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Deck the Halls with Festive Sleigh Rides in Stowe

Nothing quite says the holidays more than a sleigh ride along the mountain terrain of Stowe.

During your holiday or weekend getaway, Gentle Giants offers some of the most extraordinary views from the back of a sleigh, and it is the perfect opportunity to sneak in some holiday cheer.

Sleigh Rides in Stowe

Sleigh-rideNew England has some of the most romantic and scenic rides, and Gentle Giants Sleigh Rides and Carriage Rides takes full advantage of that for guests. They start by heading over a snow-covered bridge and open brook, then pass through a wooded trail deep into the woods. The sleigh is enchanting, and the sound of the horse and bells make it feel like Christmas time is here.

When Can You Go on a Ride?

Rides are offered seven days per week, and they are open year-round – especially in the winter. As long as the weather is safe for riding, you can venture out any time after 11:00 am and before 3:30 pm. They also have early evening rides that start at 4:00 pm and move on until sunset.

Why Sleigh Rides?

Sleigh rides in Stowe are a must-do activity. Whether you are traveling on a romantic getaway package or you are here with the family, you’ll want to take in the atmosphere from a horse-drawn sleigh.

While on the sleigh, you will have a warm blanket for snuggling and the crisp winter air in your face. The jingle bells on the horses create a rhythmic stride, and the lush forestry of the New England region takes your breath away.

You’ll have the sleigh to yourself, which allows you to have conversations, admire the stars, and take in the winter atmosphere.

A sleigh ride in Stowe is more than just circling some track or following the regular trail – it is a vacation defining moment for everyone.

Don’t forget to book your visit to The Green Mountain Inn while staying in Stowe. Enjoy a Bed and Breakfast Package that gives you two discounted nights of lodging, a daily country breakfast, and complimentary afternoon tea – perfect for ending the day of sleigh rides.


Last Minute Christmas Shopping in Stowe

Stowe is not just for skiing – it is also the ideal stop for shopping.

While visiting the area, get a little holiday shopping in Stowe completed by visiting the Stowe Village Shops.

Stowe Village Shops to Visit

Cartoon- winter -shopping- coupleStowe is home to more than 70 unique stores that carry those exclusive, hard-to-find items perfect for crossing off a little last minute shopping.  Here is a peek of a few shops that may just catch your eye.

Boyden Valley Winery

Here you will find a fourth-generation farm that offers award-winning wines, liqueurs, ciders, and French gourmet cheeses. Grab wines to go or stay for a mid-day meal in between all the holiday shopping in Stowe.

Green Envy

Pick up luxury clothing, denim, and handbags at Green Envy. Here you will find more than 300 styles from the biggest brands, along with luxury accessories that finish off the perfect ensemble.

Elements at Spa at Stoweflake

Have someone that loves pampering? Then stop at Elements to pick up a full array of beauty products from top-of-the-line beauty makers. You can also find luxury loungewear, yoga gear, and active wear for friends and family (and even yourself).

Robert Paul Galleries

To find that unique piece of artwork that speaks to one of your recipients, stop in at Robert Paul Galleries on Mountain Road. Here you will find an incredible selection of original paintings, fine art, sculptures, and photographs from local and internationally-acclaimed artists.

While you are shopping in Stowe, do not forget to visit The Green Mountain Inn. Here you will find our heated pool year-round to relax in after a long day of shopping, a restaurant, or you can catch a last-minute pampering at our spa, including luxury massages.


A Cozy Deal for Christmas in Stowe

A quaint, cozy Christmas starts in Stowe, Vermont. The alpine scenery and nearby snow-capped mountains look like they came straight out of a picturesque postcard, and the accommodations are second-to-none.

Best of all, you can get a great deal while you’re having a holiday retreat.

Try a Holiday Hotel Deal in Stowe

Christmas - in - stoweOur special Christmas in Stowe 2016 holiday package includes just the right touches to make your stay cozy, warm, and memorable.

