Enjoy Fun in the Sun During Weekends on the Green at Spruce Peak

Weekends in Stowe at Spruce Peak are fun for the whole family!

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During the summer in Stowe, weekends start a little earlier! No need to wait for Saturday to roll around as Weekends on the Green at Spruce Peak will get you started already on Thursday. Each “weekend” during summertime in Vermont, Spruce Peak – Stowe’s only slopeside destination that offers year-round recreational activities – hosts a variety of fun events for the whole family! Some of the highlights that you can expect each weekend in Stowe in the summer are:

Friday Artisan Markets (11 AM – 3 PM)

The best local artisans from all over the Green Mountain State converge on the Spruce Peak Village Green every Friday to showcase their creativity and sell their handmade goods. An added bonus is the inclusion of a weekly kids activity, aiming to not only be enjoyable but educational for the youngest members of the family during their summer break!

Lawn Games

Throughout the weekend, challenge your friends to a little rousing game of corn-hole or test the skill of your family members with a game of Giant Connect Four!

Local Food Trucks

Keep yourself well-fed and your thirst perfectly quenched by sampling some of the best in local fare and craft brews. From the suds being slung at the Whistle Pig Pavilion to the south of the border delights from Old Mozo’s Taco Truck, the culinary creations may be worth the trip alone!

Live Music

On Friday and Saturdays, a variety of local acts will be on hand to entertain the masses with each week promising a showcase of unique musical styles.

Weekends on the Green runs from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with the festivities ending slightly earlier on Sunday at 6 PM. Whether you’re visiting Stowe, Vermont for a day or for an entire weekend, you’ll find a comfortable home-away-from-home with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Located less than 10 miles away from Spruce Peak, book your stay with us and take advantage of our Old World charm yet modernly-appointed accommodations to ensure you enjoy a quintessential New England summer weekend to remember.


Experience Seven Days of Fun Events During Stowe Arts Week

The best in local Green Mountain culture will be on full display during this special arts week in Stowe.

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After a successful inaugural run last summertime in Stowe, The Stowe Arts and Culture Council is getting ready to once again honor the area’s long history and involvement in the fine arts with one of their new signature art festivals – Stowe Arts Week! Taking place from July 20 through July 28, there will be a wide variety of local arts and cultural organizations taking part in many different events, ensuring that there’ll be an event for every member of the family this summer in Stowe. Yet unlike some other art festivals in Stowe, these events are spread out across a full week and in various locations throughout the area. Here are just a few of the marquee happenings during Arts Week in Stowe this year:

Exposed, Opening and Walkabout | Helen Day Art Center

(Saturday, July 20 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

The premier non-profit modern arts and education organization in Stowe, Vermont kicks off the festival with the opening of their 28th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, “Exposed”. Local artists from all over Vermont submit their pieces for a chance to be in this prestigious showcase.

8 Nights of Eight Nights: A Staged Reading | Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS)

(Monday, July 22| 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

As part of a national fundraiser for HIAS (a non-profit organization aiding Jewish refugees), JCOGS is hosting the fourth night of a series of staged readings of “Eight Nights”, a new play by Jennifer Maisel.

Screening of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” | Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

(Wednesday, July 24 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

Part of the Stowe Jewish Film Festival, view a screening of this acclaimed documentary celebrating the life and career of the entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

The full schedule of all of the local events including musical performances, art workshops, and gallery walks can be found here.

With such a jam-packed week of indoor and outdoor activities in Stowe, you’ll certainly want a comfortable ‘home’ to return to. Located in the center of the downtown area of Stowe Village, The Green Mountain Inn offers all of the comfort and convenience you need to make your stay this summer in Vermont a memorable one.


You Don’t Need Snow for Dog Carting in Stowe

Check out one of the most rewarding outdoor activities in Stowe this summer.

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When you think of ‘dogsledding’, we are sure that a wintery landscape is the first thing that comes to mind. Yet a version of this pursuit is one of the top outdoor activities in Stowe all year round! When the snow melts, the ‘sleds’ are put away as it is now the time for dog carting in Stowe. With all of the natural beauty of Stowe, Vermont surrounding you, this all-weather activity is a can’t-miss diversion any day of the year!

There are a few different outfitters that provide summer dog carting in Stowe. While it is more popular of an activity in the fall, when the foliage is at peak ‘leaf-peeping’ stage, summertime in Stowe is just as beautiful. The basics of Stowe dog carting are similar across all providers. This exciting adventure is a guided tour through wooded trails, many that were designed just for dogsledding. There will also be stops along the way to give your beautiful canines a break, while also giving you a chance to get to know both them and your human tour guides a little better. The average tour will last around two hours but can be extended depending on the heat. Weather in Vermont in the summer is unpredictable, ensuring every tour is a unique experience. 

