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
If you're on the fence about visiting Stowe in the springtime, jump now and book a stay at this Lark hotel. While a stay here would be sublime any day of the year, the vibe at this hotel (and Stowe in general) in the spring season is decidedly mellow, in a good way. The staff is super welcoming, making you feel at home with delicious sea salt sprinkled chocolate chip cookies on arrival. The decor has a sort of Wes Anderson-ish, modern 70's Danish feel which made me book in the first place.
We had the best time having no real agenda and falling into a much more relaxed pace. We played shuffleboard and sat by the fire in the morning and ate breakfast for a lot longer than we normally would. We went on a couple of what I would loosely call "hikes". Up to beautiful view at Sunset Rock, and down to view the breathtaking Sterling Falls Gorge. And probably my favorite part of our stay was enjoying the serene soaking tub in our suite. I miss it. Haha.
Stay here. You will love it.
We like the Lark hotels, and have stayed at 4 before this- always fun and innovative. We were upgraded to a suite, bring in the shoulder season it was pretty slow, which had a great porch to sit on and enjoy the scenery.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Mike, who was very helpful and cheery.. made us feel right at home immediately! We got a goodie bag and an upgrade!
The suite was sweet.. fireplace, huge soaking tub, comfy bed and great views from our porch .
We were a little disappointed that the restaurant and bar, which looked so great were closed, but there are plenty of plac s to eat and drink across the street and downtown, which was an easy walk.
A few observations: for some reason, all the Larks we’ve stayed at , while having gorgeous bathrooms, never have a spot to put your toiletries. Have been wondering why? Beautiful fixtures, loved the tub, but not a spot to put my “stuff”. And one hook on the back of the door would be useful too!
While staying at the Campground on the Vineyard, I bought a great sweatshirt with the logo on it. I wear it a lot and it’s made very well. Why don’t you have a shirt for the other spots too?or a hat? It would be great advertising !.
In closing, I would like to say thanks for all the fun and good times I’ve had at all the Larks we’ve stayed at! Can’t wait to do it again, and explore a new one.
From the moment we drove in and entered the front door of the Lodge, we knew this was a magical place. The decor, details, and ambience are impeccable. The staff is beyond doubt the friendliest, most accommodating, and welcoming we’ve experienced anywhere. I wanted a box of chocolates delivered to our daughter’s room and Suzy went and picked them up and wrote a note to accompany them. We wanted a late night hot tub and it was turned off just for us. We asked for overnight oats for the next morning and those were provided. I cannot praise this staff enough. The rooms are perfection...from design and decor to the yummiest beds, pillows, and linens, we felt cosseted, cared for, and cherished. Beautiful chocolate bark and soap in our room with a welcome note sealed the deal for us...Oh, and we were there on the rainiest and coldest of off-season weekends. It made no difference!
My love affair with the Field Guide began a little over four years ago. My husband and I were seeking a New England town we hadn't been to yet to explore for a weekend. The priorities were (in no particular order) great beer and wine, great food, waterfalls to hike, and a fabulous hotel with a pool. After a superficial search, Lark Hotels' Stowe location, the Field Guide, kept appearing positively so I put it on my radar. After little research, we decided it was our spot. From first walking into the lobby that long ago to, fast forwarding, four summers later of visiting like loyalists, every experience has somehow managed to eclipse the prior one there. You will not find better folks working in hospitality. I say this as a seasoned hotel hopper and traveller. They truly think of every detail - from having morning oats with almond milk out at breakfast for accommodating the vegans to placing handmade local soaps in my room when they were alerted it was my birthday - this is where you go to feel special and immersed in a gorgeous space. The hotel itself is the showpiece. Every detail has been carefully considered and curated. We adore the contemporary cabin vibe, and love using the lounge area for board games or having a glass of wine. The beds are a huge selling point for me personally though - whoever selected the mattresses that are made for Lark deserves serious attention for the quality of sleep they've provided so many people! Not joking - I am NOT a napper. I nap as soon as I arrive at Field Guide and my husband knows this is a non-negotiable. The pool is so beautiful and has plenty of comfortable seating. Sitting out there, nestled in the privacy of all the pines, is my happy place during the summer time. I am not sponsored for writing all this, wish that I were, but truly just feel they deserve recognition for doing all that they do. In a time where discount hotel booking sites offer so many competitive prices and that determines where we stay, it is easy to forget that what we truly pay for is the service and detail that the likes of Lark provides in spades.
We love staying at the Lark hotels. Very clean, well decorated, exceptional staff, and a very comfortable night sleep. We have stayed at 6 of these hotels and they are just top notch. A little higher in price per night but you get a wonderful experience.
Book well in advance for the busy season.