Thick stands of pine, birch and maple surround the village of Stratton. Here, in this natural paradise, you wear many hats skier, snowboarder, hiker, jogger, walker, skater, cyclist, golfer, tennis player, fly fisherman, naturalist and excursionist. Year round, Stratton is your base camp for the great outdoors.
Rich in history and scenic beauty, Stratton is located in the picturesque Green Mountains of southern Vermont. Widely recognized as the birthplace of snowboarding, Stratton is equally well known for its golf school and tennis academy.
In summer, enjoy productions by the Weston Playhouse and the
Dorset Theater Festival, local performances by the Vermont Symphony
Orchestra, festivals, museums and galleries.
While in Stratton
In addition to the golf course, the Stratton Golf School is a great place to develop consistency and confidence in your game. Founded by Arnold Palmer, the school is a complete 22-acre teaching facility with classrooms, weatherproof hitting areas, and state-of-the-art swing analysis.
In the late 1970s, Jake Burton Carpenter (now president of the world's largest snowboard company) hiked Stratton's slopes after hours to test his prototype snowboards. Today, Stratton is known worldwide for its championship halfpipe, scene of the venerated US Open Snowboard Championships, as well as outstanding instruction and Learn to Ride programs.
Vermont's long tradition of handmade and homemade crafts is reflected in Manchester's shops, studios, galleries, soda fountains, emporiums and microbrewery taverns.
A quick 25 minute drive from Stratton, historic northeastern coastal-style buildings house the Old Country Store, while nearby auction barns and designer factory outlet stores with names like Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and Gianni Versace beg discovery.
Fall in Love with Picture-perfect Stratton, Vermont
Vermont old covered bridges, country stores, red barns, clapboard inns, and picture-perfect villages. They are the images of postcards - images you must see for yourself. Vermont is truly a photographer's delight. Famous fall colors burst forth from literally thousands of trees - crimson, copper, amber, and pumpkin - all surrounded by emerald fields and meadows.
Lines cast by anglers into the world-famous Battenhkill River glisten in the dawn's early light. Church steeples reach up from their white rooftops, peering up behind the rolling hills. Cyclists wind their way along twisting country roads. Others stroll through quaint village streets, looking for that ideal picnic spot under an old maple tree. An intimate setting of refined character, you'll want to capture as much of this as you can to carry home. After just one visit, the magic and the wonder of Vermont will stay with you forever.
Or Shop till You Drop in "Manchester in the Mountains"
A quick 25-minute drive from Stratton will take you to the charming New England town of Manchester. Surrounded by mountains, Manchester is a shoppers' haven with something for everyone. Visit the old Country Store with its giant wheel of cheddar cheese, stacks of maple products and quilts. The nearby auction barns truly do contain real bargains, including handmade teddy beards and old wooden trains. The biggest draw, however, is the designer factory outlets: Giorgio Armani, Polo Ralph Lauren, Versace, Donna Karan, J. Crew, Coach, Escada, Movado, OskKosh, Eddie Bauer, Levis, Jockey, Cole-Haan, Baccarat, Brooks Brothers, Godiva and more, all with in a few blocks of each other, many located in historic New England-style buildings.
Bathed in color, one of many Vermont villages awaiting discovery...