We were in Stowe for a summer getaway weekend. While the website for the resort made it clear that this was a separate building, it was rather vague about spreading attributes and amenities across all the facilities they own. So while the Inn was about a third less money than The Lodge, we were disappointed that it was much less than half as nice. Certainly more motel than inn. The restaurant/lounge was closed, the view was of a large parking lot, the first floor room did not offer direct access to the spartan pool, the decor was dated, they provided in-room coffee but only those little plastic water cups to drink it from, and their continental breakfast offering was stuck in the late 70's; meaning no waffle iron, fresh sticky buns or baked goods now standard at economy chains.
That said, we didn't go to Vermont for the hotel room. It was less than a mile to the part of the property where the real resort stuff was. The Apline Slide was fun, but insanely overpriced at $70 for a family of four to ride once - ONCE!. We were really looking forward to it so we splurged. If you're only going to do it once, ignore the signs and go fast (might as well make the most of those insurance premiums that have the price so jacked!) I got down the thing a full two minutes before the rest of my family and could have gone much faster (okay, I am a race driver). Don't be an idiot, but do have fun! The other two things at the so-called Adventure Park were for the 10-and-under set and equally overpriced.
Across the road was the gondola up Mt. Mansfield. It was cool, but left you just shy of the summit. The most direct trail turned out to be a super difficult hand-over-hand scramble. We might have been deterred if we had actually read the back of the map, glad we didn't because the challenge was a real highlight of our weekend. That bit of adventure you're looking for... this is it. ArborTrek was our other favorite activity. Do the zip line rather than the obstacle course (way too much work), and do it even if you're afraid of heights. Heights are my one phobia, and the security of the harness made it a none issue... except for the final jump out of the tree, that was tough, but doable considering I had just spent two death-free hours 60 feet in the air.
Other musts... Go to Burlington, it's a great town. Stop in Waterbury on the way to Stowe... it's a magical place where Ben and Jerry's is just a quarter mile from Alchemist Brewery/Cannery. Go to places like Prohibition Pig to eat local chartulary (i.e., bacon) and drink local 2xIPAs like Heady Topper and the less mentioned Lawson's Double Sunshine (I think I prefer Lawson's, but need to do more taste testing, hic.). These world-famous beer are only sold in this part of VT... and believe me, people get on planes to taste them, don't miss out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Slopeside Inn & Condominium Complex located at Vermont's highest peak. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Inn At The Mountain Hotel Stowe
- Hotel At The Mountain
- Inn At The Mountain Stowe, Vermont