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Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa 4.0

Stowe & Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, United States

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  • Drive to Stowe’s historic village center in five minutes
  • 60-acre resort with on-site hiking, golf, and cross-country skiing
  • Massive Spa at Stoweflake with hot tubs, saunas, and waterfall hydrotherapy
  • Complete gym with weights, cardio equipment, yoga, and pilates
  • Comfortable and clean rooms, some with fireplaces and private hot tubs
  • On-site Charlie B’s Pub serves classic American breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Free shuttle to Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Local products and produce used in on-site venues
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout
  • Pets are allowed with advance notice (daily fee attached)
  • Kid-friendly resort offers babysitting and summer day camps


  • Rooms are a bit outdated
  • Breakfast is not included with most bookings
  • Some areas could use some attention, like stained tablecloths in Charlie B’s Pub

Bottom Line

The 117-room Stoweflake Resort & Spa offers a huge selection of on-site activities across 60 wooded and landscaped acres just five minutes from the quaint center of Stowe, Vermont, by car. Rooms range from classic hotel rooms to multi-room townhouses, and though they are all comfortable and clean, the decor is outdated and a bit stuffy. The hotel’s main feature is the Spa at Stoweflake, which has an indoor hydrotherapy waterfall, several hot tubs, 30 treatment rooms, a full gym, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, and a beauty salon. Guests looking for a more intimate, contemporary setting near Stowe should try Mountain Road Resort, which puts a modern-retro spin on country chic at a slightly lower price point.

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Large resort with slightly dated features for families, couples, and business guests

Spread throughout several buildings that range from neocolonial to modern, the resort plays host to families, couples, and a large number of business travelers due to the many conferences hosted here throughout the year. The hotel’s small front desk abuts a comfortable lounge with country-style furniture, carpets, and softly patterned drapes, and despite several antiques and roaring fireplaces throughout, details like sagging sofas and couches give the resort a tired, not antique, look. Fountains, sculptures, and gardens dot the wide manicured lawns throughout the property, and Charlie B’s Pub, the on-site restaurant, often features live entertainment for guests and visitors from across the area.


Five-minute drive to central Stowe, Stowe Mountain Resort 10 minutes away by car

Stowe, Vermont is a quaint village known for its year-round outdoor activities -- from skiing to hiking and kayaking. The resort is actually located on a commercial road outside of the historic village center, a five-minute drive from the locally owned shops, boutiques, and restaurants in town. The Stowe Country Club is adjacent to the property for golf enthusiasts, while Mt. Mansfield is a 12-minute drive for demanding, but scenic, hikes. Stowe Mountain Resort, one of the largest in Vermont, is a 10-minute drive up the road and is great for skiers of all levels. The annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place on site, and the Ben & Jerry’s Factory is a 15-minute drive away in Waterbury, both of which are great for families. The closest airport is in Burlington, Vermont, a 45-minute drive from the resort.


Clean but outdated rooms, some including fireplaces and hot tubs

Rooms here are spacious and clean, though as at many of the large resorts in the area, the decor is a bit stuffy and outdated. Several patterns compete for attention, from the generic tan-flecked green carpets to the ’90s print curtains to the floral or striped chairs. The colonial-style furniture is typically of walnut veneer. There are a wide variety of room configurations, from 310 square foot (29 square meter) Standard and Classic Rooms to Suites and large Townhouses. Double, Queen, and King beds are comfortable, with duvets and bed runners that match the printed curtains, and all rooms include flat-screen TVs, desks, Keurig coffeemakers, and clock radios. Classic Rooms and above all have minibars, while Deluxe Rooms and higher all have fireplaces, more space, and comfortable seating that in some rooms includes sofa beds. Guests should also check ahead as some higher-tier rooms have private hot tubs. 

Wallpapered bathrooms are modern, with tan tiled floors and granite vanities as well as a complete line of toiletries, bathrobes, and bathtub/shower combos (or stand-up showers in rooms that also have hot tubs). The resort’s Suites have separate bedrooms living areas, and the property’s several townhouses are suitable for small groups and families who want the convenience of a full kitchen. Despite the category of booking, style and decor don’t vary from one level to the next, and noise from neighboring rooms can be an issue in some parts of the resort.


Massive on-site Spa at Stoweflake, indoor and outdoor pools, and on-site dining at Charlie B's Pub with live entertainment

The hotel has plenty of on-site features to keep guests of all ages busy, and one of the main draws is the massive Spa at Stoweflake, with 30 treatment rooms, a full range of massage and wellness treatment packages, and the Aqua Solarium, which has a 12-foot hydrotherapy waterfall. The facilities are nice enough and have a generically clean, neutral atmosphere, though details like the hand-painted murals in the solarium aren’t particularly chic. The spa also includes an outdoor meditation garden and the hotel’s complete gym, which is free for guest usage and has yoga and Pilates studios as well as a large selection of cardio machines, cable machines, and free weights. Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, tennis and racquetball courts, cross country ski trails, and a nine-hole golf course all come together to complete the hotel’s wellness emphasis.

Charlie B’s Pub, the on-site restaurant, aspires to country lodge warmth, but many aspects look dated and we saw some stained tablecloths when we visited. The restaurant serves decent American-style food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though meals are only included in some packages. The resort participates in the Vermont Fresh program, emphasizing local goods and produce throughout its facilities, which also include The Poolside Spa Cafe, serving light lunches, and a wine cellar with over 3,000 bottles from 10 countries.

Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and there are several meeting and conference rooms on-site, though are all simple and generic. The hotel can arrange a variety of large-scale events including weddings. This is a pet-friendly hotel, though advance notice is required and a daily fee is attached. Coffee and tea are offered in the lobby throughout the day and the hotel’s 24-hour front desk can arrange airport transportation and private car services. Laundry and dry cleaning are both available and there is a secure on-site ski storage room as well. Babysitting services can be arranged and the resort has several kid-friendly activities throughout the year including a summer day camp and a game room. There is a gift shop with souvenirs and the hotel runs a free shuttle to Stowe Mountain Resort.

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1746 Mountain Rd, PO Box 369, Stowe, Vermont 05672-5099, United States

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