1 . Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock, Vermont

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We first admired the Woodstock Inn and Resort for its elegance and sophistication – minus the pretense of its larger luxury counterparts. Located in Woodstock, the prettiest small town in America, this spectacular resort showcases Vermont at its finest, from local attractions to regional recreation and cuisine.

From the white picket fence and sprawling gardens that surround the inn to the elegant linens and paintings by regional artists that adorn its rooms and suites, every element of your stay at Woodstock Inn and Resort is steeped in country sophistication, luxurious amenities and local pride. The Inn’s Suicide Six Ski Area offers great skiing without the crowds, plus a professional ski school, while the onsite Ski Touring Center is home to some of New England’s most scenic cross-country skiing. Sumptuous meals at The Red Rooster feature specialty cheeses, freshly caught shellfish and shepherd’s pie made with lamb and local produce. Suite bathrooms come equipped with oversized shower heads and his-and-hers sinks, while glassed-in sun porches offer breathtaking views of rolling hills and scenic Vermont countryside. Thistle, a line of locally-produced, luxury bath products, and turndown service with gourmet chocolates are the finishing touches for your luxury getaway.

Population

932

Average temperature

Low 2 degrees, high 81 degrees F.

Getting there

Woodstock Inn and Resort is centrally located in New England and is convenient to major highways. Take Interstate 89, which connects Burlington and Boston, or Interstate 91, which runs north from Hartford, Conn., to the resort.

2 . Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe, Vermont

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Experience the height of luxury at Stowe Mountain Lodge. The lodge’s location amidst the majestic Green Mountain peaks, covered bridges and crystal clear lakes of Stowe—the ski capital of the east—make this luxury mountain lodge the destination for your next Vermont ski vacation.

Stowe Mountain Lodge has everything you’d expect of New England’s premier snowboarding and skiing resort, and is steeped in the rich history of centuries of skiing on Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. With 116 trails and 13 lifts, Stowe Mountain Lodge sets a new standard for winter recreation at its finest, while the resort’s other amenities serve as the perfect complement to a day on the slopes. Solstice Restaurant features artisan cheeses and all-natural meat dishes (we loved the dry-aged Vermont beef with truffled polenta cake), while the Hourglass Bar specializes in designer cocktails and rare wines. Stowe Mountain Lodge’s six-story lodge features Alpine architecture, bamboo bed linens and goose down comforters for a luxurious escape from everyday life. Expansive glass panels in the lodge’s great room and oversized windows in the suites frame picturesque mountain scenery just waiting to be explored. Rustic elements merge with luxury appointments in multi-level cabins tucked into the mountainside, where handcrafted timbers, local stone accents, and whirlpool soaking tubs – plus the convenient ski-in/ski-out location - create the ultimate mountain retreat.

Average rainfall/snowfall

333 inches

Getting there

From Burlington International Airport, follow Airport Drive and turn left onto US-2/Williston Road. Turn right onto St. George Road, then merge onto I-89 South. Take Exit 10 toward Stowe and turn left onto 100 North. Follow to the center of Stowe Village, then take a left at the flashing stop light onto Route 108 North. Stowe Mountain Lodge will be on your right.

Fun facts

Stowe Mountain Lodge was the first mountain resort to win Audubon International’s coveted Sustainable Community award.

3 . Topnotch Resort and Spa

Stowe, Vermont

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The name of our No. 3 resort, Topnotch Resort and Spa, says it all. Everything at this luxury Vermont spa resort is elegant, distinctive and definitively top notch. World-class amenities meet first-class accommodations at this 120-acre wooded estate in the scenic village of Stowe.

You’ll find everything you need for an upscale Vermont vacation at the Topnotch Resort and Spa. But the crown jewel is the Topnotch Spa, where 35,000 sq. ft. of exotic hardwoods and signature spa treatments combine to create a spa experience that is the epitome of luxury. Papaya extracts and jasmine rose clay are just two of the ingredients found on Topnotch’s elegant – and often exotic – spa menu. Whoever said over-indulgence is a bad thing never experienced Topnotch’s private spa lounges complete with fireplaces, saunas and steam rooms. We would be content to spend our entire stay at the spa, but for those who insist on leaving, Topnotch Resort and Spa has plenty to offer even the most discerning traveler. Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites feature cathedral ceilings and the understated elegance of European decor. Norma’s serves up innovative dishes like tandoori-seared sea scallops, while the elite Topnotch Tennis Center offers lessons with tennis professionals from around the globe. You’ll never want to leave, and with Topnotch’s luxury resort homes, you won’t have to.

