3. Stowe Mountain Resort: If your idea of a winter vacation includes fine dining, shopping, top-notch live entertainment, and luxury spa treatments, head to this see-and-be-seen ski resort. It’s in the picturesque town of Stowe, which has more than 45 restaurants, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and shopping at some 75 boutiques. Outdoor enthusiasts have some of the best trails in the East at their doorstep, and local guides offer a variety of hiking and snowshoe excursions into the scenic Green Mountains. Near the resort, try mushing a team of sled dogs through Little River State Park or take a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge. Still have energy? The Adventure Center has ice-skating and indoor rock climbing (pictured above). When your legs say no more, indulge in a massage at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. 802-253-3000; stowe.com.