I originally stayed at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont during the summer of 2012; you can see my post about that visit here. Much of what made Topnotch a great place to stay has remained the same, including its convenient location near the Stowe Recreation Path and easy access to downhill skiing, which is a mere 10-minute drive away.
The property has been renovated since our stay, and the resort’s two restaurants have been renamed and reimagined. I was lucky enough to enjoy a complimentary stay and dinner at with my family at Topnotch in January and thought I’d share a few highlights.
A new look in the Topnotch lobby
One of the most noticeable changes at Topnotch is in the lobby, which has been completely reconfigured and opened up. Guests no longer have to walk from one side of the building to the other to reach the reception desk or concierge’s desk, both of which have been moved to be immediately adjacent to the front door. The entire space is much more airy and modern.
Mostly I love the new lobby, although I was a little sad to see that Mikey the Moose is no longer on display. When I asked about his whereabouts I was told that he is currently in storage until a new home for him is found.
The Roost restaurant is perfect for families
Another major change in the lobby area is that the small bar that used to be tucked into a corner is now a much larger space with indoor/outdoor seating, its own fireplace, and huge windows overlooking the mountains.
Now named The Roost, the bird theme of the name can be found in lots of charming decorative details including the light fixtures.
The physical space here seems to have been designed with families in mind. There’s plenty of room to spread out and meals can be a relaxed affair at a low table by the fireplace or at a bar that overlooks the shuffleboard table.
My entire family loved the menu at The Roost, which includes loads of small plates for sampling and munching. As has long been the case at Topnotch restaurants, the focus is on locally sourced ingredients. I especially enjoyed the udon noodles with edamame and miso…
…although my husband preferred the considerably heavier “Anti-Poutine fries,” topped with short rib and cheddar cheese.
Prices a The Roost are reasonable, especially for a resort restaurant. We had skied all day and yet had plenty to eat for around 80 dollars (drinks not included).
The resort’s other excellent restaurant used to be called Norma’s; although it is located in the same place facing the outdoor pool it is now named Flannel. The menu here is a bit more traditional than at The Roost. We enjoyed an excellent, if pricey, breakfast there. I was happy to learn that Flannel continues the tradition of make-your-own s’mores at dinner since my kids really enjoyed that on our last stay.
A refreshed set of suites
Topnotch very kindly put us up in one of their renovated suites called Moss Glen and I can’t overstate how much my kids loved it (my older son Tommy said it was his favorite hotel room ever, and he knows from hotel rooms). The large space includes a master bedroom with its own bath; a living room with a gas fireplace, fold-out sofa, and Murphy bed; a second full bath; and a well-appointed kitchen.
The new décor is fresh and fun, with botanical touches. And the views from the suite’s windows are also a constant reminder of the surrounding natural beauty.
We were lucky to stay in the hotel’s nicest set of rooms, but even the smaller rooms have been renovated in the same style. Topnotch goes out of its way to make families comfortable and will help you configure your room as necessary, including putting cots into rooms if you need an extra bed.
What’s still the same at Topnotch Resort? The beautiful indoor and outdoor pools haven’t changed (you can swim in the smaller outdoor pool all winter long).
The game room is also still there with a Wii and Playstation (although the boys complained that some of the equipment isn’t working). And of course, you’ll still find lovely views of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain.
Another thing that hasn’t changed at Topnotch is the friendly, helpful service. From the front desk to the spa to the valet to the wait staff to the concierge your questions will be answered and your every need looked after.
Many thanks to Topnotch Resort and Spa, which gave me and my family one free night and dinner at The Roost. You can always count on me to say when I’ve received something for free and to offer my honest opinion.