Stowe is the quintessential charming New England town, with a church steeple surrounded by wooded hills, four-season outdoors adventures, traditional Christmas celebrations, farm-to-table restaurants and a quaint downtown. It’s known as the Ski Capital of the East, and is a destination for many other winter sports as well.
Spring and summer are when Vermont lives up to its name, “Green Mountain”, and the hills do come alive with the sound of music, including at the Trapp Family Lodge outdoor concerts (yes, that Trapp Family). There’s also the spectacular hot air balloon festival, miles of trails and some challenging mountain hikes, and craft stores and restaurants to explore.
Fall is the season for hayrides and cider and of course the colors for which the area is famous. And there’s a beautiful starry night sky any time of the year. Places to stay include fabulous ski lodges, quirky inns and boutique resorts, or you could find a cabin tucked away in the woods. To help you plan, here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Stowe, Vermont (in no particular order)…
1. Timberholm Inn – a charming family-run B&B that blends history with modernity
One of the first ski lodges in Stowe, the nine-room Timberholm Inn is an excellent choice for those who enjoy a rural charm, stunning mountain views, and easy access to all kinds of entertainment Vermont is famous for.
Built more than 70 years ago, the bed and breakfast retains the spirit of the bygone era thanks to the abundance of knotty pine, antiquities, old books, and a massive stone fireplace. At the same time, Timberholm Inn has everything a modern era has to offer, and a little more on top of it.
After a day of skiing or hiking, can anything be better than a spa tub? All in all, a cosy home-like atmosphere, proximity to the Stowe’s historical centre, and picturesque views of the Worcester Mountain Range are what make Timberholm Inn a must-visit.
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2. The Stowehof Hotel – a stunning resort that offers 26 acres of entertainment for guests
Whether you look for privacy or new acquaintances during your holidays, Stowehof Hotel has got you covered. Spread over 26 acres of rolling meadows, the hotel has a beautiful library for those who like unwinding at a book, two gorgeous fireplaces, game nooks, a sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, and much more to help you feel at home.
Stowehof takes pride in its expansive common living room with huge panoramic windows as well as an individual approach to decorating every room.
While breathtaking mountain views are a sight for sore eyes, gastronomic delights are a real feast for the stomach. An American-style restaurant and on-site bar will help you discover the real taste of Vermont.
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3. The Lodge at Spruce Peak, a Destination by Hyatt Residence – a travel sustainable lodge that provides the ultimate luxurious experience
As New England’s only ski-in, ski-out resort, The Lodge at Spruce Peak will transfer you to the centre of mountain culture.
It takes just a few minutes to get to Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, and its numerous ski slopes as well as hiking and bike trails via an on-site elevator and gondola transfer adjustment to the hotel.
Should you choose to stay on the premises, your entertainment options will include an 18-hole golf course, a swimming tunnel with an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centres, just to name a few.
The suits are as impressive as common areas – floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, marble bathrooms, and hearths will ensure an inimitable experience.
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4. Field Guide Lodge – a trendy in Stowe, perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs
Conveniently sitting in the heart of Stowe, Field Guide Lodge is a jumping-off place for all your hiking, skiing, biking, and nature-exploring adventures.
The trails passing right outside the back door of the hotel beckon you to experience exciting nature-centred activities and attractions of the gorgeous Green Mountain.
After a day in the lap of nature, a seasoned pool, hot tub, or a spacious lounge are perfect for unwinding. The hotel’s 30 rooms are divided between the cosy and comfortable Lodge Room and spacious and stylish Trail House.
No matter which room you pick, you can count on a traditional New England lodging vibe with a modern twist.
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5. Golden Eagle Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection – a beautiful hotel where guests can admire panoramic mountain views
Located within walking distance from the Stowe Village and only a dozen minutes away by car (or complimentary shuttle service) from Stowe Mountain Resort, Golden Eagle is more than a match for those who enjoy blending outdoor activities with shopping, gastronomic delights, and cultural discoveries.
If seek relaxation after an action-packed day, the hotel’s sauna, fitness, a 14-person hot tub, and two (indoor and outdoor) pools really hit the spot. Majestic views will pursue you whether you choose stylish residential-style rooms or atmospheric cabins.
This pet- and large group-friendly place awaits those who yearn to experience all that The Ski Capital of the East is much-loved for.
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6. Sylvan Rhapsody- Stowe Village Classic – a unique holiday home with funky modern decor ideal for large groups seeking privacy
Are you travelling in a large group and you need a nice place to stay for everyone? Sylvan Rhapsody- Stowe Village Classic will fit the bill.
This two-level, six-bedroom house can accommodate up to 14 guests providing ample sleeping space as well as multiple areas to get together and have fun.
Chill in a garden, admire the beauty of nature from a patio, create culinary masterpieces at your own kitchen, or have a barbeque – Sylvan Rhapsody will cater to all your needs.
The house is conveniently located right in Stowe Village and less than 10 miles from Mount Mansfield meaning that all village attractions and countless options for active recreation are just a stone’s throw away.
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7. Tälta Lodge – a charming lodge that is within close proximity to hiking and skiing locations
Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, Tälta Lodge provides access to a wealth of activities year-round. It even has its own pump track and bike shed for those who can’t imagine their vacation without a two-wheeler.
The hotel sits along the Little River and is just a short ride from Mount Mansfield, so if you long for adventures, it is the right place to stay. After a day in the lap of nature, Tälta Lodge offers relaxation by a pool, fire pit, or sauna.
The hotel’s design is an organic mix of the Alpine Scandinavian style, the vibe of the vintage mountain lodges, and a dash of modularity.
Equipped with riverside view decks, modular gear walls, and custom textiles, the rooms are equal parts welcoming and highly functioning.
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8. Goldilocks Cabin – one of the most amazing cabins in Stowe, perfect for a romantic escape
Have you ever dreamed of living in a mountain cabin but in a comfort of a fine hotel? Goldilocks Cabin can make your dreams a reality.
This two-bedroom holiday home is an embodiment of rustic charm thanks to the abundance of wood, draperies, antiquities, and calming flickering light coming from a wood stove.
Spend your day hiking, biking, or skiing, and then come back to unwind at a terrace featuring a grill or in an adorably decorated living room. Goldilocks Cabin is just what the doctor ordered if you’re looking for an antidote to the hustle and bustle of daily life.
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9. Classic Stowe Ski Chalet – one of the most Instagrammable chalets in Stowe
Ideal for small groups and families, Classic Stowe Ski Chalet guarantees 100% immersion in nature. Huge floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views of the woods and mountains while filling every room with welcoming light.
The already huge spaces become even more immense thanks to Scandinavian-style interiors and beams supporting the ceiling. Each of the three bedrooms and common areas are designed for relaxation, games, cooking, and your favourite pastimes.
The dominance of natural materials – stone, wood, iron, textiles – are a feast for the eyes, and lots of recreational activities just a few minutes away from Classic Stowe Ski Chalet are just what you need for a sound body.
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10. Green Mountain Inn – a cozy inn that offers great amenities, located in a historic part of Stowe
Want to dive headfirst into Vermont hospitality? The Green Mountain Inn is an enchanting and home-like place that has been welcoming guests for nearly 200 years.
In the 21st century, the hotel managed to retain much of its charm due to a focus on local aesthetics, handcrafted furniture made here in Vermont, and super friendly service.
The hotel is divided into 8 buildings, and each boasts its own unique atmosphere. The Stowe’s lively Main Street is just outside the door, while inside you can enjoy fire pits, massage treatments, a pool, and a state-of-the-art gym.
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