Deck the Halls with Festive Sleigh Rides in Stowe

Nothing quite says the holidays more than a sleigh ride along the mountain terrain of Stowe.

During your holiday or weekend getaway, Gentle Giants offers some of the most extraordinary views from the back of a sleigh, and it is the perfect opportunity to sneak in some holiday cheer.

Sleigh Rides in Stowe

Sleigh-rideNew England has some of the most romantic and scenic rides, and Gentle Giants Sleigh Rides and Carriage Rides takes full advantage of that for guests. They start by heading over a snow-covered bridge and open brook, then pass through a wooded trail deep into the woods. The sleigh is enchanting, and the sound of the horse and bells make it feel like Christmas time is here.

When Can You Go on a Ride?

Rides are offered seven days per week, and they are open year-round – especially in the winter. As long as the weather is safe for riding, you can venture out any time after 11:00 am and before 3:30 pm. They also have early evening rides that start at 4:00 pm and move on until sunset.

Why Sleigh Rides?

Sleigh rides in Stowe are a must-do activity. Whether you are traveling on a romantic getaway package or you are here with the family, you’ll want to take in the atmosphere from a horse-drawn sleigh.

While on the sleigh, you will have a warm blanket for snuggling and the crisp winter air in your face. The jingle bells on the horses create a rhythmic stride, and the lush forestry of the New England region takes your breath away.

You’ll have the sleigh to yourself, which allows you to have conversations, admire the stars, and take in the winter atmosphere.

A sleigh ride in Stowe is more than just circling some track or following the regular trail – it is a vacation defining moment for everyone.

Don’t forget to book your visit to The Green Mountain Inn while staying in Stowe. Enjoy a Bed and Breakfast Package that gives you two discounted nights of lodging, a daily country breakfast, and complimentary afternoon tea – perfect for ending the day of sleigh rides.


Last Minute Christmas Shopping in Stowe

Stowe is not just for skiing – it is also the ideal stop for shopping.

While visiting the area, get a little holiday shopping in Stowe completed by visiting the Stowe Village Shops.

Stowe Village Shops to Visit

Cartoon- winter -shopping- coupleStowe is home to more than 70 unique stores that carry those exclusive, hard-to-find items perfect for crossing off a little last minute shopping.  Here is a peek of a few shops that may just catch your eye.

Boyden Valley Winery

Here you will find a fourth-generation farm that offers award-winning wines, liqueurs, ciders, and French gourmet cheeses. Grab wines to go or stay for a mid-day meal in between all the holiday shopping in Stowe.

Green Envy

Pick up luxury clothing, denim, and handbags at Green Envy. Here you will find more than 300 styles from the biggest brands, along with luxury accessories that finish off the perfect ensemble.

Elements at Spa at Stoweflake

Have someone that loves pampering? Then stop at Elements to pick up a full array of beauty products from top-of-the-line beauty makers. You can also find luxury loungewear, yoga gear, and active wear for friends and family (and even yourself).

Robert Paul Galleries

To find that unique piece of artwork that speaks to one of your recipients, stop in at Robert Paul Galleries on Mountain Road. Here you will find an incredible selection of original paintings, fine art, sculptures, and photographs from local and internationally-acclaimed artists.

While you are shopping in Stowe, do not forget to visit The Green Mountain Inn. Here you will find our heated pool year-round to relax in after a long day of shopping, a restaurant, or you can catch a last-minute pampering at our spa, including luxury massages.


A Cozy Deal for Christmas in Stowe

A quaint, cozy Christmas starts in Stowe, Vermont. The alpine scenery and nearby snow-capped mountains look like they came straight out of a picturesque postcard, and the accommodations are second-to-none.

Best of all, you can get a great deal while you’re having a holiday retreat.

Try a Holiday Hotel Deal in Stowe

Christmas - in - stoweOur special Christmas in Stowe 2016 holiday package includes just the right touches to make your stay cozy, warm, and memorable.

