Although known as a ski resort town, in recent years, Okemo has evolved into an immensely popular year-round destination for all manners of outdoor activities, including golf, hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. Named by Parents Magazine as the top family-friendly snow resort in the United States, Okemo distinguishes itself as the best destination for the whole family, perennially earning awards for snow quality grooming, family programs, spectacular après-ski, and exemplary guest services.
Where is Okemo?
Okemo Mountain Resort is located in Ludlow, Vermont, a haven for winter sports and breathtaking mountain scenery. The airports in Burlington (97 miles away), Albany (100 miles away), and Boston (167 miles away) are all the primary choices when flying in. The Amtrak Ethan Allen Express from New York City also provides service to nearby Rutland, Vermont, just 25 miles northwest of Ludlow.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Originally founded as a small community ski hill, Okemo has grown today into a wildly popular, four-seasons resort for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. Visit for the downhill skiing and snowboarding fun in the wintertime (including group lessons and programs for the kids), or head over in the summer for concerts, bike races, and more.
Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs to the Jackson Gore Summer Music Series. All summer long on Friday nights, this music festival is the perfect way to wind down after a day of outdoor adventure and enjoy some delicious barbecue out on the lawn. From symphony performances to brew festivals to the annual Independence Day celebration, you can't go wrong with a summertime visit to the mountain.
With a wide array of activities, Okemo is a smart choice when trying to please the entire family. In addition to award-winning slopes catering to every experience level, Okemo is home to challenging, championship-level golf courses with breathtaking views, mini golf for the kids, nearby hiking and mountain biking trails, indoor rock climbing, zip line tours, disc golfing, and fantastic dining options.
No vacation is complete without indulging in a little personal time. Okemo has several spa and health club options, ranging from quick manicure stops between shopping to intense, all-day rejuvenation with state-of-the-art facilities.
Things to Do Near Okemo
For less strenuous fun, The ClearLake Furniture Workshop in Ludlow is a fun opportunity to see skilled craftspeople create one-of-a-kind heirlooms. You can also get the quintessential Vermont sensation of fresh air laced with the smells of boiling maple sap at Smith Maple Crest Farm. See every step of the syrup making process and enjoy some tasty treats.
Nearby Plymouth Artisan Cheese, just 12 miles north of the resort, is one of the oldest cheese operations in the nation. Originally founded by John Coolidge (father of 30th President Calvin Coolidge), this family-owned dairy makes cheeses produced by a single herd and puts a strong emphasis on humane treatment of their livestock.
Take a day trip to Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, one of the state’s best indoor climbing experiences. This facility is run by skilled staff who offer everything from beginner lessons to specialized clinics. Manchester is just under 30 miles away and was named by Yankee Magazine as one of the best shopping destinations in New England, carrying all of your favorite outdoor and designer brands.
After your long day of leisure, it’s nice to feel at home, and there is no better place than in one of our cozy and warm vacation rentals. We have many homes to choose from, from ideal romantic getaways for couples or larger lodges for families and groups. Tour our Okemo homes and book today.
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