Castle Hill Getaway in Vermont

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Over the weekend Funk and I snuck off to Vermont for a relaxing weekend. We both just wrapped up our first semesters back in school and wanted to be completely unplugged. We stayed at this gorgeous Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Ludlow, VT, which is a neighboring town to the popular ski town, Okemo.

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This regal castle, built in 1905, still had a cozy, old fashioned feel with it’s dark walls, original wallpaper, library (with ancient books we were not supposed to touch – oops!), and dining room. Outside of the castle, we got to choose between the indoor or outdoor pools and hot tubs, which is pretty much the sole reason we chose this resort. We’re suckers for outdoor hot tubs. It really is amazing lounging around in bathing suits, surrounded by snow and mountains, with just your toe dipped into a steamy 90 degree hot tub and not feeling the bitter effects of winter.

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We enjoyed lazy brunches, aimless strolls in the town center (which is about 2 blocks total), and a visit on the ride home to the Vermont Country Store. Helloooo, flashback! This huge store had favorite games from the past, like Tinker Toys and Make a Plate. (my parents still have the one I made, with a Simpsons drawing, from the 80s.) It also had a huge penny-candy section! Remember dots and those liquid filled wax bottle caps?

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A highlight of our weekend was dinner at The Downtown Grocery, which I’ll share with you soon!

Vermont is one of my favorite states, and I especially love Burlington, VT. What’s your favorite place to go for a quick getaway?

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 22, 2010 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Ahhhh I love Vermont!!! I don’t think I have a favorite weekend getaway… Anywhere there are friends and family!

  2. Posted December 22, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    What a gorgeous place! Glad you got to get away and had a great time.

  3. christine
    Posted December 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I love Vermont. I have skied at Okemo and just love the town. I think it is your typical Vermont ski town.

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