After 16 Years of Planning, Stowe Mountain Lodge Will Finally Open its Doors in JuneVermonts Most Highly-Anticipated Resort Hotel to Offer up to 50% Discount for Two Days OnlyStowe, Vt. (April 15, 2008) In June, Destination Hotels & Resorts will welcome their very first guests to stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge, the first true luxury resort hotel experience to open in Vermont in over 50 years. The historic town of Stowe, Vermont has long been known as the “Ski Capital of the East” and the opening of Stowe Mountain Lodge will now affirm this charming vacation destination as the nations preeminent year-round mountain resort experience. A host of activities will be available to visitors all four seasons of the year, and Stowe Mountain Lodges location at the base of two mountains Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak will enable guests to enjoy limitless cultural, recreational and relaxing activities in the areas most luxurious and highly-coveted surroundings.Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new $400 million alpine neighborhood and the first-ever Audubon International Sustainable Community in a mountain resort area, that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years. As part of this new real estate community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy five-star service; 139 guestrooms; a 21,000 square foot spa and Cooper Wellness at Stowe; exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp; a heated outdoor pool with indoor access; over 12,000 square feet of event space, high-end boutiques and restaurants; and unmatched on-mountain recreational options. The Lodge will also offer the Vermont artisan-inspired cuisine of Chef Sean Buchanan, one of the states foremost advocates of the farm-to-table movement, in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units will be available for vacation home ownership in the Lodges Front Four Private Residence Club.In celebration of its opening, Stowe Mountain Lodge will offer a special catch-it-while-you-can up to 50% discount to its very first summertime guests. The “First Guest” bed and breakfast package will be available from July 1 to July 31, 2008, and includes luxury overnight accommodations for two and breakfast for two in Solstice restaurant. This special package is available for one-night stays only, and must be booked between 12:01am on April 28 and 11:59pm on April 29, 2008. The rate for the “First Guest” package starts at $299 per night, and does not include tax. (This represents 50% off of regular summertime rates).The new Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the heart of the lively Spruce Peak at Stowe alpine village in historic Stowe, Vermont. Opening June 2008, the 139-room lodge will offer an exclusive 18-hole mountain golf course created by the legendary Bob Cupp, a luxurious spa, Cooper Wellness at Stowe, Salon Mario Russo, 12,100 square feet of meeting space, the Alpine Concierge® available to anticipate every need, twice-daily housekeeping, 24-hour in-room dining and artisan-inspired cuisine. The lodge also will offer highly-customized services and personalized in-room amenities.
Sunil Ambris and John Campbell stroked lively half-centuries as West Indies A earned a draw against English County Surrey on the final day of their first-class tour match in England on Wednesday.Left to survive two sessions after the hosts declared at lunch with a lead of 361, Windies A safely navigated the afternoon at the Oval cricket ground in London, to end on 194 for three in their second innings.Test batsman Sunil Ambris sent selectors another reminder of his quality with an unbeaten 63 while opener Campbell struck 55.Vishaul Singh chipped in with 26, opener Chandrapaul Hemraj got 23 while wicketkeeper Devon Thomas finished 22 not out.Surrey had earlier added 111 in the first session as they converted their overnight 62 for one into 173 for four declared in their second innings.Ryan Patel, unbeaten on 30 at the start, top-scored with 48 as he extended his second wicket stand with Mark Stoneman (44) to 79.He put on exactly 50 for the third wicket with Will Jacks who made 47.Speedster Odean Smith was the most successful bowler with two for 15, also accounting for Patel to a catch at the wicket.Windies A then made a lively start to their run chase, with Campbell and Hemraj putting on 79 for the first wicket.Campbell struck six fours and a six off 70 balls while fellow left-hander Hemraj counted two fours in a 39-ball innings.Nineteen-year-old off-spinner Amar Virdi got the breakthrough when Campbell drove loosely to cover and Hemraj followed in the next over without addition to the score, lbw to one from seamer Stuart Meaker which kept slightly low.Ambris put on a further 48 with left-hander Vishaul Singh who scored 26 from 46 deliveries, as together they steadied the innings.The right-handed Ambris, already with a hundred on tour, faced 99 balls in just under 2-1/4 hours and counted eight fours and a six.When Vishaul played down the wrong line and lost his off-stump to South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, Ambris found another ally in Thomas to post a further 67 in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership. read more