Things to Do in Cavendish, VT

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Cavendish is in the heart of Okemo Valley, meaning there is no shortage of things to do, especially if you enjoy touring charming villages or winter sports. 

Ludlow and Okemo Mountain Resort are just west on Route 103, offering fantastic skiing, snowboarding, and more.  Okemo Mountain boasts the largest vertical drop in southern Vermont and trails! There’s terrain suitable for everyone, whether you’re just starting or you’ve been at it for years.  Check out our previous post for more things to do in Ludlow.

While you’re at Okemo take a ride on the Timber Ripper Coaster! It is the first rollercoaster to have been built in the state of Vermont.  It is an exciting ride that rips through the forest and dips along the contours of the mountainside at Okemo’s Jackson Gore.  There are added banking loops, camel backs, and waves along the way, and riders control the speed of the sled like car, which goes up to 25 mph.


If you’re short sports equipment, or in need of a hunting or fishing licences, stop by Singleton’s General Store in Proctorsville. Their knowledgable staff can help you find the best places to hunt or fish in the area! They are also nationally known for their Vermont Smoked Meats, so be sure to try some!

Hawks Mountain Wildlife Management Area is a great place to go to spot local wildlife and do some snowshoeing.  2.183 acres of pristine mountainside are home to animals such as the black bear, moose, bobcat, white-tailed deer, and porcupine.  Turkey and ruffed grouse can be hunted in season, and the streams are annually stocked with rainbow and brown trout.

At the in Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center Rutland, get the full rock climbing experience at this indoor climbing park.  Walls are 25-30′ and there are over 8,000 sq ft of indoor climbing.  Painted murals depict beautiful pictures of nature, helping you travel through the desert to Yosemite, without even leaving Vermont.  Knowledgeable instructors are happy to help beginners and experts alike.

For something you can only get in Vermont, head to Plymouth Artisan Cheese.   Founded by John Coolidge (father of Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States), this is one of the oldest cheese makers in the country.  Cheese is produced with raw cow’s milk from a single herd which is monitored very closely for quality.   This was reportedly Julia Child’s favorite cheese.


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