Valley walls climb skyward as I drive towards Stowe, where Vermont’s Green Mountains reach their apex on the 4,393-foot summit of Mount Mansfield. Summer foliage blankets the rounded peaks on both sides of the road, following the slow curves of the Little River all the way to the Stowe village center.
Stowe is under an hour from my Vermont home, a place I come to hike past tree line, drink craft beer, and ride mountain bike trails with big views of the nearby Worcester Range. Today, my destination is a pool-side spot at Topnotch Resort, where umbrella-shaded loungers look out at the wide-open slopes of Stowe Mountain Resort.
It’s got all the essential ingredients of the perfect weekend getaway: Plush accommodations, luxe spa treatments, and easy access to a maze of mountain trails. For me, those combine for a trip that really feels like getting away—even if I’m not going far.
Whether spa-hopping in Stowe or reading Robert Frost in Bennington, there are plenty of places to get away from it all in Vermont. Here are some of my favorite spots to escape in my home state.