Spacious Rooms, Aveda Spa, and Fine-Dining Restaurant on Charming Grounds
In the early 1900s, Vermont governor Allen Miller Fletcher staked out a hill in the Green Mountains to build a castle-like resort. The area he picked is almost like something out of a winter fairy tale, tucked into the woods near Okemo Mountain. The area is called Castle Hill, and it’s where you’ll find The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill Resort and Spa, a modern hotel that shares its property with some of Fletcher’s original Cotswolds-style buildings and gorgeous gardens, which earned the resort a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
The brick-accented Pointe Hotel is spacious and comfortable, with facilities that put the focus on fitness and wellness. At the Aveda Concept spa, relax with massages, facials, and body wraps. The resort’s sunlit pavilion, lined with windows on both the walls and ceiling, makes for a soothing setting to take a yoga or Pilates class.
Breakfast and dinner are served onsite in the opulent wood-paneled dining room, where executive chef Alphonsus Harris uses fresh local produce to craft French-influenced dishes. While here, be sure to explore the region’s Okemo Valley, home to President Calvin Coolidge’s Homestead, more than a dozen covered bridges, and Okemo State Forest.
Proctorsville, Vermont: Quaint New England Town near Skiing and Hiking on Okemo Mountain
Proctorsville lies in the shadows of Vermont's Okemo Mountain. The family-owned mountain, which has more than 600 acres of slopes and beginner-friendly trails available in colder months, has maintained its natural beauty by resisting overdevelopment. In mild weather, visitors can fish in the area's lakes or bike or hike across its network of trails, including the Healdville Trail, which climbs to the mountain's 3,340-foot summit.
Nearby Ludlow has a diverse culinary landscape that includes classic Italian restaurants, Irish pubs, and steak houses. Window shoppers can stroll past boutiques and antique shops to feast their eyes on elegant gifts, collectors' items, and local art.
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