I simply needed to leap on right here and inform you about our journey to Stowe, Vermont! We stayed at the Lodge at Spruce Peak (previously Stowe Mountain Lodge). It’s a tremendous place, and we’ve truly vacationed at the lodge throughout the final three summers. The PR particular person there may be fantastic, and we’ve been associates for some time now, so when she invited our household for an additional go to, of course, we stated sure! With that right here’s a review of the Lodge at Spruce Peak!
Review of the Lodge at Spruce Peak
Since we’re lodge regulars, and we look ahead to our journey all 12 months lengthy, I figured I’d provide you with guys the rundown of the execs and cons of the property in addition to a fast recap of our days. Here we go together with a review of the Lodge at Spruce Peak!
Pros of visiting the Lodge at Spruce Peak
One of the causes we love the Lodge at Spruce Peak is that it’s tremendous family-friendly. There’s a lot to do! In reality, we regularly suggest it as a trip spot for our household and associates who’ve kids. It’s often the very first thing we are saying after we give a review of the Lodge at Spruce Peak.
Another purpose we love the lodge and Stowe itself is that it’s completely, breathtakingly lovely. The mountains of Vermont are beautiful, and the lodge itself is underneath new possession and has been extensively renovated. We stayed in a one-bedroom suite that additionally supplied a pull-out sofa, together with a full kitchen, rest room, and even somewhat balcony – candy! Photos of our room right here and right here.
The meals is completely superb. Much of the meals is native and farm-fresh, and the cooks put together a really attention-grabbing menu (nothing like the normal, kind-of-boring dishes you may count on) that includes top quality, farm-to-table components. Of course, there’s a youngsters menu (and you probably have a choosy eater as we do, you know the way a lot of a aid that’s with objects equivalent to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and hen fingers. But what was cool about this specific youngsters menu is that the meals got here out in a bento field with a facet of fruits and veggies. Quinn even ended up consuming carrots and peanut butter at some point – we’ll take it!
We love visiting in the summer season as a result of its somewhat bit extra low-key (nonetheless busy, however not completely loopy), and the workers and repair are superb. Everyone is so good!
In addition to there being a ton of on-site actions, there’s additionally a bunch of stuff to do off the resort. Stowe is such a tremendous city with all kinds of eating places, outlets, biking, and mountaineering trails, kayaking, and canoeing. It’s undoubtedly a must-visit in case you’re into the outdoor! The meals can be fairly unimaginable with just a few nice breweries. If you wish to enterprise even additional, Burlington is only a 30-minute trip away. It’s a small metropolis with extra outlets, eating places, and issues to do. Plus, it’s on a lake, so it’s equally as lovely!
Cons of visiting the Lodge at Spruce Peak
The solely con of the Lodge at Spruce Peak is that it’s a tad expensive. While we have been lucky sufficient to have a lot of our bills coated since our keep was a media journey for Carrots n’ Cake, it’s not low-cost. However, I do wholeheartedly assume the value is price it. And even when the alternative to associate didn’t work out this 12 months, I had informed Mal that I nonetheless undoubtedly needed to go to. Plus, Spruce Peak usually has offers for the spring and fall, equivalent to buying a two-night keep to get one evening free, or a three-night stick with spa credit score. So in case you’re fascinated by making the journey, undoubtedly join their e mail listing to maintain up-to-date with the latest provides.
In addition, one of my favourite budget-friendly trip suggestions is to make breakfast by yourself in case you can, and carry your personal snacks. The Lodge at Spruce Peak makes that simple for you with a full kitchen that encompasses a range, fridge, and dishwasher. You might completely pop into city to top off on groceries to your keep, making the journey much more inexpensive.
Ok, on to what we did throughout our journey! Like I discussed above, there are such a lot of grownup and kid-friendly choices that the complete household can get pleasure from time collectively. There’s actually one thing for everybody!
The Pool at at Spruce Peak
On Sunday, our first day there, we popped by the pool for a swim, which we love as a result of it’s not tremendous deep (so we didn’t have to fret about Quinn). There’s additionally somewhat bar, so you possibly can seize a cocktail or two when you get pleasure from the water. The pool is heated in the winter and has two scorching tubs, plus an superior indoor swim-out possibility, which I think about should be so superb in the winter!
Whistle Pig Pavilion at Spruce Peak
After our swim, we showered up and loved somewhat glad hour on the lovely pavilion/inexperienced house in the center of the resort. There’s all kinds of yard video games, chairs, music, and an out of doors bar. It’s the good little house to sit down and loosen up with a drink. Plus, it turns right into a skating rink in the winter!
On the weekends, the resort options much more actions, equivalent to a fireplace pit to make your personal smores. We have been there at the starting of the week, so didn’t get an opportunity to catch that (darn it!), however simply provides us much more incentive to return again on a weekend – and ideally in the winter so we are able to take a look at all of their superior cold-weather perks!
The Gondola at at Spruce Peak
We have been up brilliant and early on Monday (a sure five-year-old was too excited to sleep) and took a gondola trip all the manner as much as the prime of the mountain, which was an enormous hit with Quinn. No shock there! When he was three years outdated, he was sooooo into the gondola trip that we should have ridden it up and down at least thrice in at some point!
Above: Photo on the left is Quinn at three years outdated (2017); proper is him at 5 years outdated this summer season
Hiking at at Spruce Peak
Once we obtained off at the prime, we took a brief, kid-friendly hike. (There are more durable grownup trails in Stowe and Burlington, in case you’re .) After about an hour, we got here again down in order that Quinn might attend the resort’s all-day youngsters camp. The camp is an superior possibility for households. They have age teams from child and toddler all the manner as much as youngsters.
