Lodge at a Glance: Mendon Mountainview Lodge
In the lobby of Mendon Mountainview Lodge, a stone fireplace welcomes you to kick up your feet and relax. Venture further inside and you'll find a hot tub and sauna—great places to rest weary muscles after a day spent exploring the Green Mountains or the quaint nearby towns of Rutland and Killington.
- Summer fun: The lodge has a heated outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs.
- Game on: Challenge friends to a game of foosball or air hockey, or grab a board game from the lodge's communal collection.
- Hot breakfast: eggs, bacon, fresh-made waffles, multigrain pancakes, yogurt, muffins, and more
- Tee off at Green Mountain Golf Course, one of four courses within 10 miles of the lodge.
- Best hiking trail: The Long Trail runs the length of Vermont—272 miles—and you can access it via the Willard Gap entry point, just 2 miles away.
Green Mountains, Vermont: Historical Towns Surrounded by Wilderness
Named for the layers of stately evergreens that carpet their slopes, the Green Mountains are a branch of the ancient Appalachians that stretches north to south through the center of Vermont. It’s a relatively even swath of rolling forests capped by a few summits that rise above the tree line, including Mount Mansfield, which tops off at 4,393 feet. The landscape is home to other rugged scenery, including alpine lakes and more than 900 miles of mixed-use trails for biking and hiking.
The mountains are punctuated by quaint Vermont villages where white church steeples border organic farms and creameries. At the midsection of Green Mountain National Forest is the city of Rutland, which plays host to summer outdoor concerts and the Vermont State Fair. About 90 minutes north is Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, which is known for its breweries and boutiques.