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As the marriage equality debate slogs on in New York, DOMA-like amendments get put on ballots in Minnesota, and the Schwarzeneggers of the world showcase the “sanctity” of that ol' man-woman dynamic, it's enough to make you want to ditch the hubbub and affirm your love in peace. Call us heartless (we're looking at you, Mom), but we're calling for elopement!
And Vermont has just the place: Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe unveils a Run Away Today Elopement Package for lovers on the romantic lam. A 120-acre English Manor-like haven amongst the pines of the year-round mountain town, the state's only TAG-approved property offers quintessential New England charm paired with a commitment to graciousness for all guests, plus a bevy of fresh air activities to create memories as you seal your bond.
- Luxe overnight in a suite with rose petal turndown
- Horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride (seasonal)
- Justice of the Peace officiant
- Cake, champagne, and flowers (bouquets for the ladies, boutonnieres for the lads)
- Fluffy signature robes
- Three-course dinner for two including wine and organic local fare at Norma's
- $100 Topnotch Spa credit
Although it is an elopement, don't focus solely on speed when you can slot in a bit of a "mini-moon" too. In summer, the resort offers award-winning tennis programs and miles of outdoor recreation paths best explored on bike and horseback (or foot if you want to keep it simple). The $100 credit gets you started, but with around 120 massages and various treatments, the 35,000 square foot spa deserves a second dip. And wintertime brings skiing, with Stowe's highest alpine peak nearby and cross-country gliding off points on property. And then there's Ben and Jerry's factory just down the road... .
The package costs $1,500 (inclusive) and is available daily with no blackouts. Click here for more info, and call 802-253-8585 to book. The hotel will individually arrange all facets of the ceremony.