We recently spent a wet, snowy late season ski weekend at the Brass Lantern. The inn is located along Rt. 100 about a quarter mile north of the village of Stowe. It’s convenient to Stowe's shops and restaurants, but barely 30 feet off of the highway. The interior is comfortable and spotless. Our room was fairly large with a king bed and a gas version of a wood stove, but nowhere to hang damp ski clothes. The bathroom had fully modernize fixtures, but as might be expected, old and troublesome plumbing. The room had windows on two sides: one directly facing Rt. 100 and the other looking out toward some condos across a quiet field. It may have had a view of the mountains in the distance, but that weekend the clouds and fog never lifted high enough for us to see. The road noise was not a problem for us since we were up early both mornings and traffic during the night is minimal. It may be more of an issue in summertime, particularly if you plan on sleeping late.
Breakfasts were a bit different than most B&B’s. Each day, there was a fixed menu consisting of a starter course and a main course. The starters were a fruit, nut, yogurt mix the first day and an apple cobbler type dish the next. Both were very good. The main course the first day was an egg concoction baked in small dish that was rather rubbery and tasteless. The next day it was a more traditional but undistinguished plate of pancakes and sausage. Coffee, tea, and juice were available, but no alternative foods other than some packaged oatmeal.
A small room off of the main entrance hall serves as a reception area. Upon entry to the inn, you are greeted with signs on several door frames and on every table in the reception area stating that no shoes, boots or other footwear is permitted anywhere in the inn. Considering our need to move the baggage and equipment associated with a lengthy ski trip from the snowy parking lot, through several rooms, a long hall, and steep stairs to get to our room this presented some problems. While contemplating this, the owner appeared and immediately handed us a form to sign which said that we would be charged another $30 per half hour if we stayed beyond 10:30 am on the day of departure. This was not the most pleasant way to greet guests, but since we were planning on skiing both days, I did not think it would be a problem. We signed the form and went back trying to shuffle our gear from the car to the room while minimizing our violations of the footwear rule. On Sunday the clouds and fog had descended into the valley completely obscuring the mountain. In addition, my wife had a painful ankle from an injury on Saturday, so we decided not to ski that day. Although we were up early, we took our time having breakfast and packing. After breakfast we found the plumbing in our bathroom no longer worked, requiring several painful trips downstairs by my wife to use the lower hall bathroom. While she rested her ankle, I started shuffling our bags and gear downstairs. By now we were approaching the 10:30 deadline. As I arrived in the reception area with the second load of gear, I see the owner moving my first load including my computer case out onto the ground of the wet snowy parking lot. Since I was still in my stocking feet so as to not violate rule one, all I could do was ask him stop. As I scrambled to get my boots on, his wife cheerily assured me that she would not charge me for violating rule two while trying to comply with rule one. It all provided an awkward ending to a not very comfortable weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We welcome you to our ca. 1810 brick farmhouse that has been respectfully and warmly renovated into a nine guest room Bed & Breakfast. All of our guest rooms include private bathrooms. Most have gas fired fireplaces, cozy sitting areas and spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield and the Sterling Mountain Range. We understand how important and precious your time away is and we work diligently to meet those expectations. See our reviews then see for yourself. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brass Lantern Hotel Stowe
- Brass Lantern Inn Stowe, Vermont