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Wintertime in Vermont is magical. Snow begins to fall in early December, providing a stunning backdrop to a trip through the Green Mountain State in the winter. Whether you're an outdoor adventurer or a cozy-up-by-the-fire traveler, you can find your perfect escape from the mundane at one of these three charming inns that are quintessentially Vermont.
The Inn at Manchester
Located in southwestern Vermont along the spine of the Green Mountains is the charming town of Manchester. Historically known as a summer destination for New Yorkers, the village now has year-round appeal thanks to nearby skiing, winter hiking, and outlet shopping. Downtown Manchester is an incredibly walkable town boasting numerous shops and restaurants, adding to its appeal and making it a fun destination for families, as well as couples looking to take a romantic getaway for two.
The Inn at Manchester is nothing short of a first-class, quintessential Vermont-style bed and breakfast. Located along Main Street at the base of a stunning mountain backdrop, this twenty-one-room Inn has twelve suites – all impeccably decorated and exuding comfortable coziness – awaiting even the most discerning of travelers. Simple pleasures are on tap, both in the on-site pub and in the guest dining area each morning. Homemade breakfasts and your preferred cup of morning love await you as you plan your day. Cozy up by the fireplace? Or maybe in a comfy reading nook? Perhaps a walk down Main Street or a stroll through the nearby Lincoln Family Home of Hildene? The options for a made-to-order getaway are almost endless in Manchester.
The Inn at Mountainview Farm
Stunning mountain views in the famed Northeast Kingdom are only the beginning of what awaits you at The Inn at Mountainview Farm. Located on 440 acres, this historic farm estate is the perfect spot for outdoor adventurers and animal lovers alike. Located just two hours from Montreal and three hours from Boston, the Inn makes an easily accessible weekend escape destination.
The nationally acclaimed Kingdom Trails network is right outside your door here, practically begging snowshoers, cross country skiers, and fat-bike riders to indulge in some of the best winter outdoor activities in all of Vermont. And if you prefer the thrill of alpine skiing, head down to the Burke Mountain Ski Resort, located only a few miles from the Inn.
The Inn boasts fourteen casually elegant guest rooms, perfect for a couple's getaway. Families are sure to love the farmhouse vacation rentals also available. The classic red barn architecture and English country charm make for a memorable stay. Don't forget to check out the animal sanctuary while you're there. A petting area is available to meet and greet some of the on-site furry friends, all rescued from unfavorable conditions. A stroll along the historic Darling Hill Road should also be in your plans for some of the most unforgettable mountain views imaginable.
The Woodstock Inn and Resort
Perhaps the most luxurious of the three, the Woodstock Inn and Resort provides impeccable service in elegant surroundings without feeling stuffy. They refer to the property as "Vermont's Most Beautiful Address," and it's easy to see why. Uniquely designed rooms and suites, decorated with elegance and ultimate comfort, harken back to the influences of Laurence Rockefeller. Grab their Nordic Ski package to glide through impeccably groomed cross-country ski trails, or the Teach Your Honey to Ski package for that special someone who wants to learn but also relishes in indulging spa amenities.
If you're looking for a memorable escape in a classic Vermont town, look no further than Woodstock. This quaint and picturesque village has so much to offer. There's a walkable downtown area featuring shops, restaurants, and bars. The state's oldest general store, F.H. Gillingham and Sons, along with a few favorites like Vermont Flannel and the Clover Gift Shop, are within walking distance of the Inn. Nearby Faulkner Park offers access to the Mount Tom trailhead, well worth the climb even in the winter. (Trust me on this one!)
So, layer up, grab your loved ones or your favorite travel buddy, and head to Vermont this winter. Don't worry about the roads. People here know how to get around in winter weather, and snow removal on the streets and sidewalks is just a way of life. And who knows? You may discover a love for outdoor winter activities that you never knew existed inside of you. But if not, there's always a fire to cozy up to instead.