Stowe Meadows

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Wait until you hear about the B&B we called home last week!  Don and I are typically not B&B people.  For years we stayed at big chain hotels, but as the years have passed, we now gravitate to smaller boutique hotels with personalized service.

Don found Stowe Meadows online last summer when he was searching for hotels that catered to gluten free guests.  We didn’t know if such a hotel existed and were thrilled to learn about Stowe Meadows.  The property is owned by a couple with Celiac Disease in the family; when they have a guest that’s gluten free, everyone eats gluten free.  So we found time to take a vacation and booked it!

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On a Sunday night, we drove up the rambling country dirt road to Stowe Meadows in Elmore, Vermont with fresh snow just starting to fall.  I saw photos online of the B&B, but I couldn’t help a little ohhh and ahhh at this exquisite property when we arrived.

Stowe Meadows is truly a hidden gem!  This one-of-a-kind property is perched on a hill with stunning views of Mount Mansfield and Stowe Mountain.  Don and I were greeted at the door by Erich, one of the B&B owners.  He was super friendly and welcoming but not overbearing.  We met his wife, Caroline, later in the week.

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Don and I were the only guests during our Sunday through Friday stay.  Stowe Meadows’ decor is true mountain style with stone fireplaces, exposed reclaimed wood beams, and a gorgeous trickling fountain to name a few features.  We stayed on the lower level in the Alpine suite with a picture window view of the mountains.  It was really tranquil with a super comfortable four-poster bed, double sinks in a spacious bath, and ample storage.  To be honest, it felt like we were staying at a friends’ house (a really big one!), and we were very much at home during our stay.

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When Erich showed us to our room, he asked what time we would like breakfast and confirmed that Don and I are both gluten free and that I’m dairy free.  He asked if there were any foods we didn’t like.  As you may have guessed, breakfast at Stowe Meadows is tailored to your dietary specifications.  Who doesn’t love a custom breakfast?  Each day we devoured two courses of the most delicious, clean, satisfying breakfast we’ve eaten while traveling.  It was the perfect way to start the day, leaving us full and satisfied.

The only drawback is that Stowe Meadows is located 15 minutes from Stowe’s Lower Village, or 25 minutes to Stowe Mountain.  The drive is beautiful and we had time to relax and chat in the car, so it wasn’t an issue for us.  We’ve stayed in Stowe’s Lower Village in a townhouse, an Inn, as well as another property 10 minutes from the mountain.  They all have their pluses and minuses, but if you can swing the extra 15, it’s well worth it. 

When Don and I visit Stowe again without the monkeys, we would definitely stay at Stowe Meadows again.  It is perfect for a romantic get-away in any season — especially Fall and Winter.  What’s your favorite spot to get-away from it all?

A Bluebird Day

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Don and I are halfway through our Stowe, Vermont get-away.  It’s our fourth time here and definitely not our last.
 
We love the grandeur of Mount Mansfield (the tallest peak in VT).  The skiing is phenomenal with long, wide trails to cruise as well as steep challenging runs.  Farm-to-table restaurants are at every turn, not surprising with the Vermont Fresh Network.  Eating out here is easy with tons of gluten free, paleo, and vegan options.  Wait – did I mention the shopping?  Oh, the shopping!  I’ll share some of our finds in a more in-depth review next week.  Back to the skiing…
 
GraydayOur first ski day was a snowy, snowy, snowy gray day.  We explored the mountain and managed to ski some of the runs Bean planned for us.  I felt frustrated with the conditions.  I love speed and couldn’t move as fast as I typically ski with mounds of snow everywhere.  I’m all about a fresh coat of powder but this was a LOT of snow.  Because I don’t know the mountain, I couldn’t tell if the mounds were powder or moguls.  Not the best ski day for me but we had a great time together none-the-less.  
 
GondolierYesterday was a blue-sky stunner of a day, or in skier speak, a bluebird day.  The trails were machine groomed packed powder — my favorite conditions.  I skied the fastest of my life on our first run down Gondolier.  I needed to get some speed out of my system after the day before.  It felt incredible.  We skied all over the mountain in record time.  No lift lines!  It was “like you read about,” as my Dad says.  My mind was clear from turn to turn, trail to trail.  I flew as if I had wings.  Skiing gives me such a rush.
 
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We had the trail to ourselves for so many of our runs yesterday.  For us, it’s like being on our own beach.  We are skiing separately, but always connected.  I love this about our relationship.  Skiing side by side on a tiny trail like Switchback was so romantic.  It’s perfect.  And it’s so us.  Two skiers dancing with the mountain, together. 
 
We have two days of skiing, shopping, spa-ing, snowshoeing, and eating ahead of us.  We’re savoring every minute but seriously missing those monkeys!  Thank goodness for FaceTime. 
 
Next week you can expect reviews on our favorite Stowe spots and recommendations.  Wait until you hear about where we’re staying!  Until then, may the skies be blue and the trails look like my favorite corduroys.