Hotel at a Glance: Kedron Valley Inn
Calling the Kedron Valley Inn "historic" is an understatement—it's witnessed nearly two centuries of history from its spot in Woodstock, Vermont. Built in 1822 as a store for grist mill workers, the Federal-style structure became a community social center, a post office, an inn and tavern, an auditorium, and a stop for fugitive slaves on the eastern Underground Railroad. In the mid-20th century, it was dubbed the Kedron Valley Inn, and the name stuck. Each of the inn's 25 guest rooms are located in the main building, tavern, or pet-friendly Adirondack-style log lodge, which is set away from the main building.
- Enjoy a cozy dinner in the on-site restaurant and tavern, which earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence this year
- Press accolades: Fodor's writes that "You're likely to fall in love at the first sight of this 1828 three-story brick building that forms the centerpiece of this quiet, elegant retreat."
- Complimentary breakfast is served each morning
- Fly down the mountain at one of the nearby ski resorts—Killington (open into May) and Okemo (open into April). Each is less than a 45-minute drive away.
Green Mountains, Vermont: Historical Towns Surrounded by Wilderness
Named for the layers of stately evergreens that carpet their slopes, the Green Mountains are a branch of the ancient Appalachians that stretches north to south through the center of Vermont. It’s a relatively even swath of rolling forests capped by a few summits that rise above the tree line, including Mount Mansfield, which tops off at 4,393 feet. The landscape is home to other rugged scenery, including alpine lakes, and more than 900 miles of mixed-use trails for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
The mountains are punctuated by quaint Vermont villages where white church steeples border organic farms and creameries. At the midsection of Green Mountain National Forest is the city of Rutland, which plays host to summer outdoor concerts and the Vermont State Fair. About 90 minutes north is Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, which is known for its breweries and boutiques. Each season in the Green Mountains brings its own unique pleasures: during the winter, ski resorts including Mount Snow and Sugarloaf offer some of New England’s best downhill skiing.