The Historic Stowe Derby Turns 75!

Wintertime in Stowe never seems complete without this bet-turned-traditional race down Mt. Mansfield!

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2019 saw the return. 2020 will see its unique skiing greatness truly take flight once again! For three years, the Stowe Derby was canceled due to severe weather conditions. After the third heartbreaking cancellation, organizers knew a change needed to be made. The Stowe Winter Derby is one of the oldest and unique ski races in all of North America and not having it for three straight years was a bitter pill for many in the Green Mountain State to swallow. In 2019, the race was pushed back further into the winter in Stowe and Mother Nature fully supported the effort. Mark your calendars and get ready to race on Sunday, February 23, 2020!

Beginning as a bet between two amazing skiers in 1945 – race from the top of the highest peak in Vermont to the historic Stowe village on one pair of skis – the Stowe Derby continues to attract hundreds of skilled competitors to Stowe, Vermont each year. Over the years, this winter fun in Vermont has added new aspects of the event. In addition to the tradition Long Course, the Derby now features a Fat Bike Race, a Derby Meister for those seeking an extra challenge, and the Short Course designed for children. Whether on skis or fat bike, the traditional course will take you over the hillside terrain of the mountain’s façade then wind you down to the scenic Recreational Path before finally crossing the finish line in the center of Stowe Village.

The historic Nordic pursuit of the Long Course is still the standard-bearer of the event. Descending the full 2,600 vertical feet, covering over 12 miles of downhill and cross-country track, the challenging race is always a memorable event and test for racers of all ages. The elite of the elite will finish the course close to 40 minutes from their descent while recreational skiers will spend upwards of a few hours on the slopes. Don’t let the air of competition fool you – this annual (fingers crossed) tradition is all for fun and fun for all in Stowe, Vermont!

The deadline to register for the race is Saturday, February 15, 2020. At that time, you will have to decide which Derby pursuit you wish to pursue. Start your Derby weekend off right by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. After racing down the highest peak in our entire state, Mt. Mansfield, you will need a warm and cozy home-away-from-home to return to. Nestled in the heart of downtown Stowe, we have everything you could desire to help you warm up, recharge, and celebrate your achievement in true Green Mountain style!


Before His Big Sleigh Ride, Skate with Santa at Stowe Arena

Be sure you are on the “Nice” list this year and come skate with Santa in Stowe this holiday season!

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“Naughty” or “Nice”? The Big Man in Red will soon decide your fate and you have one last chance to get on his good side. The magic of the holiday season may soon be coming to a close, but Stowe Arena strives to keep it going all the way to the big day on December 25. Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, giving the youngest members of the family (and the young at heart) a few extra days for some winter fun in Stowe that have a bit of a Christmas spin.

Speaking of “spinning”, how about take a spin on ice and skate with Santa in Stowe? Take this opportunity to get some quality “nice” time with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick while enjoying holiday music and special seasonal treats! We are sure there will be many cookies on hand for both you and the man of the hour to enjoy. Snap a selfie or write a letter and deliver it to him firsthand, ensuring that your Christmas List will not be lost in the mail (our sincerest apologies to the parents out there).

Skating with Santa at Stowe Arena takes place on Saturday, December 21 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. If you are coming to Vermont in the winter, start by booking your room at The Green Mountain Inn. Our location is right in the heart of the Village and less than a mile away from the Arena, making us a comfortable home-away-from-home for all of the fun during wintertime in Stowe.


Celebrate the Season with A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

Even if your plans for Christmas do not include celebrating the holidays in Stowe, you can still experience all of the charm and merry joy of the festivities earlier in the month.

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The words “A Traditional Christmas in Stowe” tend to conjure up images of celebrating the beloved holiday in genuine Old New England charm on December 25th. But that’s not how our town rolls – to Stowe, Vermont, the holiday season begins as soon as the day of “Giving Thanks” has passed. To commemorate the true start of the holiday events in Stowe, Vermont, Stowe Vibrancy hosts a weekend full of family-friendly activities centered around the joyous nature of the season – A Traditional Christmas in Stowe!

