Stowe Travel Guide

  • Main Street, Stowe, VT
    Main Street, Stowe, VT
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  • At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
    At Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory
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  • Bravely standing on the haunted bridge
    Bravely standing on the haunted bridge
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Stowe Highlights

  • Pro
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     A charming New England village. A great family ski resort 

  • Con
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    Tryla says…

     Very Expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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    Tom_Wade says…

     A string of pearls along the way to the Mountain 

Stowe Things to Do

  • Book a tour with Umiak Outdoor...

    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...

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  • Stowe Recreation Path

    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...

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  • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

    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...

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  • Skiing at Mt. Mansfield

    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...

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  • Explore the flavorful road to Waterbury

    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...

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  • Walking and shopping around the village

    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...

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  • Mini Golf

    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...

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  • Take a guided fishing trip

    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...

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  • Hike the Long Trail

    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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Stowe Hotels

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Stowe Restaurants

  • Great for a light lunch

    On our last day in Stowe, we decided to grab something light to eat for lunch just as we were about to hit the road for the trip back home. I'd spotted Cafe on Main before and thought it might be a good place to go, and I was right! We both ordered the soup & sandwich combo (there were several options to choose from, and I selected the curried...

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  • Very good, but could be even better

    We decided to head up Mountain Road for our last dinner in Stowe, and to help me choose from the several restaurants located in the area, I looked up some online reviews and ended up picking Gracie's. Again, we were taken to a great table right by the fire place, so the evening was off to a good start. The entire staff was very friendly, and we got...

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  • Lovely place for lunch in Waterbury

    I decided to spend the second day of our holiday exploring the Waterbury area, and reached the village just in time for lunch. I took a quick look around Main Street and spotted no less than four pubs located around the same street corner, and opted for one called The Reservoir, also known as The Rez. It looked rather big from the outside, but the...

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  • Fantastic place for a romantic dinner!

    This restaurant was located across the street from our hotel, but if it hadn't been for the reviews I read, I don't think I would have found it since there's only a tiny sign on the street pointing to the door that leads to the downstairs restaurant. I had made an online reservation (highly recommended) and I was charmed by the warm and cosy...

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  • Great spot for lunch!

    While Sylvain was off skiing at Mt. Mansfield, I decided to explore the village of Stowe on my own and when lunch time came around, I decided to stop at my inn's pub, the Whip Bar & Grill. I'd read reviews that said it was better for lunch than dinner, though I can't really imagine why. The hostess who greeted me was very friendly, and she took me...

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  • 50s-style diner in Stowe

    On our first evening in Stowe, we were looking for something fast and simple for dinner, and that's exactly what we found at the Malt Shop. This 1950s-themed diner, complete with pin-up posters and jukeboxes, offers a no-frills menu at a reasonable price. It's the perfect place to go if you're traveling with kids or if you just feel like grabbing a...

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Stowe Nightlife

  • Stowe Theatre Guild

    by Tryla Updated Oct 3, 2003

    We had the great pleasure of seeing a wonderful play while we were staying in Stowe. We saw "My Fair Lady" at the Town Hall Theatre. It was a very professional performance for a very reasonable price - I believe it was $15.00 per person for an evening of wonderful entertainment.

    Dress Code: Casual Dress Code.

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Stowe Transportation

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    Mountain Road free shuttle in Stowe, VT

    by Jefie Written Jan 30, 2014

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    A very convenient way to get around Stowe, especially to reach Mt. Mansfield if you're staying on Main Street or anywhere along Mountain Road, is to ride the free Mountain Road Shuttle. These run roughly every 25 minutes between 6:40 am and 9:25 pm. You do make some stops along the way so it's slightly longer than taking you own car, but you save on gas, there's plenty of room for your ski equipment and don't need to worry about finding a parking spot. Getting the chance to mingle with other visitors and avid skiers is another bonus!

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Stowe Shopping

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  • Designer Labels & Designer Prices

    Okay, I'll admit it, I forgot to pack fancy evening clothes! I never bring any really fancy clothes for ski trips but, this time I needed it. We wanted to go to the Trapp Family Lodge for dinner which required anything other than jeans, so two out of six of us had to make a pit stop here to buy something appropriate to wear. I ended up buying a...

