Stowe Village & Area Spring, Summer & Fall Activities
A world of fun and adventure awaits…
Auto Toll Road
The historic Auto Toll Road climbs up to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. It typically takes about 20 minutes for cars to make the 4.5 mile trip. Hiking and biking are not permitted on the Toll Road. Opens late May.
Cyclists of every ability will enjoy Stowe’s cycling terrain, including paved and dirt roads, trails and paths. Stowe boasts a 5.3-miled paved Stowe Recreation Path, that begins across from the Inn.
Umiak Outfitters provides rentals, guided tours and seasonal programs for all ages and abilities. Rental outposts are set-up at Lake Elmore, Waterbury Reservoir and on Lake Champlain’s waterfront. Visit Umiak.com or call 802.253.2317. Green River Canoe and Kayak offers rentals with shuttle and a variety of guided trips, such as the evening wildlife watch. Call 802.644.8336.
Test your climbing skills at one of Stowe’s obstacle courses or climbing adventures. Choose from scaling a rock wall, learning about wildlife, zip lining or challenging yourself in the elements. Whatever you decide, it is sure to be an adventure you’ll never forget.
Craft Brew Tours
Vermont is the leader in the craft brew industry. No where will you find more craft brewers or craft brewery tours. Experience the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating the delicious brews of Vermont and do a bit of tasting as well.
Culture and the Arts
Stowe is a wonderfully eclectic village that is home to a thriving arts community and exciting cultural happenings. Gifted artists are inspired by this natural splendor. They, in turn, enrich Stowe with cultural and artistic sophistication more typical of large cities.
Dog drawn cart tours and scooter trail runs are available throughout the summer. Peacepups will set you up with a scooter, helmet, your very own Peace Pup and guide you down one of our local trails. Available in the morning or evening. PeacePupsDogSledding.com, 802.888.7733. http://www.peacepupsdogsledding.com
Fly Fishing – The Fly Rod Shop offers river or stream instructional tours for all ability levels. Their drift boat trips travel down some of Vermont’s most pristine waters. Programs, clinic’s, instruction, rentals and retail store. Visit flyrodshop.com or call 802.253.7346. Green Mountain Troutfitters – Full service fishing retail outlet with FREE fly fishing clinics! Visit gmtrout.com or call 802.495.4271. Catamount Fishing Adventures – Fishing guide service: fly-fishing, spin-fishing and ice-fishing. Equipment provided for all ages and abilities. Visit CatamountFishing.com or call 802.253.8500. http://www.catamountfishing.com
Galleries, Shops & Antiques
Over 45 unique stores compete for your attention in our charming New England village and along the Stowe Mountain Road. You will find art, jewelry, handcrafted furniture, Vermont specialty foods, clothing & sports equipment.
The Inn is within a fifteen minute drive to four golf courses – Stowe Country Club, Country Club of Vermont, The Farm Resort and Copley Country Club. Other popular courses within a 45-minute drive include the Sugarbush Golf Course (802) 583-6725, Vermont National Country Club 802.864.7770 and Blush Hill Country Club 802.244.8974
Take a ride to Vermon’t highest peak in the famous Stowe Gondola. Take in spectacular views and access great hiking trails. You can also stop for a bite to eat at the lift summit snack bar. Opens late June.
With majestic Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak at 4,392′) and the beautiful Worcester range as our backdrop, it’s no wonder that Stowe is known as a mecca for hiking! The famous Long Trail, a 265-mile trail system, crosses over Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak in Stowe. Numerous trailheads connect, providing great access for many day hikes.
Popular hikes include:
Moss Glen Falls
Topnotch Resort – The Equestrian Center offers private and group horseback riding lessons, as well as guided English and Western trail rides. 802.253.6433. Windy Willows Farm – About a 30 minute drive from Stowe. 802.635.7300.
Hot Air Ballooning
Float high about scenic Stowe, Vermont in a hot air balloon and see all the splendor of this beautiful state. Surrounded by the majestic Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley, this bird’s eye view is like no other you will ever experience. Check out Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides to book your ride today.
Known as the Rec Path, this is a favorite among visitors and area residents. This 5.5 mile, one-way paved path, is free for public use. It is open all year long and features mostly flat and level terrain. While on the path visitors can enjoy a picnic, beautiful views and scenery, and access to many shops and restaurants.
One thing there is no shortage of in Stowe is scenic drives. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and fabulous vistas, there are 11 recommended driving trips to enjoy during your visit to Stowe.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure – soaring high above the mountains and valleys of Stowe! Stowe Soaring offers glider rides, instruction and rentals from May through October. StoweSoaring.com, 800.898.7845. http://www.stowesoaring.com
Stowe Theatre Guild Performances
Presenting four theater shows this year, the guild is located just across the street from the Green Mountain Inn providing from entertainment from mid-June until mid-October.
Public beaches are at Lake Eden, Lake Elmore and Caspian Lake. Waterbury Reservoir offers two designated swimming areas. The 635-acre Green River Reservoir is beautiful with various rock outcroppings and a rope swing.
The Swimming Hole, a community pool, offers a competition-sized pool with diving board, a toddler and child swimming pool with water-slide and fun water fixtures and a complete weight and cardiovascular training circuit.
Stowe offers numerous swimming holes. Some are a cinch to find: a walk up the Stowe Recreation Path to a spot on the West Branch River, or the well-known Foster’s swimming hole. The best swimming hole is one you find yourself, perhaps by parking your car near the bottom of a moderately-sized stream and working your way upstream.
Just a few blocks away from the Inn, play on courts at the Stowe Recreation Center (no charge, first come, first serve). Free, public courts are also found at the Stowe High School. Indoor clinics, court time and and additional services are offered at Topnotch Resort & Spa, Stoweflake Resort & Spa and Trapp Family Lodge.
Trapp Family Lodge Wagon Rides – Fun for the whole family. Please call for pricing 802.253.8511. Gentle Giants Carriage & Wagon Rides – scenic carriage and wagons rides. Covered bridge, winding wooded trail on an open brook with spectacular views of Mt. Mansfield. For reservations and information call 802.253.2216.
Vermont is the leader in local wineries and there are many to visit during your stay. Whether you like red or white wine, you can sample delicious creations at the local wineries you’ll find in the Stowe area.
ZipTour Adventure Stowe Mountain Resort’s thrilling new zip tour adventure includes a series of zip lines. ZipTour is the world’s fastest and
most exhilarating zip line experience. Known as the ultimate point-to-point ski adventure, the zip trolley’s sophisticated
braking system allows individuals to control their speed, which can reach 60 miles per hour. The launching point for
Stowe’s 3 span ZipTour Adventure is atop the high-speed summit Gondola, near the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest
peak. Opens late June, 802-253-3420.
Arbortrek Canopy Adventures The three-hour zip line canopy tour by Arbortrek Canopy Adventures is designed to educate, entertain and inspire. Groups of 8 guests are escorted by 2 experienced zipline canopy tour guides familiar with the local ecology and natural history of
Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont and prepared to ensure a safe and thrilling zip-line experience. Whether you’re a thrill seeker,
nature lover, or both, your zip line canopy tour guides are certain to make the zip line canopy tour an experience you’ll
share and recount for years to come. Arbortrek 802-644-9300.