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... factory! We ended in the taste room and were given samples of their new flavor, Broccoli Cheddar with mashed kidney Bean ice cream! Hah! That grabbed our attention especially the couple of kids in the group. They flipped the flavor sign around and we all were given generous scoops of Americone (something?). Oh well, it was vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks, caramel ...
Vermont is GREEN! As far as you can see, trees are clothed in leaves and across the miles, it appears solid GREEN! It certainly makes one understand why so many people are drawn to Vermont during the fall colors. It must be spectacular in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows! We followed Scenic Rt 100 along the spine of Vermont traveling pretty much the length ...
We left Vermont at 1pm to begin our 7 week journey. Heading to New York City to stay with a dear friend Will Robb.
Will has Saturday planned out - highlight include: seeing Dinosaurs at The Natural History Museum and riding on the subway!
Special thanks to Christie Allen for getting us all set up on this blog ...
... no homesickness yet. Has been amazing weather the past few days, so many people got sunburnt. However, we change clothes more in one day due to the weather and activities then Melbourne. The mornings are cool and then it's warm by 10:00, Lunch time is very warm and then we have showers before tea...then an evening activity that is bonding time and quite active that we are all hot and gross ...
... located within historic colonial buildings and the street is closed off to pedestrian traffic only. We stopped at an Irish place with a nice patio on the sidewalk for a couple bloody marys and a small bite to eat. If you looked down the strip of shops you can see a beautiful white steeple at the end of the street overlooking the bustling area. We both loved the city and could have spent all day walking around! The type of locals walking Church Street ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stowehof Inn
Loved our stay at the Stowehof Inn
Although we've been to Stowe many times, this was our first stay at the Stowehof. We loved it and plan to stay here from now on! The staff was exceptional - always friendly, accommodating and helpful. Our room was so comfortable with a pretty view. Everywhere you go in the Inn is warm and homey - so much to see and do. And the food at Emily's is out of this world. The Stowehof is the perfect place for couples to spend a romantic weekend, but also caters to families with children. The children love the pool and the many games to play in the game room. We can't wait to return to the Stowehof this summer to enjoy the Inn during warm weather!
Great Place to Stay with Toddlers!
This was our third return trip to the Stowehof Inn. We have recommended this inn to many family and friends because it is a great place to be with kids! We always try to look for a 'suite' (our twins are 3)so that once they go to bed, we can still relax & feel like we are away. Besides the outdoor activities, we all loved the indoor pool and there were lots of games & books in the room off of the main dining room to keep them happy and occupied. Great customer service from the staff which is nice with small children. We had dinner at Emily's restaurant-- we would highly recommend the rack of lamb although everything was delicious. This is a great inn for every season of the year. We are planning a return trip in the spring & making it into a family reunion!
Great place to ring in the New Year!
While I always feel compelled to share my thoughts on a bad experience, rarely am I moved to write about a terrific experience. The Stowehof made the difference.
We just arrived home after spending Christmas week at the Stowehof. Not only did we find our rooms to be warm and cozy, they were comfortable and each had its very own charm. The views are second to none! When we weren't enjoying the area amenities (skiing, hiking, awesome shopping and restaurants, etc!) we utilized the pool area at the Stowehof or had fun in the pub. About the only thing we missed was a romantic sleigh ride --- next year!
We found the staff, particularly the owners, so warm, friendly and accomodating. We really felt we knew them, and vice versa, by the time we left. My children had a great time using the pool tables and playing games in the living room upstairs by a roaring fire. The meals were outstanding - the only complaint was that we got so full at breakfast, it was hard to fit into our ski clothes! It was a truly magical week.
We would recommend the inn without hesitation. We are already looking forward to our next Christmas vacation at the Stowehof!
Disappointed , again
My wife and I love the pub, restaurant, common areas, and views from the Stowehof, but unfortunately it keeps falling short in other areas.
Rooms: First of all, many of the rooms are on the small side and not very well cleaned. We did some hiking one day and a brought back a bit of dirt on my boots that got on the carpet. The dirt was there 3 days later, when we left. We had a balcony, with a nice view, but the cigarette butts on the railing, dirty ashtrays, and more butts on the rooftop below really took away from the experience. The butts were there when we arrived, and still there when we left.
