Vermont Vacation Winter Guide

REINVENTING THE VERMONT LODGING EXPERIENCE. n recent years, Vermont ’ s resorts, hotels, inns and B&Bs have reinvented themselves to include much more than just a room, and truly want their guests to do more than just sleep. Many have even partnered with everything from maple and beer producers to major ski resorts to create unique worthwhile experi- ences. It ’ s time to start enjoying all that Vermont’s lodging establishments have to offer! For the Foodies When it comes to culinary packages, nothing beats Burlington ’ s Hotel Vermont . From bread-making classes to Maple Madness tours, this hotel has it all. Have a passion for craft beer? Meet with their Beer Concierge to create a self-guided brewery tour, or sign up for their full- day tour to five breweries. If you like things on the harder side, shake it up by learning to make your own delicious Vermont cocktail. Cap it all off with the most popular two day event of the win- ter: the Hotel Vermont Ice Bar. Bundle up and enjoy local food and beverages the Vermont way on ice! You’ll be get- ting into the spirits of Vermont in no time. Just 20 minutes from outstanding ski- ing at Okemo, the Inn at Weathersfield is known as Vermont’s “hidden farm-to- table boutique inn.” Beyond their cooked-to-order breakfasts, this B&B offers cooking classes in The Hidden Kitchen , their converted hayloft culinary classroom. From Indian street food to tamales and gorditas, guests are sure to learn about unique and mouth-watering cuisines. No better way to round out a day on the slopes than with farm-fresh delicacies made in a historic farmhouse. With a name like The Inn at Round Barn Farm , this Mad River Valley B&B simply has to offer great food. As if their coun- try-style breakfasts filled with ingre- dients from their garden isn’t enough, both their Maple Sugar Package and Bed and Brew Package seriously put it over the top. Both offer visits to local brewer- ies or sugarhouses, all with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, lush forests and rich farmlands. With access to Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Stowe, this inn is the perfect spring- board for winter fun. For the Adventurers Are you searching for a true winter get- away? Look no further than southern Vermont’s winter wonderland: Stratton Mountain Resort . You ’ ll quickly under- stand why it earned this reputation, with everything from alpine and Nordic skiing to snowshoeing, tubing, dogsled- ding, fat biking, snowmobiling, boutique shopping and live music right on the mountain. Let ’ s not forget their events, such as snowcat rides up the mountain to a gourmet dinner. Stratton offers ski- and-stay packages at their hotels, villas or condos, so you’re never far from snowy activities. Tucked away in the upscale town of Manchester is one of Vermont’s most unique lodging experiences. The Wilburton Inn , originally a 1902 private mansion, is now a spectacular inn that’s known for its old-world ambiance. Visit in the winter for ski passes to nearby Bromley Mountain, plus access to Stratton, Killington, Okemo and Magic Mountain all within 45 minutes. No stay at the Wilburton is complete without attending one of their famed events, such as murder mystery dinners, doggie slumber parties and creativity for self- discovery packages. For the Warm-Blooded Does your ideal winter activity involve not getting bundled up and freezing in the snow? No problem! Head to the Eddington House in Bennington for a cozy B&B experience. Their spa pack- age includes lodging, breakfast, dinner, spa treatments and afternoon refresh- ments. For those coming before the holi- days, take advantage of their Vermont Christmas Tree Package, where you’ll pick and cut your own tree from a local farm. In true Vermont spirit, they’ll even send you off with a wrapped Vermont gift to put under the tree at home. If you want excitement in your vacation but don ’ t want the cold, Jay Peak Resort is the perfect spot. Located just a few miles from the Canadian border, skiers and boarders can hit the slopes while any warm-weather fans can head to the resort ’ s own indoor water park! So much more than just slides, the park offers surf and bodyboarding lessons, pools, and all-day cabanas for rent. Who ’ d think you need to pack a bathing suit for a Vermont winter getaway? The Sun & Ski Inn and Suites in Stowe is popular not just for its skiing acces- sibility but also for its boutique bowl- ing experience. Yes, you heard us right! Head to their in-house bowling alley complete with restaurant, full bar and a state-of-the-art audio/visual set-up for truly memorable fun. Be sure to take advantage of their great ski discounts, including direct-to-lift tickets. With countless resorts and inns offering so much more than just a bed, there ’ s no reason to ever stay in a boring place. Whether you want to make first tracks on a larger-than-life mountain or go on a tour to picturesque, back road sugar- houses, there is an exciting Vermont lodging property waiting for you this winter. When you’re vacationing in such a remarkable state, why settle for any- thing less? Suite dreams! I With countless resorts and inns offering so much more than just a bed, there’s no reason to ever stay in a boring place. 8 Vermont Winter Vacation Guide 2018/2019