"Vermont's Culinary Resort" remains focused on all things sweet and savory. The hotel, about 10 miles from downtown Burlington, features the work of Arnt Sievers, one of about 70 certified "master chefs" in the country. Learn more than a few tricks of the trade in the professional test kitchens on-site. Comfortable Susan Sargent–designed rooms are adorned with her vibrant colors; 30 rooms have fireplaces. If that's not relaxing enough, head to the 25,000-square-foot
spa for the Muscle Melt massage.