Stowe, Vermont

Photo: Stowe Area Association
Photo: Stowe Area Association

December has finally arrived. While most people are throwing away Thanksgiving leftovers, untangling Christmas lights, and tracking UPS packages, your thoughts have turned north. In Vermont, the mountains are topped with freshly fallen snow. The ski season just started. Plus a new boutique hotel recently opened in Stowe. Which weekend can you slip away from the holiday craziness?

Stowe is a picture-perfect New England town in north-central Vermont. The Worcester Range lies to the east. The Green Mountains stand to the west. Ski trails have been carved in between birch and evergreen trees. A gondola shuttles skiers between Mount Mansfield—Vermont’s highest peak—and smaller Spruce Peak. White church steeples, old red barns, and single-lane covered bridges sit in a narrow valley. While a theater and an opera house, art galleries and chocolate shops, breweries and a cider mill fill the center of the little village.

Photo: Lark Hotels
Photo: Lark Hotels

In between the historic town and the ski slopes, you’ll find Field Guide. The new hotel manages to be rustic and woodsy, modern and design-focused all at the same time. The Main Lodge is decorated with wooden beams, fur rugs, and orange-accented pillows. A fire crackles in the corner. A plaster moose head hangs on the wall. Vintage board games, field guides, and nature magazines litter the side tables. Plus the scent of cinnamon rolls, offered as an afternoon treat, lingers in the air.

Don’t worry, your room, in the Trail House, is just as cozy with a plush bed, soft linens, and kimono robes. iPads provide information about the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and local dog sledding and ice fishing. A Tivoli radio has bluetooth, outlets have USB ports, and an Apple TV is connected to the television to keep you further connected. A breakfast basket—containing muffins, cereal, and orange juice—will arrive at your door in the morning. And a hot tub and a fire pit sit outside by the seasonal pool. They’ll be the perfect spots to relax after your first runs of the season. Speaking of which . . . isn’t it time for you to hit the slopes?

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