Shawn's memoir of innkeeping: A Brief History of Innkeeping in the 21st Century. This look at the struggles and triumphs of following a dream will give you a different perspective of innkeeping, innkeepers, and travelers, as Shawn takes you on an unexpected and eclectic tour of the hospitality business at its most intimate level.
Auberge de Stowe 692 South Main Street Stowe, VT 05672
This winter we're pleased to once again offer fondue dinners on Saturday nights at the Auberge. We created this tradition several years ago when we inherited a commercial set of fondue cookware from our dear friend Carol Good. For over 30 years Carol and her husband Gerry operated the Swisspot Restaurant here in Stowe, and they were famous for their fondue. Carol inspired us to serve our own version of fondue to our guests.
After a long day of skiing on Mt. Mansfield's famous slopes, many of our guests look forward to jumping in the hot tub, sipping their favorite beverages, and going out for dinner in one of Stowe's great restaurants. But sometimes folks don't want to face more crowds, more lines, more noise, so they opt for a more intimate fondue dinner: House salad, cheese fondue for two, baguette for dipping, chocolate fondue with marshmallows, pretzels, and fruit for dipping: $50 (includes taxes and gratuity).
You can purchase this dinner at the time of booking, or request it when you check in. This dinner is served Saturday nights only during the winter.
Bike and Beer in Stowe!
If you love beer, and if you love mountain biking, Stowe's the place for you! We have miles and miles of the best mountain biking in the East, and the Auberge is just a few hundred yards from the Cady Hill access. Visit our friends at the Stowe Mountain Bike Club for trail info. Then, when your done biking, sample the best beers in Vermont. Check out the Vermont Brewers Association, and read about the Green Mountain B.F.D. tour below.
Green Mountain B.F.D. Tour:
If you’re a connoisseur of great wines, beers, and spirits, you’ll be pleased to discover that within a twenty-minute drive of the Auberge de Stowe there are three breweries, two distilleries, and a winery--Brewing, Fermenting, & Distilling in the Green Mountains! These aren’t bathtub brewers and brown jug distillers, either. These are world-class, award-winning artisans producing top shelf spirits, extraordinary beers, and surprising wines right in the heart of Vermont’s northern Green Mountains. Book a stay at the Auberge and Shawn and Chantal will set you on a self-guided path to discover the outstanding grown-up tastes of the area. You’ll agree that this is a Big Flippin’ Deal!
Rock Art Brewery, Morrisville: This is Shawn’s favorite brewery, producing his favorite beer, the Vermonster. Rock Art has recently moved into a beautiful new facility that includes a store and tasting area. Brewery tours are available, or just sample what’s on tap that day and pick up a growler to bring back to the Auberge. Here's Rock Art brewmaster Matt Nadeau talking about the Vermonster:
Trapp Lager Brewery, Stowe: Located at the Deli at Trapp Family Lodge, the Trapp Family Brewery produces traditional Austrian lagers in an idyllic setting. Enjoy a Trapp lager with your lunch on the deck of the Deli, with stunning vistas of the valley below. Shawn’s favorite is the Dunkel, a surprisingly snappy beer with full bodied flavor.
While there are no tours of the brewery available (Trapps is currently building a new brewery), sipping a flagon of Trapp Family lager on the deck while the brewmaster does his thing beneath your feet is worth the trip up the hill. Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, Vermont 05672. Telephone: 800-826-7000.
The Alchemist, Waterbury: The Alchemist could easily change its name to the Phoenix, because they've overcome adversity to find themselves sitting on the top of the beer world. After losing their brewpub to the flooding of Tropical Storm Irene, the Alchemist moved up the road and began canning the Heady Topper, recognized as the best beer in the world by Beer Advocate and others. Stock up while you're at the Auberge.
Update on Heady Topper: The Alchemist is currently looking for a spot for a second brewery. Until then, they will be distributing their beer to local retailers. Ask Shawn about the delivery schedule in Stowe, and where to find full cases of Heady Topper.
If you want to know more about about the properties of a Heady Topper, check out this video from John Kimmich, the chief alchemist:
Boyden Valley Winery, Cambridge, Vermont: One of the largest and most successful wineries in the region, Boyden Valley has an extensive product list, including reds, roses, whites, fruit wines, desert wines, and Shawn’s favorite, the Vermont Ice Wine. They are open for tastings and tours throughout the year.
Green Mountain Distillers, Stowe: If you’ve never heard of a craft distillery, you’re not alone. But the founders and master distillers of GMD are exactly that, producing astonishing vodkas, liqueurs, and gins. Combining organic grains with pure Vermont spring water has allowed them to create a memorable line of spirits.
Green Mountain Distillers,192 Thomas Lane, Stowe, Vermont 05672. Telephone: 802-253-0064. For tours and information email Howie and Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smugglers' Notch Distillery, Jeffersonville, Vermont: While they’ve only been in business for a few years, SND has already made its mark on the world of high quality spirits. They produce a vodka, an amber rum, and a gin. The father and son team that started the business has already won acclaim--and medals--at the World Spirits Competition.
Martini Mixology Update: After extensive research, Shawn has concluded that Smugglers' Notch Gin makes the finest Martini on earth.
All of these products are available locally and at the Vermont State Liquor Outlet at Stowe Beverage, 1880 Mountain Road, in Stowe. The best way to complete a B.F.D. tour is to buy samples of each of these locally produced beverages and bring them back to the Auberge!
Canopy Tours with Arbortrek Canopy Adventures
To call Arbortrek Canopy Adventures in Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, a place to go on a zip-line run grossly understates the full experience these folks offer. Arbortrek specializes in canopy tours of Vermont's forests, and they're staffed with knowledgable and professional staff who not only guide, but educate participants. Arbortrek is one of the coolest activities you can do while visiting the area--and if you don't believe us, check out the video below: