41 Cherry St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Every long weekend trip abroad demands a home base, a destination to hunker down, drop off the luggage and serve as the proverbial “home away from home” while out and about in town. Burlington’s Hotel Vermont serves as a huge draw for state visitors and vacationers alike, embodying the sort of northeastern charm that draws many tourists to its welcoming walls and beds. Hotel Vermont isn’t so much a “cheap stay” as it is a “destination hotel,” somewhere where paying a little extra for amenities and atmosphere makes sense for the idea of staying at what is truly a definitive Vermont hotel.
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Killington Ski Area and Summer Resort
4763 Killington Road
Killington, VT 05751
Skiing is a big time hobby and passion for many New Englanders, with Vermont’s famous Killington Ski Area and Summer Resort serving as one of the area’s foremost destinations for ski trips and family outings. The name “Killington” has become almost synonymous at this point with ski vacations, yet the area also provides plenty of Summer Resort lodging for off-season fun, ensuring that Killington will be a year-round destination for families, couples, singles and just about anyone who desires a good, traditional time.
The Vermont Inn
78 Cream Hill Road
Mendon, VT 05701
The Vermont Inn is located relatively close to Killington Ski Area, right off Route 4 in the little town of Mendon, Vermont, and fills a niche for visitors who may not want to stay on the Killington grounds, yet want to remain within driving distance of the ski resort. The Vermont Inn balances out the high-profile tourist elements of Hotel Vermont with a smaller and more intimate idea of a traditional “bed and breakfast,” being able to host large parties and groups, yet also serving as a great idea for romantic reunions or dinners. Fine dining and a casual atmosphere and ambiance makes The Vermont Inn a recommended visit.
Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry St.
Burlington, VT 05401
The Penny Cluse Cafe is a quintessentially quaint style of cafe, located relatively close to the Hotel Vermont on Cherry Street in Burlington. This little joint has earned a ravenous fan following over the years, often with lines running out the door, with close to an hour wait for a chair or table. Still, the level of delicious here at Penny Cluse Cafe makes the wait worth it, particularly if a traditional Vermont breakfast is on the menu. Penny Cluse has been serving delicious breakfast and lunch plates for tourists and townies alike, with no clear sign of stopping any time soon.
Green Goddess Cafe
618 S. Main St.
Stowe, VT 05672
This little joint is a drive-worthy destination for breakfast or lunch, locally sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients for its delicious scrambles and sandwiches. The Green Goddess Cafe is yet another friendly Vermont stop with courteous service, warm atmosphere and a great menu of varied, scrumptious dishes to satisfy nearly any discerning palate. Visit early, however, for Green Goddess Cafe closes in the early afternoon, leaving only precious few hours to get on board with this cafe’s fresh-baked bread and scrumptious homemade sandwiches.
George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at Examiner.com.