Summertime and the Outdoor Dining in Stowe is Easy!

Come taste the amazing dishes being “whip”ped up for the summer season at one of the best restaurants in Stowe, Vermont.

outdoor dining in Stowe

Once the winter snow melts, it’s time for locals and travelers alike to take advantage of the mild weather and dine al fresco at one of the top restaurants in Stowe, Vermont. Fresh air and fresh food combine at The Whip Bar and Grill to form an unbeatable culinary experience of outdoor dining in Stowe. When summer descends upon the Green Mountain Inn, it’s time to step away from the cozy ambiance of our beloved roaring fireplace and take our seasonally-based cuisine into the fresh air of our outdoor patio seating.

Overlooking the pool area and the scenic view of the historic architecture nearby, the patio deck at The Whip Bar and Grill is the ideal casual atmosphere to spend the longer daylight hours enjoying our expansive and inclusive menu full of traditional New England-based American cuisine while sipping from one of the largest selections of libations of any of the restaurants in Stowe, Vermont!

Take a glance at the menu for The Whip Bar and Grill and you may feel overwhelmed. While we may be known among the restaurants in Stowe, Vermont for our decadent Sac de Bon Bon signature dessert, for the summer months, we suggest fare that’s just as mouthwatering but more seasonal. Some of the top picks for our outdoor dining in Stowe would be our fresh Summer Salads, Crispy Maine Lobster Summer Roll or our Vermont Cheddar Chicken. All of these appetizing entrées feature fresh ingredients from local farmers and are fully customizable as we always ensure to have plenty of delicious gluten-free options available (like the aforementioned Salads and Lobster Roll). Don’t let any dietary restrictions keep you from enjoying some of the best outdoor dining in Stowe!

Discover your own favorite farm-to-table delicacy and book a table at The Whip Bar and Grill!


Take in the Sweet Sounds of Summer with Stowe Performing Arts!

The Music in the Meadow Concert Series is ready to take over the Green Mountain State.

  Stowe Performing Arts  The harsh winter months seem to make the summer fun in Stowe, Vermont all the more enjoyable. And a long running tradition, put on by Stowe Performing Arts, is about to begin.

Delighting audiences since 1976, the Music in the Meadow Concert Series is now held at the modern yet still inherently natural Trapp Family Lodge. The front half of this amphitheater is for patrons wishing to catch this perennial series of music in Stowe VT on blankets and low-back chairs. The rest is a picnicking area, but either choice will clearly hear the sweet sounds of the Stowe outdoor music projecting over the green.

Stowe Performing Arts has released their four concert calendar for the 2018 season of Music in the Meadow:

  • July 8 – The Vermont Symphony Orchestra as part of their Summer Festival Tour: Their Stowe outdoor music repertoire for this year will celebrate the “Gifts of Nature” (7:30PM-10:00PM).
  • July 15 – Marcia Ball: The American blues singer and pianist will make music in the meadow with selections from her five-decade career (7:00PM-9:00PM).
  • July 29 – The Dustbowl Revival: The Americana/Soul band brings their new album, whose sound is “the place where funk and folk meet”, to the Stowe outdoor music scene (7:00PM-9:00PM).
  • August 5 – Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers: The final and free Music in the Meadow offering is part jazz and swing but entirely inspired as her Stowe outdoor music contribution is the “soundtrack” of her soul (7:00PM-9:00PM)

Less than five miles from Trapp Family Lodge, The Green Mountain Inn is the perfect home base for these Stowe outdoor music events. Whether taking in the Music in the Meadow, or enjoying another form of summer fun in Stowe, Vermont, let the classic charm of the Green Mountain Inn be your haven of relaxation.


Travel Back in Time at the Vermont Renaissance Faire

Summer Fun in Stowe at the Renaissance Festival

Vermont Renaissance Faire

It's summer which means now's the time for plenty of exciting outdoor festivals in Stowe. Don't miss your chance to travel back in time at the Vermont Renaissance Faire. This family-friendly event is a perfect opportunity to taste some food and beverages from local merchants while enjoying the activities.

Head to the May Events Fields June 23rd and 24th and browse the artisan vendors selling leather boots, books, metal works, collectibles, and much more.
Grab a mead, cider, craft brew, or wine from one of the area’s local merchants. Don't forget to fill up on tasty food from some top chefs.

Kids will love the acrobats, jousting, dancing, and other family fun. Plus, they'll get to hang out with jesters, a unicorn, and other medieval characters.

Performances planned over the two day Faire include: The Brotherhood of the Arrow and Sword, Rockin Ron the Friendly Pirate, The Corr Theives, The Longsharks, Draugar Vineyards and more.

Plan Your Vacation to Vermont
The organization running the Renaissance Faire, Vermont Gatherings, puts on a few other exciting festivals in Stowe and the surrounding areas. Come back for the Vermont Steampunk Festival and Vermont Living History and Militaria Expo.

