Warm Up to Ice Fishing in Stowe

Early March is one of the best times of the entire year to ice fish Stowe!

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As Stowe, Vermont can annually find itself blanketed in snow for almost six whole months, ice fishing is traditionally-known as one of the top outdoor activities that both the young and young-at-heart can pursue. Whilst this type of outdoor fun in Stowe is prevalent throughout the colder months, the high point for the sport always seems to fall in late February and early March. Thus, now is the perfect time for you to start thinking about taking your very own Vermont ice fishing excursion.

What is the difference between ice fishing in Stowe and the warmer style of angling that many are more accustomed to? A LOT! If you have never tried your hand at ice fishing, don’t worry. Patience is the key to this sport and the professional instructors at The Fly Rod Shop right here in Stowe will ensure that you learn all of the essentials to catching some beautiful rainbow trout! They offer classes and instruction for the whole family, including special classes for younger children each Wednesday from the David Gale Recreation Center. All gear and bait will be provided by the Shop so you will be able to ice fish Stowe in no time.

For safety reasons, you need to watch the conditions of the ice as the days bring us closer to spring. Yet now, if you come to fish Stowe, you will be sitting along a hole in the ice with your rod or tip-up placed right in the icy water below, patiently waiting for a catch to come. Ice fishing in and around Stowe continues through the end of March, and if you plan on partaking in this icy angling, book a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Located in the heart of Downtown, let us be your comfortable home-away-from-home to return to. We’ll keep the fireplace roaring just for you!


Got Stick? The Hyde Cup Hockey Tournament Returns in March

The annual Hyde Cup hockey tournament is five full days on non-stop puck play for all levels of skaters.

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The ‘Great One’ coined the famous phrase “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”. Thus – follow Wayne Gretzky’s advice and plan on joining the entire greater Stowe, Vermont community for the annual Hyde Cup hockey tournament. An event unlike any other, this five-day hockey tournament is open to all levels of skater and stick-handlers. As with any large scale tournament, there are a few caveats, of course. To participate in this Vermont hockey tournament, you must be 18 years or older (no high school students). You must register for the Hyde Cup either in person or through a mail-in form. And – that’s it! Well… that is all you need to get yourself out on the ice for some hockey in Stowe starting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Still, the Green Mountain Inn has a little more back-story on this annual tradition if you need extra convincing.

The Hyde Cup tournament is not about winning. Fighting is forbidden and will get you a lifetime ban. This tournament is all about fun! This may seem to be the polar opposite of the competitive nature hockey can bring out of you, but this tournament is about bringing together skilled and novice players, young and old, to foster the love of the game and a sense of community. Over the course of the five days, newbies and veterans will both have a chance to shine. What other hockey tournament gives the new players TWO points for every goal they score? That is just one of the little unique twists that make this Vermont hockey tournament so special. The tournament started in 1993 as the Jackson Cup but was renamed to honor one of the regular players after she lost her battle with cancer. Players came out to play in Leslie Hyde’s honor and thus a new sense camaraderie and community was formed, an aspect of the tournament that is still prevalent today.

So have either Mr. Gretzky’s words or our history motivated you to pick up the stick and get ready for puck drop? If you plan on coming to play a little hockey in Vermont, register for the tournament and allow us at The Green Mountain Inn to be your home-away-from-home for the five days of fun at the rink. Conveniently located only a half a mile away from Stowe Arena, the home for all of the Hyde Cup tournament action, our comfortable accommodations and upscale amenities will provide a perfect complement to your time on the ice. All it takes is all you’ve got – we hope to see you out on the ice this March!


Live by the Sun, Love by the Moonlight Snowshoe in Stowe!

Support Stowe Land Trust and make plans to join them for their Moonlight Snowshoe in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest this March.

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Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars in the sky and makes this Stowe snowshoeing event truly special. If you feel that you were born to chase the moonlight or just want to get caught up in the last vestiges of our winter wonderland for yourself, be sure to keep March 6 open on your calendar! Snowshoeing in Stowe may always be a fun winter activity, yet this event will show you a different side of the natural beauty of our Green Mountain majesty. Hosted by the board members of the Stowe Land Trust (SLT), an organization that is dedicated to conserving our area’s scenic landscape, their Moonlight Snowshoe in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest is a two-hour stroll with only the moon (and their expertise of the area) as your guide! It is not only a perfect chance to stay active in Stowe this winter – it is FREE and open to the public!

