OVERVIEW of Edson Hill Manor
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Edson Hill Manor in Stowe, Vermont has always been the quintessential Vermont inn; cozy, fireplaces roaring, pine paneled walls and welcome hosts. While it was a comfortable place to stay, it had not kept up with the amenities travelers have come to expect.
Enter designer Susan Stacy of Gauthier Stacy in Boston, who purchased the circa 1940’s inn and began to transform it into the luxury abode it was meant to be. Set on 38 acres of rolling hills and just minutes of Stowe’s famed slopes, the 24 room inn takes its place with the best Stowe has to offer. GS has managed to retain the country charm of the inn, while upgrading its look and feel for today’s travelers. Still there, great views over rolling hills, warm and cozy public rooms, roaring fireplaces and genial hosts. What’s new are contemporary amenities, beautiful antiques and artwork, a decided food and beverage upgrade and great plans for the future.
THE ROOMS at Edson Hill Manor
The rooms have been painted in soft shades of gray and beige and white and decorated with antiques and sophisticated accessories with a “mountain: theme. All have flat screen TV’s, heated bathroom floors, glass walk-in showers, plump beds with luxury linens and oh-so-soft bath towels. Most have either wood burning or gas fireplaces and some have soaking tubs and separate seating areas.
DINING at Edson Hill Manor
Dining options include the main dining room upstairs, a delightful space with views out over the pond, its own fireplace and a soothing color palette of white and creams. Unusual lighting adds a touch of whimsey to the room and crisp linens and gleaming tableware contribute just the right amount of formality. The intimate tavern downstairs has cozy seating, a bar and another fireplace. Dining outside on the patio in warm weather is a special treat.
The bar is under the direction of Don Horrigan, the “bar chef”, a noted Vermont bartender and co-founder of Sumptuous Syrups. Horrigan can mix up a classic cocktail or one of his own concoctions, neither of which will disappoint. Try his margarita!
Vermont native Jason Bissell helms the kitchen with a menu emphasis on locally sourced classic New England fare. While the menu changes seasonally you’ll see things like a Charcuterie and Cheese Board, the Edson Hill Burger, Braised Lamb Stew, Venison Carpaccio, North Atlantic Halibut and more.
I sat on the patio overlooking the pond on a beautiful summer’s night, enjoyed a delicious white Rhone and had a wonderful meal.
OTHER THINGS at Edson Hill Manor
On property, guests have access to over four kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, appropriate for skiing in winter and hiking in summer. There’s an in-ground swimming pool, two natural ponds for fishing, bocce, badminton, and croquet. After dinner, relax at an outdoor fire pit for a nightcap or a s’more.
RATES at Edson Hill Manor
From $634 Peak Season weekend
WHAT OTHERS SAY About Edson Hill Manor
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