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Vermont might be best known for its scenic landscapes and outdoors adventures, but it is also a state known for its rich history. The Green Mountain State has some fabulous historic stays for visitors to call home during their vacations; here are some of our favorites: Castle Hill Resort and Spa offers old-world charm that is all about the details -- from the historic wood-paneled walls to the library filled with old books. There are just 10 quaint rooms here, offering antique touches like Tiffany lamps, claw foot tubs, and brick fireplaces. While the vibe is definitely historic, there are also modern amenities on offer including free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The outdoor spaces here are equally as special, including lush gardens, ivy-covered stone walls, and a heated pool.

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 Vermont might be best known for its scenic landscapes and outdoors adventures, but it is also a state known for its rich history. The Green Mountain State has some fabulous historic stays for visitors to call home during their vacations; here are some of our favorites: Castle Hill Resort and Spa offers old-world charm that is all about the details -- from the historic wood-paneled walls to the library filled with old books. There are just 10 quaint rooms here, offering antique touches like Tiffany lamps, claw foot tubs, and brick fireplaces. While the vibe is definitely historic, there are also modern amenities on offer including free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The outdoor spaces here are equally as special, including lush gardens, ivy-covered stone walls, and a heated pool.
Vermont might be best known for its scenic landscapes and outdoors adventures, but it is also a state known for its rich history. The Green Mountain State has some fabulous historic stays for visitors to call home during their vacations; here are some of our favorites: Castle Hill Resort and Spa offers old-world charm that is all about the details -- from the historic wood-paneled walls to the library filled with old books. There are just 10 quaint rooms here, offering antique touches like Tiffany lamps, claw foot tubs, and brick fireplaces. While the vibe is definitely historic, there are also modern amenities on offer including free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. The outdoor spaces here are equally as special, including lush gardens, ivy-covered stone walls, and a heated pool. This 96-room lodge has become a destination unto itself, not just for its excellent amenities and impressive views, but for 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. Rooms, though large, bright and comfortable, have fairly bland cottage-style decor. But there’s a lot to do on-site -- the hotel has three restaurants, a brewery and bakery, a fitness center, and three pools (including an adults-only option). This historic property has seen some pretty famous folks pass through its doors in the past -- Presidents Roosevelt, Coolidge, Wilson, and Eisenhower, as well as several famous artists, all visited this lovely B & B. The property still has a relaxing vibe -- the 16 unique rooms are decorated in an old-world style, the quiet library is an inviting place to relax, and the manicured grounds and surrounding serene woods help create a peaceful atmosphere. Those who feel they need to be connected to the rest of the world might want to look elsewhere (there’s no Internet and no TV at the inn), but this is a wonderful pick for a romantic getaway. The historic Norwich Inn -- where President James Monroe and Dr. Seuss have both stayed -- is a quaint, well-maintained inn with just 38 rooms. Rooms have a cozy New England feel, with floral wallpaper, Victorian antiques, and exposed brick, but they also offer modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Rooms are divided between the Main House, Ivy House, and Walker House, and vary both in size and decor. While the inn is popular with those visiting nearby Dartmouth College, it also attracts visitors for its on-site brewery, welcoming pub, and dining room. The Vermont Inn is a historic, family-run property in tiny Mendon, located halfway between Killington Ski Resort and Rutland. It has classic New England decor throughout and an overall cozy feel, but common spaces could use refreshing. Rooms are homey if not luxurious, and vary in size and configuration. They all have small flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and clean bathrooms, and some have features such as four-poster beds, fireplaces, and jetted tubs. The restaurant serves tasty Vermont cuisine and is only open for dinner, and the pub offers a wonderful breakfast that is included in the nightly rate. The historic Swift House Inn is located within walking distance of downtown Middlebury. The hotel's 20 rooms are spread throughout the Main House (formerly a Governor's Mansion), the Carriage House, and the Gate House. The Gate House rooms -- located a half-block from the Main House -- are the least expensive, in part due to traffic noise from Route 7. Room decor varies, allowing guests to choose a room depending on personal style. Some rooms offer a classic New England B&B vibe with floral wallpaper, fireplaces, and four-poster beds, while others are more understated, with soft-toned walls and tasteful furniture. One of the inn's highlights is its delicious and free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant, Jessica's, is a popular destination for both guests and locals. The Inn at Ormsby Hill is a quintessential historic B&B. Guests come to know the innkeepers -- who make a delicious free breakfast -- by name over the course of a peaceful stay. Each of the 10 rooms is individually decorated, but they all share a theme of classic New England decor with lots of patterns and warm colors. There are no extra amenities, like a fitness center or spa, that might be the norm at a larger hotel. Modern extras like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks keep the inn from feeling dated, and some rooms have lovely extras such as fireplaces, private decks, and steam-sauna rooms. This historic inn is a popular choice for weddings due to its picturesque location in Grafton and reputation for delicious food. The 45 rooms are spread throughout the Main Tavern and four guesthouses, all clustered in the same area. Rooms are typical for New England, with four-poster beds, lots of floral prints, and tight bathrooms. No rooms have TVs, but they do have iPod docks, and Wi-Fi is free (although some rooms have a spotty connection). Unlike similar nearby hotels, the Grafton Inn has extra features including tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pond for swimming.
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