Vermont Weekend Escape

Keeping to tradition, J and I spent MLK weekend this year skiing.  We were interested to see how East Coast skiing compared to out West, where we spent MLK 2014. The first thing I learned during my stay in Vermont? Don’t compare East Coast and West Coast skiing, particularly in a conversation with an avid East Coast skier. I got the feeling I was fueling a rivalry….and not making friends.

MLK 2015 was not actually planned intentionally as a ski weekend. I wanted to get away (surprise), but we wanted to drive somewhere, so I found an adorable inn on my beloved smithhotels.com (great hotel curator – I recommend) called Windham Hill Inn. I have so many good things to say about Windham; I’m not even sure where to begin.

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Windham Hill Inn, Vermont

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Vail, Colorado – The Guide to Skiing in Style

Colorado – land of the free. Particularly as of late, since the implementation of their own set of laws around certain….substances….But my trip this weekend had nothing to do with politics. It had to do with skiing! And my oh my did I choose a good place to do it.

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Vail is one of the best known ski resorts in Colorado and rightly so because it’s awesome.  Despite being there on one of the busiest weekends of the Winter, because of the size of the mountain and the number of slopes, it never felt crowded.  Actually, in some places (particularly the backside of the mountain), you are left feeling almost alone.

It’s pretty tough to do Vail wrong – there’s loads of nice hotels and fun restaurants and bars.  However, I had a really really great time, so I figured I’d give you a run down of how I did it…really really right.  Most importantly, I was with five of my very favorite people –  friends I’ve known for years and all, conveniently, different level skiers.

Some of my favorite couples (me included in the middle!)

Some of my favorite couples (me included in the middle!) out to dinner in Vail

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