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The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Is a Favorite Local Tradition

Among the glory of the turning leaves and the crisp fall air, attend Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. You’ll experience the best of autumn in Vermont while taking in arts and crafts, great food and drinks, and entertainment.

Have an Idyllic Autumn with Fall Festivals in Stowe

The festival is set for October 6-8, 2017 at Topnotch Fields in Stowe.

Arts and Crafts

Stowe-arts-festivalThis juried festival will showcase over 150 artists, handcrafters, and artisans. Wander among the booths and view or purchase the fruits of their labor – there’ll be traditional crafts, fine arts, photography, sculpture, and more.

Entertainment for Vermont Festivals

The festival stage will feature live music from local bands such as The Spencer Lewis Trio, Storm Cats Jazz, Two Cents in the Till, and The Real McCoy Show. Genres represented include folk, comedy, bluegrass, and jazz.

Food and Beverages

Specialty artisan food items will be for sale, like fine chocolates, spirits, maple syrup, and more. Plus, take your pick from a big roster of gourmet festival food, like falafels, hamburgers, and more. Don’t forget the Vermont beer and wine.

Visit fall festivals in Stowe and find the best of the season at your fingertips. If you plan on taking part, book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.

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:


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.

Vermont Wineries You Must Visit

Vermont is known for its libations, and one of the most idyllic, well-regarded Vermont wineries near Stowe is Boyden Valley Winery. Find out why you should pay a visit while you’re in the area.

Visit Boyden Valley Winery for a Taste of Vermont

Located on a historic farm a mere stone’s throw from Stowe, this winery is a must-visit.


Glasses-on-a-wine-barrelThe tasting room at Boyden Valley is located in a 1875 carriage barn, where you can sample seven different wines for a flat price. Tastings are available all day, and each guest will receive a keepsake glass.


Tour the winery’s production facilities and see how wine is made. You’ll see the tank and barrel room and how the finished product is barreled and bottled. Tours occur daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Seasonal Gourmet Cheese Plates

Sit in the carriage barn or on the outdoor patio with views of the mountains while you nosh on gourmet nibbles. The Gourmet Cheese Plate is a smorgasbord of artisan cheeses, specialty meat, seasonal or dried fruit, nuts, and fresh-baked bread.

There are also cheese boards, chocolate tasting boards, petite desserts, monthly featured cocktails, and more to enjoy.

If you plan on partaking in wine tastings in Vermont, book your Vermont 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!

Stowe Soaring Will Take You to New Heights

Ready to soar through Stowe and over the majestic mountains, hills, and green valleys? Hit up Stowe Soaring for glider rides that are an up-in-the-air adventure.

Glider Rides in Vermont Give a Scenic View from the Sky

Anybody can fly on scenic glider rides, from newbies to advanced pilots. Do it any day of the week from May to October. Here are a few of the tours you can take:

Taste of the Sky

GliderThis introductory ride will give you a breezy, calm ride over fields. You’ll ride with a pilot for 10 minutes of bliss and get acquainted with the air.

Stowe Scenic Tour

Fly over Stowe Village and see this particular area from the air. You’ll also see Trapp Family Lodge and Mt. Mansfield. This ride lasts for around 25-30 minutes.

Mile High Mt. Mansfield Special

Fly higher than ever on an unforgettable ride over Mt. Mansfield. You’ll reach amazing heights with a panoramic view to match. In the distance, you’ll spy the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, and more of the spectacular Vermont landscape.

As you plan for glider rides in Vermont, book your Stowe adventure getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.

Hot Air Ballooning in Vermont Is a Dream

There’s nothing in this world like sailing into the horizon aboard a hot air balloon. If you want a totally unique, dream-like experience, then hot air ballooning in Vermont is the way to go.

The Sky’s the Limit with Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot-air-balloonFor a bird’s-eye view of Vermont’s gorgeous vistas, landscapes, hills, and mountains, hopping on a hot air balloon is just the thing. This is one trip filled with wonder and splendor you’ll never forget.

Here’s where and how to book your ride.

Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides

This trusted company operates a few different balloons and offers both private and group rides. There’s everything from a four-passenger balloon to one that holds up to 14 people, plus the pilot.

They emphasize that no two rides are ever the same. What you can count on, though, are breathtaking views of the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, and even wildlife like bears, beavers, Blue Herons, deer, and maybe a moose – if you’re lucky.

Above Reality has a variety of flights and price points to choose from. You can book your balloon tour online.

If you’re ready for your getaway to take flight with Vermont tours, book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.