When you book this package, you get lots of festive cheer included with your stay. This includes discounted lodging, a warm welcome that comes with a bottle of wine and a platter of fruits, cheeses, and nuts. Your choice of a commemorative gift from Green Mountain Inn and a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the Main Street Dining Room, a full country breakfast each morning of your stay, and complimentary afternoon tea and cookies.

Make your reservation for Christmas week and enjoy a Vermont holiday!

Sumptuous Holiday Dining in Stowe

Our three course, holiday Christmas dinner is going to be a feast to remember.

The meal starts off with your choice of soup and salad. Try the heartwarming lobster bisque or wild mushroom chowder with puff pastry croutons, and munch on a salad of baby spinach or Mesclun greens. Homemade, freshly baked bread will accompany your courses.

For the main event, you get your choice of entrees. Go the traditional route with a baked Vermont turkey breast with apple, sausage, and honey oat stuffing, or go for the medallions of pork tenderloin with creamed savoy cabbage. The vegetarians can try the spinach and goat cheese ravioli crowned with smoked tomato and roasted garlic Pomodoro.

For your ultimate holiday getaway plus a hotel deal in Stowe, book your getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Join the Merrymaking: Annual Holiday Celebrations in Stowe

Visit Vermont for a snowy, spectacular season in December. Annual holiday celebrations in Stowe make the cheer and vibrancy of this special time of year come alive.

Get ready for an alpine, Vermont village Christmas.

2016 Festive Events for the Holidays in Stowe

Girl-with-santa-clausCandy Cane Making Demonstrations

Head to Laughing Moon Chocolates for their Candy Cane Demonstrations for a sweet holiday tradition. Watch these iconic Christmas candies get made, or register to make your own!

Make some holiday magic between November 25 and December 23 at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. An extra 2 p.m. session is offered on Saturdays. Make sure to call ahead to reserve a spot.

Dickens Christmas Festival

Celebrate Christmas as they would have in Dickens’ day at this festival. Running from December 3-5, 2016, festivities will include multiple performances of a musical rendition of A Christmas Carol.  Enjoy traditional English food, pub food, and ale; a Victorian marketplace, meet-and-greets with jolly St. Nick and his reindeer.

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

December 2-3, enjoy the holidays in Stowe with A Traditional Christmas. This Vermont holiday village experience will feature merriment and entertainment galore, such as The Gingerbread Man puppet show, a lantern parade followed by the tree lighting on Main Street, a holiday artisan market, carolers and hay rides. You can also enjoy cookie decorating and candy cane twisting, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, a real reindeer, and more.

If you will be in the area for a special, cozy trip this holiday season, book your stay with us at Stowe’s own Green Mountain Inn.


A True East Coast Experience: Skiing in Stowe

Stowe is called the Ski Capital of the East, and for a good reason.

From skiing to snowboarding, there are plenty of winter sports in the area to keep the entire family entertained.  You do not have to be a pro skier either to enjoy the area. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for non-skiers to enjoy the slopes, fresh powder, and the sights of plush forests covered in blankets of white snow.

Winter Sports in Stowe to Enjoy This Season

Whether you come for a weekend or you are taking a longer trip, you will not be short of winter activities.

Downhill Skiing in Stowe  Ski -equipments- on- ski- run

Mt. Mansfield is the highest peak in Vermont, and the terrain is perfect for downhill skiing. The Stowe Mountain Resort has 13 different lifts and over 116 ski trails to enjoy or take lessons to fine-tune your sport.

Snowboarding in Stowe

For those that prefer snowboarding, Stowe is home to great slopes, half pipes, and a terrain park.

At the Stowe Mountain Resort, you can take private or group lessons, rent snowboards, and even receive lessons for the kids.

Cross-Country Skiing

Stowe is a premier cross-country destination in the country. There are perfectly groomed trail parks begging for a new adventurer to explore them – including 100 kilometers of backcountry trails.

Non-Skiing Activities

There is, even more, winter fun to be had with plenty of other activities. You could go snowshoeing, enjoy a winter sleigh ride, enjoy guided ice fishing, or even take a tour of the backcountry on a snowmobile.

While enjoying your winter activities in the area, book your stay at the Green Mountain Inn. Located in the heart of Stowe, we offer a variety of winter amenities sure to please the entire family.

