ROOM TO GET The place to stay is the Pitcher Inn, about 45 minutes from Burlington, in the Green Mountains. All 11 rooms carry a different Vermont theme; our favorite is the Trout Room for its beech-tree posts and private porch over the Freeman Brook. The woodsy vibe continues in the inn's new spa, which uses products made from bark, roots, leaves, and flowers. Rates, $330-$660. At 275 Main St., Warren; 802-496-6350; www.pitcherinn.com.
SOMMELIER TO KNOW The maestro of the Pitcher Inn's 6,500-bottle cellar is the charming and amazingly self-taught Ari Sadri. Ask him to show you around the cellar, which seats six for a private dinner. Dinner, $130.
THE SCENE Ten minutes from the hotel, in Waitsfield, American Flatbread serves dinner to a frisky weekend crowd. The no-reservations dining room always has a wait list—so sit at the bar and listen for local gossip and the latest snow conditions. The pizza is worth it. $ Dinner, $35. At 46 Lareau Rd.; 802-496-8856.
ON THE SLOPES After spending three hours in the Burton Learn to Ride program at the nearby Stowe Mountain Resort, a rank beginner will feel at least like a rank amateur, thanks to LTR's superb instructors and neophyte-friendly equipment (such as easy-turning boards with ultrasoft torsional flex profiles). Yes, LTR will also teach you the jargon, so even if you don't get big air, you can talk as if you do. Rate, $220. At 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe; 800-253-4754; www.burton.com.
$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.