Each and every year, this patented brand of winter fun in Stowe brings many visitors to our area to enjoy a more ‘traditional’ side of holidays. How best to describe what you will experience during this annual celebration of Christmas in Stowe? The general consensus through the years is all of the classic joys of the season in the historic setting of our charming Downtown Village. From the beloved Children’s Lantern Parade and Tree Lighting all through the Candy Cane making and Hot Chocolate drinking to finally ending with a festive theatrical performance and visit from Santa, it will be hard not to get caught up in the simple joys of the holiday!

Named as a Top Ten Winter Event 2018-2019 by The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, you can expect this celebration of the holidays in Stowe to be bigger and better than ever for 2019! A Traditional Christmas in Stowe will be taking place throughout our town from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. Many of the events are free and open to the public.

Although you may not be planning a visit to Stowe for the holidays, this weekend festival will allow you to still enjoy our traditional flavor of winter fun. Make the most of your time and our peerless location in the heart of Downtown Stowe by settling in with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Complementing the modern comfort desired by today’s travelers but with the traditional charm of our locale, we will ensure your stay is truly cozy and classically unique.


Join Our Community and Say Welcome to Winter in Stowe

The start of winter activities in Stowe is heralded in with some quintessential quaint charm on the first Saturday in December!

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Welcome to Winter! Although the actual season does not begin until December 21, like many other places across the country, the start of winter activities in Stowe begins as soon as the holiday of “Giving Thanks” is done. When December rolls around on the calendar, our historic area of Stowe, Vermont gets into the season with a variety of events to kick off the spirit of holidays that all fall on the first weekend in the month. Voted as one of the Top 10 Winter Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, our Traditional Christmas always brings many visitors to our Village for a variety of Stowe activities that center on the holiday. Tree lightings, decorations, wagon rides, each and every aspect of this weekend is brimming with festive cheer.

During this weekend, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, one of the lesser-known parts of this celebration is the Welcome to Winter in Stowe. Taking place at the David Gale Recreation Center from 12 PM – 3 PM, swing on by to partake in some holiday craft making, festive games, and all of the free hot cocoa and cookies you desire. This is a perfect event for the entire family to spend some time together in Stowe in the winter, including a round-trip hay wagon ride to Stowe Mercantile to visit Santa!

There are so many fun events that take place during the Traditional Christmas in Stowe that you may wish to spend the entire weekend getting in the spirit of the season with us. If you are coming to Stowe for the Winter, stay in the home-away-from-home comfort of The Green Mountain Inn. Located right in the heart of downtown Stowe, our inherent traditional charm is a perfect complement to the festivities around us, many of which can be found right outside of our doors!


Shop Small Business Saturday for the Holidays on November 30!

Start your holiday shopping with one of the last fall activities in Stowe!

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With Thanksgiving falling on November 28th this year, you will find that there is less than a month until the beginning of Hanukkah on December 22 and Christmas Eve on December 24. If you want to ensure that you find the perfect gifts for your friends and family, look no further than Stowe, Vermont! Our historic Downtown’s retail shops feature something for everyone on your list, from toys to outdoor wear to even the sweetest of confectionary treats!

Our community is looking forward to helping you kick start your holiday shopping during this year’s Small Business Saturday in Stowe. With special promotions all day, our town’s classic traditional charm, and even a free reusable “Small Business Saturday” bag and chocolates to start your day off right (available at the Visitor Information Center at 51 Main Street), shopping small and local on November 30 is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.  

As a proud supporter and neighbor of some of these over 50 boutiques, specialty markets, and other stores that make up our retail community, The Green Mountain Inn and The Whip Bar & Grill are excited to join in the fun and hope that you plan on swinging on by during your visit. Our Old World charm and modern accommodations are the perfect home-away-from-home for any of your weekends in Stowe. And even if you are a local yourself, we are sure you know that the famously decadent Sac de Bon Bon whipped up by our culinary team at The Whip is the perfect sweet ending for a day of holiday retail therapy!


