5 Ways to Experience Winter in Stowe

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Curated by the Stowe Area Association

Looking for the quintessential New England experience this winter? Dreaming of carving fresh pow on the trails? Here are five ways to experience what National Geographic calls one of "The World's Best Ski Towns" this winter:

  1. Play at the mountain. Stowe Mountain Resort has the most skiing and riding terrain open in the east, with 82 inches of fresh snowfall this season and state-of-the-art snowmaking producing optimal skiing and riding conditions. Explore other activities at the resort, like ice skating or relaxing by an outdoor fireplace, while absorbing the natural beauty of Mt. Mansfield–the highest peak in Vermont. Take the complimentary Stowe Mountain Road Shuttle to and from your hotel room
  2. More snowy fun. Winter has arrived, and with more snow in the forecast, there are other winter activities to enjoy, like snowmobiling, sleigh rides; and, dog sledding. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing are also popular with Stowe's world-class Nordic trail system and variety of trails nearby. Need gear? Pick up equipment rentals and other sports gear and apparel in town.
  3. Festive activities. Holiday shopping is an adventure in Stowe. Find the perfect gift for your family and friends during Reindeer Quest (through December 24). #ShopStowe and win prizes as you collect snowflake stamps at Stowe shops. Enjoy a live holiday performance, children's activities, cooking and food demonstrations, New Year's Eve celebrations and other events.
  4. Eat, drink and be merry. Ranked one of the "World's 10 Best Ski Towns for Foodies" by Fodor's Travel, Stowe is home to a variety of dining establishments and craft beverage producers. Sample craft beverages on the Stowe Craft Bev Trail and other local flavors on the Stowe Tasting Trail.
  5. Plan your stay. Stowe offers quality accommodations for every taste and budget. Solidify your winter plans with the Midwinter Getaway or the Extend Your Weekend lodging offers. Not sure where to start? Visit us online at gostowe.com, call us at (800) 467-8693 or stop by the Visitor Information Center while in town. Exclusive discounts for lodging, activities, equipment rentals and events are available year-round.

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36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont

August 19, 2015

36 Hours | By JEREMY EGNER | New York Times

"Burlington, Vermont’s largest city at just over 42,000 residents, comes alive in summer. The deep aquamarine Lake Champlain thaws and Waterfront Park, built on industrial land reclaimed in the 1980s during Senator Bernie Sanders’s tenure as the city’s mayor (he announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination there in May), teems with students and families. Kayaks and skiffs dot the water’s glassy surface while runners and bikers fill shoreline paths. Abundant recreational opportunities along with the city’s high walkability factor — you can stroll from the postcard-pretty downtown to the burgeoning arts scene in the South End — mean foodie tourists can burn off calories as quickly as they pack them on. (It’s a nice thought, at least.)"

My wife and I have enjoyed wonderful meals at Hen of the Wood, A Single Pebble, Henry's Diner, Leunig's Bistro & Café; and others, of course. We regularly explore and shop at the Church Street Marketplace; and, we've explored the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. We've also been treated to a weekend 'in town' at the Hotel Vermont

Read the complete article at NYTimes.com | See the video on my homepage

A little piece of Austria in a lot of Vermont

A little piece of Austria in a lot of Vermont

Somewhat of a different approach, a bit irreverent, for a getaway review. Here's a snippet, with a link to the complete story. What do you think?

by Sandra O'Connell, The Irish Times
August 22, 2015

"In the rousing final scene of The Sound of Music, we leave the Von Trapp family, in a crescendo of capes, escaping over a mountain. How nice, therefore, on the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, to see where they fetched up – in a ski lodge in Vermont.

Boy, was it worth the walk. The Trapp Family Lodge (they lost the Von somewhere over the Alps) is nothing less than a little piece of Austria in a lot of Vermont. You’ll know because that’s what the sign at the gate says.

Of course, the people in the movie weren’t the real Von Trapps, just Julie Andrews and that bloke with the whistle. It’s a subtle distinction, which these real, live, non-movie star Trapps seem at pains to point out.

