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August 2019

Let Your Spirit Soar with Hot Air Ballooning in Stowe

Above Reality Hot Air Balloons is ready to take your visit to The Green Mountain State to sky-high heights!

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One of the top events during summer in Vermont is the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. For over thirty years, a parade of hot-air balloons has filled the skies and highlights our area’s fascination and storied history with this amazing feat of aeronautics. Yet even if you weren’t with us in Vermont in the summer for the festival, hot air balloon trips are still a fun way to experience The Green Mountain State and all its natural beauty! Above Reality Hot Air Balloons is the premier tour provider for this sky-high activity in Stowe, Vermont. Their focus is to give each and every one of their passengers incredible views that will live in their hearts for a lifetime, but all in a safe and truly family-friendly environment. Before you decide if hot air ballooning in Stowe, Vermont is truly for you, there are some basic parameters that you need to consider.

Flights only occur two times a day – sunrise and sunset. These are the safest times for traversing the skies and will affect the duration of your trip depending on the length of the day when you book. You will need to consult their hot air ballooning Vermont calendar to get an approximation of the times, though most fall around 60 minutes. Of course, the weather also plays a factor and you will be contacted immediately if the day’s flights are canceled. 

You need to plan to spend around four hours upon arrival at the starting launch site at Essex Resort and Spa. The temperature aboard the balloon will be similar to the ground so dress appropriately. Boots or sneakers are required and some type of hat is recommended to provide protection from the heat emitted by the balloon’s burners. There are three sizes of balloon basket, with the smallest accommodating around four passengers and the largest, twelve! 

Normal flights fill up fast and are offered from May through September. Their special October Fall Foliage Tours are truly breath-taking with many returning after their summer in Stowe just to take this trip! And when you and your spirit are done soaring high in the skies, you will need a comfortable place to lay your head. Book a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn for a home-away-from-home experience in the heart of downtown Stowe.


Come To The Stowe Jazz Festival!

“Always Jazz… Always Free” – this is one of the top Stowe annual festivals you do not want to miss!

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There are many Stowe festivals in a calendar year that can be fun but also exhausting! Stowe annual festivals such as the B3 Fest and Winter Rendezvous are famous throughout the entire Green Mountain State and for good reasons! Yet if you actually come to Stowe, Vermont for these events, you will find that riding bikes and drinking brews or taking in some winter outdoor pursuits is not for everyone. However, if you are coming to Stowe in early September this year, you will be treated to great fun without breaking a sweat!

Now in its third year, the 2019 Stowe Jazz Festival is expanding on its core values of sharing this genre of music to the community by offering more venues, more styles, and more performances. Taking place from Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, the Stowe music scene will be 100% jazz and 100% free! With so many different sub-genres, characterizing the Stowe jazz music that you will hear would be impossible to do. But one thing is for certain: just as with all Vermont jazz festivals, all of the music will have a swing, no matter if it is Be-bop, Progressive, or even Afro-Cuban!

What’s happening in Stowe will be jazz music that crosses all barriers! An amazing group of artists from across the globe will be coming to Stowe for the event from as far as Israel and Portugal to places a little closer to home like New York City, Boston, and of course, Vermont! While the Village Venue Shows have yet to be announced, the 12 artist lineup for the Alchemist Mainstage is set! All of these events are free and it is advised that you walk, bike, or drive around to visit the multiple venues to discover as much unique and wonderful music as you can.

The Alchemist Mainstage is located on Cottage Club Road, just a few miles away from Downtown Stowe. And when you’re done swinging the days away, you will want a comfortable place to lay your head to rest as visions of the wonders of jazz continue dancing in your head! Book a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn for a great vacation experience here in the heart of Stowe!


It’s Your Chance to See Mamma Mia at the Stowe Theatre Guild!

The jukebox musical based on the songs of the pop group ABBA is coming to the stage in Stowe at the end of the month.

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Great music is coming our way, Stowe, Vermont! To end the summer right and kick off this fall in Stowe in true glitzy-glam style comes the Stowe Theatre Guild’s production of the Broadway hit musical “Mamma Mia”! Stowe Theatre Guild only produces the highest quality of theatrical productions throughout their four-show season, running from June to October. Coming to the stage in Stowe as their third production of the year, Mamma Mia will hit the stage on Wednesday, August 21 and run through Saturday, September 7.

Grossing over $2 billion worldwide since its debut in 1999, Mamma Mia is a jukebox musical based on the hit songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Even if you think that you won’t recognize any of the tunes in Mamma Mia in Stowe, just wait until the opening strains of “Dancing Queen” hit the theatre. The plot of the show follows a young bride-to-be, who longs to have her father at the wedding, invites three men who each have the possibility of being that man. Her mother is unaware of this plan and thus, hilarity and a bunch of ABBA tunes follow!

As with many other Stowe Performing Arts productions, the performances will be taking the stage at the historic Town Hall Theatre in the heart of Downtown. You know who else is located in Downtown and is only a short distance away from the theatre and all of what’s happening in Stowe this fall: The Green Mountain Inn! Located less than a block away, our comfortable accommodations and variety of upscale amenities will provide you with the perfect home-away-from-home to return to after the final bows are taken and the curtain has fallen!