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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.

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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.


At the Stowe Wine & Food Classic, Sip, Savor, and Taste

This premium wine fest is a sip above the rest. The Stowe Wine & Food Classic features the best Vermont chef creations and keeps the wine flowing. Your all-inclusive ticket gets you access to it all amid the spectacular setting of the Vermont mountains.

Come to one of the best food events in Stowe and see for yourself.

Foodie Dreams Come True at the Food Festival in Stowe

Glasses-of wine-outsideThe festival will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Top Notch Resort’s Mountain View Pavilion. The venue is a picturesque setting with prime views of the Green Mountains – the perfect backdrop for elegant tastes and sips.

What to Expect at the Wine Festival in Stowe

The event will include tastings of all varieties, not just wine tasting. You’ll get to try local, fresh dishes from well-regarded Vermont chefs. Of course, there will be wine – taste a variety from around the world – along with Vermont craft beers and artisan spirits.

There will also be a silent auction, where you can bid on collectible wines, fine vintages, vacation packages, and more. The entire event benefits Stowe Charities in support of Copley Hospital.

Participating Restaurants and Food Producers

A wide range of culinary delights will be available from local food experts. These will include Laughing Moon Chocolates, The Bistro at Ten Acres, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Michael’s on the Hill, Cork Wine Bar and Market, Charlie B’s, Roost, Flannel, and much more.

If you’re ready to indulge in gourmet food tasting at this food festival in Stowe, you need a place to stay. Book with us at Green Mountain Inn and enjoy your time in Vermont to the hilt.


Raise a Glass at Stowe Brewers Festival

For a true taste of Stowe, Vermont, you must get yourself to the Stowe Brewers Festival. This two-day event isn’t just about tasting great brews, though – it’s also about music, food, and fun.

Delicious Brews Await at the Beer Festival in Stowe

Craft-beerThe festival will happen on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, 2017 and will include three tasting sessions – one on Friday evening and two on Saturday.

What You Get with Your Ticket

A ticket to the festival will buy you a commemorative tasting glass and access to one four-hour-long session on your chosen day. Take your three-ounce glass with you and get 15 tastes from over 40 local and national breweries and cideries. You’ll also get five spirit-tasting tickets to sample spirits from local distilleries.

Events and More

Along with tasting Vermont craft beer and spirits, you’ll enjoy a line-up of live music, workshops, food trucks, and a vendor fair. For the music festival portion of the event, the entertainment will include RumbleCat on Friday, the Seth Yacovone Blues Trio on Saturday afternoon, and Pace Car Joe on Saturday night.

Participating Breweries

Just some of the breweries you’ll see at the festival will include both local and national outfits. Just a few include Allagash Brewing Company, Frost Beer Works, 14th Star Brewing Co., Vermont Goodwater Brewery, Havoc Mead, Magic Hat Brewing Company, Angry Orchard, Stowe Cider, The Traveler Beer Co., Stone Corral Brewery, Upper Pass Beer Company, Woodchuck Hard Cider, and Citizen Cider.

If you plan on tickling your taste-buds at this fun brewery event, you should also plan on staying with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Take the Plunge into Summer Activities in Stowe

Vermont is bursting with things to do when the world is green and alive. Check out summer activities in Stowe and start planning your warm weather adventure.

Summer Recreation in Stowe is Your Map to Adventure

The best opportunities for fun in Stowe on your Vermont summer vacation include getting outside and exploring the world around you.

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Biking and cycling through the hills and winding pathways in and around Stowe is a wonder. You’ll see the beautiful mountains and forests in panoramic glory as you zip by with the wind in your hair. Take a leisurely ride on a paved path or country road, or head out onto the dirt paths and hidden tracks for a unique mountain biking experience.

Hiking

With Mount Mansfield serving as the pinnacle, Vermont and the area around Stowe is a hiker’s dream. Whether you want an easy path that takes you through glens and meadows or a challenging trek up the mountain, there’s something for every type of nature walker.

Climbing

If you love a challenge, climb at one of the many rock walls, climbing adventures and obstacle courses, or head into nature for a true escapade that will test your skills.

Swimming

Looking for an opportunity to cool off on a lazy, hot summer day? Want to jump into a unique experience? Head to one of the area’s many swimming holes and dive into nature’s pools, or take off to public beaches on lakes Eden, Elmore, or Caspian. Summer in Vermont wouldn’t be complete without taking a dip.

If you’ll be taking advantage of summer recreation in Stowe, come and book your summer getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Music in the Meadow in Stowe Serves Up Entertainment and Atmosphere

Imagine sitting back in a peaceful green meadow, the beauty of nature all around, as live music fills your ears. In the distance, you can see rolling green hills and lovely vistas. This can be your reality when you attend any of the events for Music in the Meadow in Stowe.

Attend Summer Concerts in a Beautiful Setting

The concert meadow is found at Trapp Family Lodge, and events are put on by Stowe Performing Arts. The outdoor venue is a sloping lawn that affords a perfect view and a great listening experience.

When you attend a show, you can either spread out with a picnic blanket (plus a picnic feast) or bring your own low-back or high-back lawn chairs. There are designated areas for each seating choice. That way, everyone gets a great view of the entertainment.

