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Adrenaline

Let it rip on the Bromley Mountain alpine slide (802-824-5522), the longest in the nation; or canoe/kayak the Batten Kill (Batten Kill Canoe, 802-362-2800).

Fore!

Hone your game at Stratton Mountain Golf School (800-787-2886), or take on Gleneagles at Equinox (802-362-3223). Nearby Okemo Valley Golf Club (802-228-1396) recently revamped its 18.

Rejuvenation

Name your bliss at the Equinox Fitness Spa (800-362-4747): Reiki, herbal wraps, mud and algae treatments, salt glow scrubs and more.

Refueling Station

For fine dining make reservations at Chantecleer (802-362-1616) or Mistral's At Toll Gate (802-362-1779); both are within a short drive. Families enjoy Best Diner (802-362-2849). For coffee, lunch and incredible baked goods, it's Village Fare (802-362-2544).

On The Town

Locals hang at The Perfect Wife (802-362-2817), which brings in bands on weekends.

Sleeping In

The Equinox (800-362-4747) is the area's grande dame. Intimate inns abound. Try The 1811 House (802-362-1811) or the Village Country Inn (802-362-1792). The Equinox Mountain Inn, at 3,835 feet (802-362-1113, no children under 12) is a motel in the clouds-minimalist amenities, spectacular views.

On A Rainy Day

Robert Todd Lincoln's mansion, Hildene (802-362-1788; www.hildene.org), Norman Rockwell Exhibit (802-375-6423), Bennington Potters (800-205-8033), The American Museum of Fly-Fishing (802-362-3300), Orvis Company (802-362-1300).

Festivals

Hildene Antique and Classic Car Show and the Equinox Car Climb, June 10-11; Summer Antiques Festival, July 15; Southern Vermont Art and Fine Craft Fair, Aug. 4-6.

Information

Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce: (802) 362-2100;

www.manchestervermont.net