The Green Mountains, a branch of the ancient Appalachians stretching across Vermont, are named for the layers of stately evergreens that carpet their slopes. Deep in the verdant hillsides, the town of Chittenden is near the Green Mountain National Forest with infinite vistas for hiking, mountain biking, and game hunting. The Coolidge and Okemo State Forests are also about an hour away by car.For a taste of history, the nearby towns of Killington and Rutland boast charters dating to 1761, before the creation of Vermont itself. Throughout the warmer months, downtown Rutland’s weekly farmers' markets offer a place to shop for regional goods such as Vermont maple syrup and alpaca weavings. The area also hosts frequent outdoor concerts and other family-friendly events, many of them free.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Dorset is a quintessential New England town, dotted with cozy homes and shops tucked into forested mountains and valleys. Visitors perusing the region's stores are bound to come away with a haul of fresh cheeses, local maple syrup, and warm woolens. The slopes of Stratton and Bromley mountains supply ample opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and downhill speed dating. Ice skating, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides round out the area's wintertime offerings.
Slate-gray roofs studded with dormer windows crown the antique shops and outlet stores in the tiny Manchester Village, where various colonial buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Charming restaurants downtown dish out local, sustainable eats. The Green Mountain National Forest surrounds the village, which is nestled between Vermont's Green and Taconic Mountains. About a 30-minute drive east, Stratton Mountain's sleek alpine slopes enable downhill skiing beginning November 23, along with snowshoeing and snow tubing. After a full day of arctic adventure, Stratton Village comes to life with après-ski carousing as pub-goers sip local brews and play darts with icicles.
East Cove Restaurant is housed inside a traditional log cabin in the Adirondacks, surrounded by lush forests and clear blue skies. Amid this landscape, you can dine on new york strip steaks, center-cut pork chops, and other classic american fare. The chefs here also prep fresh seafood and specialize in a number of international offerings, including wienerschnitzel, veal scallopini, and Yakov Smirnoff comedy routines.
Though he’s catered for Oprah and won Steven Tyler over with his meatballs, Lou Marzelli can still take the time to fill a family table. Dishes of lasagna, chicken parmesan, and penne in housemade marinara come to fruition out of recipes handed down through the Marzellis’ Italian-native family every day in their New York–style deli. A gleaming deli case brims with Boar's Head meats and cheeses ready to be sliced and stuffed into hearty wedge sandwiches. whereas pizzas proudly hold toppings such as genoa salami, fresh basil, or the crumbled remains of lesser pies. Breakfast selections are served all day alongside locally roasted espresso drinks, and 36 flavors of housemade gelato and sorbetto—such as stracciatella, strawberry, and tiramisu—put a sweet finish on Italian helpings.