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Top Adult-Only Inns in New England

New England Inns and ResortsStone Hill Inn is thrilled to be highlighted as a “Top Adult-Only Inn in New England” by New England Inns and Resorts.

Our spectacular New England region offers everything from romantic strolls on the beach to fall foliage hikes to après-ski wine tastings following a fun day playing in the snow. In this article, six perfect vacation ideas for your next romantic retreat are listed and Stone Hill Inn is one of them!

Stone Hill Inn Top Inn for Adults

 

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The Stone Hill Inn is consistently ranked as one of the most romantic destinations in New England, most recently earning top-10 recognition from lists released by both Trip Advisor and the Travel Channel, because of our wonderful guests! We are so appreciative of our guests’ feedback and reviews!

“Hallmark Experience”

My husband booked this trip to celebrate my 60th birthday! It could not have been more perfect. We went the first week in December and I truly had my “Hallmark” experience. The snow was gorgeous, the inn was warmly inviting and absolutely gorgeous! Todd and Kristie are perfect hosts making sure that we had anything and everything we needed. The breakfasts were phenomenal and our room was perfect right down to the pillows and mattress. We will definitely stay here for years to come!
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Adult Only Luxury You Don’t Want to Miss!

Call us to book your romantic getaway today (802) 253-6282 or book online. Romance is always in season!

Yankee Magazine Names Stowe “Prettiest Mountain Town” and “Best Winter Town” in New England

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New England Mountain Town Accolades

We’re thrilled to announce that Stowe, Vermont has once again been recognized for its beauty! Yankee Magazine named Stowe as one of the Prettiest Mountain towns in New England highlighting our quintessential Vermont town’s brick and clapboard homes, white-spired church and covered bridge. Describing Stowe as a skiers’ paradise, Yankee Magazine recognized the welcoming spirit of our town inviting visitors to shop, dine and play. Also recognized are the stunning views of the wilderness in C.C. Putnam State Forest from Stowe.

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Stowe – Best Winter Town in New England

For this prestigious ranking, Yankee Magazine considered each town’s winter recreation, scenery, and vibrant tourism infrastructure that made weekend, or longer, trips fun for everyone (whether looking for skiing and snowboarding, traipsing along snowy trails, or simply dining by firelight). Not surprisingly, Stowe, Vermont came out at the top!

Featured in Yankee Magazine’s “10 Best Winter Towns in New England” article is Stowe’s ample backcountry routes, including the state-long Catamount Trail, the longest public ski trail in North America. Of course, Mount Mansfield is touted for its expert slopes and its newer ski trails and lifts recently created to better serve beginners and families. Also, mentioned is the most celebrated winter carnival in New England, Stowe Winter Carnival.

Read more about Stowe, Vermont’s additional accolades.

We look forward to hosting you at the Stone Hill Inn.

Stone Hill Inn is the perfect Stowe mountain lodging choice for hitting the mountain and then retreating to quiet, luxury. There’s a reason Yankee Magazine voted us “Best Romantic Getaway in New England.” Book your Winter or Early Spring stay today and find out for yourself. We know you won’t be disappointed! Call us to book your romantic getaway today (802) 253-6282 or book online. Romance is always in season!

Featured by Adventure Assist

This summer, Adventure Assist spent a weekend at Stone Hill Inn.

Their reaction: “We were off the walls excited to stay at such a charming place while we enjoyed everything Stowe has to offer – beautiful scenery, outdoor adventures, food, wine, and some REALLY good craft beer.” Well said, we couldn’t agree more.

Head over to their blog post, “Things to do in Stowe, Vermont in the Summer” to read more about their magical weekend in Stowe.


A few of our favorite posts/photos/videos from their trip

The 33rd annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival featured a beer and wine garden, food, live entertainment, and of course, hot air balloons flying high above the Vermont landscape.


During your Stowe vacay, get out on the water for a canoe or kayak trip and take-in scenic views that will include covered bridges, old farms, and plenty of wildlife.


Summer is simply magical in New England and the Stone Hill Inn.


Get Inspired: don’t miss reading the full Adventure Assist blog post.


Do you know about Adventure Assist travel notebooks? They help you stay organized on your adventures! Take a look!


 

Come discover Stowe in the Summer

Call us to book your summer Vermont getaway today (802) 253-6282 or book online. Romance is always in season!

2019 Renovations

We’ve had such a great time renovating the Stone Hill Inn this spring. Enjoy the reveal!

