Elegant AAA Four Diamond Resort Steps from Stowe Mountain
Drawing its architectural inspiration from the turn-of-the-century summer camps that once speckled the bucolic Vermont landscape, the six-story Stowe Mountain Lodge appears as an alpine-style chateau at the base of Mount Mansfield, with stone columns extracted from local quarries supporting the resort's peaked roofs. Stowe's glass blowers and pottery makers lend quality craftsmanship to the hotel's décor, with accent pieces such as vases, lamps, and dining tables. Built in 2008, the young hotel within Stowe Mountain Resort has already scooped up a handful of awards, including designations as one of the top resorts in the U.S. by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, and named one of the World's Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure. Stowe was ranked third on Ski magazine's list of the top 10 East Coast ski resorts.
Within a Timberline studio, floor-to-ceiling windows and a private outdoor terrace overlook Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. A bottle of Gruet Winery blanc de noirs brut makes for joyful toasts in front of the crackling stone-framed fireplace, and the room's iPod docking station encourages choreographed synchronized ski routines. Come morning, visitors fuel up with an included breakfast of one cold and one hot beverage plus one hot entree, either à la carte or buffet-style when available.
Aestheticians and massage therapists pamper and relieve sore muscles within the lodge's 21,000-square-foot, full-service spa and wellness center. The chefs at the on-site, AAA Four Diamond restaurant Solstice dish out Vermont-inspired cuisine crafted from local produce, heirloom grains, artisan cheeses, and all-natural meats. The resort's Spruce Peak Performing Art Center regularly hosts musicals, comedy acts, dance productions, and concerts, such as the Second City comedy troupe on October 22.
Stowe, Vermont: Artistic Enclave Nestled at the Base of the Green Mountains
Stowe's location in a broad, fertile valley between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield—Vermont's highest peak at nearly 4,400 feet—makes it an ideal launching pad for outdoor recreation. Stowe Mountain Resort awaits skiers with 485 acres across 116 powdery trails, and snowboarders can catch big air or an aerial sighting of Bigfoot on the half-pipe.
To counterbalance its adventurous outdoors attractions, Stowe also cultivates a more abstractly adventurous art scene. The West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park combines a traditional art gallery with an innovative and spacious sculpture park, showcasing the handiwork of budding and mid-career local artists.