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$199 or less
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Deerhill Inn
14 Valley View Road
West Dover , Vermont
05356
Tel: 800 993 3379 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 464 3100
innkeeper@deerhill.com
www.deerhill.com

West Dover is home to Mount Snow, the Vermont ski mountain closest to the tristate area (i.e., metropolitan New York City). Urban escapees looking to be doted on, whatever the season, would do well with the Deerhill. That's because one of the owners, Michael Allen, is a former chef who fuels guests with the likes of white wine–braised artichokes, pan-fried veal tenderloin, and lemon-ricotta tarts. He and partner Stan Gresens have been running this cheery inn since 2002, and the top-notch food (including out-of-this-world homemade breads) keeps guests coming back. The 14 rooms are winners, too: Each has its own character, ranging from the Rose Garden, with an antique brass bed and flowered spread, to the canopied Apple Blossom and the two-room Garden Suite. Many have private balconies that face the mountains or the pool and gardens. In the summer, there's nothing better than sitting in the fresh air, reading one of the many books or magazines that are strewn about the place.

$300-$399
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The Equinox
3567 Main Street
Manchester Village , Vermont
05254
Tel: 800 362 4747 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 362 4700
reservations@equinoxresort.com
www.equinoxresort.com

The Equinox, in the southwest of the state, has been around since 1769, and what was once a hangout for British loyalists still has the flavor of an English hunting lodge. Still, it has seen a lot of changes in its time, and so it goes again: In 2008, the 183-room property shed its somewhat stodgy interior with the help of New York interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield. The $20 million renovation includes contemporary fabrics in chocolate brown, slate blue, and beige, plus hand-carved wardrobes, iPod docking stations, and LCD flat-screen TVs. The upgrade—on the heels of HEI Hotels' purchase of the Equinox from RockResorts—earned the resort membership in the Starwood Luxury Collection. The property's raison d'être, however, is its setting in 1,300 wooded acres in the Taconic Mountains. Activities include golf at the par-71, 6,423-yard course; fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting at the Orvis schools; off-road driving with the Land Rover Experience Driving School; and taking a class at the British School of Falconry. When you're ready to go back inside, the 13,000-square-foot spa features perhaps the prettiest indoor pool in Vermont. But dining at one of the three restaurants—including the Chop House (heavy on the hunting lodge look)—or lounging in the Falcon Bar, which pairs wines and scotches with chocolates and cheeses, speaks to the resort's more indulgent past rather than a health-obsessed present.

$200-$299
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Jackson House Inn
114-3 Senior Lane
Woodstock , Vermont
05091
Tel: 800 448 1890 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 457 2065
innkeeper@jacksonhouse.com
www.jacksonhouse.com

Sorry, Junior, but the tantalizing maze of maple, linden, and spruce trees behind the Jackson House Inn is strictly off-limits, as are the refreshing swimming pond, the heated bathroom floors, and the complimentary canapés and Champagne each evening. Located just west of picture-perfect Woodstock, the inn keeps the peace for vacationing couples—including many Dartmouth parents—by only allowing guests aged 16 and up, and no pets. Originally built as a private home in 1890, the Queen Anne–style inn has been smartly updated to include nine guest rooms and six suites with gleaming cherry, maple, and pine woodwork, French doors, and four-poster beds dressed in Frette and Anichini linens; among the other niceties are Bose sound systems and satellite TV. In the exposed-beam restaurant, Slow Food–inspired chef Jason Merrill uses seasonal ingredients for such dishes as mustard-crusted lamb chops and strawberry Linzertorte. (The airy dining room is also the site of lavish breakfasts.) Hoteliers Bernie and Jennifer English, who have run the inn since 2006, are as finicky about details as they are about kids, but they provide a warm welcome.

$400 or more
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Pitcher Inn
275 Main Street
Warren , Vermont
05674
Tel: 802 496 6350
Fax: 802 496 6354
info@pitcherinn.com
www.pitcherinn.com

It seems as eternal as the brook that burbles beyond its back deck, but the Pitcher Inn is fairly new. It was completely rebuilt in 1997 after a fire destroyed the original 1880s building. The new owners used the opportunity to add some whimsy. The nine guest rooms and two suites are individually designed to reflect a particular Vermont theme, a concept that's more entertaining than sensible: The Trout Room has tree trunks for bedposts, a giant trout on the wall, and your own fly-fishing gear, while the Ski Room has furniture made from wooden skis. But you can't argue with the fireplaces, heated bathroom floors, whirlpool tubs, or Wi-Fi access in nearly every room. Located just ten minutes from both Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski areas, it has the best food in the valley—the chef insists on using local meats and produce—and, in the off-season, dinner is included in the room price except for Friday and Saturday nights. Best of all may be the Tracks Lounge, a shadowy hideaway downstairs where you can have a martini before dinner.

$200-$299
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Stowe Mountain Lodge
7412 Mountain Road
Stowe , Vermont
05672
Tel: 888 478 6938 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 253 3560
alpineconcierge@destinationhotels.com
www.stowemountainlodge.com

For all its historic cachet and white-steeple quaintness, Stowe had begun to grow a bit musty—until this $200 million masterpiece, built to help the resort area rival Aspen and Vail, opened in June 2008. Part of a $400 million refurbishment of this classic New England ski resort, the 139-room Stowe Mountain Lodge sits on Spruce Peak, a snowball's throw from the bunny slopes. (The fabled Front Four, which spill down Mount Mansfield, are accessed via gondola.) At 515 square feet—including a kitchenette and a marble bathroom—even the smallest timber-and-stone studio has ample room for discarding your coat and boots. And you'll feel right at home while defrosting your toes by the fireplace and taking in the generous views of rumpled, snow-covered hills through floor-to-ceiling windows. Long-time Stowe residents' opinions of the development, which includes an 18-hole Bob Cupp golf course, pedestrian village, and spa, may not be so hospitable. But the farm-to-table ethos—grass-fed beef tartare, maple crème brûlée—at the lodge's restaurant, Solstice, helps soothe the local attitude.

