Hotel at a Glance: Bromley View Inn
Bromley View Inn is tucked away in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains, surrounded by forests filled with birch, maple, and evergreen trees. The setting is breathtaking year round, but especially in fall, when the leaves change to fiery red, yellow, and orange. You can see take in the scenery from some of this family-owned bed and breakfast's guest rooms, or outdoors on the grounds.
- Room with a view: Look out on the mountains, pond, and gardens from guest rooms decorated with patchwork quilts, wooden rocking chairs, and old-fashioned snowshoes; some have fireplaces.
- Labrador Lounge & Tavern serves 60 types of beer amid a crackling fireplace, comfy leather sofas, and big-screen TVs.
- Hearty breakfasts of freshly baked bread, stuffed french toast, and fluffy scrambled eggs are served in a rustic dining room with mountain views.
- Baby alpacas and their parents roam the onsite alpaca-breeding farm.
- Notable awards: TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013
Green Mountains, Vermont: Historical Towns Surrounded by Wilderness
Named for the layers of stately evergreens that carpet their slopes, the Green Mountains are a branch of the ancient Appalachians that stretches north to south through the center of Vermont. It’s a relatively even swath of rolling forests capped by a few summits that rise above the tree line, including Mount Mansfield, which tops off at 4,393 feet. The landscape is home to other rugged scenery, including alpine lakes, and more than 900 miles of mixed-use trails for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. The Green Mountain National Forest occupies 400,000 acres here, where you fish for rainbow trout and camp among wildlife such as moose, coyotes, black bears, and white-tailed deer.
The mountains are punctuated by quaint Vermont villages where white church steeples border organic farms and creameries. At the midsection of Green Mountain National Forest is the city of Rutland, which plays host to summer outdoor concerts and the Vermont State Fair.
Each season in the Green Mountains brings its own unique pleasures: during the winter, ski resorts including the nearby Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, offer some of New England’s best downhill skiing; the summer plays host to music festivals and hilltop weddings; and fall foliage peaks in October, when the mountains’ namesake green turns into a captivating display of reds, oranges, yellows, and purples.