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Okemo Mountain Resort: the best of Vermont for all seasons

Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort Ludlow, Vermont
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Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort Ludlow, Vermont

Okemo mountain soars 2,200’ above the town of Ludlow, Vermont. Okemo Mountain Resort, with its 121 winter trails, is renowned as a skiing and snowboarding destination.

The resort is also a year-round destination for family-friendly fun in the fresh Green Mountain air.

Whether for a week or long weekend, there are a variety of activities and adventures to be found in the valley and along the forested slopes and trails. Babbling brooks, the meadows’ seasonal songbirds and wildflowers are a sensory delight.

Do as much or as little as you please, from challenging your limits in the Adventure Zone to relaxing by the pool or spa. The Friday Summer Concert Series id free.

Summer Music Series, Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Summer Music Series sign at Spring House Pool & Fitness Center, Okemo Mountain Resort.

Children ages 4-13 enjoy Camp Gokemo Monday-Saturday 8am to 4:30 p.m.

Choose your adventure á la carte or buy a wristband for a full day of activities at Okemo Mountain Resort’s Adventure Zone.

Ride 4800’ of loops, it’s an exhilarating ride on the all-season mountain coaster. Experience the adventures and legends of Ludlow’s lumberjacks during 18-holes of Lumbrin’ Cal Miniature Golf. Play disc golf though the woods.

Mini Golf and Mountain Coaster Adventure, Adventure Zone, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Mini Golf and Mountain Coaster Adventure, Adventure Zone, Okemo Mountain Resort

Jump up to 20’ high on the Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline.

Bungee jump on a trampoline at the Adventure Zone of Okemo Mountain Resort
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Bungee jump on a trampoline at the Adventure Zone of Okemo Mountain Resort

Challenge yourself and ring the bell atop the Climbing Wall.

Rock climbing wall at the Bungee jump on a trampoline at the Adventure Zone of Okemo Mountain Resort
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Climbing Wall at the Adventure Zone of Okemo Mountain Resort

Jump in the bouncy house or climb a platform and jump into an enormous air bag.

Jump into the AMP Energy Big Air Bag at the Adventure Zone at Okemo Mountain Resort
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Jump into the AMP Energy Big Air Bag at the Adventure Zone at Okemo Mountain Resort

Test your balance and strength. Maneuver between trees on the self-guided Haulback treetop challenge course.

Adventure Zone Challenge Course, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Adventure Zone Challenge Course, Okemo Mountain Resort

Adventure Zone Challenge Course, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Adventure Zone Challenge Course, Okemo Mountain Resort

Take a  90 minute Segway Personal Transport Tour.

Segway Tours, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Segway Tours, Okemo Mountain Resort

Soar above the treetops on a zip line tour.

Okemo Valley Golf Club, one of two 18-hole championship golf courses, is a par 70   heathland golf course with bent grass along the greens, tees, and wide fairways.

Okemo Valley Golf Club, Ludlow, Vermont
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Okemo Valley Golf Club, Ludlow, Vermont

The rolling hills create moderate elevation changes, and multiple tee areas at each holemake it a challenging course for all ability levels.

Okemo Valley Golf Club, Ludlow, Vermont
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Okemo Valley Golf Club, Ludlow, Vermont

It has stunning views of the Green Mountains and was voted #1 course in the state by Golf Week 2016.

After building up an appetite, stop by Willie Dunn’s Grille for a Sand Trap Wrap, Sandbagger Club or Two Fish Tacos.

Two Fish Tacos, Willy Dunn's Grille, Ludlow, Vermont
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Two Fish Tacos, Willy Dunn’s Grille, Ludlow, Vermont

Willie Dunn's Grille, Ludlow, Vermont
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Willie Dunn’s Grille, Ludlow, Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Dunn's Grille, Ludlow, Vermont
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Willie Dunn’s Grille, Ludlow, Vermont

It is named for Willie Dunn Jr., who was from an illustrious Scottish golf family and expanded the sport in the United States. He taught at the Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island and won the the first unofficial U.S. Open.

Want to relax with a changing view? Enjoy the scenery as you ride the state-of-the-art Sunburst Six bubble chairlift to the summit and back.

Sunburst Six chairlift, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Sunburst Six chairlift, Okemo Mountain Resort

Sunburst Six chairlift, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Sunburst Six chairlift, Okemo Mountain Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seats are cushioned and heated. The tinted retractable bubble dome offers the option of an open air or cozy trip.

Sunburst Six chairlift at summit, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Sunburst Six chairlift at summit, Okemo Mountain Resort

There’s a 360-degree view from the historic Fire Tower, a short walk from scenic bubble chairlift ride.  On a clear day you can see as far as Massachusetts.

Bring your nountain bike and designated cars will transport it or you can rent one at Evolution Bike Shop at Okemo’s mid-mountain Sugarhouse.

bicycle lift at left, Sunburst Six chairlift at summit, Okemo Mountain Resort
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bicycle lift at left, Sunburst Six chairlift at summit, Okemo Mountain Resort

Bike trails from the summit are well-maintained and designed for all levels.

Summit routes to Jackson Gore, Okemo Mountain Resort
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Summit routes to Jackson Gore, Okemo Mountain Resort

Or skip the lift and hike the popular trail up the west flank of Okemo, a three-mile climb that scales 2,000’ in elevation.

Need more exercise? There’s a running track, basketball hoop, and two tennis courts in the Ice House.

End your day with s’mores around the fire pit, a step back to a time when the glow came from a relaxing fire, not electronic screens.

fire for s’mores, Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort
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fire for s’mores, Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort

Vermont has a rich agricultural heritage, and Executive Chef Jason Tostrop makes the most of the locally sourced ingredients.  There are a variety of New England favorites, and his farm-to-table philosophy is best experienced at the Farmhouse Dinner Series in the Coleman Brook Tavern, a Wine Spectator Best of Award winner.

suckling roast pig and local peach jam with smashed potatoes
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suckling roast pig and local peach jam with smashed potatoes

first of the season farm stand local corn with lobster fritters and mosaic chipotle dipping sauce
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corn with lobster fritters and mosaic chipotle dipping sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coleman Brook Tavern, Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo
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Coleman Brook Tavern, Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo

dining room, Coleman Brook Tavern
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dining room, Coleman Brook Tavern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information contact the Okemo Mountain Resort.

Also in the area:

Bring a picnic lunch to Buttermilk Falls, a local swimming hole, or Camp Plymouth State Park, a beach and recreational area on the east shore of Echo Lake, just outside Ludlow.

Plymouth Notch, the birthplace of our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, is one of America’s best preserved sites. This National Historic Landmark includes interactive exhibits and the Coolidge family homestead with its original furnishings.

Plymouth Notch has changed little from when Coolidge lived there. The Plymouth Cheese Factory was built in 1890 by Colonel John Coolidge and local farmers to make use of local milk. The general store sells penny candy. The large vaulted dance hall served as the Summer White House in 1924.

Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock is one of America’s finest outdoor history museums. It includes a restored 1890 farm house, a fully-operational dairy farm, draft horses, sheep, hands-on activities, and there’s Billings Farm cheddar cheese.Also known as Marsh-Billings-RockefellerNational Historic Park for its fascinating history, it is the site of Frederick Billings’ managed forest and progressive dairy farm. It is the only national park centered on conservation history and land stewardship.

Since 1946 the Vermont Country Store, on scenic Route 100, has been jam-packed with practical, food, and hard-to-find items.   It is open every day. Prepared food is also available at Mildred’s Market.

 

 

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  1. Wow! Tons of things to do!

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