The walls of their gorgeous Alpine-style hotel (lots of dormer windows and decorative fascia) are bedecked with posters from the movie. But despite the weekly Sound of Music events and occasional sing-songs, you can’t help but feel the descendants, at best, ambiguous about the movie."

Read the complete story here.

Stowe Mountain Lodge makes "Curbed Ski's 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels" list

Thursday, July 16, 2015, by Megan Barber | ski.curbed.com

When this popped up in my eMail just this past Friday, I couldn't wait to see if Stowe made the list. It was! Read on...

"Summertime in the mountains is in full swing, and Curbed Ski is celebrating by releasing a brand-new edition of our Hotel 38 map, our answer to the question, "Where should I stay in ski country?" Whether you use this list to make your 2016 ski plans or to book a summer getaway, we've curated the top ski town hotels from east to west, from Stowe to Tahoe, and all the way north to Whistler. While largely of the luxurious nature, we've also made sure to include a range, from classic top-notch hotels like the The Little Nell, to boutique spots like Telluride's Lumiere, and to B&B's loaded with personality like Whitefish's Garden Wall Inn and Vermont's Pitcher Inn. In this edition, we've cut Alta's Rustler Lodge in favor of Sun Valley's newly renovated Sun Valley Lodge. And while we love the Goldener Hirsch Inn in Park City, we've chosen to refresh the list with the gorgeous St. Regis Deer Valley Resort. So without further adieu, we present the best hotels in ski country.

Keep in mind that the order follows not from best to worst, but simply from east to west."

Nonetheless, there was Stowe Mountain Lodge, at #3! "When it opened in 2008 with 300 guest rooms, the Stowe Mountain Lodge brought the full-service amenities of a resort hotel more commonly found at Western ski areas back to New England, including the hotel’s alpine cabin architecture, stone-framed fireplaces, top-notch service including ski, golf, and fly-fishing “sherpas,” loaner Mercedes, and stellar outdoor pool and hot tub. Its success has been enough to garner the attention of National Geographic and more than a few other publications."

Read Megan Barber's complete article here, at Ski Curbed.

When in Burlington, the Hotel Vermont will be our Address

 Our room with a view

Our room with a view

With all the positive press garnered by the new Hotel Vermont since it opened in June, my wife and I went to the big city to see for ourselves. And, of course, we absolutely had to dine at the new, and 2nd location of Hen of the Wood (read the very recent Seven Days review), which is somehow associated with the hotel, despite it being next door without an interior connection.

Well, I'm here to tell you we have found our new and best close-to-home getaway. The hotel was immaculate; our room couldn't have been better; and, the staff was attentive, polite, and efficient.

Going to Burlington for an afternoon to poke around before lunch or dinner is no longer just a day trip, but rather an opportunity for an exceptional 1-night vacation. And while we may not eat at Hen of the Wood every time, the Hotel Vermont will be our Burlington address.

I found this review that is consistent with our own:

Hotel Vermont: It's So Vermonty!

Burlington's Eco-Chic New Hotel Has True Vermont Style in Every Detail

By Kim Knox Beckius | About.com New England Travel

When a state governor stands in the lobby of a new hotel and pledges support to ensure it is "sold out every night," you know this is no ordinary establishment. Hotel Vermont (check rates at Kayak.com) is the state's first independent hotel to open in 40 years, and it's more than a hip place for Burlington visitors to rest their heads. Owned by entrepreneurial Vermonters and built with environmental sensitivity and a commitment to local producers of everything from furniture to flannel robes to food, Hotel Vermont is a vibrant showcase for all that makes Vermont singular among the nation's 50 states.

At Hotel Vermont's June 25, 2013 grand opening, Governor Peter Shumlin also vowed to be at the first table when acclaimed Vermont Chef Eric Warnstedt opens his second Hen of the Wood farm-to-plate restaurant on the premises in late August 2013, an addition that will cement the hotel's status as the destination for an authentic Vermont experience.

Read the rest of this review here.