Stowe Snowflakes in October

A great family getaway to one of the East's great destinations. We enjoyed hiking, biking, great food, and even made snow creatures on top of Vermont's highest peak before Columbus Day. Staying at the Mountainside in Stowe was a treat, as we swam and hot-tubed daily.


Mountainside Resort at Stowe

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by sunergy on February 28, 2004

A cozy, modern resort tucked in the forest complete with pool, sauna, whirlpool, game room, tennis court, large open spaces and a playground just down hill from our unit. We stayed in a one-bedroom unit that was ample for our busy, close family. The kitchen was appointed well enough that we could make our own pizza, though the microwave works well for heating up restaurant leftovers.

We had two televisions that were handy so we could watch shows later while the kids slept on the comfy pullout couch in the living room. The office has variety of videos for rent, which worked well for a quiet evening for our boys.

The living room had a wonderful Vermont Castings gas fireplace that worked great for taking the fall chill out of the air as well as providing warm colorful focus for the unit.

The bedroom was small, but had a wonderful vista over the field, playground, and tennis court. We enjoyed watching the moonrise over the Green Mountains one evening out these picture windows.

We really loved the warm pool for practicing swimming. On a rainy day, it was terrific for an extended pool party between the 8-person hot tub, pool, and sauna. The variety of the whirlpool jets was wonderful for relaxing all those knotted muscles.

All in all, it’s a fine place to stay.

Mountainside Resort
Cottage Farm Road
Stowe, Vermont

The Whip

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by sunergy on February 29, 2004

Collection of whips of all types and vintages adorn the walls of this fine restaurant. In warm weather, the outdoor dining in the rear courtyard adds to the pleasure of the dining. The pool of the hotel is just below with a fountain chuckling away for ambience.

The food ranges from the simple personal pizzas to meat, poultry and seafood specials that will satisfy all tastes. There are several Vermont brews on tap – Magic Hat, Long Trail, Rock Art – and a great wine selection from the simple to the sublime. By far the best item on the menu, is a chocolate lovers dream – Sac de Bon-Bon. More than enough for two, this treat is literally a chocolate bag filled with an exquisite chocolate mousse, with a fruit sauce laced over the top and strawberries on the side. Add your sweetie and you’re in heaven.

Check Dining at the Green Mountain Inn for more info about the dining here.

Whip
1 S Main St
Stowe, Vermont
802-253-7301

Pie in the Sky

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by sunergy on February 29, 2004

This is a terrific spot for lunch with the family or a dinner with your love. They do lots of parties for kids. A wood-fired oven is only one focal point of this place, as the décor is literally out of this world. Planetoids adorn the walls and hang from ceilings – even the lights are mini-Saturns.

The pizza surpasses the décor and there are all the great Italian options, as well as vegetarian special.

It’s just off the bike path too!

Pie in the Sky
492 Mountain Rd
Stowe, Vermont, 05672
802-253-5100

Gondola ride up Mount Mansfield

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by sunergy on February 29, 2004

The boys and I splurged for a trip up the mountain on the gondola to have dessert at the café at the top. Spectacular colors of the foliage showed though the mist as we rose. The gondola is about five miles up Mountain Road in Stowe. For under $15, you get a roundtrip journey up Vermont’s highest mountain, though there are those who hike back down. As we got above the tree line, the first snow of the season began. We could still see the colors of the fall trees below, but we watched the mountaintop gather its winter mantle. We burst out of the car and ran to make snowballs and laugh. It was perfect for molding creatures and we made a snow turkey, as it would soon be Canadian Thanksgiving. Snowmen and women grew as we filled the deck of the café with white beings.

Laughing and hungry, we then went in for a mid-afternoon dessert from our lunch down in the valley. We split a couple of their specialties just before it closed at 3pm. The top of our list was the brownie wrapped around ice cream. I also sipped a brandy as the boys had their milk and we watched the snow gather round the hillside.

Mount Mansfield Gondola Ride
5781 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont, 05672
(802) 253-3000

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