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Stowe Mountain Lodge Gains National Recognition for Environmental Efforts

Vermont's Newest Luxury Resort Hotel Garners Impressive Accolades for

Stowe, Vt. (April 30, 2009) - Stowe Mountain Lodge opened its doors less than one year ago, but has already gained highly-coveted accolades from some of the top government and non-profit organizations in the country, as well as some of the nation's most renowned media outlets.  As the newest member of the Destination Hotels & Resorts (DH&R) collection, Stowe Mountain Lodge is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen the property's footprint on, the changing environment.  As a key participant in DH&R's "Destination Earth" program, Stowe Mountain Lodge is constantly evolving its environmental initiatives and striving to uphold the highest possible standards for environmental excellence.

Last week, Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont honored Stowe Mountain Lodge with a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention.  This award, which follows the hotel's designation by the State of Vermont as a "Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State," applauds organizations that show an incredible commitment to environmental protection.

Earlier this year, the lodge received Audubon International's Green Leaf certification, a program that honors a property's commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation and energy efficiency.  Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 environmental education organization dedicated to educating, assisting and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife and natural resources around them.  This green leaf certification rounds out a resort-wide effort to uphold Audubon International's standards for environmental excellence, with previous awards including the Audubon International Green Community award for the lodge's surrounding Spruce Peak at Stowe neighborhood, and the Audubon International Signature Sanctuary certification for the resort's Stowe Mountain Golf Club course. 

In their most recent issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine named Stowe Mountain Lodge one of its "129 Hotels We Love" in their "2009 Stay List."  The lodge was honored for maintaining a sense of place through its 2,000 surrounding acres of protected wildlife habitat, mountain safari hikes and tours, and farm-to-table cooking classes. 

Prior recognition for Stowe Mountain Lodge's environmental efforts includes Travel + Leisure magazine's designation of the lodge as one of their "Favorite New Green Retreats," and MSNBC.com's designation for the lodge as one of the "Best New Green Hotels" in the country.

About Stowe Mountain Lodge

The new Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new $400 million alpine neighborhood that has been in planning and development stages for the past 17 years.  As part of this new community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge enjoy five-star service, 139 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and Cooper Wellness Center, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool with indoor access year-round. The property offers more than 12,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options.  The Lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant, seasonal cocktails in Hourglass bar and artisan takeaway options in Schuss Gourmet Shop.  In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge's Front Four Private Residence Club.  Rooms begin at $435 for a studio unit, with special lodging offers and packages available by calling (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT or by visiting http://www.stowemountainlodge.com/.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Stowe Mountain Lodge is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit http://www.destinationhotels.com/.

Leslie Kilgore
PR Manager
lkilgore@destinationhotels.com
Phone: 802.760.4700

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