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Take Time Out for a Romantic Getaway in Stowe

Vermont romantic getaway packages are refreshingly affordable.

Stowe Village MassageMassage is a great way to ease the stress of modern life, but a good massage doesn't just feel good and relax you; it's healthy too. Massage relieves pain and muscle tension, and it may also help with headaches, stress-related ailments like insomnia, digestive disorders and sports injuries. At Green Mountain Inn, guests have their choice of package deals for almost any type of relaxation they need. Our Relaxation Getaway Package, that includes two 60-minute massages at Stowe Village Massage, is a great bargain for busy people and couples.

Green Mountain Inn has a long history of delighting and pampering guests with beautiful surroundings and comforting services in scenic Vermont. Serene views of the Green Mountains, fun and interesting activities and a range of accommodations from deluxe rooms to luxury suites provide guests with the perfect break from their busy lives.

Massage services at Stowe Village Massage Stowe Village Massage
at the Green Mountain Inn, give our guests the opportunity to experience the soothing
and healing touch of experienced, certified massage professionals. Our highly trained massage therapists are available for a full range of body work to relieve your tension, stress, anxiety and everyday aches and pains, including combination deals that are more affordable than individual massage sessions. Hydrotherapy, scrubs, wraps and aromatherapy complement a full menu of massage options, including stone massage, Shiatsu, Reiki, sports massage and maternity massage. Each service is designed to help you feel physically and emotionally better when you leave than when you first arrived.

When you want a romantic getaway, put the Green Mountain Inn in Vermont on your itinerary. Relaxing massage combination packages, the amenities of our beautiful hotel and the lovely surroundings will help you recharge and refresh. Take advantage of our Relaxation Getaway Package and make your visit to Stowe truly memorable.

Discover New Sculptures at Helen Day Art Center Exposed

The Exposed Sculpture Exhibition in Stowe draws visitors from all over.

A good number of people seek out artistic projects that go beyond the traditional museum experience. These projects often allow visitors the opportunity to interact with the work on a more intimate level. Those seeking this sort of artistic connection may be drawn to an exhibit unique to a town in Vermont. Stowe, Vermont, is home to incredible scenery, historic surroundings and a wealth of original art. Residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy miles of original sculpture at the Helen Day Art Center: Exposed.

This sculpture exhibition, which is now in its 24th year, showcases the outdoor sculptures of participating artists. Visitors have the unique opportunity to walk among the creations, as sculptures are housed on the Helen Day Art Center property as well as installed along the Recreation Path in Stowe, a scenic 5-mile walk meandering through the town. They are also installed along Main Street in Stowe, so even a walk downtown can become an artistic experience.

The exhibition, which boasts an annual attendance of roughly 70,000 people, will be held from July 11 to October 14, 2015. Visitors to the 24th Annual Helen Day Art Center: Exposed will be able to experience sculpture against the backdrop of our colorful northeastern summer and the vibrant changing leaves of autumn.

Here at Green Mountain Inn, we enjoy a breathtaking view of Helen Day Art Center: Exposed each year. We're located just few minutes walk from the Center, and our guests can enjoy a swim in the pool or a rest on Egyptian linens in between visits to the sculpture path. We offer comfortable proximity to this unique event and to the other activities of downtown Stowe, so book your stay today and get your art fix in this historic destination.

The Stowe 8-Miler/5K Run Set for July 12

The 8th Annual 8-Miler summer run in Stowe continues a New England tradition.

We're excited to catch the 5K Run and Stowe 8-Miler on Sunday, July 12. This run will mark the eighth year of the existence of the 8-Miler, and the excitement involved with all runners continues to grow with each passing year, especially with the addition of the 5K race.

The popularity of this race is such that not only people from Vermont but also other parts of New England and Canada take part as well. Camaraderie among the participants helps make this a truly enjoyable event.

Stowe 8-Miler
Just as in past years, the race will begin in Recreation Field in Stowe with 2 of the 8 miles of the run taking place on a maintained dirt road. There's no need to worry about missing directional signs because everything will be clearly marked and certified. The finish line for the 8-mile race will be on the front lawn of the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe.  The 5K also starts and finishes in the same place with both events having water stops available for all runners. The 8-Miler will have four separate water stations spaced apart, and the 5K will have a single stop.

Sponsorship of the event is being undertaken by a number of local entities, including The Rusty Nail, Smuttynose Craft-brewed Beer and Island Homemade Ice Cream. On Saturday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., runners can pick up their racing packet at the Nail, or participants can join on the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m.

The Green Mountain Inn is proud to support participants of this exciting event. Visit our website for a calendar of more fun events taking place in town this summer.

Exciting Fun at the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival

Have a grand time on the ground or in the sky with the annual hot air balloon festival in Stowe, Vermont!