This summer in Stowe, local favorite Peace Pups Dogsledding is not offering dog carting services but still has a variety of other tours and kennels visits for you to explore as you wait until fall. Umiak Outdoor Outfitters is offering tours twice-a-day, seven-days-a-week all summer long.

If you want to experience the natural beauty of Stowe by way of dog cart, make sure to book a stay at The Green Mountain Inn. A perfect companion to this family-fun activity, our comfortable accommodations, and friendly staff will have you feeling paws-itively right at home.


Pack Up and Get Lost –Discover Summer Hiking in Stowe

This summer in Stowe, if you’re unsure where the trail leads, you’re on the right path!

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With an immersive landscape full of mountains majesty and wondrous woods, Stowe, Vermont provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of outdoor pursuits. When the calendar turns to the warmer months, these outdoor activities in Stowe take to the water and the trails. From the novice to the most avid fly fisherman, there is nothing better than a day out on the water with a rod in hand and fish wriggling on the end of the line. Yet for those who just wish to spend some time in the great outdoors during summer in Vermont, the most popular pursuit turns to the trails.

Sometimes, discovery starts with a path and for Stowe Village, spring brings with it the opportunity to truly take to the trails and discover all that our amazing Green Mountain State has to offer. The snow melts leaving the miles upon miles of pathways open for some summer hiking in Stowe for each and every skill level. The highest peak in all of Vermont, Mt. Mansfield, sits as a tempting feat and a variety of trails canvas the many facades of this stony crag. Even trails that seem daunting may take on a more serene quality when you are surrounded by all of the natural wonders of summertime in Stowe.

This Summer in Stowe, if you are looking for hikes that are great for all members of the family, there are a few standout trails to consider. The Barnes Camp Loop (1.5 mi) is located in the scenic Smugglers’ Notch. Starting at the historic Barnes Camp, this trail includes stops near a picnic area, river crossings, and all of the normal wooded beauty that can make this adventure an all-day affair to remember. The Moss Glen Falls Trail (4.2 mi) takes you on a trek to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire state. Bring your water shoes and you’ll have a chance to see the beauty up close and personal at the base. A perennial favorite among locals and tourists alike is the Stowe Recreation Path (5.3 mi). This paved public pathway stretches from Stowe Village all the way to the Top Notch Resort on Mountain Road and is perfect for every type of outdoor activity. Biking, blading, hiking – the path will rekindle the spirit of adventure in an easy-going setting.

If you’re planning a visit to Stowe in the summer, book your stay with us at the Green Mountain Inn. After an exciting day enjoying Vermont in the summer, you’ll love to come home to our comfortable rooms and upscale amenities for some signature Stowe relaxation and rejuvenation.


The Green Mountains are Alive with the Sound of Music in the Meadow!

A terrific trio of musical acts is on tap for the Music in the Meadow 2019 concert series.

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There are many different Stowe summer events that may already be filling up your calendars. From brew festivals in Stowe to outdoor fishing excursions, everyone in the Green Mountain State is proud to proclaim that our beautiful area of our country is not only a skier’s paradise but an all-year-round travel destination. One of the more musical entries into our slate of summer festivals is Stowe Performing Arts’ annual Music in the Meadow concert series.

Taking place at The Trapp Family Lodge, Music in the Meadow 2019 is bringing a trio of musical groups to Stowe, Vermont this season. The picnic-style seating includes areas for patrons to enjoy the melodic melodies on their choice of ‘bring-your-own’ chair from blankets to low-backs to high-backs and everything in between. Every concert-attendee will be guaranteed a great view of the stage as well as the picturesque backdrop of the rolling hills of Stowe, Vermont.

First up is the Vermont Symphony Orchestra on July 7th. Part of their 2019 Summer Festival Tour, their program for the year – “Strike up the Orchestra” – highlights the composers who “set America to music”. From Gershwin to Joplin to John Williams, the concert will close with a dazzling light show of fireworks to the symphonic sounds of the beloved Sousa marches that have become synonymous with the good ol’ U.S. of A!

Next, on the Stowe Music in the Meadow docket are the Americana stylings of Bumper Jacksons on July 21. Reimagining the roots music of the Deep South, from New Orleans to the Appalachian Mountains, this six-piece outfit puts a brassy swing on traditional motifs. “The dance floor never sleeps” when they strike up the band with their city-meets-country flair.

