Each season brings a new raft of reasons to visit Vermont, whether it’s hiking through a fiery riot of autumnal foliage, skiing across a thick blanket of winter snow or mountain trekking and wild swimming in the warmer months. The Green Mountain State offers a hotel to suit every traveler, too. Whether you’re a foodie or wellness fanatic, adventure junkie or nature lover, you’ll find the perfect place to stay in this enchanting slice of New England.
If you’re a traveler who suffers from holiday FOMO, the Kimpton Taconic Hotel is the place for you. It specializes in organizing customized itineraries for each day of your visit so that you can get the most out of your trip. For a little extra indulgence, why not pick a suite with a deep-set tub? There’s a good chance that you’ll want a soak after squeezing so much into your day.
For dedicated locavores, a stay at the Four Columns Inn is sure to satisfy. The on-site Artisan Restaurant, Tavern & Garden was one of the first pioneers of the farm-to-table concept – now replicated around the world – with the hotel sourcing all of its ingredients from more than 20 local farms, including its own. This historic inn also backs onto a river running through an idyllic scene of pretty woodland, while a small cottage houses the hotel spa. If you prefer your relaxation in-room, opt for one with a bubbling jacuzzi or deep roll-top tub, complete with artisanal bath products.
Travelers with an appreciation of the Nordic aesthetic will love the Scandi-chic-meets-mountain-lodge design of this contemporary urban hotel. Interiors artfully combine a palette of rustic reclaimed wood and local stone with mid-century vintage-style furnishings to an eye-pleasing effect. As well as being a short stroll from the shores of Lake Champlain, its location in downtown Burlington puts it just steps from some of the town’s top restaurants. The hotel’s beer concierge is also on hand to assist and advise on local brews and beyond.
Looking for a hidden spot to whisk your other half away? Look no further than the secluded elegance of Edson Hill. There’s something about this irresistibly enchanting 1940s retreat, especially when its lovely 38acre (15ha) gardens lie under a blanket of crisp snow. Dreamy walks around the beautiful pond, through pretty pine forests, set you up for an intimate dinner of classic New England fare. Afterward, sumptuous fabrics, thick robes and log-burning fires make rooms perfect for evening snuggles.
Outdoor adventure junkies will find an almost endless choice of activities to get their hearts thumping at Spruce Peak. The extensive vacation complex is the activity and sports hub of the Stowe region, offering everything from high-octane snowmobiling and dog-sledding to more sedate ice skating and snowshoe tours. At the center of it all is the Lodge, with ski-in, ski-out access and suites with stone-framed fireplaces, marble bathrooms and kitchens with fancy Cuisinart cookware.
Die-hard nature lovers who want a feel of authentic New England will fall for the views at this aptly named hotel. Its elevated setting outside Manchester means sweeping 360-degree panoramas over the lush Vermont landscape. These gloriously leafy surrounds can be enjoyed from every one of the rooms, which also come with Keurig coffee makers and the option of gas or wood fireplaces for extra snugness.
Bargain hunters can stretch their holiday dollar at this stylishly updated take on the great American motel. Rooms are smartly contemporary with the odd vintage touch and come equipped with supper-zippy wifi and ice-pack coolers. Upgrade for an outside deck with a private hot tub to enjoy superb views of the scenic surroundings while you soak. The motel is also just steps from local hiking trails, and for a real slice of Americana, hit up Bob’s Diner a short stroll away.
Wellness warriors can find some serious pampering potential at this upscale mountain resort. It houses one of Vermont’s finest spas, with a whopping 30 wellness rooms in which you can choose from more than a hundred body, massage or cosmetic treatments. Separate men’s and women’s spa lounges come with cozy fireplaces and juice bars, and there’s an indoor hot tub with a cascading waterfall to help vanquish any lingering stress.
Nature enthusiasts with an eye for the playful will love the quirky-chic design of the Field Guide Lodge. Its fun mountain motifs take the form of woodsy-style furnishings and colorful fauna-themed decor, reflecting the great Vermont outdoors right on your doorstep. Leaf through an extensive library of vintage field guides and nature magazines to really get you in the mood for exploration, or just take the day off lounging on a plush poolside chaise while sipping a kombucha or craft beer.