Just over one hour from the Canadian Border. The last frontier in the East. The Green Mountain State. Known for its dairy, Ben & Jerry’s, its liberal politics and of course the best skiing east of the Rockies. But what’s behind all this? What exactly is it that attracts wealthy New Englanders, ski lovers, naturists, and people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big east coast cities?
The answer is a little more complex than one or two words can describe: it is the crisp air, the beautiful virgin landscape, the laid back attitude of the locals, the high mountains full of challenging skiing, the cozy town where skiers descend for their après-ski activities? It’s a little bit of everything.
Start from the hospitality: the laid back attitude of the locals, although seemingly strange at first, creates a decompressed environment where you really have to let go of the big city stress. Despite the fact that it can take days to secure a rental car, or the seemingly haphazard bus schedule which is liberally followed, Killington demands that its visitors follow its mountain life. Stress is foreign and is not welcome. Organization is an idea which is meant to loosely facilitate the resort but not always the visitor. Being on a schedule is not a priority and is actually best left in the conference rooms and office buildings.
Here, the goal is to unwind, decompress, detach. And if that requires you to wait a few extra minutes for the bus going up and down the Killington Access Road, well then you have just entered the mountain life realm. Just breathe in the fresh air, admire the scenery and embrace the quiet life because soon enough you will be on your way home and before you know it, back to the office, behind a desk staring at the screen and dreaming of the infinite white and tree lined slopes of Killington.
And to jump-start your upcoming visit to the area, why not look at the following:
1. Stay at the Mountain Sports Inn. A cozy inn which provides the basic amenities and an extremely friendly and welcoming staff willing to satisfy your needs.
2. Do try the delicious waffles with chocolate after a few runs on K1, the highest peak of the mountain.
3. Après-ski: dinner at Choices, which boasts an interesting menu and then drinks are the Wobbly Shack – cover bands will get you dancing to 80s, 90s and today’s tunes.
4. For a little respite from the snow, drive about 30 minutes to Woodstock, VT (no, not the Woodstock of 60s fame). Just take a look at the pictures in the photography gallery and you will understand. The Red Rooster at The Woodstock Inn for lunch will certainly satisfy every taste.
5. And for a little Vermont shopping, stop by the famous Simon Pearce glass maker facility just a few minutes outside of Woodstock. Beautiful glassware abounds.