Pros

  • Charming and stylish boutique hotel with affordable rates
  • Within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shops
  • Accommodations range from attractive rooms to full cottages
  • Apple TVs, iPads, bathrobes, and coffeemakers come standard
  • Fantastic on-site restaurant and bar popular with locals
  • Seasonal pool and year-round outdoor hot tub
  • Free breakfast basket delivered to every room daily
  • Free hourly shuttle to the ski slopes
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi and parking (one spot per room)
  • Dogs welcome in cottages
See More Pros

Cons

  • A 13-minute drive away from the area's ski slopes
  • Some rooms can only be accessed by walking outside
  • No elevator on property
  • Pool isn't open off season
See More Cons

Bottom Line

The charming three-pearl Field Guide in Stowe, Vermont impresses with its modern decor inspired by the look of a traditional ski lodge. Its intimate size of just 30 rooms that range from standard rooms to whole cottages makes the hotel feel more like a bed-and-breakfast -- and the free breakfast provided only reinforces that vibe. The on-site restaurant and bar, Picnic Social, is a local hot spot -- just note that dinner and weekend brunch are the only meals served here, while the bar is open after evening. The hotel is a 13-minute drive away from the slopes (and the rates reflect that), but it's also within walking distance of town. For a different type of mid-range property, consider the 96-room Trapp Family Lodge, which has dozens more amenities and activities.

See More Bottom Line

Amenities

  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool

Oyster Awards

Oyster Hotel Review

Field Guide Lodge

Scene

Cozy yet modern hotel that feels like a bed-and-breakfast

While Stowe is primarily a ski town, the charming Field Guide boutique hotel offers reason to visit year around. Opened in 2015, the hotel takes on a wood-and-stone ski lodge aesthetic and modernizes it with funky design elements like ceramic antlers, bright orange accents, and forest-print wallpaper. Despite the fashionable look, the atmosphere here is extremely casual, throughout its public spaces.

The property's pool is only open seasonally, but its restaurant, Picnic Social, is the true hub of the place. It's draws a good mix of locals and guests, with a fireplace and boardgames encouraging people to linger -- particularly after a day on the slopes. Picnic tables scattered throughout continue the "great outdoors" theme. The on-site fire pit and hot tub are other spots where guests gather, especially as the weather turns colder.

Thanks to a location close to town, Field Guide draws skiers and non-skiers alike. Clientele are also a good mix of couples, friend groups, and families with kids, in part because of the wide range of room options on hand, particularly the cottages that can even add a few dogs into the mix due to the hotel's pet-friendly policy there.

See More Scene

Location

Walking distance to town, but driving distance to ski slopes

Field Guide sits right on Mountain Road, the main road that connects the town of Stowe with the ski slopes of Mount Mansfield. While it’s a 13-minute drive to the slopes, the hotel is right across the street from a commercial area with restaurants, shops, and galleries -- all of which are within a three-minute walk. Stowe’s Main Street is a nine-minute walk away, and the area is filled with additional restaurants, shops, and galleries. In terms of sightseeing attractions, the hotel is a four-minute drive from the Alchemist brewery, an eight-minute drive from the Trapp Family Lodge (owned by the famed “The Sound of Music” family), and a 16-minute drive from the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont. The nearest airport is Morrisville-Stowe State Airport -- a 12-minute drive away -- but it only caters to private planes, chartered flights, and small commercial flights from White Plains, New York. The nearest major airport is Burlington International, which is a 50-minute drive from Field Guide. 

See More Location

Rooms

Multiple room categories, all with fresh, modern decor and high-tech amenities

The fun, fashionable look in Field Guide's public spaces is carried into its 30 guest rooms. Throughout, mid-century-style furniture -- Saarinen loungers and coffee tables with hairpin legs -- are paired with cheeky details like cardboard deer busts and wood-print bed runners. Bursts of orange or blue textiles and lively patterns like bird-print wallpaper brighten a rather neutral backdrop of soft grays and white. As the hotel only opened in 2015, the rooms are still in pristine condition with no signs of wear and tear. Amenities are also stellar for a mid-range hotel. Tech-wise, each room is equipped with a Smart TV, an Apple TV, an iPad with local information, and free Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include robes, safes, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and irons and ironing boards. Bathrooms are equally stylish with fixtures like circular mirrors and rectangular sinks, and all our equipped with hairdryers and Lather toiletries -- a luxe touch.

While decor and amenities are uniform throughout, Field Guide's rooms vary greatly in size. Within the hotel's main building, there are double occupancy Queen and King Rooms that can feel a bit snug; Deluxe versions here offer a bit more space. Each room has a walk-in shower while Deluxe Rooms and above add on freestanding soaking tubs. 

One- and two-bedroom Suites and Cottage Suites are located in separate buildings that are only accessible by walking outside. These units are much larger and have separate living rooms with sleeper sofas, plus kitchenettes in the cottages. Note that there are no elevators at the hotel, so you might be climbing up one to three flights of stairs to reach your room.

See More Rooms

Features

Great restaurant and bar, seasonal pool, and a year-round hot tub

As a small-scale, three-pearl property, Field Guide does not offer the full range of amenities provided by some larger resorts in the area, but what it does offer is of top quality, starting with its dining. The on-site restaurant and bar, Picnic Social, serves shareable plates for dinner, snacks, and weekend brunch. Appropriately, there are bright orange picnic tables to sit at indoors and out, with a fireplace inside. Board games are available, and both adults and children take advantage of them adding to the social atmosphere.  Another big pro are Field Guide's fresh breakfast baskets, which are delivered each morning to rooms. While there are no hot items packed in here, the selection usually includes fruit, baked goods, and some sort of grain like muesli -- all of which are delicious. Free coffee is also on hand in the lounge.

