Weekend Getaways

After a long week of the same-old 9-5 grind, you deserve some time away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Luckily for you, we’ve hand-picked where you should ski, stay, and eat on your weekend getaway from Seattle, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, or Denver. - SkiNet.com

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    Seattle, WA Crystal Mountain Washingtonians rave about Crystal. It’s the largest ski resort in Washington with over 2,600 skiable acres, and more importantly, it’s less than two hours from Seattle. Lodging near Crystal Mountain:The Alta Crystal Resort is the perfect mountain getaway for vacationers, couples, and honeymooners. Choose from the cozy chalet suites or the honeymoon cabin to retire after a day skiing Crystal. http://www.altacrystalresort.com/ Crystal Mountain Hotels offer slopeside lodging at any three of their hotels, including the Alpine Inn, Village Inn, and the Quicksilver. Enjoy ski-in ski-out convenience during your weekend at Crystal. http://www.crystalhotels.com/ Dining near Crystal Mountain:Crystal’s Summit House Restaurant serves up American cuisine at high altitudes. Take in spectacular views of the Northwest volcanic peaks while you eat. http://www.skicrystal.com/Activities/78/Summit-House-RestaurantMt. Baker Look no further—Mt. Baker is the ultimate skier’s mountain. It’s known for challenging terrain, and it holds the world record for snowfall (1,140 in. in the ’98-’99 season). It’s also a short 2.5 hour drive from Seattle. Lodging near Mt. Baker:With over 80 rental homes, condos, cabins, and chalets, Mt. Baker Lodging will help you find the perfect home away from home for your weekend trip. http://www.mtbakerlodging.com/ The Inn at Mt. Baker is a quaint European style Bed & Breakfast, located 23 miles west of Mt. Baker Ski Area. http://www.theinnatmtbaker.com/ Whistler Blackcomb Whistler is one-of-a-kind, ask anybody who’s been there. And though it’s not the closest resort to Seattle, it’s certainly worth the trip. Whistler is 4.5-5 hours by car from Seattle, and less than an hour flight from Seattle to Vancouver followed by a 2 hour drive. Special airfare on flights from Seattle to Vancouver are offered through Whistler Blackcomb on major airlines such as Air Canada, United, Westjet, Alaska Airlines and more. http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/getting_here/air_travel/index.htm Lodging near Whistler Blackcomb:For a 5-star weekend, stay at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. http://www.fairmont.com/whistler/ The Whistler Village Inn and Suites in downtown Whistler offer great location and value, without leaving a dent in your wallet.http://www.whistlervillageinnandsuites.com/ Dining near Whistler Blackcomb:Ranging from moderate to expensive, these Whistler restaurants are top ranked among locals and vacationers. Caramba restaurant www.caramba-restaurante.com Whistler Brewhouse 604-905-2739 Araxi www.araxi.com Hy’s Steakhouse http://www.hyssteakhouse.com/hys-whistler.htmlThe Summit at Snoqualmie Just one hour by car, the Summit at Snoqualmie is the closest resort from our list of Seattle weekend getaways. Last minute trip? This may be the place for you. Lodging near Snoqualmie:Not looking to spend a lot? Nearby Snoqualmie Summit Lodge is more affordable. The Salish Lodge is more upscale, and a bit pricier. http://www.snoqualmiesummitlodge.com/ and http://www.salishlodge.com/ Dining near Snoqualmie:For a steak and a beer, try The Woodman Lodge. For pub fare and live music, Finaghy’s Irish Pub is the spot. http://www.woodmanlodge.com/ and http://www.finaghtys.com/ The Seattle Ski Shuttle, operating 7 days a week, is a great, affordable alternative to driving. Ranging from $30-$40, the Seattle Ski Shuttle runs Monday-Friday with service to Crystal Mountain, and Saturday and Sunday with service to the Summit at Snoqualmie. They also give rides to Alpental Tuesdays and Thursdays for night skiing. http://www.seattleskishuttle.com/
    Jordan Manley
