courtesy Sunday River Resort
Published September 09, 2018
New England is known for its craggy Atlantic coastline, its capes and bays, its harbors and historic lighthouses.
But the region is also a mountainous mecca where visitors can explore lush forests, revel in a rainbow of fall foliage and ski down steep slopes. Visitors will find private beaches and gondola ski lifts, moose tours and clambakes, and sailing regattas and snowmobiling.
No matter what planners are looking for, the following meeting resorts offer attendees the best New England has to offer, from mountain peak to ocean’s edge.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
Since the 1800s, Stowe, Vermont, has been a resort destination for travelers looking “to get away from the city and have their respite in a cool mountain area,” said Jim Beaulieu, director of group sales for Stowe Mountain Lodge.
Stowe is a quintessential New England town, surrounded by covered bridges and, in autumn, brilliant fall foliage, and the 235-room Stowe Mountain Lodge adds to the area’s appeal with both summer and winter activities. The ski lodge has about 12,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes the 6,000-square-foot Tamarack Ballroom that can be divided into five sections. The room has floor-to-ceiling windows and opens onto the terrace, which wraps around the hotel and where guests are “staring right at the ski slopes of Stowe, and the iconic Mount Mansfield view,” Beaulieu said. Across the hall, the 2,500-square-foot Junior Ballroom, which can be divided into four smaller spaces, also connects to the terrace.
Just behind the lodge, groups can use the 420-seat Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, and at the base of the ski area, Alpine Clubhouse is a high-end, private restaurant that is available for events, typically in spring, summer and fall.
Next door, the Spruce Camp Base Lodge has 16,000 square feet of function space, which includes the 8,000-square-foot Great Room, an octagonal post-and-beam room that has vaulted ceilings, is encircled by windows and connects to an adjoining terrace.
The lodge offers so many activities year-round that management created its own in-house destination management organization that offers a variety of packages and programs for groups. During a Water and Wine trip, groups take a guided kayak or canoe float on the Lamoille River and end at Boyden Valley Winery for a tour and tasting. On the Taste of Vermont tour, groups visit a local orchard, cheesemaker, chocolatier and distillery, or the resort can arrange a private artisanal farmers market on the village green for event attendees to sip, sample and shop wares from local makers.