Valentine's Day 2013 falls on Thursday, February 14. And if you're thinking about heading north to Vermont to spend a few days in a romantic, snowy atmosphere, you should start planning now, as spots tend to fill up quickly.
DINING Let's not kid ourselves. The "nice meal out" is probably the most important component of any successful Valentine's Day. Luckily, southern Vermont, and the Deerfield Valley/Mount Snow region in particular, is chock full of restaurants that would turn even the most jaded lover into a mushy romanticist.
The White House Inn is just a few miles from the intersection of Routes 9 and 100 in Wilmington, Vermont. Head chef Aaron Mitchell-Patrick is a stickler for local ingredients and his attention to detail is apparent in dishes that look just as good as they taste. The dining room is intimate (some might say "small"), which lends to the romantic atmosphere nicely and means you'll get personalized, attentive service from the staff. We recommend picking up your phone now, like right now, to make a reservation because this little gem will fill up quick.
TJ Buckley's is located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, about a half hour drive from Mount Snow. It's just a few minutes from Exit 1 off of I-91, but it's a world away from any of those chain restaurants you'd find near the mall (sorry, Olive Garden). Like The White House Inn, the dining room is cozy and intimate, with seating for about a dozen revelers. Chef Michael Fuller designed the kitchen to open directly into the dining room, so in between longing gazes into your lover's eyes you can watch your rabbit being sauteed to perfection. Again, you'll want to make reservations by calling (802) 257-4922.
DAYTIME ACTIVITIES Well, for starters, you could get married. Mount Snow will have a real live Justice of the Peace at the bottom of its Sunbrook lift on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013, at 10am. Any and all who wish to be married can meet up, say some "I do's" and then take a romantic ski down. It's the ultimate way to say I love you. If you're already married, Mount Snow invites you to use the opportunity to renew your vows. Either way, you'll have a great story to tell at every wedding you attend in the future.
Not ready for the commitment? Start things off slowly with a lovely snowshoe romp through the woods. You'll both get some fresh air and exercise and feel invigorated for whatever may come later (wink, wink). Check out the trails at Timber Creek, just across Route 100 from Mount Snow (photo at right. Photo by Timber Creek). They rent snow shoes and have an extensive trail system.
LODGING You could stay at a hotel or inn, but you'll most likely need some privacy after a full Valentine's Day schedule. We invite you to stay with us Chimney Hill. We're just 15 minutes from Mount Snow in Wilmington, Vermont, and we have a wide variety of rental homes to suit your needs. Please call our office at 802-464-2181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like us to hold a space for you, and visit our rentals on our website to peruse our homes.
Happy Valentine's Day!