When you book this package, you get lots of festive cheer included with your stay. This includes discounted lodging, a warm welcome that comes with a bottle of wine and a platter of fruits, cheeses, and nuts. Your choice of a commemorative gift from Green Mountain Inn and a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings in the Main Street Dining Room, a full country breakfast each morning of your stay, and complimentary afternoon tea and cookies.

Make your reservation for Christmas week and enjoy a Vermont holiday!

Sumptuous Holiday Dining in Stowe

Our three course, holiday Christmas dinner is going to be a feast to remember.

The meal starts off with your choice of soup and salad. Try the heartwarming lobster bisque or wild mushroom chowder with puff pastry croutons, and munch on a salad of baby spinach or Mesclun greens. Homemade, freshly baked bread will accompany your courses.

For the main event, you get your choice of entrees. Go the traditional route with a baked Vermont turkey breast with apple, sausage, and honey oat stuffing, or go for the medallions of pork tenderloin with creamed savoy cabbage. The vegetarians can try the spinach and goat cheese ravioli crowned with smoked tomato and roasted garlic Pomodoro.

For your ultimate holiday getaway plus a hotel deal in Stowe, book your getaway with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Join the Merrymaking: Annual Holiday Celebrations in Stowe

Visit Vermont for a snowy, spectacular season in December. Annual holiday celebrations in Stowe make the cheer and vibrancy of this special time of year come alive.

Get ready for an alpine, Vermont village Christmas.

2016 Festive Events for the Holidays in Stowe

Girl-with-santa-clausCandy Cane Making Demonstrations

Head to Laughing Moon Chocolates for their Candy Cane Demonstrations for a sweet holiday tradition. Watch these iconic Christmas candies get made, or register to make your own!

Make some holiday magic between November 25 and December 23 at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. An extra 2 p.m. session is offered on Saturdays. Make sure to call ahead to reserve a spot.

Dickens Christmas Festival

Celebrate Christmas as they would have in Dickens’ day at this festival. Running from December 3-5, 2016, festivities will include multiple performances of a musical rendition of A Christmas Carol.  Enjoy traditional English food, pub food, and ale; a Victorian marketplace, meet-and-greets with jolly St. Nick and his reindeer.

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

December 2-3, enjoy the holidays in Stowe with A Traditional Christmas. This Vermont holiday village experience will feature merriment and entertainment galore, such as The Gingerbread Man puppet show, a lantern parade followed by the tree lighting on Main Street, a holiday artisan market, carolers and hay rides. You can also enjoy cookie decorating and candy cane twisting, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, a real reindeer, and more.

If you will be in the area for a special, cozy trip this holiday season, book your stay with us at Stowe’s own Green Mountain Inn.


A True East Coast Experience: Skiing in Stowe

Stowe is called the Ski Capital of the East, and for a good reason.

From skiing to snowboarding, there are plenty of winter sports in the area to keep the entire family entertained.  You do not have to be a pro skier either to enjoy the area. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities for non-skiers to enjoy the slopes, fresh powder, and the sights of plush forests covered in blankets of white snow.

Winter Sports in Stowe to Enjoy This Season

Whether you come for a weekend or you are taking a longer trip, you will not be short of winter activities.

Downhill Skiing in Stowe  Ski -equipments- on- ski- run

Mt. Mansfield is the highest peak in Vermont, and the terrain is perfect for downhill skiing. The Stowe Mountain Resort has 13 different lifts and over 116 ski trails to enjoy or take lessons to fine-tune your sport.

Snowboarding in Stowe

For those that prefer snowboarding, Stowe is home to great slopes, half pipes, and a terrain park.

At the Stowe Mountain Resort, you can take private or group lessons, rent snowboards, and even receive lessons for the kids.

Cross-Country Skiing

Stowe is a premier cross-country destination in the country. There are perfectly groomed trail parks begging for a new adventurer to explore them – including 100 kilometers of backcountry trails.