Summer Schedule for the Concert Series in Stowe

Microphone-on-stage-festivalAt summer concerts, you can hear everything from a bluegrass quintet to patriotic orchestra tunes and gypsy jazz.

  • June 25 – The Lonely Heartstrings Band – This show, featuring foot-stomping bluegrass, is free!
  • July 9 – Vermont Symphony Orchestra – This patriotic show will be followed by fireworks.
  • July 16 – Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – A married duo will dazzle with their fiddle-playing chops.
  • July 23 – The Black Market Trust – Hear the classic sounds of jazz in new ways.
  • August 20 – The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra – This is big-band jazz at its finest.

Stowe has so much to offer in the summer, including unique concerts and lots of fun. Book a summer getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn to enjoy all of Stowe’s possibilities.



The Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival is the Stuff of Daydreams

Brightly-colored giants float through the sky on a gentle breeze. This scene sounds straight out of a daydream, but it can be your reality when you watch hot air balloons lift off at the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Enjoy Majestic Sights at the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Stowe

Hot-air-balloons-in-stowe-vermontFrom July 7-9, 2017, the balloons are launching bright and early every morning at Stoweflake Mountain Resort. The day progresses with food, wine and beer garden, live entertainment, children’s activities, and a ticketed evening launch.

Morning and Evening Hot Air Balloon Launches

Each morning of the festival, the balloons will launch at 6:30 a.m. sharp against the rising sun. Come and watch this first daily launch for free.

Every evening, pay admission for the sunset launch at 7 p.m. Kids 12 and under are free.

Festival and Entertainment Information

The gates for the festival open daily at 4 p.m. The price of admission gets you access to the children’s corner with fun activities like face painting and bouncy houses. You’ll also get access to the food, beer, and wine tent, gift shops, the spa tent, live music starting at 5 p.m., and the sunset launch.

Wander around the festival, or sit back with some beer or wine and watch the balloons sail across the sky in the distance.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Take a ride in one of the candy-colored balloons. Go way, way up in the air for $275 per person, or get just a taste with a tethered launch for $10.

Attend fantastic (and fantastical) festivals in Vermont when you book your weekend getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.


4th of July in Stowe is the Perfect, Patriotic Celebration

A day-long celebration for American independence should include music, parades, food, shopping, and entertainment. Luckily, you’ll find it all at the 4th of July in Stowe event. This is the place to experience small-town charm, a patriotic atmosphere, and family fun.

Join Independence Day in Stowe for Old-Fashioned Family Fun

Sparkler-flagThe 4th of July holiday is not to be missed in Stowe. The town comes alive with nostalgic summer festivities for all ages that will remind you of yesteryear.

Old-Fashioned Village Parade

This 4th of July parade is a classic event with all the staples: clowns, floats, music, animals, and more. The march begins at Stowe Events Field, continues down Mountain Road and onto Main Street, and finishes off at Memorial Park.

Old-Fashioned Village Festival

The celebrating continues at the Old-Fashioned Village Festival. Street performers, festival food, a dunking booth, face painting, and a bouncy house are just some of the highlights.

7 Miles of Sales in Stowe

Stowe’s 4th of July events include 7 Miles of Sales. This special blowout is when Stowe shops roll out their best bargains. Tent and sidewalk sales, online deals, and in-store savings will abound all over town from July 1st to the 4th.

Fireworks

Don’t forget to watch July 4th fireworks at the Mayo Farm Events Field. Admission is free, and the fun continues with games, more food, BBQ, and live music. The fireworks cap off the night – just remember to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Celebrate Independence Day in Stowe. Book your holiday weekend getaway at Green Mountain Inn and enjoy the festivities with the entire family.


Stowe B3 Fest – Bikes, Brews & Beats

During the weekend of June 23-25, 2017, Vermont will be host to the fourth annual Stowe B3 Fest – Bikes, Brews & Beats. This is a mountain bike festival that includes, biking, adult beverages, plenty of tasty food options, and a lot of fantastic live music.

B3 Fest in Stowe: What to Expect During this Enjoyable Weekend

One of the best parts of this event is that admission is free. This means more people can partake in the outdoor activities and have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Getting Things Started on Friday

Mountain-bikeOn Friday, June 23rd at 4 PM, there will be a kickoff party to get the weekend started. There will be beer, food vendors, and live music. Then, at 7:30 PM, there will be a Critical Mass Ride with the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

A Full Day of Riding on Saturday

The riding will begin at 10 AM on Saturday. Again, it will be in coordination with the Stowe Mountain Bike Club. Riders of all ages are welcome to join in the ride. The day will end at 4 PM with special provisions from Stowe Cider, a premier brewery that provides fresh beer and ciders.

Wrapping it All up on Sunday

The event will conclude with a final ride on Sunday morning that will start at 10 AM.

Stay In Stowe – Get Comfortable & Relax After a Long Day

After a long day of attending summer events in Stowe, we hope you will stay with us. The Green Mountain Inn will provide you with comfortable accommodations and wonderful amenities, like a massage by one of our skilled therapists at Stowe Village Massage. It will be a great way to end your fun-filled day and recuperate for the next day’s adventures.