The Green Mountains of Vermont, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the smaller peaks to their south offer snowy vistas and great skiing during the winter. But when the slopes turn green, the scenery is lush and the vistas become colorful while remaining spectacular.
Ski resorts, with their diverse landscapes, many restaurants and indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, provide idyllic settings for a wedding, large or small. While some couples prefer tying the knot in their hometown and others seek a faraway destination, many like the idea of a country setting that is relatively easy for friends and family to access.
Ski resorts can fill the bill. Most resorts need to make use of their facilities year-round rather than letting them sit idle once the snow has gone. Adventure parks, concerts, festivals and fairs have taken over the summer resort scene. And weddings have as well. Many resorts, in addition to venues for the ceremony and reception, have on-site or nearby lodging to accommodate guests from farther away or those who prefer not to drive after a day or evening of celebrating.
Stowe Mountain Resort is one such area that offers a wide variety of options to meet different numbers and tastes. The Great Room & Patio at Spruce Camp Base Lodge is a prime choice for mid- to largesize weddings, as it can accommodate 100 to 300 or more guests. With its stunning architecture, a large stone fireplace in the full-service bar and lounge area and sliders to a stone patio facing the slopes of Spruce Peak, it provides a setting suitable for all phases of the celebration. The patio has a wood-burning fireplace and is an inviting place for a ceremony or cocktail reception. The Great Room is perfect for larger weddings and sit-down receptions. And it all comes with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.