Make your summer fun in Stowe complete this year with us at the Green Mountain Inn. Our luxurious hotel is located in the heart of historic downtown Stowe. 


Celebrate Independence Day in Stowe

Spend the 4th of July in Stowe for an unforgettable summer holiday experience.

  Celebrate Independence Day in Stowe

The 4th of July holiday is an all-day, family fun experience in Stowe. From the early morning past sunset, visitors can enjoy great food, play games, listen to music from local artists, follow the parades and take in a grand fireworks display. There truly is something fun for everyone on Independence Day in Stowe, Vermont. 

Activities and Events in Stowe to Celebrate Independence Day

Feeling patriotic? Bring your family and friends to small-town Stowe to experience an old-fashioned Independence Day filled with activities for all ages.

4th of July Parades

On the 4th of July in Stowe, visitors can catch the Moscow parade at 10:00 a.m. and the traditional Main Street parade at 1:00 p.m, which starts at the Stowe Events Field and finishes at the Memorial Park.  

Old-Fashioned Festival

The summer fun in Stowe Vermont would not be complete without the 4th of July village festival, which features face painting, fun carnival games, fantastic food and more.

Fireworks

Make sure to catch the annual 4th of July fireworks display at the Mayo Farm Events Field on Weeks Hill Road. There will be even more tasty eats, live music, bounce houses, laser tag and other fun things to do. Admission is free for all guests, but make sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs for the best views of the fireworks.

Celebrate Independence Day the right way in Stowe. Book your 4th of July trip to Green Mountain Inn to make the most of the summer holiday.


Don't Forget to Check Out the Hot Air Balloon Festival

Keep your calendar open Father's Day weekend for the Hot Air Balloon festival.

Hot Air Balloon Festival

There's Nothing Quite Like the Quechee Summer Balloon Festival in Vermont

This is much more than a hot air balloon festival. Live music and entertainment will play continuously all weekend while you browse over 60 commercial vendors and craft artisans. The festival includes a total of 20 beautiful balloons.

The Quechee summer balloon festival in Vermont is an excellent way for both kids and adults to spend Father's Day weekend. The event features plenty of children's activities including a rock climbing wall, bounce house, Euro bungee, and more.

Fuel up with plenty of food vendors – including local and healthy options. Adults can even sip a few drinks at the beer and wine garden as you watch the balloons waft through the sky.

Yes, there will be hot air balloon rides: five rides and additional tethered flights throughout the day. Just make sure to book your ride online prior to the festival.

Get Ready for Exciting Summer Events in Vermont

This festival runs June 15th through the 17th in Quechee, as well as the skies of Vermont's Upper Valley and New Hampshire. Admission prices cover entry for the entire weekend.

If you're planning a trip to Vermont for the festival, consider staying with us at The Green Mountain Inn in Stowe. Between hiking, swimming, biking, and fishing, there's no shortage of summer fun in Stowe.


Stunning State Parks in Vermont to Explore

The State Parks in Vermont are an outdoor lover’s dream destination.

State Parks in Stowe
With over 30 parks that cater to day-trippers plus a slew of others on the map, there’s no end to what you can explore this summer!

State Parks in Vermont Near Stowe

Stowe is the perfect place to stake your claim while you visit the local parks for a day of hiking, swimming, fishing, bouldering, and more.

Here’s what our local parks can offer.

Smuggler’s Notch

This well-known hiker’s haven offers caves to explore, bike trails, and bouldering opportunities set amid sweeping views of the breathtaking Green Mountains.

Underhill

Nestled on the slope of Vermont’s highest peak, Underhill is known for its four trails that will take you through scenic Arctic-tundra-like landscape.

There’s also a picnic pavilion where you can take a breather and enjoy a plein air lunch.

Little River/Waterbury

Hike or bike the trails, then cool off in the water at one of the swimming beaches. With 17 picnic sites and boat rentals to boot, this 90-acre peninsula is a jewel of a park with everything you need for a day — or days — of fun.

Stay to Play

To make the most of the state parks in Vermont, stay close to the action at Green Mountain Inn. We offer a prime location — in the heart of Stowe, close to all of these fun-filled destinations.

And if you overdo hiking or having fun, don’t fret. We have the amenities you need to help you relax at the end of the day — massage, pool, and a concierge — plus deluxe accommodations for the perfect night of rest.


A Fun and Relaxing Father's Day in Stowe

Spend Father's Day in Stowe with dad or any father figure in your life as there is something for all interests.

Father's Day in Stowe
Activities for Father's Day and All Summer in Stowe

The Stowe Recreation Path is much more than just a hiking trail. This internationally recognized  greenway offers 5.3 miles of paved trail with bike maintenance stations. Join dad for a bike ride or a relaxing stroll through Bouchard Farm and across the West Branch River.

