Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weekend Runaway: Northern Vermont

To find skiing, solitude, and satisfaction, head north, young man


Now that Shaun White cut his signature locks, he looks more like Sergeant Brody from Homeland than a prodigal athlete.

And with Vermont's big mountains, great food, and a legendarily laidback atmosphere, it's the perfect destination for you to make your run for the Extreme Sports crown. 

Snowshoes and Phish Food in Waterbury
Combine winter sports with your favorite winter flavors thanks to the guided snowshoe tour at the Ben and Jerry’s Factory. You'll explore Vermont’s famous winter scenery before warming up inside the factory where you can taste test exclusive new flavors and scope out the snowy graveyard where Ben and Jerry’s honors their now-defunct flavors (we’ll never forget you, Rainforest Crunch!).
Ben & Jerry’s Factory, 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury (802-244-1411)

Ski and Snowboard in Stowe
Known for truly epic skiing, the nearby resort town of Stowe is home to the state’s highest peak. And at 4,395 feet, Mount Mansfield isn’t your little sister’s bunny slope. Head to the Stowe Mountain Resort to brave the elements, catch air, enjoy live music, and even play a few carnival games should you arrive in January.
Stowe Mountain Resort, 7416 Mountain Road, Stowe (802-203-3000).

Gourmet Dinner with Real Vermont Cheese
After a day on the slopes, keep your girlfriend (and your appetite) satisfied at the swanky Hen of the Wood restaurant. Get the hanger steak for dinner and local cheese plate for dessert before giving a big thank-you to the chef and his Vermont cows for the experience. Warning: this is the buzziest place in Waterbury, so make a reservation to ensure you’re not left out in the cold.
92 Stowe Street, Waterbury (802-244-7300)

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