Non-Skiing Activities

There is, even more, winter fun to be had with plenty of other activities. You could go snowshoeing, enjoy a winter sleigh ride, enjoy guided ice fishing, or even take a tour of the backcountry on a snowmobile.

While enjoying your winter activities in the area, book your stay at the Green Mountain Inn. Located in the heart of Stowe, we offer a variety of winter amenities sure to please the entire family.

 


Bundle Up for Winter Recreation in Stowe

You don’t have to be stuck all winter indoors. When the snow flies, there’s plenty to do with winter recreation in Stowe.

Put on your warmest winter coat, hat, and mittens and prepare to have a ball.

Snowy Scenery, Sleigh Rides, and Things to Do During Winter

Snowshoeing1. Snowmobiling in Stowe

Speed through the snowy landscape on a winter adventure. Snowmobiling is a great way to get outdoors, even in the cold months, not to mention witnessing the simple beauty of a snow-covered Vermont. A guide will take you on a 25-mile tour across hills, through woods, and along straightaways, where you can punch up the speed and really feel the wind in your face.

2. Sleigh Rides

Take a magical ride behind a team of horses. You can get a group together for a jolly time, or choose a romantic ride for two. Jingle bells will ring merrily as you glide over the snow. The sleighs run from December 15 through February 24 and are an enchanting way to experience a Vermont winter.

3. Snowshoeing in Stowe

Take a guided snowshoeing tour in the day or the evening. You can snowshoe through the woods by moonlight or lantern to a cozy cabin and a crackling fire, or take a day trek through the woods near the Ben & Jerry’s factory, followed by a tour exploring how ice cream is made.

Or, rent some snowshoes and head off at your own speed. Recreation Path is a great snowshoe hike.

Don’t forget other popular winter activities like skiing, sledding, ice skating, snowboarding, and ice fishing!

In-between winter wanderings and adventures, cozy up at Green Mountain Inn when you book your stay with us.


Come and Take Part in the 80s Weekend Ski Ballet and Retro Jam

Join in on all of the fun at the 80s Weekend Ski Ballet and Retro Jam.

The Green Mountain InnThe 80s Weekend Ski Ballet and Retro Jam will be taking place from March 11 to March 13 and is the perfect opportunity, if you even need one, to break out those neon one-pieces, leopard-print stretch pants and super-straight skis and head over to Midway Park to indulge in a fun-filled 80s weekend in Stowe. Bust your favorite moves and tricks and stand the chance to win prizes while celebrating the very best of the 1980s with DJ Mashtadon.

Show Your Skills in the Ski Ballet in Stowe

If you’re keen to take part in the ski ballet in Stowe, registration will take place at the Midway Base Lodge between 1:30 – 2 pm. There will then be a fun 80s group photo on the Midway Deck at 2 pm followed by the competitions in Midway Park at 2:30 pm. The Ski Ballet is going to be judged based on overall impression. So that means you’ve got to fit in the most spins, rolls, jumps, jazz hands and leg crossings while showing off the puffiest sleeves – all wrapped up in a 90-second routine. The Retro Jam will be all about the funkiest, brightest 1980s outfit, some of the best 80s tricks worked into the run of the course and of course, overall impression. If you’re keen to take part in both events, go for it!

The Gorgeous Green Mountain Inn

The Green Mountain Inn has been captivating visitors for over 180 years. We’re located on Main Street, right in the heart of the historic town of Stowe, and our overwhelming beauty alone is worth a visit to help you unwind after a full day of 80s greatness. We have just the right blend of modern comfort and quaint atmosphere as well as a range of activities from an outdoor pool and spa, games room, health club, fire pit and a delicious afternoon tea and cookies.


Rosy Cheeks and Happy Hearts with Winter Activities in Stowe

Winter activities in Stowe
There is nothing more exhilarating and energizing than spending time in the great outdoors, especially when there is a fresh blanket of snow on the ground. There are many winter activities in Stowe that visitors can take advantage of when they're in the area. Pick the perfect adventure and off you go.

