A Girl’s Getaway in Vermont with Stowe Mountain Lodge (Resort Review)
October 19, 2017
A Girl’s Getaway in Vermont with Stowe Mountain Lodge
Two weeks ago, Vanessa (@thecheekybeen) and I had the pleasure of enjoying a girl’s getaway in Vermont at Stowe Mountain Lodge. It was one of the BEST weekends and it gave me all the fall feels in anticipation of cooler weather down here in the south. We both received a lot of questions about the hotel as well as requests regarding a travel guide on our trip. You can read up on her guide and take on our stay HERE. As always, if this guide does not answer your questions, feel free to shoot me an email via the contact page on my blog and I’d love to get back to you.
Where to Stay
I cannot recommend Stowe Mountain Lodge enough for your next vacation in Vermont. The resort is like a mini Fall city complete with shops, an adventure center, the most adorable coffee shop (which deserves a daily visit) and tons of tasty restaurants. The city of Stowe itself is very tiny, so I could see how you would easily run out of things to do if you stayed directly in the town. That is not the case with Stowe Mountain Lodge. There was always something to do and the location couldn’t have been more perfect… nestled right between the downtown area, the Maroon Bells (gorgeous mountain views, yes please!), and the scenic drive at The Notch.
More importantly, the services and amenities of the hotel were top notch. All service employees went above and behind to ensure we were comfortable during out stay. The valet made an effort to reach out to us daily to see if we needed our car brought around for the day, and the restaurant manager stopped by our table serveral times at every meal to ensure our food was prepared to our liking. The spa manager even greeted us after our service to ensure we enjoyed our treatment and personally poured us our Stowe Cider. They definitely made sure to go above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied with our stay.
We had a pleasure of going on a tour of the facility and I was so impressed with all the different types of rooms (accommodating all types of families), and the facilities available for guests. I never quite understood why the hotel would have an outdoor pool when it’s near freezing more than half of the year. Not only was the pool heated during the colder season, but there is an indoor entry area into the pool so that you don’t have to step out into the brisk air before running inside. 5-stars, indeed. I was so impressed with how thought out everything was. Vanessa and I have already said that we can’t wait to come back next year during ski season to take advantage of the ski valet – they literally think of everything!
Last but certainly not least, I want to reiterate how surprised I was at how the hotel alters its amenities to its guests during every travel season. In the warmer months the outdoor lawn turns into game area complete with an ice cream shop, but the same space becomes an ice rink in the winter with hot cocoa. I love that they’ve figured out how to make the hotel so versatile for any time it the year. I think it would be the perfect trip year round depending on your travel tastes.
Where to Eat
Y’all know this girl lovessss her food. The restaurants at Stowe Mountain Lodge did not disappoint. Vanessa and I ate breakfast daily at the Solstice Restaurant complete with a widespread buffet or your choice of a la carte menu including french toast or Benedict. Not to worry, I tried them both, after all, brunch is my favorite meal. Following breakfast, we made a daily stop at The Beanery, Stowe Mountain Lodge’s coffee shop where we indulged in far too many maple lattes (a must try!).
Because we usually ate breakfast relatively late in the day (sleeping in while on vacation is a must!), we only ate lunch one day at the hotel. We made a visit to The Cottage restaurant at the Golf Course for a Chicago hot dog. They serve more casual bar-bites and it was great for adding some variety to our meals.
For dinner, we had the pleasure at trying both Solstice Restaurant and small plates at Hourglass Lounge. Both were amazing as expected and I definitely recommend you order the crab rangoon dip! Don’t forget to finish it off with a Vermont beer flight, IPAs are their speciality. Insert heart eyes emoji!
Vanessa and I decided to travel into downtown Stowe on our last night for dinner at the restaurant, Plate. It was right up our alley. Amazing cocktails and a great atmosphere. Three drinks later and lots of girl talks, we realized we were shutting the place down, lol! I recommend trying the Early Riser cocktail, V went with her nighttime norm – the traditional cosmo with absolute mandarin. 🙂
What To Do
There is SO much to do at Stowe Mountain Lodge, and sadly Vanessa and I only had three nights so we couldn’t do it all. I included a list below if what I would recommend as well as what we hope to do during our next visit:
1. Apple Cider Scrub Massage at Stowe Mountain Lodge spa – OMGEEE y’all, seriously the most amazing spa treatment I have ever had. If the name alone doesn’t get you, then listen to this. The spa treatment begins with a body scrub made out of Stowe cider, they then wrap you up in a heated cocoon while the scrub exfoliates and softens your skin. You then wash it off and end with a 50-minute massage. Wait for it… and then when you’re coming down from your relaxation high in the lounge they bring you a can of spiked Stowe apple cider. What more could you ask for!? But seriously, I can’t recommend it enough and my skin has never felt so smooth.
2. Visit downtown Stowe, stop to take photos at a covered bridge – The town of Stowe, Vermont is absolutely adorable. It’s worth making a visit and taking a walk down main street. Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a service where you can take out a Mercedes on loan to visit the local areas around the resort! Don’t forget to visit a covered bridge on your way back to the Resort. The one we visited had a spooky story behind it. I believe they also offer organized tours of all the covered bridges in the area if that suits you.
3. Indulge in apple cider doughnuts at Cold Hollow Cider Mill – This is a must-do. It’s a famous Cider Mill located just outside Stowe, Vermont. Vanessa and I had our fair share of apple cider doughnuts and a large cup of their hot apple cider.
4. Drive down The Notch – The leaves hadn’t quite changed during our trip to Vermont, but we decided to take the drive anyways. It was beautiful pre-fall foliage so I can only imagine how stunning it would have been if the leaves were at mid-peak. The roads are a little winding so be sure to pay attention to the road! 🙂
5. Take a ride up the gondola – The gondola is famous at Stowe Mountain Lodge and great for getting an elevated view of the area. Don’t forget to make a stop at the top for photos!
Enjoy a maple latte by the fire – One of the best things about Stowe is that there are many opportunities to sit and enjoy the trip. It’s not often I do this when traveling. It was so relaxing grabbing a maple latte from The Beanery and sitting in front of the fire while simply being present.
Things we plan to do next time:
6. Ski down the Maroon Bells
7. Participate in an activity at the adventure center such as zip lining
8. Go hiking up the Maroon Bells and take in the scenic views
9. Take a hot air balloon ride – I can only imagine how beautiful this would be in the Fall!
10. Visit a local spiked cidery or winery – one of my favorite things to do while traveling is try at the local libations! 🙂
Overall, I highly recommend you consider Stowe Mountain Lodge for your next getaway. If you are looking for a romantic couples stay, a family trip or even a weekend with the girl’s, Stowe Mountain Lodge has something for everyone no matter the travel season. Vanessa can’t wait to go back next hear and bring Drew and Shane along. I can already see how it would go, Vanessa and I enjoying a day at the spa and the husbands wasting a way at the golf course, typical. 🙂 It was definitely a weekend for the books, and we will no doubt be returning to Stowe Mountain Lodge!
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