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For Your Vermont Winter Vacation, Plan on Outdoor Adventure

The ideal winter vacation can be found in Stowe, Vermont. With plenty of mountainous terrain, snow, forest, hills and valleys, activities run the gamut from dog sledding and carting to sleigh rides. Find out all you can do on your next Vermont winter vacation.

Winter Activities in Stowe to Get You Outdoors

Dog Sledding or Carting

Hop aboard a sled or cart behind a team of Alaskan or Siberian Huskies. These hardworking dogs are eager to pull you through miles of beautiful winter terrain in the area. In many cases, you can even help drive the sled. Businesses offering guided tours in the area include Peace Pups Dogsledding, Eden Ethical Dogsledding, October Siberian Sled Dog Adventures, and Umiak Dogsledding.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing-coupleStrap on some snowshoes and tramp out into the wilderness surrounding Stowe. There are extensive trails to discover and breathtaking winter landscapes to experience. Go at a leisurely pace on Recreation Path, a flat trail that’s 5.3 miles, or try some difficult turf. If you love to hike, you’ll love snowshoeing!

Snowshoe tours are available in the area from Trapp Family Lodge, Umiak Outfitters, and Stoweflake Mountain Resort. Rentals are available at no less than seven locations in town, including the Nordic Barn and Shaw’s General Store.

Sleigh Rides

Sleigh rides are a cozy and picturesque way to take in the Stowe landscape during your Vermont vacation. Bundle into a sleigh behind a team of horses and glide through fields, forest, and snowy hills.

Sleighs can fit anywhere from two people to ten. Trapp Family Lodge offers rides every Saturday and Sunday all season long (through February 26, 2017).

For winter activities in Stowe and cozy accommodations, stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and enjoy country hospitality.


Retreat to a Romantic Getaway in Vermont

A lovely spot for planning your romantic getaway in Vermont is Stowe. The village itself is cozy and charming, nestled near Mt. Mansfield, and the Inn offers a special for couples looking to make an escape for romance.

Hotel Deals in Stowe for an Idyllic Trip

The Heart of Stowe Romance Package is just the right option for you and your loved one looking to get away from it all. It includes two nights’ discounted lodgings, a country inn breakfast served daily in the Main Street Dining Room, a romantic welcome with a bottle of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and afternoon tea and cookies.

Valentine’s Getaway Activities in Stowe

Couple-making-snow-angelsFor your Vermont vacation, Stowe has lots of activities that are perfect for just the two of you. Take a romantic sleigh ride through the snow, head out for an exhilarating snowshoeing adventure along Stowe’s many picturesque trails, or spend an idyllic afternoon wandering through town and browsing the village shops.

There are over 45 unique stores, boutiques, and more to explore along Stowe Mountain Road. Find treasures including hand-crafted furniture, art, jewelry, specialty foods and local fare, clothing, sports equipment, and more.

The ultimate romantic getaway for two can be found in Vermont. Stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and experience the romantic scenery and charm of a mountain village. Relax, enjoy each other’s company, and have a fantastic time.


Ski, Ride, and Race at Stowe Derby

Looking for a little adventure to round out your winter season? You should come to Stowe, Vermont, strap on your skis (or hop on your fat bike), and join the throng of competitors who will race down Mount Mansfield.

Spice up your winter with some hot competition, whether you’re a pro or an amateur. Stowe Derby is the place to find it in the snow!


The Main Event: A Fat Bike and Cross Country Ski Race

The cross-country ski and fat bike race will happen on Sunday, February 26, 2017. There will be a variety of races to choose from for all skill levels, including a free chance to check out the course terrain and descent.

Child-skiingShort Course

The short course is about 6 km long and is intended for children six and up and their families. It runs along Stowe Recreation Path.

Long Course

Racers 14 years old and up should try the 16 km long course. Choose either the freestyle or classic category (freestyle allows ski skating). Or, if you’re an expert skier, take part in the Derby Meister race, which means you’ll compete in both freestyle and classic races, back-to-back – the ultimate challenge!

Fat Derby

Riders 13 and up can compete in the Fat Derby and race down Mt. Mansfield on a fat bike. Only experienced riders should enter the race. This one fills up fast, so pre-registration is recommended to grab a spot among 100 riders.

Stowe Derby Recon

If you want a preview for derby day, this recon event on Friday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. will help you strategize! Ski down the mountain with a cross country pro, Trina Hosmer.

If you love riding your fat bike or heading downhill in a cross country ski race, this is the perfect event for you. While you’re in Stowe enjoying your winter getaway, remember to book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn.


Soothe Your Senses with Our Spa Package in Stowe

For a peaceful, quiet trip with the goals of rejuvenation and relaxation, think about getting away to the mountains of Vermont and leaving the city behind. The Relaxation Getaway Package includes everything you’ll need for a two-day retreat from the stresses of your busy life.

A Hotel Deal in Stowe for De-Stressing

The Spa Package is a wonderful opportunity to step away from your hectic life and breathe easily. You’re sure to go home with a lighter mood and a spring in your step after experiencing all that the package offers.

