Quiet Lodge near Mount Snow
The 6.5 acres that surround Nordic Hills Lodge are sprinkled with oak and sugar maple trees that provide a scenic backdrop in autumn, when the leaves change to fiery shades of orange, yellow, and red. When the snow comes in winter, guests only need to travel about 5 miles north to reach Mount Snow, where ski season usually begins around Thanksgiving.
There's a warm, comfy vibe inside the Norwegian-style lodge. You can read a book before a crackling fireplace in the library or warm up in the Finnish sauna. The dining area has a BYOB wet bar set up with a blender and glasses, so that you can whip up your own apres-ski cocktails or puree your top-secret cocktail recipes.
This Groupon includes a $10 credit for 1846 Restaurant and Tavern, where you can dine on seasonal menu items such as grass-fed beef burgers, Maryland crab cakes, half-roasted duck, and fresh seafood from Maine.
Wilmington, Vermont: Old-Fashioned Ski Village with Year-Round Adventure
Downtown Wilmington presents a tranquil, postcard-worthy New England scene, with tree-lined streets, mom-and-pop diners, antique shops, and red-brick buildings dating back to the 18th century. Just up Route 100, you'll find Mount Snow. In summer and fall, visitors go hiking and mountain biking along the 600-acre park's maple-lined trails. Nearby Green Mountain National Forest is a great spot for snapping pics of fall foliage.
Winter brings countless skiers and snowboarders to Mount Snow's more than 100 trails. They vary in difficulty from wide, beginner-friendly runs to more challenging terrain.