Tap-Dancing Ghost Returns for Encore on Roof of Historical Inn
Legend has it that on certain nights, when snowstorms rumble through Stowe, the faint sound of someone tap dancing on the roof of the Green Mountain Inn can be heard over the howling wind. Some say that someone is the ghost of Boots Berry, in life a hell-raising hoofer who fell off the roof to his death while trying to rescue a stranded hotel guest during a violent snowstorm. During similar blizzards, Boots returns to the site of the accident—just above room 302.
Built in 1833, Green Mountain Inn started out as a way station for 19th-century travelers but has evolved throughout its 178-year career, eventually playing host to Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Gerald Ford. The inn has undergone extensive renovations since its construction, but the charming décor still pays homage to its colorful past.
Both luxury suites and luxury rooms boast king-size canopy beds gussied up with handmade quilts and hypoallergenic down duvets. Guests can toast their tootsies in front of the gas fireplace or race toy submarines in the double jacuzzi located hearthside in certain units. Handcrafted bric-a-brac and original artwork add a distinctive touch.
At the casual, on-site Whip Bar & Grill, chefs craft American fare such as roasted sweet-corn ravioli ($18.95) using locally farmed ingredients, with New England microbrews on hand to complement the entrees. The Main Street Dining Room’s baker, Laurette Patten, serves up hearty breakfast items daily, including fresh muffins and honey oatmeal bread. The inn’s spa and health club includes a massage center and a recently renovated gym. After a workout, the jacuzzi soothes sore sinews from a spot overlooking the inn's backyard garden, where a heated pool welcomes cannonballs year-round.
Stowe, Vermont: Quaint Mountain Town with Thriving Artistic Community
Stowe's idyllic scenery is defined by its prime location between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak at 4,395 feet. Winter sport enthusiasts flock to Stowe Mountain Resort, whose powdery slopes encompass 485 skiable acres across 116 trails. After a morning on the slopes, guests and their snowman plus-ones can swing by the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park to marvel at artwork including the statuary in the outdoor sculpture garden.