It's Stowe-ing, it's Stowe-ing! Weekend Getaway to Stowe, VT
|Our room at the Topnotch Resort & Spa|
There are many hotels to choose from in Stowe, but few offer the combination of luxury and cabin appeal like Topnotch Resort & Spa. Whether you like to embrace the cold or escape it, Topnotch fits the needs of everyone's ideal winter getaway. Departing from the Boston area on Friday afternoon, the drive up took us around 4 - 4.5 hours. Upon our arrival at the resort, we received top-service from the front desk and staff, welcoming us to their mountain oasis for the weekend. With two on-site restaurants, both indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis, multiple fire pits, tennis court, gym and of course the town's most renowned Topnotch Spa, there's almost little reason to ever leave the resort itself. But since it was our first time visiting Stowe, we wanted to do some exploring. Luckily Topnotch is conveniently located a short few miles from the town center, as well as the popular Stowe Mountain Resort for skiing.
For dinner Friday evening, we went to TripAdvisor's #1 rated restaurant in Stowe— Harrison's. From the drinks and food, to the rustic and cozy ambiance, we quickly learned why everyone loves Harrison's. It is a special place to unwind and enjoy quality cuts, as well as other fresh and varied menu items. We each ordered the Grilled Steak Tips and Lobster Risotto for our main course, and couldn't have been more impressed by these tender and flavorful dishes. We also had the pleasure of meeting and sharing conversations with mother and son owners, Kathy and Andrew Kneale. They were both gracious and welcoming hosts, that have done a fantastic job running their 5-star restaurant. Harrison's Restaurant is a must for any visitors in the Stowe area!
|Mother & Son Owners- Kathy and Andrew Kneale|
For the highlight of our trip we headed to Stowe Mountain on Saturday, for a day of skiing. While there’s been a lack of snow this winter in New England, luckily Stowe Mountain recently invested $10 million into upgraded snow-making— and it showed! There was a good variety of terrain open on most areas of the mountain. Stowe is divided into two main mountains, Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The main lodges and parking are in front of Mt. Mansfield. From there, you can take a short and scenic gondola ride right to Spruce Peak's skiing area.
|Matt & Kristy at the top of Mt Mansfield Peak|
|Stowe Mountain Resort|
|Apres Ski at The Matterhorn|
|Alchemist Brewery- Heady Topper|
|Matt speaking with The Bench's General Manager, Chris Mountz|