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Located on Kent Lake in Killington, surrounded by National Forest and State Park lands, and tucked away in a quiet corner of this small New England town, Mountain Meadows Lodge is a fun-and family-oriented resort. The property, with its three-story lodge and adjacent farmhouse, boasts a sauna, outdoor hot-tub, renovated bar room, rustic living room with enormous fireplace and huge picture window overlooking the lake, TV room, game room with billiards, ping-pong, and foosball. On the grounds are plenty of farm animals for the kids to visit and enjoy and a rather remarkable chainsaw carving. We have WIFI and a guest computer with internet.

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This serene spot with lakefront recreation and spectacular views is the PERFECT setting for your wedding and wedding reception, family reunion, religious retreat or business meeting.

Winter activities include cross country skiing on and adjacent to the property and downhill skiing at Killington/Pico just minutes away. At the lodge you can cook popcorn in the huge fieldstone fireplace in the landmark living room and gaze at the vistas of Kent Lake through the full-wall picture window. Outdoors, you can take a snowshoe walk or go sledding. Nearby you’ll find tubing and ice-skating as well as horse-drawn carriage rides.

You can hike on the Appalachian Trial which crosses the property to nearby waterfalls and mountain overlooks. You can borrow Mountain Meadows Lodge equipment to go row boating, canoeing, or kayaking to nearby small islands or just swim. You can fish for trout and bass, play croquet, badminton and volleyball at Mountain Meadows or find golf, horseback riding, and mountain biking nearby. In the evenings you’ll not want to miss a lake-side campfire with a marshmallow s'mores roast.

"This fully restored 1857 Lodge and farmhouse is so movie-perfect you expect to see Bing, Danny and Rosie come dancing around the corner of the barn. Nestled - in every sense of the word - in the beauty of Vermont's Green Mountains alongside a 100 acre lake, this is the perfect Vermont getaway"
(Bird's Eye View (Cape Air), Spring 2010)
"For a taste of Vintage Vermont"
(Family Fun Magazine, Winter 2003)
"Mountain Meadows Lodge retains the priceless warm patina of a '40s or '50s ski lodge, carefully updated. It's long been a family and skier favorite for its bounteous meals (buffet with prime rib and vegetarian lasagna, homemade bread and desserts), and its facilities which include an outdoor hot tub, game room, sauna, TV/movie room and onsite massage therapist."
(Newsday Travel Section, Winter 2003)
Family friendly lodging

Mountain Meadows Lodge is a popular family-orientated resort, situated in the New England town of Killington on Kent Lake, in the midst of National Forest next to Gifford Woods State Park. The resort comprises a three-storey lodge and farmhouse with sauna, outdoor hot-tub, bar, games room, dining room and living room, with a large rustic fireplace and aspects of the lake through a window spanning an entire wall. With breathtaking views of the lake and woodland and adjacent to mountains, the serene location is ideal for retreat and relaxation, hiking and water- and winter-sport holidays.

The original structure of the main lodge and farmhouse date back to 1857 and the property has been offering hospitality, as either a Bed & Breakfast or Inn, for over 45 years. Seventeen rooms are now on offer, each with its own private bath and some with balconies overlooking the lake. Children and adults alike will be charmed by the farm animals living on the grounds and fascinated by a chainsaw carving of a huge pineapple! The animals are friendly and approachable and a food basket can even be provided to hand-feed them. The pineapple sculpture, situated at the entrance to the Lodge, was carved by a talented local artist, Barre Pinske and is the symbol of hospitality.

There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy winter sports, with cross-country skiing tracks both on and adjacent to the lodge and downhill ski runs within easy reach. Other popular winter activities for the whole family to enjoy include snow-shoeing, sledding, tubing and ice-skating and there is even the chance to experience riding in a horse-drawn carriage.

Serious hikers and recreational walkers will be excited by the opportunities to explore the beautiful surroundings. The property is crossed by the Appalachian Trail, leading to mountain outlooks and Thundering Falls in Killington. Thundering Falls is thought to be one of the 6 tallest waterfalls in Vermont, cascading over 100 feet. For those wishing to make the most of the beautiful Kent Lake and explore the small islands nearby, Mountain Meadows Lodge can provide equipment for rowing, canoeing and kayaking. The lake also offers fantastic opportunities for fishing. Other activities on offer at the lodge include croquet, badminton and volleyball, as well as billiards, table tennis and table football in the games room. Mountain-biking, horse-riding and golf can also be found nearby.

For those family members looking for a more relaxing stay, there is a certified massage therapist who can offer massages and yoga sessions. There is the lake for swimming and sauna and hot-tub for healthy stress-relief. The living room is a perfect place to unwind and meditate, read or enjoy a game chosen from the games cabinet, while there is a selection of DVD`s to enjoy in the TV room and a piano for those who fancy tinkling the ivories. There is also a computer for guests in the dining room, while wireless internet connection is available for personal laptops.

Eating and drinking at Mountain Meadows Lodge is a pleasurable and relaxed affair. Breakfast, including fresh fruit, juices, yogurts, cereals, pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon and much more, is served in the dining room, while lunch and dinner, with pig roast menus and such-like on offer, are available during holiday seasons. Popcorn popping in the living room and marshmallow roasts by the lake, provide lots of fun for all the family. There is also a refrigerator and microwave oven available to guests at all times.

Mountain Meadows Lodge offers something for all the family. With its relaxed ambience, beautiful setting, charming accommodation, friendly staff and extensive amenities, it is a place where each is free to pursue their own idea of perfect holidays, with countless ways to enjoy the spectacular surroundings of a magical spot.
(Staff Writers, www.dealchecker.co.uk, December 2010)