Vintage Ski Lodge Vacations in New England
If you think there are no old fashioned ski lodges out there, think again. From luxury to super rustic, here are four traditional ski lodge experiences that you might want to investigate for your winter vacations this year. Don’t wait too long because it is going to be a snowy winter and you don’t want to miss out on all of the fine skiing coming to New England this year!
Lake Placid Lodge, New York
Rating: Top of the Line, Relaix and Châteaux Property $$$$
Website: .Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid, NY
Yes, it is very expensive and it is worth every single penny of it. Situated on Lake Placid, New York, the hotel evokes the lifestyle of the turn of the century great Adirondack camps when families such as the Rockefellers had their “Camp", which is now the super-dooper uber exclusive resort, The Point, a Relais & Châteaux property just down the road. For couples and families, the Lodge offers amazing amenities such as the Lake Placid winter Olympic facilities which includes downhill skiing, ice skating, tobogganing, ski jumping and cross country trails galore as well as snow shoeing, bonfires, ice fishing and in room spa treatments, For accommodations, you can’t beat the exquisitely decorated rooms with all hand-built Adirondack furniture, a blazing fire in each room and deep down filled beds dressed in luxurious sheets and woven wool blankets. Can you imagine a more perfect place for a winter retreat?
Loon Lodge, Saddleback, Maine
Rating: Rustic, charming, vintage $$
Website: Loon Lodge, Maine
Saddleback Mountain is 20 minutes down the road, the lodge was built in 1909 as a family camp compound for the Ludeke Family in the day when families would take the train up from Boston or New York and spend the summer in the cool mountains on the lake with cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Over time, it has been sold many times going back and forth from being a family compound to an Inn for over one hundred years. It’s current owners have restored it back to its original glory.
The rates are very reasonable and their is a pub and dining room specializing in new American cuisine. With 8 rooms available, this could be the perfect place for your family to get together this year for some alpine skiing or snowmobiling. This is definitely a throw back to the old New England skiing lodge days where you and yours could create traditional memories for yourselves.
Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont
Rating: Great. Family Owned & Operated by the von Trapp Family $$$.
Website: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT
Would you have expected anything less than fabulous from the original von Trapp Family, the family on which the musical, The Sound of Music is based on?
After escaping the Nazi regime in Austria in the late 1930’s, the von Trapps immigrated to the United States eventually settling in the mountains of Vermont and by the early ’50’s had founded a 27 room Alpine Lodge which boasts their own 100km Cross Country ski trails for every level of skier or snowshoer. The accommodations vary from the luxurious lodge to private cabins. Week long rentals can be had or you can even buy a fractional or whole ownership of one of their new vacation home options. There isn’t much this industrious family hasn’t thought of. They offer Yoga & fitness classes, art & crafts for the kids, wine tastings, swimming and a Music Camp. There is always something going on for everyone, every age, every season. P.S. They also have pet friendly lodging AND their own brewery!
Maine Huts & Trails.
Skiing: 200 miles of Cross-Country Trails from New Hampshire to Carrabassett, Maine
Rating: Camping Facilties. One-day ski trips take you from one eco-lodge to another. No Trail Fees $
Website: Maine Huts & Trails
The opportunity and prices are unbeatable here starting at $65. a day per person which includes lodging, dinner and breakfast. The accommodations are true cabin lodge style with bunk rooms, a communal great room and family style dining. This is barebones, folks. You bring your own bedding and towels, but they supply warm huts and comfy bunks and pillows. Books and games are available for night time entertainment in each hut. What a way to experience a cross country ski trip!