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December 2019

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!

Carnival Chaos

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!


Keep Your Holiday Celebrations Going at the Stowe Winter Carnival

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the holiday fun in Stowe has to end!

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As soon as the hectic schedule of celebrating the December holidays in Stowe ends, the magic of the winter season truly comes alive in our beloved town. If you have been in Stowe for the holidays in the past, you most certainly know that even though the calendar changes to the next year, our celebrations continue on. The winter weather may continue to be frightful at times, but the outdoor family fun in Stowe is always delightful, especially during the four-day traditional celebration known as the Stowe Winter Carnival!

Now in its 46th year, this long-standing Stowe Carnival is set to return to our historic town on Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, 2020. As per tradition, this beloved event highlights all of the reasons visiting Stowe in the winter should be near the top of your list, but with a theme tying many of the attractions together. Last year took us all “To Stowe and Beyond… 2019” and this year, organizers are still working on the perfect way to ring in this new decade while keeping all of our rustic heritage burning bright!

If you are in Stowe for the winter, this signature event, annually ranked by Country Living as one of the “15 Best Winter Festivals All Across the U.S.” is truly a can’t-miss celebration of Green Mountain traditions. With over 20 major activities and attractions from live entertainment, the professional and NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition, and a slew of inventive sporting competitions such as Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball, the final weekend of January is full of winter holiday fun in Stowe for all ages. And be sure not to miss out on the Ice Fishing Derby, celebrating another year-round favorite pastime of the area, with different levels of competition so even the youngest anglers in the family can get in on the fun.

While the daily schedules and full information regarding the Stowe Winter Carnival will be posted soon, you can never start planning too early! Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days and evenings at the variety of attractions, then plan to come back, kick off your snow boots, and relax in true home-away-from-home comfort at The Green Mountain Inn. Take advantage of not only our convenient location in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont but our spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations in a variety of spaces designed to suit each and every guest’s needs.


Party with Pride During the 2020 Stowe Winter Rendezvous

Live your best life at one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe in 2020!

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It may not be June, but one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe is set to return to our slopes this January. Celebrating Pride is an all-year-round occurrence in the Green Mountain State and for the 36th straight year, Stowe’s Winter Carnival Festival will feature one of the top gay ski events in the entire country! This celebration of Pride in Stowe, which is also the longest-running gay ski week in the Northeast known as Winter Rendezvous, will give skiers a chance to hit over 40 miles of terrain while also enjoying a variety of activities and entertainment celebrating Vermont in the winter. This year, the Winter Rendezvous in Stowe kicks off with a Karaoke Party at the Backyard Tavern on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and ends with some last bit of slope shredding on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

If you plan on visiting at any point during this year’s Stowe Winter Rendezvous, there are few special events that you may want to pencil in on your calendars. Even though it may be winter in Stowe, that doesn’t mean all of the fun is exclusively on the slopes. On Thursday, January 23 at the Trapp Family Lodge, there will be a Pool Party featuring music spun by DJ Keith James. Not to be outdone, Friday night at the Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, Vermont will be on fire… literally at the Cocktail Bonfire Reception for the Rendezvous. And although it may signal the end of the festival for the year, Stowe Pride cannot be outdone and is on full display at our town’s largest LGBTQ dance party of the year on Saturday night!

The full itinerary is available as the organizers continue to put the finishing touches on all of the fun that will be happening in and around Stowe this year. If you plan on being one of the hundreds of LGBTQ winter enthusiasts coming to Stowe, Vermont for the event, start off your rendezvousing in style by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our home-away-from-home comfort and convenient location in the heart of Downtown ensures that you will have a perfect home base for all of your winter fun in Stowe!


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!