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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.


Treat Mom to the Best Mother’s Day Getaway Ever in Stowe, Vermont

Your Mother’s Day Getaway can be spent in Stowe with Mom which is a great way to show her how important she is.

Mother's Day Getaway


Plan Your Mother’s Day Getaway with Ease
There are so many things to do in Stowe that it's easy to give mom exactly what she wants for her special day, some well-deserved down-time.

If she loves the great outdoors, she’ll enjoy hiking the well-maintained trails and meandering pathways of the mountains. Whether she prefers gentle paths or a challenging climb, there’s a trail that will suit her perfectly.

When Mom is done hiking, soothe her tired muscles by treating her to a relaxing Reiki or Thai massage or let her experience one of the many wonderful local spa delights.

After she’s rested and relaxed, take Mom to the quaint Historic Village and let her shop to her heart’s content while soaking in the charm of the authentic 19th century market town feel.

Where to Stay to Get Away
The easiest way to plan a Mother’s Day Getaway in Stowe is to start with the perfect place to stay. You’re welcome to make Green Mountain Inn your base for enjoying all the amazing activities available. Our warm and inviting inn has all mom needs to enjoy a comfortable stay plus the extra amenities she deserves. Let us help you take her Mother’s Day to the next level with a weekend at Green Mountain Inn.


The 18th Annual Stowe Weekend of Hope

Rest, research and reflection at Stowe Weekend of Hope.

Stowe Weekend of Hope
Since its inception in 2001, the Stowe Weekend of Hope (SWOH) has been offering a peaceful retreat for cancer survivors and their families in a beautiful, restorative setting. From expert seminars to inspiration and care, check out some of the highlights of this special healing retreat.

Highlights of the Retreat

EDUCATION: Guests can explore presentations on the most current medical research on cancer prevention and treatment from highly respected physicians and practitioners from around New England and local area hospitals including the University of Vermont Cancer Center, The University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center, Copley Hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Rutland Regional Medical Center.

HEALING: Participate in hands-on workshops, support group gatherings, spiritual services, yoga, meditation, recreational opportunities and time for relaxation.

INSPIRATION: Enjoy live music, ecumenical services and motivational talks are held throughout the restorative environment of Stowe.

SWOH takes place the weekend of May 4th through May 6th, 2018 and is sponsored by the Stowe Area Association, Vermont Cancer Network, Fletcher Allen Health Care Center, and Copley Health Systems and is supported by Vermont Living Magazine. Through the generosity of those involved, events are free to the participants

The Stow Weekend of Hope is such a special event here in the area and everyone at The Green Mountain Inn hopes you have a wonderful time. 


Come Have Your Spring Break in Stowe

There’s nothing like celebrating the thaw of winter than having a Stowe Vacation. Check out the lush greenery eager to be seen after being buried in snow for so long.

What You Can Do on a Stowe Vacation

Check Out the Maple Sugar Syrup

Have a sweet spring break in Stowe by checking out the state’s maple syrup. Vermont is the USA’s biggest producer of it. Go to sugarhouses and learn about the whole process from tree to bottle.

Stowe Recreation 

Hiking-at-sunsetHiking is the best way to take in all that springtime in Stowe has to offer. Climb Mount Mansfield or you can check out the famous Long Trail, a 265-mile trail system that crosses over Mt Mansfield and Spruce Peak.

If hiking isn’t your thing, try biking. With different terrains, like paved and dirt roads, trails and paths, it’ll never be boring. There are also plenty of places to rent a bike if you don’t have one of your own.

If physical Stowe recreation doesn’t interest you, check out the galleries, shops, and antiques that are around.

Need a Place to Stay?

If you want to try out all these fun activities and need a place to stay, you’re welcome to stay with us at the Green Mountain Inn. We have been hosting people for more than 180 years and we’re right in the heart of Stowe. We combine our rich history with modern comfort to give you the best stay possible.


Enjoy a Winter Escape with Spring Skiing in Stowe

If you want to get in one last winter getaway before warm weather hits, book your spring ski vacation with us at Green Mountain Inn. We offer excellent Ski, Ride & Stay packages and affordable rates for the spring season. Schedule your trip before the ski lifts stop on April 15, 2018.

Get the Most Out of Your Trip with the Ski, Ride & Stay Package

Two-snowboardersStowe Mountain is the premier place to go when you want to enjoy the final ski trip of the season. The mountain has 116 ski trails and 13 lifts. It has been a highly acclaimed ski destination since the 1940’s.

The innovative snowmaker allows for a much longer ski season, so you can enjoy your favorite winter sport well into the spring. In fact, the spring season is the best time to visit the area where you can take part in special events such as the 80’s Retro Weekend. Stay and enjoy the attractions in the area including the local restaurants and bars.

This time of year, it is also a great time to score excellent deals on ski equipment and gear at the shops in town. Check out the best ski packages in Vermont when you browse our website today.

Stay with Us While Spring Skiing in Stowe 

If you are looking for great hotel deals in Stowe, consider Green Mountain Inn. Since 1833, we have been the premier place to stay in Stowe, Vermont. We welcome travelers from all over the world at this historic location.

Our inn features a warm and comfortable atmosphere and has all the modern amenities that you could ask for. We recently renovated our year-round outdoor pool and spa, and have a health club, game room, and fire pit on site. Let us help you make this the most memorable ski trip you’ve ever experienced when you book your stay with us here at the Green Mountain Inn.


Come Celebrate Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

One of the most important times of the year in Vermont is maple syrup season. To celebrate, residents and businesses alike come together to taste the latest batches and enjoy the company of their neighbors.

If you love maple syrup, you should definitely come visit us during this season, especially for the Vermont Maple Open House Weekend.  

Why Vermont Maple Syrup Deserves to Be Celebrated

Vermont-maple-sugar-makersVermont maple syrup is delicious and is a huge part of the culture and economy of this part of the country. That’s why friends, neighbors, and visitors get together for the first crop of each season.

This year, this special celebration will take place March 24 and 25, 2018.

During this time, you can visit individual Vermont maple sugar houses to taste their unique batches of syrup. This is a treat for all of your senses: Watch the steam rising from the sugarhouse as you catch a whiff of the sweet aroma of fresh sap boiling. And of course, there’s the divine flavor of the syrup itself.

In addition to trying the syrup, you need to check out some of the other venues, restaurants, and inns that will be serving up some really tasty treats. These include Maple Fennel Sausage Pizza, a Maple Mojito, and much more. Believe us – you’re not going to want to miss this. It’s one of the tastiest events of the year.

Book Your Stay at the Coziest Inn in Vermont

When you visit Vermont for this special weekend, make sure to book your stay at the Green Mountain Inn. We have incredibly cozy rooms that will make your weekend in Vermont even more special. Make sure you book today to take advantage of our Bed & Breakfast package discounts!