As others have commented, it is a warm, comfortable inn. It is in a central location, between the mountain and town, nearby restaurants. They welcomed guests with hot delicious cider, and nice cake. There was wonderful daily homemade soup in the lounge for apres-ski. There was a large breakfast selection, we found breakfast outstanding, (recommend to have something from the menu and skip the specials) the most popular dishes are worth having. While it was a friendly atmosphere for my child, I feel it was geared more towards adults. There was however, a friendly sweet old dog, and a ping pong table in the basement, which we heard being used one evening, and inquired. Unsure if the ping pong table was intended for guests, or part of the innkeepers personal space, as it wasn't part of our tour. The innkeepers (Randy & Annette) were truely generous with their hospitality. Many little touches, including a granola bar near the door (perfect to bring along skiing or whatever the activity) The inn is clean and you quickly feel relaxed. While travelling with a child, in retrospect, we should have brought board games for the evening, as the lounge was full one evening watching football.
Aside from a nice bed and breakfast, there was a option to dine in, and have "Fondue with Heintz".
Perhaps we ordered the wrong item, we ordered beef (thought we would get more of an explanation, but - did not, my fault, I ordered anyway...thinking was a meal - with vegetables to cook as well). There were no vegetables, (a side salad) and there were 4 pieces of meat, and five tsp of dips. The beef was to be cooked in a chicken broth pot, Heintz suggested ~2 minutes, it was still raw, the burner appeared not able to keep the broth boiling or hot enough, and it took several minutes. (We seemed not to be the only table to have an issue with keeping their pot hot too.) Initially, there was only 5 very small tsp of dips...(he brought a larger portion of dijon mustard, etc - when asked) all the frustrating cooking and checking to see if was cooked for $26.95 (per person)- for 4 pieces of meat. (meanwhile Heintz never brought a beverage for my child (no other wait staff to assist him) They have a liquor license, (I was told, VT LAW - no BYOB, in the Bed & Breakfast, w/liquor license) So, if you want wine by the glass, there is one type of white wine or one red by the glass - (a shiraz -served in a small white wine glass) There are bottles of wine and beer sold as well. My child would not eat much of it, which was fortunate, because I was quite ill later that evening. Apart from the Fondue experience, The inn was cozy,
Randy and Annette are helpful, welcoming, warm and friendly - We should have just had some fondue dessert, and tried any of the restaurants nearby.
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- Also Known As:
- The Gables Hotel Stowe
- The Gables Inn Stowe, Vermont