Stowe Journals

Enjoying our week in Stowe Vermont

A June 2002 trip to Stowe by ckelly

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Quote: We try to visit Stowe at least once every two years. There is always plenty to do or relax if the mood strikes you.

Enjoying our week in Stowe Vermont

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Overview

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Stowe is a great vacation spot for doing lots or doing little. This time, we did not see any of the "attractions" since our plans were to do some sports and then spend time relaxing. Therefore we spent our time golfing (my husband signed up for the golf school which he loved),exercising in the health club, swimming at the brand new facility called The Swimming Hole, walking on Stowe's Recreation Path, playing tennis on the condo's courts and hiking. We spent the evenings dining at great restaurants. For first time visitors, visit Stowe's Visitor Information site which has lots of information . There are many links fr...Read More

Stowe Motel

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Hotel | "The Stowe Motel"

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Since our timeshare did not have air conditioning, we called up for a room at the nearby Stowe Motel. We were very happy with the clean and spacious room with nice cherry furniture. In addition to 2 beds, the room also included a refrigerator, table/desk, and chairs. Our room overlooked the nicely landscaped property and large outdoor pool. There were some activities (volleyball, tennis,etc on-site) plus, of course, the outdoor pool. The stay also included a continental breakfast which was held in the "hostess room." We stayed at the motel for two nights but they were not consecutive so we were keeping most of our stuff at the condo and then relaxing and sleeping in the Motel room. The Mote...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2002

Stowe Motel
2043 MOUNTAIN ROAD
Stowe, Vermont 05672
802-253-7629

Mountainside Resort

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Hotel | "Mountainside Resort at Stowe"

Mountainside Resort Photo, Stowe, Vermont
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Best Things Nearby:Golf course Bike Path Center of townBest Things About the Resort:Great indoor pool Pretty landscape Spacious rooms Clay tennis courts Bathroom that is accessible without going through a bedroomResort Experience:This is a nice resort but it did NOT have air conditioning. The rooms were 95 degrees, which made our stay unbearable! My recommendation would be highly recommend in the winter and not recommend in the hot summer. The three fans in the condo did not provide enough relief and it was obvious that the managers know there is a problem but are unwilling to put in air conditioning. When we did s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 2, 2002

Mountainside Resort
Cottage Farm Road
Stowe, Vermont

Sunset Grille & Tap Room

Restaurant | "Sunset Grille & Tap"

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Sunset Grille was the perfect choice for our first evening (when we were pretty tired from driving six hours). Not only was the location perfect (within walking distance of the timeshare condo), but also the service was quick and the food good. We actually went to the restaurant/bar three times during the week. The restaurant had several sections. The first section is a bar with a pool table and lots of TVs (a poor imitation of sports bar though). When we had drinks there (second night), we had a good time but we had the impression that the manager was waiting for us to leave so she could close up. The second section is the main dining room. The tables were...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 2, 2002

Sunset Grille & Tap Room
Cottage Club Rd.
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-9281

Emily Stowehof Inn

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Restaurant | "Stowehof Inn"

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In one word -- great. Whenever we return to a vacation spot, I make a list of restaurants to visit: some will be return visits and some are "let's try this time". Stowehof Inn was in the second group (but will move to the first group the next time we visit Stowe). We had reservations and since we didn't know the exact time to drive (the restaurant is a little off the beaten path), we arrived early. That gave us plenty of time to view the property and I was impressed even before sitting down to dinner. The landscaped property is beautiful and we enjoyed our time walking around. If I was staying at the hotel, I could imagine that it would be a very relaxing place to sit on the "swings" and breathe ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2002

Emily Stowehof Inn
434 Edson Hill Rd
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-9722

Gables Inn

Restaurant

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We went to the Gables Inn, a bed and breakfast on the main street, for breakfast. I was disappointed since the food was just ok and service very slow and we had invited friends to join us! My order was Belgian waffles. Unfortunately, the taste was not acceptable (not as good as what I make from a box at home). However, one of my friends ordered pancakes and her food was good. My husband's eggs were so-so. We ate outside which was a bad decision on our part since by the time we got served, the sun was in full force and it was a little unbearable. I have eaten at this restaurant before and I have to believe that it was just one of those days. My recommendation is to have reservations and to ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 3, 2002

Gables Inn
1457 Mountain Rd
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-7730

Ye Olde England Inne

Restaurant | "Ye Olde England Inn"

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I have always had a good meal at this restaurant! The menu is very extensive and varies from munchies to full course meals. Also, the meal selection allows you to choose dinner selections according to your pocketbook.I selected the meal I usually select: fish and chips. As usual my entree was very good. Not only is the food good but also the service is friendly and efficient. There were not a lot of diners the time we picked, but the waitress was very attentive. In addition, even though not all tables were going to be used, we were allowed to pick out the table we wanted. So we didn't get stuck with a table in a high traffic area. You can choose to eat outside, but no one chose that area during t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2002

Ye Olde England Inne
433 Mountain Rd
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-7558

Shed

Restaurant | "The Shed"

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First of all, we ended up eating at this restaurant was because it had air conditioning and the other three restaurants we tried did not! Therefore this restaurant had an extra star to begin with.There are three things that are nice about this restaurant. It has been around forever so the management knows the customers' needs. We have returned to the restaurant numerous times. And the major reason for the restaurant's longevity is the extra touches (that mean a lot), such as quick service, cheap prices, friendly atmosphere, etc. The second nice thing about this restaurant is an extensive menu that allows you to find something to meet whatever your mood is that evening.T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2002

