NYC Escape: Spend the Weekend in Stratton, Vermont

Take a break from the busy city and explore a winter wonderland at Stratton Mountain in Vermont.

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Bromley Sun Lodge in Peru, VT
Bromley Sun Lodge in Peru, VT

Bromley Sun Lodge in Peru, VT

A look at the lobby before renovation begins on the Bromley Sun Lodge, a 50-room chalet-style lodge in Vermont that features a world-class amenity: ski-in/ski-out rooms. 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri and Alison Victoria

Anthony Melchiorri and Alison Victoria

Anthony and interior designer Alison Victoria stand in front of the fireplace in the hotel lobby of the Bromley Sun Lodge. 960 1280

  

Anthony Talks to Sonya

Anthony Talks to Sonya

Anthony talks briefly with Sonya, the front desk clerk, while taking his initial walkthrough of the hotel. 960 1280

  

Anthony Sits at a Desk

Anthony Sits at a Desk

Anthony sits at the writing desk during his initial inspection of a guest room. 960 1280

  

Lobby Before Renovation

Lobby Before Renovation

A look at the workstation in the lobby before renovation begins. 960 1280

  

Anthony Initial Inspection

Anthony Initial Inspection

Anthony sits on a couch during his initial inspection of the lobby. 960 1280

  

Bromley Sun Lodge Owners, Joyce and Jim

Bromley Sun Lodge Owners, Joyce and Jim

Hotel owners Joyce and Jim sit down with Anthony to discuss the strategy for the Bromley Sun Lodge going forward. 960 1280

  

Skiing Down Bromley Mountain

Skiing Down Bromley Mountain

Skiers fly down Bromley Mountain on their way to the Bromley Sun Lodge's outdoor BBQ. 960 1280

  

Talking to Skiers

Talking to Skiers

Anthony and Jim speak to the skiers as they arrive for the BBQ. 960 1280

  

Bromley Sun Lodge Outdoor BBQ

Bromley Sun Lodge Outdoor BBQ

Anthony speaks with skiers at the Bromley Sun Lodge outdoor BBQ 960 1280

  

A New Luggage Truck

A New Luggage Truck

Anthony gives Joyce and Jim a brand new luggage truck as a parting gift. 960 1280

  

Introducing the New Front Desk

Introducing the New Front Desk

Anthony and Alison introduce Jim and Joyce to their newly renovated front desk. 960 1280

  

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Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival

Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival

More than 25 hot-air balloons soar through the air during the annual Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa Hot Air Balloon Festival. This three-day event includes a variety of kids' activities, live entertainment, a beer and wine garden and, of course, hot-air balloon rides. The rides are offered either tethered (for the curious) or untethered (for the brave). Either option provides unsurpassed views of the Stowe area's broad fertile valley. 960 1280

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Topnotch Resort and Spa

Topnotch Resort and Spa

Nestled in the heart of the prized mountain resort village of Stowe, Topnotch Resort and Spa first opened in 1959 as a family-owned inn and has since grown into a luxury hotel that still maintains its rustic charm -- all in an ideal location. "The ski capital of the east," Stowe is home to Vermont's highest peak as well as one of the country's top 10 spas, making it a must-visit for ski-enthusiasts and relaxation-seekers alike. 960 1280

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City Market/Onion River Co-op

City Market/Onion River Co-op

City Market/Onion River Co-op is not only downtown Burlington's only grocery store, it also happens to be a 16,000-square-foot community-owned food cooperative that supports the local economy and food system. The food co-op offers a wide selection of locally sourced, fresh produce and Vermont-made products. 960 1280

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Killington

Killington

Killington Resort offers visitors year-round outdoor adventures: in the winter, dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating -- not to mention 190 trails that include classic runs, moguls and tree skiing areas; in the summer, a championship golf course, a mountain bike park with 45 miles of trails, alpine slides, climbing walls, disc golf and more. All these activities span seven mountain areas, amid more than 100 restaurants and bars. 960 1280

