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 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. Head there in the evening to use the included $25 dining credit toward a three-course prix fixe dinner for two.
The hotel's Aveda Concept spa sits apart from the old mansion, inside a historical carriage house. There, you can chase away stress using the two $25 massage credits included with this getaway, which are valid toward two 50-minute massages or one 50-minute couples massage. The spa offers a variety of massages ranging from classic deep-tissue sessions to specialty Black River hot-stone massages and Elemental Nature treatments with aromatherapy.
Of the 10 individually decorated guest rooms, all feature antique and reproduction period furniture. Modern influences vary by room and may include flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and bathtubs. Each condominium hotel suite includes a separate living room with a queen pullout sofa, queen bedroom, private bathroom with a shower, mini refrigerator, and microwave.
Proctorsville, Vermont: Quaint New England Town in the Mountains
Proctorsville lies adjacent to Vermont's Okemo Mountain, a prominent skiing destination that also offers a wealth of summer attractions, from golfing to zipline tours.
Nearby, the town of Ludlow has a diverse culinary landscape that includes classic Italian restaurants, Irish pubs, and steak houses. Boutiques and antique stores welcome window shoppers to feast their eyes on elegant gifts, collectors' items, and local art.