Hotel at a Glance: Stowehof Inn & Resort
Movie buffs might recognize the petrified maples that stand at Stowehof Inn & Resort’s entrance or the Green Mountains that surround its 30-acre estate. The inn, which was built in 1949, served as the setting for the 1981 Alan Alda and Carol Burnett film The Four Seasons, but you don’t need experience as a Hollywood location scout to recognize Stowehof’s picturesque setting. Sweeping views stretch from the resort’s small pond to the top of Mt. Mansfield (one of Vermont’s tallest peaks), while inside surrounds guests in dark woods and floor-to-ceiling windows that maintain a close connection with nature.
- Eat all day: a country breakfast wakes guests up each morning, while your dining credit can go towards Coslin’s Pub’s burgers and signature Swiss fondue or Emily’s upscale French-inspired cuisine.
- Read near the communal living room’s fireplace, play cards in a game nook, or shoot pool at the pub.
- Sip cocktails by outdoor pools on nice days, or stay warm inside at the hot tub and sauna.
- Tee off: 36 holes of golf wait just 5 miles away at Stowe Mountain Resort; hike a mountain trail or soar on zipline tour there as well.
Stowe, Vermont: Quiet Village Flush with Outdoor Adventure
The quaint town of Stowe is nestled in the quiet countryside of northern Vermont. State law bans billboards, ensuring you’ll get unobstructed views of the sugar maples and hemlock that cover the Green Mountains along the roadways. Hiking opportunities abound on mountainside trails that range from steep vertical climbs to flat sprawls. Stop by a local sport shop to rent bikes or motorized mountain goats for exploring the Stowe Recreation Path, a paved 5.3-mile-long avenue that winds along the sparkling West Branch River and through Stowe’s main commercial strip. The strip is lined with independent shops and roadside diners and stands out for its lack of chain franchises. Like the sun’s light or a toddler’s interest in physics, the bustle of downtown evaporates by 10 p.m.
About 12 miles south, the town of Waterbury is home to a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream factory. Visitors can watch as machinery zips the famous pints from one end of the facility to the other during a factory tour, which ends with a sampling of the flavor of the day.