Living in the Pawlet, Vermont Area

Pawlet, VT

Middletown Springs, Rupert and Pawlet are located in and around Vermont’s Mettawee Valley and Taconic Mountains.

Peaceful, Rural and Convenient. Settle Down and Relax!

Along the Mettawee Valley and up into the mountainsides of the Taconic Mountains in the northwest corner of Bennington County are the picturesque and rural residential Vermont towns of Pawlet, Rupert and Middletown Springs. The magic of living here is that it is a somewhat undiscovered rural destination with plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation in the nearby lakes, rivers and mountains, while also convenient to the more populous downtown of Granville, New York, and the Vermont commercial centers of Rutland and Manchester, Vermont. Settle in and relax and know that everything you need is here.

The Beautiful Outdoors is All Yours!

The Pawlet area is a dream for those who love to be away from the crowds and want to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in all of Vermont. If you love biking, hiking, fishing, hunting or cross-country skiing, this is your paradise! You are also a short ride to downhill skiing and snowboarding, while just to the north are Lake St. Catherine and Lake Bomoseen, where you can boat, swim and ice fish. The Mettawee is one of the most breathtaking valleys in all of Vermont and no time is it more beautiful than in fall, but you will be equally fascinated by hiking, driving or bicycling in summer and spring, or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter.

Natural, Historic and Working Landscapes

Rupert, Pawlet and Middletown Springs are surrounded by beauty of all kinds. Drive Route 30 through the Mettowee Valley for one of the most spectacular scenic rides in all of Vermont. The valley winds through the Taconic Mountains and along the Mettawee River with beautiful vistas all along the way. Going back to the 18th century, farms and quarries dotted the countryside. Today, you can see plenty of working farms in all three towns, including dairy farms that make the cheese that Vermont is famous for. One of Rupert's earliest settlers was Reuben Harmon, who was granted the right to mint coins, called Vermont coppers, for the Republic of Vermont. Harmon's Mint is still today at Southwind Farm in North Rupert. Pawlet is synonymous with the slate industry in Vermont, which had numerous quarries in the area throughout its history, and where you can still purchase slate right from the quarry.

Quaint Villages, Friendly Shopkeepers, Nearby Shopping

All three towns have quintessential Vermont-style villages complete with a general store, post office, restaurants, gas stations, houses of worship, specialty stores and more. So, all the essentials you need are right around the corner. But when you need more, everything you’d ever want can be found within a short drive of the area. Groceries, hardware, specialty, pharmacy, malls, more restaurants and even branded outlet stores are all conveniently available within a 20-minute radius.

Excellent Public and Private Schools

Want school choice? The towns of Middletown Springs, Pawlet and Rupert all offer school choice for grades 7-12.

Pawlet Area Elementary Schools

Pawlet and Rupert: The Mettawee Community School is a highly-regarded, small town community PK and K-6 school serving the towns of Pawlet and Rupert. With an average student-teacher ratio of about 12 to 1, the teachers and facilities provide an excellent environment for learning.

Middletown Springs: The Middletown Springs Elementary School offers PK and K-6 education for residents of the town. A 12 to 1 student-teacher ratio and above average English and Math test scores means this school provides the attention needed for each student to have a great start for their education.

Private Schools: Maple Street School (Manchester), The Mountain School (Manchester), Long Trail School (starts grade 6, Dorset), The Downtown School (Manchester).

Pawlet Area Junior and Senior High Schools

100% Tuition Assistance: For Pawlet, Rupert and Middletown Springs residents, the towns offer school choice for grades 7-12. Full tuition is paid by the town for most area public schools. Rupert and Pawlet residents send their students tuition-free to Salem New York and Granville New York schools. Most Middletown Springs residents choose to attend Mill River Junior-Senior High School in Clarendon. While these are the most popular choices, other public-school options are available if desired.

Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester): Perhaps one of the best all-around independent senior high schools in Vermont. Partial tuition assistance is provided by the town and some financial aid may be possible.

The Long Trail School (Dorset): Another top private junior and senior high school in Vermont, The Long Trail School is Vermont’s only International Baccalaureate School. Partial tuition assistance is provided, and financial aid may be available.

Getting Here and There

The Pawlet area is one of the closest regions of Vermont to the major metropolitan centers of the Northeast. Situated on the western boundary with New York State, the area is about 50 minutes from the Northway (RT 87) to the west, and 75 minutes to Route 91 bordering Vermont and New Hampshire. The area is about 3.5 hours from New York City, Northern New Jersey, Boston and Montreal.

The region is served by train in nearby Albany, New York, providing easy and reliable access to New York City. The closest major international airport is also in Albany, and there is a regional airport close by in Rutland, Vermont with daily service to Boston.

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