Average temperature

Low 2 degrees, high 79 degrees F.

Getting there

From Burlington International Airport, take I-89 South toward Montpelier. Follow I-89 South and turn left onto Route 100 North. Proceed into the Village of Stowe. Turn left onto Route 108 and continue approximately 4 miles; Topnotch Resort is on your right.

Fun facts

Topnotch Resort and Spa was recently ranked No. 1 in the Northeast and included in the Top Ten Best U.S Tennis Resorts by Tennis Magazine.

4 . Rabbit Hill Inn

Lower Waterford, Vermont

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Elegance and just the right touches of luxury await you at Rabbit Hill Inn.

Rabbit Hill Inn offers nineteen charming bed and breakfast guestrooms and suites in Waterford, Vermont, each with a unique style and luxurious touches that will help you relax on your vacation. Soak in a jacuzzi tub by candlelight or curl up by the fire. The choice is yours. But the luxury doesn't stop at your room. A meal at Rabbit Hill Inn is an elegant experience. Your day starts with a full candlelit breakfast including a buffet of fresh-baked treats. Afternoon tea is served every day with delicate pastries. And candlelit dinners prepared by the on-site chef top off a delicious day with local ingredients and creative cuisine.

Address

48 Lower Waterford Rd. Lower Waterford, Vermont 05848

Population

1,104

Getting there

To get to Rabbit Hill Inn from I-91 (North or South), take exit 19 to Route 93 south. Then, take exit one onto route 18 south. Drive for approximately seven miles and you will find the inn.

5 . Three Stallion Inn

Randolph, Vermont

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The Three Stallion Inn encapsulates everything you’d ever want from a luxury countryside bed and breakfast. Even if you come a skeptic, you’ll leave a believer.

The first thing you’ll notice, before you even arrive, is the stunning natural beauty of rural Vermont. After you get all settled into your homey quarters, you’ll be eager to get out and explore. The area is incredible for hiking, mountain biking, and birdwatching, featuring 21 miles of meticulously maintained trails. But indoors is where you’ll enjoy the true luxury of the Inn. Cool off in the pool or lounge in the hot tub, then take a tour and sample the rustic decor of the traditional 150-year-old country inn. Lose yourself in unparalleled comfort and relaxation.

Address

665 Stock Farm Road, Randolph, VT 05060

Highlights

Go and play a round of golf with a visit to the Montague golf course, just outside the front door.

Getting there

The hotel is 1.8 miles from the Randolph Amtrak station.

6 . The Equinox Resort - Inns at the Equinox

Manchester, Vermont

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It’s not often we hear of a resort that offers both luxury and adventure. And yet, that is exactly what awaits you at The Equinox. New England tradition meets sophisticated modern touches at this luxury Vermont resort that boasts one-of-a-kind attractions and accommodations.

Equinox’s adventure packages make it easy to sample the best of Manchester Village and surrounding area attractions. Get an adrenaline rush with one of the world’s oldest sports at the British School of Falconry – the first of its kind in the nation – as you learn to handle and fly Harris hawks. The resort’s Stiletto to the Metal package is a close second, pairing extreme pampering at the Spa with lessons at the nearby Land Rover driving school for the ultimate luxury adventure. Orvis fly fishing and hunting schools are also nearby, as is the award-winning Golf Club at the Equinox. The Equinox’s lavish guest rooms are spacious yet intimate, with custom made beds, plush pillows and views of Equinox Mountain. Beautifully-appointed guestrooms in the 1811 House, a romantic country inn and the former home of Abraham Lincoln’s granddaughter, are the perfect place to retire to after a day of adventurous pursuits. We recommend the Mary Lincoln Isham room, where period décor (think claw foot bathtubs and canopy beds) merge with modern comforts like heated bathroom floors.

Population

701

Getting there

From Albany Airport, take Route 87 North, then follow Route 7 East to Route 279 East. Follow Route 279 to Route 7 North. Turn left onto Route 313, take a right onto Historic Route 7A North and follow this approximately nine miles to The Equinox.

Fun facts

The Equinox has been previously operated under many names, including the Marsh Tavern, Thaddeus Munson's New Inn, Widow Black's Inn, and The Orvis Hotel.

