15 Top-Rated Resorts in Vermont

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Jul 27, 2020

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Home to some excellent skiing and snowboarding in winter, as well as bucolic landscapes, mountain scenery, and charming towns, Vermont is a popular vacation spot for families, couples, or groups of friends and offers a wide range of top-rated resorts to choose from for all budgets.

Where you decide to stay will depend in large part on the kind of holiday you are looking for. If you just want to get away to the country for some digital detox, for instance, Twin Farms is a good option. It sits on 300 picturesque acres outside the small town of Barnard and is one of the world's top luxury all-inclusive resorts.

But if you want to enjoy some skiing action, check out the area around Stowe Mountain Resort, where you'll find a number of options in the mid-range and luxury categories that can accommodate everyone, from couples on honeymoons to multi-generational family trips. For a city escape, check out towns like Burlington and Manchester, which also host some top-rated resorts, many in historic buildings dating back a few centuries.

Vermont is definitely a year-round destination, with winters made for skiing whether downhill or Nordic style, and in summer, you can go hiking and enjoy the cities and towns. Spring and fall are the swing seasons, but fall is an awesome time to visit because you will get to experience the changing leaf colors for which New England is famous.

Find a great place to stay on your next vacation with our list of the best resorts in Vermont.

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1. Twin Farms, Barnard

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Photo Source: Twin Farms

Twin Farms sits in the picturesque countryside outside Barnard on a sprawling 300-acre property and is famous in part for being the one time home of Sinclair Lewis. This all-inclusive resort is inside a 1795 farmhouse and features posh rooms with separate sitting areas and fireplaces, as well as Japanese, Italian, and Moroccan-influenced decor.

There are also suites and cottages, some of which have stone hot tubs. The food is farm-to-table fare served in a beautiful dining room or out on the terrace if the weather is nice. There is also a spa, workout room, and tennis courts on-site.

Accommodation: Twin Farms

2. Edson Hill, Stowe

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Photo Source: Edson Hill

Located in Stowe, Edson Hill sits on 50 tree-filled acres and is a favorite, year-round, upmarket choice, especially if you don't want to be right on top of the ski hill. The property is located about six miles from Stowe Mountain Resort and is less than four miles from the Stowe Golf Course.

The rooms are done up in classic mountain country style and feature original art and warm hues. Many also come with canopy, brass, or four-poster beds. Rates include a breakfast buffet at the full-service restaurant, and other on-site amenities include a pool, trout-fishing pond, hiking and biking trails, stables, and cross-country skiing in winter.

Accommodation: Edson Hill

3. Stowe Mountain Lodge

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Photo Source: Stowe Mountain Lodge

Right at the Stowe Mountain base, Stowe Mountain Lodge is a favorite with snowriders in winter as it offers ski-in ski-out access, with the gondola just steps from the property.

The 300 rooms and suites are modern and well-appointed, with stone and wood accents, giant picture windows, flat-screen TVs, and marble baths. They vary in size, and some even feature full kitchens, which makes them a popular family choice.

On-site amenities include a ski and snowboard valet, heated outdoor pool, and two excellent restaurants. Solstice is the resort's signature dining establishment and is open for breakfast and dinner. At dinner, it serves a modern American menu that focuses on fresh and sustainably sourced produce. There is also a spa and wellness center.

Accommodation: Stowe Mountain Lodge

4. The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant, Manchester

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Photo Source: The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

Located in Manchester in southern Vermont, The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant is an elegant, small luxury hotel with just 20 rooms and suites. These are filled with antiques, original artwork, and in some cases, four-poster beds. They also have flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, and marble bathrooms.

The included hot breakfast is delicious, and for other meals, the restaurant serves contemporary gourmet American fare and has scenic terrace seating for warmer months. All sorts of activities can be arranged including horseback riding, shooting, fly-fishing, and mountain biking.

Accommodation: The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

5. Woodstock Inn & Resort

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Photo Source: Woodstock Inn & Resort

In the Green Mountain town of Woodstock, this luxury resort is just a few miles from a local ski resort, and a prestigious golf course at the Woodstock Country Club, and sits on beautifully landscaped grounds surrounded by woodlands. The Woodstock Inn & Resort is decorated in classic New England craft style and has a timeless, elegant vibe.

The rooms and suites come with wood-burning fireplaces and comfy beds in handmade wood frames. There are also four different restaurants, all focusing on farm-to-table fare, and a spa is on-site.

Accommodation: Woodstock Inn & Resort

6. Topnotch Resort, Stowe

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Photo Source: Topnotch Resort

Another property in Stowe, Topnotch Resort features a modern mountain vibe. There are just 68 rooms that are decorated in contemporary styling with comfy beds. The lobby here is a fun throwback to classic ski-lodges, with a giant mounted moose head and stone walls.

On-site amenities include two different restaurants, multiple swimming pools, an indoor hot tub with a waterfall, on-site spa, and a co-ed sauna. The service at Topnotch is excellent, and the property caters equally to families and couples.

Accommodation: Topnotch Resort

7. The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden

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Photo Source: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden is a beautiful natural retreat in summer or winter, offering views of the Green Mountains and Chittenden Reservoir from its picturesque grounds. The boutique property has just 30 rooms that are done up in rustic mountain style with plenty of cherry red accents and wood floors.

