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16 Most Romantic Getaways in Vermont

by Staff

Like the rest of New England, Vermont is teeming with natural beauty, historic charm, and stunning small towns. With all this in mind, it’s no wonder why the Green Mountain State is such a beloved year-round vacation destination for couples in search of seclusion, postcard-worthy landscapes, and a seemingly endless number of activities (think: skiing and snowboarding in the winter; hiking, biking, and boating in the warmer months; and leaf-peeping in the fall). 

No matter the time of year, couples will want to retreat somewhere quaint and cozy to enjoy some uninterrupted quality time. Fortunately, lovebirds can choose from dozens of incredible Vermont hotels: From a luxury farm retreat to an adorable 19th-century inn, here are 16 of the most romantic getaways in Vermont.  


Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

According to Boston-based Fora travel advisor Caroline Lewis, Stowe is one of those “quintessential towns you think of when you picture Vermont.” While the popular ski destination is home to a handful of hotels, few are as centrally located as the Green Mountain Inn on Main Street. The adorable property, which has welcomed relaxation-seeking couples for the past 140 years, has accommodations spread across eight buildings. All have unique touches like handcrafted Vermont furnishings, while select units offer en suite fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. In addition to hitting the slopes, exploring downtown Stowe, and snuggling in the room, couples can enjoy a massage, swim in the outdoor heated pool (open year-round), stroll through the manicured gardens, and cozy up by the fire pits.



Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock

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Located in the quaint town of Woodstock, this picture-perfect property — flanked by the state’s famed Green Mountains — is the ideal place for a winter escape. “I’ve stayed here around Christmas, and walking into the lobby feels like stepping into a wonderland,” says New England-based travel advisor Melissa Lund. “They have huge trees decorated with fairy lights around the fireplace in the lobby.” Noteworthy amenities include luxury rooms and suites (complete with charming touches such as wood-beam bed frames and hand-dyed blankets), four restaurants, daily afternoon tea service, and a serene 10,000-square-foot spa. 



Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe

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For a slice of Europe in the Green Mountain State, head to the Trapp Family Lodge. Although the alpine lodge is an easy 10-minute drive from downtown Stowe, it really does feel worlds away, thanks to its Austrian-inspired architecture and European furnishings. (Fun fact: It’s owned and operated by the Von Trapp family. (Yes, the same one featured in “The Sound of Music.”) While the 2,600-acre property is open year-round, it’s especially ideal for a cozy winter getaway, when its snow-covered grounds make way for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and — get this — horse-drawn sleigh rides. Otherwise, sign up for wine tasting in the cellar or embark on a history, maple sugaring, or brewing tour (there’s an on-site brewery).



Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford

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Located in the sleepy unincorporated village of Lower Waterford, the adults-only Rabbit Hill Inn allows couples to unplug from the outside world without any distractions (or crying children). Accommodations are opulent and distinctively designed, and some have bonus features like private porches or sun decks, sumptuous sleigh or four-poster beds, en suite fireplaces, and separate entrances. Leisurely mornings begin with daily breakfast (best enjoyed in bed, of course), while afternoons are well spent cozying up with a book from one of the libraries, indulging in an in-room massage, sipping afternoon tea, and wandering the grounds (which include a garden and 10 acres of wooden trails). Later, sit down for date night at the on-site restaurant, 24 Carrot, before grabbing a nightcap at the Snooty Fox, the inn’s British-inspired pub.



Edson Hill, Stowe

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Spanning nearly 40 serene acres, Stowe’s Edson Hill sets the scene for a swoon-worthy escape. “My husband and I have been coming here for years for romantic weekends away from city life,” Lewis tells T+L. There are 22 antique-filled accommodations spread throughout the Manor House and Guest House, and select units are outfitted in luxe soaking tubs and fireplaces. “I love getting takeout pizza and enjoying a cozy night in here with the fire going and a good movie,” adds Lewis. Property highlights include a Nordic center, daily breakfast (with entrees ranging from shakshuka to thick-cut French toast), two eateries (a high-end restaurant and a more casual tavern), and cross-country trails. 



