Ludlow, Vermont, is a New England treasure. Packed with idyllic covered bridges, hidden waterfalls and mountainous terrain, this small town and its surrounding regions offer a perfect little peek at the state’s scenic wonders. Looking for the best place to hang your hat while you enjoy the countryside? We’ve got a few ideas.
Okemo Mountain Resort
The Details: Golf retreats, ski adventures, leaf-peeping tours: If you can imagine it, you can do it at Okemo. This expansive location offers slope-side lodging, two championship golf courses and a variety of spa and fitness services. The winter amenities are especially thrilling — skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are just a few of the options — but you’ll find plenty of things to love during the warmer months, too.
Why You Should Go: Okemo offers so many summer music festivals, autumnal heritage tours and winter sporting events that it’s impossible to get bored. Plus, when it’s time to unwind after a day of activities, you’ll get access to luxurious rooms and impeccable cuisine. If you’re looking for an action-packed getaway, this is the place to be.
Echo Lake Inn
The Details: Combining the amenities of a resort with the atmosphere of inn, this cozy hotel is a fantastic starting point for explorations of Vermont’s central lakes. You’ll get access to picture-worthy rooms, year-round sporting amenities and one of the region’s most celebrated restaurants. Want an inside tip? Try to score a table on the porch if you’re visiting the restaurant during the summer months. It’s the best way to immerse yourself in the hushed New England landscape.
Why You Should Go: The service is impeccable, the ski and golf packages are thrilling, and the on-site dock is a great place to kick off an afternoon of Echo Lake canoeing. What’s more, the inn offers personalized wedding services, so you can say I do while surrounded by the breathtaking Green Mountains. Just make sure to compare travel insurance rates and features before walking down the aisle; you’ll want to have the best coverage for your big day.
Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort
The Details: Located in the so-charming village of Hawk, this lovely resort is one of the region’s most unmissable year-round retreats. You’ll be able to choose from a luxury room, serene villa or mountain-side townhouse, and each offers panoramic views of the Green Mountains or Black River. Plus, the on-site day spa features soothing rose petal treatments, hot oil wraps and stone massages. Did someone say paradise?
Why You Should Go: It’s the sort of place designed to delight every type of traveller. History buffs will adore the nearby town, relaxation seekers can cozy up to the spa treatments, and adventurous tourists have access to an array of skiing, hiking and boating areas to keep them on their toes. Plus, the hotel’s River Tavern Restaurant is renowned for its selection of fine wines. Spend a little extra time sampling these varietals; even amateur wine enthusiasts will be wowed by their bouquets.