’t forget to stop at William Austin Antiques on Route 103 on your way back to Ludlow.
Follow Route 103 back to the center of Ludlow.
Park on Main Street and visit the many fine shops and galleries. Don’t forget to take a left at Depot Street (at the traffic light) to see the Wine & Cheese Depot, Stemwinder, Tinas Fun Stuff to Wear, The Downtown Grocery and Depot Street Gallery. By this time you might be ready for dinner at any one of the very fine restaurants in town.
If you still have time, continue on Scenic Route 100 North to Plymouth. Stop at the Green Mountain Sugar House for a maple creamy on route to President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Take a right on Route 100A and visit the Museum & Education Center.
On your way back to Ludlow, visit the master craftsmen at Clear Lake Furniture – the makers of the furniture at President Calvin Coolidge Education Center.