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    New York, NY Hunter Mountain Hunter Mountain is located two hours north of New York City in the Catskills, making it our closest NYC weekend getaway. Lodging near Hunter:The Kaatskill Mountain Club is the destination for premier lodging in the Hunter Mountain area. http://www.kaatskillmtnclub.com/ The Scribner Hollow Lodge offers the same amenities, but with a rustic, mountain lodge feel. http://www.scribnerhollow.com Dining near Hunter:Mill Rock Restaurant in nearby Windham serves up fine Italian Cuisine that is highly recommended within the area. (518) 734-9719 Maggie’s Krooked Café lives up to it’s name, offering breakfast all day in a quirky setting. http://www.krookedcafe.com/Mount Snow, VT Located four hours north of New York City in West Dover, VT, Mount Snow is one of Vermont’s many premier resorts. It’s also the closest Southern Vermont resort to the New England metropolitan areas. Lodging near Mount Snow:The Grand Summit Hotel offers ski-in ski-out convenience at affordable prices. http://mountsnow.com/plan-your-trip/lodging/grand-summit-hotel/ Prefer a Bed & Breakfast? The Inn at Mount Snow is also located at the base of Mount Snow. http://www.theinnatmountsnow.com/ Dining near Mount Snow:Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet, elegant meal or a lively atmosphere and tasty bar food, Two Tannery Road Restaurant and the Valley View Saloon are two places not to miss while visiting Mount Snow. www.twotannery.com and http://www.valleyviewsaloon.com/Stratton Mountain, VT Stratton Mountain, like Mount Snow, is four hours north of NYC, and worth the drive. Lodging near Stratton:The Long Trail House offers great rooms for reasonable prices. It’s location in the Stratton commons is ideal, and just a five minute walk from the lifts. http://www.stratton.com/reservations/Stratton-Lodging-Stratton-Hotels--Condos--Houses--Rentals--Accommodations-in-Stratton-Mountain--Vermont/mg_219/v_3091/Long-Trail-House-.detail The Three Mountain Inn encompasses Vermont country living at it’s finest. The rooms are elegant as is the atmosphere of the Inn, making for a truly amazing getaway. http://www.threemountaininn.com/ Dining near Stratton:The highly rated Verde Restaurant specializes in contemporary cuisines. It’s a bit expensive though, so save this trip for a special occasion http://www.verderestaurant.info/ The Green Door Pub is a fun place for après, dinner and live music. http://www.greendoorpub.com/
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    Boston, MA Loon MountainTaking the family on your weekend getaway? Loon Mountain has a variety of terrain for everyone in your family, including their award-winning terrain parks, novice terrain, and tree skiing. Plus it’s only a short two hour drive from Boston. Lodging near Loon:The Mountain Club on Loon is located slopeside, giving you the only ski-in ski-out access on Loon Mountain. http://www.mtnclub.com/ Adjacent to the Pemigewassett River, the Rivergreen Resort in the town of Lincoln is just a 15 minutes drive to Loon. http://www.rivergreenresort.com/ Dining near Loon:The Common Man is a favorite family restaurant in Lincoln. Be sure to try their famous crab cakes while you’re in. http://www.thecman.com/ Gordi’s Fish and Steak House understands the skiing lifestyle, as the owners were Olympians in the 60s and 70s. Check it out for steak, lobster, or some après ski. http://www.gordisfishandsteak.com/Bretton Woods, NHLocated in scenic Mt. Washington Valley, Bretton Woods Resort’s claim to fame is that it’s New Hampshire’s largest ski resort, with 464 skiable acres. It’s about 2 hours and 30 minutes from Boston. Lodging near Bretton Woods:It would be wrong to visit Bretton Woods and not at least visit the beautiful Mount Washington Hotel. Go all out this long-weekend and spend the extra cash to have a perfect weekend at Bretton Woods Resort. http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BrettonWoodsMountWashington.aspx We understand if the Mount Washington Hotel is a bit out of your price range, after all, it is a favorite destination for presidents, celebrities, and the like. The Highland Center at Crawford Notch is more reasonable, and was also voted in National Geographic’s Top 50 Ecolodges