If I could have my druthers of importance fulfilled at a scenic lookout point, those in the title of my review would be it - so a clear five stars for me for Stowe Lodge's Cliff House Restaurant. And the food, though not great, was plentiful and tasty and reasonably priced. To get polite, friendly, efficient service from the hostess and waiter was a nice bonus. Then to sit at a front window table with the view shown in my pictures, was a trip well worthwhile on the Gondola. My wife and I did target an early afternoon time after the lunch rush mid-week, and even so, we were very fortunate to grab the last window table available for the next half hour or so. There's a quality setting inside, with wood trimmed windows, draped tables, and even knives and forks with a nice hefty feel. Nobody rushed us to finish and water refills and other requests were quickly and cheerfully fulfilled. Comfortable - atop a mountain (or nearly so) with a views across valleys and ranges and a cloud and sun rippled sky. There was one very nice restroom at the restaurant's entrance, and two more one flight of stairs down. An open air deck stretched the full length of one side of the restaurant and was easily accessible through a side door. After lunch, my wife and I wandered out there for a bit, meeting folks from other states and even a lady our age who said she was comfortably waiting at the restaurant while her younger grandchildren hiked some trails nearby. On the grounds around the restaurant itself is a raised deck for an even wider unobstructed view. The restaurant is a gem of comfort among the bared rocks and cliffs. Would love to return here in other seasons.
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