Golf | Originally designed by Walter Travis in 1926, and updated by Rees Jones (1991), catch the view from the elevated 8th tee and the 13th greens, the highest points on the course, where you’re staring straight at the mountains. For another historic golf experience play the Rutland Country Club course dating from 1902.
Off Course | Go biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and check out the Orvis Fly Fishing School, the Land- Rover Experience Driving School, the Orvis Shooting School and The Spa at Equinox. Also shop the dozens of upscale factory outlets like Anne Klein, Liz Claiborne, and Donna Karen.
Stay | Set in the tidy village of Manchester, The Equinox, an imposing white-pillared inn offers all the amenities of a full service resort. Next door is the Charles Orvis Inn, the 1811 House, Townhomes and Dormy House.
Golf | Stowe Golf Course, the oldest of the mountain courses, hunkers at the foot of massive Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, climbing up and down the slopes and along the valley while the Stowe Mountain Club at Spruce Peak skillfully crafted on a rocky site by Bob Cupp, is all about wilderness, streams, lakes and trees.
Off Course | Pamper yourself in the Spa and Wellness Center, swim in the pool, and walk or bike along the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path.
Stay | Rooms in the luxurious Stowe Mountain Lodge treats you to goose down feather beds, Simon Pearce lamps and fine art. Also try the Inn at the Mountain, a charming country hotel or book a condo.
Golf | Stratton Mountain’s three nine-hole loops, Mountain, Forest and Lake were designed by Geoffrey Cornish and Brian Silva. Lake to Mountain, a six-year stop on the LPGA Tour, is the most requested. The Stratton Golf School offers classrooms, weatherproof hitting areas and video technology.
Off Course | The great outdoors offers a plethora of activities plus Stratton hosts many music and cultural festivals.
Stay | Stratton has a number of small lodges, chain hotels and condominiums.
Woodstock Inn & Resort
Golf | With challenges like the Kedron Brook requiring about a dozen carries and narrow, tight fairways flanked by more than 80 bunkers, trees and some nasty water hazards, this course was designed by Robert Trent Jones (1961).
Off Course | In addition to the usual outdoor pursuits, you can tour local breweries, go white water rafting and river tubing. Visit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and take a carriage ride at Kedron Valley Stables.
Stay | The stately Woodstock Inn & Resort has just enough spit and polish to make it a top-rated property yet is not pretentious nor stuffy. Dine in the Red Rooster or the more casual Richardson’s Tavern.
Golf | Owl’s Nest Golf Club sculpted into the contours of the Pemigewasset River Valley in Campton, features some serious elevations and incredible views, especially from atop Sunset Hill on hole #14.
Off Course | Go paddleboating or kayaking on Squam Lake, go horseback riding, take a ride aboard the Cog Railway, take in the New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, enjoy a concert at the Silver Arts Center in Plymouth or sail from the Weirs on the Queen of Winnipesaukee.
Stay | Stay on site at the Owl’s Nest Resort & Golf Club where vacation homes and town homes allow you and your golfi ng pals to spread out. In Holderness there is the Manor on Golden Pond on Squam Lake where each room is uniquely furnished and you rise to a full gourmet breakfast.
Golf | At the Quechee Lakes Country Club, just north of Lebanon, find two fine Geoffrey Cornish designed courses, Lakeland set around the Ottauquechee River and Lake Pinneo and the Highland Course cut through the pine-clad hillsides.
Off Course | Fish in the pools of the Ottaquechee River; explore the gorges, trails and picnic areas at Quechee State Park; and visit the Simon Pearce headquarters.
Stay | Guests staying in one of the eight rooms at the historic brick Parker House Inn & Bistro, get full privileges to amenities at the Quechee Lake Country Club.
Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort
Golf | New England’s revered historic gem designed by Donald Ross (1915) was restored by Brian Silva from Ross’s original plans. Also skirting the Ammonoosuc River, the 9-hole Mount Pleasant Course (1895) restored in 1989 by Cornish & Silva, provides another golfing option.
Off Course | Go to the spa, hike, bike or soar over the countryside on a canopy tour with a ride on the Williwaw Racing Zip line.
Stay | The Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort recalling a European castle, has been welcoming guests like Winston Churchill, Babe Ruth, and Bobby Jones for more than a century. It’s grand. It’s lovely.
Golf | The relatively flat Point Sebago golf course winds through 500 acres of white birch forest.
Off Course | Point Sebago Golf Resort, a 775-acre holiday extravaganza on Sebago Lake is packed with things to do kayak, play golf, take a golf lesson, and catch the entertainment.
