My wife and I knew we wanted to get to Stowe to ski at some point during our brief time on the East Coast. Stowe was in fact the only ski resort we knew of prior to moving out here. We finally got there in our last ski season.
Decided to stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge to get the full experience (the drive from the town to the Lodge set the ski-town feel). We booked in October to ski mid-March and rolled the dice that the weather would be in our favor. By booking so early we found we saved almost half the price had we booked say the week prior, so that made us feel great.
When you pull up to this place it's pretty impressive, even in the dark. Valets grab your things and vehicle right away, so be ready for that; I knew it was coming and was still caught off guard! People at the front desk were very nice, although we did feel a little out of our league so to speak, like we were hanging with the rich folk, but we got over it quickly and started enjoying our weekend.
Room was amazing. King bed, with a fireplace, balcony, and one of the nicest bathrooms I have ever been in. It was very roomy, and also had chairs, a couch, coffee table, and a couple of foot rests which were great for drying out ski gear. Nice little view of the main part of the mountain as well, and slightly overlooked the pool area off to the side.
The Lodge has a very good sized outdoor pool that also has a lap portion, and 2 hot tubs. We only used the pool to travel closer to the hot tub; you enter the pool indoors before swimming through a plastic curtain to get outside. We went to the hot tub that was a little bit more of a "run of shame" from the pool; the other I believe you could hop right over the wall into. The hot tubs themselves could have been a bit warmer we felt. They also looked to have a very nice health club, and spa, although we did not use either.
Ski valet in the morning was very handy. Just call down before you start getting dressed, and once you get ready, and make it down, your ski's and poles are waiting for you. From there it's a short walk to a good number of runs, or the gondola that takes you across the street to the main mountain.
If we have the opportunity to go back, most likely with family, I think we will; especially if we can book far enough ahead and save. Very nice, relaxing, place to spend a ski weekend!
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- Also Known As:
- Stowe Mountain Hotel Stowe
- Stowe Mountain Lodge Vermont