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Lodging: Woodstock, VT

Lodging: Woodstock, VT

This New England village offers first-rate lodging, from luxurious to laidback.
By Vicky Lowry
posted: 08/04/2008

After a day on the slopes at Ascutney, Killington or Okemo, the timeless village of Woodstock, settled by railroad and banking barons in 1768, remains one of New England's most charming retreats. Though not slopeside—the ski resorts are 10, 17 and 25 miles away, respectively—Woodstock's architecturally rich main street, flanking a central square known as the Village Green, offers a historic twist on a Vermont ski and stay. Settle into one of the vintage brick homes or restored Victorians converted into cozy hotels and B&Bs. With lodging so inviting, you may opt to skip first tracks and last chair.

FAMILY: Woodstock Inn
Among the most famous hotels in New England, the Woodstock Inn - one of Woodstock benefactor Laurance Rockefeller's original RockResorts - has it all, including its own historic ski resort: Suicide Six is a 23-trail area that dates to 1937. The inn's 142 rooms have been updated with contemporary furnishings, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. The fitness center has an indoor pool and a small spa where all manner of massage is on the menu, and the enormous fireplace in the lobby invites après-ski tale-swapping. $175–$680; woodstockinn.com; 800-448-7900

LUXURY: The Lauren
New owners have recently completed a top-to-bottom renovation of this elegant 11-room inn, a Federalist brick beauty built in 1831. Modern furnishings and Asian art abound. Many of the rooms and suites have fireplaces and king beds, and feature flat-screen TVs and Egyptian cotton bedding. Downstairs, champagne can (and should) be sipped by the fire in the stylish study, and grilled tuna and black-pepper gnocchi are on the menu in the chic white dining room. $150–$375; thelaureninn.com; 802-457-1925

B&B: The Woodstocker Inn
The neon-yellow exterior hints at the eclectic atmosphere inside this boutique B&B, converted from an 1830s farmhouse. (Note: British-born co-owner David Livesley describes the inn as "child-unfriendly.") The nine rooms differ dramatically in style yet are united by vivid colors and whimsical décor—from the brick-red walls and matching tub in the Chelsea room to bachelor-pad leather furniture and a Bose sound system in the Richmond. Couples should splurge on the Westminster, nicknamed Twin Tubs because the oversize bathroom is decked out with a pair of claw-foot cast-iron tubs that invite a dual soak session after a day on skis. $110–$340; woodstockervt.com; 866-662-1439

ALSO CONSIDER…

  • Romance: Village Inn, $150–$320; villageinnofwoodstock.com; 800-722-4571
  • Fine Dining: Jackson House, $220–$400; jacksonhouse.com; 800-448-1890
  • Historic: Kedron Valley Inn, $139–$370; kedronvalleyinn.com; 800-836-1193

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