Rounding out the festival is the bluesy drawl of the soulful Ruthie Foster on August 4. Nominated for three Grammys and having shared the stage with many of her fellow contemporaries from Bonnie Raitt to the Allman Brothers, she will be performing selections spanning her entire career as well as her new album, Joy Comes Back.

Elevate your experience by staying with us at the Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located less than five miles away from the Lodge, our comfortable accommodations and upscale amenities harmonize to create a home-away-from-home that is a masterpiece of quintessential New England charm.


Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy – The Stowe Brewers Festival is Back!

The beginning of summer in Stowe, Vermont means the return of this annual and ever-growing signature event.

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It’s almost time to raise your glass and toast the return of the Stowe Brewers Festival. One of the most popular annual festivals in Stowe is ready to kick off summer in The Green Mountain State in true hoppy style. Starting on Friday, June 28 and running through Sunday, June 30, this fun three-day event spotlights the best in brews, wines, spirits, and cocktails with an emphasis on our own local and vibrant craft brewery scene.

The Stowe Brewers Festival 2019 is an outdoor, rain or shine, event taking up the full expanse of Stowe Events Field. In similar fashion to other brew festivals, the event features four separate tasting sessions. With each standard admission acting as your specific four-hour session pass, you will receive a 3 oz. commemorative tasting glass and 15 tickets to sample the best brews from the over 40 brewers, cider makers, and meaders in attendance. Just like in years past at the other brew festivals in Stowe, this list will include some of the biggest names in the business like Angry Orchard Hard Cider to the smaller local outfits such as Zero Gravity Craft Brewery.

Being one of the top local summer festivals also means you can expect many food vendors, local artisans, and a bevy of live entertainment on hand to round out this event in true Vermontian style. Also, a fun new addition to the Stowe Brewers Festival this year is the Friday night karaoke contest. As this is an alcohol-inspired event, this is one of the Stowe festivals of the year that is only for those of legal drinking age (photo I.D. will be required).

Savor the flavor of this inherently Stowe, Vermont festival by booking your stay with us at the nearby Green Mountain Inn. Located less than a mile away from Stowe Events Field, convenience and comfort perfectly pair together to ensure your weekend is un-beer-lievable!


Celebrate The Birth of Our Nation During An Old Fashioned Fourth of July!

Summer fun in Stowe, Vermont takes a turn toward the traditional when the town gets together to celebrate America’s birthday.

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In honor of the Fourth of July, Stowe, Vermont offers an array of events, activities and family-friendly things to do that all take on the quintessential Old World charm of our historic town. For many, celebrating the Fourth of July in Vermont also signals the midway point of summer and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and spirit of our great nation’s birthday. Billed as “An Old Fashioned Fourth of July”, this day-long celebration takes place this year on the holiday Thursday at various venues across the town.

What can you expect from this unique brand of summer fun in Stowe, Vermont? It all starts Downtown at 10 AM with a Fourth of July Parade, Stowe, Vermont style! Known as The Moscow Parade, all of the floats are required to be decorated for no more than $10 to keep the small-town charm of this event alive. After the parade and throughout the day (ending at 3:30 PM), celebrate at the “An Old-Fashioned Village” festival, complete with street performers, local artisan vendors, face painting, live entertainment, and of course, a variety of different festive foods! Don’t miss out on the multiple rounds of Pie Eating Contests!

If you missed the Moscow Parade, fear not as the 5th Annual Village Independence Day Parade is considered by many to be the highlight of the day. A much more vibrant celebration, this parade embodies the patriotic spirit of the town and perfectly sets up the grand finale of the day at Mayo Events Field. At the park, guests can partake in carnival games, dine on some more fabulous local food and get ready for the impressive fireworks display to light up the sky. 

If you are planning on celebrating the Fourth of July in Stowe, Vermont, commemorate America’s 243rd birthday in style with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Central to all of Downtown Stowe’s dining, retail, and entertainment destinations, the classic charm and modern convenience of our comfortable accommodations provide you with the perfect home-away-from-home for the Independence Day festivities.


Hear ye, Hear ye! The 4th Annual Vermont Renaissance Faire is Almost Here!

Returning on June 22, experience the romance and adventure of this annual New England Renaissance Faire.

Join all of the lords and ladies of the New England realm as the  Vermont Renaissance Faire returns to Stowe for a fourth year! There will be no fire-breathing dragons to worry about – just two full days of merry, old-timey fun for the entire family! This premier New England Renaissance Faire is held once again at the Mayo Events Fields in Stowe on June 22nd and 23rd.