The Lodge at Spruce Peak, Stowe

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The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe is the “perfect hotel when you want a romantic weekend away, but also want to bring your four-legged friend,” says Lewis. She also notes that “the property is located right next to the slopes, which is great in the winter.” There’s also an expansive spa and wellness center, making for an excellent alternative — or add on — to the slopes. Make sure to dine and drink at one of the restaurants or bars, too, and last but not least, don’t miss the heated outdoor pool. Lewis says, “There’s just something about being outside in the warm water with crisp air and snow all around you.”



Reluctant Panther, Manchester

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Situated in the heart of downtown Manchester, Reluctant Panther is just steps from the destination’s best boutiques, coffee shops, and cafes. Back on property, retreat to one of the top-tier Deluxe Suites, which have romantic touches like soaking tubs, fireplaces, and private outdoor decks. Perhaps the best amenity of all, however, is the acclaimed on-site eatery that serves farm-fresh fare (think: local pork chops with apple compote and roasted butternut squash, apple, and spinach salad with a bourbon maple goat cheese cream) in an elegant setting. 



The Inn at Manchester, Manchester

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This family-owned and operated inn in Manchester spans four lush acres, and accommodations are spread throughout three historic buildings: the Main Inn, the adorable red Celebration Barn, and the Carriage House, the latter of which boasts four fireplace-equipped suites. If the weather is nice, take in the mountain views from a rocking chair on the expansive front porch; otherwise, warm up by one of the many fireplaces. Before heading out to explore the village (the downtown area is just seven minutes away on foot), couples can start their day with home-cooked breakfast staples, including the inn’s famous Cottage Cakes, served with warm apricot preserves. 



Twin Farms, Barnard

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“There is nothing quite like Twin Farms,” says New Hampshire-based travel advisor Kathy Burns Lamphier of Posh Travel, a Virtuoso agency. Located in the tiny town of Barnard (population under 950), the adults-only all-inclusive spans a whopping 300 acres, and guests will feel as if they have the entire property to themselves. Couples can choose from 28 individually designed rooms, suites, cottages, and even tree houses, all with museum-worthy art and upscale amenities that run the gamut from stone hot tubs to fireplaces to private decks. In terms of activities, year-round favorites include fly fishing, pasta-making classes, massages (either in the room or at the spa), and soaking in the furo (Japanese bathhouse). Come cold weather, visitors can ski on the resort’s private mountain or enjoy ice skating, sledding, or ice fishing. Afterward, refuel at one of two farm-to-table restaurants, or, for a truly memorable experience, enjoy a gourmet picnic in one of several beautiful spots around the resort. 



Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Manchester

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This historic property is a short but scenic walk from downtown Manchester, which is especially lovely come fall (when the mountain scenery transforms into a kaleidoscope of color) and winter (when things get extra cozy). Meanwhile, its opulent exterior and scenic grounds, including a sprawling lawn area and lush gardens, only add to the romantic atmosphere. Before or after exploring the village or hitting the nearby slopes, guests can head back on site to dine at one of two restaurants, relax at the spa, go ice skating, or roast s’mores by the fire pit. Those seeking more seclusion can book one of the rustic-chic rooms or suites (some with fireplaces) at The Orvis Inn, a hotel within a hotel featuring its own library, expansive porch, and fireplace-equipped sitting room.



The Pitcher Inn, Warren

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Laura Smith of Direct Travel, a Virtuoso agency in Middlebury, Vermont, describes The Pitcher Inn — just five minutes from the Sugarbush ski resort in Warren — as “very private and elegant.” The kitschy, individually themed accommodations are worth a stay here alone: Options include Trout, with a tree trunk bed carved with ferns, a private porch, and a fireplace; the rustic-chic Mountain, outfitted with a fireplace and jetted tub; and several others. Equally impressive are the culinary offerings: The lavish main Dining Room serves indulgent dishes like coal-roasted local chicken and baked cheese topped with pear and huckleberry chutney, while Tracks offers a more casual ambience paired with comfort fare like burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. Couples visiting in winter should not miss the Fire to Fork culinary experience to cook hearty dishes over the restaurant’s massive wood-burning fireplace.