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Simon Pearce Glass Factory

Simon Pearce Glass Factory

Simon Pearce opened his first glassblowing studio in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1971. Ten years later, this Irish-American entrepreneur moved his entire operation to Quechee, Vermont, where he restored a historic wool mill on the Ottauquechee River. Today, the mill is home to a glassblowing workshop. It's also open to visitors, who can see the hydroelectric turbine that powers the glass furnaces, see the glassblowers at work and even enjoy a meal at the Glassblower Cafe that overlooks the river. 960 1280

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Ben & Jerry's Factory

Ben & Jerry's Factory

The town of Waterbury, in the Green Mountains range is home to a factory where ice cream dreams come true. The Ben & Jerry's Factory offers tours that begin with a film on the company’s history and finish with a tasting in the Flavoroom. Explore the Flavor Graveyard to see where your favorite bygone flavors have gone to rest. 960 1280

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Vermont State House

Vermont State House

In downtown Montpelier -- the smallest capital city in the U.S. -- the Vermont State House sits proudly in the wooded hillside. Regularly open to visitors, the State House features evening concerts during the winter months in Representatives Hall. In warmer months, the public lawn hosts the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, as well as bands from around the state and dance concerts. 960 1280

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Vermontasaurus

Vermontasaurus

There aren't many man-made landmarks in the small state of Vermont, but Vermontasaurus definitely belongs on the list. The 25-foot-tall, 122-foot-long dinosaur was made of scrap lumber by a retired teacher. Vermontasaurus came under fire when the state had to decide whether it was a piece of public art or a structure requiring a permit. In the end, the dinosaur won and the folk art structure still stands at the Post Mills Airport. 960 1280

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Church Street Marketplace

Church Street Marketplace

Church Street Marketplace in Burlington, is a lively open-air mall that bustles with activity year-round. Filled with historic architecture, festivals, street entertainers and over 100 places to shop and dine -- Church Street Marketplace is a must-see destination on any visit to Vermont. 960 1280

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North Burlington Breakwater Lighthouse

North Burlington Breakwater Lighthouse

The North Burlington Breakwater Lighthouse sits on Lake Champlain. Along with the accompanying South Burlington Breakwater, the lighthouse is actually a replica of an 1800s-era lighthouse that succumbed to ice and wind. 960 1280

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Quechee Gorge Bridge

Quechee Gorge Bridge

The Quechee Gorge Bridge is the oldest standing steel arch bridge in Vermont. It was built in 1911 so that tracks for the Woodstock Railway could be carried over the gorge. Then in 1933, the bridge was converted for highway use. Today, the bridge is open to pedestrians looking to catch a breathtaking glimpse of the gorge -- a 165-foot-deep gap that locals call "Vermont’s Grand Canyon." 960 1280

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Coast Guard Station

Coast Guard Station

The "coasties" of the Coast Guard Station in Burlington, mainly patrol Lake Champlain, the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. Bordered by more than 580 miles of Vermont and New York shoreline, the lake offers boaters impressive views of the Adirondack and Green mountains. 960 1280

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Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

A trip to Vermont isn't complete without grabbing a jug of pure, local maple syrup. 960 1280

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Burlington

Burlington

On the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain you’ll find Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. Boasting a revitalized waterfront and a thriving arts community, the city is known for its fine Victorian-era architecture. 960 1280

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Magic Hat Brewery

Magic Hat Brewery

South Burlington is where the magic happens -- at the Magic Hat microbrewery. Known as the Artifactory, the brewery offers both free guided and self-guided tours. Top off your visit with a stop at The Growler Bar. The bar has 48 beers on tap, and constantly rotates the lineup of Magic Hat’s best brews. 960 1280

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16 restored cottages at The Cottages at Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport, ME, offer a romantic respite from daily life. 960 1280

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Best-selling romance author Nora Roberts is at the helm of Maryland's Inn BoonsBoro. 960 1280

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The romantic Inn BoonsBoro is inspired by some of literature's great love stories. 960 1280

