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Fun on the Mountain


Economical Explorer visited this charming New England town a few months back — it was such a blast, we just had to return!

Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. 1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT. 800-253-2232 or www.stoweflake.com

What’s special: Surrounded by the Green Mountains, the resort offers large guest rooms with fireplaces, refrigerators, and wet bars. Enjoy the indoor pool, the state-of-the art fitness facility, and two restaurants — fine-dining at Winfield’s or nosh on pub fare at Charlie B’s Pub and Restaurant. While the cold autumn winds blow outside, the luxurious spa is the perfect place relax, unwind, and be pampered. It offers an extensive menu of treatments and specializes in healing and anti-aging remedies for the body and soul. Afterward, curl up by a crackling fire. It’s also ideal après ski.

Nearby Stowe Mountain features 500 skiable acres, 116 trails, and 2,160 feet of vertical drop. Not enough? There are four other ski areas within a 30-mile radius of Stoweflake. And if you want to learn or improve your skiing there’s a ski school, as well as several man-made terrain parks (perfect for activities such as Nordic walking). Needless to say, the area is chock full of things to do; visit the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Billings Farm and Museum, Cabot Creamery Visitor’s Center, and Vermont Ski Museum, to name a few. Bonus points: The resort is dog-friendly!

The deal: Stay in a luxury guestroom with a fireplace, mountain or courtyard views, and all of Stoweflake’s amenities for just $279 per night. Hudson Valley readers receive this special winter offer with a complimentary room upgrade.

When: Valid through April 2, 2011

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