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Central Vermont's Winter Playground

Ironically, despite efforts in recent decades to make it more accessible (two four-lane highways, the expansion of the Burlington International Airport), Vermont steadfastly remains caught in a uniquely providential time warp. Imagine a boho Shangri-la populated by graying hippie poets, pastoral activists, and youthful disciples of snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter, of Stowe. Especially in winter, when snow blankets the state, everyone seems resolved to a slower pace in the Green Mountains.

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Inspired by: Mountain Magic in Central Vermont — by Shane Mitchell, Published Dec. 2007

Hotels (6)

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    Topnotch Resort & Spa

    Re-opened in 2013 following a nearly 15 million dollar renovation, this 68-room Vermont ski lodge located at the foot of Mount Mansfield offers a c... More
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    Stowe Mountain Lodge

    A luxurious addition to one of New England’s oldest ski towns, the six-story ski-in/ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge has transformed the local hotel sc

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    Twin Farms

    Check into one of 20 idealized log cabins (crackling fires and a downy comforter on the hickory-twig bed; hot chocolate and handmade marshmallows)

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    Pitcher Inn

    The inn's restaurant is one of the best in Vermont. It offers an extensive cheese selection; after a few days of working the curds, however, it jus

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    Woodstock Inn & Resort

    The 142-room hotel on the town's historic green features working fireplaces and private ski trails.

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    Trapp Family Lodge

    Austrian-style chalet on 2,400 acres in the mountains above Stowe village; one of Vermont's top ski centers.

    Room to Book: Second-floor Premier roo

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Restaurants (5)

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    McCarthy's Restaurant

    In a town known for chalets and wealthy tourists, McCarthy’s Restaurant in remains decidedly laid-back. Conversation among the normally full wood b

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    Barnard Inn Restaurant

    When Will Dodson and Ruth Schimmelpfennig graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, they established two successful restaurants in San Fran

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    Hen of the Wood

    Ensconced in a former grist mill built in 1835, Hen of the Wood’s modesty keeps it off the main tourist trek in nearby Stowe, but chef Eric Warnste

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    Farmers Diner

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    American Flatbread

    Pizza toppings come almost secondary at American Flatbread. Instead, it’s the bread that receives the most care, baked according to old-world metho

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Activities (5)

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    Sugarbush

    Sugarbush recently received a $60-million upgrade. Former Merrill Lynch International chairman Win Smith heads up a posse of investors committed to

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    Stowe Mountain Resort

    Recently Stowe has added a gondola that connects its two mountains.

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    Mad River Glen

    Mad River Glen is an obstinate throwback. It is owned cooperatively by shareholders whose vehicles are plastered with red-and-white ski it if you c

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    Billings Farm & Museum

    The best-known hill farm in central Vermont is the Billings Farm & Museum, on Route 12 outside Wood_stock. During early winter, it's open only on w

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    William Winand Chocolatier

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    Burlington, Stowe, Essex Junction

    Just what is it about Burlington?Is it the matchless location on Lake Champlain, sandwiched between the Adirondack and Green Mountains?The thriving downtown—a pedestrian-only carnival of smoothie p

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