05674 Travel Guide
We’ve always heard wonderful things about Vermont’s loveliness in the spring, summer and fall, but anytime anyone said "Vermont" and "Winter" in the same sentence, we covered up our ears. Not all of us love
shaving ice er...skiing and many of us refuse to vacation somewhere below 40 degrees.
But if there’s anything to sway us up to Vermont for a weekend, it’s a cozy-looking, colonial inn promising a third-night free.
Of course, said inn would have to have some crazy appealing amenities to make us pack snowboots and parkas and trip it up to Vermont at this time of the year. Fortunately, The Pitcher Inn delivers on that with its in-room Jacuzzi tubs, heated floors and wood-burning fireplaces.
And right now, they are offering guests who pay for two nights, a third night free. The $850 price tag includes three night’s of accommodations, full breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner (though the dining room is closed on Tuesdays). Not bad, considering this is a Relais & Chateaux property.
The offer is good through December 18, so if anyone wants to expose themselves to Vermont’s winter elements, you better get crackin’.
We know that finding fresh powder in the mountains of Vermont is hard to do compared to skiing out west but a trip to Sugarbush Resort in Warren might be worth a stop for North Easterners looking for a weekend ski getaway.
The NY Times recently reported on the lodging makeover that Sugarbush has undergone to make the resort--which had its heyday in the 1960s--an attractive resort to visit again.
The Pitcher Inn has 11 rooms and suites, a first-floor restaurant and a welcoming pub, lounge and game room in the basement. The restaurant is a must visit with a menu of brilliantly prepared delights, from an intriguing roasted squab appetizer to the luscious Wellfleet oyster stew to the juicy braised lamb shank.
As for the rooms in this Relais & Chateaux hotel, each one has a different theme and if you're a big fan on New England history, you're in luck as the themes range from colonial, school (a recreation of an old Vermont schoolhouse), Calvin Coolidge and trout. TripAdvisor reviews are fairly good although some quite old. One from last February called the Inn "amazing" and another said "absolutely fantastic."
But while Sugarbush is about a five hour drive from New York, it still has New York prices with the colonial room (pictured above) starting at $375 a night.