Stowe Mountain Lodge
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7412 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
More than just a collection of hotel rooms, Stowe Mountain Lodge brings together two mountains at this celebrated resort. The centerpiece of a $400-million project that was completed in June 2008, Stowe Mountain Lodge connects Spruce Peak, a largely beginner area home mostly to blue cruisers and classic Vermont hardwoods, and Mount Mansfield, a staple of New England skiing since the resort opened in 1935, via the Over Easy Transfer Gondola. A massive structure with 139 lodge rooms, the(+) More
More than just a collection of hotel rooms, Stowe Mountain Lodge brings together two mountains at this celebrated resort. The centerpiece of a $400-million project that was completed in June 2008, Stowe Mountain Lodge connects Spruce Peak, a largely beginner area home mostly to blue cruisers and classic Vermont hardwoods, and Mount Mansfield, a staple of New England skiing since the resort opened in 1935, via the Over Easy Transfer Gondola. A massive structure with 139 lodge rooms, the architects incorporated local fieldstone and native wood into the rustic design. In-room, guests will find hand-blown glass lamps and paintings from Vermont artists, in addition to eco-friendly details like bamboo linens and furniture made from reclaimed wood. (The project has earned several awards from the non-profit Audubon International.) Goose-down comforters, organic cotton towels, and stone fireplaces in every room keep you toasty in the cold season, while private balconies allow you to enjoy the outdoors in warmer weather.
Stowe Mountain Lodge has more non-skiing activities than perhaps any ski hotel in the country. Naturalist-led tours through the surrounding wilderness are available in summerthat is, for those uninterested in the 18-hole championship golf course or gold-medal fly-fishing streams. Cooking classes, administered by locavore chef Sean Buchanan, are held throughout the year and provide another option for non-skiers. Three separate wellness centers exist on the property as well. The Salon Mario Russo is the first non-urban hair studio opened by the famed Boston hairdresser. Cooper Wellness brings proven exercise instruction and nutritional counseling from Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics Center. If that sounds like too much effort, just relax with one of the treatments at the Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge (think Vichy showers, reflexology massage, or sound therapy).
But all of that belies the fact that for years, Stowe has been one of the top resorts in the Green Mountain State, if not on the East Coast. The 116 trails covering 485 acres above the hotel can present a challenge to any level of skier. The hotel's ski-concierge service provides lift tickets, sets up ski school, and handles rental equipment so you don't have to. The just-opened 66,000-square-foot Spruce Camp base village, across the Over Easy gondola station from the hotel, is home to rental and equipment shops featuring the latest Steiger ski-tuning equipment, a ski school, and, should you take a real beating on the slopes, the Spruce Camp Bar, serving a wide variety of Vermont microbrews. Speed freaks at Stowe start their day on Liftline, a classic New England quad-burner that follows underneath the FourRunner Quad lift. The North Slope terrain park off of the Lookout Double chair keeps the kid's attention. The Cliff House Summit Series offers diners an on-mountain experience every weekend, when head chef Jeff Egan scours local markets for fresh meat and produce to create one-of-a-kind dishes. There's a newly launched weekend film festival hosted by the resort from late December through January; in late January, the Stowe Winter Carnival brings professional ice carvers and children's activities to town, just as it has since it started in 1920. So even though Stowe Mountain Lodge may be brand new, it's about as classic New England as it comes.
A former senior editor at Skiing magazine, Pieter van Noordennen owns more ski jackets than any man should.(-) Close
For over a century Stowe has attracted travelers who have cherished the beauty of the area's covered bridges, sparkling lakes, rambling woodlands and majestic peaks. Opened in June 2008, Stowe Mountain Lodge sets a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for the East Coast's most magnificent resort. Built in the new "Vermont-Alpine" style, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a truly luxurious setting, while still paying respect to the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature.
The six-story, 312-room lodge draws on the architectural tradition of turn-of-the-century summer camps created by the great families of New England. The lodge's exterior features a picturesque facade of woven timber and shingles that draw upon the natural harmony found in nature, as well as stone veneer created from local quarries, and expansive glass to bring the beauty of the lodge's outdoor surroundings to the indoors.
The interior design further emphasizes the fresh and contemporary take on natural beauty, enabling guests to experience Vermont lodging through a melange of old and new, rustic and romantic. Interchanging natural Vermont woods and stones, birch bark columns and detailing provides a simplistic backdrop to lively, contemporary folk art pieces. The color palette of the local seasons - vibrant reds, deep oranges, warm yellows and soothing greens - in varying patterns and textures found in the upholstery of inviting furnishings.
Each room has been custom-designed as a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with warm tones, plush furnishings and soothing amenities. All rooms are framed by oversized windows and outdoor balconies, allowing guests to take full advantage of the remarkable mountain landscape of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak.
Stowe has long beckoned visionaries. From the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts who graced the Summit House in the 1860s, to the international ski racers a hundred years later, citizens of the world have long been attracted by Mount Mansfield's extraordinary beauty and boundless potential. Now, with the creation of Stowe Mountain Lodge, the mountain has reaffirmed its reputation as a world-class resort. Winter, spring, summer and autumn: each season expresses its own beauty on the face of Mount Mansfield, and activities abound.
Valet parking is available for $20/night.