We dropped Quinn off for a half-day in order that Mal and I might participate in an journey boot-camp that the resort was providing. It began out with a spherical of plyometrics and body weight workout routines earlier than transferring on to a working tour of the resort. We had the likelihood to take a look at just a few areas that I hadn’t seen earlier than and did some path working by the golf course and thru the woods. All in all, it ended up being a full two miles with the push-ups, dips, and lunges of the body weight portion blended in. It was a enjoyable exercise! We spent the relaxation of Monday hanging out by the pool, consuming dinner, and simply having fun with a low-key night. (Quinn truly fell asleep on me throughout dinner. I carried him all the manner again to our room and put him proper to mattress. He was exhausted!)
The Spa at at Spruce Peak
Tuesday was one other busy day as I used to be up early to move to the spa, which is completely unimaginable! They use all-natural merchandise, so you already know you’re getting the good things. I opted for a CBD therapeutic massage, so the therapist used an important oil blended with CBD. It ended up being an excellent stress-free therapeutic massage – simply what I wanted after boot camp. Bonus – the therapy completed with a kombucha blended with somewhat extra CBD. What’s even cooler is that the merchandise have been all domestically made in Vermont, and the CBD oil was from a women-owned enterprise. In addition, regardless of which therapy you choose, you obtain entry to the spa all day, which incorporates saltwater swimming pools, a gymnasium, and even rooms to simply chill and relaxation.
Indoor Activities at Spruce Peak
While I used to be at the spa, Quinn was mountain climbing at the resort’s indoor rock-climbing gymnasium. He obtained to take part in somewhat rescue mission by rescuing stuffed animals from the prime of the wall. He was somewhat nervous at first, however the extra he climbed, the higher and extra assured he obtained. Afterward, he stated he had the greatest time! Mal stated the workers at the gymnasium was so good and gave him little suggestions and tips on easy methods to climb increased.
Outdoor Activities at at Spruce Peak
After lunch, we drove about twenty minutes away from the resort to go kayaking and paddleboarding. You had the choice to lease canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, and the firm that rented them drove us up the river, in order that we might work our manner down. The water was fairly shallow, and it took us a very good hour and a half to 2 hours, however we additionally went at a leisurely tempo as a result of we obtained out, swam round, and explored just a few of the seashores. Quinn and I shared a double kayak for a bit earlier than switching to the paddleboard. Of course, it was just about simply me paddling for a very good four-and-a-half miles, so it ended up being fairly the higher physique exercise!
Chef’s Dinner at at Spruce Peak
That evening, we had the likelihood to participate in a chef’s dinner at the resort’s fundamental restaurant, Solstice. The chef’s dinner is accessible for all restaurant patrons regardless if you’re staying at the resort and options 5 completely different programs, although, with the quantity of meals you’re served, it appears like rather more. We loved every little thing from appetizers to dessert, and every course featured a wine pairing.
The value of the dinner is about $150 per particular person, which I believe is tremendous affordable for the quantity of meals you get, together with the wine. It’s good for a date evening or a smaller group (they don’t provide it to events greater than eight folks), and so they even supplied particular youngsters meals for Quinn. So whereas we have been feasting on oysters and scallops, he had his fill of quesadillas, guacamole, and, of course, carrots and peanut butter! It was so nice that they’d a kid-friendly menu for him in order that he might partake in numerous programs, identical to us!
Line House at Spruce Peak
After dinner, we stopped by The Line House, which is a secret speakeasy proper underneath The Skinny Pancake. So secret, you possibly can’t actually discover something on Google about it – you must know somebody or get invited.
The Line House is a very cool and funky bar that doesn’t have a drink menu. The bartenders customized craft drinks based on what you get pleasure from. Quinn obtained his personal “mixed drink” that he totally loved. It was a cute tackle a Shirley Temple, however with out the crimson dyes or soda. Line House is certainly a spot to take a look at in case you get the alternative to take action!
Other Amenities at Spruce Peak
Another place we liked was the Beanery, a cute little espresso store on the property. You know the way I really feel about iced espresso, so this was a must-visit, and the espresso was wonderful! The Beanery additionally provides smoothies, egg sandwiches, and different breakfast objects. We truly did espresso and breakfast there a pair of mornings. The store has somewhat provision part the place you possibly can seize meats, cheeses, wines, and different snacks to take again to your room and revel in, particularly in case you didn’t have time to cease at a grocery retailer.
While we didn’t have time to go to the gymnasium this journey (we had a ton of different actions preserving us on the go!), the gymnasium on the property is very nice. The tools is brand-new, together with 4 Peloton bikes and an honest weights part, and provides lessons equivalent to yoga and pilates. In addition, there are all kinds of cute outlets round the resort. In reality, we meant to cease into one and seize a brand new Christmas tree decoration (we like to embellish our tree with ornaments from the completely different journeys we’ve been on), however now I understand that we completely forgot – oops!
Overall, we completely love the Lodge at Spruce Peak and can most undoubtedly go to once more. It’s develop into a yearly custom and an vital half of our household’s summer season trip. We’ve all the time liked Vermont, however there’s something simply so particular about Stowe and the Lodge at Spruce Peak. I extremely suggest it for anybody trying to get away at a resort with high quality service in a picturesque mountain city, particularly these of us who need kid-friendly actions to maintain the complete household entertained. In reality, we’re engaged on a possible low cost for CNC readers – keep tuned! I hope you loved this review of the Lodge at Spruce Peak!