Vermont’s eco-luxe ski lodge
300 Rooms / 95 Suites
In the idyllic ski town of Stowe in Northern Vermont, amid its covered bridges, babbling brooks and tall peaks, you’ll find the eco-luxe Stowe Mountain Lodge. Located just steps from the base of Mount Mansfield, this ski-in/ski-out resort has woven nature into every facet of its design. From natural stone walls to the birch bark columns, the rustic Vermont-Alpine decor is reflected in the massive lobby, with roaring fireplaces, as well as in each of the 300 guest rooms.
Loaded with local touches, all of the accommodations feature Vermont artisan products, such as Simon Pearce lamps or paintings from Vermont Fine Art Gallery. The warm-colored textiles, leather chairs and hardwood furnishings further create an upscale mountain vibe. Panoramic views can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows that let in copious amounts of natural light. We love the barn door slider that separates the bedroom from the living area in some of the suites. Despite the fact that the resort has plenty of recreational opportunities to lure you outside, you may never want to leave, as most rooms are equipped with a kitchenette, private balcony and fireplace. The oversized marble bathrooms are outfitted with environmentally friendly bath products from Gilchrist & Soames. (Tip: Request a room on a high floor facing Mount Mansfield.)
Make use of the alpine concierge, which includes a ski valet service allowing you to ship your ski equipment in advance of your trip. While on property, your boots will be heated, your equipment will be tuned and your gear will be brought out to the lift. In the summer months, not only can tee times be arranged, but so can fly fishing in a nearby stream with an Orvis-certified professional guide.
When you need a break from the slopes or golf course, the 21,000-square-foot Spa and Wellness Center offers plenty of places for rejuvenation. Begin your day in the “healing lodge.” The relaxation sanctuary features a beautiful raised Jacuzzi, dry sauna and cooling rain shower. Book a late-day treatment and watch the sunset over Mount Mansfield from one of the settees in the coed upstairs lounge. There is also a top-of-the-line beauty salon and state-of-the-art fitness center. The four-season heated indoor/outdoor pool makes it possible to go for a dip even when it is -15 F outside. (And if you love the eco-friendly microfiber sheets in your treatment room, buy a set to take home from the spa shop.)
New for 2015, a state-of-the-art Adventure Center is being built slopeside and adjacent to the ski lodge. This facility will house the ski/ride school, year-round daycare facilities and other children’s activities. New high-end retail shops, food markets and an ice rink together with the existing Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center will make up a plaza for you to enjoy.
In a state where folks are dedicated to the locavore movement, farm-to-table cuisine shines at Solstice Restaurant. Using as many products from Vermont as possible, the open kitchen dishes out farm-fresh produce, heirloom grains and local cheeses. Expect dishes like a salmon fillet with maple-mustard glaze, wilted spinach and crispy mushrooms.
Reservations are highly suggested or you may find yourself eating at the equally delicious Hourglass Bar and Lounge next door that serves cocktails, small plates (like New England lobster fritters with a sour cream and dill dip), salads (spinach with North Country bacon, radish, confit pearl onion and cherry tomatoes), entrées (coq au vin) and flatbreads made from fresh local ingredients (one is topped with shiitake, portabella and crimini mushrooms, arugula, white sauce and truffle oil).
What sets Stowe Mountain Lodge apart from other ski resorts is the service provided by Vermonters. The hard-working locals are attentive, friendly and genuine, and they will make you feel at home in the Green Mountain State.