What We Love
- New style stay for design lovers: The Field Guide hotel opened in October 2015
- Just 30 guestrooms in 10 distinctive styles, from apartment-like suites and standalone cottages to spacious King and cozy Queen rooms
- Plush lounge areas with vintage board games and fireplaces invite post-slope relaxation
- There’s a seasonal heated outdoor pool, as well as a hot tub and firepit
What To Know
- Free WiFi and parking (one vehicle per room)
- All of the 30 guestrooms have a splashy, designer-woodsy look, from the bird motif wallpaper and papier-mâché taxidermy to the antler accents and trail map murals
- A restaurant is slated to open in 2016; until then the staff can recommend good local dining options
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
New for Stowe’s 2015-16 winter season, the 30-room Field Guide hotel is located on Mountain Road in downtown Stowe, just a 15-minute drive from the gondola at the world famous Stowe Mountain Resort, the gateway to more than 116 trails and 13 lifts on Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. All of the 30 guestrooms have a splashy, designer-woodsy look, from the bird motif wallpaper and papier-mâché taxidermy to the antler accents and trail map murals. There’s nothing rustic about the in-room amenities, however, which include plush linens, separate seating areas, LED TVs with Apple TV, iPod docking stations, free WiFi and, in the petite bathrooms, waffle kimono robes and products by Lather. Downstairs, the spacious lounge areas invite post-slope lounging, with cushy sofas, faux fur throws, vintage board games and gas fireplaces, while outside there’s a hot tub, a firepit and a seasonal heated outdoor pool. A restaurant is slated to open in 2016, but until then the knowledgeable staff can steer you through the plentiful local dining options.
In the Area
Check out the hotel website for a robust list of year-round Stowe events and attractions. Not-to-be-missed highlights include the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path, which wends its way over bridges, past watering holes and alongside farms, as well as the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and all the high-altitude adventures at Stowe Mountain Resort. Beyond the slopes, hit Ben & Jerry’s visitors center on a weekday for a glimpse at ice cream production, and explore local foodie spots like Rock Art Brewery, Cabot Cheese and Boyden Valley Winery.
How to Get There
SCAM ! - It was last minute, but it was supposed to be our anniversary adventure! We booked a King room after reviewing their website.
We checked in and were told our room is up stairs (definitely not ideal but they did warn about this in the confirmation email). Before lugging our bags up we decided to check it out...our jaws hit the floor. The ‘King’ room was no bigger than 200 sq ft. and that includes the entry, bedroom and bathroom. Regardless, that they don't mention the size of their rooms on their website, they mention that some rooms offer a small sitting area...this didn’t even have room for luggage. There was no dresser or closet, in fact the only place to hang anything was on a make-shift bar over the mini-fridge with 4 hangars on it. So, in order to access your clothes you would have to put the luggage on the bed, open it, get what you need, close it then place it upright in the aisle where you would have to climb over it to go to the bathroom?
We asked the woman that checked us in to move to another room, we were told there are a variety of rooms available but since we checked in late (8PM) we got the last one. When asked about the photos not being accurate we were told they used ‘creative photography’! This is bait-and-switch...advertising one thing then giving you another.
Needless to say I was crushed and so sad that this is what they were putting us in for 8 Nights! And this was not cheap. I booked this room from the images I saw on the web-site, this was supposed to be a special week away and it was ruined.
We were told that since we were beyond the cancellation time we would not be refunded (we lost +$800). I tried everything to reach them and got nowhere. I asked AMEX to help dispute and they provided this back to them. “It was beyond the cancellation date” ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Of course it was, we were planning to stay, we had no intention to cancel!
So folks, this is how they get you, they sell you a nice looking room, then when you arrive you get something different.
I challenge them to pack a luggage for 8 nights per person and then arrive and try to get their luggage into the room…there was no place to even keep it. What were we expected to do, shore it in the shower.
There are plenty of nice place in Stowe, go there...Stowflake, Green Mountain Inn, Ski and Sun Inn to name a few!
Had an awesome time at field guide. Staff was super friendly and the rooms were amazing! Stowe Vermont is close to the best skiing in New England and food.
Stayed for the weekend and the suite was roomy and clean.
Stayed In Stowe the entire weekend as there is plenty to do!
I love this place. It’s a boutique hotel that’s big on design. There’s no bar, no restaurant, no arcade, no spa, etc. Just wonderfully designed rooms, a great lobby and a fabulous included breakfast (and wonderful breakfast area). There’s 24-hour coffee and tea and hot chocolate, and the people who work there are lovely.
We stayed in the Trail Lodge in a third floor King suite, which was super nice.
We are here when it’s below freezing, so I can’t speak for the pool/hot tub/fire pit.
It’s in a great location, 2 minutes from Stowe village, 15 from the ski resort, and several cute bar/restaurants are right across the street.
It’s not a place you can hang out in all day— not a lot of activities. But it has an absolutely wonderful Euro-style cold breakfast— fresh croissants, hard boiled eggs, charcuterie. Really filling, especially if you make a croissant sandwich with the charcuterie. :-)
All in all a fabulous stay!! We’ll be back.
My wife and I came to the Field Guide for a long weekend and we had a wonderful experience. From beginning to end the staff were extremely helpful and made sure that we had everything that we needed. Can’t wait to come back for another visit and will definitely be recommending to our friends and family.
Six friends up for a weekend in Stowe. Excellent front desk service, excellent rate for off season, perfect accommodations (except the Trail House Suite could use another toilet when sleeping six adults). Excellent breakfast. All EXCELLENT! We were all pleasantly surprised. Thank you!