Stowe, Vermont is not only a winter’s paradise. Not anymore, at least. Today the area is incredible for summer and a must visit during autumn when Vermont’s famous fall foliage is in full swing.
Stowe town is an adorable place that is at the foot of two peaks (Spruce Peak and Mount Mansfield – tallest peak in Vermont) that are part of the Green Mountain Range. The town is teeming with hotels, inns and restaurants.
However, Stowe Mountain Lodge and Resort is probably the best choice simply because you can arrive here and not see your car again until it is time to go. In other words, this is where all the action in Stowe takes place.
Even if you’re not staying at the resort, chances are most of your activities will be centered around this spot.
Things To Do in Stowe, Vermont – In the Summertime
Hiking – this is kind of a given. Being surrounded by such nature, even if you’re not an avid hiker (like me) you will find plenty of super easy, mild trails that will connect you with nature and ignite a love for hiking (even if a teensy bit).
Spa Time – Stowe Mountain Lodge has one of the largest, most varied spas I’ve ever visited in any hotel. You can literally spend days enjoying the different treatments. They even have some for kids.
Mount Mansfield Toll Road – This is a must-do while visiting the area. If you’re staying at the Lodge they have a special deal for their guests. You can take out any of their Mercedes Benz fleet for a test drive all the way to the top, or other places. They have a free rental surprise. Plus, if you’re staying at the Resort you get 20% off the entrance to the Toll Road.
48 Hours in Stowe, Vermont
When you first arrive to town, either staying at the Lodge or at another hotel, simply getting adjusted to the place and walking around the town or lodge is a good way to get the feel of the land.
I recommend hiking from the first day. This way, if you want to continue on more trails (which are all free and open to the public) you can do more on the following day.
Stowe Mountain Lodge has a great restaurant – Solstice, but the town itself has tons of fun places to eat. And enjoying a bit of the nightlife, with or without kids, is a treat to do.
Toll Road drive. This is one of the best things you can do in the area. Driving up to the top of the Mount Mansfield overlooking the entire Green Mountain Range is difficult to express in words and is best done, live. Plus, you can take some of the most famous trails from here including the Long Trail.
This will take at least four hours, so you’ll have plenty of time after lunch to enjoy the spa treatments. Or just hanging out by the pool.
When visiting this area, you don’t want to over do it with too much. Just being here, and sitting outside enjoying the fresh Vermont air and the incredible scenery is spectacular.
Fun Info About Stowe
- Stowe was chartered June 8, 1763 by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth of the New Hampshire colony.
- At one time there were 10 covered bridges in Stowe built in the 1840s and 1850s; now there are but two – one bridge left over Gold Brook in Stowe Hollow and one over the West Branch at Brook Road.
- Skiing was first introduced in 1914 by Swedish families living in Stowe.
- The First ski trails were created in 1933.
- Lumber and agriculture have been the essential industries of Stowe over most of its history.
- It is the second-largest town in the state of Vermont.
- The weekend-long British Invasion event is held annually in Stowe during the third week of September.
- The Stowe Theater Guild, along with Hyde Park Opera House, and the Waterbury Festival Players, combine to offer theatrical productions each summer.
- Mount Mansfield is Vermont’s highest mountain and next to Stowe. It is a ski area with terrain suitable for intermediate to expert skiers.
- In 2012, Stowe Land Trust conserved the Cady Hill Forest property in the heart of Stowe Village, and transferred ownership to the Town of Stowe.