Suites with fireplaces, onsite equestrian centers and upscale spas and restaurants stand ready to greet you in these superlative hotels in the Green Mountain State.
With its verdant summers that slide into a blazing autumnal palette before a white winter blanket settles over rolling hills and peaks, Vermont is rightly famed for its dramatic shifting of seasons. A scattering of quaint towns also paints a picture of a timeless, quintessential America, adding to the perennial appeal of this New England state. And, if you’re feeling flush and want to experience the state in style, there’s no shortage of blow-the-budget hotels to make your stay here extra special, too.
Kimpton Taconic Hotel quickly established itself as one of the finest boutique retreats in the region, and it doesn’t take much to see why. The personalized service includes the option of custom-made itineraries for each day, ensuring you make the most of your Vermont vacation. If you’d rather take it slow, an in-room spa service offers everything from detoxifying body wraps to a romantic couple’s massage – opt for the suite with a fireplace to keep things extra toasty.
Luxury doesn’t come much quainter than a stay at the Four Columns Inn. From its fairytale façade to its bewitching gardens – complete with a babbling brook – it’s hard not to fall for the charms of this historic hotel. You’ll find log-burning fireplaces and deep soaking Jacuzzis in most rooms for winter warming; while, in summer, massages by the pond are a not-to-be-missed treat. Fantastic farm-to-table dining completes the enchanting experience.
With its skillfully rendered combination of rustic chic and Scandi style, Hotel Vermont charms as soon as you set foot inside – the blazing log fire draws you in further to linger in the cozy corner lounge. For a spoiling stay, book yourself into one of the huge suites, and luxuriate in a whirlpool tub, before fixing a drink from the in-room bar in your fancy Vermont flannel bathrobes. If you can tear yourself away, the hotel’s Juniper restaurant is highly regarded for its classic American fare and signature cocktails.
Woodstock Inn oozes as much affluent luxury as you’d expect from a hotel created by a member of the Rockefeller clan. The old inn was torn down and rebuilt in the style of a grand 19th-century New England estate, and it’s certainly a beauty to behold. Glamorous boudoir-style suites celebrate local heritage while offering top-tier comforts such as in-room bars, spa-quality products and Nespresso coffee-makers. Pull in for posh pampering at the 10,000-square-foot (929sqm) spa, before enjoying a lavish afternoon tea that will really make you feel part of Vermont’s high society.
From its gleaming columned façade through to its full-service spa and 18-hole golf course, the Equinox is every inch the swanky, high-end hotel. For over two centuries, it has drawn well-heeled visitors to its luxury lodgings, where a sense of historic grandeur combines with world-class facilities. Refined dining attracts discerning locals here, too, while this year-round resort also offers no end of outdoor activities – including tracing 11 trails through the hotel’s 1,000-acre (405ha) reserve, expedition-style Land Rover experiences, fishing, falconry and more.
With 120 acres (49ha) of grounds set against a scenic backdrop of a wooded mountain, Topnotch Resort impresses for its setting as much as its ample array of upscale extras. The hotel’s onsite equestrian center (fancy) promises horse-drawn adventure, and there’s a world-class tennis academy to help sharpen your serve, too. Afterward, soothe tired limbs at the deluxe spa, or, back at your suite, slip into your deep granite tub. Finally, embark on an evening of fine dining, or curl up with a glass of wine in your log-fired lounge.
First opened as a modest motel in 1963, the family-run Stoweflake Mountain Resort has evolved over three generations into this expansive, high-end holiday hideaway. A huge spa takes center stage, with a dizzying choice of Ayurveda massages and signature body treatments, plus mineral soaking pools, fire-warmed lounges and a Zen meditation garden. Retox with a tipple from the hotel’s 3,000-bottle wine cellar, or at the cozy wraparound bar of the Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant, offering all the warmth and bonhomie of a traditional Vermont tavern.
Spruce Peak isn’t just a hotel but a whole self-contained resort offering everything you might need for an upscale Vermont vacation, including some seriously high-end indulgences. Splash out on a suite at the Lodge for spectacular mountain views, or luxury cabins with designer kitchens and ski-in, ski-out access. The Spa Butler Program brings wellness directly to your door, and there’s an eeny-meeny-miny-moe of dining options, events and activities to cherry-pick from, too.