In the Mount Snow Valley, warmer temperatures mean a fresh set of outdoor pursuits. Fishing is popular along Deerfield River during trout season, which lasts from April to October. In nearby Wilmington, hikers explore trails around Haystack Mountain. Also, while Mount Snow Ski Resort closed down its slopes for the season in late March, the mountain becomes a haven for warm weather activity beginning May 4. You can play a round on the 18-hole Mount Snow Golf Club or zip around miles of rugged, single-track mountain-biking paths. Bikers can test their chops on trail obstacles such as dirt jumps, ladders, and tiger pits.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The Four Chimneys Inn, a rebuilt and restored Georgian mansion, resides on 11 acres of old Revolutionary War country, inviting guests to rest within its hearth before they take to the streets to explore the picturesque surroundings. Two nights in a bright and cozy guest room—all with modern luxuries such as private bathrooms, TVs, DVD players, high-speed Internet access, and air conditioning—coddle travelers as they preorder their next morning's breakfast (up to a $588 value). A complimentary bottle of champagne flatters with its ebullient comments on your level of taste (a $24 value), while samples of chocolate from Vermont Confectionery fulfill food-pyramid requirements (an $8 value). Guests can take a day to immerse themselves in the area's Revolutionary War stories and other local lore with two tickets to the Bennington Museum (a $20 value), located less than half a mile away from the Inn. The museum is closed on Wednesdays and during the month of January.
MASS MoCA, experts at curating contemporary art in both indoor and outdoor settings, will host eight bluegrass acts and nine shows in intimate, art-filled spaces. The museum's first bluegrass festival features up-and-coming pluckers as well as seasoned stars, with a roster including The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Del McCoury. Fiddling kicks off on Saturday with an evening performance by David Mayfield at The Speed Way, an outdoor extension of the museum that showcases three new works of art and avant-garde asphalt meadow landscaping, which is ideal for sustaining herds of robotic cattle. The revelry then shifts into the museum's spacious Hunter Center and courtyard and carries over into Sunday, when Ramblin' Jug Stompers serenade their favorite brush strokes in art-festooned gallery space.
Upscale ingredients such as pancetta and aioli imbue Public eat+drink's menu of casual American fare with a gourmet touch. Beneath exposed-brick walls bedecked in brightly colored artwork, friends’ forks share small plates such as tempura-battered red onion rings ($5.95) or baked brie with apples and walnuts ($8.95). Rubbed with herbs and cooked under a brick, the cornish hen entree sails to tables with a helping of roasted root vegetables ($15.95), and fish ‘n’ chips dip into a side of house tartar aioli ($10.95). And, like a self-portrait made from Easy Mac, a blend of pancetta and smoked gouda elevates mac ‘n’ cheese from comfort fare to high art ($13.95). Although alcohol is not included with today’s Groupon, Public eat+drink also pours an extensive list of craft beers and signature cocktails.
Located in the center of southern Vermont at the edge of the Green Mountains, West Dover is the commercial hub of the larger Dover community, dotted with quaint eateries and boutiques. Mount Snow, a four-season resort located 3 miles from the hotel, draws the most visitors to the area, with skiing in the winter and golfing in the spring and summer. A round at Mount Snow Golf Club guides golfers through the countryside’s oak and sugar-maple trees and past picture-perfect views of the Green Mountains. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the resort opens 35 miles of single-track trails for mountain biking, accessed via an express chairlift. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.