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Affordable Vermont Destinations: Londonderry and Weston in the Green Mountains

This section of Vermont usually offers a less expensive vacation experience.Looking for affordable Vermont destinations, but not sure they exist?  No worries, I have found you some solutions.

Sure, the the most popular Vermont destinations can get rather pricey, especially during peak vacation seasons. Fall and summer seem most notorious for that, 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, however, you’re in luck. Many inns, hotels and motels in the Londonderry, Weston, area still offer the basics at affordable prices for all seasons.

Tucked away in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, Weston and Londonderry have plenty of village charm. The area is delightfully what you would expect out of small-town Vermont. 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 travel, in addition to being affordable Vermont destinations.

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.

Plus, it’s so rare to find in Vermont an affordable high quality motel with a caring onsite owner. Have you noticed how upscale so many of the lodging destinations have become. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather save money at a good motel and use the extra funds to explore the region. Or, just return home with some extra cash. Nice that the Snowdon Chalet respects the pocketbook of vacationers.  The owner, Jen, is so genuine and authentic and really loves to cater to guests.

Affordable Vermont destination: Snowdon Inn, an Alpine style chalet in Londonderry Vermont

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

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.

This all makes for a wonderful travel experience and one of the best choices for affordable Vermont destinations. 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

Classic New England scene at the 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

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

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