Saturday, December 18, 2010

Spa Day in Stowe VT

For Natasha's birthday, we took a trip to the Stoweflake Spa in Stowe, VT.  The spa was beautiful with lots and lots of amenities and areas.  Here is a picture from their website of the "aqua solarium".  It is an indoor waterfall and behind it is a mineral bath.  These are in the indoor coed areas.  We also saw an outdoor pool that looked to be heated!  We didn't get a chance to do that, but it was unusual to see the steam coming off the pool with snow in the background!
We had our different treatments, massage and reflexology and then went to the waterfall, the mineral bath, the steam room.... Oh, what a relaxing day.
We had a delicious bite to eat before our treatments at Frida's Taqueria and Grill, just a mile or so from the Stoweflake Inn.
Frida's was gourmet and delicious.  We split an order of homemade guacamole, salsa and chips.  The guacamole was fresh and lemony.  The chips were crispy and lightly salted, with just an essence of sweetness.  I had a combination of tacos - (haddock and cabbage, which were delicious) and a vegetable one that had sweet potato, black beans and lettuce.  Natasha also ordered a taco combination plate and enjoyed it.

On our way out of town, we stopped at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and had a freshly made cider donut.  As soon as you walk into the building, you can smell the freshly made donuts and cider.  It was wonderful!

We also stopped at Lake Champlain Chocolates in Waterbury, right outside of Stowe.  Lake Champlain makes delicious chocolates.  At this store, they sold ice cream, coffee and candies, besides their famous chocolates.  They also sold "seconds" of some of their chocolates.  Overall, the store was a bit of a disappointment to me.  While I love the maple crunch chocolates, their largest bag contained only 8 for $10.00.  When I was checking out, Natasha noticed that they were being sold by the piece for 90 cents.  A quick math lesson told me that I could get 10 for $9.00 or a bag of 8 for $10.00.
Add to that a long wait in line to pay for my items, while watching 3-4 clerks stand around chatting.  The store was clean and well stocked, but unexciting.  The prices were also higher for their own chocolates, the same ones that were sold at Cold Hollow Cider Mill down the road.
While I love the chocolates, I won't bother to stop here in the future.

Overall it was a great day.  Natasha and I shared a lot of laughs!

1 comment:

Laurie said...

Ah the spa sounds so heavenly!!! and the food, yum!! I went swimming in Mt Washington's outdoor pool when it was frigid outside. The pool was heated of course, very awesome experience with the snow and steam. Sounds like you had a great day!