What We Love
- Enormous spa and fitness center has 30 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub with waterfall and more – for just 68 guestrooms
- Extremely dog-friendly (Deluxe Rooms only), with pastry chef–baked biscuits for Fido, along with dog beds and bowls
- Hip après-ski bar and eatery with small plates, craft cocktails, bar shuffleboard — and $3 Narragansett tallboys at all times
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel has a lineup of guided hikes, climbing, bouldering lessons, kayaking, trail running and more
- A resort fee of $25 (plus tax) per night will be collected upon purchase on Jetsetter
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Mountain contemporary. The stone, glass and exposed wood trappings of a traditional ski lodge were given some serious 21st-century polish during the renovation, so walls of stacked stone slats replace big boulders, logs are out in favor of thin boards, and floor-to-ceiling windows flood public spaces with light. Inside, flat-screen TVs are everywhere, from over the concierge desk to the open lobby bar to the guestrooms. The main restaurant has a modern open kitchen, while the great room with grand piano has been replaced by a more intimate common area with Apple computers.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms were stripped of their dated wallpaper and textured ceilings during the revamp and reconfigured with simple off-white walls and dark wood furnishings. The statement accents are in the smaller details, including leather luggage handles, louvered shutters, modern stainless steel lamps, fabric-covered wooden headboards and the requisite Vermont cow pictures. All rooms benefit from nightly turn-down service, free WiFi, Keurig coffeemakers, plush robes and convenient electrical outlets, both bedside and at the workspace. Bathrooms are small, with standard tub/shower combos, curved curtain rods and a small marble sink area, plus June Jacobs amenities.
The standout extras at Topnotch have long been tennis and the spa. There are six outdoor courts (four hard, two Har-Tru) and four indoor hard courts for year-round play, plus renowned instruction, with more than 30 scheduled programs for all ages and abilities. The spa has a staggering 30 treatment rooms for 68 hotel rooms, as well as a raft of fitness classes, personal training and fitness equipment. More recently, Topnotch has embraced its mountainous surroundings with a lineup of guided hikes, climbing, bouldering lessons, kayaking, trail running and more. Both restaurants dish up local and regional farm-to-table fare, and Roost has a lively bar scene loved by locals, too. Topnotch also has its own equestrian center and nordic ski center.
In the Area
Topnotch has enough sporting facilities to support a self-contained resort almost anywhere, but this is Stowe, arguably the best ski mountain in the East, and Topnotch is just down the road from the base area, which also offers golf and scenic gondola rides in summertime. The town is also home to four nordic ski areas, including the nation’s first, the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music fame). But Stowe is one of the few ski towns that is actually busier in summer, thanks to a nonstop slate of festivals almost every weekend. Topnotch guests have access to the excellent and otherwise private Country Club of Vermont golf course, and the region offers every imaginable outdoor pursuit, from hiking to biking to standup paddleboarding. Topnotch also has direct access to the fantastic five-and-a-half-mile paved Stowe Recreation Path, which is used for everything from dog walking to jogging to inline skating in summer, and cross-country skiing in winter.
How to Get There
Awesome family and dog friendly resort in Stowe. Relaxed atmosphere, amazing views and great food. Had dinner at Flannel, great food (Brussels sprouts are a must) specialty cocktails and friendly staff. The rooms were comfortable and clean. Lunch at roost sitting outside looking at the mountains with kids playing in grass was memorable. Would highly recommend!
We made it to Topnotch Resort for our first night honyemooning. We were charmed by the place the staff, the views and the facilities. Everything you need, yummy food, beauty pools and hottub. We will be back.
Beautiful grounds, great interior and wonderful guest services. When looking for a quite retreat with your spouse, this should be a consideration. Great service by a dedicated staff looking to cater to you. Beautiful location overlooking the hillsides of the Stowe area.
We just returned from 5-nights at Topnotch. We loved every minute and will be back. We were able to stay with out dog and that is value in and of itself. The resort is comfy and well-appointed from the guest rooms to public spaces, both inside and outside. We had several lunches and a dinner at Roost, which we loved, as well as having daily cocktails there. We also enjoyed breakfast at Flannel. Bellman, front desk agents and Carol, concierge, were super friendly and knowledgeable. We are hikers and Carol was able to help us choose trails which suited our timeline as well as ability. Beds were very comfy and our room was quiet. We used the outdoor pool and loved staring at the mountains while occasionally going for a dip. The location of the hotel, along the mountain road, is super convenient to both hiking trails as well as to all restaurants in and around the Stowe area. We can't wait to return to Topnotch!
The resort was conveniently located in Stowe on a scenic property overlooking the mountains. The outside and inside pools were both nice, along with the hot tub inside (the outside hot tub was undergoing repairs). The rooms were affordable, comfortable, spacious, and fairly clean. The restaurants had decent food; I ate at Roost more often because it was more casual and cheaper. The spa services and personnel were friendly. The front desk staff/concierge were helpful for offering recommendations on hikes and places to eat in Stowe. One recommendation for the resort would be to sponsor group day hikes to nearby trails. I have stayed at other resorts that do this and it was a great perk.