Hotel at a Glance: Grey Bonnet Inn
Vermont looks its very best from a place in the mountains. The Grey Bonnet Inn in Killington fits the bill for good scenery—it’s set on 25 wooded acres, close to Killington Ski Resort and the Green Mountain National Golf Course, with forest in every direction. This welcoming inn features hiking and biking trails, fireplaces, and its own little reading library, offering a traditional Vermont mountain getaway.
- Walk to: the famous Appalachian and Long Trails, each located close to the resort
- Stay and splash in the outdoor pool
- Summer at Killington: This world-class ski resort turns into a scenic playground in the summer, offering disc golf, tennis lessons, and gondola rides to the mountain summit.
- Room with a view Each cheerfully decorated room features forest or mountain views.
- Fork up: a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, with menu items such as brandied raisin French toast, strawberry pancakes, and omelets
- Sit by the fire: at the onsite Oliver’s Pub, which features a well-stocked wine cellar and real oil lamps, or enjoy breakfast at Olivia’s Dining Room.
Killington, Vermont: Hiking and Golf in the Green Mountains
The small Vermont town of Killington is home to one of the most scenic segments of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, winding through the Green Mountains toward Thundering Falls, a 140-foot cascade tumbling down a stepped rock formation. Its rushing falls generate a soothing sound that can rise to a roar when the water’s high.
In winter, skiers flock to Killington Resort, home of the largest vertical drop in New England at more than 3,000 feet. During the off-season, you can take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Killington Peak. Stop here and admire the view of the mountains as they spill over into New Hampshire.
You don’t need to hike to take in the Green Mountain scenery. The Geoffrey Cornish–designed Killington Golf Course offers panoramic views of the peaks in addition to a challenging 18 holes.
Microbrew enthusiasts may want to make the trip to Long Trail Brewing Company in Bridgewater Corners, about a 15-minute drive from Killington. Its varied stock of suds ranges from bold IPAs to chocolatey porters.