The Annex Building dates back to the mid-nineteenth century during the first big building boom in Stowe. Our newly-renovated 2-bedroom and 2 full-bath condo is ideal for the getaway couple, a family, or two couples who can each have their own floor.
The Annex Building dates back to the mid-nineteenth century during the first big building boom in Stowe. You will have no problem locating the four white pillars which distinguish the “Annex” façade from other buildings in the village as you come in on—from both the West and the East—scenic VT Route 100. The exposed wood beams inside create a warm and inviting space for guests who want access to the Vermont landscape as well as the quintessential village life. Our newly-renovated two-bedroom and two full-bath condo is ideal for the getaway couple, a family of four to six, or two couples who can each have their own floor.
The gathering place is on the second floor where you can prepare meals using local ingredients from a farmer’s market in a fully-equipped kitchen in view of your traveling companions reveling in the day’s adventure around an antique tavern table. The original deck allows you to overlook Main Street under a blanket of snow or in northern hardwood autumn colors. Retreating upstairs with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book in hand is a natural end to the day or it might be searching the internet on a sturdy arts and crafts style desk while looking through a round top window at a towering stand of evergreen. The condo won’t be overloaded with gear because the walkout basement has plenty of room to store your bikes, skis, or canoe.
This description of the Annex Building gives you an idea of perhaps how unique this space is nestled away in the village of Stowe but it still doesn’t give you an idea of what Vermont is about. Vermont is more than the Long Trail, Stowe Ski Area, and maple syrup. It is a working landscape bordered by Lake Champlain, the Connecticut River Valley, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec and powered by gritty, independent, thrifty, and undeniably likable locals.
If you follow the West Branch River from the village center to its source you will see why Stowe has become one of the premier outdoor recreational destinations in New England. For our money, it's simply the best. From cross-country skiing on the Catamount Trail to mountain biking Adams Camp to skiing the Front Four.
Interaction with guests
What Eric learned from being an innkeeper on Martha’s Vineyard is that travelers most fondly remember trips where they connected to people and place. All you need is a sense of adventure, a little bit of local knowledge, and plenty of room to explore with family and friends. This is the philosophy behind the Annex which has many of the personalized aspects of an inn without being an inn. It is our hope that with the contents of this webpage, as many informative phone discussions or e-mail chats as necessary, and a personal welcome at the beginning of your stay you will have the basis for that memorable trip. We would like nothing better than for you to genuinely enjoy your stay and experience firsthand what makes Vermont so special.
Other things to note
In a weeklong vacation it is advisable you get out of town and see the real Vermont. If you go east you will hit Morrisville where you must hit Bees Knees either for breakfast or dinner and some local entertainment. From Morrisville you are already a third the way to Craftsbury Outdoor Center or Jay Peak. The Burke Trails are definitely a destination for any mountain bike rider.
Go under the highway and continue east and you should hit Mad River Valley. That is if you are a skier (snowboarders are not allowed). American Flatbread on weekends is a must where you will wait nearly an hour to be seated but not care in the slightest because you will be drinking Lawsons and chatting it up with strangers around a campfire. The longer the wait the better. On the way back to Stowe via Waterbury I usually stop for one more at Prohibition Pig or the Reservoir.
To the North is the biggest city in Vermont, Burlington. Most of the action is off of Church Street where you will find Vermont landmarks next door to national retail chains. I have nothing against big retail but why not see and experience something different and walk into Crow Bookshop instead of Borders, The Outdoor Gear Exchange instead of Olympia, Vietnamese coffee at Sapa instead of Starbucks, Bennington Potters instead of Pottery Barn, and Stone Soup instead of Panera Bread. If the weather is nice you must check out a show on the waterfront or bike along the Lake Champlain Bikeway.
One of the first things people notice when visiting Vermont for the first time is the lack of billboards lining the highways. Its takes some getting used to and so does the lack of fast food restaurants in the State’s capital. You may be inclined to buy a lunch at the Hunger Moutain Coop, one of the first member-owned market cooperatives in the country. Take a stroll behind the capitol building and into Hubbard Park amongst huge red oaks up to a stone tower (great place for a picnic) that gives you an amazing view of the environs. Hike back into town and take a drive on Route 12 towards Lake Elmore in search of a moose in early evening. Drive slowly back to Stowe.