Excerpt from Marie Claire Article Feb 27, 2019
WHERE TO STAY
Hold up—don’t dig out all of your bikinis just yet (but do keep one at the ready for hot tubbing). Early spring means there’s still lots of skiing to be had. Before you totally shed the layers, get all comfy cozy at the super cute Pitcher Inn, set in the Green Mountains, about three miles away from Sugarbush ski resort. Rooms are set in both a main house and a barn, and accommodations include quirky rustic décor, like bed posts made from tree branches. There’s a fun list of nearby activities, with Pitcher Inn serving as an awesome base camp.
WHAT TO DO
If skiing is what you’re after, spend the day at nearby Mad River Glen that boasts 52 trails, all accessible with the use of 5 different lifts or take a shuttle 5 minutes to the popular mountain of Sugarbush.
If skiing isn’t your thing, this vacation is still for you! Peruse antique shops in town filled with vintage treasures. We highly recommend The Warren Store, an old timey general store with a little bit of everything, including a curated boutique upstairs and a deli and grocer downstairs. Got a sweet tooth? Vermont sugaring season starts in late Feb and ends in early April, with a bevy of maple sugarhouses located near The Pitcher Inn. Finally, it wouldn’t be a trip to Vermont without talking about one of the state’s main attractions: their microbrews. Take a “beer safari” and tour regional breweries to lock lips with some of the country’s most highly-touted beers.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
For easy pub fare before or after a tough day on the mountain, head over to The Mad River Barn and challenge your friends to a game of pool, shuffle board, or table hockey.
If you’re a pizza lover (and who isn’t?) check out The Blue Stone, a pizza shop that uses hand-tossed dough and sauce made daily. Order the garlic knots, a grilled wedge salad, and the signature blue stone pizza made with Vermont goat cheese, spinach, roasted chicken, and garlic oil.
For a night of fine dining and wine (or craft beer), go home to the rustic restaurant at The Pitcher Inn, offering a sophisticated farm-to-table menu prepared with fresh, homegrown ingredients.