While other towns in the Northeast hibernate under the snow, Killington charges forward with a verve that dynamos through the village. Strangers with red cheeks, dressed in quilted coats, come to town with skiing gear in tow. A gaggle of showshoers traipse through the forest while children sip hot cocoa near the roaring fire of a mountain lodge.
Approaching Killington is like bypassing reality and entering a dream. Seven mountains stand with majesty at the gateway to the heart of Vermont. Palatial resorts hug the mountainside, as though generating power from the strength of the rugged hills. Long trails weave their way to the valley from mountain heads like braids on a beautiful child.
Although Killington has no downtown of its own, it missies nothing. There are over 100 country stores, antique shops and restaurants interspersed along the roadway that more than meet anyone's needs. For a "Main Street, USA" feeling, downtown Rutland is a short distance away.
Dining is delightful here with savory menus that feed the soul. From Austrian and German specialties such as veal schnitzel cordon bleu at The Countryman's Pleasure to Batten Kill trout at The River Tavern, there's a wide variety of local and international tastes.
There's a sweet museum in Killington that everyone should see. Exquisite hand-painted murals, photos, and dioramas tell the story of the sugaring process. The sampling room itself is worth the visit!
Killington is a four-season paradise. Summertime golf is a craze with two PGA courses in the area to choose from (The Green Mountain National Golf Course is rated the Number One public green in Vermont).
Most resorts offer recreational and seasonal programs for a per-use fee. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort has mountain biking along 20 miles of lake, fly fishing, tennis, horseback riding and hay rides. When snow falls, world-class cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on 80 kilometers of trails is the specialty ... but, they also have dog sledding, sleigh rides, snow tubing and ice skating.
Killington, a funnel wind of activity, is 10 miles from Rutland in the heart of Vermont.