I have mixed feelings about Topnotch resort and spa. The three bedroom condo that we rented was really nice, and the grounds, despite the fact that some pretty major renovations were going on while we were there were nice as well, but all in all I felt it lacked that special feeling that would bring me back. Top Notch bills itself as “an idyllic country retreat,” yet I found it didn’t completely deliver. I suppose my biggest disappointment was my time at the spa. While the massage was truly one of the best I have ever had (her name was Rayln), the serene, peacefulness quickly left as soon as I walked through the door into the pool area, where it was filled with screaming kids ranging from the age of 5 to 11 years old. The noise level was jarring, so any attempt at enjoying the hot tub or pool was destroyed. If I had come to Top Notch with my kids (when they were young) I’m sure I would have a completely different feeling. The women’s locker room was pretty benign. The gym, while it had some decent equipment, was a little smelly as it had wall-to-wall carpet and sort of cheesy photo images on the walls in an attempt to brighten the area, which is housed in the lowest level/basement and has no natural light.
The restaurant, Norma’s, was really fantastic. We began the night with Mary, a true mixologist at the bar. It was as if we were in a speakeasy; we told her what we liked and she created some magic. The food was magnificent. We had the Butterfish, grilled zucchini rolls, shrimp dumplings, and chopped salad. The service was wonderful.
We also went on a horse-drawn carriage ride. I would NOT recommend this as it basically lasted for 15 minutes and went in a large circle, the same path that my husband and I had walked the day before (which I WOULD recommend).
My husband and his friend had a great day skiing, and my friend and I took a yoga class at Oxygen, up the street on Mountain Road.
All in all, I think this is more of a great family spot than a couples getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created in the grand tradition of New England hotels, where hospitality plays front and center,Topnotch Resort is a newly-rennovated hotel whose relaxed elegance and timeless character define what alpine luxury should be. Here, in a pristine wooded estate, guests find distinctive resort accommodations, imaginative dining, thoughtful touches, and welcoming smiles – as well as one of nature’s most spectacular displays. All just moments from the legendary terrain of Stowe Mountain and the picture-perfect village of Stowe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Topnotch Hotel Stowe
- Top Notch At Stowe
- Top Notch Spa
- Top Notch Resort
- Topnotch Resort Stowe, Vermont