$300-$399
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Topnotch Resort and Spa
4000 Mountain Road
Stowe , Vermont
05672
Tel: 888 460 5567 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 253 8585
info@topnotchresort.com
www.topnotchresort.com

Almost everyone has a weakness for s'mores, but they're even better toasted poolside, post-massage, as the moon illuminates the ski slopes. That's the scene at Topnotch. Built in 1958, the 120-acre resort has turned itself into the most sumptuous in Stowe. A 35,000-square-foot spa dwarfs even the town's outlandish private ski homes (of the spa's 100-plus treatments, the pick of the litter is the maple sugar body scrub). But there's more to do here than just lazing around. The resort's fitness center, cardio room, aerobics studio, and skylighted indoor pool put most health clubs to shame. Two more pools outside (one heated for the winter) shimmer beneath the trails of Stowe Mountain Resort, while horses graze nearby; the sports smorgasbord also includes an equestrian center, ten tennis courts, and bikes, fishing equipment, and skis for rent. The Buttertub, an old ski bar with oversize sunken couches, will be lost to renovations in late 2008, but Norma's restaurant, opened in 2006, serves three daily meals—think braised boneless short ribs with cornbread, and seared sea bass with eggplant tapenade—in a spacious dining room with an outdoor terrace. The 68 rooms and suites have thick duvets and country-manor furnishings; 40 additional resort homes feature up to three bedrooms each. Topnotch's pet-friendly services include inflatable dog beds, biscuit turndown service, and even "Rover Reiki" treatments (alas, no s'mores).

$400 or more
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Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe , Vermont
05672
Tel: 800 826 7000 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 253 8511
info@trappfamily.com
www.trappfamily.com

Sometimes you simply gotta embrace the cliché, get your Julie Andrews on, and frolic through the high meadows of Austria—er, Vermont—with the Trapp family. The descendants of Captain Georg and Maria, who wrote the book that The Sound of Music was based on, still run this 96-room inn set on 2,400 alpine acres, along with 100 two-bedroom guest chalets and 16 three-bedroom villas. (Twenty-four additional villas will open in the next few years.) Even if you can't stomach the Tirolean architecture, the views rival that of any property in the state. In winter, groomed cross-country trails lead through wonderfully varied terrain (and connect with trails over the spine of the Green Mountains), and for downhill enthusiasts, Stowe Mountain is a mere ten minutes by car. Beware, though: It's a wildly popular spot for skiing families and includes a large conference center.

$400 or more
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Twin Farms
452 Royalton Turnpike
Barnard , Vermont
05031
Tel: 800 894 6327 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 234 9999
info@twinfarms.com
www.twinfarms.com

Sitting on 300 private acres in the vast Green Mountain National Forest, Twin Farms is about as "away" as it gets, making it a natural draw for celebrities, CEOs, and other A-listers able to part with upward of $1,200 per night. The perks are legion: You get your own cottage, fly-fishing guide, and carriage ride, while sharing the private ski area (which has six runs), sauna, croquet court, pond, and Japanese furo (a sunken, 104-degree stone tub) with a handful of other select guests. Meals and beverages are also included. Ten rooms are tucked inside the Main House, a lodge, and a farmhouse, while the ten free-standing cottages range in style and furnishings from purist Scandinavian to Adirondack hunting lodge to Japanese minimalist. If you can't decide, take the whole property for a cool $38,000 per night—which you'll have to do if you want your kids under age 18 to stay with you, too.

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Wildflower Inn
2059 Darling Hill Road
Lyndonville , Vermont
05851
Tel: 800 627 8310 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 626 8310
info@wildflowerinn.com
www.wildflowerinn.com

Eight is enough? Not for innkeepers Jim and Mary O'Reilly, who've raised an octet of their own offspring and now cater to other people's kids at the 24-room Wildflower. Set high on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Northeast Kingdom area, the inn is mad fun for both children and their tagalong parents. A petting barn, soccer field, batting cage, tennis court, and pint-size garden are among the 570-acre property's diversions. In winter, there's a sledding hill and ice-skating rink. Even infants receive special treatment, thanks to a Wee Tots program (for three-month-olds to six-year-olds) and a stash of bibs, cribs, sippy cups, and diapers. Adults can soak in some of the best views in Vermont simply by lounging in the outdoor pool and hot tub. The inn sits smack in the middle of the Kingdom Trails, an award-winning mountain biking network. Juniper's restaurant serves organic burgers, cornmeal-crusted trout, and shepherd's pie. Breakfast (included) means homemade maple pecan granola, teddy bear pancakes, and Stonyfield yogurt. Small families can stay in classic rooms while larger ones might opt for three-room suites. The rooms are nothing special, but everything around them is.

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Willard Street Inn
349 South Willard Street
Burlington , Vermont
05401
Tel: 800 577 8712 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 651 8710
info@willardstreetinn.com
www.willardstreetinn.com

Despite its downtown Burlington location, this 1881 Victorian B&B manages to maintain a sense of tranquility, thanks to its position up on the city's hillside. A light-filled solarium, where a gourmet breakfast is served gratis, looks out at exquisite gardens that mask the city from view, yet Church Street, Burlington's main shopping drag, is a stroll away. The decor is either quaint or fusty, depending on your point of view: You'll see antique dressers, throw pillows, canopied beds, and a healthy quantity of doilies. Regardless, it's an excellent choice for those who would prefer to steer clear of rowdy skiers and their après parties. Request a room on the west side overlooking Lake Champlain: It's the best view in Burlington.

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