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People often visit the Burlington area for the closeness to nature and the bountiful outdoor activities, but you can also find a hotel that’s thoroughly luxurious. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors found the five best places to stay in Burlington:
1. Twin Farms. About 90 minutes southeast of Burlington in Barnard, this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort is nestled into a secluded setting on 300 acres of land. Choose a private cottage or a sumptuous guest room and prepare yourself for a romantic, idyllic stay. Nightly Moet & Chandon toasts in the Barn Room, anyone?
2. The Essex Resort and Spa. For spa lovers, dog owners, foodies, tennis players and even rock climbers, The Essex boasts all the amenities that make it worth the 20-minute drive from Burlington. The pet-friendly resort has outdoor rock and ice climbing walls in its backyard, along with an award-winning spa, tennis courts and cooking classes.
3. Topnotch Resort and Spa. About 45 minutes outside Burlington in Stowe, this ski resort features a massive 35,000-square-foot spa and an old ski bar with oversized couches. Outdoor activities include tennis, swimming, horseback riding, hiking and, of course, skiing. When you’re ready to unwind, you can retreat to one of the 68 country-chic guest rooms.
4. The Inn at Shelburne Farms. Though it’s only open from May to October (there is no heating or air conditioning), this 24-room luxury Victorian-style inn will make you feel like a Vanderbilt, as little has changed since members of the family stayed on the 1,400-acre, lakeside property for their summer retreats.
5. Willard Street Inn. Located in downtown Burlington, this bed and breakfast is within walking distance of the University of Vermont campus and Lake Champlain. The 19th-century brick Victorian building has been lovingly restored with Laura Ashley-esque New England charm. The 14 rooms are uniquely decorated and of varying sizes.