Thirteen miles northwest of Worcester and fifty-two miles west of Boston, Rutland, MA has the distinction of being the exact geographic center of Massachusetts. In days gone by, Rutland was known for its clean air, and it became the home of a health resort during the 1880s, when tuberculosis patients would flock to the town for treatment.
These days, Rutland is known as a tight-knit, family-friendly town with a strong community spirit. This civic pride is clearly displayed during the many events Rutland hosts during the year, from the Fourth of July Festival to the annual chowder cook-off -- most of which take place around the Central Tree, a tall maple that marks the middlemost point of the state.
Rutland doesn’t have its own dog run, but you two shouldn’t have too "ruff" a time finding things to do! You and your pooch are close to some beautiful state parks, and there’s a furrific hiking route with a trailhead right in town. For doggy dining, check out Rutland Marketplace -- they serve, paws down, the best sandwiches in town, and welcome wagging tails outside. You might need to drive a little to get to a place where your furry friend can run free, but with a long enough leash, you two are sure to find plenty of opportunities for adventure!
If you and your pooch are looking for a little more of a challenge, why not take a drive down to Worcester and hike Cascading Waters? The trek is short, but hilly, and the sound of the falls may well make you forget you’re in the middle of a city! Not only that, but the trail is extremely pawpular with local dog owners, and you and your buddy are sure to meet some furry friends on the route. Remember to bring your own bags and water! Afterward, you two can grab some deli at Bushel n’ Peck, a local gem that caters to canines outside.