Being a fan of good times, and things that roll, I have a distinct affinity for Okemo Mountain Resort in lovely Ludlow, Vermont, during the summer months.
If there are a few thrills thrown in, then that’s all the better. Consider just one weekend from last August. My wife, Lauri, and I loaded up the Subaru wagon with our two teenage daughters for a three-day, two-night visit to south central Vermont during Okemo’s high-spirited Hops in the Hills Beer and Wine Festival. When I say “loaded,” I mean the car was packed to the gills, with four bikes, two sets of golf clubs, a cooler with meals for those times we weren’t dining out, and enough gear and clothing to enjoy the myriad activities offered.
Those included a round at the exceptional Okemo Valley Golf Club, almost endless options for gravel and road pedaling, mountain biking, the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, allterrain Segways, and the Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline Tour. Whew! It’s exhausting just to think about.
But it’s worth every minute we spend planning and driving to Ludlow. We try to schedule an early start on Friday, which not only allows us to escape Boston’s North Shore before the traffic gods get riled up, but also gives us a chance to grab at least nine holes of golf while our girls chill out at the Jackson Gore’s Spring House Pool and Fitness Center.