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THE LODGE | HISTORY

THE LODGE

A true Luxury Retreat. Open for guest stays since December 2006, Stowe Meadows will delight your senses. From our panoramic views of Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains….. to our gourmet breakfast and dinner menus…….. to our luxury private rooms and suites designed to wrap you in heavenly comforts...every detail at Stowe Meadows has been planned with our guest’s comfort in mind.

The trilingual staff (French, English, German) will help you enjoy your stay and the many activities available in Stowe. If you need help planning your vacation, our concierge can suggest restaurants, reserve a massage, find activities for you and your spouse, and more.

Our location offers spectacular year-round sunset views over Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak. Sunrise is over Mt. Elmore and paints the sky and mountains pink, orange and yellow in the early morning at Stowe Meadows.

“We knew that something special awaited us when we saw the meadow for the first time…it was overflowing with yellow, orange and purple wildflowers…we stopped and pulled out our camera before we ever got to the house!”
Guests from New Hampshire

Our name was inspired by a unique combination of 5 acres of open meadow surrounded by dense forest and mountains. Our grove of white birch trees welcomes visitors and we have both wild and cultivated apple and peach trees on site that offer wonderful summer fruit for our menu.

Our “upper meadow” near the Lodge is home to a half-acre pond fed by two natural springs. The pond offers year-round fun for summer swimming and winter ice skating….or just a relaxing oasis for reading or “surfing” as our wireless internet access does reach the pond patio.

Enjoy breakfast and dinner our main Lodge dining area and enjoy our mountain views. Seasonally, you may choose to dine on one of our covered porches, or on one of our outdoor dining patios.

From the meadows to the mountains, Stowe Meadows offers rest, relaxation and romance. Let us delight your senses today.

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HISTORY 

Construction of The Lodge at Stowe Meadows was completed over a two-year period. Prior to construction, months were spent in the design of the house and grounds. Prior even to the first blueprint creation, many of the materials that would eventually make up the heart of The Lodge were collected from century-old Vermont estates, New Hampshire historic hotels, Montreal mills and barns.

While the main rooms at The Lodge have been decorated in a more rustic, almost whimsical style, each Lodge Suite is unique in style. Many of Caroline’s great-grandmother’s antiques (from South Carolina) share space in the bedroom suites with more modern luxury items placed carefully to add luxury from “old world” and new.

Here we have noted a few of the more interesting pieces that have been lovingly woven into the fabric of this magnificent structure.

Hand-carved beans form the focal point of the main gathering rooms in The Lodge. All of the beams that create the 35 foot post-and-beam vaulted main gathering room were reclaimed from one of the oldest known estate residences in Vermont. The estate was formerly known as "Birchview" and was sadly scheduled for deconstruction. The beams were collected and transferred to the current Lodge site prior to finalizing interior plans to allow the architect to select specific beams to complement design elements of the house. The 12”x12” cedar beams found in the main living areas of the Lodge are unique in design today, but were commonly used in construction in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.

All ceiling beams in the vaulted gathering room were also recovered beams and are made of knotty pine and oak gathered across the region.

The main entrance door for the lodge was found in Vermont and continues to use the original handle, hinge and locking hardware originally designed for the door in the early 1700’s. Circa 1732, this door has been restored to its original beauty and welcomes all of our guests to The Lodge.

Just beyond the main entrance, guests cross a slate-floored vestibule to enter through double antique French doors recovered from a historical building in Craftsbury, Vermont. These doors, circa 1821, were the original entrance doors used and still have the original mail slot, hinges and latch locks attached.

Guests who choose to stay in The Lodge Suite, they will see a wonderful piece of New Hampshire history guarding their room entrance. Room number 121 at the famous Crawford House Hotel in Crawford Notch, White Mountains, NH. Crawford House is noted on the NH Historical Society’s record as a Historic Landmark. Though destroyed by fire in 1977, the Hotel earned it’s famous reputation as a luxury hotel in the late 1800’s. The Lodge Suite door once hung in this famous hotel. The original antique double dead-bolt locks are still used today. Note that the door is some 11 feet tall.

(excerpt from the NH Historical Societies website)

“Major hotels such as the Crawford House, Fabyan House, Profile House, the Maplewood, the Waumbek, and the Glen House each had its own train station or livery service and its own versions of comfort and elegance: gas lighting, fancy dining, lawn tennis, coaching parades, and mountain guides. Each of these establishments had a guest capacity of 400 or more, each was built entirely of wood, and each was eventually destroyed by fire.“

Another highlight of the Lodge are the massive stone fireplaces in each of the guest dens. The mantels for each fireplace were recovered from previous estates and restored to their original grandeur. The fireplaces are lit each evening from September through April. Guests can enjoy hot-chocolate, wine or after dinner drinks beside the fire…or toast marshmallows (always stocked in each den with all roasting accoutrements).

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