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Okemo Valley Region, VT: It’s Not All About the Hill

WHY GO: The bulk of visitors come to Okemo Valley to ski – Okemo is, after all, one of the top ski resorts in the Northeast. But like all other Getaway Maven escapes, this one does not focus on the “One Obvious Thing.” The Okemo Valley Region is comprised of 14 little villages (Ludlow being [...]

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Castle Hill Resort and Spa: Proctorsville VT

Built, in 1901, in the “English Cotswold Style” of rough-hewn granite as a summer home for industrialist Allen M. Fletcher (who was elected Governor of Vermont in 1912), the 10-room Castle Hill Resort and Spa, the first home in Vermont to be wired for electricity, is on the National Historic Register and a Historic Hotel of [...]

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WHY GO: Once known for its Outlet Stores and golf at the age-old Equinox Resort, Manchester VT is transitioning into a four-seasons soft adventure, “Sporting Weekend” hotspot with opportunities to learn extreme off-road driving, fly fish on some of the country’s best trout rivers, and practice your shooting skills without killing anything – all guided [...]

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Kimpton’s first hotel located outside of a city, the 86-room Taconic in Manchester VT is less flashy than those in metropolitan areas. There were several hotels on this Route 7A property between the Equinox and downtown, before the last was torn down and replaced by the Taconic in late 2015. I make no bones about it [...]

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Greater Brattleboro VT: Groovy Art, Beer, and Heifers Aplenty

WHY GO: How can you resist a town that decided to counter Spain’s Running of the Bulls with its own chill, groovy, Vermont take: “Strolling of the Heifers?” Brattleboro VT is just the sort of fun-poking place ripe for exploring. Though it draws thousands of visitors one weekend a year for this strolling bovine event, most [...]

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Four Columns Inn, Newfane VT

The Four Columns Inn, an iconic, whitewashed 16-room luxe “Country Inn,” a dozen miles from Brattleboro in the classic whitewashed New England town of Newfane VT, was shuttered in 2013 and reopened, afresh, in mid 2015. Once enchanting enough for the likes of Mick Jagger (who stayed over for his 40th birthday), it had fallen off its [...]

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Montpelier VT: America’s Tiniest State Capital

WHY GO: With a population of 7,500, Montpelier VT is the smallest State Capital in the USA, and, as a point of pride, the only one without a McDonalds. It’s also got a hippie (though not hip), socialist vibe about it. That’s not so surprising, given that Montpelier is Bernie Sander’s home away from home, [...]

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Northeast Kingdom and St. Johnsbury VT

WHY GO: The oft-overlooked upper reaches of Vermont, affectionately known as the Northeast Kingdom, or NEK, has farmland, cheese, Bag Balm, and one of the best breweries in the country according to many craft brew fans. At its center, the city of St. Johnsbury VT holds some classy surprises: a Victorian-age library and Natural History Museum [...]

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Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford VT

Leave it to the 19-room Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford VT to make log-pine luxurious. The Cedar Glen room, kited out in Adirondack-chic, is an elegant blend of pine and plaid, and one of the most difficult rooms to leave once settled in. But this is not the only reason the Rabbit Hill Inn has been [...]

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Greater Burlington VT: Bears, Boats and Brews

WHY GO: A case can be made that Burlington VT – or more generally, the whole of Vermont – begat the Farm to Table dining movement. Asking about the “best” restaurant in town - “and it has to source locally” – one is met with incredulous looks and the claim, “every restaurant here buys from [...]

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