Linens: Next, they seem to have an ongoing challenge getting clean linens- we were there for president's day and there was a wedding, so we were told because of this it was hard to have fresh linens early in the day and after asking twice and waiting for over an hour, we gave up getting fresh towels for the pool. What really ticked me off was the staff thought it was a completely valid response to say that the reason we can't give you clean linens on time was that it was a holiday weekend and they were really busy - and yet, the booking dept at the Stowehof saw it fit to charge a premium for this weekend - fine, but see to it that we get decent service.
Messy: The common areas need some attention. Sure they provide tea and cookies in the main room, but you better get there early. We tried 2 nights in a row to get some after dinner and the table was a mess, empty tea bags, open sugar packets, stirrers, and dirty napkins all over the table, just no tea and cookies left. Also the carpeting and lighting in the hallways really need some work.
Fireplaces: This was a really unfortunate - they have these wonderful fireplaces in the common areas. We were there in 40 degree weather for 3 nights and never saw a fire. C'mon guys, invest in some wood.
Extras: I don't mind paying for good service and fine amenities, but the Stowehof has a bad habit of trying to hit you with more charges once they get you in the door (reminds of paying for butter in a restaurant in Prague). We didn't get their meal program, so that meant for breakfast we were limited to boxed cereal and some danish. If we wanted the eggs, pancakes and bacon, we were hit with another charge - it was minimal, like $6/person, but I thought it was ridiculous that they would take the effort to charge some guests for one portion of a buffet. It felt very cheap - we spent over $1,000 there for 3 nights, and they couldn't through in some scrambled eggs? Also, beware - I got hit with a $50+ phone charge for calling into an 800 line to synch up my work computer. In the room a minimal fee was listed, but when I checked out, and questioned the young girl working there with a thick eastern eurpean accent what that charge was for, she responded that they recently changed their policy, but didn't put the new rate cards in the room. Again I felt like I was in Prague circa 1989. Conveniently, the manager wasn't available to dispute the charge, so I just paid it. I hope they appreciate the extra $68 for the phone charge and 3 hot breakfasts, because of it, we will likely not be back again anytime soon.
Dinner Service: We like the food in the dining room and made a reservation for the wine dinner on Sunday night. 2 meals, plus a bottle of wine for a decent price. Sounds great. We made an 8:30 reservation, we were seated at 9:20. Even worse, there was no one there to greet us, so after waiting for 20 mins we had to pull over a waiter and ask what was going on - again, we got, "so sorry, holiday weekend, very busy." A glass of wine or a martini would have gone a long way to make us feel better about the situation, but again the Stowehof say it fit to get another $15 out of us for the wait. Btw, when we did get our table, the best bottle of wine that was part of the package was sold out. And, as you might expect, the best meals were an additional $7-10. Gotcha, again.
So in summary, we have a love-hate relationship with the Stowehof. It is ideally situated, has great views, and a lot of charm. But the folks running it have got to do a better job. They really don't seem to get it. Instead of being treated like a guest, we felt we were just targets for getting a few more $$. Worse yet, when presented with problems (eg. "our reservation was 45 minutes ago,") instead of doing something about it, they are well versed in excuses and "its not my fault/what do you want me to do about it" responses. This place can be so much better, I truly truly hope that they improve, but for now I really can't recommend that you spend your money there.
I do hope that they get things in order - Stowe mountain is investing in a huge retail, condo, village development and while this will make things more convenient when getting off the slopes, it will take away from some of the authenic charm of the Stowe. I can only hope that it will make things a bit more competitive and force players like Stowehof to sharpen up their game.
Wedding fairytale come tru
charming atmosphere- throughout the inn. Warm smiles to greet and assist in all your needs. "a home away from the home you dreamt you had"
Victorian like feel to the guest rooms t1-t2 . they are the ultimate in sweet accomadations. Some rooms need remodeling- and a sense of style.