If you have ever been snowshoeing in Vermont, you will have no problem with this two-hour winter walk through the rolling foothills of the Worcester Range. If this will be your first time, there are a few things to remember before you get out and decide you wish to explore Stowe by snowshoe. First, the event takes place on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:00 PM. Meant to be an ‘after-work outing’, the leisure walk through the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest will take place no matter if it is clear or cloudy weather. You should dress in warm layers and bring any provisions you feel you need for the hike. Also needed – snowshoes (poles are optional though recommended due to the nature of the event).  

Ready to run and meet the moon? Even though the event is open to the public, SLT asks that you please register to let them know that you plan on joining them for one of their last Stowe winter activities of the year. After registering, keep planning your night to remember by booking a room us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located three miles away from the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest, the starting point for the walk, we will have you to the moon and back to the cozy comfort of our accommodations just in time to snuggle up by our fireplace with all of the moonbeams still dancing in your head.  


Dash Through the Snow With These Private Sleigh Rides!

Come on, it’s lovely weather to still take a sleigh ride together this winter in Stowe!

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The holiday music may no longer be on your playlist, but the feeling of the season is still very much alive in Stowe, Vermont. If you flip through the catalog of cherished songs that we continually play each December, there is one tune that still rings true each and every week this winter in Stowe at the beloved Trapp Family Lodge. This institution of the community is always one of the top places to venture for winter activities in Stowe. And for three days a week, you can experience the picturesque beauty of the countryside by taking one of their cherished private sleigh rides!

Can’t you just hear those sleigh bells jingling? The Trapp Family Lodge Sleigh Rides are available by appointment only. On each and every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can schedule these professionally guided sleigh rides in Stowe by the half-hour with a maximum capacity of 8 people. Of course, adults and children are welcome on these Stowe sleigh rides and it is truly the perfect way to spend an afternoon taking in the scenery around these parts with your family, friends, or just that special someone.

Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind activity for yourself! Book today and when you do, plan on making The Green Mountain Inn the home-away-from-home in Stowe that you return to. Your cheeks may be rosy when you come through our doors but you will soon be comfy and cozy in the modern comfort of our historically charming accommodations. Located in the heart of downtown Stowe, we are less than five miles away from the Trapp Family Lodge. Take the road before you and join us for a winter rendezvous in Green Mountain style!


Three Destinations for Dining in Stowe, Vermont

If you are planning to visit our Historic Village, foodies of Vermont would be hard-pressed to find something they did not enjoy at these three dining destinations!

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Are you visiting the area and looking at where to eat in Stowe? From fireside brunches to outdoor patios, Stowe foodies have found that our area of the Green Mountain State has delicious delights available at every turn. For those foodies of Vermont who are looking for some of the top Stowe eats in our Historic Village, we have three suggestions that are sure to please every palate.

Harrison's Restaurant | 25 Main Street

“At Harrison's, you're always among friends!” This mantra is felt as soon as you step through the doors of this family-run business in the heart of Downtown. Since opening its doors in 2003, Kathy Kneale and her son Andrew Kneale have sought to create a place where locals and those from away can mingle in a comfortable and welcoming setting with a menu that is a true reflection of growing up in Stowe. Featuring menu items that are both seasonal and spotlight local ingredients, each and every member of your family will find something to enjoy. Even those searching for delicious dining in Stowe, Vermont that is Gluten Free will find that menu items such as their classic Harrison’s Burger can be customized to fit many dietary restrictions.

Cork Wine Bar & Market of Stowe | 35 School Street

If you are looking for more of a dining experience instead of just a meal, Cork Wine Bar is a perfect choice to dine for dinner. Their menu is ever-changing and incorporates seasonal ingredients to complement the wines that they are showcasing. One of the more unique aspects of this restaurant/wine bar / retail store is the live events that take place throughout the week. From natural wine tastings on weekends to live music every Wednesday night, you will be able to make your meal a unique Stowe dining experience.

The Whip Bar & Grill | 18 Main Street

Casual dining in an authentically Stowe, Vermont atmosphere, our own The Whip Bar & Grill has become quite a popular gathering spot for great Vermont eats in a welcoming setting. Our menu is full of the freshest ingredients from local farmers with some of our signature menu items becoming tried and true favorites among locals and our cherished guests alike. One of the most decadent and always on Stowe foodies top lists for desserts is our Sac de Bon Bon. This sweet indulgence tastes like a slice of Stowe itself when enjoyed next to the cozy fireplace on a cold winter night or on our outdoor patio during the warmer months.

