by Lissa Poirot
It was the early 1960’s when the Baraw family first opened the Stoweflake Mountain Resort, developing it over the course of 50 years from a modest inn located in the heart of Stowe into a luxury resort growing to include townhomes, gardens and an award-winning spa. The resort remains in the Baraw family, with the original innkeeper’s son and granddaughter currently leading the charge to provide four-diamond service and amenities, while keeping to its mission of sharing the best of the Green Mountains with visitors.
The Baraws are fixtures within the Stowe community, and they aim to pamper you — you’ll feel as if you have stepped into their home with their warm welcome and desire to please. One visit to Stoweflake and your children will recognize the Baraws by name, and vice versa. It’s the juxtaposition of feeling-at-home comfort combined with the bells and whistles of a beautiful mountain resort that make it a destination hotel that families return to year after year.
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- Free shuttle to Stowe Mountain Resort
- Suites and villas for larger families
- Water Sports
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
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Accommodations at Stoweflake range from traditional guestrooms to townhouses to even a family's own ski house. All rooms are outfitted with Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and complimentary Wi-Fi. Connecting rooms are available.
Featuring either one king or two double beds, standard rooms are located on the ground floor and are 310 square feet in size. The rooms provide a desk and seating area and sleep two to four. Deluxe Rooms are similar, but located on the second floor of the resort.
Larger than the traditional rooms, Luxury Guestrooms range from 450 to 470 square feet and are located on the ground floor. These rooms are equipped with gas fireplaces and mini-fridges with a wet bar. The rooms provide one king, one queen or two queen beds and can accommodate up to four. Premier Rooms are similar, but located on the second floor.
The resort's one-bedroom suites provide a king bed in a private bedroom, as well as a dining table with four chairs and a living area with a sofa. (Many have sofa beds, but only upon request.) Suites feature Jacuzzi tubs, gas-lit fireplaces, mini-fridges with wet bars and microwaves. Suites also feature small balconies.
Deluxe townhomes are walking distance from the main hotel and provide guests with a choice of studio, two-bedroom or three-bedroom accommodations. Studios feature one king bed, a small dining table, a wet bar with a mini-fridge, microwave and fireplace.
Two- and three-bedroom townhomes feature a main floor with a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with fireplace, and multiple bathrooms. Two-bedroom units have one queen bedroom and one bedroom with one double bed and one twin bed. They sleep up to five. Three-bedroom units have one queen bed and one bedroom with one double bed and one twin bed on the second floor, and one king bedroom on the main floor. They sleep up to seven people.
Classic Rooms are also available, but only offer one queen bed and are too small for families, unless traveling with an infant.
Meadows at Stoweflake Townhomes
Just a short walk from the main hotel, the Meadows townhomes provide one- to three-bedroom options. One-bedroom units feature one king or queen bed, living area with fireplace, dining area, private outdoor deck, and a wet bar with a mini-fridge and microwave. Two- and three-bedroom units offer fully equipped kitchens and a second and third bedroom with two queen beds. The largest units sleep up to eight guests.
Baraw Family Ski House
The family's original ski house is available for guests to rent providing a full-sized house with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a dining area, upstairs living room, downstairs sitting room and a fully equipped kitchen. Bedrooms have one king, two queens and two double beds, while the downstairs sitting area also has a double sofa bed. The home can accommodate up to 10 people.
The room was very clean and had a nice fireplace but could really use some updating. The wallpaper was peeling and the carpets seemed super old. The massage therapist i had also talked through the whole massage and it was not very relaxing.
We stayed at this resort for an anniversary weekend in early November, and had a really wonderful time. Check in was easy, and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. The room was beautiful, with a comfortable bed and cozy fireplace. We used the spa and I was absolutely blown away! I've been to a variety of other resorts and spas, and we both felt that the amenities and service at Stoweflake were impressive. The location was also really perfect, as we were right in the heart of Stowe and only a quick walk or drive from everywhere we wanted to go. Plenty of free parking at the resort and around town was another plus!
The resort features an indoor and outdoor pool, both with mountain views. The heated outdoor pool and its hot tub are open year-round, with a radiant heated patio. The indoor pool is also open year-round.
Outdoors, families can enjoy the Activities Field during the warmer months, which includes baseball, soccer, croquet, volleyball, bocce ball and more. The lawn also features a swing set, horseshoes, Frisbee and badminton. A 5.3-mile path leads from the resort into the town and the resort's Sports Club provides bicycles and in-line skates for rentals. Two har-tru tennis courts are also available. All sports activities are free for guests.
Indoors, guests can enjoy racquetball or head to the fitness center.