I chose to have my wedding here- with 14 guest. It was outside on the rolling hills, down I came in my horse drawn carriage to my price charming and guest that were being entertained by the harp and flute players. There were doves set free, candles ignited to join hands in marriage, and rose petals on the grounds. My guest were astonished. They told me this was the nicest wedding they had ever benn apart of. I beleive them. The dinner was exceptional!!! I am soooooooo picky with food.
tasty, not over spiced , perfect. The setting lovely, waiters met all needs, and the piano player was a finishing touch. It was small and intimite , like the inn itself.The stowehof reflects an age of innocence and romance.
The outdoor pool is chilly, but serene. The poolhof (indoor pool is great)
they have a hottub- soooooo cozy- speaking of cozy- the pub down stairs is just that cozy and family friendly. Squishy comfortable sofas, board games, and decent cocktails are offered in a dim lite room. everything is perfect , if your looking for cozy sweet indulgence come here. Remember the only thing you must be careful of is the rooms are diffrent for diffrent taste. some spacious, and more modern- great views. some small and sweet, (those are my favorite) Canopy beds? arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....
the town is close by, visit Ben and Jerry's ice cream its fun. They have tours. Eat here , you will love it. stay here you wont want to leave.
Danielle The princess of stowehof long ago....
Very very good
My husband and I were referred to hte Stowehof by a friend and we're so glad we went! THe views were great, the staff was friendly and helpful and the breakfast was delicious. THe breakfast comes with the room.
We didn't eat dinner in the dining room, but it looked lovely. We did, however, have a few drinks in the pub which was great. We took our drinks outside and watched the sun set over the mountains.
We weren't planning on going back to Vermont any time soon, but we have already rebooked for another weekend this summer. It was that good!
Better than expected
My wife and I drove through Vermont in September and one of our best stops was at the Stowehof Inn. We're used to staying in junky bed and breakfast places, but a friend told us about the Stowehof. The place is beautiful, the view is spectacular and we definetely plan to go back. It's nice to see a place that has loads of modern bonus features (indoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, neat little pub) that still keeps its rustic charm. We'll be back next year!
Go for the view, but stay at another inn
We stayed here in early October, 2004 in the red fireplace room (the picture is on the Stowehof website). The room above was quite noisy, and you could hear every step that they took. The inn supposedly underwent a renovation recently, but walking down the halls on the inside of the inn made you feel like you were in a cheap hotel (and it smelled bad in the halls...distinctively like lemon-scented Pledge in some areas). The views are great (especially for fall foilage), but just come for the views (maybe for dinner), and stay elsewhere, as the inn is too expensive for the quality of rooms it provides. We also had a problem with low water pressure (and only lukewarm water), which the repair person came twice to fix it (as well as the manager), and it still remained broken. If you do end up staying here, and they tell you (or leave a message on your answering machine) that there will be a "wedding" here, that also means a reception with loud music (as happened to us). If this happens, simply complain (we got 2 free dinners out of it). My advice, don't stay here.
The inn did not meet my expectations at all. The rooms were very small with very little air circulation. They also had a lot of hidden costs. I was quoted one rate on the phone and paid over $50 a night more when I checked out. The owners were rude and they will nickel and dime you until the end. Don't stay here. Definitely not worth the high price.
Stowe's Premier Inn
The Stowehof Inn & Resort is a truly one of Stowe's premier propeties.
The 46-room Inn is situated high on a hill top overlooking the valley with magnificant views of Mount Masfield. This family owned and opetated Inn is truly what we were looking for when we planned a long weeknd in Vermont. The Inn has mainained its original character and intrique while renovation and TLC have modernized the facility including a brand new indoor pool area featuring a hot tub, sauna, and workout room. Emily's Dining Room was by far the best culinary expereiece of the trip-- a true fine dining experience--the menu blends European flare with American influenece with an unmatched wine list--there is also a pub, located downstairs that was a wonderful retreat at the end of the day. All the rooms feature private baths, phones, TV's, duvet covers, terry cloth robes and ours had some amazing views. Overall this is the place to be in Stowe--they cater to there guests needs and do do with a genuine smile--A DO NOT MISS for the discerning traveller!