Travel Blogs from Stowe
Woke up this morning after another cool (OK, have had to use the furnace twice!) night, got ourselves around and pulled out. We headed to Waterbury, VT to enjoy a true flavor of the state for breakfast. Nope, not pancakes and maple syrup - we had ICE CREAM! We toured the Ben and Jerry Ice Cream Factory which is truly a sweet treat of an experience. Believe it or not, we ...
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 ...
Basic post, so much is happening but I'm having fun and enjoying my sleep.So hopefully I can post this in town with their wifi, Camp is amazing, very scenic, very green and definitely feel like it's a bubble. We don't know what's going around in the news, have very limited time to check Facebook as we are so busy (and the campers aren't even here yet!) Right now I'm typing this as we sit on a yellow school ...
... 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 resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Topnotch Resort Stowe
My Wife and I had a great visit to Stowe and stayed at Topnotch. The staff form the concierge to the doormen were truly five star. They truly were there to do anything they could to make you stay enjoyable. We stayed the first week of December and the hotel and Stowe for that matter was not busy at all. No need for reservations at any restaurant yet. The spa was great and my wife enjoyed it. They were finishing up spa renovations which should make the facilities great. There is an indoor pool, hot tub with waterfall as well as sauna and steam room which is open late and a nice way to end the day.
Overall a great hotel and they are in the process of renovations of rooms and in the next few years will be totally renovating the entire structure, to bring the hotel up to date. I would definitely stay here again on our next trip to Stowe.
Topnotch Stowe, top food and top spa
Topnotch......Top Food and Top Spa. My wife and I drove form Boston to stowe this past fall enjoying the Vermont leaf season. A three day stay at Topnotch resort was just the ticket. A great retreat spot with a "not to be missed" spa..
I have not visited this resort in the past ten years or so and was not certain what to expect. While the hotel was a bit weary or tired in its appeal the great dinners, spa treatments and genuine hospitlity that we recieved supported the hotels ratings and left us "wowed".
Before leaving we made reservations for our winter ski break. We won't be skiing Utah this year
we will be spending more time at topnotch and skiing stowe.
Not real impressed....
I had heard many positive things about the Topnotch and was very excited about staying there. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed. I expected far more in appearances and quality. Our room had a very musty smell to it and we were immediately moved to another. It was extremely, extremely small. Very disappointing. No views whatsoever unless you consider the covered pool worth looking at. The lounge area was always too smoky to sit in. We had breakfast at Maxwells which was good. I do have to say that the staff is very courteous and attentive. I will save my money on my next trip to Stowe and stay at the Trapp Family Lodge.
Fine and getting better
Great escape for my wife and I with our three children 11-16.
We have been vacationing at topnotch and hosting associates family and friends for over 20 years.
You can expect exceptional service, warm caring hospitality, excellent Spa - which is just being redone - world class. To avoid heartbreaks, book your spa appointments and Tennis, a week prior to arrival, especially afternoons, rainy days and weekends - they get booked!!!
If you travel, like us, with kids and friends - it is cheaper to stay at the onsite Resort Vilas - most of the 3 bedroom Resort homes are amazing for families or groups of friends - you get the extra space, private decks and some villas have party floors with billiard, plasma TVs, and games. Caution: insist on a recently redone and luxuriously furnished unit - don't get stuck in the Spartan few (don't try and save a few bucks on this).
If you are staying in a hotel room - don't stay in the old wing, above the admin offices - pay an extra few bucks and get a room in the newer wing, ideally facing away from the parking lot - choose mountain or garden exposure. If you smile and they have one they may even upgrade you upon arrival but do not count on miracles weekend and holidays - book what you need.
'Maxwell' and 'Buttertub' restaurants are solid, with an extensive wine list including our favorite "opus 1". Staff is attentive and well trained and service is correct, sometimes a bit slow. If you have a Spa appointment or tennis academy engagement, needing faster service - state so when you get seated.
In the summer, don't miss the Angus Burger or the Spa Salad, cranberry juice, while soaking the magnificent views at the outdoor poolside grill 'the Gazebo'.
Stowe is a beautiful little Vermont town, with many casual and fine restaurants, great bike path, walking and vistas better than in Austria or Switzerland.
Prices are fair (a bargain compared to Aspen) and if you pay a little more, you will have a great time, kids, and older parents - lots to do too! We have been in love with the resort for over 20 Years and we travel a lot!
Not worth the $$$
Was not impressed by the service or the decor. The pool and spa were better than the hotel which seemed as if it hadn't been updated since the 70's.
when your expectations are of a four diamond quality resort, i must say i was very disappointed.
the suite was overpriced for its appearance and quite small compared to others of similar ratings and price. believe me , I have stayed in some very nice establishments,
It was ok if it were a 3 star reflection, the staff courteous, the pool was excellent
this was topnotch perhaps 30 years ago.
by no means does this resort belong in the fine hotels of the world category.
i expressed my disappointment and was offered a free nights stay , if we gave it another chance
we will not take them up on their offer.
Exterior weak, service excellent
My wife and I spent a great weekend at the Topnotch Spa. The exterior (and to be honest, interior) are not stunning, but the rooms were clean and comfortable and the spa services are very well done. Maxwells, while a bit expensive, had great breakfasts and a very solid dinner (try the fois gras!). Additionally, I was extremely impressed with the reservation people. When I told the person I talked to that we were going to be there for our anniversary, she was very helpful and even upgraded our room. She was also quite helpful in combining two of their special packages in order to get us the mixture of price and spa services that worked for us.
As a side note, a great half-day activity is the hike up Stowe Pinnacle. It is a good workout, and offers excellent views of the area (although you should avoid this during bad weather as the top is exposed and very windy.)
We've been to Stowe a number of times, and enjoyed all of our stays (both at the Topnotch and the Trapp Family Lodge.) If you're looking for the W, Stowe is not the place to go, but if you want to enjoy the mountains and relax, Topnotch was very nice.
Hawaii in Vermont
Once I had a massage my vacation began. Brunch at "Maxwell's" with their smoked salmon benedict and a spicy bloody mary made me wish I could spend more time on the mainland. Outdoor pool with mountain view on a bright, sunny day was more than I had dreamed of. Staff truly caring, friendly and plugged in. They make all they difference in a completely effortless stay.
Don't expect more than a Motel 6
Boy were we disappointed !! Over-rated, teeny and depressing rooms that have not been refurnished in years. Teeny bathrooms. Room so small that they put the coffee maker on bathroom sink rim. Room smelled like mildew...and for this they charged $299/night. Do yourself a favor and take a pass.
Better that you think
My husband and I heard about the Topnotch from a friend. We were driving to Montreal and wanted to stop someplace nice on the way.It was not only beautiful, it was comfortable and the staff is incredible. We have been going there every 3 months if possible for the last 3 years.The spa is 1st rate without a stuffy staff. We have tried a different treatment every time we go there and have never been disappointed. The last time was a maple sugar scrub. You can get anything.Everyone is very friendly the restaurant "Maxwell's " is incredible, you should see their wine list. The food is to die for. Last of all check out there web site. Look at the pool it's beautiful, every season has been wonderful. Try itm they have great specials/packages.