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From bed and breakfasts to luxury ski-in, ski-out hotels and full-service resorts, Vermont has a huge array of lodging options for its size. We managed to cull the list down to the five best places to stay in Northern Vermont:
1. Topnotch Resort and Spa. The Stowe favorite combines a nostalgic feel with a full slate of amenities, including the state’s most impressive tennis center, a full-service modern spa, Nordic ski center and an excellent restaurant, Norma’s.
2. Twin Farms. This secluded Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort is 90 minutes southeast of Burlington in Barnard and is located on 300 acres of land (and even has a private ski hill). But this is no rustic experience — the 10 guest rooms and 10 cottages are luxuriously appointed and the personal service and all-inclusive cuisine is some of the best you’ll find on the East Coast.
3. Basin Harbor Club. This resort features private cottages, a waterside location and feels like an upscale summer camp. You can kayak, canoe or jetski on the lake, or opt for an activity on shore, like tennis, golf or art classes. Cozy rooms, gardens and jazz music on the beach make this place a gem of a retreat.
4. Stowe Mountain Lodge. As a ski-in, ski-out property, this new luxury hotel offers direct access to the new gondola in winter, and access to the otherwise private Stowe Mountain golf club in summer. Its rooms are state of the art, it has a large spa, and its Solstice restaurant is has an exceptional locavore-focused menu.
5. The Essex Resort & Spa. The Essex has the type of luxe amenities that make it a destination unto itself: spa, pet-friendliness, fine food, tennis, cooking classes and terrain for rock climbers.