Worldwide. http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/whitemountains/highland/index.cfm Dining near Bretton Woods:The Mount Washington Hotel Dining Room offers traditional yet elegant New England-style cuisine in a formal setting. http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BrettonWoodsMountWashington/Dining.aspx For a good meal in a more casual setting, Fabyan’s Station, located across from the Bretton Woods alpine area, serves a traditional pub menu in an old converted railroad station. http://brettonwoods.com/dining/fabyans_station/overviewSunday River, MESpread out across eight peaks, Sunday River is one of Maine’s largest ski resorts, and just three hours from Boston. Lodging near Sunday River:The Jordan Grand Resort Hotel is one of two slopeside addresses at Sunday River, located at the base of the Jordan Bowl. http://www.sundayriver.com/Lodging/JordanGrandHotel/ Substitute slopeside access for quaint, country living and spend the weekend at the beautiful Victoria Inn in the heart of Bethel, ME. http://www.thevictoria-inn.com/ Dining near Sunday River:For fun après ski action, pizza and steaks, check out the Matterhorn Ski Bar. http://www.matterhornskibar.com/ For a casual dining experience, and live entertainment, check out the Phoenix House and Well in nearby Newry, ME. http://www.phoenixhouseandwell.com/
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    Los Angeles, CA Bear Mountain Commonly known as “Big Bear” in conjunction with Snow Summit, Bear Mountain is by far the closest (two hours by car) trip from LA of all our destinations. Lodging near Big Bear:Just minutes from Big Bear, Northwoods Resort is a great place to bring the whole family for the weekend. http://www.northwoodsresort.com/ The Gold Mountain Manor is a historic log cabin mansion bed and breakfast in Big Bear. And it's a perfect destination spot for a romantic weekend getaway. http://www.goldmountainmanor.com/ Dining near Big Bear:Nottingham’s is a historic converted Inn from the 60s, offering tradition California cuisine such as seafood, steaks, and more. http://www.nottinghams.info The Sweet Basil Bistro is one of Big Bear’s newest restaurants, offering country-style Italian cuisine. http://sweetbasilbistro.net/ Mammoth MountainMake your long-weekend worthwhile and travel that extra distance to get to Mammoth Mountain. We understand that the mountains are a hike from LA, and Mammoth does too. They now offer flights from LAX starting at $59 if you’re not willing to make the five hour drive. http://www.mammothmountain.com/VacationPlanning/GettingHere/ByAir/ Lodging near Mammoth:The Tamarack Lodge and Resort has 11 lodge rooms and 34 cabins tucked away just 2.5 from Mammoth. http://www.tamaracklodge.com Just steps from the Village Gondola, the Village Lodge is perfectly located with quick access to both the mountain and the village at Mammoth. http://www.mammothmountain.com/Lodging/TheVillageLodge/ Dining near Mammoth:Petra’s Bistro, located in the Alpenhof Lodge, serves creative cuisine alongside an extensive wine list. http://www.petrasbistro.com/ The Auld Dubliner is Mammoth Lakes’ first authentic Irish Pub, and is located in the heart of the village at Mammoth. http://www.aulddubliner.com/Mammoth/ Northstar-at-TahoeGetting to Northstar-at-Tahoe is quick an easy. Just an hour flight into Reno-Tahoe International Airport and a 45 minute drive will get you to this destination we’ve chosen as a great weekend getaway. Lodging near Northstar:If you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks (and by a few, we mean a lot), the newly constructed slopeside Ritz-Carlton makes for a luxurious weekend getaway. