Ro­man­tic Inns

Ski­ing side-by-side is surely a great way to spend a day with your sweet­heart, but if you're look­ing to add some more ro­mance to your ski trip, try one of these ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tions. These ski es­capes pro­vide the per­fect at­mos­phere to cel­e­brate an an­nive

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Lisa Evans

by Lisa Evans

Stowe Moun­tain Lodge

Lo­cated in Ver­mont at the base of Mount Mans­field and Spruce Peak, Stowe Moun­tain Lodge is a 300-room ski, golf and spa ho­tel. De­liv­er­ing ser­vice found only at the world's most dis­tin­guished re­sorts, with the re­laxed warmth that is dis­tinctly New Eng­land, Stowe Moun­tain Lodge is highly cov­eted as a lo­ca­tion for a ro­man­tic stay.

Stowe Moun­tain Re­sort's Cross Coun­try Ski Cen­ter of­fers 45 kilo­me­tres of groomed trails and 30 kilo­me­tres of back­coun­try ter­rain. A full range of Nordic gear is avail­able for rent, in­clud­ing Per­for­mance-skate-ski and Clas­sic-ski pack­ages.

Af­ter a day of ski­ing, re­ju­ve­nate in Stowe Moun­tain Lodge's 21,000-square-foot spa and well­ness cen­tre. The fa­cil­ity of­fers ther­a­peu- tic fa­cials, mas­sages and sig­na­ture body treat­ments, a pri­vate wa­ter sanc­tu­ary with a herbal-steam cham­ber, Jacuzzi soak­ing pool, dry sauna and cool­ing rain-shower. Har­mony rooms equipped with re­clin­ing “SO” sound chairs al­low mu­sic to res­onate through the body, re­duc­ing stress, re­liev­ing pain and pro­mot­ing bet­ter sleep.

Af­ter you've eased your tired mus­cles, en­joy a ro­man­tic meal at Sol­stice, Stowe Moun­tain Lodge's up­scale-din­ing restau­rant, or for a more ca­sual at­mos­phere, dine in the Hour­glass Lodge.

Each gue­stroom at Stowe Moun­tain Lodge re­flects the nat­u­ral beauty of New Eng­land. Over­sized win­dows al­low you to take in the breath­tak­ing moun­tain views and con­nect with your sur­round­ings, and each other. Some guest suites in­clude a stone-framed fire­place to set the stage for ro­mance.

Just the Facts

Ad­dress:

5781 Moun­tain Road, Stowe, VT, 05672

Con­tact:

888-253-4849 or 802-253-300

Web­site:

www.stowe.com

Just the Facts

Ad­dress:

629-10th Street, Can­more, AB, T1W 2A2, Canada

Con­tact:

403-609-0482 or 1-888-678-6100, email: info@paint­boxlodge.com

Web­site:

www.paint­boxlodge.com

Paint­box Lodge

Lo­cated in the heart of down­town Can­more, Alta., The Paint­box Lodge is an in­ti­mate bou­tique ho­tel owned by Olympic medal­ist Sara Ren­ner and her hus­band, World Cup cham­pion Thomas Grandi. Af­ter trav­el­ing to many small fam­ily-run ho­tels in Europe dur­ing their com­pet­i­tive years, Ren­ner and Grandi wanted to recre­ate that cozy fam­ily feel­ing in Can­more. Re­laxed and wel­com­ing, The Paint­box Lodge is the per­fect set­ting for a ro­man­tic week­end sur­rounded by snow.

Can­more has some of the world's best Nordic ski­ing, a vi­brant town am­bi­ence and stun­ning scenery. While star­ing at the stars at night may put you in a ro­man­tic mood, you may also find your­self a lit­tle starstruck stay­ing at The Paint­box Lodge, as many of the Lodge's staff are Olympic alumni or hard­work­ing ath­letes with Olympic aspi­ra­tions.

Re­lax in one of the Lodge's five unique, com­fort­able suites with down du­vets and a ro­man­tic fire­place. To set the mood, you can or­der a Cham­pagne and Pros­ecco with cheese plat­ter by Moun­tain Mer­cato and choco­lates from Le Cho­co­latier.

So­cial­ize with other guests around the har­vest ta­ble and en­joy a com­ple­men­tary moun­tain break­fast fea­tur­ing a frit­tata or quiche, hand­made gra­nola, yo­gurt, hand­made sour­dough and, of course, a latte. Want to heat up the kitchen? Sign up for a cook­ing class in The Paint­box's gleam­ing Miele kitchen. You can take a sched­uled class or book a pri­vate class for you and your part­ner.

(above) Ver­mont's stun­ning Stowe Moun­tain Lodge de­liv­ers dis­tinct New Eng­land warmth for a mem­o­rable ro­man­tic stay. (left) Rus­tic Moun­tain Cabin liv­ing room (fac­ing left) A com­fort­able and invit­ing set­ting with 45km of groomed trails and 30km of back­cou

(above left) Paint­box owner, leg­endary Olympic medal­ist Sara Ren­ner with daugh­ter Aria. (top right) A cozy set­ting in vi­brant Can­more that fea­tures some of the world's best Nordic ski­ing. (mid­dle right) Re­laxed and wel­com­ing, you can sign up for a cooki

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