Sunday, November 9, 2008

Stowe Mountain Lodge - Stowe, Vermont

Located in the East Stowe Mountain Resort at the base of Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, within walking distance to the Over Easy Gondola, the Stowe Mountain Lodge is part of the up-and-coming $400 million Spruce Peak at Stowe base village, and the resort’s first ski-in/ski-out lodging. The lodge, which mixes natural materials like birch bark, woven timber and stone from nearby quarries with expansive glass walls, is a modern take on traditional alpine architecture. Inside, the decoration is plush yet eco-friendly. Beds in the 139 rooms are made with bamboo sheets, and you’ll be tempted to stuff the organic cotton Anichini towels into your luggage. On the practical side, showers and toilets are low-flow, while motion sensor–controlled thermostats ensure that no heat is wasted while you’re on the slopes. Around the lodge you’ll find works by local artisans, from Charles Shackleton’s tables crafted of wood from sustainable forests to Miranda Thomas’s organic vases.
Chef Sean Buchanan partners with the Vermont Fresh Network—an organization that helps state farms provide local restaurants with the freshest ingredients—for dishes he serves at Solstice restaurant.