Field Guide | Favorite Stowe, Vermont, Hotels and Resorts
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If you had to draw up plans for the perfect Vermont mountain town, chances are you’d probably end up with something pretty darn close to Stowe. Set against the impressive backdrop of Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak, this 200-year-old village oozes charm (shops! restaurants!) while putting visitors on the doorstep of New England outdoor adventures (skiing! hiking!). Sure, the winter scene reigns supreme here — Yankee ranked Stowe No. 1 among “Best Winter Towns in New England” — but this is truly a four-season destination. Lodging options run deep, too. Where to stay? Read on for our favorite Stowe, VT, hotels, inns, and resorts.
Where to Stay in Stowe, VT | Hotels, Inns & Resorts
A member of the Lark Hotel chain, this 30-room boutique inn is just steps from downtown Stowe. Shops and fine restaurants are all within easy walking distance; the mountains are a short drive away. Then there’s the hotel itself, which offers suites and private cottages (some of which are even dog-friendly). A friendly, casual vibe defines the atmosphere at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Picnic Social. Don’t miss the weekend brunch.
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This resort’s history goes back to 1963, when Beatrice and Stuart Baraw opened the doors to their simple mountain-town hotel. In the years since, the Baraw family has grown Stoweflake into a premier New England resort. After a day of Stowe-inspired adventures, explore the hotel’s renowned spa, which offers 30 luxurious treatment rooms, soaking pools, private lounges, and even indoor waterfalls. Other perks include afternoon tea and fireside après-ski hors d’oeuvres.
In a state where rural inns are about as common as dirt roads, the Green Mountain Inn, named a 2014 Yankee Editors’ Pick for “Best In-Town Inn,” is one of the originals. Built in 1833, this sprawling upscale getaway features more than 100 guest rooms, suites, village apartments, and townhouses in a dream downtown destination. On-site dining is offered at the inn’s two restaurants: the Main Street Dining Room and the Whip Bar & Grill. And if you’re feeling brave, ask about the hotel’s infamous (but friendly) ghost, Boots Berry.
Mountain access comes easy at this sleek modern lodge. Situated at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, this luxury inn features 300 guest rooms and suites. In winter, ski out from your back door; in summer, hit the links at the private 18-hole Bob Cupp championship course. The on-site spa, with its swimming pools, hot tubs, and 18 private treatment rooms, is open throughout the year.
A large spa, a lap pool, and tennis courts all play starring roles at this 68-room getaway, which also offers 23 private homes. What else? Try golfing, horseback riding, hiking, and, in winter, sleigh rides. Mountain views are abundant here, as are killer sunsets. Finish off your adventurous day with a dinner at one of the resort’s two restaurants, Flannel and the Roost.
Set on 2,500 gorgeous rural acres, Trapp Family Lodge has welcomed visitors since 1950. Built by the von Trapp family — whose dramatic escape during the Nazi occupation of Austria inspired the film The Sound of Music — this 96-room lodge blends Vermont character and Austrian-inspired architecture to create a unique country escape. Beer geeks shouldn’t miss out on a visit to the on-site brewery, Bierhall.
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This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.