The story of The Stowehof began in the summer of 1945 when architect Larry Hess was on vacation in Stowe, the burgeoning Ski Capital of the East. Hess came upon a beautiful mountain hilltop with rolling meadows and a magnificent view of Stowe Valley and surrounding mountains. It was an ideal place to build a hotel. Construction began in September 1949
and was completed in January 1950.
Hess’s approach to designing The Stowehof was progressive for his time. He reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed hand-hewed beams, barn boards, and church doors to re-imagine the architecture he loved from his time on leave from the U.S. Navy in Austria during WWII. When the third floor was constructed, the conference room was designed as a replica of a covered bridge, supported by old maple trees, creating the current iconic entranceway. The beam over the entrance is
believed to be the largest laminated piece of wood in the United States.
The property adjacent to The Stowehof was originally occupied by Fritz Wiessner, a world famous mountaineer. He loved the location so much that he made The Stowehof his permanent residence in the 1980’s. He later went on to donate the Wiessner Woods to the Stowe Land Trust. As a result, the Stowehof guests can take advantage of snowshoeing,
cross-country skiing, dog-walking and hiking through the woods.
In 1968 Hess sold the thriving business to C.V. Starr, founder of the insurance giant we now know as A.I.G. He had previously purchased Mt. Mansfield as a birthday gift to his wife, and planned to use the hotel as a retreat for his friends and executive personnel. The Mt. Mansfield Company eventually took over operation of The Stowehof as a hotel, and the property was ultimately sold to Peter Bartholemew, a long time Starr employee.
In 2016 Saltaire Properties purchased the property
and set about restoring its former luster while incorporating enhancements and updates.
Beautifully situated on 26 acres with views of Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains, there are ample opportunities to walk, hike, mountain bike, cross country ski, and snowshoe.
Stowe is home to a thriving visual arts community. In partnership with our friends at Helen Day Art Center, we are grateful for the opportunity to display and make available for sale the work of local artists at The Stowehof.
Skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, golfing, hiking and more. Stowe’s breathtaking landscape and its bevy of activities are what keep our guests coming back year after year.