Stay | Stay in a Park Home, a Resort Cottage or one of the pretty two bedroom, Vacation Homes with large kitchens and decks. There is also Migis Lodge, a luxurious rustic hideaway with swimming, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, pedal boating, and fishing.
Golf | The Robert Trent Jones Jr. course at Sunday River Golf Club in Newry, follows the river valley defined by distant mountain views all around. Drama abounds with dramatic elevation changes yet wide fairways make this an enjoyable play for all.
Off Course | Cycle in the Sunday River Mountain Bike Park, fi sh, go canoeing, take an ATV tour, go ziplining, hike one of the many trails, try your skills on the Climbing Wall and play some disc golf.
Stay | Play & Stay packages are available at the lodge-style Snow Cap Inn, the Jordan Grand Hotel and the Grand Summit Hotel as well as condos.
Golf | Fourteen holes on Samoset Golf Course have views of the Atlantic while seven are along the ocean on this century’s-old course, considered one of Maine’s historic treasures.
Off Course | Book a spa treatment, laze by the pool or beach, work out in the fitness center and play some tennis. Hey you can also add on a windjammer cruise.
Stay | The Samoset Resort’s guest rooms offer private balconies or terraces most with views of the water. Stay in the hotel, the guest cottages or condos.
Golf | The rugged but gentle Berkshires in western Massachusetts has many fine courses with farreaching views. Good plays include Waubeeka Golf Links set beneath the shadow of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in the Berkshires; Egremont Country Club in Great Barrington with tight fairways and some funky elevations; the high-end Wahconah Country Club; and the easily walkable Cranwell Resort Golf Club designed in 1926 by Wayne Stiles and John Van Kleek. Greenock Country Club in Lee, is a nine hole jewel designed by Donald Ross.
Off Course | The Berkshires has close to 40 concert halls and theatres, a dozen museums like the The Norman Rockwell Museum and several historic buildings and sites including Mass MoCA the largest contemporary art museum in the country. Special events include the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Company, Barrington Stage, Jacob’s Pillow dance company and Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox featuring outdoor summer concerts by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Stay | There are many small inns and B&Bs in the region like the Historic Merrell Inn in South Lee, a former stagecoach stop and the Applegate Inn right across from the Greenock Golf course. For ultra stately digs, stay at the Cranwell Resort where life revolves around an elegant 19th century mansion and a 35,000 square foot Spa. And at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge history lives on in the inn’s creaky old floors, cozy tavern and hallways lined by memorabilia.
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The Sagamore Resort
Golf | Teeing off into the early morning sun on this historic track can be a blinding experience, but Donald Ross was so taken by the view of tall pines and Lake George straight ahead, he made an exception to his rule never to build a fi rst hole facing east. Other holes on the course climb up and down over hill and dale, making this a delight to play.
Off Course | Fish right off the dock, hike, hang by the pool. play tennis, work out in the Fitness Center and veg out in the Spa. Take a complimentary lake cruise on the Morgan, a 72 ft. replica of a 19th century touring vessel.
Stay | Set on a knoll above the lake, this grand dame with its terraced gardens, patios and pool leading to the waterside boathouse, is a grand experience. Stay in one of the elegant rooms in the main hotel or in one of the lodges or condos.
Golf | Saratoga Springs has been called one of the top two “Best Golf Towns in America” looking at accessibility, value, scenic beauty, quality and range of the courses as well as off-course things to do. Great tracks incude the Saratoga Spa Championship Course, McGregor Links Golf Club and the highly rated Saratoga National designed by Roger Rulewich.
Off Course | Year ‘round Saratoga Springs is a happening place along Broadway, the main drag and other side streets with boutiques, galleries and bistro-style restaurants. In August hit the races at Saratoga Race Track.
Stay | Saratoga’s grand streets are home to some fine B&Bs like Union Gables and the Batcheller Mansion Inn. There is also the Gideon Putnam Hotel located on the grounds of the Saratoga Spa State Park where you’ll also find a restored spa and the Saratoga Spa Championship Course. Longfellow Hotel is close to Saratoga National and the historic Adelphi Hotel is in the heart of town.
Whiteface Club & Resort
Golf | Situated in the Adirondacks on the shores of Lake Placid, the Whiteface Club & Resort evokes the Great Camp era that brought the well-heeled to this rustic area to unwind and cool off. On site play one of America’s oldest courses (1898) redesigned by John Van Kleek. Take note of the cloverleaf greens and bunkers.
Off Course | Play tennis, hike the huge network of trails nearby, go boating, swim, or just relax and take in the mountain views.
Stay | Play & Stay packages are available with accommodations at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, the sister property to the Whiteface Club; High Peaks Resort with its popular Outdoor at Dancing Bears restaurant; and the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort with a private sand beach on Mirror Lake.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?