Stowe Things to Do

  • Inside Stowe Mercantile at the old Depot building
    Inside Stowe Mercantile at the old Depot...
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  • At Laughing Moon Chocolates
    At Laughing Moon Chocolates
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  • At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
    At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
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    Book a tour with Umiak Outdoor Outfitters

    by Jefie Written Jan 29, 2014

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    Smuggler's Notch in Stowe, VT
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    Umiak offers a wide variety of guided tours, including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog-sledding tours. On our last day in Vermont, we booked a showshoeing/sledding tour with them. The entire staff was very friendly and attentive, and provided us with all the equipment we needed for the tour: boot covers, backpacks, water bottles, snowshoes and sledding gear. We snowshoed up Smuggler's Notch and slid part of the way down, although the recent snowfall made for better snowshoeing than sledding. Our guide Anders was fantastic and made the whole experiment worthwhile, otherwise I would have said it's a pretty steep price to pay ($69 per person) for what basically amounts to a snowshoe hike you could do on your own. We did enjoy the little snack included in the trip, which featured some local products such as hot apple cider, beef jerky, jam and cheese. So all in all, it made for a fun but rather expensive experience!

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    Stowe Recreation Path

    by Jefie Written Jan 29, 2014

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    View of Mt. Mansfield from the recreation path
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    The Stowe Recreation Path is an 8.5 km trail that more or less winds along Mountain Road and West Branch River. It is open year-round, and while joggers and cyclists share the trail in the summertime, it becomes the kingdom of snowshoers and cross-country skiers in the wintertime. The Stowe Rec Path starts behind the Stowe Community Church, located in the heart of the village, and goes all the way up to Brooke Road, with several parking and access points along the way, It stretches over some beautiful landscapes and definitely makes for something fun to do if you're looking for an outdoor activity other than downhill skiing.

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    Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

    by Jefie Written Jan 29, 2014

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    Well-Strung Quartet at the Spruce Peak Theater
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    Before my trip to Stowe, as I was looking for things to do besides skiing, I came across an event held at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and thought it might be a fun thing to do. This small theatre is located at the Stowe Mountain Resort and it holds a variety of cultural events, ranging from music and dance performances to film presentations, magic and comedy shows. It's a medium-size theatre that sits about 300 people so there's no bad seat in the house. We got to see a very entertaining concert by Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet, which we very much enjoyed. Not only were these four young men very talented but the show production was excellent. So make sure to check out the theater's schedule, it's a really nice way to spend an evening in Stowe!

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    Skiing at Mt. Mansfield

    by Jefie Written Jan 28, 2014

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    At Mt. Mansfield on a snowy day
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    With a summit reaching a height of 1339 m, Mt. Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont. The first ski trails were created in 1933 and it began operating as a ski resort in 1937, immediately gaining popularity. Chair lifts and gondolas were added over the years, and the resort now features a total of 116 runs. Daily admission costs $98, and there are plenty of places where you can grab a good lunch in a un atmosphere. I don't ski so I had to rely on Sylvain's account of his two days on the mountain to write this tip, but judging from the smile on his face when he came back at the end of the day, I'd say there's some good skiing to be done in Stowe!

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    Explore the flavorful road to Waterbury

    by Jefie Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
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    The town of Waterbury is located about 10 miles from Stowe. There are several intesting places to visit on the Waterbury-Stowe Road (Route 100), starting with the Cold Hollow Cider Mill (http://www.coldhollow.com/), where you can learn more about how they make cider, sample some delicious fresh cider and get your fill of Vermont products, including their famous homemade apple cider doughnuts yum!). The next stop I'd recommend making would be at the Vermont Annex (http://www.cabotannex.com/), where you most likely won't be able to resist sampling all the deliciously flavored Cabot cheddar cheese and Lake Champlain chocolates. I'd say save some room for the next stop, but you don't even need to be hungry to enjoy a tour of the famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory (http://www.benjerry.com/) - I was walking around in the middle of a snowstorm and even that didn't stop me from enjoying it! The 30-minute guided tours ($4) are pretty entertaining, and the best part comes at the end when you get to sample a new flavor of ice cream that's not available yet. When I was there, I got to taste their salted caramel creation and it was so good, I can only hope it ends up in groceries around the world very soon. The last stop I made was in the village of Waterbury, at the Green Mountain Coffee Center (http://www.greenmountaincoffee.com/visitor-center.aspx). The coffee addict in me fell in love with the flavored coffees of this eco-friendly, fair trade company, and I ended up bringing four bags home with me. I'm actually sipping a delicious cup of their Golden French Toast-flavored one as I'm typing these lines!

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    Walking and shopping around the village

    by Jefie Written Jan 28, 2014

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    Covered foot bridge leading to Mountain Road
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    On the first full day of our holiday, I went for a quick walk around the village that ended up lasting several hours because of all the stops I made along the way. Who knew I would manage to do so much shopping in such a small town?! But Vermont products are pretty impossible to resist, and they're very prominently featured in Stowe's stores. One place you definitely shouldn't miss is Laughing Moon Chocolates (http://www.laughingmoonchocolates.com/) for some delicious handmade chocolate. There are also several souvenir shops, including Stowe Mercantile on the ground floor of the old Depot building. That building also houses a book store and a clothing store called "Boutique" where I got a very pretty dress. Some other buildings that are definitely worth a look along Main Street are the Town Hall building and the Stowe Community Church, with its elegant spire rising high over the village.

