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Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
7412 Mountain Road
Stowe , Vermont
05672
Tel: 888 478 6938 (toll-free)
Tel: 802 253 3560
alpineconcierge@destinationhotels.com
www.stowemountainlodge.com
Concierge.com's insider take:

For all its historic cachet and white-steeple quaintness, Stowe had begun to grow a bit musty—until this $200 million masterpiece, built to help the resort area rival Aspen and Vail, opened in June 2008. Part of a $400 million refurbishment of this classic New England ski resort, the 139-room Stowe Mountain Lodge sits on Spruce Peak, a snowball's throw from the bunny slopes. (The fabled Front Four, which spill down Mount Mansfield, are accessed via gondola.) At 515 square feet—including a kitchenette and a marble bathroom—even the smallest timber-and-stone studio has ample room for discarding your coat and boots. And you'll feel right at home while defrosting your toes by the fireplace and taking in the generous views of rumpled, snow-covered hills through floor-to-ceiling windows. Long-time Stowe residents' opinions of the development, which includes an 18-hole Bob Cupp golf course, pedestrian village, and spa, may not be so hospitable. But the farm-to-table ethos—grass-fed beef tartare, maple crème brûlée—at the lodge's restaurant, Solstice, helps soothe the local attitude.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 93.4
  • Activities: 96.4
  • Design: 93.0
  • Food: 90.2
  • Location: 94.7
  • Rooms: 94.7
  • Service: 91.2
The Alpine ski lodge has a "really beautiful facade" of woven timber and shingles, stone veneer from local quarries, and fire pits scattered throughout the grounds. Bamboo bed linens, goose down duvets, and views of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak through picture windows enhance the rooms in whites and browns. Solstice's menu leans towards regional fare: Maine lobster, Vermont lamb. After a day schussing, get a "revitalizing sports massage" at the spa.

(312 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Golf, Pool, Skiing, Spa, Tennis

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