This year, Stoweflake—owned and operated by the Baraw Family—celebrates 50 years of hospitality! To kick off our golden anniversary year, we launched a "Thanks for the Memories" contest. Below you will find the Grand Prize Winner as well as the four Runner-Ups!
#24, Mark Walker
"The Stoweflake has been part of the Walker family for 30 years. Every morning during our annual Stoweflake vacation, my brother and I would sneak up to the balcony inside our townhouse and toss stuffed animals at our grandmother while she slept below. Twenty-five years later, I married Liz at the Stowe Community Church. We stayed in that same townhouse from my childhood last winter, and I snapped a picture of Liz from that same balcony. In a few years, we know history will repeat itself, and a fourth generation of Walkers will be running around the Stoweflake grounds, tossing their toys at us!" Read More
#4, Mark & Denise Rainey
"Mark and I chose The Stoweflake Inn as our honeymoon destination in September of
1991. We chose The Stoweflake Inn because it was a location that would be easily
accessible year after year to celebrate the wonderful choice we had made in each
other..." Read More
#10, Karen & Mike Krause
"We arrived at the Stoweflake one snowy February night
The deluxe accommodations were a welcoming sight!
We skied Stowe's trails 'till our legs were numb
Then to the pool to have more fun!..."
#27, Catherine & Arlon Bennett
"The Bennetts' first Stoweflake vacation was July 2012 for the ballooning festival. Our family of four was joined by our friends' family of four, and we were thrilled with the experience. We loved the excitement of the tethered balloon ride, and being at the initial inflating of the balloons was like having backstage passes..." Read More.
#28, Amy DiSanto
"...We've chosen to stay at the Stoweflake for over 25 years because though it has changed, it hasn't lost the feeling of being run by people who care. The "family" feel is what has kept us coming back, even now that our children are grown. Thanks to the Baraw family for allowing us to make this our family tradition!" Read More
From Jan. 15, 2013 through May 31, 2013, we welcomed you to share your favorite Stoweflake experience in 100 words or less. Contestants added photos and/or videos to bring their stories to life. We also encouraged you to use your social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, to spread the word about your entry, as the winner will be selected based upon audience voting and creativity. The winning stories were voted on by readers beginning June 1, 2013 for two consecutive weeks. Winners were then chosen on June 15, 2013 by the Baraw family.
One grand prize will be awarded: "50th Anniversary Package" for 6 nights, 7 days for 4 people, valued appx. $7500.
50th Anniversary Package for Four:
Four runner up prizes will be awarded: "50th Anniversary Vacation Package" for 2 nights for 2 people, valued appx. $1500. (Includes two nights, two 50-minute spa treatments, breakfast and dinner daily, spa access, classes and amenities.
By submitting your story you agree that others can read it on the Stoweflake Website, and it may be shared on Facebook.