Stowe, Vt. – Today, Vermont’s most highly-anticipated resort hotel in decades welcomed its first guests as Stowe Mountain Lodge opened its doors to the public. The 139-room resort, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, is the first true luxury resort hotel experience to open in Vermont in more than 50 years.The historic town of Stowe, Vt. has long been known as the “Ski Capital of the East” and the opening of Stowe Mountain Lodge affirms this charming vacation destination as the nation’s preeminent year-round mountain resort experience. A host of activities are available to visitors all four seasons of the year, and Stowe Mountain Lodge’s location at the base of two mountains – Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak – will enable guests to enjoy timeless beauty, invigorating recreation and relaxing activities in the most luxurious and highly-coveted surroundings.Stowe Mountain Lodge will deliver a level of service found only at five-star resorts around the world. A precision typically associated with Far Eastern properties, a sophistication inspired by the finest European hotels and the relaxed warmth that is distinctly New England.Programs such as Alpine Concierge® were created to address and anticipate guests’ needs from specialty foods that are stocked in guest rooms to an international pillow menu for a restful night’s sleep. The Alpine Concierge® staff creates a personal profile for each and every guest, which tracks all preferences and unique requests. These profiles allow the Alpine Concierge® staff to create an exceptional bespoke service experience for each guest during their current and future visits to the lodge.The thoughtfulness of service principals also flows into the design and décor of the property. The resort hotel is a melding of modern design concepts with a new “Vermont-Alpine” aesthetic. The lodge’s exterior features a picturesque façade of woven timber and shingles that draw upon the natural harmony found in nature, as well as stone veneer created from local quarries, and expansive glass to bring the beauty of the lodge’s outdoor surroundings to the indoors.The interior design incorporates a color palette of the local seasons – vibrant reds, deep oranges, warm yellows and soothing greens. These warms tones, plush furnishings and soothing amenities dot the interiors, which are used as a showcase for Vermont’s most renowned International artists and artisans, including glassblower Simon Pearce, furniture maker Charles Shackleton, pottery maker Miranda Thomas, artistic woodworker Parker Nichols, blacksmiths from Hubbardton Forge and several local painters, all of which enjoy a global following.Artisan-Inspired Cuisine Vermont influences found throughout the lodge also are found in Solstice where Chef Sean Buchanan creates artisan-inspired cuisine. Vermont is New England’s most venerated location for farm fresh produce, heirloom grains and local craftsmanship and Chef Buchanan, one of the state’s foremost advocates of the farm-to-table movement, has partnered with the Vermont Fresh Network and Chefs Collaborative to create a dining experience that is unique to the area. These two non-profit organizations work to promote small farms and connect local farmers with area restaurants. The Hourglass bar also features Vermont-inspired cocktails from the Maple Chili-tini to the resort’s own hand-crafted microbrew called Hourglass Ale, which is brewed nearby.The Spa and Cooper Wellness at Stowe Mountain Lodge A destination in and of itself, The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge offers guests more than 21,000 square feet of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa journey begins in the “healing lodge,” a private water sanctuary integrating an herbal steam chamber, Jacuzzi pool, dry sauna, and cooling rain shower designed to encourage relaxing and unwinding. Two harmony rooms are available for music therapy, with reclining “sound chairs” equipped with sound transducers that allow dimensional music to pour directly into the body, inducing the deepest relaxation, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, relieving pain, and promoting better sleep. Therapeutic facials, massages and body treatments reflect the changes that occur in New England’s four seasons, enabling guests to attain balance in the winter, heal in the spring, rejuvenate in the summer and detoxify in the fall. Cooper Wellness at Stowe is a unique experience endorsed by the Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics Center.Guests who seek better health, personal well-being, and relaxation on a long-term basis can take advantage of special programs and seminars focusing on healthy lifestyle choices. Boston-based celebrity hairdresser Mario Russo also has partnered with The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge to create his first Salon Mario Russo outside of the city, offering customized hair, nail and makeup services, as well as an onsite bridal specialist.Environmental Efforts At the center of the only mountain resort in the United States to have been awarded Audubon International’s sustainable community award, Stowe Mountain Lodge was built using eco-friendly practices and maintains a commitment to environmental stewardship through operational practices. Some examples of the lodge’s environmental efforts include low flow shower heads and toilets, compact fluorescent light bulbs in all guest rooms, recycling bins available for guest use in rooms, use of eco-friendly cleaning products by housekeeping staff, in-room paper products (notepads, etc.) printed on recycled paper, sheets and robes made from bamboo, recycling program for all bath products and containers, and motion detectors in public spaces to determine needs for heating, air conditioning, and lighting.The new Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new $400 million alpine neighborhood that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years. As part of this new real estate community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy five-star service, 139 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and Cooper Wellness at Stowe, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp and a heated outdoor pool. The property offers more than 12,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options. The Lodge offers Vermont artisan-inspired cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge’s Front Four Private Residence Club.Rooms begin at $299 (first guest promotion) for a studio unit with special lodging offers and packages available by calling (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT or by visiting www.stowemountainlodge.com. For real estate inquiries, please call (888) 403-7739 or (802) 253-0320.About Destination Hotels & Resorts Stowe Mountain Lodge is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company, headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo., features a portfolio of more than 6,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 12 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.About Lowe Destination Development Stowe Mountain Lodge was developed by Lowe Destination Development. The Los Angeles-based company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a leading national real estate development, investment and management firm. Over the past 33 years, Lowe has developed, acquired or managed more than $7 billion of real estate assets nationwide. Through LDD, the firm currently is developing in excess of $1 billion of hospitality properties nationwide, most notably the 1,040-acre Grizzly Ranch in the Lake Tahoe area, the recently opened 3,000-acre Suncadia project near Roslyn, Washington and Stone Eagle, a private golf course in Palm Desert, California. Through Destination Hotels & Resorts, the firm manages more than 30 hospitality properties with more than 6,000 units. Lowe Enterprises maintains regional offices in Denver, Irvine, Phoenix, San Francisco, Sacramento and Washington, DC. Additional information can be found at www.loweenterprises.com.