Game Room Updates

New felted and bumpered pool table, sticks, balls and custom rack. Ready for our pool shark guests!


Notch ADA Guest Room

Explore the Notch luxury bed and breakfast room


West Branch Guest Room

Explore the newly renovated West Branch guestroom

 

We look forward to hosting you at the Stone Hill Inn.

Call us to book your romantic getaway today (802) 253-6282 or book online. Romance is always in season!

People forget years and remember moments

We love Ann Beatie’s quote!
We can’t wait to read about your favorite moments at Stone Hill Inn.


 
What are your SPECIAL moments shared and remembered here at Stone Hill Inn? How have they shaped your memories of past years? Did you celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding, proposal or just a special time to refresh and getaway from the day-to-day? Have you been here 1x, 3x, or 30x? Did you eat a fantastic meal? Witness the most amazing fall colors? Taste your new favorite beer or wine? Have an epic day on the mountain?

Like this post and share your memorable moments in the comments below for your chance to win a special gift from Stowe! (winner will be selected this Friday evening – March 15, 2019)

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Another way to win!

Did you know there are other ways to win a Stowe Care Package from us, too? Be part of our #StoneHillInnSelfie Giveaway.

Join the fun!

Each season, we’ll pick a winner from submissions on Facebook.

To be considered for this Stowe-centric giveaway, please make sure you include @StoneHillInn in your Facebook post description and include #StoneHillInnSelfie as a hashtag.

Don’t forget to like Stone Hill Inn on Facebook.

2019 NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe

2019 National Collegiate Skiing Championships

Come Cheer on the Best Collegiate Skiers at the 2019 NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe, Vermont

Join the NCAA in Stowe this March 6th – 9th. Nordic races will be held at Trapp Family Lodge and the alpine competition will be hosted at the Stowe Mountain Resort. All four competition days are free and open to the public.


Competition Schedule (Times are subject to change)
Wednesday, March 6
Nordic – Trapp Family Lodge
10:00 a.m. Men’s 10k Freestyle
12:00 p.m. Women’s 5k Freestyle

Thursday, March 7
Alpine – Stowe Mountain Resort
9:00 a.m. Women’s Giant Slalom – First Run
10:15 a.m. Men’s Giant Slalom – First Run
12:45 p.m. Women’s Giant Slalom – Second Run
2:00 p.m. Men’s Giant Slalom – Second Run

Friday, March 8
Nordic – Trapp Family Lodge
10:00 a.m. Women’s 15k Classical
12:00 p.m. Men’s 20k Classical

Saturday, March 9
Alpine – Stowe Mountain Resort
9:00 a.m. Men’s Slalom – First Run
10:00 a.m. Women’s Slalom – First Run
12:00 p.m. Men’s Slalom – Second Run
1:00 p.m. Women’s Slalom – Second Run
2:30 p.m. Team Awards Ceremony

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Live streaming on all four days of competition will be available free of charge on NCAA.com

 


Stowe Lodging

When the resort life just isn’t for you, get away from it all, while still enjoying easy access to all of Stowe’s best slopes. We’re located minutes away from downtown Stowe and the Mountain.

Retreat to Luxury

We’re the perfect Stowe mountain lodging choice for retreating to quiet, adult-only luxury — especially after a day of cheering, or hitting the slopes. There’s a reason Yankee Magazine voted us “Best Romantic Getaway in New England.” Book your Stowe March getaway today and find out for yourself. Call (802) 253-6282 or book online.

Our 20th Anniversary

This December, Stone Hill Inn turned 20!

Stone Hill Inn Anniversary Party

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with Us

Thank you for helping us celebrate on Friday, December 14th! Enjoy photos from the event below!
 
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Stick Season in Stowe, Vermont

Stick Season is one of Stowe’s best kept secrets.
Traditionally, each year from November 1 to December 15.

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Stowe, Vermont is a true 4-season destination, but if you had to say there’s a downtime, the weeks between fall foliage season and ski season would be it! This transition in seasons, when the leaves have fallen but snow has not, is the perfect time to explore Stowe and here’s why.


4 Reasons to Visit Stowe during Stick Season

1. Less Crowds
Stowe is popular, and for good reason. Stick Season gives visitors a chance to explore Stowe, without traffic, lines and crowds.

2. Foodie Paradise
During peak seasons, our wonderful restaurants and breweries get busy. We love Stick Season because we can easily get into all of our favorite spots.

