Historical Mansion Tucked in Green Mountains 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 foothills of the Green Mountains. 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. Inside, you can still find original elements such as the grand staircase, carved plaster ceilings, and Tiffany light fixtures.
An elegant grandfather clock sits outside of the oval-shaped dining room, where Executive Chef Alphonsus Harris serves French-influenced American cuisine using locally sourced produce and meats. This Getaway includes a $25 credit toward a three-course prix fixe dinner for two (not valid November 27 or December 24–25).
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 sessions to specialty Black River hot-stone massages and Elemental Nature treatments with aromatherapy; your stay includes a $25 credit toward a 50-minute massage.
The resort’s 10 individually decorated guest rooms feature antique and reproduced period furniture, flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, and private bathrooms. Each condominium hotel room is 300 square feet and features a queen bedroom, a separate den with a queen pullout sofa, a private bathroom, a mini refrigerator, and a microwave.
Ludlow, Vermont: Quaint New England Town near Okemo Mountain
Ludlow invites visitors to embrace their adventurous sides at Okemo Mountain Ski Resort, which features terrain parks and 120 trails across more than 650 acres. If seeking a more relaxing day, head over to one of the local breweries. The town also offers a diverse culinary landscape that includes Irish pubs and steak houses. Window shoppers can stroll past boutiques and antique shops to feast their eyes on elegant gifts, collectors’ items, and local art.