In 2013, Topnotch unveiled a nearly $15 million renovation that includes a new lobby with mountain views and an update of all 68 rooms, which now feature locally made furniture and art. An on-site Nordic center outfits guests with snow-shoes and cross-country skis, and offers lessons. February is one of the best times for ice fishing in Vermont, and the resort offers casting clinics and can arrange for guests to try their luck at some of the prettiest lakes in the state. Flannel, the new restaurant, serves the type of food you will crave after a day of playing in the cold: a burger topped with pork belly, an egg, and Vermont cheddar; and mushroom soup topped with housemade ricotta. From $325.
This appeared in the November/December 2014 issue.