Vermont for a week over Christmas - but where in particular?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 23, 2012 11:39 PM Last Post By: shandu
Feb 13, 2012 4:06 PM
Vermont for a week over Christmas - but where in particular?Hi all
Our family group (ages 17-50) is planning Christmas week in Vermont this year. We are hoping to rent a house/apartment, some of us like skiing but some don't, reasonable walking distance to town would be great. Our dilemma is - where in particular? The non-skiers like sight-seeing, art galleries, good coffee and food, and general looking around. Stowe looks nice, Jay Peak looks great for skiing which is great but other activities?, Burlington looks bigger/more urban and is convenient to fly out of when we leave, we can get the train to St Albans from New York City so is convenient, and so on. Lots of choices!! Any suggestions of places people have stayed in Vermont in winter and had a fabulous time (both skiing and not!) would be most welcome
Feb 13, 2012 6:09 PM
Feb 23, 2012 11:39 PM
I live in Killington, VT which is the biggest ski area in the North East part of the country. The problem you will have with any ski area in Vermont is the lack of good public transportation to anything other than the ski areas themselves, or the access road filled with ski shops, restaurants and clubs. Difficult for the non skiers. If you could rent a vehicle, then there are many possible non-skiing activities within an hours drive of most areas. Jay Peak is great for skiing, and they now have a huge indoor water park and skating facility, but not much else outside the village without a car. Stowe has great downhill and cross country skiing (as well as snowshoeing) and a several mile long access rd that has many restaurants, shops and galleries (there is a wonderful 5 (?) mile multi use path through the town which would probably be the closest you can get to "reasonable" walking distance for non-ski activities". Burlington is a wonderful walking small city with a lot of culture restaurants, but you'll need a car to access the ski resorts. Killington has the skiing and the best nightlife, and within an hours drive are brandon, woodstock, hanover/dartmouth. Train goes from NYC to Rutland (which is close to Killington). St Albans is not really that close to anything.
Feel free to ask more ?s as yo do more research.
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