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Pitcher Inn, Warren, VT
Each of the 11 rooms and suites at the Pitcher Inn represents some essential aspect of Vermont life, and one room is a tribute to Chester Arthur, a native son who acquired his moniker because of his taste for luxury. The original inn burned to the ground in 1993, and the replacement was designed to suggest an old white clapboard farmhouse, with myriad bits of whimsy. (The Mallard Room has a wake-up call that mimics the cacophony of ducks at sunrise.) Disaster struck again last summer when Hurricane Irene hit. The basement level, since restored, looked like it was filled with chocolate pudding, and a quarter-million dollars’ worth of wine was lost. General manager Ari Sadri, fanatically well-informed, can direct you to a bottle from Austria’s Schloss Gobelsburg winery that has been in continuous production since the 12th century. Or perhaps a bottle of Sapsucker hard cider from the Warren Store across the street, which brings to mind the kind of country market where Diane Keaton’s character in Baby Boom sold homemade applesauce. Sweets for the inn’s afternoon tea are baked there and served in the library. The inn belongs to the Vermont Fresh Network, a partnership of farmers and chefs promoting locally grown food, and your breakfast omelette, with eggs provided by free-range hens, will be the shocking color of marigolds. Five minutes away, there’s skiing at Sugarbush (once so popular with the jet set that it was dubbed Mascara Mountain), or try Mad River Rocket Sleds at the inn, made of recycled plastic (trimmings from garbage-can lids). You kneel with your legs strapped down and use your knees to steer. Doesn’t that sound like the ideal excuse for a massage?
Price Tag: From $325, including breakfast and afternoon tea.
—Aimee Lee Ball