During the last week of October many of our local restaurants participate in Dine Stowe. In 2018, restaurants featured multi-course specials for $20.18. Diners enjoyed cuisine from American to Italian and from fine dining to craft brew pub fare. Stick Season is the ideal time for foodies to explore our town named #2 by Fodors Travel in the “World’s 10 Best Ski Towns for Foodies.”

Need a dining recommendation?  No problem, we can’t wait to share our favorites with you!

3. Quiet Trails
November and December are still full of unmatched natural beauty and moderate temperatures. The fallen leaves give way to new views focused on the serenity of the mountains, rivers and lakes that surround you.

4. Better Prices
Bonus! Lodging prices are cheaper in the off-season, and we often run Vermont Resident Lodging Discounts, too.

 

Todd and Kristie, innkeepers at the Stone Hill Inn

Relaxation before the busy holiday season.

Call us to book your Stowe Stick Season escape today (802) 253-6282 or book online. We’re only 3.5 hours from Boston, making us a convenient location for a quick weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Hiking Stowe: Five immersions into the quiet beauty

Five Hiking Trails perfect for Stowe, Vermont Fall Foliage Rated the best in the U.S. by Trip Advisor

Leisurely walks in the neighborhoods of Boston, Long Island, Newark or Washington D.C., often provide an abundance of man-made beauty seasoned with splashes of nature.

In Vermont with its 300,000 acres of state-owned forests, 53,000 of which are in Stowe, a casual walk is completely different. Outdoor strolls in Stowe are a gumbo of wild blackberries, clear spring water, plunge pools at the base of falls, fresh aromas from fir and cedar, calming vistas of tree covered mountains, sunlight stepping stones along wooded paths and relaxing breezes nestling among overhead branches, needles and leaves. You are alone yet surrounded, relaxed yet invigorated. You are in the unspoiled forests of Stowe.

Interested?

Fall adventures in Stowe Vermont - romanceSoon it will be leaf season and Vermont has been declared the Number One destination for fall foliage in the U.S. (Trip Advisor).  Here are five journeys that are good for the soul no matter what the weather, but during this season these become emotionally serving; witness to unexpected celebrations of life.  Enjoy as the Lord in paints each leaf while we sleep at night.  Bring your camera.

As you take to the roads and paths, keep these thoughts in mind from the Get To Know Stowe book:

  1. Stowe is home to two mountain ranges; Worcester range to the east, and the green Mountains run to the north and are part of the Mt. Mansfield State Forest.
  2. Generally allow 30 minutes for each mile plus an additional 30 minutes for every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.
  3. Bring plenty of water; avoid drinking backcountry water.
  4. High-energy snacks are a good idea (granola bars, trail mix, chocolate)
  5. Pack a map, compass, first-aid kit, flashlight and pocket-knife. Whistles can be helpful. Take a shell, hat, & gloves no matter what the season.
  6. Sign-in/Sign-out at any trail-head registers; stay on marked trails.
  7. Don’t travel alone, especially on more difficult journeys.

Hiking the Ranch Brook & Burt Trail

Just past the right-hand entrance to the North Brook road along Rt. 108, before you cross a small bridge, you’ll see a quick left turn onto an unpaved road — the Ranch Brook road. Park if there’s space and immediately start your walk down the right hand fork which is a slightly rutted road. Soon it flattens out becoming an old timber-hauling road, and further down it offers another place to park your car. You are now in the Ranch Valley and its extensive system of well-marked trails with the beautiful Ranch brook running parallel on your left. In the winter Nordic skiers or snowshoers may require a pass on many of these trails from the Stowe mountain resort’s Cross Country Ski Center. In the summer no charges are necessary.

You’re on the Burt Trail – which for the moment is a class-4 road ––a gravel surface — until it reaches the junction of Ranch Camp, Bruce Trail, and the Bear Run. Horses and bikes will need to turn around since the remaining trails are no longer graveled.

Ranch Brook and Burt Trail Hike

Ranch Brook and Burt Trail Hike

This historic area gave birth to skiing in Stowe and is part of the Mansfield state Forest. Travel for another mile past the Adams Camp and later find the remains of the first lumber camp used when creating the first of the stowe ski runs back in 1933 by the CCC which stood from 1932 to 1950. Craig Burt offered his lumber camp to Stowe’s first overnight ski guests. Another short distance and you have reached the junction that offers three choices for the next phase of your journey:

  • Left is the Ranch Camp Trail which heads towards the Trapp Family Lodge trail system.
  • The Burt trail in the center continues and is the least hilly.
  • However, the right hand Bruce trail ascends steeply up the Ranch Valley and its degree of difficulty becomes much higher.  Eventually Bruce takes you to the original ski trail that was cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, part of FDR’s New Deal program – the first ski trail in Stowe. From here you backtrack to Timber Lane that heads towards the Mt. Mansfield Ski Touring area. Take one of the Cross cut trails south from Timber Lane back to the Ranch Brook road to return to the beginning of your journey. These are trails that reveal history and beauty. Total distance will be about six miles.

