Stowe — Stay
Edson Hill Inn
We fell head over heels with the Edson Hill Inn. After the most lovely evening in the minimal and gorgeous dining room over a cozy family dinner, we wanted nothing more than to curl up and stay the night. This place is a dream. Freshly redecorated by Boston team Gauthier/Stacy, every room is unique. Simple, tasteful, with antique touches (love the stack of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage), and plenty of white, the renovation here is impeccable. You would be hard-pressed to get me out of the wood-paneled living room, stocked with books, games and fuzzy throws, and onto the slopes. Even the bathrooms are worth ogling. A few miles down the Mountain Road and up Edson Hill, it’s well sited between the village and the slopes with acres of property to explore on snow shoes or cross-country. Dinner menu and more casual Tavern menu available.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
Since I broke my ACL two years ago, I’ve become a timid skier. I’m just as happy with a book in front of the fire in the lodge these days as on the slopes. Our family skiing time is limited; we like to stay as close to the slopes as possible to rendez-vous for lunch and snacks, so when we’re in Stowe, we stay here. An ideal spot for families with varying interests, you’ll find an enormous meandering pool, lush spa, large gym, (plus daily fitness classes), snowshoeing, and the skating rink has finally opened. We’re not huge fans of the fancier restaurants in the complex, but this season with the opening of the Skinny Pancake, plus a fully stocked deli for soup and sandwiches, and a cafe for a strong, dark cappuccino (or any other caffeinated beverage you crave), there are plenty of options for eating on site. Almost all of the rooms include a kitchenette, so breakfast and snacks in the room are a no brainer. We usually reserve one of the studios or junior suites; they both include a King and a sofa bed, a full living room, kitchenette, fireplace, and large marble bathroom with shower and tub. The rooms and beds are super comfy, but be advised this is NOT a small, cozy, Vermonty hotel. The staff is lovely, the amenities are many (can’t beat the ski valet), and if you want to stay slopeside, this is your spot.
Photos above courtesy of Stowe Mountain Lodge
Brand new this year with a modern, Nordic feel is the Field Guide. Young couples, families and students are flocking here for the edgy design, in-town location and decent prices. The lobby is all fun. Plenty of 70’s orange, white sheepskin and real birch, plus the original beams and wood floors give this place an overall super hip feel. Rooms are on the simple side, with useful amenities like iPads, Keurigs, and Apple TVs. A small-plate breakfast is delivered to your room every morning until the highly anticipated restaurant and bar opens in February.