Vermont is the ideal choice for a getaway, whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures or you’re a couple seeking romance. But where to go in Vermont? These are some of the state’s ultimate weekend getaway destinations.
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A getaway to Stowe Mountain Lodge will put you right in the heart of the beauty and adventures that the Vermont mountains have to offer. This luxury resort and spa is located in Stowe, a beautiful town that’s long been a popular ski destination with Northeasterners, as many of the region’s activities revolve around Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak at 4,393 feet above sea level. But it offers a lot more than pristine powder, with the warmer months bringing the chance to enjoy miles and miles of hiking trails, and spectacular scenery in autumn that includes a striking patchwork of reds, oranges and yellows. The resort itself hosts a lavish spa and year-round activities along with a variety of dining options.
The Woodstock Inn and Resort sits in the center of Woodstock right along Main Street, with an array of shops and eateries just steps away. Rooms and suites boast wood-burning fireplaces and hand-crafted furniture, and guests can also look forward to dining on farm-to-table cuisine and renting bikes from the property for exploring downtown and nearby trails. The shire town itself sits on the shores of the Ottauquechee River and offers quintessential New England charms, with its pretty covered bridge, scenic parks, old country farms, a village green and magnificently restored Greek Revival, Federal and Georgian homes.
Mountain Top Inn offers spectacular mountain views, and sits across 350 acres of woods and green meadows that guests have exclusive access to. Accommodation ranges from classic lodge-style to luxury suites, each offering sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape. The Mountain Top Dining Room and the Mountain Top Tavern provides even more impressive views along with outstanding New England fare, while activities include everything from hiking and horseback riding in the summer to skiing in the winter.
This beautiful waterfront B&B in Brattleboro is an ideal base for enjoying this town that prides itself on being one of a kind with its counter-culture thinking, excellent farmers market and Crystal Springs Covered Bridge, a pretty covered wooden bridge that’s the only surviving example of that type of bridge in the region. In the downtown area, visitors will find an array of shopping and dining options as well as outstanding local theater, live music, and the popular Brattleboro Museum & Art Center that showcases works by regional and international artists. Popular outdoor activities in the area include winter snowshoeing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing, as well as hiking, canoeing, biking and kayaking in the summer. Room rates at the inn include a full gourmet breakfast and access to an indoor hot tub with a fireplace as well as a billiard table, sun room, conservatory, and more.
For rest and relaxation there are few better places to stay than the Wilder Farm Inn in the historic village of Waitsfield, which is tucked between two mountain resorts in the Mad River Valley. This Vermont farmhouse is on the National Registry of Historic Places and offers gourmet quality meals made with as many local, organic and foraged ingredients as possible. Tubes are available for playing out on Mad River, and guests can also look forward to horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. In the winter, Waitsfield is a true skier’s paradise, voted the best ski town in the East by Outside Magazine.
Another fabulous Stowe option, this Austria-inspired hotel sits across 2,500 picturesque acres and features everything from studio suites to one or two bedrooms suites, all with old-world charm. The Main Dining Room serves up European-style cuisine for breakfast and dinner, and a host of activities are available too, from carriage rides and skiing in the winter to summertime trail rides and picnics.
Liberty Hill Farm offers the opportunity for a unique farm escape that feels as if it came straight from the pages of a children’s story. The property includes the quintessential big white farmhouse, countless Holsteins and all sorts of other farm animals. Visitors can simply enjoy the atmosphere, or help out on the farm, picking sweet corn and blackberries, collecting eggs, milking cows and so on. Other activities are available too, with winter bringing the chance to ski down the slopes at Sugarbush Resort, and summertime tubing on the river.
Weston is a town filled with charming B&Bs, grand New England homes and mom-and-pop type country stores that make it look as if it’s a Norman Rockwell painting. The entire village is considered a historical landmark, where you can not only marvel at all of the magnificent historical homes, but explore a number of museums like the Vermont Scale Museum, with its antique Vermont scales providing insight into the 19th-century Industrial Revolution; the Old Mill Museum houses one of the finest collections of antique tools and offers milling demonstrations.
The Colonial House Inn & Motel makes for a fabulous, affordable base that includes a full country breakfast and lovely views.