The Gems of New England: Three Postcard-Worthy Vermont Inns

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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. 

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