The grounds are small, but there's still enough room to squeeze in a heated seasonal pool (closed during the winter), a year-round hot tub, and a fire pit area where guests can make s'mores. Other features include free Wi-Fi and free parking (one spot per room). There is no formal concierge, but the front desk can help you make arrangements. The hotel is pet-friendly, too -- dogs are welcome in the cottages, although not in other rooms.

See More Features

Oyster Hotel Review

Field Guide Lodge

Scene

Cozy yet modern hotel that feels like a bed-and-breakfast

While Stowe is primarily a ski town, the charming Field Guide boutique hotel offers reason to visit year around. Opened in 2015, the hotel takes on a wood-and-stone ski lodge aesthetic and modernizes it with funky design elements like ceramic antlers, bright orange accents, and forest-print wallpaper. Despite the fashionable look, the atmosphere here is extremely casual, throughout its public spaces.

The property's pool is only open seasonally, but its restaurant, Picnic Social, is the true hub of the place. It's draws a good mix of locals and guests, with a fireplace and boardgames encouraging people to linger -- particularly after a day on the slopes. Picnic tables scattered throughout continue the "great outdoors" theme. The on-site fire pit and hot tub are other spots where guests gather, especially as the weather turns colder.

Thanks to a location close to town, Field Guide draws skiers and non-skiers alike. Clientele are also a good mix of couples, friend groups, and families with kids, in part because of the wide range of room options on hand, particularly the cottages that can even add a few dogs into the mix due to the hotel's pet-friendly policy there.

See More Scene

Location

Walking distance to town, but driving distance to ski slopes

Field Guide sits right on Mountain Road, the main road that connects the town of Stowe with the ski slopes of Mount Mansfield. While it’s a 13-minute drive to the slopes, the hotel is right across the street from a commercial area with restaurants, shops, and galleries -- all of which are within a three-minute walk. Stowe’s Main Street is a nine-minute walk away, and the area is filled with additional restaurants, shops, and galleries. In terms of sightseeing attractions, the hotel is a four-minute drive from the Alchemist brewery, an eight-minute drive from the Trapp Family Lodge (owned by the famed “The Sound of Music” family), and a 16-minute drive from the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont. The nearest airport is Morrisville-Stowe State Airport -- a 12-minute drive away -- but it only caters to private planes, chartered flights, and small commercial flights from White Plains, New York. The nearest major airport is Burlington International, which is a 50-minute drive from Field Guide. 

See More Location

Rooms

Multiple room categories, all with fresh, modern decor and high-tech amenities

The fun, fashionable look in Field Guide's public spaces is carried into its 30 guest rooms. Throughout, mid-century-style furniture -- Saarinen loungers and coffee tables with hairpin legs -- are paired with cheeky details like cardboard deer busts and wood-print bed runners. Bursts of orange or blue textiles and lively patterns like bird-print wallpaper brighten a rather neutral backdrop of soft grays and white. As the hotel only opened in 2015, the rooms are still in pristine condition with no signs of wear and tear. Amenities are also stellar for a mid-range hotel. Tech-wise, each room is equipped with a Smart TV, an Apple TV, an iPad with local information, and free Wi-Fi. Additional amenities include robes, safes, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and irons and ironing boards. Bathrooms are equally stylish with fixtures like circular mirrors and rectangular sinks, and all our equipped with hairdryers and Lather toiletries -- a luxe touch.

While decor and amenities are uniform throughout, Field Guide's rooms vary greatly in size. Within the hotel's main building, there are double occupancy Queen and King Rooms that can feel a bit snug; Deluxe versions here offer a bit more space. Each room has a walk-in shower while Deluxe Rooms and above add on freestanding soaking tubs. 

One- and two-bedroom Suites and Cottage Suites are located in separate buildings that are only accessible by walking outside. These units are much larger and have separate living rooms with sleeper sofas, plus kitchenettes in the cottages. Note that there are no elevators at the hotel, so you might be climbing up one to three flights of stairs to reach your room.

See More Rooms

Features

Great restaurant and bar, seasonal pool, and a year-round hot tub

As a small-scale, three-pearl property, Field Guide does not offer the full range of amenities provided by some larger resorts in the area, but what it does offer is of top quality, starting with its dining. The on-site restaurant and bar, Picnic Social, serves shareable plates for dinner, snacks, and weekend brunch. Appropriately, there are bright orange picnic tables to sit at indoors and out, with a fireplace inside. Board games are available, and both adults and children take advantage of them adding to the social atmosphere.  Another big pro are Field Guide's fresh breakfast baskets, which are delivered each morning to rooms. While there are no hot items packed in here, the selection usually includes fruit, baked goods, and some sort of grain like muesli -- all of which are delicious. Free coffee is also on hand in the lounge.

The grounds are small, but there's still enough room to squeeze in a heated seasonal pool (closed during the winter), a year-round hot tub, and a fire pit area where guests can make s'mores. Other features include free Wi-Fi and free parking (one spot per room). There is no formal concierge, but the front desk can help you make arrangements. The hotel is pet-friendly, too -- dogs are welcome in the cottages, although not in other rooms.

See More Features

Best Rates

Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Cable

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.