Gemstone Awarded Management Contract for Topnotch Resort

PARK CITY, Utah—Gemstone Hotels & Resorts has entered into an agreement to operate Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The luxury resort looks out on Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, and recently completed a $15 million renovation focused on guestrooms, two food and beverage outlets, meeting spaces, and other public areas. The four-diamond property, owned by MetWest Ventures, is a member of the Preferred Hotels collection.

“Topnotch Resort couldn’t be more aptly named,” said Jeff McIntyre, principal of Gemstone. “The lodging, culinary, tennis, and spa experiences are unsurpassed in the market. This is a prime example of an owner having a vision, putting up the capital, and perfectly positioning the property. It is our job to take it to the next level.”

“We envision tremendous operational and marketing synergies with our other hotels, including The Essex just outside of Burlington, Vermont, Copley Square Hotel in Boston, and Carlton Hotel in Manhattan,” said Thomas Prins, principal of Gemstone.


Topnotch Resort’s tennis center includes four indoor and six outdoor courts, a USPTA-certified staff, and more than 30 programs for all ages and levels. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs, along with a recreation barn featuring a retail and rental outlet with cross country, downhill, and telemark skis; mountain and cruising bikes; and snowshoes also offers guided fishing tours and horseback riding. A 35,000 square foot spa and fitness center offers treatments sourced from around the world along with personal training and fitness consultations, customized facials, and salon services. Two award-winning restaurants, Flannel and The Roost, offer regionally inspired cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingredients, paired with craft beer and local beverages. The resort has more than 9,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor venues and meeting spaces including outdoor patios, firepits, and forested spaces.