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Blog :: 06-2015

Vermont Theater: Where to See a Play in Vermont

Along with tons of outdoor activities in southern Vermont, there are plenty of things to do that don't involve hiking boots and mountains. One ever-popular activity that's great for the whole family is seeing a play or production at one of our many local playhouses and theatres. From intimate small-stage productions to huge off-Broadway spectaculars, you're certain to find something to enjoy on one of southern Vermont's many stages. Here are a few to get you started.

Vermont Theater in Bennington

The Oldcastle Theatre Company — Bennington

Over the last 44 years, the Oldcastle Theatre Company has produced more than 300 plays and productions, including a number of premieres by well-known playwrights. Today the company stands as one of the oldest and most well-known Vermont theatre companies, and their stage is set in an intimate and close space that allows the audience to feel connected to the show. You can even order dinner along with your tickets and get a meal at the nearby Pangaea Fine Dining for two included in the price of your show.

Dorset Theatre Festival — Dorset

While the Dorset Playhouse might look old-fashioned, it's actually home to one of the most vibrant and exciting theatrical productions in the region. The Dorset Theatre Festival presents a number plays each year during their four-month summer season, many of which are new premieres exclusive to the Dorset Playhouse. Shows range from child-friendly productions to intriguing adult fare, so be sure to check ahead and see what will be on the stage during your Vermont visit.

Weston Playhouse — Weston

Weston Vermont Playhouse Billed as Vermont's oldest professional theatre, the Weston Playhouse began producing plays in 1935 and hasn't stopped since. Today the Weston Playhouse uses three stages to produce a diverse summer season of plays, including Broadway-caliber musicals, period dramas and family-friendly fare. The Playhouse also offers a variety of educational opportunities, such as the three-week Broadway Boot Camp, an intensive musical theatre training program for teenagers. 

New England Youth Theatre — Brattleboro

Blending acting, education, and fun, the New England Youth Theatre is a combined acting school and playhouse which produces youth-acted and directed plays year round. Alongside the wide range of available acting classes and programs, you can also buy tickets to student-acted shows ranging from unique children's productions to Shakespeare. 

If you can't bear the thought of leaving the Green Mountains behind after the final curtain call, you're in luck — spend a couple nights, a week, or the whole season at a comfortable southern Vermont rental home

Southern Vermont Day Trips: Things to Do in North Adams, MA

One of our favorite day trips in southern Vermont isn’t actually in Vermont at all. The city of North Adams, Massachusetts is a fun and friendly town with plenty to see and do just a few miles south of the Vermont-Massachusetts border. Whether you’re into outdoor adventures or educational enrichment, you’ll find something to enjoy in this wonderful town.

North Adams MA

Concerts at Windsor Lake

If you’re looking for a great family activity that’s both fun and free, consider taking a trip to Windsor Lake on a Wednesday evening and seeing one of their free outdoor concerts. You’ll find bands of all types and genres playing at these shows, and you can also enjoy swimming, kayaking, and canoeing on the lake while the music plays. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and have an amazing evening with some sweet summer tunes.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Many visitors to southern Vermont don’t realize that the largest contemporary arts museum in the United States is just a few miles from their door, waiting to be explored. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (or MASS MoCA) is a huge gallery and exhibition space featuring a huge array of rotating installations and live performance arts shows. With more than 200,000 square feet of gallery space (including one gallery more than 300 feet long), you’re sure to find something to appreciate and enjoy.

Houghton Mansion Ghost Tours

Those seeking thrills and chills need look no further than the Houghton Mansion, one of the most well-known haunted houses in Massachusetts, if not the whole United States. Featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures, Houghton Mansion was originally built by the first mayor of North Adams, Albert Houghton. The mansion has a long history of hauntings and other strange occurrences, and it also stands as an interesting historic site.

Mount Greylock MAMount Greylock

Want to experience one of the most scenic views in the state of Massachusetts? Take a hike – or a drive – up Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in the state. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock offers views of more than 60 miles on clear days. At the crest of the mountain you’ll also find the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower, a stone monument 92 feet in height which offers even more stunning views.

Food and Drink

After so much exploring, you’ll also want to take a look at North Adams’ restaurant scene to refuel. One of the most popular low-key locations in town is Brewhaha, a classic café serving delicious coffee and light café-style food. For a bigger meal you can head down the road to The Hub, an old-school diner-style eatery serving American standards and bar drinks as well.

At only 30 miles away, North Adams is a perfect destination for a day trip out of out of your Chimney Hill rental home in Wilmington, VT. Make sure you give yourself some time to look around the town and explore even more of the many things to do!

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