Hiking Sterling Pond

While you are casually driving through Smuggler’s Notch on your way over the mountain from Stowe, look for a parking lot on the left hand side of the road near the top of the road. Park. Across the street find a trial heading up that begins a bit rocky and steep. While you are panting a bit, enjoy the smell of fresh pine and evergreens.

After about a mile the Sterling Pond Trail is joined by the Long Trail. Turn left and head down to the pond. Catch your breath, sit on a rock and enjoy the view of Vermont’s highest elevation trout pond.   Catch some fish, relax, and enjoy the quiet. There is a shelter near the lake if needed. Ready to move on? Stay on the Long Trail going north for about .3 miles and look for a short spur trail to the top of Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort and enjoy the views across to Mt. Mansfield – you’re now at 3,000 feet. Backtrack along the spur to the Long Trail north to the shelter near the chairlift where you will take a right onto Elephant’s Head Trail that continues around the pond. When you’ve gone about ¾ of a mile look for another intersection with the Long Trail and head downhill (turn right). This takes you to the Sterling Pond Trail – where you will turn left back to the parking area.

Total pond circumference is about 1.4 miles clockwise around the pond.

Total distance is 2.8 miles plus an additional easy 1.4 mile loop around the pond.

Elevation gain is 1,000 feet.

Time is 2.5 hours.

Difficulty is rated Moderate by the Green Mountain Club.


Hiking at Lake Mansfield Trout Club

Lake Mansfield Trail Hiking

This hiking trail is entirely navigable

There are many signs that say don’t enter this private refuge and enormously beautiful spot, however, continue on your journey. The Trout Club is intensely private, however, management’s respect for the beauty of Vermont and their location on Lake Mansfield permits outsiders like you and I to hike in the woods that surrounds the lake.  Mansfield Lake is 39 acres surrounded by hills – a stunning setting. The lake, of course, is annually stocked with Trout. The Lodge was originally built in 1899 and the Trout Club seems to have its own unique culture.

From Waterbury heading north towards Stowe, take Rt. 100 and turn left on Moscow Road. Continue on Moscow past the Barrows Road cutoff until you find Nebraska Valley Road on the right (just past the intersection with the Trapp Hill road on the right.) It’s going to be about four miles until you reach the Lake Mansfield Trout Club.

Lake Mansfield Trout Club Parking

Lake Mansfield Trout Club Parking

There is a clearly designated area to park close enough to the Lodge to capture the picture on the left. There is also a clearly marked entrance to the one hiking trail. The first half mile runs parallel to Lake Mansfield and occasionally opens onto the lake. Once you have passed the lake you continue on the Lake Mansfield Trail heading north-north-west for more than a mile to reach Taylor Lodge. Just before you reach the lodge you will find a small, lovely waterfall.

The trail is relatively narrow but despite tree roots and the usual array of sleeping rocks it is entirely navigable. The surroundings are classic, unspoiled Vermont.

 

Hike in Stowe Vermont - Lake Mansfield

Classic, unspoiled Vermont

The lodge in is at the intersection of the Lake Mansfield Trail, the Long Trail, and the Clara Bow Trail. Total elevation gain is about 500 – 600 feet; manageable since it has over a mile to work with. Taylor Lodge is in the midst of the Mount Mansfield State forest, and the only way home is to backtrack the way you came.


Hiking at Little River State Park

Hiking in Stowe Vermont - Waterbuy Reservoir and Dam

Waterbury Reservoir and Dam

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in the Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. For about 130 years this was a thriving community of farms, sawmills, churches, schools, creameries and taverns. Gradually, the demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. On November 3-4, 1927, torrential rains caused massive flooding, property destruction and loss of life throughout Vermont. A second flood in 1934 inundated Waterbury; this spurred the construction of Waterbury Dam. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed the 180 acre Waterbury Reservoir (pictured below) which runs adjacent to the Little River State Park. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak.

Today, cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of past communities. Hiking trails abound and each finds another piece of the history – both a trip through the beauty of Vermont and its history. There are a total of 26 miles of different trails within the Little River State Park.

