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!

Father’s Day Getaway in Stowe

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.


Kick Off the Summer at Chowderpalooza & Spring Art on Park

This beloved annual event sponsored by Stowe Vibrancy includes fun for the whole family!

Memorial Day weekend has long been the traditional “kick off of summer” in our country. In Stowe, Vermont, this is no different as each and every year, this sun-filled season is heralded in with the annual Chowderpalooza festivities. Stowe Vibrancy, an organization whose mission is to enhance the cultural characteristics of the town, sponsors eight major events in the calendar year. Not surprising, their “kick off” for the 2019 calendar is Chowderpalooza & Spring Art on Park.

Chowderpalooza & Spring Art on ParkTaking place on Park Street in the Stowe Village, this beloved annual tradition will be held on Saturday, May 25 from 11:30AM – 2:30PM (rain date – Sunday, May 26). The festival is full of food and fun for the whole family, spotlighting many local talent from the Stowe area:

Chowder tastings and competition – the heart and soul of the event is the competition for People’s Choice of Best Chowder. Many Stowe restaurants compete for this crown and a $6 entry fee will give you a taste of each and every one. Then, let your voice be heard as you help select the best of the best. Last year’s winner was the Trapp Family Lodge and their Roasted Poblano Chowder with Lobster. What creation will they have for us this year? Or will the runner-up Bistro at Ten Acres swoop in and take the crown?

Art on Park – featuring Vermont-based vendors with wares including specialty foods, jewelry, and fine arts.

Live entertainment – the performer for 2019 is indie Nashville singer-songwriter Madeleine.

Family-fun activities – including face painting, henna tattoos, carnival games, balloon twisting, and more enjoyable recreation that the young and young-at-heart will enjoy.

With Chowderpalooza on Saturday, if you need a temporary home for your Memorial Day weekend in Stowe, look no further than The Green Mountain Inn. With a variety of room options and plenty of on-site amenities, our comfortable accommodations provide you with a perfect jumping off point for exploring Downtown Stowe.


Fishing in Stowe is The Reel Deal!

Get hooked on Stowe Vermont fishing this spring and summer during your getaway to The Green Mountain State.

When the snow melts, it’s time to put away the ski poles and get ready for another beloved Stowe outdoor pastime that utilizes poles… or more accurately rods! Even though many brave the winter chill and partake in some ice angling, fishing in Stowe flourishes during the spring and summer months. With our beloved Green Mountain State having a variety of bodies of water, from lakes to rivers to streams, there are plenty of fish in the “sea” for everyone to take part.

Fishing in StoweWith virtually limitless possibilities, it can be overwhelming to start planning a Stowe Vermont fishing excursion. The Green Mountain Inn has a basic guide full of tips and tricks to get the most out of your day on the water.

To fish legally in Vermont, you will need a fishing license.

Depending upon your skill level, you’ll have a number of choices of location that each holds their own challenge.

Fishing season for most areas is restricted from mid-April to late October.

Weather conditions can vary so prepare with the appropriate gear (waders, comfortable clothes, rain gear, snacks, etc…).

We admit that all of these “tips” can still make a trip out on the water seem too much of a hassle. For even the most skilled angler, the best bet to have a memorable experience is to take a trip with a skilled outfitter such as Catamount Fishing Adventures. With over 23 years of angling experience on the waters of Stowe, they will handle all of the business aspects of this pursuit for you. No need to get your own license, rod, boat, and find that perfect spot on the water – Catamount Fishing Adventures provides it all for both their four-hour and eight-hour trips.

Be fully prepared and begin your journey with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our Downtown hotel is the perfect home base for any Stowe Vermont fishing adventure. Relax in the comfort of our spacious accommodations, enjoy our variety of upscale amenities, and end your day with a hearty meal at our on-site restaurant, The Whip Bar & Grill.


Celebrate Mom with a Mother’s Day Getaway to Stowe

With only a few weeks before May 12, now is the time to start planning your Mother’s Day getaway to The Green Mountain State.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re looking for some wonderful ideas on how to treat Mom to a special day, The Green Mountain Inn has a few tried and true suggestions that will ensure May 12, 2019 is a day she’ll never forget!

Mother's DayFun in The Great Outdoors – Stowe is known as an outdoorsman’s paradise due to our amazing mountainous landscape. A leisure nature-walk or a picnic along the Stowe Recreation Path is an easy way to bond with distraction-free quality time.

Take in Some “Retail Therapy” – Downtown is full of so many exciting attractions including art galleries, dining, and of course, The Stowe Village Shops. And just like Mom, no matter your choice, you will find that inherent “simple way of life” charm.