Bling Tiger, Burlington

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Blind Tiger is just a short stroll from arty Burlington’s top sights like Church Street Marketplace and the Lake Champlain waterfront. While the 1881-era home-turned-hotel isn’t necessarily for adults only, it’s certainly geared toward grown-ups with a relaxed vibe and hip aesthetic. The antique- and art-filled interiors are a treat for design-loving couples, who, when not out and about exploring Vermont’s largest city, can unwind in the eye-catching common areas, including a greenery-filled solarium with marble floors, a monochromatic dining room, and a cozy living room adorned with plush seating and a fireplace. The 14 individually designed guest rooms — some with private patios and separate entrances, others with exposed brick and exceptional lake and mountain views — are also impressive. And, when hunger calls any time of day or night, guests can help themselves to the fully stocked pantry with small-batch snacks and drinks.



Kimpton Taconic Hotel, Manchester

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The Kimpton Taconic Hotel is located right on Main Street in the historic heart of Manchester Village. Despite its central location, the property offers a calming reprieve from the bustling downtown area. It exudes coziness in every sense, from the wraparound front porch — which offers prime leaf-peeping opportunities and beautiful views of the snow-covered mountains come winter — to the fireplace-equipped living room where couples can play board games or sip coffee and tea. All accommodations, including the rustic-chic rooms, suites, and cottages, are outfitted with tranquil touches like plaid throw pillows, local photography, and checkered wallpaper in the bathrooms; select categories also have working fireplaces and soaking tubs. After enjoying the hotel’s complimentary wine hour (5 to 6 p.m. nightly), snag a table for two at Copper Grouse, the all-day bar and restaurant that serves comfort food with a local twist (cheddar ale soup, cider-brined chicken, and maple crème brûlée, to name a few). 



Castle Hill Resort and Spa, Proctorsville

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With its enchanting forest surroundings, manicured gardens, and old-world charm, Castle Hill Resort and Spa looks and feels like it has been plucked from a storybook. The “castle” (which, in actuality, is an extravagant mansion dating back to the early 20th century) houses 10 rooms — all with elegant draperies, area rugs, and hardwood floors. Alternatively, couples can head five minutes down the road to The Pointe at Castle Hill Resort & Spa, which offers an additional 70 guest rooms and 26 suites that are more informal and a bit lower priced. While Proctorsville and the surrounding town of Cavendish offer stunning natural landscapes, couples can spend most of their vacation on the property walking hand in hand through the gardens, unwinding at the spa, and lounging in the cozy library. Don’t miss the dinner-only restaurant, which serves seasonal French-inspired cuisine in a candle-lit wood-paneled dining room.



The Inn at Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield

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As you can guess by its name, this quaint bed-and-breakfast is housed inside a former dairy farm, making for an atypical — albeit incredible — setting for a romantic escape. There are 12 individually designed rooms and suites across two structures (the farmhouse and attached horse barn) chock-full of rustic charm. A few favorites include the Terrace Room (with its own entrance for added privacy) and the English and Serling rooms (with gas fireplaces, cheery decor, and gorgeous mountain views). Guests can also enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast in the mornings, freshly baked cookies in the afternoon, and hors d’oeuvres in the early evenings. The property is set on 45 bucolic acres in Waitsfield, where couples can hike in the warmer months and snowshoe when winter arrives. There are ponds, gardens, meadows, and woods on site; off the property, explore the surrounding Mad River Valley region along with the town’s photogenic covered bridge, one of Vermont’s oldest. 



The Hermitage Inn, West Dover

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The 19th-century-era Hermitage Inn spans 112 lush acres — including a trout pond, apple orchards, gardens, a covered bridge, and hiking and cross-country ski trails — along the base of Haystack Mountain in historic West Dover. The homey yet high-end retreat features fireplace-equipped rooms and suites done up in a contemporary color palette of whites, creams, and grays. The culinary programming here is also top-notch: In addition to the wine cellar, upscale tavern, and fine-dining restaurant (a formal prix-fixe venue with a large stone fireplace, high ceilings, and, in the summer months, a patio), there’s also the Food & Wine experience. As part of this seasonal offering — bookable for après-ski and dinner — couples can nosh on indulgent alpine-inspired fare from the comfort of their own heated gondola. Additional hotel highlights include a small but serene spa plus activities like private wine tastings, pastry classes, ice skating, and fly fishing.


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