It’s that time of the year when getting away for a weekend of winter sports and relaxation, is high on our list. Having been invited to Stowflake Resort we were super excited to make our way to the Vermont also known as the Green Mountain State, from New York City to spend a weekend in Stowe checking out the town and resort. Pro tip make sure, in case you decide to drive and not fly into Stowe’s closest airport, to take the I-87 North route as opposed to the I-91 N route, the traffic is horrendous through that route and you literally pass through half of New England.
We arrived at Stoweflake late Friday evening and were ready to begin exploring our surroundings. First we stopped for dinner in Charlie B’s Pub and Restaurant, the onsite restaurant at Stoweflake. We had a starter of shrimp cocktail, served with horseradish and a very delicious cheese plate- with Vermont goat cheese, Aged Cabot and chipotle spiced cheddar garnished with marmalade and pink pickled shallots. For mains we had a perfectly seared medium rare Grilled Cajun Ribeye topped with Blue Cheese & Bacon, Mashed Potatoes & Haricots Verts this was an extremely delicious cut of meat that was well-seasoned and pleasing to the palate, as a second main we shared the crab cakes, served with quinoa and kale.
Built in 1948 and owned and managed by the Baraw family, over the last 50 plus years Stoweflake Resort has grown into a property offering many luxury amenities. The Spa at Stowflake is not to be missed, particularly the Maple Sugar Body polish- which begins as an exfoliating treatment and is topped off with a moisturizing body butter scrub. Prior to taking advantage of the wonderful spa services- take a hike to Bingham Falls and check out Smugglers Notch State Park, the scenery is absolutely beautiful.
For all the ski and cold weather enthusiasts Stowe Flake boasts spectacular opportunities to snowshoe in the winter and of course, the ever popular downhill skiing. Stoweflake sits on 60 acres of beautiful land, where the hotel property sits and the property townhouses, which are available for rent for large groups and are generously appointed. Within a stone’s throw are the Stowe Recreation Path, championship golf, hiking and biking trails and myriad boutiques, galleries, and restaurants.
Stowe’s Ski Area is a short, complimentary shuttle ride away featuring and historic Stowe Village. Beer lover? Check out the Four Points Brew Tour. Make sure to eat along the way, the pours are really big! After hitting the slopes, you may want to hear some live music, go dancing and drink a good beer, check out the Rusty Nail. It’s a barn that’s been converted to a live music/bar venue. Stoweflake offers one of the most desirable locations in the village of Stowe.