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  • A Whole Street of Shopping

    Stowe shopping is 100 owner operated stores in an historical & charming New England village setting. Whether it's for yourself, your home, your business or a most special occassion, you'll enjoy finding it in Stowe. They have traditional shops, galleries, online stores, award winning Vermont specialty food, nationally recognized galleries, art,...

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Stowe Local Customs

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    Ice sculpture on Main Street

    by Jefie Updated Jan 30, 2014

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    When we arrived in Stowe, we found out they were celebrating their 40th winter carnival that weekend. At first I was excited at the idea of taking part in the festivities, but I quickly realized there wasn't much going on besides some ice carving. Not that I was expecting anything of the same magnitude as the carnival we have in Quebec City, but I still thought there might be a bit more to it. So all this to say that while it's definitely not worth planning your trip to Stowe around this event, if you happen to be there during carnival (end of January) you might enjoy taking a walk around town to see some of the pretty ice sculptures along Main Street and Mountain Road,

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Stowe Off The Beaten Path

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    Emily's haunted bridge in Stowe, VT 1 more image

    by Jefie Written Jan 28, 2014

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    I took a little detour on my way to Waterbury to see the Golden Brooke Bridge, also known as the Stowe Hollow Bridge. This wooden covered bridge was built in 1844, and people in the area refer to it as Emily's bridge since it is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman named Emily who, according to some versions of the story, hung herself from the rafters because of a broken heart. This ghost story became widely popular in the 1960s and, since then, some people have reported hearing strange noises and screams at night, while others say that scratch marks have mysteriously appeared on their car while they were parked on the bridge. I was there in the day time so I didn't hear anything strange and luckily we were able to cross the bridge without having to take the car in for a paint job :op

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Stowe Sports & Outdoors

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    by AliasGirl Written Sep 13, 2004

    Three coupes were in Vermont enjoying a few days of fun in the snow. Not everyone skied, so we had to come up with a way to get everyone out and enjoying the snow without breaking a leg, so we came up with renting snowmobiles.

    We contacted Stowe Snowmobile Tours, reserved our places and paid for our tickets via phone. We showed up at their storefront, signed the paperwork, watched a video on safety and got our equipment: helmet and boots. We all went out to the parking lot, got on our snowmobiles and followed the tour guide for two hours through.." the deep woods of Vermont..For the beginner through expert, Stowe Snowmobile Tours takes you through snow-covered, blue-spruce woods. Experience breath taking views of the Green Mountains." (description from their website)

    We doubled up and rented three snowmobiles, our husbands/boyfriends led the mobiles but once you get to the midway point you can stop at a rest area and can exchange drivers at this point. I was having so much fun, I didn't want to drive. Plus the fact that you really had to hold on and steer very forcefully due to the hilly slopes and the turns and the slippery snow. I was just fine holding onto my hubby.

    I highly recommend this outdoor activity! :)

    Equipment: Scenic Guided Tour
    Two Hour Tour
    Weekends & holidays:
    8am - 6 pm, leaving every hour
    Weekdays:
    9 am - 5 pm, leaving every 2 hours
    Single Person: $119.00
    Doubles: $149.00
    Passenger w/ guide: $45.00

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Stowe Favorites

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  • Stowe - A Four Season Destination

    Only a handful of mountain resorts can truly claim world-class status, and in New England only Stowe, Vermont joins that elite company as a four season destination. And what a town Stowe is. The first hotel opened in 1848, and today Stowe lodging includes more than 50 luxury resorts, spas, romantic country inns, and B&Bs. Stowe dining is equally...

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  • You must absolutely rent a...

    You must absolutely rent a bike for a day and take advantage of Stowe's wonderful layout of bike and walking trails. They traverse all over the area, going over rivers, through covered bridges, and across open plains. Rollerblading is also a great activity.  There are a bunch of rollerblading parks and stunt areas around, so it shouldn't be...

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