7 . The Essex Resort & Spa

Essex, Vermont

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In the scenic Lake Champlain Valley, nestled in the foot of the Green Mountains, you'll find an 18-acre resort that redefines what a luxury Vermont getaway means. The Essex Resort & Spa is surrounded by activities that Vermont is famous for, and offers accommodations that are second to none.

The resort's 120 guest rooms and suites provide travelrs with a haven of relaxation and comfort. These well appointed units feature amenities like flat-panel HD televisions, 300-thread count sheet, an iHome auido system, Keurig coffee maker, and so much more. During your stay, enjoy quintessential Vermont activities like skiing in the Green Mountains, antiquing, boating, shopping, hiking and more. Serve up a game or two at the on-site clay tennis courts, or take part in one of the activities planned daily. You can also venture through the eco-friendly vegetable and herb garden. Bring your golf clubs along for a chance to tee it up on the executive 18-hole course, or go hot air ballooning for a bird's-eye view of the area. After participating in all of these activities, and trying all of the resort amenities, you may want to book a treatment at the Spa at The Essex. These state-of-the-art facilities will impress while the highly trained staff relieves your stress. Experience true Vermont luxury and start planning your trip to The Essex Resort & Spa.

Address

70 Essex Way Essex (Burlington), VT 05452

Highlights

The Essex is a Culinary Resort & Spa, and you can take part in the cooking yourself during your stay. The Chef's Cook Academy is a great place to learn more about the culinary arts, and the food prepared throughout the resort is superb.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Links at Lang Farm is adjacent to the resort. Opened in July of 2002 the course was an instant success; it was designed to appeal to golfers of all abilities. The Links is the only 18-hole championship executive course in New England and is the work of award winning golf architect Mike Asmundsen. Since 2002, The Links has continued to be a favorite among golfers of all abilities.

8 . Lake Morey Resort

Fairlee, Vermont

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Let Lake Morey Resort add the perfect touch of luxury to your Vermont vacation.

Standing in a beautiful natural setting, Lake Morey Resort offers 130 guest rooms and suites all uniquely decorated and most with stunning views of Lake Morey itself. If you prefer more privacy, the adjacent lake house and cottage offer fully furnished accommodations with plenty of added privacy including a private beach! No matter where you stay, Lake Morey Resort offers little touches of luxury that will make your vacation truly memorable. Unwind with a massage from the on-site Waters Spa, play a game of golf on the impeccably maintained, 18-hole golf course, or take a walk through the well-groomed gardens and enjoy the cool lake breeze. All this and more awaits you!

Address

1 Clubhouse Road Fairlee, VT 05045

Fun facts

Lake Morey Resort is over 100 years old and under its third generation of family ownership.

Related Onsite Offerings

For an even more indulgent experience, enjoy a treatment from the Waters Spa at Lake Morey Resort.

9 . Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Stowe, Vermont

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Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa draws vacationers from all over the country with its year-round upscale accommodations, generous amenities, and a wealth of incredible luxury.

Set on an idyllic 60 acres of mountain paradise, Stoweflake is a superb destination for both relaxation and adventurer seekers. Toss your things into your pristine quarters and then toss yourself into tranquility at the onsite spa. All this, plus a close proximity to the Stowe Ski Area — a short, complimentary shuttle ride away — and historic Stowe Village gives guests an insane amount of value during their short (or perhaps a little longer) stay!

Address

1746 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672

Related activities

Go climb Mount Mansfield, just 8 miles away!

Related Onsite Offerings

There's also a pub/restaurant with an outdoor deck area.

10 . The Stepping Stones Inn

Lyndonville, Vermont

CALL DIRECT: +1 (877) 235 - 4307

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Set on ten acres of verdant Vermont Ridge, The Stepping Stones Inn combines old-world sensibilities and modern luxuries with an absolutely beautiful facade on the spectacular Vermont Ridge.

That tranquil setting is matched in excellence only by the selection of finely appointed rooms and spa services. Stepping Stones is an ideal retreat for couples seeking high-end tranquility. Outside you'll have your pick of a plethora of enthralling activities, from hiking the well-known Kingdom Trails to snow shoeing, skate skiing, winter biking and Nordic skiing in the winter months. The only question is why aren't you already here?!

Address

19 Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970

Related activities

The resort is a two-minute walk from the Peabody Essex Museum and a seven-minute walk from the Salem train and bus station.

Related Onsite Offerings

Continental breakfast is served in a warmly decorated dining room that offers free hot drinks 24/7.

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