Hotel at a Glance: The Lodge at Mount Snow
Though it's renowned for its skiing during winter months, Mount Snow and its surrounding area is a hit for summer and fall activities, too. You can go hiking and biking on its trails, swimming in Lake Whitingham, and take boat rides on the Harriman Reservoir. Back at The Lodge—which rests at the base of Mount Snow—unwind after adventures by sinking into indoor and outdoor hot tubs.
- Kick back in the lounge, which features a striking fieldstone fireplace and panoramic views of the mountain.
- Play a round of golf at one of two nearby courses: Mount Snow or Haystack Golf Club.
- Short drive from Wilmington, VT, which has a wealth of restaurants, art galleries, and antique stores
- Molly Stark State Park: Hike the 1.8-mile trail up to the top of Mt. Olga for lovely views; the park is right on Route 9.
West Dover, Vermont: Small Rural Town near Popular Ski Area
Tucked in the rural region of Vermont’s Mount Snow Valley, West Dover has a classic New England look complete with a prominent steeple and white clapboard houses. There’s not much to the town itself aside from a few landmark structures, however; the area owes its popularity to Mount Snow. As one of the closest ski areas to New York and Boston, the resort gets a steady stream of out-of-towners. It doesn’t hurt that the resort has a reputation for well-groomed trails and a lively après-ski scene. But it’s equipped to handle the crowds, boasting five mountain areas and the largest freestyle-terrain-park system in the East.
There’s plenty to do during warmer seasons at Mount Snow as well; hikers and mountain bikers can take advantage of more than 20 miles of trails through the mountain terrain. The mountain also has an 18-hole golf course and chairlift rides offering views of southern Vermont and New York State. Local outfitter Taddingers offers certified Orvis fly-fishing instruction and fishing excursions out on Deerfield River.