The wonder and grandeur of the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival never gets old. Hot air ballooning has been around for decades and continues to inspire awe in all visitors lucky enough to see their launch. Stowe, Vermont, is a special place, full of lush trees and green rolling hills that welcome visitors. You'll want to make the Stowe Hot Air Balloon Festival part of your bucket list when July 2015 rolls around.

This event is held at the Stoweflake Mountain Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Resort & Spa where you can roam around the grounds for a small fee. The Hot Air Balloon Festival actually lasts around three days, making each day a new launch event for all fans. Is it a sunset or sunrise launch today? You'll have a chance to see both if you spend the entire weekend in Stowe.

If you're wondering if the kids will like this event, don't worry. The children's activities at Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival are diverse and age-appropriate, allowing you to spend all afternoon and evening out enjoying the event without the kids getting bored. You may not be from around these parts, but you can still be part of the excitement by reserving a hotel room. When you immerse yourself in the Vermont culture, you might wonder if you'll ever want to go home.

Are you excited about spending all weekend in Vermont? Visit the Green Mountain Inn website and book a room with us today. We offer a homey atmosphere that your whole family will love. After you take in all the sights at the balloon festival, venture back to the Inn afterward for a taste of home.

The Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Stowe Brings Excitement & More!

Find the biggest sales and savings this summer in Stowe as you watch the fireworks and celebrations!

4th of July in StoweLooking for the ultimate place to take your kids this 4th of July? Look no further than the Old Fashioned 4th of July in Stowe. This can't-miss event is the type of celebration that you thought only existed in old movies. The town pulls out all the stops to make locals and visitors feel welcome and at home throughout the event.

The parade features local schools, organizations and businesses design, that build and showcase their own floats. You might even find that some groups toss out candy, small American flags and other goodies for both kids and adults!

As if that wasn't enough, you can head over to the Stowe 7 Miles of Sales event after leaving the parade. This amazing sale really does cover seven miles, and it includes dozens of stores selling everything from food and clothing to souvenirs and decorations for your home.

As one of the most historic hotels in Stowe, we can help to create a fantastic experience for you in Stowe.  Come enjoy our famous honey oatmeal bread and relax with a cup of coffee before the parade or venture out to our front porch and grab a rocker for the best seat in town!  Whether you bring your kids for a family-friendly 4th of July in Stowe or come with friends for an exciting weekend away, the Green Mountain Inn is the place to stay.

Have a Blast at Rock of Ages Vermont Quarry Tour!

See the world's largest operating granite quarry - Rock of Ages in Barre, Vermont!

Just 35 miles outside of Stowe and a beautiful ride down Route 100 and I-89, you will arrive at Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre, where you can tour the world’s largest active deep-hole, dimension granite quarry, measuring nearly 600 feet deep, in their Vermont Quarry Tour.  Rock of Ages offers self-guided, guided tours, a sandblast experience and more!

Rock of Ages Vermont Quarry Tour
Barre, Vermont

Available Tours & Activities:

Self-Guided Factory Tours – Mon. thru Fri. 8 AM to 3:30 PM (Factory is closed all weekends & holidays, January & early February & the first 2 weeks of July)
Guided Quarry Tour – 40-minute tour operates rain or shine
Sandblast Experience – 6/15-10/17 – Mon. thru Fri. 10:30 – 4:30, Sat. 11:00 – 3:00 – make a great memory with a stone souvenir that you cut on your own!
Visitors Center – Explore exhibits, browse in the gift shop
Outdoor Granite Bowling Lane – Mon-Sun – 8 AM to dusk – May thru October

Quarry Tour

Rock of Ages is so amazing that it was actually featured in the famous car chase in the 2009 Star Trek® movie, and the Vermont Quarry Tour gives you the opportunity to see it first-hand.  View artisans cutting, polishing and carving stone using techniques virtually unchanged since the days of Michelangelo, but working right alongside modern day, computer-aided equipment.

If you’re looking for a place to stay while exploring the Stowe area, the Green Mountain Inn is the perfect place to add to your true Vermont experience.  With handmade quilts adorning Vermont-made furniture, local historic photographs and paintings hanging throughout our halls, and friendly, down-to-earth staff that make you feel right at home, our Inn will add that finishing touch to your Vermont getaway.  We hope to see you soon!

The Stowe Wine & Food Classic – a Summer Wine Festival!

Make it a summer tradition to attend the Stowe Wine & Food Classic - it gets better every year!

The Stowe Wine & Food Classic is a summer wine festival, held at the famous Trapp Family Lodge, to benefit charitable health care at Copley Hospital and to help with refurbishing the Chemotherapy/Infusion Suites at the hospital.  Friday night kicks off the Classic with the Blues, Brews & Food Truck Crews event and live music from the Dave Keller Band.  Make your plans now to attend this annual signature event and enjoy a weekend of delectable foods, visit with winemakers and culinary experts and create a memorable getaway to Stowe.

