Worth a Trip: Ludlow, Weston & the Okemo Valley
On the Green Mountains' eastern slopes, the Okemo Valley is one of Vermont’s most attractive year-round vacation destinations.
At the heart of it all is the low-key ski village of Ludlow, home to the family-friendly Okemo Mountain Resort. With 121 trails, the East’s longest superpipe, excellent snowmaking facilities and high-speed lifts (including the heated six-seater Sunburst Six), Okemo appeals to skiers and snowboarders of all levels. In 2018, Colorado’s Vail Resorts purchased Okemo, with plans to upgrade the mountain’s already impressive facilities – stay tuned!
Downtown Ludlow is home to a variety of restaurants and accommodations, including the wonderful Homestyle Hostel. Inviting and warm, the hostel has a variety of accommodation levels, from dorms to family rooms, and serves up a delicious locally sourced breakfast.
Eleven miles south of Ludlow, the picturesque village of Weston – built along the banks of the West River and anchored by a grassy common graced with towering maples and a bandstand – is most famous for its beloved Vermont Country Store. Founded in 1946 and still owned by the original Orton family, this creaky-floored Main St enterprise has morphed from a traditional country store into a vast all-purpose emporium selling everything from flannel nighties, lilac lotion and vintage games to penny candies, cookies and cheeses (there are seemingly endless free samples – don’t be shy!). In summer, Weston is equally popular for its Weston Playhouse, Vermont's oldest professional theater.
Weston has a couple of historic inns and a family-friendly B&B-motel, all spread out along a two-mile stretch of VT 30. You can browse Weston's limited dining options in a five-minute walk from the playhouse south along Main St.
Stop by the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce for more information about Weston, Ludlow, Grafton and eight surrounding communities, including the historic stone village of Chester.