Spring Activities Feed

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!


At Gardens of Stowe, See How Our Gardens Grow

Stowe is a beautiful village full of charm, character, lush landscapes, and idyllic mountain vistas. Now is your chance to tour some of the town’s best gardens when you attend Gardens of Stowe.

The Garden Tour in Stowe: Wander Through Lovely Landscapes

Women-in-garden-with-cameraStone pathways, quiet ponds, bridges, topiary, flowers, fountains, and a vast array of blooming plants and greenery – all of it will be on display at the garden tour in Stowe. This event is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017, and it’s one not to miss.

Stowe is set against the backdrop of Mt. Mansfield and its surrounding hills and forests. You’ll be whisked away to delight and enchantment as you explore each unique garden and their creative layouts in this setting.

The Details for Garden Events in Stowe

The garden tour will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on June 25th. It’s a self-guided experience, so you get to wander at your pace. It will feature both residential and resort gardens and landscapes.

The tour will culminate with a tea party reception at the JCOGS (Jewish Community of Greater Stowe) tent. A master gardener will make a special appearance: Charlie Nardozzi from Vermont Public Radio.

This is a ticketed event, so make sure to purchase in advance. Admission is $20 and can be purchased via the PayPal link on the event’s Facebook page.

Stowe’s Gardens Are the Perfect Sight for Nature-Lovers

Join this event for a beautiful glimpse of our Vermont village. While you’re in the area, make it a point to get the whole Stowe experience and book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Delicious Chowder, Vibrant Art: It’s All at Chowderpalooza in Stowe

The finest chowder in Vermont to taste, plus an incredible array of art to view and purchase – is there a better way to spend Memorial Day weekend?

We think not. Attend Chowderpalooza in Stowe and get the full, tasty experience of a fun, community tradition.

The Chowder Festival in Stowe is Your Ticket to a Delicious Weekend

This year’s Chowderpalooza will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2017, on Park Street, which will be closed off for the event.

Chowder Tasting and Judging

Soup-ingredientsGet your spoon ready to dig into some delightful dishes. Area restaurants and chefs will be making their best signature chowders for your discernment and consumption.

A $5 bracelet gets you access to hearty chowder samples from all the participants. After tasting the offerings from various categories (including white, red, veggie, and open, where the sky’s the limit), you’ll get to join in the judging and vote for your favorites. The top entry will take home the famous Chowder Pot trophy.

Spring Art on Park in Stowe

Your entry bracelet also gets you access to the joint event, Spring Art on Park. This is where you’ll find art vendors, live music, and lots of food.

Local artists will be setting up tents and selling everything from handcrafted paintings, candles, furniture, jewelry, specialty food, and more, plus photography, prints, handbags, and accessories.

The chowder and art festival is a great way to round out your weekend activities. Come for the fun of the Chowder Festival in Stowe, and stay for the weekend. We invite you to book one of our guestrooms at Green Mountain Inn for the total Stowe experience.


Stock Up at Stowe Farmers’ Market

For the freshest produce, handcrafted goods, blooms, herbs, meats, cheeses, and a whole lot more, you need to visit the Stowe Farmers’ Market. Stock up on supplies for cooking, baking, and living and enjoy the taste of local goodness.

Locally Grown in Stowe from the Farm to Your Table

The Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Sunday, May 21, 2017. From there, the market is open every single Sunday throughout the summer and into early fall.

What You Can Buy from Local Farms in Vermont

Farmers'-marketVendors at the Farmers’ Market cover the whole spectrum of fresh goods.

  • Local Produce. For produce, you’ll find a rainbow of crisp and delicious fruits and veggies. Crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, sweet berries, fragrant herbs, and everything the garden can provide is here.
  • Deli and Pantry Items. Local meats, cheeses, and dairy are on offer, too, along with fermented vegetables, local maple syrup, fresh mushrooms, and a variety of spirits and mead.
  • Freshly-Prepared Foods. Come to the market hungry, and you will definitely find something to whet your appetite. Prepared foods at the Farmers’ Market range from potstickers, BBQ, fresh salads, samosas, gourmet pizza, baked goods, crepes, ice cream, and plenty more.
  • Crafts and Art. Local artisans and artists are on hand every week to sell their beautiful work. Among the handcrafted items, you’ll find jewelry, pottery, collages, glass and slate work, paintings, photography, and handbags, to name a few.

Entertainment

Along with goods for sale, the market hosts a rotating roster of entertainment every week. Come to hear local bands and musicians, see a fun cooking demonstration, or to interact with farm animals at a petting zoo.

The Farmers’ Market is the perfect way to experience the bounty of the hills, forests, and local farms in Vermont. Come on Sundays starting at 10:30 a.m. and get a taste of Stowe.

