It's difficult to put a price tag on staying at a sparkling new property and saving some money while you're at it -- especially during high season. But that's exactly what you can do in the coming weeks at Edson Hill in tiny Stowe, Vermont.
This luxury property, which dates back to 1941 as a former private residence, received a top-to-bottom renovation last year after it was purchased by three Boston families. It debuted just before Christmas, and the fresh look evokes your cousin's swanky ski-country pad, with a beach house-meets-ski country vibe. In the rooms, luxurious four-poster beds with Egyptian cotton blankets are framed by furniture and lighting that bring the surrounding nature in (think: side tables that resemble a tree stump and framed illustrations of plants and flowers). All rooms boast heated floors, perfect for après-ski comfort, and some feature soaking tubs and gas or wood-burning fireplaces.
Even better, opening rates at this luxury inn currently fall between $250 and $350. Again, this is a fair price for a brand-new property in high season, especially when you consider the complimentary breakfast and WiFi, too. And for a classic New England experience, this property puts you at a prime location: Stowe Mountain skiing is a quick 11-minute drive while Stowe village delights are just five miles away.
For comparison, rates jump up to $350-$450 per night after April 19, meaning you save between 22 and 29 percent this month. Note that there is a two-night minimum stay on weekends.
More about Edson Hill: For lodging, choose between the nine rooms at the Manor House and the four guest houses at the Guest House. During the day, many guests can opt to hop onto a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes and explore 4 kilometers of trails on the property -- part of America’s longest cross-country ski trail. (Gear can be rented from outfitters in Stowe if you don't bring your own.) Also on-site is a dining room called The Restaurant and Tavern at Edson Hill, open since mid-January, serving up craft beers and locally sourced foods like turkey, clams, and of course cheese.