My family of four, children ages 11 & 14, checked into Stowe Mountain Resort in late January 2013. We arrived on Friday night during the “rush”. We pulled up to a very long valet parking line. I was pretty sure we were in for a long check-in process. I couldn’t haven been more wrong. This luxury resort operates like a well-oiled machine. It was like something out of a movie. Multiple valets came streaming out of the hotel with bell-carts ready to take everyone’s luggage, skis and cars. We were inside in less than 5 minutes. Soon after that we were settled into our Ridgeline one-bedroom suite in the south wing.
I am pretty sure this suite was bigger than my first apartment and definitely better appointed. We had a full sized gourmet kitchen with a separate eating area, a living room with a sleeper sofa, a separate king-sized bedroom and an oversized marble finished bathroom. There were lots of little touches that make it feel amazingly comfortable for our family too like a stacked washer/dryer unit, a fireplace and the most luxurious sheets we have ever slept on.
It is good to know ahead of time that most guest rooms type feature some sort of kitchen or kitchenette. You can bring your own food or if you forget, the hotel has a great little shop that sells just about everything. It is part sundries, part clothing store, and part souvenir shop. You will find milk, half & half, OJ, english muffins, cheese and crackers, frozen lasagna, and organic juice boxes. If you forgot your bathing suit or need some Darn Tough ski socks, they can help you out with that too. Perhaps you want to bring home a little slice of Vermont? Grab a Simon Pierce bowl or Shelburne Farms cookbook.
One of the nicest things about staying a first-rate hotel is first-rate service. Although you keep your boots in your room, our family really appreciated the Ski Valet. If you want to avoid the line in the Ski Valet room, be sure to call ahead so your gear can brought out on a cart and be waiting for you to hit the slopes. This simple thing makes staying in at a ski resort with kids great especially all their stuff. The less gear you have to lug around the better.
Once our family got out on the mountain they enjoyed two full days of skiing on world-class terrain. Stowe has invested in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations, just incase Mother Nature doesn’t pull through so the conditions are usually terrific. We always appreciate that this is an all high-speed lift access mountain. It means less time getting to the top and more time skiing. We are usually totally content to ski and ride only at Spruce Peak. There are plenty of beginner and intermediate trails, with just a few black diamonds thrown in. However my husband and daughter decided to try the Toll Road on the big side of the mountain. This 3.7-mile trail is a long lazy run. Some might say it is narrow, but they disagree. Getting back and forth between the two mountains is simple; there is an “Over Easy” gondola. You can also use this if you want to take the mountain gondola up to the Cliff House for a meal.
Apres-ski we spent time in the hotel’s heated outdoor pool and hot tubs. Unfortunately, we weren't able to check out the game room as it was converted into meeting space during our stay for a large medical group that was also staying at the hotel. On Saturday night the only organized kids activity ($) was “build-a-bear”, my daughter (age 11) was a little old for this though she did it anyway and the free movie was Horton Hears a Who. My son was disappointed that there was no laser tag. It was a bit surprising despite the fact that the hotel was crawling with kids. We ended up just ordering food at the Hourglass bar and eating in front of the roaring fireplaces and playing cards. Which ended up being a great way to end our day.
Some things to know:
- A rollaway bed is going to cost you $35/night (plus taxes)
- The hotel is valet only - $19/night (plus taxes)
- The hotel is pet friendly, like many places in Vermont (a real plus for dog lovers), but if you don’t love pets, know that dogs are only allowed stay on certain floors/certain rooms. Dogs are not allowed in restaurants.
- You can request a late check out. It will cost you $75, but it gets you your room until 6:00 pm! Totally worth it for a full day if skiing. Shower, change, pack up and head out. No rush. No hassle.
Disclosure: While I was invited to Stowe Mountain Resort and they paid for most of my expenses, my review reflects the honest opinions of my experience without outside influence.
Stowe Mountain Lodge is a member of an exclusive group known as Destination Hotels. What a
destination! From the minute we drove up to the hotel, expertly built into the mountains, we knew we
were in for a treat. The friendly valet helped us offload and swept away our vehicle. Every employee we
came in contact with was friendly and genuine. Imagine my surprise when the desk clerk happened to
be from my hometown and knew my nephew!
