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 Green Mountain foothills. 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 mahogany and other fine woods. They constructed an English Cotswold–style mansion that has become the Castle Hill Resort and Spa, a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the impressive “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” directory. In addition to putting guests amid this idyllic scene, the hotel lies just a few miles from Okemo Mountain Resort.
Inside, you’ll still find a grand staircase, carved plaster ceilings, turn-of-the-century wallpaper, Tiffany light fixtures, and other original elements. An elegant grandfather clock sits outside of the oval-shaped dining room, where executive chef Alphonsus Harris serves French-influenced upscale cuisine using locally sourced produce and meats. This Getaway includes a $25 credit toward a three-course gourmet dinner for two (valid Sunday–Friday).
The resort’s 10 individually decorated guest rooms feature antique and reproduced period furniture, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and private bathrooms. Condominium hotel rooms are set amid the property’s towering pine trees.
The hotel’s Aveda Concept spa sits apart from the old mansion, inside a historical carriage house. You can choose from a variety of services, ranging from deep-tissue massages to specialty hot-stone services and aromatherapy; your stay includes a $25 credit toward a 50-minute massage.
Ludlow, Vermont: Quaint New England Town near Okemo Mountain
Ludlow invites visitors to embrace their adventurous sides at Okemo’s Adventure Zone, which features a mountain coaster, ropes courses, a zipline tour, and mini golf, among an array of activities. If seeking a more relaxing day, head over to one of the local breweries, see a show at the Weston Playhouse, or visit the Calvin Coolidge Homestead. The town also offers a diverse culinary landscape that includes Irish pubs and steakhouses. Window shoppers can stroll past boutiques and antique shops to feast their eyes on elegant gifts, collectors’ items, and local art.