Mountain Dreams

March 14, 2011

I’m back after a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles for 36 hours…the redeye coupled with Daylight Savings is a very dangerous combination!!

Anyway, while I catch my breath, here’s guest blogger Rebecca to recommend a skiing adventure, before the snow disappears…

This past winter was a busy one, which left me with no time for a ski weekend at our favorite Vermont ski mountain, Stratton.  Intrawest is the company that owns Stratton as well as the Vail ski resort in Colorado.  Therefore it makes for a pretty ritzy ski area, only a 3 and ½ hour drive from home.

I recently received a phone call from my bff in Boston, which is how I’ve come to this topic.  When I was visiting her on the cape this summer I was telling her where to go in Vermont with her 3 young sons for Christmas vacation.  As she started to tell me about her great ski vacation, I had completely forgotten that I was the one who told her to go there.  I had recommended all the hot spots, i.e. where to stay, eat and play. So here are some of my recommendations:

My favorite place to stay is the Long Trail House.  It’s so great to stay there for so many reasons.  There is a communal locker area to store your skis.  When you want to kick back and relax, there is a beautiful main “hang out” room with a grand floor to ceiling stone fireplace.  The room looks out onto the large heated outdoor pool and two generous sized hot tubs.  The accommodations range from studios to two bedrooms.  All rooms are equipped with kitchens. The rooms are typically owned by individuals and Stratton Mountain rents them out for the owners.

It’s an easy 2 – 3 minute walk through a cobblestone street in Stratton Village where you pass stores and restaurants till you get to the base of the mountain.  There is a popular bar and grill restaurant, Mulligan’s, that’s a great place to bring the kids.   The Waffle House happens to be one of my favorite food stops over by the gondola lift.  Ski right off the slope and into a hot, freshly made waffle with toppings.  On a sunny day you can sit outside of the lodge and soak in the rays while enjoying your tasty treat.

The ski school at Stratton is top notch.  The majority of the instructors are college age students from Argentina.  It’s summer where they from, so it’s the perfect time for them to be ski instructors.  You can drop the kids off by 8:30 – 9:00 and pick them up at 4pm.  I think the youngest they take is 3 or 4 years olds.  There are lots of hot chocolate breaks and they serve the kids lunch.  The mountain also has a great daycare program for babies and Stratton offers every parent’s dream, a long list of babysitters.

Vermont in the winter is never the same without a trip to an inn for dinner.  A must “eat at” is The Three Clock Inn in Londonderry.  It is about a 20 minute ride from Stratton.  It’s so authentically Vermont with the big fireplace in the main dining room and the dark wood walls.  My comment on the food is that everything is delish.

For you warm weather folks, Stratton has a great golf program during the non-winter months.  Manchester is about 30 minutes away and boasts excellent outlet shopping. Also, located in Manchester is the Equinox Hotel and Spa.  This is great if you don’t only want to ski while visiting the Green Mountain state.

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