We arrived late, in the midst of a snow storm and our host, Randy was there to greet us with a warm welcome. The inn is 150 years old with 12 inch wooden boards, creaky floors and comfortable furniture in the living room to sit around and chat! I've read other reviews where people have not been happy about the noise but it is part of the charm. Randy states this on his website, which is pretty accurate as to what you'll get when you book your stay. For me, it's not the amenities that make a place, but the people, and Randy and his staff are very friendly, warm and welcoming. Breakfast is hot and there are many local specialties from which to choose (a tough competition between Vermont and Quebec maple syrup!). Randy serves soup and hot cider later in the day as well as a good walnut cake (which seemed to disappear a lot during our stay!).
Because of the ice storm, we weren't able to go x-c skiing, but Randy and staff recommended various things to see and do to keep us still active and not get bored. The Swimming Hole is an exercise place (weights and cardio equipment) with a large pool if you like to swim. One can get passes for the day or for the week. Burlington isn't far away and has a quaint pedestrian-friendly shopping area with local and international shops. Waterbury is home to Green Mountain Coffee which is a great stop either on your way up to Stowe or as you leave. There is also a wonderful craft store called Stowe Craft + Design that hosts many local artists. No shortage of things to see and do! We'll come back!
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- Known for its cozy atmosphere and great breakfasts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gables Hotel Stowe
- The Gables Inn Stowe, Vermont