You can't travel far without running into an amazing craft brewery in Stowe like Alchemist Brewery, Rock Art Brewery, Stowe Cider, Green Mountain Distillery, and many more. Your dad will love the brew tours which include transportation, visits to five breweries with a flight at each stop, local guide, and tasty appetizers.

If your dad likes to fish, he'll appreciate spending Father's Day in Vermont thanks to the Catamount Fishing Adventures. Enjoy some great fishing in Stowe with Willy Deitrich: a licensed guide with 23 years of experience. From fly fishing to spin fishing, this Vermont destination has dad covered.

Plan Your Father's Day in Vermont

If you're spending Father's Day in Stowe, consider staying with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our location is the perfect place for dad to enjoy a relaxing getaway because we're not far from several interesting outdoor activities. Our luxurious facilities and rich history make The Green Mountain Inn an ideal spot for all your summer activities.


Start Your Summer on Memorial Day Weekend in Stowe

Memorial Day Weekend in Stowe is the perfect time to enjoy activities that are sure to keep you coming back all summer long. Memorial Day Weekend in Stowe

Outdoor Activities and Events in Stowe for Enjoying the Warm Weather

The Stowe Recreation Path is over 5 miles long and ideal for cyclists of all skill levels. Don't feel obligated to pack your bike: you can rent bikes and rollerblades from a few shops in town.

A summer trip to Stowe wouldn't be complete without getting into the water on a canoe or kayak. Local companies offer guided tours, shuttles, and wildlife viewing. If you'd rather go alone, rent from an outpost and explore Lake Champlain, Waterbury Reservoir, or Lake Elmore at your own pace.

Stowe is a hiker's paradise thanks to 265 miles of connecting trails and Vermont's highest mountain (Mount Mansfield). Mill Trail, Sterling Gorge, and Moss Glen Falls are favorites of both locals and regular tourists alike.

Thrill-seekers won't want to skip the climbing adventure and outdoor obstacle courses. With ziplining, rock climbing, and other challenging activities, Stowe is sure to keep you busy for days.

Plan Your Summer in Stowe

The historic Green Mountain Inn can help you make the most of your trip. We offer several types of accommodations including luxury suites and apartments to create a home away from home. With a year-round outdoor pool and spa and plenty of nearby activities, our Inn is the perfect place to spend your summer in Stowe.


Celebrate Summer in Stowe at the Stowe Farmer’s Market

No summer in Stowe would be complete without a trip to Stowe Farmer’s Market

Stowe's Farmers Market

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you’re set to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime in Stowe, Vermont.

Stowe Farmer’s Market—The Hallmark of Summer

The Market is held on the green between the Red Barn and Blue Donkey shops. One of the most popular events in Stowe, it runs every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM from May to October.

Vermont leads the country in organic producers, so you can expect the freshest, finest, most delicious products at this one-of-a-kind market.

A Bounty of Food and Fun

Sure, the Farmer’s Market has fresh produce. There are local vegetables galore—from crisp greens to spicy radishes to hand-picked berries. But you’ll also find dairy products and meats, hand-crafted maple syrup, home-baked bread, pickles, flowers, and more.

The discerning shopper will find handmade items like jewelry, bags, glass works, paintings, and other one-of-a-kind items.

Best of all, bands and musicians play all day long, and there’s often a craft or art demonstration taking place if you want to learn a new hobby or skill.

Stay Close to the Action

With so much to do and see, you’ll want to stay close by. Only four minutes from the market, Green Mountain Inn is the perfect place to rest and relax before—and after—a full day of shopping.

With comfortable rooms and the amenities you’ll need to make your summer in Stowe the best vacation experience yet, Green Mountain Inn will fast become your home away from home for the summer.


Don't Miss This 5k and Craft Beer Festival in Vermont

What's Happening at This Year's Craft Beer Festival and Brew Race in Stowe?

Craft Beer Festival in Vermont

If you love beer, music, and running in Stowe, add the Craft Brew Race on Saturday, May 19th to your race calendar!


This craft beer festival in Vermont kicks off with a 5k. After the Craft Brew Race, you can sample beers, taste delicious snacks, and enjoy some live music. Last year, the festival featured over 40 vendors from local breweries.


When it comes to running events in Stowe, this race offers some of the best scenery you can find throughout the Vermont countryside.

If you register for both the festival and 5k, you'll receive a commemorative pint glass and full access to the festival grounds which includes beer sampling. Designated drivers and non-drinkers can still enjoy snacks, music, and non-alcoholic beverages with their festival ticket.

Times, Tickets, and Festival Details

On-site registration and bib pick-up begins at 10AM and the 5k starts at noon. The beer festival opens at 12:30 PM with last call at 3:50 PM.


Runners will be treated to some great race bling including a unique finisher’s medal,
individual awards and team awards as well as a souvenir pint glass upon exiting the Festival!

If you plan on attending this craft beer festival or any other running events in Stowe, consider staying with us at The Green Mountain Inn to ensure an amazing getaway experience.