Stowe, VT (PRWEB) September 29, 2008
There's a new lift in the mountain town of Stowe, Vermont. It doesn't go to the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak that ski enthusiasts flock to for some of the best skiing on the East Coast. This lift goes to the top floor of the venerable Green Mountain Inn; the oldest Stowe, Vermont lodging found nestled in the heart of the picturesque Stowe village. A new elevator, the centerpiece of a major $500,000 renovation project, now provides guests with quick, easy access to all of the classic New England inn's original amenities.
Present day function and historic form have merged seamlessly at the Green Mountain Inn. The new addition housing the elevator is designed to keep with the restored inn's colonial American atmosphere. The lift efficiently whisks visitors to their level of choice including the property's 39 third floor lodgings, which were only accessible by stairs for the past 175-plus years. Second floor spaces, including the lobby, Main Street Dining Room, Village Room meeting/function space, Living Room and Library have long been reachable from the inn's street level entrance or stairs, are now also served by the elevator. "Our goal was to incorporate the modern benefits of an elevator while still preserving the Inn's historic charm," said innkeeper Patti Clark. "The task presented design and logistical challenges but is well worth the investment in our guests' comfort and convenience."
This infrastructure upgrade marks the latest in the inn's extensive revitalization projects, which have been ongoing since the property was purchased by its present owner, the Gameroff Trust, in the early1980s. Since then the inn has added several buildings to their Stowe, Vermont lodging inventory. A complete renovation of the inn's main building was completed in 1983, marking the inn's 150th year celebration. Originally built as a private residence in 1833, the Green Mountain Inn has written its own chapter in Stowe's history. It was transformed into a hotel during the mid-1800s and quickly became a favorite destination for visitors wanting to sample the seasonal treasures of this quintessential Vermont town. Famous visitors to the inn over the years include Lowell Thomas, Presidents Chester Arthur and Gerald Ford, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. The Green Mountain Inn is now listed at 13th and 14th on the National Register of Historic Places, and according to Clark, "This was a substantial investment for the inn but one that is essential to meeting our guests' needs and enhancing their experience."
For additional information about Stowe vacation packages at this historic inn, visit http://www.greenmountaininn.com.
About the Green Mountain Inn:
This year the Green Mountain Inn is celebrating its 175th anniversary. The inn began as a coaching inn for 19th century travelers located in the heart of Stowe village. Stowe's original inn retains much of its antique charm, offering 106 rooms, suites and townhouses. Guests enjoy two acclaimed restaurants, the Whip Bar & Grill and the Main Street Dining Room, specialty shops, a year-round heated outdoor pool, afternoon tea and cookies, health club facility, massage services and much more.