Craft Brew Tours in Vermont Offer Sophisticated Sips

Vermont is your one-stop-shop for locally-brewed or distilled, crafted beverages. Whether you want to drink beer, wine, cider, or spirits, it’s all here. Tantalize your taste-buds on craft brew tours in Vermont.

Visit Vermont Breweries for Crafted Libations

We’re known for our breweries in Vermont. Don’t miss your chance to have a fantastic array of sips.

Craft Bev Trail Self-Guided Tour

Craft-beer-breweryIf you want the perfect opportunity to hop from brewery to brewery and taste their wares, try the Craft Bev Trail.

Purchase a $10 map at the Visitor’s Center in Stowe, and you’ll see exactly which breweries, cideries, and distilleries you should hit in the area. Or, you can purchase the tour package and pick up goodies for each member of your group, plus free chocolates from Laughing Moon in Stowe.

Your map will include discounts for each brewery, including 50% off tastings, free sampler glasses, discounts on food, and brewery gift shop coupons.

Where You’ll Visit on Craft Brewery Tours

Vermont is loaded with breweries. In fact, we have more per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. These are a few top-notch establishments in the area:

Boyden Valley Winery and Spirits – An award-winning outfit producing wine, cider, and spirits with an emphasis on sustainable farming.

Idletyme Brewing Co. – This Stowe mainstay brews their beer in small batches in a copper brew kettle.

Stowe Cider – If you’re a cider fan, stop here to try the experimental flavors, all of which contain local hops and fruits.

If you’re headed to the area for Vermont Breweries, book your “beer-cation” with us at Green Mountain Inn.

Idyllic Vermont Family Vacation in Stowe

This summer, why sit at home and enjoy nature from afar? Instead, consider a summer in Stowe, Vermont, where you will find a variety of outdoor opportunities for both young and old travelers. With its long days and glorious sunshine, why not pick summer as your season for your next Vermont family vacation?

Things to do in Stowe

Gondola Rides

Gondola rides are one of the most popular summer activities in Stowe. The Stowe Gondola rings visitors to the top of Mt. Mansfield for an exhilarating birds-eye view of the area. Hiking trails, a gift shop, and the Cliff House restaurant are all available on top.

Climbing Adventures

A multitude of climbing options, for the novice to the experienced climber, are available in Stowe. From rock climbing to tree-to-tree courses, it’s easy to find the right option for your skill level and interests.

  Zip-lineZip Line

Two exciting zip lining adventures are available in Stowe: Zip Tour Adventure and Arbortrek Canopy Adventures. Zip Tour is the world’s fastest zip line experience and allows for self-paced participant experiences near the top of Mt. Mansfield. Arbortrek provides guests with a guided tour of local ecology and history of Smugglers’ Notch and is a milder—yet equally exciting—zip line option for families.

Hotel Package in Stowe

If you’re looking for a great way to relax, unwind, and experience all of its small town charms, choose a hotel package in Stowe like our bed and breakfast. This package includes two nights at a discounted rate, daily country breakfast, and afternoon tea and cookies. Last minute bookings at Green Mountain Inn are still available, so don’t wait—book now!

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!

Ride, Hike, or Race to the Top of Vermont

If hiking, biking, or running up a mountain appeal to you, you might be interested in the Race to the Top of Vermont.

This event is three-fold: a race, a fundraiser, and a good time. If you like a challenge, head to Stowe at the end of August to participate.

Climb a Mountain at This Race in Stowe

Hiking-on-a-trailThis big race to climb Mt. Mansfield will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Every cent of the proceeds will support the Catamount Trail Association, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and protecting a 300-mile-long backcountry ski trail.

There will also be a kids’ run in Stowe, called the Kids Run for Fun, at the Mansfield Base Lodge. Kids from 4-14 can join in.

How to Participate

You don’t have to be a runner, or even a serious athlete, to compete in the race to Mt. Mansfield. If it sounds intimidating, don’t let the toughness of the race stop you from joining in! Grab a group of friends or family and enjoy a hike up while getting into the racing spirit.

The Course

The race course is 4.3 miles long and spans the Mansfield Toll Road, which takes you to the top of Mt. Mansfield. Prizes will be handed out, including cash, for the top racers in eight age categories split by gender.

After the Race

Stick around after the race to eat some celebratory BBQ! A full spread including BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers, salads, and beverages will be on offer. Plus, the food will be accompanied by live music.

Taking on the challenge at the race in Stowe? Book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.