Located in Lamoille County in the American state of Vermont, Stowe is the world-popular resort town situated alongside the highest peak of the state. It is a small picturesque town with a population of only about 4500 residents. The city is often dubbed as 'The Ski Capital of the East' around the world. Not only skiing, but you can plenty of other outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more. This postcard-perfect city is beautiful all around the year, with lovely white snow-covered streets in winters to stunning foliages in the fall. The town is full of rich history and vibrant culture that you can see in the museums, galleries, and theatres. With its snow-capped mountains, shimmering waterfall, and culture, Stowe will win over your heart. Here are 20 of the best places to see and things to do in this gorgeous city.
Visit The Highest Peak Of Vermont At Mount Mansfield
At 4,395 feet above sea level, Mount Mansfield is Vermont's highest peak, and it extends to the town of Stowe. The mountain looks like a human's profile with forehead, nose, lips, chin, and Adam's apple when seen from the east or west. It is also one of the three places in Vermont where you can spot true alpine tundra from the ice ages. The mountain is very popular among locals and tourists to enjoy many recreational activities all year round. In summer, hiking is a popular activity, and in winter, skiing is enjoyed by the folks. There are several hiking trails on the mountain where you can enjoy hiking with stunning views from various vantage points. In winters, the east flank of the hill is used by the Stowe Mountain Resort for skiing. Also, do not forget to ride the gondola to the top of the mountain, you will witness the breathtaking beauty of your surroundings at its best. You can also enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the hill in your car, there are well-maintained roads for you to drive on. Mount Mansfield has so much to offer with a fantastic backdrop, make sure to visit it when you visit Stowe.
Hike To See The Magnificent Sterling Falls Gorge
Sterling Falls Gorge is located in the Green Mountains, near Stowe. It took more than 10,000 years for the rocks and sand from Sterling Brook to carve the stunning gorge, falls, pools, and a series of cascades. The gorge is surrounded by dense greenery and lush moss, making it even more exquisite. The best way to appreciate the gorge's stunningness and surroundings is by walking along the scenic nature trail that showcases the geological history of the area. The trail only takes about 45 minutes to walk to the end and then back to the starting point. Visit the Sterling Falls Gorge to view nature and its beauty at its finest.
Impressive Contemporary Art At West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Garden
West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Garden are indoor/outdoor experiences that showcase and promote contemporary art by local contemporary artists. The indoor part of the experience- the gallery- is thoughtfully curated with excellent lighting, high ceilings, and eclectic art pieces. The outdoor portion of the experience consists of beautifully landscaped gardens and lawns studded with contemporary sculptures made by various stones and metals. The estate also has a trail that leads to a charming river with a magnificent backdrop of mountains, where you can enjoy a lovely picnic.
Stunning Hike At Moss Glen Falls
Located near Stowe, Moss Glen Falls is a 125 ft waterfall that can be accessed only by a 6.8-kilometer trail. So do not forget to wear hiking shoes or sneakers for the hike. The hike is relatively easy but totally worth it with beautiful shallow water and pools formed at the base of the gorge. At the end of your hike, you will witness the hypnotizing waterfall that is absolutely beautiful. Visit this gorgeous picturesque spot to relish the beauty of the natural wonder of Stowe.
Gorgeous Views From Stowe Recreation Path
Also known as the "Rec Path" by the locals, Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.5-mile flat path suitable for people of all ages and fitness. This scenic path runs along with the city and offers stunning views of the bridges, swimming holes, waterfalls, gorges, and more vantage points. You can walk, jog, or bike on this path in the summer, and in winter, you can access the way with snowshoes or skis.
Drive Up To The Highest Point Of Vermont On Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road
Often dubbed as the "Stowe Toll Road," Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road is a 150 years old historic road that leads up to the top of the Mountain Mansfield. The drive up to the mountain is very scenic with lovely views of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, the White Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and Canada along the way. The road is not accessible year-round, it is open only from July to mid-December.
Stop By Emily's Covered Bridge
Emily's Covered Bridge was built in 1844 and is located over the Gold Brook in Stowe. This small wooden bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in a gorgeous setting, Emily's Covered Bridge is a must to visit when you come to Stowe.
Tranquil Environment Of Wiessner Woods
Wiessner Woods is a 79-acre wooded conservation area with several trails for snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, dog walking, and more. The wooded area is a mix of hardwoods and softwoods with small brooks flowing through and bridges built over them. It is a hidden treasure of Stowe with stunning vistas all around you. It only takes about 1 hour to make a full loop of the gorgeous forest on the paths. Wiessner Woods is a perfect place to relish the beauty of lush nature in a tranquil environment.
Enjoy Skiing And Snowboarding At Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort is an internationally acclaimed four-season resort located in the town of Stowe. In winters, it provides skiing and snowboarding from two mountains- Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. In summers, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, golfing, rock climbing, and many more activities. The resort offers plenty of amenities, including a spa retreat, luxurious lodges, skiing lessons, fine dining, and much more. Make sure to stay at the Stowe Mountain Resort to enjoy a luxurious stay with breathtaking beauty surrounding you and access to various recreational activities.
