Historical Mansion Tucked in Green Mountain Foothills
At the beginning of the 20th century, Vermont Governor Allen Fletcher hired a team of European craftsmen to build a country house in the foothills of the Green Mountains. With an Old-World aesthetic in mind, the builders tapped into New-World resources, quarrying local stones for the exterior and carving the interior out of California redwood. The English Cotswold–style mansion is now the Castle Hill Resort and Spa, a destination listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, you can still find original elements, such as the grand staircase, carved plaster ceilings, and Tiffany light fixtures. And it makes for the perfect home base for ski or snowmobile trips, as it lies less than a 10-minute drive from Okemo Mountain Resort
Ten individually decorated guest rooms feature antique and reproduction period furniture. Modern influences vary by room and may include flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and bathtubs. In an oval-shaped dining room, executive chef Alphonsus Harris serves French-influenced American cuisine using locally sourced produce and meats. A grandfather clock sets an elegant vibe as the staff serves entrees such as beef wellington and slow-roasted rack of lamb.
The hotel's Aveda Concept spa sits apart from the old mansion, inside a historical carriage house. Here, technicians chase stress away with various massages ranging from classic deep-tissue sessions to specialty Black River hot-stone massages and Elemental Nature treatments with aromatherapy. A $25 voucher toward a 50-minute massage is included with this getaway.
Proctorsville, Vermont: Quaint New England Town near Skiing
Proctorsville lies adjacent to Vermont's Okemo Mountain. The family-owned mountain, which has more than 600 acres of generally uncrowded slopes and beginner-friendly trails available in colder months, has maintained its natural beauty by resisting overdevelopment. Nearby, Ludlow’s diverse culinary landscape includes classic Italian restaurants, Irish pubs, and steak houses. Boutiques and antique shops welcome window shoppers to feast their eyes on elegant gifts, collectors' items, and local art.