Relax with an Ahh-mazing Spa Treatment – Nothing says “I Love You” more than a day of pampering and luxurious relaxation at Stowe Village Massage. With a variety of different treatments from massages to scrubs, this is the perfect stress-free escape that every mom needs!

Enjoy a “Home-cooked” Dinner – Just because it’s the most popular holiday for restaurants, doesn’t mean you should forsake the charm of a home-cooked meal. Our on-site restaurant, The Whip Bar & Grill, serves up an extensive menu full of fresh local ingredients that will please every palate.

For all she’s done, Mother’s Day should be every day of the week. Whether you are celebrating the most important woman in your life on the actual holiday or take our suggestion and honor her any day of the year, The Green Mountain Inn is the perfect destination for a Mother’s Day getaway. Situated in the heart of downtown Stowe, unwind and relax with your family in the home-away-from-home comfort of our well-appointed guest rooms.

On behalf of our entire staff, we wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!


Gear Up for the Stowe Craft Brew Race

Returning for its sixth year, this is the 5k in Stowe with some serious “hoppy” flavor!

Athleticism and drinking beer don’t often go hand-in-hand. But on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Sixth Annual Stowe Craft Brew Race storms into town to add some flavor to this normal feat of fitness. But there is a lot more to this 5k in Stowe, VT than just the race and a cold one at the finish line! This is an all-day extravaganza that draws more and more participants each and every year, combining the 5k with a beer and musical festival near Mt. Mansfield, VT! Thinking about joining us for the event? Here is what you need to know…

Stowe Craft Brew RaceDate and Time – Saturday, May 18, 2019 with the start of the race set for 12:00PM (but please arrive early to allow yourself time to pick up your bib and check-in for the event)

Where – Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa is the starting line for the race. Yet the race itself is more or less a Stowe Recreation Path 5k, with the bulk of the mileage being spent winding through the scenic landscapes of our picturesque countryside along this paved trail.

Rewards – All participants will receive a medal, pint glass, and entry into the beer festival after the event.

Beer and Music Festival (Mt. Mansfield area) – Anyone 21 and older can purchase a ticket for this event after the race. The festival includes beer sampling, live music, and food trucks/vendors selling their wares onsite.

After an exciting day of brews and brawn, be prepared and plan on returning to the Green Mountain Inn with a medal around your neck and a “hoppy” smile on your lips. Whether you are staying in town or just a local looking to unwind after the craft beer festival in Stowe, relax and enjoy dinner at our on-site restaurant, The Whip Bar & Grill.


Summer in Vermont – Stowe Hiking Edition!

The warmer weather months are the perfect time to seek out some of the top hiking trails in Stowe, Vermont!

The Green Mountain InnThe Green Mountain State is a dream vacation spot for any outdoor enthusiast. Hikers of various skill levels will find miles upon miles of trails in Stowe, Vermont! Whether you are looking for one of the more popular trails for family backpacking in Stowe, Vermont or just want the best place to take a stroll with your pup, a good place to start your journey is at Underhill State Park. Open from Memorial Day weekend through late October, this park is known for its hiking trails, four of which lead to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, VT tallest peak!

Within the expanse Mt. Mansfield State Forest, this park is the perfect place for a day outdoors with the whole family, including not only some of the best day hikes near Stowe, Vermont. Every trail may not be right for every level of hiker, so we put together a quick little guide of the most popular to help you decide:

  • CCC Road – (1.1 miles) The easiest and perfect for Underhill National Forest family hikes
  • Sunset Ridge Trail – (2.0 miles) May be considered one of the best for intermediate hiking in Vermont, and the most popular. This scenic pathway to the summit of Mt. Mansfield will give you great views of all of the distinct “facial features” of the rock formation (forehead, nose, lips, chin, and Adam’s apple). And don’t be fooled, the “chin” is actually the highest point!
  • Laura Cowles Trail – (1 mile) This hike may be the most direct route to the “chin”, but it is also the steepest and most difficult.
  • The Long Trail - Built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club, the Long Trail offers 272 miles of footpath and 166 side trails.

When planning your day of Underhill Vermont hiking, be sure you have a comfortable home base to return to. There is no better way to treat yourself after a day outdoors than with a night at The Green Mountain Inn (and perhaps even a meal at The Whip Bar & Grill). 


Inspiration Abounds During the Stowe Weekend of Hope

Don’t ever give up the fight by celebrating life at this year’s Cancer Survivors Retreat in Stowe, Vermont!

