While Stowe certainly has enough wonderful things to keep you busy during your visit, there are also many amazing places to explore outside of our little village. Just 35 miles outside of Stowe and a beautiful ride down Route 100 and I-89, you will arrive at Rock of Ages® Granite Quarry in Barre, where you can tour the active granite quarry which is nearly 600 feet deep, in their Vermont Quarry Tour. Rock of Ages® is the world’s largest granite quarry and offers self-guided, guided tours, a sandblast experience and more!
Rock of Ages® Vermont Quarry Tour
Available Tours & Activities:
Self-Guided Factory Tours – Mon. thru Fri. 8 AM to 3:30 PM (Factory is closed all weekends & holidays, January & early February & the first 2 weeks of July)
Guided Quarry Tour – 9/1-10/18 – 9:15 – 3:35 – 40-minute tour operates rain or shine.
Sandblast Experience – 6/17-10/19 – Mon. thru Fri. 10:30 – 4:30, Sat. 11:00 – 3:00 – make a great memory with a stone souvenir that you cut on your own!
Visitors Center – Explore exhibits, browse in the gift shop & bowl on the Outdoor Granite Bowling Lane – May thru October
Rock of Ages® is so amazing that it was actually featured in the 2009 Star Trek® movie, and the Vermont Quarry Tour gives you the opportunity to see it first-hand. View artisans cutting, polishing and carving stone using techniques virtually unchanged since the days of Michelangelo, but working right alongside modern day, computer-aided equipment.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while exploring the Stowe area, the Green Mountain Inn is the perfect place to add to your true Vermont experience. With handmade quilts adorning Vermont-made furniture, local historic photographs and paintings hanging throughout our halls, and friendly, down-to-earth staff that make you feel right at home, our Inn will add that finishing touch to your Vermont getaway. We hope to see you soon!