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Stowe, VT
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Destination Overview

Nestled in the valley between the Green Mountains on the west and the Hogback Mountains on the east, lies the picturesque village of Stowe, Vermont. The quintessential Currier & Ives Vermont town with its white church steeple, covered bridge and magnificent mountain views is the perfect weekend getaway. This beautiful town is what everyone envisions Vermont to be like. The smell of fresh grass in summer or wood burning in winter awaken your senses as you approach this so charming Village.

While it is called the Ski Capital of the East, renowned for Mount Mansfield’s “Front Four”, that name belies the truly year-round appeal of the resort. I have enjoyed every season here….the colors more vivid than other places; the green fields of Spring, the colorful wildflowers of Summer, the browns, reds and golds of Fall and the stark whiteness of Winter.

The beauty of Stowe has enticed moviemakers over the years as a prime location for films. The Trapp Family Property was the site of the top of the mountain shots of Julie Andrews in the “Sound of Music” and the Edson Hill Manor hosted the movie “Four Seasons” with Alan Alda.

If you are a skier or snow boarder, there is no better place to enjoy those sports in the East than Stowe. It is also a mecca for fly fisherman, the perfect place for hiking and boasts a magnificent Recreation Path which winds through the woods.

2008 saw the opening of the Stowe Mountain Lodge and the transformation of the Spruce Peak mountain area. Slopeside accommodations, a new golf course, dining, shops, high speed chair lift and new snow making capabilities have made Stowe as good a destination as any out West.

Click picture to enlargeMcCarthy'sShaw's General StoreFoliage

Making Your Travel Plans

To make your travel plans you can go to our Weekend Planner for all the contact information.

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Click picture to enlargeWalking BridgeBen & Jerry'sFall

Getting There

Stowe is a 5 1/2 hour drive from New York City and 3 1/2 hours from Boston. A Friday morning departure gets you into Stowe in time for lunch. Leave mid-day on Sunday and you are home in time for dinner.

Stowe can also be reached by air into Burlington Vermont, about a 40 minute drive from Stowe and is also accessible by Amtrack to Burlington from New York. Recent round trip airfares from New York were about $252.

If you are going to Stowe from the south and want a real treat, make your way to Quechee, Vermont and have lunch at Simon Pearce (www.simonpearce.com). You'll enjoy a wonderful meal in a dramatic and quite spectacular riverside setting.

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When To Go

Stowe is a wonderful weekend destination any time of year. While most people think of Stowe in terms of winter, which brings an average seasonal snowfall of over 200”, Spring awakens the land with rushing streams and brooks of melting snow and a vivid green that gave the Mountain range its name. In Summer the meadows are filled with wildflowers and the Fall foliage is so spectacular it will take your breath away.

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Getting Around

Virtually all activity is centered in town or up the Mountain Road. There is a shuttle that travels from town up to the mountain and back down the Mountain Road from 8am to 10pm. While this eliminates the need for a car, in truth, you cannot really enjoy the area completely without a car.

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Accommodations/Dining

There’s no longer any need to roll the dice on where you stay or to settle and stay at a “safe” national chain. BestWeekends Travel Advance Team takes the worry out of where to stay when you go away.

The BestWeekends Travel Advance Team does all the work for you. We research each destination by scouring the guidebooks, articles, blogs, reviews and rating systems. Then we visit the destination and stay in the properties. Finally, we talk to the locals to be sure we didn’t miss anything. The result: we post on our site only the best of what we experienced. You can book with confidence knowing that “we’ve been there” and that no one pays us for a review. Inside see our Featured Properties.

When you are away on vacation, there’s few things worse than a bad dining experience. We agree, so we follow the same process for identifying restaurants as we do for accommodations, but with an extra step. We believe that the best dining experience has the strongest combination of food, ambiance and service. Good food is a given in our recommendations, but the best food in the world just doesn’t taste as good in a poor setting and the best setting with poor service just doesn’t cut it for us. The BestWeekends Travel Advance Team only presents those restaurants that meet our strict criteria. Mangia….enjoy! See our Favorite Restaurants.

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Things To Do

Stowe is truly a year round resort offering a wide range of activities. In Winter there is downhill and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, sleigh rides and horseback riding. Spring, Summer and Fall offer hiking, golf, tennis, canoeing and horseback riding. Fly fishing for trout in Spring is a local favorite and hot air ballooning over the mountains in Summer is an exciting experience.

Throughout the year you can enjoy the Recreation Path which begins in town and winds its way 5.5 miles toward the mountain through the woods, beside bubbling brooks and next to open fields. Depending on the season you can walk it, bike it, cross-country ski it, rollerblade it or snow shoe it. It is wonderful introduction to the beauty of Stowe. There are sights to see, shops to explore, art galleries in which to browse and antiques stores to search for treasures. Here's the complete list of Things To Do.

Here's another source of things to do and enjoy in Vermont from my friend Christine Sawyer. Travel-Vermont.

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BestWeekend' s Exclusives

After selecting our favorite places to stay and eat, we sat down and made a list of all the other things that would save you time and make your stay more enjoyable. The result is “Special Things” and “Good To Know, Good To Go,” BestWeekends Exclusives.

Special Things identifies unique, fun and romantic things for couples to do together in a particular destination. Good to Know is our list of the “best” of everything from breakfast to burgers, cocktails to after dinner fun and much, much more. Why stumble around trying to find the “best”….we’ve already done it for you!

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Don't Miss

  • Any activity on the Recreation Path
  • Breakfast at McCarthy's
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Shaw's General Store
  • harvest market
  • A burger at the Shed
  • Lunch at the top of the mountain
  • Dinner at Hen of the Wood
  • Dancing at the Rusty Nail

See my Photo Scrapbook

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News and Resources

Go Stowe is the resort town's web site. The Stowe Reporter has been the hometown newspaper for 52 years. Stowe Today reports on the arts.

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