Fall Activities Feed

It’s Time for Fall and Stowe Oktoberfest

One of Vermont’s signature fall events is Stowe Oktoberfest. The event field becomes a time machine that takes you to a traditional Bavarian village. Here you’ll enjoy German folk dancing, authentic food, activities, and, of course, Vermont beer.

Cultural Fall Events in Stowe to Fall For

Oktoberfest-design-with-beer-kegOktoberfest in Vermont is happening from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2017. Come to the Stowe Event Field and get ready to celebrate the fall harvest – German-style.

That means oompah-style bands, sing-alongs, Bavarian delicacies, cold beer, a silent auction, and more fall fun.

Don’t forget to check out these related events while you’re at it:

Rocktoberfest

Oktoberfest kicks off on Friday, September 29, with live music and dancing, plus beer, wine, and ‘wursts. Proceeds from Rocktoberfest will benefit the Stowe Volunteer Fire Department.

Family Bike Parade

On Saturday, September 30, join the Family Bike Parade, which will start at Recreation Path. Decorate your bike and ride in the parade, listen to a live DJ, and ride to the gates of the fest.

All Bike Parade participants get complimentary admission to the festival.

Get the most out of fall events in Stowe and book your autumn stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Fall in Love with Vermont Fall Foliage

Arguably, the nation’s most spectacular, stunning changing leaves turn with the season right here in Stowe. To get a taste of Vermont fall foliage, drive through the countryside and stay at a quaint location at the cusp of valleys bursting with color.

Greet Autumn in Stowe for the Season’s Best Color Display

Couple-in-Autumn-Park-FallStowe is the perfect place to call home base while you explore the autumn countryside. Here’s the best way to take it all in.

Driving Tours in Stowe

See the fall foliage in Stowe at a leisurely pace as you take a scenic drive along highways, byways, and back roads. Routes vary in length from 7.6 miles to 113 miles. Whether you have a few hours, an afternoon, or a whole day, there’s a drive for you.

Just a few include Moscow & Little River (7.6 miles); Brush Hill (14.6 miles); and Stowe Hollow, Ben & Jerry's, and Cold Hollow Cider Mill (26 miles).

Vermont Fall Vacation Packages

Top off your tour of the autumn landscape with a stay at Green Mountain Inn. Our Fall Brilliance Package is designed for the ultimate fall getaway and includes a big country breakfast each morning, plus a horse and carriage ride and more fall goodies.

Stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and experience Vermont fall vacation packages. Fall in love with fall all over again!


A Biking Adventure in Stowe: Fun for the Whole Family

Looking for things to do on your next visit to Stowe? This scenic town is proud to offer a wide variety of biking options that are sure to please the whole family. Biking is an excellent way to experience the scenic mountains, hills, and valleys of this idyllic town and is a low-cost option for all visitors.

Mountain Biking in Stowe

Biking is not only a great way to get some exercise and explore the area, but also to let the adventurer in you run wild! Stowe is well-known for its many connected and maintained mountain bike trails. You’ll find great mountain biking in Stowe at Adam’s Camp, Cady Hill Forest, and Trapp Family Lodge. Many facilities offer not only trails, but also rentals, guide services, and more for a small fee.

Fat Biking

Fat biking is an option that allows for a unique winter cycling experience. The thick, powerful tires on “fat bikes” allow visitors to cruise and maneuver easily over heavy snow and slippery ice.

Road Biking

Biking-in-stoweRoad biking is a great choice for experienced bikers who are looking for longer trips. 

Leisurely Biking

For beginning bikers or those with small children, leisurely bike rides are available to provide shorter, easier trips. The Stowe Recreation Path offers a pedestrian-and biker-only loop around the area so that visitors don’t have to compete with road traffic. For a slightly longer ride, check out the Quiet Path, which also includes interpretive signs and panoramic views for a more scenic, relaxing trip.

Bike Rentals in Stowe

Bike rentals in Stowe are available at Pinnacle Ski and Sports, A.J.’s Ski and Sports, as well as many other outfitters and guides.

When you’re done exploring for the day on your biking adventure in Stowe, why drive for miles? Green Mountain Inn offers affordable rates for its beautiful countryside rooms. They also provide an easy-to-read guide on all biking opportunities in Stowe. Book your summer stay today!


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.


Discover Vermont’s Fall Charm with the Ghoulish Getaway Package

The month of October is the perfect time to get away to Vermont.  The majestic mountains will be wreathed in halos of scarlet, gold, and pumpkin-colored leaves, and the weather will be perfect for exploring the charming town of Stowe.

