From Wallingford, it's about 85 miles (137 kilometers) to the east to Manchester and 95 miles (153 kilometers) to the south to Springfield.
Of course, limiting yourself to only one place, no matter how popular, will only ever provide you with a narrow window into the broader rhythms and life-ways of a region. So try to set aside some time to tour Central Vermont's other cities, attractions and landscapes. While in the district, check out Rutland. It's roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Wallingford and features the Vermont State Fairgrounds and Pine Hill Park. You could also visit the Okemo Mountain Resort and Golf Club and Okemo Mountain Ski Resort in Ludlow. It is 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Wallingford.
Rent a vehicle and spend some time in Quechee, a regional center, approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Wallingford. This bigger city has a range of attractions, including Quechee Ski Hill, Quechee Gorge Village and Vermont Institiute of Natural Science. Quechee Gorge and Wilderness Trails are good places to visit.
If the best break for you and your family includes being outdoors and enjoying the cold weather, Central Vermont will be perfect. Snow shoeing is popular here. Skiing is also common. There are some great ways to make the most of the wide open spaces in and around Wallingford. Snowmobiling and mountain biking are just two popular ways thrill seekers here can get their thrills.
When booking your trip to Wallingford, it's good to remember that the nearest major airport, Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, is situated in in Rutland, 4 miles (6 kilometers) to the north.