’Tis the season for white, powdery snow that blankets area resorts, setting the perfect backdrop for your annual girls’ trip or family vacay. Depending on how much time you have to spare, two luxury destinations will provide the quintessential spot for your excursion. Spruce Peak at Stowe in Vermont is the ideal weekend trip while Whistler in Vancouver will keep you entertained all week long.
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Flight from LGA, JFK, EWR: 6 hours
Where to Stay: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Starting Price Per Night: $217/five-night stay
Things to Do Nearby: For non-skiing activities, head to the Audain Art Museum, featuring the traditional and contemporary works of British Columbia; enjoy a candlelit fondue dinner at Crystal Hut, 6,053 feet in the air; partake in dog sledding; explore Whistler from the air during a helicopter sightseeing tour.
Where to Eat and Drink: Christine’s on Blackcomb offers dishes prepared with local ingredients and panoramic views of the mountain, 6,102 feet up. For some barbecue
and a bar, hit Dusty’s Bar & Grill.
Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont
Drive from White Plains: 5.5 hours
Where to Stay: The Lodge at Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge)
Starting Price Per Night On Weekends: $499
Things to Do Nearby: For non-skiing activities, visit Spruce Peak Outfitters to book a guided show shoe hike to Bingham Falls; check out The Line House, a speakeasy for invited members and guests of Spruce Peak only; take a guided tour of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory; or head over to the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for a musical performance.
Where to Eat and Drink: Solstice Restaurant is the Lodge’s signature casual (yet chic) restaurant that focuses on local flavors. For artisan foods, sandwiches, salads, and a selection of wine and beer, check out The Pantry in Spruce Peak Village.