|Guest rooms at Stowe Mountain Lodge come with a private terrace and offer mountain views.|
Vermont is home to more than just great maple syrup and fabulous ski resorts. When summer rolls around, its verdant landscape is prime real estate for avid golfers. Less than four years old, the Stowe Mountain Lodge is quickly gaining recognition as one of the top golf resorts in the Northern U.S. So when your VIP clients are looking for the next great green, we suggest the search end here.
The luxury resort is home to two 18-hole golf courses: Stowe Mountain Golf Club and Stowe Country Club. Nice Touch: Lodge guests gain exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Golf Club, which includes the use of the lodge’s fleet of Mercedes-Benz cars to drive to Stowe Country Club, which is just down the road from the lodge.
Stowe Mountain Golf Club reaches heights of 1,800 feet. The course winds around a lake, brooks and forests and sits between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The par 72 layout was designed by Bob Cupp, and it is one of the first courses in Vermont to achieve Audubon International Signature Sanctuary certification. Tip: We hear that the fourth hole is the most demanding of the front nine. There are five sets of tee boxes ranging from 6,411 to 4,350 yards.
Stowe Country club has 18 holes on 6,200 yards. We hear that beginners can enroll in the Vermont Golf Academy here, as well.
To arrange golf outings, reach out to the resort’s signature Alpine Concierge ([email protected]; 802-760-4796).
|Stowe Mountain Club‘s course winds around a lake, brooks and forests, and reaches heights of 1,800 feet.|
If your golfers also happen to be traveling gourmets, they will flip over the hotel’s Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar and lounge, which are perfect spots to unwind after a round (or two) of golf. Luxury Travel Advisor visited the resort in April and was able to sample a selection from each menu. Be sure to start with a signature artisan cheese and charcuterie plate, all farm-to-table. We loved Hourglass’ flatbread selections, notably the “Taste of Vermont,” which is topped with local apples, Vermont bacon and Grafton cheddar. The braised beef pot roast is also a must-try, along with the crispy Brussels sprouts with lemon aioli. For reservations, contact Leisure Sales Manager Cathy Matheson ([email protected]; 617-444-8905). Tip: During peak season, two weeks’ notice is suggested for reservations.
Tired muscles can unwind at the resort’s 21,000-square-foot spa. The spa has 18 private treatment rooms along with separate men and women Healing Lodges. The Healing Lodges have a private Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and rain showers, which are perfect for relaxation pre- or post-treatments.
For beauty treatments, book Maggy Hazard, who is the resort’s lead esthetician. She has been deemed a “miracle worker” for peels and microdermabrasion, as well as eye treatments, which she refers to as “cardio for the eyes.”
The spa also features buyouts, in-room group treatments, penthouse group treatments, spa brunches and more. To book treatments, contact Spa Manager Jess Swartley ([email protected]; 802-760-4782).
We were told that the most requested premium accommodations are the Front Four residences, which are the executive-level accommodations in the hotel. These four-bedroom suites are the best in the house and can sleep up to 16 guests. If it’s views you are after, request one of the Alpine View rooms. Nice Touch: All accommodations have private butler service upon request. Luxury travel advisors can contact Matheson for bookings.
Getting There: Fly your clients into Burlington International Airport, which is a 45-minute drive to the hotel. Guests can land a private helicopter or private jet here, as well. The hotel has a partnership with private flight aviators. For small turbo prop planes, fly into Morrisville-Stowe State Airport, just 25 minutes from the resort.
Looking for something extra? Lead Alpine Concierge Peter Mix ([email protected]; 802-760-4796) has been known to arrange private day trips with a Mercedes to Montreal with a tour guide. He has also organized drives on the Notch Road, one of the “100 Places to See Before You Die,” followed by a trip over the mountains of Vermont and ending with a custom spa visit.