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Londonderry, Weston: More Affordable Vermont Destinations

Snowdon Inn, an Alpine style chalet in Londonderry Vermont

Snowdon Chalet, Londonderry, Vt. (photo by Eric)

The most popular Vermont destinations can get rather pricey, especially during peak vacation seasons like fall as many inns and resorts have gone “upscale” to please a sector of the New York City and Boston crowds. If you would rather forgo the spa treatments, golf courses and gourmet dining at an inn or resort to save some money, you’re in luck. Many inns, hotels and motels in the Londonderry, Weston, Vermont area still offer the basics at affordable prices for fall, winter, spring and summer.

Tucked away in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, Weston and Londonderry have plenty of village charm — what you would expect out of small-town Vermont. You see all walks of life come here, including many family travelers looking for a wholesome destination that takes one back to another place and time. I remember Weston in the 1970s and it really hasn’t changed all that much — that’s a good thing for those in search of the more quiet, retro side of Vermont travel!

We recently stayed at the Snowdon Chalet at a reasonable rate. What we got in return: a clean room with comfortable beds, a private bath, free WiFi, in-room refrigerator and microwave oven, a free breakfast, BBQ grill, and covered patio area with tables and chairs. Nothing fancy, but a great foundation to exploring the area without breaking the bank.

The Londonderry, Weston area offer proximity to some of Vermont’s most scenic areas and fun  attractions. Some highlights, in general; the legendary Vermont Country Store and Weston Village Store, the Weston Priory (a community of Benedictine monks offering mass and prayer time) and a nice mix of Vermont artisans, museums and antiques, as well as “world class theater” at the Weston Playhouse.

Also, Magic Mountain in Londonderry is a terrific low-key winter destination featuring downhill skiing, riding and tubing terrain.
The Bromley, Stratton and Okemo ski areas — all major northeast USA ski destinations — are nearby, too!

What a beautiful Vermont destination! For more information on the Weston, Londonderry area, log onto the Weston Vermont web site.

Also, be sure to look at these local scenes to inspire a vacation to this unspoiled, unpretentious, more affordable area of Vermont…

Vermont Country Store celebrate 70 years in Weston VT

Vermont Country Store, Weston Vt. (photo by Eric)

Weston Village Store, Weston Vermont

Weston Village Store, Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)

Great town commons in New England: Weston Vermont town common

Weston, Vt., town common (photo by Eric)

Weston Vermont Mill Museum water wheel

Weston , Vt., Mill Museum water wheel (photo by Eric)

Scenic pond at Weston Priory in the hills of Weston Vermont

Weston Priory, Weston, Vt. (photo by Eric)



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