Pick the Perfect Hotel Package in Stowe for Fall

The Ghoulish Getaway Package* is a one-stop-shop for planning the ultimate fall trip. Halloween

Here’s what’s included when you purchase this package:

  • Two night discounted accommodation (add’l nights available)
  • Daily country inn breakfast in the Main Street Dining Room
  • Two adult tickets to the Lantern Tour of Historic Village 
  • Pick your own pumpkin from a nearby farm
  • Welcome box of handmade Halloween Chocolates
  • Complimentary afternoon tea and cookies

Activities like Stowe Lantern Tours give you a unique experience perfect for the Halloween season. Follow your walking tour guide as they give you history and spin ghost stories about Stowe and its founding. Carry your own 18th-century replica lantern and feel like the first settlers as you view historic landmarks.

These tours are a leisurely half-mile, 1-hour walk through Stowe. They start at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through Halloween.

Book your Halloween visit with us at Green Mountain Inn and get a great hotel package in Stowe. Our Ghoulish Getaway Package has everything you need for an amazing autumn experience in this beautiful part of the country.

*Terms & Conditions may apply - please visit us online for details.


Taste a Quaint Local Food Scene at Stowe Restaurant Week

Sample the flavors and foods the town of Stowe has to offer. There are lots of delicious spots to try during Stowe Restaurant Week.

From October 23 to 29, 2016, local dining establishments are offering prix-fixe meals at a few different price points. These meals are multi-course and are available for $15, $25, or $35. There will also be specials on craft beer, wine, hard cider, and spirits.

This is a wonderful chance to try a fabulous meal at a low price. Since it’s happening for an entire week of dining and deliciousness, you can restaurant-hop and taste the best of what Stowe has to offer.

Check Out These Participating Restaurants in Stowe Food-beverages

Local restaurants in Stowe participating in the event include the following eateries: The Bagel, The Bench, Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant, Harrison’s Restaurant, Idletyme Brewing Company, Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Michael’s on the Hill, Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge, Stowe Bowl, Sushi Yoshi, and the Whip Bar & Grill.

The Whip Bar & Grill at Green Mountain Inn is a perfect example of a great Stowe spot for fresh, local food sourced from Vermont farmers. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served in a casual yet elegant atmosphere, where the food ratchets up the experience. You can also enjoy delicious desserts, fresh, homemade bread, and an extensive selection of beer and wine.

For food events like Restaurant Week and exceptional dining in Stowe and surrounding areas, book your next stay in Vermont with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Find Bavaria in Vermont at Stowe Oktoberfest

Authentic German food, music, lots of Vermont-crafted brews, and fun – what’s not to love?

Get a taste of Deutschland without ever stepping foot from American soil. Stowe Oktoberfest is a one-of-a-kind destination to get a feel for traditional, old world Germany and its Bavarian culture.

Visit a Classic Fall Festival in Stowe Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest was originally held in Bavaria, Germany, to celebrate the marriage of King Ludwig I in 1810. Today the tradition has upheld the world over to celebrate German folk culture, dancing, and, of course, beer. The German festival in Stowe is part of this great October tradition and is celebrating its 20th year in action.

Discover Events at the Stowe German Festival

Head out to the big tent on the Mayo Events Field for all of the festivities. Read on for a schedule of events.

  • Friday, September 30th, 2016, is Rocktoberfest and the official Oktoberfest kick-off. A raucous time with live music and dancing will win the night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • On Sunday, October 1st, ride out in style with the Oktoberfest Bike Parade and Bike Decorating. The parade route starts at 9:30 a.m. on the Village Green
  • General festivities, including food, beer, and live music, will run from Saturday, October 1st (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) through Sunday, October 2nd (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Musical entertainment will be provided by authentic German Oompah bands, Die Lustigen Almdudler and The Inseldudler, who wear traditional costumes when they perform.

Enjoy Autumn and Culture in Vermont

For other fun and cultural events all autumn long in the Stowe, Vermont area, we invite you to book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


British Invasion Block Party

Britain is coming to the streets of Stowe in September. The British Invasion Block Party is a kick-off for the 26th year of the annual British Invasion Car Show in Stowe, and will be a fun party with some overseas flair. Grab your friends and come down for a night of brews, food, music, dancing, and motorcars.

All About the Block Party in Stowe

Car-showThe party will cover Main Street and will feature entertainment in the form of live music. Joey Leone’s Chop Shop will perform and contribute to the festive atmosphere. Wander along the streets and check out the cool British automobiles, then grab some delicious food from local vendors as well as a couple of craft brews. Dance in the street and enjoy the evening. Gear up and get excited for the weekend’s car show in Stowe, and have a relaxing Friday night mingling with friends.

Autumn and Automobiles

The Block Party in Stowe will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is totally free, including the live music. British motorcars will be parked all along Main Street for you to gaze at and gawk over. There will be everything from James Bond-esque speedsters to vintage and classic cars from before World War II. Modern luxury cars will be on display, too.

Head on over to Stowe, Vermont in September for the British Invasion set against the backdrop of the start of another spectacular fall. For more fun September events, and to be near area attractions, book your fall getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.