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
We read about this new hotel from the Lark collection and decided to give it a try as we usually go to the Lodge at Spruce Peak and the Topnotch, amongst a few others. We were not deceived. The reception by Emily, co-manager with her husband, helps to diffentiate this from standard hotels as you instantly feel in a personalized small place. The rooms are distinctly furnished with artsy furniture and decoration with very comfortable sofas and beds. We recommend reserving the largest room you can afford since this is a renovated 2 building hotel with all different rooms and we understand from other critics that some rooms are small. We had opted for a suite and we certainly can recommend this for longer stays, such as ours, for skying in particular. Ample parking and excellent restaurant The Bench just the other side of the street. Emily has recommend us the Idletime restaurant and bar and that was a revelation for us Piecasso fans. The breakfast buffet is simple but sufficient, with outstanding croissants. The free shuttle bus is across the street. This place is also within short walking distance from the village, by sidewalk so safe. In total very good value for price ratio with the advantage of a personalized boutique hotel
We had a great time visiting Field Guide. The owner was extremely helpful and made our stay extra special (with an upgrade!) We loved it so much we decided to stay an extra night and they were able to accommodate us seamlessly without having to move rooms.
Really enjoyed our stay at Field Guide. Staff was warm and welcoming and overall, it’s very cozy. We stayed in one of the suites with a fireplace which was lovely especially given how cold it was while we were there. AWould go back.
Staff was responsive and so welcoming. Cookies, tea, and lovely breakfast essentials all provided. Room was small, but charming and perfect for a weekend get away. The entire hotel is decorated beautifully. So cozy and wonderful. Would definitely recommend and will be staying again.
We really enjoyed our time at Field Guide. The innkeepers were so friendly and helpful and helped make our stay easy and comfortable. Loved the lobby and all the amenities they provided. We spent evenings sitting by the fire with some wine and scrabble while the snow fell outside- so idyllic! It’s very central to everything with yummy restaurants and bars within walking distance. Breakfasts and snacks were sooo delicious too.
The only reason for a missing star is because, although the decor is really great and the place tidy and clean, the renovation really needed some attention to soundproofing...the walls and floors were so thin, we could easily hear people in neighboring rooms and every step made by the people above us. We loved everything else so will be back...just with earplugs next time.