This luxury hotel has a true hometown feel. The lobby is spacious and beautiful with plenty of seating for
après ski or hike and the view is amazing with all of the glass. The Hourglass and Solstice restaurants are
one flight up from the lobby and easily accessible.
Our room was decorated in Vermont Lodge chic with beautiful local fixtures and textiles. Our view was
directly out to the Front Four famous ski trails and certainly breathtaking. Ours was a 2 bedroom suite
with a full kitchen, dining, and living area. Each area had a television and ensuite bath. There are plenty
of Vermont touches throughout. The room also featured sliders from each area onto a covered patio for
a great spot for a pretty morning cup of coffee and a safe place to watch a storm float through at night.
Other room options include typical hotel rooms, lofts, and junior suites all the way up to the Presidential
suite which can sleep 12. Rollaways are also available for $35/night.
Stowe Mountain Lodge is a four-season resort. Obviously, there is fantastic skiing during the winter, but
in the summer your family will not be bored here. On-site there is an alpine slide, Euro-Bungee,
inflatable obstacle course, and climbing wall. These attractions are right outside the lobby of the lodge
and you can purchase passes for any or all of the fun. We spent a good chunk of our day using the alpine
slide. We rode one of the lifts up and sped down after receiving instructions up top. The ride up alone is
worth the price of admission. Cool Vermont mountain air does wonders for the psyche. The operators
here are true pros and you will never feel unsafe. Once it started raining, they immediately shut down
the track as it gets very slippery. The employees met all the riders at the top of the mountain and taxied
us back to the main lodge. On a different occasion, my daredevil hubby may have been going a bit too
fast and skinned his arm. The attentive operators sent him right to first aid where he was attended to in
a quick and professional manner, readied for the next ride down. The kids also enjoyed ringing the bell
on the climbing wall and racing through the obstacle course. Additionally, if golf is your thing you will
definitely enjoy what Conde Naste calls the best course in the east.Hiking, biking, canoeing and tennis
round out the options for family fun, but there is also the option of the gondola ride.
The summer gondola is located across the street and takes you to the top of Mount Mansfield where
you can continue hiking or stop for a splendid lunch with a view at the Cliff House. We enjoyed our lunch
at the top. The weather was pretty overcast the day we visited, but cleared up seemingly on command
just prior to our ride down the summit. For the even more adventurous, ArborTrek zip lining is located
This resort is beautifully planned as a village similar to Aspen with opportunities for rentals and both
fractional and outright ownership if that is your desire. As it is a true four-season resort owning would
be great for the avid Stowe skiing family.
Stowe Mountain Lodge also recently added the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, a 400+ seat state of
the art performing arts center where functions and shows are held year round including the always
popular family move nights.
Last, but certainly not least, are the heated pool and spa areas. The outdoor pool boasts two hot tubs,
training lanes and a VERY large area for kid playing. While we were there, although there were plenty of
people using the pool, there was never a feeling of bustle or hurriedness and there were plenty of chairs
The kids and I enjoyed some Spa time at the Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa. (Please read our separate
Stowe Mountain Lodge is a luxurious, quiet family vacation spot. However, adventure is never really far
Quiet child and pet friendly luxury
Kid activities right outside the door.
On site gaming room for the tweens
Nutritious kid menus at the restaurants
Families would like:
More family friendly options for rainy nights (cards, games etc.) when the pool is shut down
No self-park option-Valet $19/day
Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge
Stowe Mountain Lodge Destination Hotels & Resorts is a business friendly lodge located in Stowe, close to Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers' Notch Ski Area. Regional points of interest also include Bolton Valley Ski Area and Old Mill Museum and Park.
Dining options at Stowe Mountain Lodge Destination Hotels & Resorts include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services. This 4.5 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. This Stowe property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. The property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge). Business services and wedding services are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include ski in/ski out access, a concierge desk, and a children's club. This is a smoke free property.
312 air conditioned guestrooms at Stowe Mountain Lodge Destination Hotels & Resorts feature minibars and CD players. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses and premium bedding. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are offered. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary newspapers, guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Flat panel televisions have pay movies. Laptop compatible safes, ceiling fans, and windows that open are also provided. Guests may request in room massages, hypo allergenic bedding, and extra towels/bedding. A nightly turndown service is offered and housekeeping is available daily.
Notifications and Fees:
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.