 


Whip Bar & Grill in Stowe Will Enthrall Your Palate

If you’re looking for a tasty meal in Stowe, Whip Bar & Grill should be your destination.

There are made-from-scratch offerings and dishes using products local to Vermont, along with farm fresh ingredients. Visit for delectable dining served up in a casual atmosphere. Among the restaurants in Stowe, it’s one of the best.

Take a look at some of the menu options for yourself, and see if you can keep from drooling!

Delicious Dining in Stowe: What’s on the Menu

1. Brunch

Whip-bar-grillBrunch specialties include lunch selections as well as fabulous breakfasts. Try the classic French Toast made with homemade, fresh-from-the-bakery honey oat bread and served with Vermont maple syrup, one of the fluffy omelets, or try a specialty like Eggs Oscar (pan-fried crab cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise).

2. Lunch

For lunch, try the homemade New England clam chowder, which has been one of our specialties for over 30 years. You can also get a sandwich or burger with all the trimmings, like the Green Mountain Club, piled high with roasted turkey breast, Black Forest ham, sharp cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. There’s also fresh salads, warm pastas, and more.

3. Dinner

For dinner, try a tasty entrée like the peppercorn-encrusted Steak Au Poivre, the prosciutto-wrapped chicken breast with sun-dried tomato cream, or the grilled rack of lamb with a herb Dijon crust.

4. Desserts

Finish off your meal with one of our decadent desserts, like our signature and sinful Sac de Bon Bon – a chocolate “bag” filled with chocolate mousse and served with different dessert sauces – or the maple crème brulee, a classic treat with a Vermont twist.

Make your dinner reservation today for dining in Stowe at Green Mountain Inn to see (and taste!) for yourself. Your taste buds and stomach will thank you.


Bundle Up for Winter Recreation in Stowe

You don’t have to be stuck all winter indoors. When the snow flies, there’s plenty to do with winter recreation in Stowe.

Put on your warmest winter coat, hat, and mittens and prepare to have a ball.

Snowy Scenery, Sleigh Rides, and Things to Do During Winter

Snowshoeing1. Snowmobiling in Stowe

Speed through the snowy landscape on a winter adventure. Snowmobiling is a great way to get outdoors, even in the cold months, not to mention witnessing the simple beauty of a snow-covered Vermont. A guide will take you on a 25-mile tour across hills, through woods, and along straightaways, where you can punch up the speed and really feel the wind in your face.

2. Sleigh Rides

Take a magical ride behind a team of horses. You can get a group together for a jolly time, or choose a romantic ride for two. Jingle bells will ring merrily as you glide over the snow. The sleighs run from December 15 through February 24 and are an enchanting way to experience a Vermont winter.

3. Snowshoeing in Stowe

Take a guided snowshoeing tour in the day or the evening. You can snowshoe through the woods by moonlight or lantern to a cozy cabin and a crackling fire, or take a day trek through the woods near the Ben & Jerry’s factory, followed by a tour exploring how ice cream is made.

Or, rent some snowshoes and head off at your own speed. Recreation Path is a great snowshoe hike.

Don’t forget other popular winter activities like skiing, sledding, ice skating, snowboarding, and ice fishing!

In-between winter wanderings and adventures, cozy up at Green Mountain Inn when you book your stay with us.


Visit the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe and Soak in Some Culture

The arts are alive and well in Vermont. Indulge in a visit to the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe and see just what this means. Current and upcoming exhibitions show off both rich local talent as well as the most original minds in today’s art world.

Art Exhibits in Stowe: Enrich Your Autumn with Art

2016 Current Exhibitions to Check Out

Sally Gil

Couple-standing-in-a-galleryWorks by abstract artist Sally Gil will be on display through November 13. See her layered, colorful pieces that encompass collections, sequences, and memories. This includes a collage installation she created just for the Art Center.

Pat Steir: Drawings

Through November 13, see a selection of Pat Steir’s abstract drawings, which are created with the concept of “non-intention” – letting paint and gravity do their thing.

