The first thing you notice when you arrive at the Stowehof is the spectacular view of Mt. Mansfield. Set atop a hill on twenty-six acres that overlook Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Stowehof offers one of the best views in Stowe.
And while the surrounding mountains provide a beautiful backdrop, the Stowehof itself is a remarkable work of architecture.
The Stowehof was built in 1949, just as skiing’s popularity began to rapidly increase following the war. The original architect and owner wanted to design a lodge for skiers with a Swiss-Austrian style, while using materials from rural Vermont. The building incorporated reclaimed boards from local barns, pieces of a church, hand-hewn beams from the nearby Ethan Allen homestead, and petrified maples from the property to support the covered bridge-like entryway.
For the past fifteen years, the Stowehof has been owned and run by the Grimes family. The Stowehof has expanded and undergone several renovations to add many modern amenities, while preserving the original, cozy European feel. The Grimes family strive to create a comfortable and friendly environment for their guests, and they have done so with great success.
The Stowehof is just about halfway between the ski area Stowe Mountain Resort and downtown–a little over five minutes to either destination. The Stowe Bike Path is accessible from the bottom of the road, and many mountain bike trails are nearby, too.
The Stowehof has 46 rooms, each with a private bath. No two rooms are the same, and guests have the option of choosing among four different styles of rooms, each style with similar features.
“Ski Bum” rooms are fairly simple and cozy, while “Traditional” rooms have a little more space and include a full breakfast.
“Classic” rooms are larger, come with breakfast and great views, and some have Murphy beds to provide more space for additional people or families.
Stowehof’s “Premier” rooms are the most spacious, and include breakfast and terry cloth robes. Several of the premier rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, canopy beds, and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views.
It’s worth calling the Stowehof and speaking with someone to figure out what room would work best for you, as there is a wide range of rooms that can accommodate most budgets.
The Stowehof has plenty of amenities to keep you entertained as well, including a large indoor hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools, and a sauna. There are many tennis courts available for guests in the summer (tennis camp is offered, too), and in the winter, you can go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
The large common room has several fireplaces and small alcoves that are perfect for relaxing, reading, or playing games. Inside the lodge, guests have the option of dining at Coslin’s Pub (with delicious fondue), or can enjoy some fine dining at Emily’s Restaurant, which has an impressive wine collection.
If you’re visiting Stowe to ski, bike, or hike, the Stowehof is a perfectly located starting point for any outdoor activity. And once you head back to the Stowehof, you get to experience its classic European feel with strong Vermont influences in a spectacular setting.
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