Vermont, a lovely winter destination. Its green mountains, now white like the Savoy, the majestic Lake Champlain covered in ice, winter pastures, its covered bridges; quaint villages, such as Brandon, Stowe, Montpelier, Bennington, and of course Burlington, a city cultural city with a bohemian twist. Experience the magic of Christmas by rediscovering the art of living in Vermont, a treasure, indeed!
You’ve probably stopped sometime in the summer or autumn in the state of New England to enjoy the pleasure of viewing a lake, or enjoying smaller pleasures in its beautiful pedestrian street, Church Street, in Burlington. But Vermont in winter? Yes! Winter sports enthusiasts will be delighted by its ski resorts of international repute, such as Killington, Mount Snow, Stratton, Stowe, Sugarbush and Jay Peak, or the countless cross-country ski trails or snowshoeing for all ability levels.
Rediscover Vermont in its nature in its purest form, its generous hospitality, its open-minded people, and the local relaxed yet refined gastronomy. We offer to you five unique institutions that will appeal to all tastes, whether for a weekend athlete, an extreme luxury getaway, a family trip or an indulgent retreat! Bundle up properly, take a good book, your skis and your passport, and good luck!
Romantic Getaway, Gourmet Pleasure and an Art Gallery
The Lilac Inn, Brandon
This hostel is located in a mansion built in 1909, is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the Vermont Green Hotels chain. It is a haven for those wanting a romantic getaway for a weekend. It is situated at the foot of the Green Mountains in Brandon, an unknown city recently revitalized thanks to the relentlessness of its community, a city now described by many critics as a “hidden treasure” of this region.
A host of arts activities are offered through the Brandon Artist Guild; there are also antique shops, bookstores and restaurants that are very interesting; and more outdoor recreational activities (skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing). Discover also the Neshoba River Winery, a small vineyard that produces a wine that combines, among other things, a Vermont variety! A hearty breakfast served awaits you when you wake up.
European Nostalgia, Tradition and Warmth in Family
The Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe
Discover the northern landscape, breathtaking mountains where the real Von Trapp family made its home after leaving their native Austria. On a plot of 2400 acres, this resort includes 96 suites, 100 two-bedroom houses and three luxury villas. This stately-looking Austrian institution in the heart of Stowe, the first ski resort in the United States, is the ideal place to live fully the delights that the region offers.
During one of your walks on your skis or snowshoes, do not miss to stop at the Slayton Pasture cottage, where you can order an energetic, delicious-tasting chowder, a toasted sandwich, or a hot chocolate. Key features: a renowned spa, two-bedroom suites for the family, and Austro-Vermont cuisine!
Luxury, Refinement and Modern Art Day Spa
The Topnotch Resort and Spa, Stowe
This property, located on an area of 120 acres, is perfect for enjoying a host of outdoor activities, while residing in a complex with modern amenities and luxury. Member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide chain, and Associated of Luxury Hotels, this resort is 40 minutes from Burlington and near the highest peak in Vermont, Mount Mansfield.
If skiing is not what you prefer, indulge in a dog-sled race, a sleigh ride, or ice skating; then enjoy the relaxation that follows in the impressive spa of an international reputation. Enjoy the “Night Before” package until mid-December with exceptional accommodations, where you can enjoy a multitude of benefits to shop locally; you will also have the opportunity to bring your Christmas tree or Christmas wreath back as a souvenir.
Luxury, History, Elegance
The Equinox, Manchester
This grand historic bicentennial hotel has just undergone a massive renovation by a renowned architect. It is the perfect place to spend time in great luxury and refinement being in the spotlight. It is near the Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, which was rated best resort in the United States for family hikes by Ski magazine, and within walking distance of the beautiful groomed trails in Robert Todd Lincoln’s Hildene Estate.
How about some unusual activities? Learn the art of falconry, an ancient practice, at the British School of Falconry. By the late afternoon, relax by their health spa facility, which offers treatment with products of the region, such as maple syrup, wild flowers and the mineral clay of Vermont.
Did You Know?
- At Bennington, a small picturesque village in southern Vermont, stands a museum with collections of “old America” glass and paintings by the greatest artist of American primitive art, Grandma Moses, whose real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961), who began painting at the age of 70 years and produced 1,500 works.
- The capital of Vermont isn’t Burlington, popular as it is! Montpellier is the state’s capital. It is the smallest capital in the United States, with just 8,000 inhabitants!
- The year 2009 marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the explorer Samuel de Champlain, at the lake that now bears his name.