Stowe Mountain Resort: First-Rate, All Seasons Vermont Holiday
As I awoke in my king-size bed snuggled in some of the softest sheets I’ve ever felt, I couldn’t help but smile as I anticipated another superb day at Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort. My day began with a cup of tea on my room’s balcony. Looking out onto the famous landscape of the Green Mountain State with the peaks reaching up into the clouds, I remember thinking I could relax here forever – but at a resort like Stowe, there’s so much to do that I couldn’t be kept in my room for long.
Refuelling at the Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge
After a warm breakfast, I walked through the hotel admiring the gorgeous furniture and design, toward the spa, where I decided to treat myself to a facial. The spa was as lovely as I had anticipated it would be, and after just a short while sipping fruit-infused water, my aesthetician took me into the treatment room. The next hour was pure bliss as I was pampered with an exotic smelling mask and a face massage. I left feeling completely rejuvenated, with glowing skin and a tube of the delicious smelling lotion to take home.
A World-Class Property
After the lovely facial, I stopped for some herbal tea at the Beanery, just one of the many places to eat on property, and took a stroll around the shops. After drooling over the wonderful selection of outerwear, I walked over to one of the two 18-hole golf courses. I’m not a golfer, but I do recognize a pristine, world-class golf course when I see one. The Stowe Mountain Club, which is part of the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary Program, is certainly up to par. After a short time admiring the beautifully preserved natural surroundings, I wandered back to the hotel where I indulged in a delicious burger and fries at the Solstice Restaurant.
Adventures in the Treetops
Feeling very satisfied after my lunch, it was time for an action-packed afternoon, and that meant going to the top of Stowe Mountain Resort’s Mt. Mansfield for the Zip Tour Adventure. After a short safety orientation, I rode the gondola up the mountain to an elevation of 3,642 feet. Once at the top, I took a few minutes to appreciate the mind-blowing view before approaching the zip line. I must admit that I felt somewhat nervous. I have been on close to a dozen zip lines but never from this height or across this distance, nearly two miles all together. But, I took a deep breath and off I went. To say that the ride was exhilarating is an understatement; it was absolutely incredible and like nothing else I have ever done.
Once on the ground, it was onto something else that was also a first for me: challenging myself to complete the TreeTop Adventure, six aerial tree-to-tree courses consisting of 68 challenges. You’re attached to a safety cable in the serene Mansfield forest canopy and get to work your way around the course on suspension bridges, swinging logs, rope ladders, nets and more. Not only was it a good workout, it was also great fun; I highly recommend it!
After my afternoon of relaxation and adventure, a tasty dinner and wine awaited me in another of the world-class dining rooms. It was amazing to think how I had just barely touched on the summer activities that you can enjoy at Stowe. I couldn’t wait to return in the colder months when this beautiful green mountain becomes a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding and so much more.