The Best Hotels and Lodgings to Book in Stowe Mountain, Vermont
The views from Smugglers' Notch pass near Stowe Mountain are especially beautiful when the leaves change color | © Rasvan ILIESCU / Alamy Stock Photo
Overlooked by the smooth, snow-kissed curves of Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield, the historic ski resort of Stowe Mountain in Vermont is surrounded by trails. The first one was cut in 1933 and today there are 116 pistes catering to winter sports enthusiasts. Find the perfect basecamp for the end of the day – here are the best hotels and lodgings nearby, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Field Guide Lodge
4.4/5 (331 Reviews)
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The main town of Stowe is 7mi (11km) southeast of the Stowe Mountain Resort. Here, you’ll find some of the best accommodations in the area, such as Field Guide Lodge. The rooms are stylish and modern, utilizing nature-inspired artworks and ornately carved wooden furniture. Hearty breakfasts, including overnight oats and pastries, are included in the fee and the spread changes from day to day. For the warmer months, there’s an outdoor pool.
Stowe Motel & Snowdrift
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It may look like your standard motel from the outside, with a long row of one-story motel rooms fronted by parking spots, but there’s much more to Stowe Motel & Snowdrift. There’s an outdoor pool, ringed by cheerful yellow parasols, a tennis court and mountain bike rentals. The Snowdrift also hosts a farmer’s market on Sundays from 9am to 3pm. Rooms are clean and have wood-burning fireplaces. Wood supplies are replenished daily.
The Lodge at Spruce Peak
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If you’re coming to Stowe Mountain to ski, and you’d like to be housed in the thick of the winter sporting action, look no further than the Lodge. This stunning accommodation with a wooden, alpine facade is a ski-in, ski-out lodge with proximity to almost all of the resort’s main gondolas and ski lifts. Rooms range from doubles with a fridge and coffee maker, to full apartments with their own kitchen, living space and mountain views.
Resort, Hotel, Luxury
4.5/5 (447 Reviews)
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If you opt for the rather confidently named Topnotch Resort, know that the property’s name is not ironic. Ensconced amid dense forest, midway between Stowe and the mountain resort, Topnotch is home to an excellent spa with various pools, including a 60ft (18m) indoor pool, and a tennis academy. The main restaurant serves regional dishes to tables that offer mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows. In winter, you can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forest.
Visitors to Stowe Mountain have been staying at the Stowehof since 1950. As the name suggests, there’s a strong German influence to this fine old hotel, with its wooden balconies, and rustic wood and brick design. The Fritz Restaurant explores Vermont’s Bavarian heritage through its dishes – such as pork schnitzel – and beers. The hotel rooms have a plush chalet vibe, with four-poster beds and gentle, warm lighting.
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One hotel that packs in the New England charm is the isolated retreat of Edson Hill, consisting of a main manor house and additional guest lodgings, all reachable via a scenic, tree-lined road. This is the perfect place to escape the crowds in luxury, while being on nature’s doorstep. Rooms in the manor are individually named and decorated, combining period furnishings with modern amenities. For example, the If Not Now, When? room contains brass antiques and a marble bathroom with underfloor heating.
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
Spa Hotel, Resort
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The expansive Stoweflake resort in Stowe benefits from the town’s amenities and boutique shopping – and has easy access to all of the outdoor pursuits via the free trolley shuttle to Stowe Mountain. The accommodations range from comfortable guest rooms, with a cushioned seating area, to fully furnished townhouses suited to groups and families. Charlie B’s is an on-site American grill restaurant and pub, and there’s a spa cafe beside the outdoor pool.
Smugglers' Notch Resort
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Looking for a family-friendly resort? North of Stowe Mountain, on the road towards Jeffersonville, is the Smugglers’ Notch Resort – where you’ll find plenty to keep adults and kids entertained throughout the year. During the warmer months, take the kids to the water park or leave them at a pirate singalong while you unwind with a treatment at the massage center. Hiking, biking and skiing are popular outdoor activities, while the FunZone indoor playground is open all year.
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Long before there was a ski resort in Stowe, travelers were drawn to the region for its beautiful mountain landscapes. To experience a little piece of Stowe history, stay at the Green Mountain Inn, where guests have been welcomed since 1833. The site has since grown considerably to encompass more than 100 rooms, each touched with the elegance of antique furniture, a blue, cream and gold color palette, and jacuzzis by the fire.
These recommendations were updated on September 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.