STOWE, VERMONT: Fall is when Mother Nature adds a chill to the air and shortens the days into a time when the sun hangs low in the sky to create bold shadows beneath the brilliant earth-toned colors of the changing trees. Topnotch Resort is the ideal place to witness this legendary pageant, as greens become bright yellow and orange against the brilliant blue sky.
Surrounded by the fabled Green Mountains of Vermont, Topnotch Resort is a place where the four seasons compete to be the best, with the winners being its guests who revel in the aftermath of the rivalry.
Stowe, Vermont has long been regarded as the quintessential location for Indian Summer and the American gateway for the “leaf-peeping” season that brings forth its radiant showcase of color as it migrates south along the east coast.
Situated less than 10 minutes from Stowe, with the best views in the area of Mount Mansfield, Topnotch Resort has been pampering guests since 1953.
Stowe is the quintessential gateway to New Englands “color season”
The resort features a relaxing ambiance with a broad range of activities from hiking and cycling in summer to skiing and snowboarding in winter.
Relax in the award-winning spa, enjoy locally-sourced dining at two restaurants with sweeping views of the Green Mountains.
Take a tennis or pickleball lesson at the Topnotch Tennis Center, or marvel at the vibrant fall foliage from the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, while sipping hot chocolate or a specialty cocktail at the outdoor fire pits.
Horseback riding and/or carriage rides are easily arranged through the Topnotch Equestrian Center.
Regardless of which season you choose, the range of Topnotch activities is limited only by your imagination.
With Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear located on the grounds, guests can arrange for any activity year-round, from mountain biking to fishing. Mountain Ops will have everything you need for hiking, fishing, or biking. Take the Topnotch Brewery and Distillery Tour which visits the region’s highly acclaimed breweries and distilleries.
Another popular amenity is Topnotch’s “dog-friendly” policy. Dogs are welcome at Topnotch, with dog beds, CBD treats and special canine-friendly turndown service and spa treatments.
Yep, you read that right, turndown service and spa treatments for your pups,
Golfers need not despair, tee times can easily be arranged at nearby Country Club of Vermont. When the colors of autumn are at their peak, you won’t even notice that you just missed a two-foot putt for par.
Topnotch Resort is situated on 120 acres of woodland nestled at the base of Mansfield Mountain in Stowe.
Renovated in 2014, the resort features 68 guest rooms with an additional 17 Resort Home accommodations scattered throughout the grounds. Most of the two or three-bedroom homes have views of Mt. Mansfield.
There are also two first-rate restaurants. Flannel’s contemporary atmosphere features what many consider the best views of Mt. Mansfield in the area as well a menu that pays homage to Vermont’s favorite dishes.
The Roost offers both indoor and outdoor dining (during warmer months), with a creative twist on pub cuisine complemented by local craft beers and small-batch spirit cocktails.
Rounding out the best that Topnotch has to offer is the spa which features 33 treatment rooms and over 120 rejuvenating and exotic treatments in a 33,000 square foot facility.
The “Pathways to Wellness” program is a customized spa experience that caters to the specific needs of a client using four principle paths to maximize the outcome.
Simply put, the Topnotch spa will not rub you the wrong way.
Fall is briefly upon us
The all-too-brief tableaux of autumnal colors are rich and vibrant, so get there soon if you can. But if the season begins to fade into the metamorphosis of winter, no matter, the fireplaces are already ablaze with crackling firewood.
The snows of winter are not far behind with their own unique blend of adventure in a place that is just plain Topnotch.
About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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