Just five minutes from Okemo and the Ludlow town center, The Echo Lake Inn is one of the few authentic Vermont country inns that operates year round in the state. Built in 1840, it enjoyed frequent visits from Calvin Coolidge (whose birthplace is just up the road a piece in Plymouth).
The inn has 27 rooms, some with fireplace and whirlpool bath, 7 condos, outdoor pool and tennis courts. A pub, tavern, and dining room provide food, beverage and ambiance. The property also includes a dock on Echo Lake with access to canoes and row boats.
The restaurant at the inn has been featured in Gourmet, Bon Apettit, and Vermont Magazine. Chef Kevin Barnes and his staff take great pride in fine food and service, and have years of experience serving rehearsal dinners and receptions.
The front porch and lawn are perfect for a reception of virtually any size and the staff of The Echo Lake Inn will work with you to assure that your Vermont wedding is the one of your dreams.
Okemo Mountain is actually a ski resort in the town of Ludlow, Vermont in the central lakes region of the state, but to many, Okemo and Ludlow are synonymous. While we love the mountain (ANY time of year!), we've got to say that the lakes region - just 5 minutes up the road - also provides the perfect backdrop for dream Vermont weddings!
Between the two, the region is rich wedding venues and things to do. Okemo Mountain is a four season resort with skiing and boarding in the winter while the Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore provides summer activities such as Segway Tours, Mini Golf, Zipline Tours, and a Mountain Coaster (note that Zipline Tours and the Mountain Coaster also operate in the winter!). The lakes and surrounding area provide a peaceful serenity - a nice contrast from fast paced activities of the mountain!
Much of Ludlow's history is found in that of the Ludlow Woolen Mills, still the most visible property in Ludlow. The original five story wood structure burned in 1865 and was rebuilt as a three story brick building. General Electric purchased it in 1952, and sold it in 1976. It was converted to The Mill Condominiums in 1981 and continues as such today with condos on the upper floors and a bar in the downstairs level.
Okemo was founded in 1955 and flourished until the seventies when a triple threat of western competition, fires, and flooding pummeled the resort. By 1982, the owners decided to sell. Since then, under the stewardship of Tim and Dianne Mueller, the resort has continually improved and with it, the local economy has transitioned from that of a mill town to one of tourism with Parents Magazine calling it the Top US Family Snow Resort.
A set of four lakes extend from Plymouth through Ludlow following Route 100; Lake Amherst, Echo Lake, Lake Rescue, and Lake Pauline. Camp Plymouth State Park is a popular destination on Echo Lake, and there are a number of inns and b&b's in the area. For a wedding by the lake, or the mountains, Okemo can make your dreams come true.