05672 Travel Guide
Skiing is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Stowe, Vermont. (And quite possibly Anywhere, Vermont.) But non-New Englanders might not realize it’s quite the summer resort too. There are towering Green Mountain views, and it’s only 45 minutes away from big, blue Lake Champlain.
And bringing a little extra bump and grind to the pastoral land of bed and breakfasts is Topnotch Resort and Spa, which reopened last summer after a major renovation that turned it into a sleek, almost citified destination that appeals to well-heeled thirty-something crowds that want craft beer scenes and tiered patio pools, not crocheted couch slipcovers. And this season they’ve upped the ante with “Topnotch Summer,” a so-dubbed series of pulse-quickening programs.
Topnotch Resort at Stowe Mountain in Vermont is undergoing a face lift this ski season, redoing the lobby to provide views of Mt. Mansfield (Vermont's highest peak). The construction will also result in updated guest rooms and a new restaurant.
Despite the work being done on property, the resort is still open for business as usual (FYI there are no longer cranes on property as the project has entered "phase two"). The resort is offering a reduced rate during the revamp , a gesture we can appreciate. The discounted "Renaissance Rate" starts at $200 per night. Normal rates begin at $250. So, you're basically saving the cost of a tank of gas. Pretty decent.
Many hotels remain open during renovations, but with something so central as the lobby under the knife, we wondered how it might affect a guest's experience. So we did some digging around to see what people were saying.
For those of you who always wondered what happened to the Von Trapp family after that long hike over the Alps, the answer lies in Stowe, VT.
It appears the family sang themselves to America, bought a farm, sang about it, and their descendants turned it into the Von Trapp Family Lodge.
Stowe's hills are certainly alive with the sound of music, and noisy bratty kids too. A HotelChatter tipster tells us that it's hard to find a quiet spot as every room seems to be occupied with 2-3 kids.
Room walls are thin, so when you are in bed trying to think of your favorite things-- like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens-- you might hear your neighbors kids bouncing on beds, and shrieking like feral cats.
A hotel employee-- probably sixteen going on seventeen-- may offer you a tour of the spa facilities-- explaining rather embarrassed that the plaster and exposed wiring will soon be turned into an up-market spa. We hear, unless you are a carpenter, there isn't much to see.
Ok, maybe we took this Sound of Music thing a little far, and as always, remember the above info was garnered from one tipsters opinion.
· Trapp Family Lodge Hotel [TripAdvisor]