Hotels in Vermont
Tensing Pen is one of those rare island hideaways that has made the successful transition from 1974 hippie hangout to rustic-chic boutique hotel. With everything from yoga classes and seaside massages to hammocks strung beneath trees overlooking the ocean, the emphasis is on total relaxation.
This decidedly un-fancy resort enjoys great popularity with families because its daily rate includes a "vacation nanny" who tidies the room and entertains the kids all day long.
One of the most fantastic details of this historic southern Vermont property—it first opened as a stagecoach stop in 1792—is the original beehive oven in the front entryway, where partner, executive chef, and Slow Food advocate Jason Tostrup bakes bread daily.
As of spring 2013, this property is under new management.
One of only two drive-in motels in the country, the kitschy Fairlee Motel on the Connecticut River provides the unique experience of watching the year’s biggest hits (with up to 400 cars) on the big screen through the large picture windows in each room.
Jackie’s on the Reef is a small holistic spa and guesthouse overlooking a coral reef in the west end of Negril. Owned by Salt Lake City native Jackie Lewis, the resort emphasizes healing and rejuvenation.
In the fall of 2010, the former Sandals property outside Ocho Rios was reborn as a couples-only, 250-room Jewel resort with a posh, gentry-in-the-tropics vibe (mahogany four-poster beds; tiled floors).
A west shore institution, Round Hill is one of the places that put Jamaican tourism on the map. Over the years, many a famous name has slept here, from presidents and prime ministers to movie stars and professional athletes.
Located in Montego Bay, the all-inclusive Rose Hall Resort is set on a former sugar plantation, surrounded by the Blue Mountains and its own private beach. The 489 guest rooms are decorated with white walls and linens, dark wood furniture, and private terraces with views of the sea.
The Hilton Burlington, which contains 258 guest rooms, suites, and executive rooms decorated in autumnal reds, oranges, and yellows, has a boxy, modern design that's more utilitarian than it is flashy.
Kingston’s nifty Black Range Lodge occupies a former saloon and casino, now warmly and artfully converted into a B&B. The most inviting rooms have bathrooms with heated floors and private balconies overlooking the mountains.
Located in the small village of Waterbury, Vermont, this 14-room inn is housed in a restored Victorian mansion dating back to 1899. The white-clapboard building has a 243-foot wraparound porch, which is furnished with rocking chairs and flanked by two gazebos.
With its fan-shaped whitewashed balcony railings, riotous tropical color schemes in the rooms renovated in 2009 with nautically striped upholstery and mosaic tiled spa bathrooms, this 234-room all-inclusive, adults-only Couples resort captures the vibrant spirit of Jamaica.
An utterly funky hotel overlooking Treasure Beach on the secluded south coast, Jake’s lives and breathes eccentric, from the free-form swimming pool to the multiculti, hippie-chic décor.
Just north of Woodstock in southeast Vermont, Twin Farms is an all-inclusive resort set on the former estate of Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist Dorothy Thompson.