Are your taste buds tingling?  Just like the three dining destinations highlighted above, The Green Mountain Inn is located in the heart of Stowe’s Historic Village. If you find yourself coming to the area for a Green Mountain getaway, be sure to make yourself at home with us before trying out one of these delightful dining destinations. Need further tempting… we’ll have some hot homemade bread waiting for you!


Stowe Is Your East Coast Home for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding

All of the fun without the frigid temperatures – you can still ski Stowe throughout March and April!

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When you picture Stowe skiing and snowboarding, do wintry weather conditions on the slopes and being bundled up in so many layers you can hardly grasp your poles or stay upright on your board come to mind? Throughout the winter months, many skiers and boarders take to the multitude of resorts to get in some shredding on fresh powder and brave frigid temperatures and the wrath of Mother Nature to do so. Did you know that if you really want to ski and snowboard Stowe, the spring months of March and April might be the most ideal options.

Spring skiing and snowboarding are not offered in all areas of the East Coast. The milder temperatures can make it harder to keep the snow on the slopes. Yet for many places throughout Stowe, Vermont, this is a challenge that is readily accepted! The higher elevations of the peaks and a little expert snowmaking skills have made our skier’s paradise open for spring skiing and snowboarding through April.

One of the most popular spots to ski or snowboard Stowe in the warmer months is Stowe Mountain Resort. With state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities that keep even their novice hill, Spruce Peak, open into the warmer months, along with the more difficult trails down Mount Mansfield (the highest peak in all of Vermont), you will not be disappointed! The variety of slopes that they keep open promise skiers and boarders of every skill level that they will be able to have fun in the great outdoors in Stowe! By the end of April, 80% of the snow may be manmade but that doesn’t make skiing it any less fun! Better yet, you will find discounts on lift tickets and rentals for equipment as it is considered the “off-season”!

For any of your Stowe outdoor pursuits, you will want a comfortable and convenient home base to return to after your day out in the snow (and sun) is done. Located in the heart of downtown Stowe, The Green Mountain Inn is just a quick eight-mile drive away from Stowe Mountain Resort. Be sure to check out our special offers to get even more value out of your trip!


Celebrate the Season of Carnival at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo

You don’t need to be in The Big Easy to throw a Mardi Gras Boogaloo!

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Pre-Lenten (also known as Shrovetide) celebrations date back as far as the BC era. Yet in modern times, celebrating Carnival takes on a much more festive tone, culminating in one final party before the ritual fasting associated with the Lenten season. For all of us in Stowe, Vermont, Fat Tuesday is coming a little earlier this year when both Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas hit the stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for a Mardi Gras Boogaloo! In honor of this festive event, we are proud to announce that Mardi Gras in Stowe will commence on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 PM!

If you are not in Stowe, Mardi Gras falls on the calendar on Tuesday, February 25. But that doesn’t mean you are unable to start celebrating a week earlier. New Orleans, our country’s most renowned haven for Carnival celebrations, starts on the day of the Epiphany (January 6). And now, with the traditional Creole sounds and “musical gumbo” of the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Zydeco tinged jazz of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, The Green Mountain State is getting a chance to catch up on the celebrating! The concert will bring a little bit of The Big Easy to Stowe in the winter. Tickets are on sale now for this powerhouse double-bill of Louisiana musical icons that is sure to be one of the top Stowe events at Spruce Peak all year! 

If you are interested in celebrating the end of Shrovetide at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020, don’t miss your chance to make it an unforgettable experience by booking a stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located just a quick 8-mile drive from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, we will make you feel right at home with our comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and the most courteous service that can even rival the warmest Southern hospitality found in New Orleans! Our Old World charm may be more New England-inspired, but the good times will roll with us this winter in Stowe! Laissez les bon temps rouler!


Nordic Ski Our Winter Wonderland This February

Support Stowe Land Trust and make plans to join them for their special Nordic ski event this February.

