In the Mount Snow Valley, warmer temperatures mean a fresh set of outdoor pursuits. Fishing is popular along Deerfield River during trout season, which lasts from April to October. In nearby Wilmington, hikers explore trails around Haystack Mountain. Also, while Mount Snow Ski Resort closed down its slopes for the season in late March, the mountain becomes a haven for warm weather activity beginning May 4. You can play a round on the 18-hole Mount Snow Golf Club or zip around miles of rugged, single-track mountain-biking paths. Bikers can test their chops on trail obstacles such as dirt jumps, ladders, and tiger pits.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The Inn at Sawmill Farm, housed in a painstakingly renovated and expanded barn, weds mountainous terrain and vistas with charming accommodations. Rooms within the main house cradle their guests in cozy splendor with plush comforters, colorful décor, flat-screen TVs, and private baths for uninterrupted practice of cetacean sign language. Some deluxe rooms proffer a jetted tub to run stress tests on rubber duckies, and others include private sitting areas or balconies to enable personal conversations with mountains. Beams of light flowing through large windows each morning help awaken patrons in time to enjoy a Vermont country breakfast.
The Four Chimneys Inn, a rebuilt and restored Georgian mansion, resides on 11 acres of old Revolutionary War country, inviting guests to rest within its hearth before they take to the streets to explore the picturesque surroundings. Two nights in a bright and cozy guest room—all with modern luxuries such as private bathrooms, TVs, DVD players, high-speed Internet access, and air conditioning—coddle travelers as they preorder their next morning's breakfast (up to a $588 value). A complimentary bottle of champagne flatters with its ebullient comments on your level of taste (a $24 value), while samples of chocolate from Vermont Confectionery fulfill food-pyramid requirements (an $8 value). Guests can take a day to immerse themselves in the area's Revolutionary War stories and other local lore with two tickets to the Bennington Museum (a $20 value), located less than half a mile away from the Inn. The museum is closed on Wednesdays and during the month of January.
Northern Berkshire peaks peek through the windows of Taylor's, where surf and turf unite in a lamp-lit, exposed-brick dining room. An army of appetizers kicks off the menu, including the baked brie, which is infused with grapes and sprinkled with brown sugar, walnuts, and apples ($8). A fresh garden salad sidekicks every entree, serving as a momentary plate mate for hearty dishes such as the filet mignon ($24) and its aquatic, redundant counterpart, grilled mahi-mahi ($21). The ratatouille with tofu forgoes filets for a mix of stewed eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes that are fresher than haircuts of the eighties ($16).
Located in the center of southern Vermont at the edge of the Green Mountains, West Dover is the commercial hub of the larger Dover community, dotted with quaint eateries and boutiques. Mount Snow, a four-season resort located 3 miles from the hotel, draws the most visitors to the area, with skiing in the winter and golfing in the spring and summer. A round at Mount Snow Golf Club guides golfers through the countryside’s oak and sugar-maple trees and past picture-perfect views of the Green Mountains. Starting Memorial Day weekend, the resort opens 35 miles of single-track trails for mountain biking, accessed via an express chairlift. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.