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In the last 25 years, the cancer rate has dropped 27% but it is easy to forget when it hits close to home for so many. Stowe Weekend of Hope has helped families affected by this cope through empathy and compassion. Now in its 19th year, the Stowe Weekend of Hope is set to return to our area on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, providing three-days of education, healing, and support activities to cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers. With support from the Stowe Area Association, Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, and more, the core values of this inspirational retreat in Stowe, Vermont remain the same as the attendance continues to grow.

One of the aspects that makes this specific health and wellness retreat in Vermont such a unique experience is that it provides support for the whole family. Continuing to grow as one of the top cancer survivor events in Vermont, organizers have alleviated a lot of the financial burden and stress on the families, especially those attending for the first time! First-Time Attendees receive free lodging with discounted rates for returning guests.

Continually highlighted in Vermont Living Magazine as one of the most significant fundraising events in the state annually, this special weekend of events includes a schedule full of panels and activities with some of the top oncologists in the nation for cancer survivors and their families. There are a large variety of events fit for the whole family, which include healing activities like yoga, swimming, biking and other recreational sessions, therapeutic workshops, and informative panels.

Join us at The Green Mountain Inn for this special weekend. Celebrate life and support the cause during this annual spring tradition.


3 Reasons to Consider Mountain Weddings in Stowe, Vermont as Your Go-To Dream Destination!

Skip the beach and learn the three top reasons you should consider planning destination weddings in Stowe!

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No matter the time of year, there is something special about getting married in Vermont. What we lack in the stereotypical “destination wedding” venues of ocean waves and sandy beaches, we make up for with beautiful foliage, majestic mountains, and rustic charm. We’re proud to be a top wedding location in Stowe, Vermont and have 3 reasons why we hope every bride and groom would think of our New England state as the perfect destination!

1. The Green Mountain Inn can double as your Stowe wedding venue and your lodging! Not only do we offer unique locations such as the Vermont Ski Museum that will cater to your dream ceremony, but you can also have all of your guests nearby to share and celebrate this wonderful time in your life. Book your room block along with your ceremony and truly make your destination wedding one that everyone will never forget!

2. There are so many things to do and see in Vermont!
From outdoor adventures to exciting activities and attractions, your out-of-town guests (and maybe even you yourself) will have a lot of options to choose from during the downtime. Hiking, skiing, brewery tours… Stowe, Vermont has them all!

3. Vermont experiences all four seasons!
An autumnal paradise or a winter wonderland – our state can do it all. Summer may be the most popular season to get married in Vermont, but thanks to the mild temperatures and beautiful colors of the foliage, fall is another great option as well. For the perfect intimate wedding venue that takes advantage of the beautiful weather from late spring to fall, many brides and grooms have said “I Do” in our own Mansfield Gardens.

Contact us today at The Green Mountain Inn to learn more about all of our wedding services and get ready to start planning your dream mountain wedding in Stowe, Vermont!


Treat Yourself to the Best Massage in Stowe, Vermont

Indulge and make your visit to the Green Mountain State a Stowe spa getaway!

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The next time you find yourself traveling to the Green Mountain State be sure to consider taking a Stowe spa day. Seeking out one of the places to get a massage in Stowe is an ideal way to ensure your visit will include moments of true relaxation. If you’re a massage veteran or new to this wellness-inducing activity, the professional therapists of Stowe Village Massage at the Green Mountain Inn are ready to create a session that is personalized just for you!

Whether you’re looking for rainy day activities in Stowe, Vermont or to release sore muscles after some time on the slopes, you might want to start off exploring the wonder of the Combo Massage! Your therapist will work with you to determine what works best for your stress relief, offering a combination of lighter and deeper pressure massage techniques throughout the session.

For those that have a little more experience in the holistic arts, you’ll come to discover that they offer a variety of different experiences; Deep Tissue Therapy to relieve the most chronic bouts of muscle tightness to Exfoliating Body Scrubs that renew your skin with your choice of sugar or salt. Or if you are looking for that perfect glow, the full-body, moisture-rich Hydrating Body Wrap will leave you tingling both inside and out.

But what might be the perfect way to experience a Stowe spa getaway is with your significant other. Always one of the best Stowe, Vermont date night ideas, there are a variety of “Side-By-Side” massages to keep romance in the air. And you won’t be limited to just a standard style as every technique can be made into a Stowe couples massage.

Indulge in this “ahhhh-mazing” getaway by booking the Relaxation Getaway Package at the Green Mountain Inn.