Shed
1859 Mountain Rd
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-4765

Whiskers

Restaurant

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I was not happy with my experience at this restaurant. This was one of three new restaurants we tried this time in Stowe, and of the seven restaurants we visited this week, it was the worst! I will first mention the positive aspects of this restaurant. The decor inside is very interesting (quaint antique items all over). Before dinner we spent some time browsing. We also spent some time looking at the outside the gardens (though I know from past visits to Stowe that this was not the right time of the year for maximum blooms. Whenever you are on Stowe's recreation path, you past the gardens and they are usually spectacular. As far as the dinner itself, my husband had the house specialty wh...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 3, 2002

Whiskers
1652 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-8996

Partridge Inn Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant | "Partridge Pub"

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We hadn't planned to stop in at the Partridge Pub. We went to the planned Stowe July 4th event. However, since it had rained all morning, the field was a mud bath and we left after a short time. We needed to find a nearby place to wait out the early evening hours until the fireworks would be held. So we remembered the Partridge Pub. We had been there before and it is a very friendly family atmosphere restaurant and a "bar" are to unwind or in our case a great location for us to "wait it out". Since we had already eaten some of the "carnival" food at the fireworks event, we obviously didn't select dinner fare. Instead we ate munchies at the bar and had a few drinks. Even though it was obvio...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2002

Partridge Inn Seafood Restaurant
504 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-8000

Hiking / Walking in Stowe

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Attraction | "Hiking and walking in Stowe"

Hiking / Walking in Stowe Photo, Stowe, Vermont
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Hiking: We asked about a recommendation for hiking at the front office of our timeshare. I guess I didn't realize that there would be a difference of opinion concerning what the word HIKE meant! Yes, the views at the top of Pinnacle trail were beautiful, but it was a grueling (for me) mountain CLIMB. At the top, I made a cell phone call (phone was in my camera case) just to let my co-workers know that I might not want to descend the "trail"! As we descended, and people going up the mountain asked questions, I didn't know whether to tell them bad news or good news. Should I tell them that the hike took over 1 1/2hours to the top or that the view was beautiful? For hik...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2002

Hiking / Walking in Stowe
Throughout Stowe
Stowe, Vermont

July 4th Celebrations

Attraction | "July 4th celebration in Stowe"

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We also went to the July 4th fireworks display. It was billed as an afternoon event with lots of vendors and amusements followed by fireworks. The posters stated "Family fun! Food booths, crafts, music, fun and games. Fireworks at dusk." It had all of that. Unfortunately the weather was not the best since it had rained hard all morning. That meant there was lots of mud and fewer vendors. We spent the time waiting for the fireworks to begin by walking around the field and deciding which vendor''s food was to be selected. It was a hard choice since there was the normal assortment of fair food. I believe sausage and peppers won out by a small margin over all of the other choices. Of course the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 4, 2002

July 4th Celebrations
Throughout Stowe
Stowe, Vermont

Stowe Golf School

Attraction | "Golf school at Stowe"

Stowe Golf School Photo, Stowe, Vermont
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My husband is an avid golfer who decided to sign up for golf school (2 full day) lessons. This was the first time he ever took golf lessons, and he was very impressed with the school. There were just four people in class and he learned a lot. The brochure that described what would be covered was very accurate. By the end of the second day, the four students got along great. The only problem was that 18 holes of golf was included each day after eight hours of instruction. With the heat, he was too beat to play more than 9 holes! Since I am not a golfer, I would rate this activity as expensive but a golfer would probably have a different opinion. In fact, my husband plans to sign up again when we ret...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2002

Stowe Golf School
5781 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672
(802) 253-3000

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Quite frankly at first I was not too thrilled to stop at the "tour" at the winery. We were on the way home and I didn't want to delay our return for wine tasting. However, after our visit I was very glad we stopped. First, it was interesting to see how wine was made. And we got to sample some of the cheeses and jams. Then we went to the wine store where we listened to the wine merchant tell us about the various wines (as we tasted each one in the repertoire). I believe the tasting cost about $2 each (refundable if you buy wine). Not only did we buy several different bottles of unique wine, we also tipped the merchant because he was so enjoyable and knowledgeable. The stop was a tota...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2002

Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Road (Route 100)
Stowe, Vermont 05677
(802) 244-8771

Lake Champlain Ferries

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Attraction | "Taking the Ferry across Lake Champlain"

Lake Champlain Ferries Photo, Stowe, Vermont
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Since the drive from Albany, NY to Stowe, Vt is quite tedious, we took a ferry. See the following site to get all of the information about times, rates, and directions to take the Ferry across Lake Champlain from various departure points: http://www.ferries.com/charlotte.html (Be very aware of the times the ferry takes off or you have a long wait for the next one). The bad news is that as we got closer to Burlington, we knew we would miss the Burlington, Vt to Keene, NY ferry. The good news there are several ferries to choose from. So we continued driving on down the highway. When we got to Essex we made a split decision to take the Essex Ferry. Luckily we didn't take more than 5 seconds ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2002

Lake Champlain Ferries

Charlotte, VT, To Essex, NY