Celebrate the Season at The Trapp Family Lodge Tree Lighting Ceremony

Only in its second year, the Trapp Family Lodge Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving Weekend.

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The ‘giving of thanks’ is done (even though some turkey may still be lingering in your home). And as the calendar gets ready to turn to December, heralding in a different sort of holiday activities in Stowe, there is one final November event that will be sure to get you in the spirit of the season. The Trapp Family Lodge is a hallmark in Stowe, Vermont and always has an event calendar full of activities for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. “A Little of Austria… A Lot of Vermont”, this unique mountain resort celebrates the holidays in Stowe with true Old World charm. While their lovely traditional decorations have always captivated visitors, 2018 was the first year that the Lodge decided to host an official tree lighting. Yet after last year’s success, The Trapp Family Lodge Tree Lighting Ceremony is back for its second year!

Taking place on the Sunday after Thanksgiving – November 30 – The Trapp Family Lodge Tree will kick off the winter holiday season in style as they officially turn on all of their holiday lights. Their normal fun activities, from snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, will be available as well as the beginning of their beloved Gingerbread House displays being revealed by their master bakers. The actual ceremony takes place at 5 PM and will include caroling, photo opportunities in front of the glorious Christmas tree, and many other family memories that you will cherish for years to come.

After a jam-packed day of festive fun at The Lodge, you’ll want a comfortable home to return to. Located just 4 miles away is The Green Mountain Inn, offering you all of the comfort and convenience you will need to make your stay in Stowe for the holidays one to remember.


Start Your Thanksgiving Celebrations at the Turkey Skate at Stowe Arena

If you are coming to Stowe for Thanksgiving, skate on by to the Stowe Arena to take part in this new family tradition.

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Worry about the Christmas Tree later. Thanksgiving is all about the ‘poul-tree’, both on the dinner table and in the fun final fall activities in Stowe. One such activity takes place on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28th – and is quickly becoming a new family tradition for residents of the Stowe, Vermont area. The Turkey Skate at Stowe Arena is now in its 5th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Taking place before all of the thankful feasting and football games take over the day, the Turkey Skate is two hours (10 AM – 12 PM) of music, tasty treats, and of course, ice skating fun for the whole family!

This new tradition for families celebrating Thanksgiving in Stowe is a festive and fun way to spend time together before the traditional happenings of feasting, football, and family mingling. The holiday celebrating the giving of thanks isn’t always the most stress-free, but for these two hours at Stowe Arena, you can twirl away any anxiety and just enjoy the true feeling of the season. And while Thanksgiving may be the time to count your blessings, not your calories, the Turkey Skate is a fun way to get in a pre-meal workout.

Everyone at The Green Mountain Inn wishes you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving. If you come to Stowe, Vermont to celebrate this day of giving thanks, we would love to welcome you into our ‘home’ for the holiday! Our rustic charm yet modernly-appointed accommodations are an ideal home-away-from-home for a Happy Thanksgiving… followed by a Peaceful Naps-Taking!


Get In The Holiday Spirit With Candy Cane Making Demonstrations

A highlight of the holidays in Stowe, Laughing Moon Chocolates is almost ready to bring back this tasty tradition!

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“Cane” you believe that it is almost time for Stowe holiday celebrations to begin? Even though there are always a bunch of Stowe activities that pepper our calendars, there are only a few that truly get us ready for a month full of merry joy! One such event is the annual Candy Cane Making Demonstrations at Laughing Moon Chocolates. A true supporter of the local community and the social responsibility of environmental stewardship, Laughing Moon Chocolates is proud to bring some Stowe holiday fun to our area before the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving is cleaned out of the refrigerator. Starting the day after this joyous celebration of “giving thanks” on Friday, November 29th, the public is invited to watch the talented candy makers boil, pull, turn, roll and twist this favorite holiday treat. Better yet, while it is free to watch, for only $6.00 per person, you can partake in some true festive family fun in Stowe and make your own!!

