Inn overlooking Chittenden Reservoir boasts fine dining, spa and salon, sauna, and year-round outdoor hot tub
Resort at a Glance: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort got its start in 1870, when the Barstow family started putting up lodgers in their turnip barn in Vermont’s rolling Green Mountains. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine such humble beginnings when you see how the resort has expanded. The revamped lodgings encompass 350 acres and an old grain silo now features a wall of windows overlooking the Chittenden Reservoir. Despite its size, the inn has a down-home feel that extends to classic lodge rooms, each of which boasts beautiful views of the scenery. Throw in some top-notch hospitality and you’ve got one of “southern Vermont’s most relaxing resorts,” according to Frommer’s.
- Start the day right with included daily breakfast for two.
- Hit the slopes: Select options include two ski-lift tickets per stay, valid at nearby Killington ski resort.
- Extra perk: Select options include a $150 activity credit per stay.
- Stay fit in the workout center.
- Eat your way through Vermont in the Mountain Top Dining Room, where chefs serve gourmet takes on rustic classics using locally sourced ingredients
- Drink your way through Vermont with local microbrews at the Mountain Top Tavern.
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 70 miles north is Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, which is known for its breweries and boutiques.