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Details: Mountaintop in Vermont

Sunday, September 27, 2009

GETTING THERE

Stratton Mountain Resort is less than two hours from Albany and less than three hours from Boston. Fall flights to Boston start at $99 round trip on AirTran, departing from BWI Marshall, and $125 on American Airlines from Reagan National. Air from BWI to Albany on US Airways starts at $180. The resort is on Stratton Mountain Road.

WHERE TO STAY

Inn at Stratton Mountain, 61 Middle Ridge Rd., Stratton Mountain, 800-787-2886, http://www.stratton.com. A quick walk from the gondola and base area shops and restaurants. Rooms start at $69 a night. The inn also offers a leaf-peeper package ($85) through Oct. 11; deal includes one night's lodging and two gondola tickets.

WHERE TO EAT

Bentley's, Inn at Stratton Mountain. Hearty American cuisine, such as steak and roasted potatoes, served in a lodgelike setting. Entrees $14-$23.

GONDOLA RIDING

Base area of Stratton Mountain Resort. Closes Oct. 12. Cost: $15 for unlimited rides. Ask the hotel or gondola staff for hiking routes, including the one to the Fire Tower.

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