Laughing Moon Chocolates runs these demonstrations every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 22nd! They begin each day promptly at 11 AM. Yet to cater to the holiday demand and if you are not so much of an early bird, you have a second chance to check out (or participate) in the demonstration at 2 PM on Saturdays. Upon arrival, you will be given a number and served in that order. Space is limited and reservations are not accepted, but they do try their best to accommodate everyone.

Laughing Moon Chocolates is open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM. They are located on South Main Street in Stowe Village. And if you come to Stowe, Vermont to take part in this tasty tradition, be sure to swing by The Green Mountain Inn, just a short walk up Main Street! Our rustic charm yet modernly-appointed accommodations are an ideal home-away-from-home when spending some time during the fall and winter in Stowe. Or if you are just stopping in for a day trip, join us for a locally-sourced lunch at The Whip Bar & Grill!


Come to Stowe for the Emergency First Responders Soul & Blues Bash!

If you’re looking for a great way to say ‘goodbye’ to fall in Vermont, be at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on November 23!

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The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center delights audiences year-round with a variety of world-class events in Stowe. These Stowe events include art shows, dance, comedy, exclusive film premieres, and of course live music. And if you want a way to finish off your fall in Vermont with a night of music, food, and fun while also celebrating some of the everyday heroes in our community, be sure to make plans to swing on by the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 23!

Honoring our entire region’s emergency first responders, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center will play host to Dave Keller’s Soul Revue with John Fusco and the X-Road Riders featuring special guest Seth Yacovone. The Emergency First Responders Soul & Blues Bash brings together these two celebrated acts for a night meant to celebrate not only the local arts in and around Stowe, Vermont but those who dedicate their lives to protecting our own. In true appreciation of their service, all emergency first responders can take part in the “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket promotion.

Dave Keller has been around for decades, as his passion for deep Southern soul and blues music drives him to continue getting out on the road to perform. Backed by a road-tested band of eight accomplished musicians in their own right, they will take you back to the glory days of Soul with some sprinkling in our Keller’s own compositions. Even though John Fusco may be known more like a film screenwriter, his passion for the blues has led him to the stage. With his own compiled bandmates including Gregg Allman and Seth Yacavone, his rock-tinged set will show why it’s great he decided to come out from behind the camera.  

Of course, when you’re done rocking the night away, you will want a comfortable place to lay your head and rest. Be sure to book a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn, conveniently located less than 10 miles from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. And to all of the Stowe First Responders, the entire staff at The Green Mountain Inn thanks you for your service!


Carve Out Some Good Times at The Stowe Halloween Party!

Eat, drink and be scary at this year’s Stowe Halloween Party!

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The time of year to celebrate all the wonders of fantasy and imagination with a spooky twist is finally here! Of course, that comes with a mix of creepy history, scary stories, creative costumes, and of course candy… lots and lots of candy! Halloween in Stowe is always a mix of traditional tricks and treats, centered around the annual celebration for kids of all ages (and even the young at heart)! The Stowe Halloween Party has become a true pre trick-or-treat tradition for families and always falls on All Hallows Eve. Keeping the childlike wonder of the holiday alive, kids have a chance to play games that celebrate Halloween in Stowe. Forget pinning a tail on a donkey. As in all past Stowe Halloween celebrations, it is time to try to “Give Frank a Heart”!

This year, October 31st falls on a Thursday. The Stowe Halloween Party takes place after school from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM, giving all of the kids a chance to participate after their day of learning is through. To make it easier to enjoy all of the festivities, the party is located at the Stowe Elementary School Gym. On top of all of the fun games, this free celebration for those in Stowe for Halloween is full of other ‘treats’ from fun prizes and music to festive food and a “super spooky photo booth”!

Even if by some unlucky ‘trick’ you are not in town to celebrate Halloween in Vermont, spending time in Stowe in the fall is always full of delightful treats. From the resplendent fall foliage to the start of the ski season, book a stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn to ensure a true home-away-from-home experience is had. With comfortable accommodations, convenient amenities, and of course, our signature warm welcoming hospitality, you will be sure to enjoy your visit to our beautiful town!