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Stevenson Brook Trail

These shots were taken along the Stevenson Brook Trail which runs for about 2.5 miles. The Stevenson Brook runs down the eastern slope of Ricker Mountain and takes thousands of gallons of snowmelt in Spring resulting in currents strong enough to move all but the largest boulders.


Hiking the Hell Brook Trail

The Hell Brook trail (also called the Mansfield Trail) is a fun and challenging route to ‘The Chin’ of Mount Mansfield (The Summit). This is the shortest and steepest but also most technically difficult route to the summit. It is generally considered one of the most challenging hikes in the state. The trail is mostly large rocks and is usually wet. This route is considerably less busy than the popular Long Trail, which also makes it nice.

From Stowe village take Rt 108 north 8.4 miles. On the left side of the road look for the brown “Long Trail” signs and the 2″X6″ blue blazes marking the Hel Brook trail. Park in the Big Spring parking area.

Right from the start you experience a daunting grade that will keep you breathing a bit faster as you begin to climb. It is not unusual to find wet conditions – mud and running water – so waterproof footware is essential. Moisture makes climbing more difficult, since Hell Brook is known for challenging rock climbs that require using all parts of your body. Expect to show some badges of courage (scratches, gashes, etc.) from this climb. The pace of difficulty is unrelenting with hand-over-foot scrambles, and especially when you encounter alpine streams raining down on you. The last climb to the chin is difficult and technical. Lots of rocks and many opportunities such that you are near exhaustion – and as a result — heightened danger. It’s not called “Hell Brook” for nothing! Views are impressive from the top, but wind and lower temps (10 to 15 degrees) are another danger. Bring an extra cover to ward off hypothermia.

The Green Mountain Club does NOT recommend descending back the way you came. Too wet and too dangerous. Hell Brook ends at the intersection with the Long Trail and that is the way down. When you reach Rt 108, head north until you reach the Big Spring parking area (this will be the easiest portion of your hike).

Total distance = 3.6 miles

Time for the climb = 4 hours

Climb = 2590 feet – the steepest vertical climb on the Long Trail.

Difficulty = Very hard. Do not undertake this climb alone.


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“Make sure to drive through Smugglers Notch State Park!”

Todd and Kristie were fabulous host making sure to inform us where to eat, shop and find all the covered bridges in the area. They also pointed out great hiking trails in the area and made sure to mention to drive through Smugglers Notch State Park. So glad they did.
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Stowe British Invasion – September in Stowe, VT

The British Invasion - New England's Largest British Automobile Show and Celebration

The Stowe British Invasion is celebrating its 28th year this September 2018

The Stowe British Invasion annual event takes place on the Stowe Events Field, only a 6-minute drive from Stone Hill Inn. This full weekend event features driving tours, receptions and dinners, a Stowe Main Street Party, and on the big day Judging and Competitions, British Car Corral, and of course, the British Classic Motor Car Show itself. Learn more about the Stowe British Invasion event schedule.

This favorite annual Stowe event has grown to become the largest All British Motorcar Show and Lifestyle Event in the Eastern United States. Typically between 600 and 650 British Motorcars from the USA and Canada participate.

To the sounds of British Invasion Music, fun and playfulness abound. Registrants, Guests and the General are encouraged and awarded for dressing in British Attire (there are “Incognito Judges” canvassing the grounds searching for those worthy of this great recognition!)  There’s even a “Queen” who holds court and promotes the Ladies Hat Competition.
British Invasion - 2018 Schedule of Events

2018 Dates: September 14 – 16

British Invasion Admission:
Adult General Admission (2-day pass): $15
Adult General Admission (Sunday only): $10
Child General Admission (under age 12): Free
Parking proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society

British Invasion Car Show Hours:
9am to 5 pm Saturday; 9am to 3pm Sunday

 


“Invaders” — Welcome to Stowe; we look forward to hosting you.

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Todd and Kristie, innkeepers at the Stone Hill Inn

Stowe British Invasion Lodging

Call us to book your “Stowe Invasion” stay (802) 253-6282 or book online. Many guests book up to a year in advance, as Stowe is typically at a 97% occupancy rate during the British Invasion weekend.

Have dietary concerns? No worries. The Stone Hill Inn is AIP, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and Pescatarian diet friendly.

Did you know? Stone Hill Inn is a 2018 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame member, 2010-2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence recipient, and 2014 & 2012 Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Award. We’re also named “Best Romantic Getaway in New England” by Yankee Magazine.

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