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Stowe

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Stowe [1] is a four season resort town located in north-central Vermont at the base of Mount Mansfield—Vermont's highest peak. It is home to Stowe Mountain Ski Resort.

Get in

Stowe is located at the Junction of Vermont Routes 108 and 100. Access is 10 miles North on Rte 100 from Exit 10 on Interstate 89. The closest major airport is Burlington (BTV) about 40 minutes away. Stowe is about 2 hours from Montreal, 3 hours from Boston and 6 hours from New York City.

Get around

Most of the the activity in Stowe is centered in the historic Village and along the Mountain Road (Route 108) that extends from the Village about 5 miles to the ski area. It is easy to get around, and in the winter there is a free shuttle that runs frequently between the Village and the Mountain.

See

  • Vermont Ski Museum, 15 S Main St, Phone: +1 802 253-9911, [2]. Daily except Tu 12PM-5PM. The exhibits change regularly. Recent exhibits included Lost Ski Areas Remembered, A Timeline of Vermont's Skiing History and a display of old equipment. Free will donation $3, families $5.
  • Trapp Family Lodge. 700 Trapp Hill Road, Toll free: 1-802-253-8511, [3]. Made famous by the "Sound of Music", this is a must see when visting Stowe. In the winter, the public can enjoy cross country skiing. In summer, concerts in the Trapp Family Meadow are popular with visitors and locals.
  • Nearby, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Cabot Cheese Outlet and the Cold Hollow Cider Mill are on many people's lists of favorite stops.
  • Stowe has many photo opportunities: covered bridges, hiking trails, a river winding through town, mountains and of course brilliant fall foliage.

Do

The list of activities in Stowe is quite extensive, particularly for those who enjoy outdoor sports.

Ski

Stowe is considered by many to be the Ski Capital of the East.

  • Stowe Mountain Resort, Phone: +1 802 253-3000, E-mail: info@stowe.com, [4].

Summer

  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Biking - both mountain and road biking
  • 5 Mile Recreation Path
  • canoe river tours
  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Back road touring
  • Gondola ride and toll road up Mt. Mansfield
  • Factory Tours at Ben & Jerry's

Winter

  • Downhill Skiing [5]
  • Cross Country Skiing [6]
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Several nice spas

For cultural and other activities click [7]

Buy

Lots of unique shops in Stowe - there are no chains or outlets in Stowe which is part of it's charm. The retail shops are mixed in with restaurants, coffee houses, inns, offices and homes. Many of the buildings are old and interesting just to walk through. Click[8] for a list of shops. Click [9] for village stores shopping hours.

There are no big parking lots, so you won't be trying to remember which row and section your car is in. Retail shopping is on both sides of Main Street which is also known as Route 100. More shops are spread out along the Mountain Road, or Route 108. Mountain Road forms a "T" with Main Street.

  • Vermont Heritage Gifts & Crafts,
  • In Company Clothing [10],
  • Shaw's General Store,
  • Stowe Craft Gallery [11],
  • Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery [12],
  • Stowe Craft Design Center,
  • Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens [13],
  • AJ's Ski & Sports [14],
  • Harvest Market,
  • Mountain Cheese and Wine

Eat

Stowe is famous for its many fine restaurants.

  • The Partridge Inn (seafood)
  • Pickwick's Pub (British pub fare - great beer selection)
  • Gracies
  • Foxfire (Italian)
  • Trattoria La Fest (Italian)
  • Pie in the Sky (Pizza)
  • The Shed (classic brewpub)
  • Blue Moon Cafe (for that romantic night out)
  • Olives (Mediterranean)
  • Mc Carthy's (popular local lunch & breakfast spot)
  • Colonial Cafe (great breakfasts)
  • Depot Street Malt Shop (back to the 50's!)
  • The Whip (a Stowe classic)

Drink

Sleep

  • Golden Eagle Resort, 511 Mountain Rd, +1 800 626-1010, [15]. Good prices, wide variety of accommodations, nice people, game room, indoor & outdoor pools, spa with hot tub, sauna, massage. Dining on site - great breakfasts are popular with locals.
  • Mountainside Resort at Stowe, 171 Cottage Club Rd, +1 800 458-4893, [16]. Stowe Vermont Condo; 1-4 bed affordable luxury condos in Stowe. Kid friendly and close to Stowe Ski Resort.

Get out

  • Short drive to Burlington and Lake Champlain
  • Short drive to Barre Granite Quarries
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