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
Stayed one night and was disappointed. Nice lobby area but it was pretty barren. Just seemed empty with an area that should be a restaurant but wasn’t. Room was small and uncomfortable. Heat did not work and it was low 40’s when we got up. Hallway was cold. Widow shade didn’t close so it was light in the room all night. Just think twice.
I feel like Field Guide thought of everything. You get an ipod when you check-in with local things to do and restaurants already bookmarked. The rooms have robes, an umbrella and plastic mat for dirty shoes. It is a short (less than 1/2 walk) to down town. The location is great - The Bench is across the street and has the best poutine I've ever had. You can also pick up the walking trail across the street which runs up and down the town but away from the street and it is a short drive from hiking trails, and distilleries. There is a hot tub and pool (both could have used a little cleaning). They build a fire at night and give us the makings for s'mores. Front desk always had a plate of cookies out and their continental breakfast was simple but good especially before a day of hiking. I would definitely go back.
Arrived to find we were in a second floor room without an elevator. Additionally, there were not even luggage carts to help transport luggage from car to stairway. If you don’t mind sitting on the toilet and being able to wash your hands while still sitting, then you won’t mind the size of the bathroom. Room was very small having a king sized bed, one small chair, tiny dresser, and no closet but a clothes rack right over a small refrigerator. Old key system for entry into your room and door was very insecure - letting in light from the lit hallway at night - at least a 1” space between bottom of door and floor. The carpeting in the hallway leading to the rooms was filthy - probably needs replacing. Pool chairs extremely uncomfortable. Had to ask for ice at reception desk - no ice bucket in room. Breakfast was adequate - nothing special. We ended up going across the street to The Bagel for decent coffee. Location was good - very close to Stowe Recreation Trail and downtown.