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The Governor's House in Hyde Park 960 1280

The Governor's House in Hyde Park  

Less than an hour from Denver, the Inn at the Highland Haven delivers rustic-chic romance. 960 1280

Owner, Gail Riley  

Each room at Highland Haven has a private entrance and bathroom so there are no intrusions on your romantic getaway. 960 1280

Owner, Gail Riley  

Each room at Two Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, exudes Southern charm. 960 1280

Two Meeting Street Inn  

Celebrate love at Swann House, a romantic urban getaway in an 1883 mansion in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle. 960 1280

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A grand Washington beauty, Swann House has 12 rooms, each displaying its own unique personality. 960 1280

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Northeast: Vermont

Northeast: Vermont

"When I lived in Vermont, hundreds would come and ride the scenic train every fall." – Michele F. 960 1280

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Northeast: New Hampshire

Northeast: New Hampshire

"White Mountains in New Hampshire – Kencamagus Highway is gorgeous!" – Stephanie C. 960 1280

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Northeast: Maine

Northeast: Maine

"Acadia National Park in Maine, of course!" – Darcy G. 960 1280

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Northeast: New Jersey

Northeast: New Jersey

"Sculpture garden, Hamilton, N.J." – Jay P. 960 1280
Northeast: New York

Northeast: New York

"Thatcher State Park near Albany, N.Y.!" – Kelly B. 960 1280

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South: Tennessee

South: Tennessee

"Gatlinburg is absolutely beautiful! Can't beat the Smoky Mountains in the fall!!" – Amanda M. 960 1280

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South: Arkansas

South: Arkansas

"The Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Very beautiful scenic beauty there also." – Matthew G. 960 1280

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Midwest: Ohio

Midwest: Ohio

"The covered bridges in Ashtabula County, Ohio." – Marilue B. 960 1280

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Midwest: Minnesota

Midwest: Minnesota

"Northern Minnesota: the Iron Range or North Shore of Lake Superior. GORGEOUS!" – Ted G. 960 1280

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Midwest: Illinois

Midwest: Illinois

"Galena, Illinois." – Seung K.

Whether you're window shopping on Main Street or watching the fall foliage creep over the countryside, it's small town Americana at its best.

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Midwest: Wisconsin

Midwest: Wisconsin

"Door County in Wisconsin" – Kathy K.

Where brisk weather, vibrant forests and delicious farmers markets and orchards makes sure it feels, looks and tastes like fall.

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Midwest: Michigan

Midwest: Michigan

"The upper peninsula of Pure Michigan! Copper Harbor and Tahquamenon Falls." – Michelle M. 960 1280

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Midwest: Indiana

Midwest: Indiana

"Indiana near the beautiful covered bridges". – L. Morrison 960 1280

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Midwest: Colorado

Midwest: Colorado

"I live in Colorado and a lot of local peeps go up on the Grand Mesa around color Sunday. All of the aspens, brush and other trees are very beautiful." – Shelli P. 960 1280
West: Idaho

West: Idaho

"McCall, Idaho!" – Alexis D.

Nowhere are the bursts of red and yellow more bright than beneath the aptly named Rainbow Bridge over the Payette River just two hours north of Boise.

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West: Washington

West: Washington

"Seattle, Washington"  – Sarah K.

You don’t have to go far to see Autumnal hues, picnic and play in fallen leaves at Woodland Park (just south of the zoo) or stroll along nearby Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Lost Meadow loop.

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Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

Mid-Atlantic: North Carolina

"Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina." – David R. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: West Virginia

"Highland Scenic Highway, Pocahontas County, W.V."– Carol S. 960 1280

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Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia

"Charlottesville, Virginia (or better yet, at a nearby vineyard)." – Brian P. 960 1280
Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania

"Bucks County, Pennsylvania!" – Jeff H.

Embark on a tour of Bucks County’s charming covered bridges (there are 12 in all) or getting a bird’s-eye view of the countryside with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon team!

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