There is also a very good restaurant on-site, and activities ranging from cross-country skiing to sleigh rides can be arranged in winter, while in summer, guests can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and boat tours.

Accommodation: The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

8. Castle Hill Resort & Spa, Cavendish

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Photo Source: Castle Hill Resort & Spa

Located in Southern Vermont near Okemo Mountain, Castle Hill Resort & Spa is a beautiful year-round holiday destination that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

It features 10 "castle rooms," as well as a number of condos ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. The rooms are well-appointed and do a good job of mixing old-fashioned charm with modern elegance and include period furnishings and art. The condos come with gourmet kitchens and gas fireplaces among other amenities.

The Castle Dining Room is the fine-dining restaurant on-site. It serves French-inspired American fare in a romantic space with cozy wood paneling and candles. There is also a spa on the grounds, which does a range of treatments, from massages to facials and body wraps.

Accommodation: Castle Hill Resort & Spa

9. The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Manchester

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Photo Source: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

In Manchester, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa dates back to 1769 and used to serve as a hunting lodge for British loyalists. Today, it is owned by Marriott but still retains some of its yesteryear charm. Guests can take lessons in everything from falconry to shooting, as well as more traditional activities like tennis, golf, and mountain biking.

There are 195 rooms and suites spread across two buildings, and they boast plush amenities like luxury linens, down pillows, and flat-screen TVs.

Also on-site are four restaurants. Check out the Chop House for perfectly prepared meat cuts in elegant environs. The Dormy Grill is only open seasonally but is where to grab a relaxed lunch by the ninth hole when playing their golf course in summer.

Accommodation: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

10. The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

The Essex is a unique sleeping option catering to foodies looking to explore their culinary talents in different cooking programs, with award-winning chefs, at the on-site Cook Academy. Beyond learning the culinary arts, you can also indulge at two excellent on-site restaurants.

For sleeping, there are 120 rooms and suites done up in warm hues that come in a variety of styles, including some with fireplaces and others with multiple bedrooms. There is also an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a spa on the grounds. The property is located in Burlington.

Accommodation: The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

11. Green Mountain Inn, Stowe

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Photo Source: Green Mountain Inn

The Green Mountain Inn dates back to 1833 and is an elegant affair that is also just eight miles from the powdery slopes at Stowe Mountain Resort. There are a wide range of accommodation options to fit all kinds of travelers, including families.

The rooms feature sophisticated style and flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers, and in some cases, gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Book a suite for a four-poster bed and fireside Jacuzzi tub, while apartments and townhouses are available for larger groups. There is also a restaurant, gym, hot tub, swimming pool, sauna, and game room on-site.

Accommodation: Green Mountain Inn

12. Clay Brook at Sugarbush, Warren

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Photo Source: Clay Brook at Sugarbush

This mountain property offers slopeside accommodations at Sugarbush Resort in 61 suites, ranging in size from studios to five bedrooms. Each is quite spacious and features high-end furnishings, like custom cabinetry, hardwood floors, stone accents, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The beds are comfy, with plenty of pillows, and the ensuite Jacuzzi tubs are great for relaxing after a day of skiing in winter or mountain biking come summer.

Also on-site is a swimming pool; two hot tubs; a fitness room; and Rumble's Bistro, which cooks up creative fresh American fare. Choose from a variety of salads and sandwiches at lunch including lots of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. At dinner there are more hearty selections like steak frites and chicken schnitzel.

Accommodation: Clay Brook at Sugarbush

13. Smugglers' Notch Resort

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Photo Source: Smugglers' Notch Resort

In a gorgeous location between Bingham Falls and Mount Mansfield, surrounded by mountains and forest land, Smugglers' Notch Resort is a great back-to-nature retreat. It offers laid-back, rustic studios and suites ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. All come with kitchens; sitting areas with a pullout sofa; and in most cases, fireplaces and either mountain or forest views from private balconies.

Also on-site are multiple indoor and outdoor pools (all heated), as well as two hot tubs, a water park, freshwater swimming lakes, and seven playgrounds. It's a great choice for families. And if you are hungry, there are also a number of dining options here. Try Hearth & Candies for a low-key family dinner. It serves American fare with a focus on organic produce.

Accommodation: Smugglers' Notch Resort

14. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe

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Photo Source: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa sits on 60 acres in a beautiful location in Stowe. The rooms and suites exude casual elegance and are spacious and airy, and some come with Jacuzzi tubs and gas fireplaces. They also offer family-friendly townhouse accommodations that come with full kitchens and plenty of space to spread out.

Resort amenities include a restaurant, full-service spa with plenty of treatment options, a large outdoor swimming pool, and a wellness center. There is also championship golf and hiking and biking trails nearby, along with the Stowe Mountain Resort ski area.

Accommodation: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

15. Jay Peak Resort, Jay

Jay Peak Resort, Jay
Jay Peak Resort, Jay

This all-season resort is not far from the Canadian border in northern Vermont and features some of the best snow in New England in winter. There are also plenty of fun summer activities, from mountain biking to disc golf, and a year-round indoor water park is also on-site.

Accommodations are mostly ski-in, ski-out and come in a variety of sizes, including some with full kitchens that are a great choice for families. Other on-site amenities include a swimming pool, hot tub, and a convenience store.

Accommodation: Jay Peak Resort

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