If you’re dreaming of a winter getaway, there’s nowhere more authentic in New England than Vermont. Fresh snow blankets our towns and mountains, making it feel magical. From sleigh rides to snowshoeing, spending the day on the slopes, or just getting cozy in front of a roaring fire, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want the in the heart of the action downtown, at the foot of the ski slopes, or find the perfect spot right in between, say HELLO to the best places to stay in and around Burlington this winter.
Look no further than the Hilton Burlington for a hotel with amazing views. Located on Battery Street, just up the hill from the waterfront, most of the Hilton’s 258 rooms have gorgeous lake-facing views, and no one will judge if you order dinner to your room to watch the spectacular winter sunsets reflecting over frozen Lake Champlain.
The Hilton has a large indoor pool on the hotel's second floor. Oversized windows let in lots of natural light, and several guest rooms open right up into the pool area. At night, make sure to cuddle up by the Beacon Bar & Lounge's fire pit for marshmallow roasting and cocktails.
Pet-friendly and centrally located, the Courtyard by Marriott Burlington Harbor is an ideal spot for families who want to be downtown. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance to ECHO, Vermont's science and nature museum, and nearby to several outdoor ice skating rinks and hiking trails.
The Marriott boasts an indoor pool which is kept toasty warm for swimming in the winter, and their on-site restaurant - Bleu Northeast Kitchen, conveniently serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re not traveling with the kids, splurge on the top-floor Jacuzzi Suite with lakefront views and a hot tub for a romantic winter weekend holiday.
Housed in a historic building just a few blocks south of the Church Street Marketplace with its bevy of restaurants and boutique shops, the Hilton Garden Inn is perfect for those who like to be in the thick of things. There’s a comedy club next door, and the Flynn Theater is just up the block. The hotel's proximity to Burlington's bars an nightlife is unrivaled.
After a day in town, warm up by the fire pit on the terrace or enjoy dinner at the Armory Grill and Bar, which serves Vermont-inspired American cuisine. A free shuttle service makes getting to and from the airport convenient.
Hotel Vermont, located in the heart of the Queen City, is a luxury gem. From rustically-modern interior decor to award-winning food and drink (including Hen of the Wood, one of Vermont's most celebrated restaurants), it highlights everything local that there is to love about Vermont. This independent boutique hotel is just a short walk to the Church Street Marketplace, where you can check out many of Burlington's best shops and restaurants.
Warm up in front of the roaring fireplace in the living room or at the fire pit on the outdoor terrace with an Irish Coffee made with hand-shaken whipped cream. Then, get out of town and enjoy nearby nordic skiing by booking the Cross Country Ski Package, which includes passes and a 4-pack of Vermont microbrews. Or plan to visit in early March when the hotel hosts its annual Ice Bar event with lots of frosty festivities.
The Essex Resort and Spa is an excellent choice if you want to be halfway between Burlington and the rugged beauty of the snow-clad Green Mountains. The Essex is less than 45 minutes from five major Vermont ski resorts - Bolton Valley, Smugglers' Notch, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, and Mad River Glen. The resort's proximity to dog sledding, sleigh rides, and snowmobile tours also make it an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t feel like getting out on the slopes. Après-ski (or shopping at the Essex Experience), enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate by their fire pit.
There’s also plenty of great things to do on the property as well. With the cooking school and full-service spa, you might never leave. Book a winter destination exploration package to take advantage of discounted lift tickets, spa services, and snowshoes to use on the property.
If you’re coming to Vermont to ski, want to stay at the mountain so you don't miss first chair, but still want to be close to Burlington, you can't beat Bolton Valley Resort. 35 minutes from the center of town, the newly updated rooms and suites are ultra-convenient to get you out on the slopes in no time.
Bolton is a winter playground for the whole family to enjoy. There’s activities for all skill levels, including 71 downhill trails for skiing and snowboarding, backcountry skiing through the glades for splitboarding, and a nordic ski center that offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. After a day on the mountain, après with a local brew or cocktail at the James Moore Tavern, relax in the jacuzzi at the sports center, or ride off into the sunset at Vermont’s only ski resort with night skiing and riding.
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