Vermont Renaissance FaireSo if there are no dragons, what can one expect from this weekend of merriment and mirth? The Faire is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages, with kids under 6 getting in for free! Throughout the fairgrounds, you will find artisans and craft vendors from across all of New England selling their Medieval-inspired wares. Not to be outdone by any of the other Stowe Vermont fairs, there will also be a bevy of food and drink vendors ensuring that you have the proper sustenance to keep you in the spirit of the gathering.

The entertainment never stops as musicians, dancers, and acrobats troll the field throughout the day. Historical demos and encampments set the scene to make the 21st century slip back to the times of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Speaking of knights, with jousting and swordplay, jesters, pirates, fairies, and even maybe a unicorn sighting, there will sure to be many a unforgettable memory made.

While coming to the Faire in your best medieval garb is not required (but always a delight), having a comfortable place of lodging should be! Conveniently located less than a mile away, The Green Mountain Inn is an ideal place to rest your head. You’ll be sure to find that our pairing of old New England charm and modernly-appointed accommodations is the perfect way to come back to the present from your trip back in time.


Kick Off Summer at The B3 Fest - Bikes, Brews, & Beats

There is something for everyone at this annual kick-off to summer and celebration of the return to mountain biking in Vermont!

Once the snow melts and the skis are put back in the closet until the fall, the local Stowe community kicks off the summer season with an annual event like no other!  The B3 Fest Mountain Bike Festival is a three-day, town-wide celebration offering a variety of family-friendly events, fabulous food and drinks, live entertainment, and of course biking!

The B3 Fest - Bikes  Brews  & BeatsTo better understand what makes this annual event so anticipated, The Green Mountain Inn has a 411 on all things B3 Fest - Bikes, Brews, & Beats, breaking down each “B” of this terrific triad:

Bikes – Starting with the Critical Mass Ride on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend with a variety of mountain biking in Vermont adventures for every skill level, all 30 miles of trails will be open to the public. There is no fee to access the trails and a variety of access points will be available throughout the town.

Brews – Even though the mountain biking may take center stage, the true beginning of the event is the B3 Fest Block Party (right before the Mass Ride). Taking place in the historic Stowe village, the event is full of free tastings from the area’s finest craft breweries. Also on display is a bevy of other local artisans and vendors giving each and every attendee a true taste of summer in Stowe.

Beats – Starting with the Block Party and continuing through weekend, a variety of local music acts will be on hand to ring in the summer season in style.

This year’s B3 Fest will be returning on Friday, June 14, 2019 in downtown Stowe, Vermont. If you need a temporary home during your stay, The Green Mountain Inn offers comfortable and convenient accommodations at affordable rates. Located in the heart of Downtown, we will ensure that you can keep yourself in the center of the action while also having a comfortable place to rest your head.


4 Perfect Ideas for a Father’s Day Getaway in Stowe

Forget the tie – this year, do something special for ‘Dear Ol’ Dad’ by planning a Father’s Day getaway in Stowe!

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The best presents one can receive in life are always experiences, not material gifts. If you really want to show ‘Dear Ol’ Dad’ how much he means to you, a Father’s Day Getaway in Stowe is clearly the way to go. Whether he prefers to spend time in the great outdoors by land or sea, sampling some of the finest craft brews around, or indulging in some local farm-to-table delicacies, The Green Mountain Inn has four perfect ideas that offer something truly special for every kind of dad!

  • Take a Hike – Enjoy the warmer weather, the natural beauty, and the simple pleasure of bonding with one of the (if not the) most important man in your life. No matter your desired skill level, from a casual midday stroll to a strenuous hike up the tallest peak in the state (Mt. Mansfield), a day in the great outdoors is a gift that creates memories to last a lifetime.
  • Go Fish – Fly fishing has become quite a pastime for Vermonters, and with a multitude of different outfitters available, you’ll be able to plan your perfect day out on the water. Just make sure you don’t catch a bigger fish than the man of honor.
  • Get Hoppy on a Brewery Tour – Stowe has one of the best craft brewing scenes in all of New England and it will take you a full weekend to tour each and every one!
  • Have a Vermont Flavor-filled Meal – Our own The Whip Bar & Grill has an extensive menu full of flavorful menu selections all made with the freshest ingredients from Vermont local farmers. 

The perfect complement to these getaway ideas is pairing your trip with one of the best Stowe hotel packages around – The Green Mountain Inn’s Bed and Breakfast Package! With two nights of discounted lodging and a full country breakfast each morning in our Main Street Dining Room, this may be the first year when that special dad in your life feels as honored as ‘mom’ does during her day in May.