So, you’re going to Vermont?
Yes, me neither; except last January, it became apparent that I needed a change of scenery — STAT. I was suffering from major burnout. I believe my exact words were, “if I don’t get out of this city soon, I’m going to cry.” I did not feel that dragging my five-year old through airport security was a relaxing option…
So, Vermont, specifically Manchester, seemed to be a good option, as it’s 3.5 hours drive from New York City.
The plan was a ski getaway where one day we would ski at Stratton (about 30 minutes from Manchester) and the next day at Bromley (about 15 minutes from Manchester.) While we browsed lodging options, we came across and found ourselves making reservations at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel.
Here’s the thing…I’m not an outdoorsy type, unless you consider “outdoorsy” as lazing at a beach resort with a glass of wine, so a trip like this could have “bad idea” written all over it. If the lodging is too much like “camping” (including “glamping” that is also of no interest to me,) the trip would fall apart.
Well, here’s what I’ll say, if you are going to Vermont, you have to stay here and if you weren’t planning on going to Vermont, you should think about it so that you can stay at this hotel.
I don’t know where to start, so I’ll give it to you as I saw it. We checked in, and the room is adorable. Its modeled to look like a cabin room, but it has all the comforts that a spoiled person (I mean — city dweller with some strong opinions), could ever want (a.k.a. “I don’t want to feel like I’m outside at all”.). There is a yoga mat in the closet; you can request that they set up the mat for your practice.
We were hardly in the room because we were checking out all of the nearby facilities!
In the main sitting area of the lobby, there was organic coffee, a variety of teas, and most importantly — for the kids — hot chocolate with marshmallows, on offer all day.
The gift shop is so fun, with unique toys and books for the kids, and some lovely jewelry, sweaters, and scarves for the grown-ups.
Outside, a fire pit, with chairs was where we spent a great deal of apres-ski time. We also met some really great families around that fire pit.
Restaurant & Bar
The ‘Copper Grouse’, the on-site restaurant and bar, is delicious. The red beet hummus and vegetables was my favorite, my son loved the children’s pasta, and the charcuterie board was described as, “memorable” by my Husband. The atmosphere is dark, Tudor-style and elegant.
Down the road within walking distance, the Manchester Designer Outlets with shops including Michael Kors, Theory and Ugg (I was not allowed to go to any of these stores because apparently I shop too much and don’t wear what I have….sigh…)
Anyway, of particularly great interest, since ‘The Copper Grouse’ closes for a few hours between meal times, and your schedule can be thrown off by skiing, right up the road is a kid-friendly neighborhood pub called ‘Mulligans’. Be careful: there’s another branch 18 miles away in Stratton as well. The Asian marinated boneless chicken wings, and chicken club sandwich were favorites. They are open all day, so if your crew is hungry it’s a great place to pop in watch a few games and chow down.
Traveling to this little gem isn’t just for winters. Year round, the hotel offers in room spa services, fishing or hiking trips and loads of outdoor camp options for the kids.
Three Seasons of the year, it seems a good place for wedding parties…
This is one to check out and get to if your looking for an outdoorsy, but not really outdoorsy vacation.
Kimpton Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05254
Telephone: +1. (802) 362-0147
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.