Mountain Top Inn & Resort
195 Mountain Top Road
What we liked most: The low-key atmosphere in the midst of go-go ski country.
What we liked least: One of the lounges (the one with the guest computer for e-mail) was closed to guests all day to accommodate a business meeting.
What surprised us: How much the Vermonters complained about the cold.
You know you're at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort when . . . all the skis are long and thin.
Rates: Mountain Top Inn & Resort has 31 rooms in the lodge, five pet-friendly rustic cabins, and eight chalets. Through March 5, rooms and one-bedroom suites or cabins are $175-$495, plus 15 percent ''resort fee" (covering trail passes, breakfast, afternoon snacks, and activities). Our room, Stag's Leap, was $245 per night. Highland Tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner; dinner entrees $11-$26. Main dining room open nightly for dinner; entrees $25-$37.
Directions: From Boston, 175 miles, about a four-hour drive. Follow Interstate 93 north through New Hampshire to Interstate 89 and take exit 1 in Vermont, Route 4, for Woodstock and Rutland. Go west about 42 miles, past Killington and Pico ski areas. Five miles past Pico, just before the Sugar and Spice Restaurant, turn right onto Meadow Lake Drive. In 1.7 miles, turn right onto Chittenden Road. Continue 2.7 miles, following signs for Mountain Top Road. The inn is 1.5 miles on the right, with a parking lot across the street.