Lots of people go to Vermont to ski, which makes sense. But if you’re more of a sledding sort, the Mt. Philo Inn in Charlotte is running a “Sled and Bed” package, an alternative to ski-and-stay deals.
The packages, which run from $256-$592 for a two-night deal depending on suite and weekday or weeknight stays, include use of a range of sleds you can grab and hit Mt. Philo State Park (the hotel is located at the park’s base), including “The Hammerhead,” a Vermont-made, high-tech sled developed and tested at the park; “The Torpedo,” an all-purpose plastic sled; “The Luge,” a fast and versatile sled; “The Flexible Flyer,” the classic wood-and-metal one; an antique, two-person bobsled; and “The Jack Jump,” a seat-mounted-on-ski, hand-crafted Vermont original.
The packages include unlimited sled use, a basket of hot cocoa, organic Vermont teas, local honey and use of Vermont Flannel stadium blankets to warm up with later by a bonfire, which is part of the deal.
Mt. Philo State Park is the state’s oldest and in winter, a steep, narrow road leads to the 968-foot summit, a popular sledding spot. Hike up the 1.5-mile road and whip back down. For more info, visit www.mtphiloinn.com