Sleigh riding in StoweSleigh Riding in Stowe Is Just One of Many Possible Adventures
Vermont in the winter is truly a magical winter wonderland, and sleigh riding in Stowe can give you an up close and personal experience of our quaint countryside. Snuggle up next to your love on an intimate sleigh ride for two or bring the whole family and enjoy a fun trip through woods and over rolling hills.

How about some snowshoeing in Stowe? Yes, you can do that, too. Winter's version of hiking is best suited for our little corner of the country, because we have some of the best trails out there. Get the most out of our beautiful wilderness and see the backcountry like it was meant to be seen – on foot.

There is, even more, winter fun to be had when you go skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, dog sledding, or snowmobiling. No matter what winter activity you choose to do with your friends and family, you're sure to have a great time complete with rosy cheeks and happy hearts by the end of the day.

Green Mountain Inn invites you to stay with us and keep warm in between your many winter wonderland adventures. We hope you book a visit to our snowy retreat very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Spend Valentine's Day in Stowe at the Green Mountain Inn

Celebrate Valentine’s day in Stowe with our special packages. 

The Green Mountain Inn

The New Year is off and running and before you know it Valentine's Day will be here. If you don't have any plans for the most romantic day of the year, we invite you to take advantage of Green Mountain Inn Valentine's Day packages. Check out what we have in store for you and your love when you stay with us for a Valentine's Day in Stowe.

Unforgettable Valentine's Day at Green Mountain Inn

A great place to getaway any time of year, our little corner of Vermont offers visitors many different things to enjoy. Spend some time in nature, enjoy some local shopping or dining, and get some much-needed quiet time to reconnect. Here are the details of our Valentine's Day getaway packages in Stowe:

The Heart of Stowe Romance Package

  • 2 night accommodations at a discounted rate
  • Chocolate dipped strawberries and bottle of champagne
  • Daily breakfast in Main Street Dining Room
  • Complimentary tea and cookies in the afternoon
  • Coupon for Ferro's Jewelers ($150 off a purchase of $350 or more)

Bed and Breakfast Package

  • 2 night accommodations at a discounted rate
  • Daily breakfast in Main Street Dining Room
  • Complimentary tea and cookies in afternoon

Treat Yourselves to Romance This Year

We want you and the love of your life to have the best Valentine's Day at Green Mountain Inn. Stay with us and we'll take care of the rest for you. Book your stay today – we hope to see you very soon.

 

 


Are You Ready to Race in the Stowe Mountain Derby?

It's time for the annual Stowe Mountain Derby.

Green Mountain Inn

Vermont is considered one of America's winter playgrounds, so it's no surprise that it happens to be the home of the original downhill cross-country ski race in the country. This year will mark the 71st Stowe Mountain Derby and once again, thousands of competitors and spectators will come from all over the globe for some good old winter racing fun.

Stowe Mountain Derby Race Track – 20km of Challenging Fun

On February 28, 2016, participants in the downhill ski race in Stowe will work their way through all kinds of terrain as they race from the peak of Mt. Mansfield to the finish line in the town below. Every year, all levels of skiers come to take on the challenge. Usually, the more experience an athlete has, the faster they complete the course, but everyone is welcome. Make sure you bring your A-game because the course drops over 2,600 feet and is pretty difficult.

The event will also include a 14km race called the Derby Fat Bike. Racers will ride their winter-equipped bicycles down the mountain in hopes of crossing the finish line first. For even more heart-pumping thrills, competitors can sign up for the Fat Meister, a competition that combines the times of ski racing and bike racing.

No matter what brings you to town, participating in the race or watching the competitors is sure to be a good time.

Winter Racing Outside, Warm Up Inside

We hope everyone in town for the cross country ski race in Stowe has a wonderful time. When your race is completed, or you need a break from watching the competitors out in the cold, we invite you to stop in at the Green Mountain Inn to warm up – we're located right by the finish line.