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    Mini Golf

    by DonnaE Written Jul 26, 2012

    Stowe Golf Park IS Golf in "miniature"! This is not your typical "putt-putt"! So much for for everyone of any age. Avoid the sand traps while putting on this beautiful landscaped course. Open at 10am and last rounds can start as late as 9:30pm! Very fun to play at night under the lights and it is more challenging to read the green at night vs. day light. lol

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  • Take a guided fishing trip

    by green-river Written Oct 7, 2010

    Fishing is a great way to get out and enjoy the scenery in Vermont.

    Willy is the most patient guide you'll find anywhere. Here's what his web site says he offers:

    "fishing guide with 15 years of experience. Year around guided trips for trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike, landlocked salmon, and pan fish. Offering fly fishing, spin fishing, and ice fishing adventures for all abilities."

    We had a wonderful day on the water! Would like to try ice fishing in the winter.

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    Hike the Long Trail

    by xdescendx Written Aug 10, 2009

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    The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont's highest peaks.

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    Visit Smuggler's Notch

    by zepdude Written Apr 8, 2008

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    The backside of Mount Mansfield
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    Take a ride up Route 108 from the town of Stowe toward Mt. Mansfield (summer, Fall, or spring, of course). Pass the ski resort and you will start climbing and it will look as though the mountain is going to swallow you. The weather may start to change; where it was nice in Stowe it might be snowing up there.

    The road will wind, creating hairpin turns and your skin will crawl when you spot another vehicle coming toward you on what now resembles a foot path. You will pass large boulders that look as though they just tumbled down off the mountain. On your left you will see a small gravel parking lot. Stop, get out of the car, and walk around. Go into the woods and climb around on, over, and through the stunningly beautifel rock formations. Crane your neck and look above you, especially in the Fall when the leaves begin to change. Walk down the road in both directions and continue to look up and around you. It will become a place that you will not want to leave.

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    Drive through Smuggler's Notch, Route 108

    by johncudw Updated Oct 6, 2006

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    Smuggler's Notch east cliff
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    Drove through here many times,
    once on a bicycle.
    This photo is taken near the
    entrance to the ski area.
    Further along is a steep winding
    road through a mountain pass
    with big rock outcrops.
    Good place to go in the fall.

    Closed in the winter when
    ice often gets on the road
    in the notch

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    Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tours

    by cruisingbug Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Flavor Graveyard, Ben & Jerry's, Waterbury, VT
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    Ben & Jerry's factory is actually located in Waterbury, VT, but it's very near and on the way to Stowe and is the big non-skiing thing to do in the area. The factory is open seven days a week, but there is no ice cream production Saturday-Monday and on holidays. This is the factory where the little pint-sizes are made. The biggies are produced in another part of Vermont.

    The 30-minute tour itself is relatively interesting - first you go upstairs and are shown a video giving the history of Ben & Jerry's (Neither Ben nor Jerry still own Ben & Jerry's as they sold the company to Unilever in 2000). Then you walk above the production floor (not in operation on the Sunday we were there) and down steps, past R&D areas where new flavors are experimented with and produced. Finally you're given free samples in small paper cups (if your group is small, you may get seconds!) and you're soon deposited back in the gift shop. Scoops are available from the windows outside.

    The tour is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for the 12 and under set, and tour/ice cream/t-shirt packages are available.

    Be sure to visit the Flavor Graveyard, at the far end of the upper parking lot, to see the memorials to some of your favorite B&J flavors.
    By the way, free cone day at B&J's is April 25 this year (2006).

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    An Otherworldly Drive

    by cruisingbug Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Along Route 108, Smugglers Notch, Vermont

    If you're in Stowe in the summer, as we were, the main attraction - skiiing - is of course not available.

    A nice drive, though, is to go from Stowe to Jeffersonville through Smugglers Notch along Route 108. The road is closed in the winter. In the summer, though, it's like driving through a forest primeval, with towering trees, hanging fog and enormous boulders along this twisting, winding trail. There is a pull off to a trailhead where you can park and take pictures or just enjoy the surroundings.

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    Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour

    by AliasGirl Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    This is a MUST! We had so much fun here. Its a quick tour through the factory to see how the famous (and delicious) ice cream is made from start to finish.

    You get a glimpse of the machines and the dedicated staff which runs the machines. New flavors are made here and the tour actually gets a chance to try the experimental flavors and vote for their favorites. For just the freebies alone, its worth it.

    On the day we went, it was free for the tour, I think there is normally a nominal cost. Ben & Jerry's certainly borrowed a page from Walt Disney and steered the end of the tour to filter out right into..you guessed it..a Ben & Jerry's Gift Shop. Its all ice cream themed items, the kids were going nuts! Of course, there was also an ice cream counter, I had a bit of my favorite Ben & Jerry's flavors...Phish Food & Cherry Garcia!

    Outside was a fun festival with all kinds of games and trivia for all ages. We did the whole tour in less than an hour, it was pretty fun!

    I recommend this tour for families because the kids will certainly enjoy it!

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    I Scream, you scream.......

    by daffodil Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Me at B&J's factory

    If you are in the area you have to go to the the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory. They make premium ice cream and are a very enviornmentally and socially conscious company. Of course a visit here may mess up your diet!
    They give a cheap tour that is intersting and they give samples at the end of the tour. The grounds are also very nice and you can walk around and enjoy the scenery.

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