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Trips with Kids
Cross Country Skiing
CrossCountry Skiing -- 31K of cross-country skiing or snow shoeing at Mountain Meadows Cross Country Ski. Ski out the door onto Kent Pond or off into the wilderness. You can even arrange kite-boarding or kite-skiing on the lake!
Downhill Skiing -- For downhill enthusiasts there are many opportunities. Less than five miles from Mountain Meadows Lodge are two downhill ski resorts: Killington (Killington trail map) and Pico (Pico trail map). Another nearby mountain is Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont - only 22 miles away. All three resorts offer loads of skiing and boarding options, lessons, and other activites.
The Catamount Trail -- Mountain Meadows Lodge is only about a mile from the Catamount Trail on which you can ski the length of Vermont. We're close to Section 13 and there is parking at the trailhead.
SnowMobiling -- Mountain Meadows Lodge is close to the VAST network of snowmobile trails. The Chittendon Dam area is a popualr parking spot if you have your own equipment.
If not, you can rent from Killington Snow Mobile Tours and take a tour close to the Lodge.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Hiking -- Mountain Meadows Lodge is on the Appalachian Trail (AT), the 2100-mile hiking trail (foot path) that runs from Georgia to Maine. We are just off the Long Trail, the 270-mile trail that runs the length of Vermont, and alongside Kent Pond at Gifford Woods State Park, so from our lakeside lodge you can take a short hike to nearby waterfalls or set out on an all-day excursion. We've got a hiking guide at the lodge with maps for you to take.
Here's a list of SHORT HIKES that are close by.
The Town of Killington Parks and Recreation Department, 802-422-3932, offers free guided hikes to area attractions!
Excursions -- You can consider a tour through Vermont's backroads.
In summer or fall consider riding the gondola to the top of Killington Peak or having loads of fun at the Pico Adventure Center. Both mountains are only 10 minutes away.
For a treat visit Quechee Gorge, where the Ottauquechee River plunges into a narrow, rocky cleft 165 feet deep and over a mile in length. There's even rock-climbing outdoor at deer's leap and indoor) within minutes of the Lodge.
Mountain Biking -- Just 5 miles up the road is Killington Resort with all levels of mountain biking.
And in the next town north is The Green Mountain Trails, a multiuse network of flowy singletrack over varied terrain. Mountain Meadows Lodge is situated on 31K of cross-country ski trails. These trails, some jeep/ski-mobile trails and some trails around River Road offer some remote/wilderness mountain biking challenges. Less than 10 miles north on Rt. 100 from Mountain Meadows Lodge is a popular mountain biking spot called the Contest Trail off Liberty Hill Rd. Get there by finding Forest Road 223, located 2.4 miles south of Rochester off Vermont Route 100. In this area there are opportunities for loop travel and great views. A little further away, about 28 miles, are 265 miles of mapped trails in the White River Valley. You can get on in Randolph Vermont. Another option is mountain biking down Killington Mountain: you climb aboard the K-1 gondola and ride to the top of the mountain. Then you bike down (and try not to die).
Killington's Adventure Center has a coaster, disc golf, motorized tours, Roaring Brook mining. scenic lift rides, skyejump paddle boardsing, a high ropes course, a terra-maze, and a mountain bike park.
Here's an overview
Fishing -- The lake right outside your window is stocked with trout and bass. You can get a fishing license online. We've got some fishing poles for the kids. The Vermont
Fish and Game hosts kids fishing events as well.
Golf -- Lots of options
Disc golf -- Right next door is an awesome disc golf course!
What is disc golf?
Vermont's Covered Bridges -- If there is one image that defines New England and perhaps Vermont itself, certainly it must be the covered bridge. There's a nice selection of covered bridges within a few minutes drive of Mountain Meadows Lodge. The closest ones are just south of Pittsfield, and just west of Woodstock.
Vermont attractions - great for kids
Microbreweries -- Long Trail Brewery is just down the street and Magic Hat, Otter Creek, and Harpoon Brewery are not too far away.
Vermont Wine -- Vermont Wines tracks and shares news and information about wine in Vermont. There's a list of local wineries at this web site as well as a calendar of events involving Vermont wineries
Food, drink, stores, museums, theaters, recreation, and Vermont-related attactions are all nearby in the Killington/Rutland area.
Wedding Industry Links
Vermont Wedding Association
The New England Wedding
The Green Bride Guide
Mountain Meadows Lodge