In Green Mountain National Forest, 5½ miles off a mountain pass on a dirt road, you'll find this secluded inn with lush gardens and a pond with a wood-fired sauna on its bank. Many rooms have views of the mountains; all are furnished with antiques and quilts. Homemade cookies are plentiful. The restaurant prepares a four-course prix-fixe menu nightly, filled with local Vermont ingredients such as cider-glazed pork loin and maple-roasted squash. The grounds are gorgeous,
and there's lots to do if you're into nature: biking, hiking, and a cross-country ski center with 43 miles of trails.