Spa -massageIt includes a discounted stay for two nights (with extra nights available); a big country inn breakfast each morning; a platter with fresh fruit and cheese, and a one-liter bottle of spring water; and two sessions at Stowe Village Massage for 60-minute relaxation massages.

When you call and book this package, you will simultaneously book your spa appointment for your Vermont getaway.

Stowe Village Massage

Green Mountain Inn’s spa is a sanctuary for whole-body rejuvenation. Along with massages, the spa offers an extensive menu of other services, such as wraps, scrubs, aromatherapy, and reflexology.

At the spa, certified massage therapists will make sure you get the most relaxing experience possible. You can even customize your session to create your ultimate spa visit or spa day.

This is a great hotel deal in Stowe if you’re looking to retreat from your busy life for a while in order to relax your body and mind. Book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and you’re sure to find the tranquility you’re seeking in Stowe.


FILM: Warren Miller’s Here, There and Everywhere

Filmmaker Warren Miller is synonymous with movies about skiing and snowboarding. This legendary director spent 60 years capturing fresh powder, downhill adventures, and telling stories about the love of winter sports.

In fact, he released one film a year under his production company, Warren Miller Entertainment, up until the 1980s, when he sold the company. Some of his films include Deep and Light, Symphony on Skis, The Sound of Skiing, No Boundaries, and Winter People.

Now you can see new interviews with the man himself, not to mention take some grand snowy adventures, in FILM: Warren Miller’s Here, There and Everywhere.

Ski Films Enthusiasts Shouldn’t Miss

Snow-mountainHere, There and Everywhere will be playing at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for a limited time at 7 p.m. on the following 2017 dates: Saturday, January 7; Sunday, January 15; and Monday, February 20.

Along with interviews with Miller, the film will feature adventures with names like Wendy Fisher, Seth Wescott, Collin Collins, Jess McMillan, and Matt Elliott in places like eastern Greenland, the Swiss Alps, Glacier Country in Montana, and British Columbia.

Tickets will be $16 to attend a showing of the film, which is sure to be an exciting and nostalgic look at winter sports films. Tickets can be purchased online at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center website.

 If you’ll be in the area to attend a showing of ski films like this one, book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn and hit some slopes for the total Vermont ski experience.


Winter Rendezvous in Stowe

The largest gay ski week in the northeast descends on Stowe for five whole days of skiing, parties, entertainment, and activities. Winter Rendezvous in Stowe is guaranteed to break up your boring winter and give you plenty of opportunities for fun in the snow.

Join Gay Ski Week in Stowe for a Winter Pick-Me-Up

Snowboarder-jumpingLasting from January 18 to 22, 2017, the Winter Rendezvous will be packed with events. Outdoor enthusiasts (and indoor enthusiasts) alike will find something to love.

For skiers, snowboarders, dog-sledding enthusiasts, and ice skaters, Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak are the places to be. Besides skiing in Stowe, other outdoor fun will include horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing on miles of trails at the Trapp Family Lodge.

Other events will include a big bonfire with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, a 3D laser black-out party, an indoor pool party, performances (including comedian Julie Goldman and singer Jimmy James), and a big blowout party for closing out the festival.

Passes and Discounts

Guests to the winter event can purchases passes for whatever kind of experience they want. For instance, a Full Skier and Events Pass gets you access to every single event, discounted ski lift tickets, ski rentals, and lessons.

Or, a Non-Skier Pass will grant you access to all four events that don’t involve skiing. There are additional passes to choose from that will fit any budget or preferences. Guests can also purchase a la carte tickets to any of the events if they would like to add on to their pass, or just attend one or two.

Gay ski week in Stowe is a fun chance for LGBTQ skiers and fun-lovers to meet up and have a good time. Book your stay with us at Green Mountain Inn to have an extra-fabulous time.

 


Make the Most of Winter with the Ski, Ride & Stay Hotel Package

If you’re heading to the snowy mountains of Vermont for a ski adventure, you’ve come to the right place. With the Ski, Ride & Stay Package from Green Mountain Inn, you get a stack of savings so you can focus on fresh powder and steep slopes.

Winter Hotel Deals in Stowe

The best ski packages in Stowe offer everything a skier needs for a great Vermont trip.

This offer includes a discount for a one-night stay, plus a one-day lift ticket for Stowe Mountain Resort, which offers a wide variety of winter activities.

SkiAbout Stowe Mountain Resort

As far as winter sports go, Mount Mansfield is a premier destination for skiing in Stowe. Along with varied terrain for skiing and snowboarding, the Stowe Mountain Resort features snow-making technology that ensures there’s always a freshly-coated hill for snowy adventuring.

Plus, the trails at the resort are called “The Great 48.” This means that each one is totally unique, and no matter which you choose, you’ll get a breathtaking trip down the mountainside and see a beautiful winter landscape every time.

There’s Even More Winter Exploits

Don’t forget about the other activities you can enjoy besides skiing, such as sleigh rides, sledding, ice skating, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and ice climbing. If you’re an amateur, there are even classes and sessions to attend to learn a new sport.

A great hotel deal in Stowe will give you all you need to get the most out of your trip. Stay with us at the cozy Green Mountain Inn to experience the perfect winter getaway.


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.