While you’re visiting Stowe, book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Run, Sip, and Sample at the Craft Brew Races in Stowe

Only at the Craft Brew Races in Stowe can you run a 5K and then enjoy a craft beer festival. Don’t forget the food trucks and live music — think of it as a reward for a great run!

Running, Beer, Food, and Fun Are All Part of the Craft Brew Races

Toasting-beer-pintsThis event will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Stowe, Vermont. This is the perfect time to both lace up your running shoes and sample local craft beer and cider from all over the area.

Run the 5K in Vermont

The 5K will test your endurance, plus give you big perks when you attend the beer festival. As a race participant, you will receive a pint glass and entry into the festival when you register.

Meanwhile, the race course winds through the picturesque countryside of Stowe. You’ll cross bridges over streams, run through green hills, and take in the beauty of the Vermont landscape.

The 5K welcomes serious runners as well as walkers. Just remember that the race is timed – think power-walking, not leisurely strolling.

The race starts and ends at Stoweflake Mountain Resort. It will follow Stowe Bike Path, Weeks Hill Road, and Cape Cod Road.

Sip and Sample at the Beer Festival in Vermont

Featuring over 40 breweries (plus some cideries), the beer festival in Vermont will be the perfect sipping experience. You’ll also get to sample bites from food trucks and jam to some live music.

When you leave the festival, you’ll get a little something to remember this great day – a souvenir pint glass.

Traveling to Stowe for the festival? Make it a weekend getaway and book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


For Mother’s Day in Stowe, Book a Vermont Retreat

Treat your mom to the ultimate gift when you spend Mother’s Day in Stowe. Our cozy village is tucked in the Vermont mountains and offers incredible beauty as well as opportunities for fun and relaxation.

A Perfect Mother’s Day Getaway

Check out shopping in the village, then book a rejuvenating massage. End the day in our quiet and relaxing Inn with a fabulous meal.

Shopping in Stowe

Local stores, boutiques, and shops line the main thoroughfare in Stowe. Wander down the street, and you’ll find art galleries, crafts, Vermont specialty foods, fine furniture, books, gifts and souvenirs, clothing, plus a lot more. You’ll love your options with over 70 stores to choose from.

Relaxing in Stowe

Female-relaxing-at-spaWhen it’s time to unwind, check out Stowe Village Massage. Certified massage therapists will give you the royal treatment from a full range of massages, scrubs, and body wraps.

Dining in Stowe

Delicious dining is de rigueur in Stowe. The Whip Bar & Grill is where you can get seasonal, fresh flavors and local tastes sourced from area farmers. Vermont and New England cheeses, microbrews, maple syrup, and homemade bread are staples in many of the dishes served by Stowe restaurants.

Where to Stay

When you’ve finished gallivanting around town, stay at Green Mountain Inn and choose one of our hotel packages in Stowe. Try the Bed and Breakfast Package; it includes a two-night discounted stay, full breakfast daily in the Main Street Dining Room, and afternoon tea and cookies.

Stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and relish a perfect Mother’s Day getaway!


Romantic Getaway in Stowe

Winter is finally drawing to a close. The birds are singing, flowers are budding, and love is in the air. Now is a fantastic time to book your romantic getaway in Stowe at Green Mountain Inn.

Take a Spring Couple’s Vacation and Bust Out of Winter

Spring Activities for a Vermont Weekend Getaway

Stowe is known for its nearby hiking trails, so if you plan to lace up your hiking boots, you won’t be disappointed. The Long Trail is perhaps the most famous, but it hooks up with a variety of other paths and trailheads, giving you lots of options. Industrious hikers can even cross over Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

A biking excursion is another great way to spend your time in Stowe. Hop on a bike to hit the trail right across from our Inn, Stowe Recreation Path. Spend a leisurely day exploring the town, or meander through the countryside on dirt paths and trails.

Other activities include maple sugaring, fishing, and canoeing and kayaking.

Couple

Dining in Stowe

 After a day out and about, you’ll want to wind down in the evening with a delicious meal. Stowe has lots of tasty options, from fine dining to bistros to pizza. At the Inn, you’ll find no less than two great eateries that offer fresh dishes with local Vermont flair.

The Whip Bar & Grill is where you’ll find fine dining firmly rooted in local tastes. The casual atmosphere is also ideal for grabbing a drink. Meanwhile, the Main Street Dining Room is the place to get great country breakfasts in a charming setting.

Don’t forget: a great hotel deal in Stowe will complete your couples vacation. Pick the Heart of Stowe Romance Package and enjoy discounted lodging, daily country breakfast, an arrival gift of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and complimentary afternoon cookies and tea. Get it all when you book your romantic stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


A Spring Adventure Awaits: Hiking in Stowe

The mountains and hills surrounding Stowe are the perfect place to head out and do some hiking. If the beautiful landscape doesn’t beckon you into the wild, then the area’s first-class trail system, which appeals to both novices and experts, surely will.