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/ For the more budget-minded, Northstar-at-Tahoe Hotel and Lofts are conveniently located by the Village at Northstar. http://www.northstarattahoe.com/accommodations.asp?type=room Dining near Northstar:Located in the heart of Northstar village, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar offers contemporary Japanese cuisine in a mountain lodge setting. http://www.mikunisushi.com/en/ TC’s Pub is a great place for après ski, or casual dining after a day on the hill, and it’s conveniently located in Northstar village. http://www.northstarattahoe.com/info/ski/the-village/tcs_pub.aspHeavenlyGetting to Heavenly is as easy as getting to Northstar, with an hour flight into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and a 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Heavenly. Experience skiing on the south side of Lake Tahoe. Lodging near Heavenly:The luxurious Marriott Grand Residence at Tahoe is set conveniently in Heavenly Village, and a short walk from the gondola. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rnogr-grand-residences-by-marriott--tahoe-studio-1-and-2-bedrooms/ Just five minutes from Heavenly, the Park Tahoe Inn was recently awarded with the best commercial remodel by the city of South lake Tahoe. http://www.parktahoe.com/ Dining near Heavenly:Café Fiore is a fine Italian restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. Be sure to make a reservation—there are only seven tables in the entire restaurant! http://www.cafefiore.com/ Nephele’s specializes in creative California cuisine, and is located conveniently by Heavenly. http://www.nepheles.com/
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    Denver, CO Vail Vail is a must-see (or ski) in Colorado. Those who live in Denver have it made because Vail is just a 1 hour and 45 minute drive. Plan for adverse conditions and road closures, however, I-70 is known for them. Lodging near Vail:The Sonnenalp is the best of the best, and its high ratings reflect that. Its location in vail village is also excellent for dining, après, ski, and getting right on the chairlift. http://www.sonnenalp.com Lodging in Vail, like everything else, can really put a dent in your wallet. The Holiday Inn Apex Vail is more reasonably priced than most hotels in Vail. The only downside is it’s not located directly in Vail Village or Lionshead, but Vail’s superb bus system allows for a quick, free ride to the mountain. http://www.apexvail.com/ Dining near Vail:Terra Bistro, located right outside of Vail Village, serves up fine, unique, cuisine. They also pride themselves in their “green” efforts. http://www.terrabistrovail.com/ The Red Lion, in the heart of Vail Village, has a casual, mountain-style menu in a fun atmosphere. Visit the Red Lion for après ski, or for some drinks and live entertainment. http://www.theredlion.com/Telluride Telluride is a 7-hour hike from Denver, which is definitely possible, considering how sweet the mountain actually is. But why fly when you can drive? A flight from Denver International Airport to the Telluride Airport is just over an hour. Lodging near Telluride:The Bear Creek Lodge of Telluride is located in the mountain village within close distance of shopping, dining, and skiing. http://www.bearcreeklodgetelluride.com/ The Peaks Resort in Telluride is just a short walk from Telluride Mountain, and a gondola ride away from the town of Telluride. http://www.thepeaksresort.com/ Dining near Telluride:Located in the historic New Sheriden Hotel, the New Sheridan Chop House is a favorite among locals for steakhouses in the area. http://www.newsheridan.com/dining/chop-house-restaurant Poacher’s Pub is a casual spot, known for their Bloody Marys. 970-728-9647 Breckenridge Breckenridge has it all, from the mountain to the downtown area—plus its a short 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Denver. Sounds like the perfect weekend getaway to us. Lodging near Breckenridge:The Great Divide Lodge is reasonably priced for a weekend trip, and it’s just a short walk to the base of Peak 9 and Breckenridge’s Main Street. http://www.breckresorts.com/greatdividelodge/info/about.asp The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge is where mountain lodge meets luxury. http://www.thelodgeandspaatbreck.com/ Dining near Breckenridge:The Breckenridge Brewery, Breck’s only brewpub, is a hot spot for burgers, sandwiches, and beer…obviously. http://www.breckbrew.com/ Rasta Pasta is a Breck favorite, serving Caribbean-style pasta right off Main Street. http://www.rastapasta.net/
    Jack Affleck
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