• A Winter Weekend Getaway to Ludlow, Vermont

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    Hudson County hasn’t experienced much snow this winter {so far…} but luckily for us — several destinations close to us have, like Ludlow Vermont. Okemo Mountain Resort in is the ultimate winter getaway. It’s definitely a hike from the Hoboken/Jersey City area {4+ hours}, but so worth it. If you ski or snowboard and have never done so anywhere outside of Jersey — trust us, you must experience it in Vermont. So, if you’re a winter-lover and itching to hit the slopes before the weather warms up too much {or just want to experience a winter wonderland}, read on to find out all about a weekend getaway to Ludlow, Vermont thanks to Briana of Team HG who recently took a trip there and shared her experience with us:

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    Where to Stay

    Rent an Airbnb

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    We rented an Airbnb and it was the perfect winter log cabin {pictured above}. When mentioning it was in the middle of nowhere — it was in the middle NOWHERE. A bit of a shock for a crew of Hoboken residents at first — but we quickly learned to love being surrounded by nothing and nobody.

    Okemo Mountain Resort

    If interested in skiing and/or snowboarding quite frequently — staying at Okemo Mountain Resort is probably the most convenient option. With different lodges to choose from, there are options for everyone. While on the slopes, ski/snowboard past some houses that are right on the slopes and do a little sight-seeing.

    What to Do

    Skiing/Snowboarding at Okemo Mountain Resort

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    Okemo Mountain Resort is huge — one could easily buy a pass for two to three days and experience new parts of the mountain each day. There are more than enough options for beginners as well as group, women’s, and children’s programs for learning. And unlike here in Jersey — it actually snows so skiing/snowboarding is happening on real, powdery snow just about all of the time.

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    Other Snow Activities

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    If not into skiing or snowboarding, there’s a lot more to do at Okemo Mountain. The resort also offers snow tubing, ice skating, snowcat tours, and more. We did a snowcat excursion {pictured above} and it was breathtakingly beautiful {and so cool to be on the very top of the mountain at night when we were just skiing there that morning}. The nighttime view of a very small Ludlow was also memorable.

    Where to Eat

    Ludlow is a super small town. You won’t see any chain restaurants, stores, or even gas stations around town. Everything is locally owned, but with some research, it’s easy to find where the good grub is.

    DJ’s Restaurant

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    This was the only restaurant we actually went to {the other nights were spent cooking in or picking up food} and we were impressed, to say the least. The food here was beyond expectations. The scallops were something to remember {pictured above} — tender and in a perfect, lemon + butter sauce with crispy breadcrumbs — SO GOOD. All of the dishes came in huge portions and everyone left full + satisfied.

    Mojo Cafe

    Just because you’re in the middle of Vermont doesn’t mean there aren’t any good spots for Mexican grub. Mojo Cafe serves up Tex Mex fare featuring burritos, bowls, po’ boys, tacos, and more. According to the reviews, the atmosphere and decor make for a great experience, too.

    The Downtown Grocery

    For a bit of a more upscale dining experience, The Downtown Grocery is a great pick. The menu consists of pork belly, lobster bisque, homemade pasta, and more.

    The Hatchery

    The Hatchery is ideal for breakfast and brunch; where all the locals eat — meaning it’s going to be good. The extensive menu features all of the breakfast and brunch classics, plus some unique combos.

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    Where to Shop

    All of the shops in Ludlow are locally-owned. Thrift stores, antique shops, souvenir shops, and of course, ski/snowboard shops are on the menu.

    The Wine + Cheese Depot

    It’s a crime to go to Vermont and not eat Vermont Cheddar cheese, and this place did not disappoint. The cheese selection was extensive {as was the vino selection}. The extremely knowledgable staff will explain the cheeses and help pick the perfect spread for a wine and cheese night.

    Blue Sky Trading Company

    For jewelry, unique gifts, souvenirs, and more, definitely pay Blue Sky Trading Company a visit. Even snag some authentic Vermont Maple Syrup to bring back home.

    re.Find: A Collective Boutique 

    Thrifters, you’re in luck. re.Find is a local boutique that sells pre-owned women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, shoes, and jewelry along with local + handmade products.

    The Final Verdict

    Make the 4+ hour trip to Ludlow, Vermont because it’s simply magical. It’s the perfect winter getaway when you really want to get away. Not to mention, the slopes in NJ just don’t compare to what VT has to offer.

    Have a great winter escape you want to share?

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    Briana is a born-and-raised Hoboken Girl who embraces both the new and old aspects of the Mile Square. She’s a freelance writer, works in social media, and more importantly (but not really) — a cat lover and total foodie. When she’s not working, she can be found convincing herself to buy something at Sephora or Target, eating mussels with her fiancé at Leo’s, or planning her next Disney vacation.


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