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There may truly be no winter wonderland quite like the one you will find in Stowe, Vermont. When you visit Stowe in the winter, it is hard not to get caught up in the quintessential charm of our historic Downtown. Yet we must admit that much of the winter fun in Stowe happens outdoors over the beautiful, oft snow-covered landscapes that make up our skier’s paradise. While there are always fun events and activities to enjoy during wintertime in Stowe, there are a few that help support the preservation of our amazing forest lands. One such event is hosted by the board members of the Stowe Land Trust (SLT), who are dedicated to conserving our area’s scenic landscape: Nordic Ski in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest. It is a perfect chance for you to experience the beauty of the Green Mountain State for yourself.

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Stowe Land Trust is sponsoring a Nordic ski in Stowe through the rolling hills of Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest. Please note that this is not a ski lesson, but a chance for any recreational skiers to take in the beautiful views from the Worcester Range and all across the valley to the Green Mountains. The route, however, is not set in stone (or should we say “snow”), as the current weather conditions along with the experience level of the group as a whole will decide where your skis will eventually take you.

The event is FREE and open to the public, but remember – you need to know how to Nordic ski to participate! You may be used to taking in your skiing in Stowe down the slopes, but that is not the skill set that is needed to join the group for this two-hour tour. Be sure to dress in warm layers and bring any provisions and extra clothing you think you will need. Also, you will need to supply your own backcountry Nordic skis, poles, and boots.

Are you looking forward to your Stowe skiing adventure? Start off on the right foot – or ski – by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located three miles away from the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest, the starting point for the event, our comfortable accommodations and variety of amenities will ensure you have the perfect place to relax, recharge, and warm up after your morning in the snow.


Watch The Big Game at Sunset Grille!

The Sunset Grille and Taproom is ready to be your home for the professional football championship this February.

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The football season is coming to an end for 2019! Yet that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some pigskin left to be played. And if there is one event that is a true blue, American cultural holiday, it is… well – The Big Game! You know which one we are talking about that just so happens to fall on a Sunday each and every year. And if you find yourself in Stowe for the winter on Sunday, February 2, 2020, there is one place you will want to be to take in the crowning of this year’s professional football champion – the Sunset Grille and Taproom!

The Big Game party at the Sunset Grille and Taproom is always a touchdown of an event. If you can’t be in Miami for the actual game and find yourself in Stowe on this specific Sunday, plan on making your way over to this three-decade-old BBQ establishment at 5:00 PM for the best party around. A true family restaurant through and through, the delicious menu full of traditional BBQ favorites offers something for everyone. Better yet, their TapRoom has 6 big screens – 30 TVs in all – ensuring that you don’t miss a second of the action on the field or any of the commercials that will be talked about around the ‘water cooler’ in the morning. There will be food and drink specials all night along with fun games including commercial roulette.

The Sunset Grille and Taproom is located on 140 Cottage Club Road – only two miles away from The Green Mountain Inn. If this Big Game party is a touchdown, booking a stay with us during your visit to Stowe, Vermont is like a successful two-point conversion! No matter who lifts the trophy at the end of the game, let us make you feel like the M.V.P. with our Downtown location keeping you close to all of the great attractions throughout our charming city and comfortable accommodations having you feel right at home. 


Bring On Some Kids Carnival Chaos!

Not everyone will walk away with prizes, but you’ll all be walking away from this family fun in Stowe as champs!

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Winter in Stowe is not all about the great outdoors. Sure, many come to Stowe in the winter to take to the slopes or try their hand at a little ice fishing, but there are many other pursuits that won’t leave you out in the cold. Stowe, Vermont is proud of our small-town atmosphere and quintessential New England charm, and some of the best moments we have throughout the year are spent enjoying the simple pleasures of life. A prime example of this enjoyable pastime is the variety of local winter carnivals that take place during the colder months. And while some Stowe winter carnivals may be country-known, others are more local affairs… but still just as fun!

One such lesser-known event is the Stowe Parks & Recreation’s Kids Carnival Chaos! Taking place this year on Saturday, January 25, 2020, you will be able to bring all of your family and friends to the Stowe Elementary School Gym for a day of fun carnival activities away from the chill of the winter air. This kids' carnival in Stowe is FREE to the public(tickets available for games and food) and starts at 1:00 PM! From costumed characters to face painting to games and the ever-popular bounce houses, you and your little ones will have a full day of family fun in Stowe.

The Green Mountain Inn is located in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont. If you are coming to the area for any of our area’s winter carnivals, booking a stay at our hotel ensures you a comfortable, convenient home-away-from-home for your event. Spend the day enjoying some Stowe fun and the night relaxing in the comfort of your spacious accommodations. We know you will enjoy your visit to our charming town!