Indoor Game Areas
Board games are also available, in the front of the hotel and in another area by the pool.
Stoweflake offers a 9-hole, Par-3 course for a quick round that kids can also enjoy. The course features a practice green, too. Just adjacent to the resort is the Stowe Country Club, which features an 18-hole championship course. Tee times can be arranged in the lobby of the resort.
Meditative Spa Garden
The resort's unique 10,000-square-foot meditative spa garden features a labyrinth pathway and provides a quiet, tranquil area to enjoy during your stay.
The resort partners with local services to connect guests to winter, spring, summer and fall activities. In the winter, for example, snowshoeing can be enjoyed on the resort's 60 acres, with Nordic Snowshoe Walks available. Dog sledding is also offered on property on Thursday and Saturday nights in the winter. Guests can rent bicycles at the resort spring through fall and enjoy the 5.3-mile Stowe Village path. The resort's sport desk will help arrange most Stowe-area outdoor activities.
Stowe Mountain Resort
For skiing, snow tubing, hiking and other fun outdoor activities, families can visit nearby Stowe Mountain Resort. All guests receive complimentary shuttle service from Stoweflake to Stowe Mountain.
Poolside Spa CafÃ©
Light, healthy meals and beverages are available at the indoor-outdoor cafÃ©, located between the pool and the fitness center. The cafÃ©'s outdoor seating is open seasonally and is closed during winter months. During winter months, guests should inquire about availability before treatment. A kids' menu is available.
Charlie B's Pub & Restaurant
This popular pub-style restaurant is visible from the street, making it a spot that locals and visitors from other hotels often frequent. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining, with a children's menu offering kid-sized portions of regular menu items, as well as classic items like chicken fingers. On weekends, the restaurant offers live entertainment in the evenings, and guests can dine on the deck in the warmer months.
The resort's AAA four-diamond restaurant, Winfield's Bistro, is Stoweflake's main dining room. Located next to Charlie B's, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Room service is available in room from breakfast through late night.
Stoweflake Dining Plan
The resort features a dining plan that includes daily breakfast and dinner with accommodations. The plan is an additional $60 per adult, per day, and $30 per child, per day for kids ages 12 and younger.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Childcare services are available through the resort. Advance reservations are required.
The resort is pet-friendly with specific rooms available for guests bringing dogs. All are located on the ground floor near doors. Advance reservations are required, and guests will pay $40 per pet, per day. Up to two dogs will be allowed per room, per stay.
The entire resort provides free Wi-Fi in guestrooms, restaurants and common areas.
The resort does not provide cots or rollaway beds, but parents traveling with infants may request free cribs. The actual cribs (not foldable cribs found at most hotels) even come with pink or blue bedding, depending on your preference.
Stoweflake Dining Plan
The resort features a dining plan to include daily breakfast and dinner with accommodations. The plan is an additional $60 per day, per adult, and $30 per day for children 12 and younger.
Complimentary Shuttle Service
Guests receive free shuttle service to Stowe Mountain Resort, where they can enjoy skiing, snow tubing and other great outdoor activities.
The Art of Smart Timing
Stowe was once a summer destination for the wealthy and elite coming from New York City and Boston, in the days pre-dating air-conditioning. Over the course of time, it became even more popular as a winter destination due to the Stowe Mountain Resort ski area, which mimics those found out west.
Deciding between summer and winter is as simple as determining what activities your family is looking to enjoy. Fall is also a beautiful time to be in Stowe, as Vermont's foliage is world famous. Spring, however, is jokingly referred to by locals as "Mud Season," and not the best time to visit.
Stowe is located in upstate Vermont, near the Burlington International Airport, which is serviced by major airlines. The resort is about 30 minutes from Burlington. The area is also accessible via Amtrak railway, with the nearest stop the Waterbury-Stowe train depot. Many visitors to the area come from the Northeast and by car. Stowe is about a three-hour drive from Boston and New York City.
Although a quintessential, small New England town, to best enjoy the mountains and the surrounding outdoor area, guests will want to have a car. For those staying at the resort and looking to hit the slopes, enjoy complimentary shuttle service to Stowe Mountain Resort.
For Mom and Dad
The 50,000-square-foot Spa at Stoweflake features 120 treatments, including the 80-minute signature Vermont Maple Sugar Body Polish and the Green Mountain Coffee Body Treatment. The spa offers traditional services, Ayurvedic treatments, sound balancing, Eastern bodywork, facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and salon services. Be sure to enjoy the spa's Hungarian Mineral Bath and the Aqua Solarium, which features hydrotherapy waterfalls. The spa features saunas, Jacuzzis, workout rooms, yoga and exercise classes, too.