Hotel at a Glance: Kedron Valley Inn
Calling the Kedron Valley Inn "historic" is an understatement, as it has 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 went on to become 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 four ski resorts: Killington, Suicide Six, Okemo, and Pico. 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. Its rolling forests are 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. The Green Mountain National Forest occupies 400,000 acres, where you can fish for rainbow trout and cross-country ski among moose, coyotes, black bears, and white-tailed deer.
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 Woodstock, which is located near some of New England's best downhill skiing at four resorts—Killington, Suicide Six, Okemo, and Pico. Killington is the largest, offering 600 skiable acres, a tubing park, and trails spread out across seven mountains.