Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont – Hotel Review

By Jesse Sokolow on 5 November 2015
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Topnotch, according to the Random House Dictionary, means “first-rate” and is synonymous with “outstanding” and “superior.” That is quite a claim for any property to live up to, so I was curious to see how well the Topnotch Resort would deliver on the promise.

As someone who loves the autumn season, I was pleased be visiting Vermont in mid October. I flew to Burlington International Airport and headed east to Stowe, Vermont, home of the Topnotch Resort.

Although my driver, a resident of Burlington, informed me that I had just missed the peak of the fall foliage by about a week, I spent much of the 40 minute drive enthralled by the hills and mountains with their blaze of colors.

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The resort is located on top of a hill amidst 120 acres (49 hectares) overlooking Mt. Mansfield and is accessed by a drive up a winding road. Arriving at the hotel I was warmly greeted and assisted with my luggage. Check-in formalities were completed quickly, and a bellman accompanied me to the room with my bags.


Walking into my third-floor (the top floor of the resort) Executive King room, I was delighted to see that it afforded first-rate views of the grounds and colorful mountains in the near distance. Check off one for Topnotch.

The king size bed was flanked by tables with conveniently located outlets and lamps, and adjustable reading lights. Closing the wooden shutters on the window effectively darkened the room and provided the right atmosphere for a restoring nap.

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