Q. My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and are looking for suggestions for ski accommodations in the Northeast. We are thinking of Stowe, Vt., but are not familiar with the town or lodging options. We would like the accommodations to be upscale, intimate, but not too expensive. We do plan to ski and would like to be able to take in a nice meal.
Elaine Sweeney, Mashpee
A. Postcard-pretty Stowe is a fine choice for an anniversary getaway — great skiing, good eats (try The Crop), plus a wide range of lodging options. In addition, the village offers lots of other activities, like sleigh rides, dogsledding, and spas. Head for Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa (pictured above right, 800-253-2232, www.stoweflake.com, from $199) and prepare to fall in love with its aqua solarium and waterfall pool, perfect after a day on the slopes. In the heart of the village, the circa 1833 Green Mountain Inn (800-253-7302, www.greenmountaininn.com) features made-in-Vermont furniture, four-poster beds, gas fireplaces, and a cozy vibe, with winter weekend rates from $185. (Excellent pub too.) At the base of Mount Mansfield, there’s fabulous (all soaring timbers and stone) Stowe Mountain Lodge (802-760-4755, www.stowemountainlodge.com). It’s pricier than the other two choices, but if you can get away midweek, take advantage of its “midweek sneak” deal of 15 percent off, with rates from $280.
AND PAMELA WRIGHT