Stowe Mountain Lodge Rating: 4.5 Pearls
What other Vermont resort has a spa for kids? At Stowe Mountain Lodge, located at the base of the mountain, kids are offered tons of activities and programs to keep them busy -- everything from day-camping trips and hikes to "kids' nights out" to a kiddy spa. And for fun that the whole family can enjoy together, the lodge includes a large outdoor pool with indoor access and mountain views and an 18-hole golf course with a putting green. No matter the size of your troupe, you'll find a room that'll fit your needs. Suites have up to four bedrooms, and are equipped with with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and balconies; most have working fireplaces.
Trapp Family Lodge Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This 96-room lodge has become a destination onto itself, not just for its wonderful amenities and impressive views, but because of its rich history. The charming property is still run by the famous Trapp family, whose story was told in the movie '"The Sound of Music," and original memorabilia from past generations is displayed everywhere. The property includes four clay tennis courts, a large indoor pool (and two outdoor pools, open during the summertime), and three restaurants (as well as a bakery) so there are plenty of things for the family to do -- and eat! The Trapp Family Lodge also runs fun activities for kids such as scavenger hunts, s'mores-making, and sing-alongs, and the large rooms (though in need of an update) are comfortable and bright.
The Pointe at Castle Hill Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 96 rooms in the Pointe at Castle Hill offer a picturesque home base for enjoying outdoor activities in southern Vermont. Decor here fluctuates drastically: Some rooms are charming and filled with antiques, while others are more generic. Suites are bright and offer full kitchens along with modern bathrooms, while all rooms have flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. Families will also likely appreciate the on-site game room, indoor pool, and pet-friendly attitude of this hotel, and the free shuttle service to Okemo Mountain is convenient during the winter ski season.