The Timeless Mystique of Stowe
Luxury comes in many shapes and sizes.
For the ski and snowboard aficionado, this can mean such lodging comforts as luxurious ski-in, ski-out accommodations, environmentally friendly microfiber bed linens, plush cotton towels, goose down feather beds, pillows and duvets, and paintings from the Vermont Fine Art Gallery.
Welcome to the Stowe Mountain Lodge.
The Stowe Mountain Lodge at the Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont, sets a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for one of the east coast’s most magnificent resorts. Located slopeside adjacent to the new Over Easy Transfer Gondola, the six-story, 300-room Stowe Mountain Lodge draws on the architectural tradition of turn-of-the-century summer camps created by the great families of New England.
Having opened in 2008, the lodge’s exterior features a picturesque façade 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 Stowe lodging through a mélange 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 are found in the upholstery of inviting furnishings. Each room has been custom-designed as a respite 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.
Skiers who desire a little pampering after a long day on the slopes can head to the Spa, a 21,000 square-foot facility resplendent with a full-service fitness center, outdoor swimming pool with indoor access, hot tubs, a relaxation lounge and 18 private treatment rooms. More than a mere one-day retreat from civilization, the Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge is actually designed to assist guests with a personal wellness schedule.
Apres ski activities are abundant on the mountain. The Hourglass Bar, named for one of Stowe’s most venerated backcountry ski trails, serves regional microbrews, designer cocktails and rare wines by the glass, as well as creative tapas made from local, natural and sustainable ingredients.
For over a century, the venerable town of Stowe — with its storied covered bridges, rambling woodlands and majestic peaks — has attracted the world’s most discerning travelers. Skiers from all around the globe come for the splendid skiing, while others come to sample the town’s endearing persona.
Perhaps it’s the pristine location, the classic beauty, or the history that has evolved here. Or maybe it’s the fact that one cultivates a sense of contentment throughout every season at Stowe. Whatever the case, visitors to Stowe always embrace the experience.
First and foremost, Stowe is a skier’s town. Only Stowe Vermont combines a classic 200-year-old village with Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. This unique combination imbues Stowe with a character reminiscent of the great European ski resorts, which are renowned for not only their terrain but their personality as well. In a place where the history, community and landscape are legendary for hospitality and adventure, Stowe Mountain Resort has solidified its internationally respected brand as a legendary ski area.
Stowe’s numbers tell the story: Summit elevation, 4,395 feet; Top of Lifts Elevation, 3,719 feet; Longest Vertical Drop, 2,160 feet; Total Number of Trails,116; Skiable Acres, 485. Known for its advanced terrain, intermediate and beginner skiers will also find plenty of leisurely trails on which to hone their skills.
Nordic skiers will enjoy Stowe’s Cross Country Ski Center which offers 45 km of groomed trails and 30 km of backcountry terrain. With an annual average snowfall of 333 inches, quality trail conditions are almost always ensured. The rental center offers a full menu of nordic snowsport gear including snowshoes, touring gear, performance skate ski and classic ski packages, backcountry and telemark gear. The center also has a selection of equipment for the little ones, including snowshoes and small sleds for the sledding hill.
Personified by a classic charm, Stowe is the quintessential Vermont village. Its timeless mystique is a treasure to be cherished.
Photos by Rick Lew