Tälta Lodge will serve as your boutique basecamp
Formerly The Mountaineer, this reimagined Tälta Lodge opened its doors on the banks of Stowe’s Little River in October 2021. A contemporary take on the original 1960s mountain lodges, this revamped hotel is designed for guests who are looking for something beyond New England’s history and are here to enjoy year-round outdoor activities. So whether you are hiking in the summer, leaf-peeping in the fall or skiing and riding in the winter, use Tälta Lodge as your basecamp for exploring Stowe.
Less than a 10-minute drive from Stowe Mountain
Tälta Lodge is conveniently located just down the road from Stowe Mountain Resort and not too far from the historic downtown village of Stowe. Less than 20 minutes off I-89, on Stowe’s main thoroughfare (Mountain Road), you will be surrounded by boutique shops and local restaurants, many of which are within walking distance to the property.
- Grab a local craft brew at Alchemist, Idletyme or von Trapp Brewing.
- Pick up some Vermont maple syrup and other local goodies at the Stowe Mercantile, a Vermont country store.
- Go shopping just down the road at Well Heeled, a small boutique filled with mountain-chic clothes, shoes and accessories.
- Jump on the Stowe Rec Path, a 5.3-mile paved walking, running or bike path that stretches from the Stowe Village to Top Notch Resort.
- On rainy days, catch a movie at the Stowe Cinema, knock down some pins at Stowe Bowl or pay a visit to the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.
With rates that start at just 82 dollars for a twin bunk room, the spaces at Tälta Lodge are designed with comfort and utility in mind. All of the 51 rooms and three suites include modular gear walls to hang your equipment and other paraphernalia. In addition, locked gear closets in the hall are perfect for skis, poles, snowboards and boots. Most rooms also have private decks or patios.
Made for relaxation as well, rooms come with plush beds, a flat-screen TV and mini-fridge. In alignment with their Apine Scandinavian design, Tälta partnered with local Vermont textile brand Skida to create custom pillows and blankets. Blackout shades cover the windows if you aren’t the type to get up to make first chair.
The King suite is the largest room at the lodge. It is more like a studio apartment with a dining table, sectional sofa and queen-sized pull-out couch. It comfortably accommodates four guests, perfect for families.
While they don’t offer room service, a few breakfast items can be purchased in their retail space. Keep reading to find out where you can eat.
Free Wi-Fi permeates the property, so whether you are chilling in your room or out by the fire pit making s’mores you can always get online. In addition to common areas created as gathering spaces, you will find places made for relaxing, such as a hot tub, sauna and an indoor pool. There is a bike shed, pump track and ample amounts of storage for your gear. There are even ski lockers and boot drying rooms.
Fido is welcome for a fee (35 dollars/night per dog) in select king-sized rooms that have easy access to outdoor space. Keep in mind though he can’t be left alone in your guest room.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
While there is no restaurant on-site at Tälta, Vermont’s culinary options are not too far away. Fuel up for the day at the Green Goddess Cafe. They have breakfast fare like cheesy egg sandwiches, smoothies, acai bowls and avocado toast. It is a great spot for vegans and vegetarians too. Try their new vegan breakfast pita made with plant-based JUST Eggs and maple vegan sausage.
Just up the road, the landmark Matterhorn Bar and Grill is the ideal spot to crash après-ski. They serve an elevated pub menu — sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, nachos, pizza — as well as sushi (yes, they are known for it) at this world-famous party spot. Cork Restaurant and Wine Shop is the go-to spot after a long day of adventure. Pair a glass of vino with items from the seasonally changing menu of eclectic small plates and entrees.
Grab a burger and a cold lager at Doc Ponds for dinner, a local hangout on Mountain Road that serves eclectic American fare. Dogs are welcome in the warmer months on the back porch. You can’t go wrong at the Swiss Fondue, a cozy Alpine restaurant in town that serves — you guessed it — authentic cheese fondue. Don’t feel like going out? Have Piecasso deliver an artisanal pizza, sub or pasta to your room.