Wine & Food FestivalStowe Wine & Food Classic
June 12-14, 2015
Trapp Family Lodge

Friday, June 12 – Blues, Brews & Foodtruck Crews – 6-9 PM
Saturday, June 13 – Spanish Farm-to-Table Dinner & Auction – 6 PM
Sunday, June 14 – Grand Tasting – 12-4 PM

The Green Mountain Inn hopes you have a fabulous time at this year’s Stowe Wine & Food Classic.  With so many spectacular events to attend, we’re sure it will be an experience that creates many wonderful memories.  Our Inn looks forward to welcoming you to the village of Stowe for this highly anticipated event.

You Can’t Visit Stowe in the Summer Without Enjoying Art on Park!

Looking for that unique Vermont-style gift? You'll find it at Art on Park!

Stowe, Vermont has grown to be the place that even visitors love to call home for a while, and Art on Park is a favorite among so many that visit during the summer months.  Thursday evenings, beginning in June, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, visitors and locals can enjoy streets lined with handcrafted products, from birchbark art to soy candles to specialty foods and teas, and much, much more!  Look for the white tents right off Main Street and get ready to enjoy live music too!  Visit their Facebook page for all the up-to-date music and food listings!

Art on ParkArt on Park in Stowe
June through August
5:00 – 8:00 PM

Painting ~ Drawings ~ Prints ~ Furniture ~ Handbags ~ Hats ~ Children’s Items ~ Jewelry ~ Crafts ~ Specialty Food Items ~ Ceramics ~ Fiber Art ~ Birchbark Art ~ Soy Candles ~ Photography ~ Specialty Coffees & Teas

The Green Mountain Inn is excited to welcome you to our beautiful village of Stowe and we’ll be happy to help you plan your day by visiting many of the historic buildings, learn about Stowe’s historic past, or just stroll our streets in search of that unique gift or keepsake.  Enjoy the comforts of home in our comfortable guestrooms, equipped with luxurious amenities and relax in our pool or by the fire with tea and cookies.  We look forward to having you as our guest.

Explore the Treasures that Stowe has to Offer with a Mountain View Tour

Explore Stowe the easy way...with a Mountain View Tour!

People come to Stowe with plans to relax and unwind and often don’t leave enough time to explore and take in all the beauty that surrounds them.  Mountain View Tours can help with that problem.  Schedule a tour – they offer half-day and full-day tours – and get started with a personal narrated tour of historic Stowe and the surrounding area.

Mountain View Tours Mountain View Tours

Historic Stowe Tour
3 hour personal narrated tour of historic Stowe with shopping time included.  Learn about Emily’s Covered Bridge, tour Mt. Mansfield and historic Smuggler’s Notch and finish up with a visit to Cold Hollow Cider Mill or even a Vermont Country Wine Tasting.

The Taste of Vermont Tour SM
Combined with everything in the above tour, make time to tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and sample the world’s best Cheddar at Cabot Cheese, among many other delectable places to visit.  Tour duration – 4 hours.

The 7 Wonders of Vermont Tour SM
The Ultimate Vermont Tour!  Take in all of the 6 wonders of Vermont (#7 in the months of Aug.-Oct).  6 hours of total Vermont!

Enjoy Stowe the easy way – with Mountain View Tours – and the Green Mountain Inn.  Rest comfortably in our luxury accommodations and enjoy outstanding amenities such as our outdoor, heated pool and complimentary tea and cookies in the afternoon.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Lace Up Those Running Shoes for the Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Memorial Day Weekend is looking bright! Get ready for the Vermont City Marathon & Relay!

Memorial Day Weekend brings the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay to Burlington, Vermont.  Winding a course along gorgeous Lake Champlain, this event has grown so popular over its 27 year history that 1,700 plus volunteers are now needed to help welcome the over 30,000 spectators and 8,000 participants to downtown Burlington for the largest one day sporting event in Vermont.

Vermont City Marathon27th Annual People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay
May 22-24, 2015

May 22-23 – Sport & Fitness EXPO –Over 70 local and national exhibitors featuring the latest in sportswear, gear, local Vermont products and more.
May 23 - MVP Health Care YAM Scram – Waterfront Park – ½ mile, 1 mile & 2 mile runs for participants 4 to 14 years of age.
May 24 – Race Day – 8:00 AM Wheelchair Start, 8:03 Marathon & Relay Start

Come to Burlington and enjoy the beautiful tree-lined streets, the famous Church Street Marketplace and the outstanding views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains as you strive for the finish in the People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay.  If you’re coming to cheer on your favorite runner, be sure to take advantage of the many amazing attractions and surrounding towns like Stowe.  The Green Mountain Inn invites you to explore our wonderful area and come indulge in a relaxing meal at the Whip Bar & Grill while you’re here and enjoy a long holiday weekend.