Learn Local History At Vermont Ski and Snowboarding Museum
Founded in 1988, Vermont Ski and Snowboarding Museum is located in the heart of the National Historic District of Stowe. The museum preserves and celebrates Vermont's snowboarding and skiing history in a visually attractive way through various exhibits. You can also buy gifts and souvenirs from the gift shop in the museum. Visit this exciting museum to learn about the distinguished history of Vermont.
Unique Miniature Golfing At Stowe Golf Park
Stowe Golf Park is a miniature golf course mimicking a regular golf course located on the premises of Sun & Ski Inn. Landscaped and contoured green courses add to the charm of this course. You can enjoy golf in the beautifully designed and maintained grounds of the course. It takes about an hour to complete the moderately challenging 18-hole course.
Enjoy Several Outdoor Activities At Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center
Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center is an adventure sports center and a hotel in Stowe. You can enjoy backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in winters. And in summers, you can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, nordic walking, disc golf, and even live concerts. The hotel is very well-maintained and clean with friendly and attentive staff. Do not forget to visit the Trapp Family Outdoor Center when you come to Stowe's delightful city.
Stop By The Smugglers Notch State Park
Located only about 7 miles away from Stowe in Lamoille County, Smugglers Notch State Park is a park situated at an elevation of 2,119 feet, and it separates Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. It was used to smuggle goods and cattle to and from Canada in the 19th century. It is now used for recreational activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, and picnicking. The hiking trails are well maintained and are perfect for beginners with several stunning vistas. In winter, you can enjoy the park with snowmobiles and skis. In fall, you can witness the stunning fall foliage. You can also enjoy a picturesque drive along the Notch Road to observe the area's splendid beauty. No matter the season, you will see the impressive beauty of the Smugglers Notch State Park.
Explore The City Old Fashioned Way With Gentle Giants Sleigh and Carriage Rides
Gentle Giants Sleigh and Carriage Rides lets you explore the scenic beauty of Stowe's city in an old-fashioned way. The vintage sleighs or carriages are pulled by gentle and well-trained Percheron and Belgian horses, named Donny, Mack, Tom, Justin, and Bret. You can choose romantic rides for only two or huge candy-apple red Santa-style carriages that can accommodate upto 12 people. The trained carriage drivers will take you down beautiful winding roads, dense woods, charming bridges, and many more vantage points. So make sure to experience the charm of the city snuggled under the blankets in the carriages.
Devour Sweet Delicacies At Laughing Moon Chocolates
Located in Downtown Stowe, Laughing Moon Chocolates is a gourmet chocolatier that makes various confectionery items from chocolates. The store practices eco-friendly practices and fair trade to create its sweet delicacies. Do not forget to try the various fudges, caramels, chocolates, including their own vegan chocolate here.
Drink Delicious Beer At The Alchemist
The Alchemist is a family-run brewery that serves fantastic local crafted beer. It serves an excellent selection of stouts, ales, and IPAs. You can try various samples first to find the perfect beer for you. The ambiance of the brewery is very laid back and unique. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The brewery specializes in fresh and unfiltered IPAs, so make you try them.
See How Your Favourite Ice-Cream Is Made At Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory
Who doesn't know the iconic ice-cream brand of Ben & Jerry's? There is a factory of the brand in the town where you can see how your favorite ice cream is made. You can take a tour of the factory to see everything in detail and try the free samples. There is a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs to remember your experience and this town. The admission fee is only $4, and the tour takes only 30 minutes. Make sure to visit this ice-cream factory when you come to Stowe.
Dine At The Award-Winning Restaurant- Plate
The Plate is an award-winning restaurant in Stowe that serves local American cuisine with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to cater to everyone's needs. This award-winning restaurant is situated in an architecturally stunning building with a contemporary setting. The restaurant serves scrumptious food all over the menu, but make sure to try the steamed mussels, grilled cauliflower steak, and grilled calamari here.
Eat While Relishing Magnificent Views At Bistro At Ten Acres
Bistro at Ten Acres is a prizewinning eatery located at the top of the hill that was opened in 2012. It serves local cuisine with a twist coupled with the magnificent backdrop of the countryside of Vermont. The service is fabulous, and the food is mouth-watering as well. Do not forget to try the Vietnamese grilled shrimp, pan-seared lobster, and fragrant, lemon parmesan chicken.
Buy Local Produce At Stowe’s Farmer's Market
Stowe hosts a farmer's market from May 24th to October 11th on every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. You can find local, wholesome produce in the market, including maple syrup, jams, preserves, vegetables, fruits, and much more. The atmosphere of the market is fantastic, there are live performances performed by local artists. You can also try local food from the vendors. Stowe Farmers Market provides an ideal way to spend your Monday morning.
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