Line Up - Vermont Sculpture

Vermont’s artists populate this exhibition, which is located at the Vermont Art Council gardens and is on view through August 2017. Five abstract sculptures transform the space they occupy, defy nature, and engage the viewer, all at the same time.

Upcoming Exhibitions

2016 Members' Art Show and Festival of Lights

This art show features works contributed by the creative community and Helen Day Art Center supporters. This is a chance to see the vibrant, artistic heart that thrives in the area.

Not to mention, the art show coincides with the glittering, magical Festival of Lights. Visit both of these events from December 2nd through the 31st.

We invite you to book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn to fully experience all of the art and culture that the town of Stowe has to offer.


Gobble Up Our Thanksgiving Harvest Package

A country Thanksgiving in Vermont is extra-special.  Surrounded by the hills, mountains, woods and fields, you’ll remember the bounty that the Native Americans shared with the first pilgrims in a place not-so-far from here.

Book our Thanksgiving Harvest Package and experience a true American holiday with all of the fixings. Your trip with us in Vermont is sure to be one you’ll never forget.

Come to Picturesque Vermont for Thanksgiving in Stowe

Green Mountain Inn’s package for the 2016 holiday is good for November 22 through the 24. Book your stay with our hotel deals in Vermont and arrive on that Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to be eligible. Happy-thanksgiving-with pumpkin-and-flowers

Here’s what’s included:

  • Discounted lodging for a minimum of two nights
  • A full country breakfast each morning of your stay
  • A traditional Thanksgiving dinner served in our Main Street Dining Room
  • Afternoon tea and cookies, a complimentary treat

Thanksgiving Dining in Stowe for Every Taste

We’re one of the few restaurants in Stowe serving up Thanksgiving. The menu for our meal is full of classic staples beloved for generations, as well as alternative entree options.

The Traditional Vermont Turkey Dinner features roasted turkey with apple and cornbread stuffing, steamed petite peas, roasted butternut squash, and mashed potatoes with gravy.

Or, you can try the Slow Roasted Black Angus Strip Loin (served with autumn vegetables and truffle-scented mashed potatoes), the Roasted Acorn Squash with Mushroom Risotto, and other options like salmon or pork served with delicious seasonal sides, like sweet potato gratin or wilted Swiss chard.

Don’t forget dessert. Have some traditional pumpkin pie, blueberry cheesecake, apple pie with ice cream, and more.

Thanksgiving in Stowe was never more delicious! Stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and have a wonderful holiday.


See the Best of the Autumn Leaves with Fall Activities in Stowe

Vermont’s mountains and valleys are crowned with woods that put on a marvelous show in the fall.

Come to the area to see the glory of autumn for yourself. There are unique ways to drink in nature’s display and enjoy the views.  Fall activities in Stowe like driving and drift boat tours are the perfect way to pass a relaxing afternoon. 

Fall for Fall Foliage in Stowe with These Activities

Driving Tours in Stowe

Couple-in-autumn-ParkExplore scenic back roads and winding country lanes as you take in the autumn-colored trees and hills. Here are two recommended driving tours to try. Each tour begins at Main Street in Stowe at the Visitor Info Center.

·         Moscow and Little River

A short 7.4-mile jaunt along the Little River takes you to the small, quaint town of Moscow, named for the Russian metropolis. This is a great route for stopping to fish, with lovely scenery all along the way.

·         Edson Hill and West Hill

A slightly longer drive takes you on a famous route up Edson Hill underneath beautiful maples that arch over the road. Continue to see picturesque views of the valley looking across the Worcester Mountains.

Drift Boat Tours in Stowe

Cruise along the waters of the Waterbury Reservoir to get a unique view of the fall foliage in Stowe with drift boat tours. The waterway borders Mount Mansfield State Forest, which displays lovely warm hues in the autumn. Look for wildlife along the shore and on the water, such as deer, moose, black bears, or osprey and ducks.

Drift boat trips are offered by The Fly Rod Shop and run daily from September 16 through October 22, 2016. Rides are an hour long and can accommodate 2-6 people. Don’t forget your camera, sunglasses, and insect repellant!

Book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn to experience charming fall foliage in Vermont.