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Courtesy of Topnotch Resort and Spa
On 120 acres overlooking Mt. Mansfield, this posh property has a contemporary look and an outstanding spa. Floor-to-ceiling windows, a freestanding fireplace, and heavy stone walls distinguish the lobby. The Topnotch tops everything in the area with its uncluttered country-chic guest rooms awash in whites, grays, maroons and browns. Suites have the feeling of posh mountainside condos, complete with built-in bookshelves, gas fireplaces, and decks. For even more space and full kitchens, there are town houses with up to three bedrooms. All rooms are appointed with plush robes, high-end bath products, and designer linens. Dine at Flannel, where American bistro cuisine is served in an intimate setting, or at The Roost, the more lively lobby bar, where you can play tabletop shuffleboard. When the weather allows, have a drink outside next to the pool and the fire pits and take in one of best views in town. Homemade cookies arrival and high tea every afternoon add a touch of luxury and warmth.
The tennis center has marvelous indoor and outdoor courts—easily the best facilities in Vermont—and a instructional staff to match. You can cross-country ski, mountain bike, and hike right on the property, and the resort's ski shuttle will take you directly to the slopes. Yoga, Pilates, and fitness classes are offered all day in the spa area.