The village of Weston, 75 mi/120 km southeast of Burlington, is home to one of Vermont's best-known institutions: the Vermont Country Store. It has all the cozy details you might expect: a potbellied stove, a candy counter, and bolts of calico and gingham. (The store has probably done as much for Vermont's cracker-barrel image as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.) The Weston Village Store, which was actually the town's original general store (established in 1891), is also worth a look.

Weston has a postcard-perfect town green, or square, complete with a gazebo. Facing the green is the old white-pillared Weston Playhouse, which stages shows all summer from Shakespeare to Schonberg. In the fall, visitors flock to Weston for its annual antiques-and-crafts show, held every October.

Okemo Mountain Resort, northeast of Weston in the town of Ludlow, has modern ski lifts and great snowmaking capability. With nearly 100 trails, including two half-pipes, the mountain caters to skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels. Okemo is especially popular with college students, who can take advantage of special discounts on lift tickets and equipment rentals.

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