Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Head to Vermont for epic skiing, dining, and relaxing, too


We know, this holiday season isn't even over yet. But that shouldn't stop you from looking ahead to your next string of vacation days.

Head for the hills (er, slopes) of Warren, Vermont during MLK weekend, where white powder awaits along with an insanely charming collection of eats, drinks, and places to be merry.

Vermont beats the ski-pants off its neighbors in the slopes department. Of all its resorts, Sugarbush is one of the best. It's got the most snow, the softest bunnies, and the sharpest (double) black diamonds. And Sugarbush's range of accommodations is also unmatched. The lodges fill up quickly, but every beautiful B&B and inn in the area is Sugarbush-affiliated. Cozy up at a 19th century inn like the Featherbed in nearby Waitsfield or dip into the outdoor hot tub at the AGA.
Sugarbush 1840 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren
AGA, 2440 Sugarbush Access Rd. (Upper Pines Rd.)

The Featherbed Inn, 5864 Main St. (Rte. 100), Waitsfield

Since you traveled all this way, you might as well experience destination eats. And don't think of judging The Pitcher Inn as mere bar food. This Relais & Chateaux property serves superior pub grub at its in-house in-house lodge, Tracks. Just ask any local.
275 Main St. (Flat Iron Rd.)

If you don't feel like cramming a dinner jacket into your suitcase, The Common Man has you covered, with parsnip soup and a house-made lamb sausage that will make you want to move in.
3209 German Flats Rd. (Drumley S. Rd.)

Maybe one day (of falling down) on the slopes is enough. Head to Montpelier's Morse Farm, which has enough maple syrup and cheese to undo all the fine cardio you've done on the snow.
1168 Country Rd. (Barnes Rd.), Montpellier

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