Spring Hiking in Stowe: Top Trails

Couple-hiking-in-forestThe area around Stowe is fantastic for hikers. Not only is it beautiful, but there are plenty of paths and hiking trails in Vermont to tread. Along the way, you’ll cross rugged terrain, ponds, forests, streams, and pines. Watch for wild animals coming out of hibernation, and see if you can spot the first blooming wildflowers.

Long Trail in Stowe

As its name suggests, Long Trail is a lengthy trek. This means you’ll have endless opportunities to explore the Vermont wilderness, as the trail crisscrosses the state with footpaths, side trails, and campsites. Whether you plan to hit this trail on an extended hike, a day trip, or just want to take a few hours to explore the backcountry, this is the path to follow for breathtaking nature views.

Pinnacle Trail

For a fairly short hike, head to this trail, which is 1.4 miles long and will take you on a gradual incline up to the Pinnacle, one of the peaks in the Worcester Range. From here you’ll get inspiring views of Stowe spread out beneath you and distant Mt. Mansfield. This is the perfect hike for any skill level, from beginner to seasoned pro!

For spring hiking in Stowe, it’s recommended that you dress in warm layers, bring along food and water, and soak in the views. After your hiking adventure, get some rest and relaxation when you book your spring getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Come Enjoy the 2017 Maple Open House Weekend in Vermont

During the early springtime, the nights are chilly and the days start to warm up. In Vermont, we call this sugaring season. This is the time of year when fresh maple syrup is harvested. Vermont residents celebrate this exciting time by holding a syrup festival.

Celebrate Sugaring Season in Vermont

The weekend of March 25 & 26 is when the Maple Open House Weekend in Vermont is held. We welcome you to join us for this special event, which will be held all day long on both Saturday and Sunday. When you come, you will get to enjoy the following:

  • Maple-sapVisit a variety of sugarhouses and try maple syrup from different areas in Vermont. We guarantee you this will be the best maple syrup you’ve ever tasted.
  • A pancake breakfast with fresh syrup, of course.
  • Live, local music.
  • A candy-making demonstration, which is fun for the whole family.
  • Try every kind of maple goodness imaginable, from maple donuts to maple cotton candy.
  • There will be plenty of food and drink vendors new to the festival this year. These vendors are excited to show you how they choose to celebrate the maple season.

Old-Fashioned Hospitality in the Modern Age

When you come to Vermont to enjoy your sugar-on-snow weekend, make sure you book your stay with us. At Green Mountain Inn, we show our guests old-fashioned hospitality. Our splendid Bed & Breakfast package includes:

  • Discounted lodging in our beautiful, cozy rooms.
  • A country breakfast—complete with fresh Vermont maple syrup.
  • Afternoon tea and cookies.

While you’re here, you can enjoy delicious meals at our Main Street Dining Room or The Whip Bar & Grill. Green Mountain Inn has so much to offer during this wonderful time of year — we hope that you will join us for all the fun.


Enjoy the Fun & Adventure of Spring Skiing in Stowe

There is nothing more fun and adventurous than springtime skiing. If you love taking advantage of the winter snowpack during the spring months, you need to know more about skiing in Stowe, Vermont.

Spring Skiing: Springtime Doesn’t Get Much Better

Why should you come to Stowe for a springtime skiing vacation? One reason is because of the vast number of ski trails—116 to be exact. Here are some more reasons why you should plan your next ski trip in Stowe.

Spring-skiing-stoweThe Best Snow: Mid-morning presents the best ski conditions ever: soft, relaxed snow. This type of snow has less ice in it and makes skiing safer and more enjoyable than skiing on watered-down snow.

Plenty of Snow Activities: Besides skiing and snowboarding, those who come to Stowe in the spring will enjoy plenty of other activities. Activities include snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, and snowshoeing.

Gorgeous Weather: The sky is blue, the sun is shining, yet there’s still a nice crispness in the air. While the cool temps still make warm clothing necessary, the temperature isn’t nearly as cold as in winter months. That means you don’t have to dress in such bulky clothes when you go skiing.

Quickly & Easily Plan Your Ski Vacation in Vermont

When you’re ready to spend spring skiing in Stowe, stay with us at Green Mountain Inn. Our fantastic ski vacation package—Ski, Ride & Stay—includes a discounted holiday rate and a one-day lift ticket to Stowe Mountain Resort.

Green Mountain Inn offers comfortable suites, apartments, and townhouses. You’ll also have access to our massage therapy services and our heated winter pool.

If you want to take advantage of this package, you need to act fast. The ski resort is only open until April 23, 2017.

For the best springtime ski vacation, visit Stowe, Vermont and the Green Mountain Inn