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Spend A Weekend With Us For The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival

This Fall Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience the autumnal beauty of the Green Mountain State in all its resplendent glory!

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The Stowe Foliage Arts Festival is one of the most highly-anticipated signature events during fall in Stowe. As with many of the other annual events in Stowe that are produced by the New England outfitter, Craftproducers, you can expect an upscale and unique festival, even though it is now in its 37th year. Celebrating the fall foliage in Stowe at the height of the season in our area, the three-day event begins on Friday, October 11 and runs through Sunday, October 13. While the autumnal beauty may abound throughout Stowe, Vermont, Topnotch Field hosts all of the action for this event.

Just as in years past, this Stowe fall arts festival also brings together over 150 juried Fine Artists and Artisans who have their work on display for view and purchase. A few select artisans will be performing live demonstrations of their work, such as local metal sculptor Piper Strong, showcasing her welding skills in artistic form and Richard Foye, a Vermont clay artist whose raku pottery firing demonstration will surely light up the crowd!

Yet as with many events that take place in Stowe in the fall, the foliage takes center stage. Enjoying the live music and some of the delicious festival fare available throughout the weekend is made all the better when enjoying the company of your friends and family surrounded by the natural beauty of the colors of autumn. For those of a certain age, Idletyme Brewing Co. will be on hand, selling their latest beers all weekend long.

It’s beginning to look a lot like fall at our Downtown Stowe hotel. Topnotch Field is only a short drive away, making The Green Mountain Inn your perfect home-away-from-home for the weekend! Our inherent New England charm perfectly complements the feeling of this fall arts festival, yet with every modern comfort and convenience, you need for a pleasure-filled and relaxing weekend.


Raise Your Stein and Join Us For a Stowe Oktoberfest!

Don’t let the name fool you, one of the top things to do in Stowe this fall is actually happening in September!

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Celebrate the return of autumn in quintessential Bavarian tradition during the 10th Annual Von Trapp Brewing Oktoberfest!  In English, we say ‘cheers’! At Oktoberfest, get ready to hear and toast with a hearty ‘prost’!

This year’s Stowe Oktoberfest will be once again celebrated at the von Trapp Brewing Bierhall & Restaurant on Saturday, September 21. Yet don’t let the hoppy nature of the name fool you – this Stowe, Vermont Oktoberfest, like many others across the globe, is about more than just raising a beer stein full of your choice of brew (even though there will be quite a lot of ‘prost-ing’ throughout the afternoon). The day will feature a variety of games and activities for the whole family and has become one of the events that many look forward to during the fall in Stowe. Live music will be provided by the local German outfit, Inseldudler, whose polkas and waltzes will keep your ears humming as your taste buds enjoy the variety of delicious Austrian fare. Entrance to the outdoor tented event is free with the festivities running from 11 AM to 7 PM. Parking will be available at the Trapp Family Lodge with complimentary shuttle service to and from the event.

If you are planning on rolling out the barrel and joining Stowe in the fall for this event, be sure to call The Green Mountain Inn your Oktoberfest headquarters! Our Old-World charm may skew more toward the New England approach, but our rustic charm still rings with true traditional reverence. And after a full day of fun at the Bierhall, retreat to the comfort and convenience of our Downtown Stowe accommodations that are located less than five miles away. Prost!


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!


Dance Sashays Into Vermont During The Stowe Tango Music Festival

Summer fun in Vermont is about to get all tangled up in the music of the Tango!

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From August 15 – 18, 2019, summer fun in Vermont will be taking it to the dance floor in the tune of Tango. Presented by The Argentine Tango Society, the 2019 Stowe Tango Music Festival is one of the premier festivals of its kind in the entire United States. With their goal to make Stowe, Vermont “The New Capital of Tango”, this event earns more and more renown each and every year since its beginnings in 2014, has become one of the top summer festivals in Stowe. While the notion of Tango festivals in Stowe, a famous outdoorsman’s paradise, may seem to be an awkward fit, you need to swing on by one of the events to understand the reason why Tango is slowly being integrated into our cultural history.

The festival shares this culture of music and dancing in Stowe through a myriad of public events, many which are free of charge! Even the most seasoned aficionado in the field will find new ways to enjoy Tango music and newcomers will feel right at home in the sights and sounds of this Latin persuasion. Starting with the Tango Jam on Thursday night through the final competition and farewell celebration on Sunday, the festival will interweave many unique performances and musical training opportunities.

This year, the highlights include the celebrated list of top Tango dance performers and teachers, from the pairs of Hugo Patyn & Celina Rotundo and Yaisuri Salamanca & John Hernan to Ana Padron & Diego Blaco. Even though dance plays an integral role, the music is where the festival shines and this year the Legends from Argentina that will be coming to the Green Mountain State are Bandoneon legend Nestor Marconi, pianist Pablo Estigarribia and violinist Humberto Ridolfi. They will also join a bevy of other world-class artists and students of the field to form The Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, whose concert at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is a can’t-miss event each and every year.

Of course, when you’re done get tangled up in all of the music and dancing of the Tango, you will want a comfortable home-away-from-home to return to! Book a room at The Green Mountain Inn to complete your memorable summertime in Stowe getaway in comfort and style in our historic Downtown setting.


Gear Up for the Race to the Top of Vermont!

One of the top races in Vermont for the entire calendar year is set to make its return on August 25!

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Each summer in Stowe, locals and tourists alike look forward to the running of the annual Northeast Delta Dental Race to the Top of Vermont (RTTOVT). This event is not only one of the most popular summer races in Vermont, but also the Catamount Trail Association’s biggest fundraiser. By taking part in this pinnacle of all Vermont races, you will be actively assisting in the preservation of the trails that are enjoyed by millions a year across the state. Attracting nearly 1,000 participants each and every year to Stowe, Vermont, you will have the choice of either biking, hiking or running up the 4.3 mile long Toll Road to the summit of Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in the Green Mountain State. That is 2,564 feet of vertical elevation to climb, but trust us – the journey up the fully paved trail is some of the best outdoor fun during summertime in Stowe!

The 11th annual Race to the Top takes place on Sunday, August 25, 2019, starting from the Toll House Conference Center at the Stowe Mountain Resort. Registration is required for the event as the different start times for each group of racers depends on the number of participants. The first grouping will head up the trail at 9:00 AM. Another way to enjoy one of the top races in Vermont is for the younger set (ages 4-14) during the Kids Fun Run at 12:00 PM. This smaller ‘trail’ consisting of 1 or 2 loops around a 1km course at the base of the Toll Road is specifically designed to bring this fitness-inspired outdoor fun in Stowe to little climbers in the family!

After you enjoy your post-race celebration, complete with a full BBQ lunch and awards ceremony at the Toll House Conference Center, be prepared and make sure you have a comfortable home-away-from-home to return to! A perfect home base for all outdoor activities in the area, The Green Mountain Inn offers all of the comfort and convenience you need to make your race day in Stowe a true winner!


Enjoy Fun in the Sun During Weekends on the Green at Spruce Peak

Weekends in Stowe at Spruce Peak are fun for the whole family!

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During the summer in Stowe, weekends start a little earlier! No need to wait for Saturday to roll around as Weekends on the Green at Spruce Peak will get you started already on Thursday. Each “weekend” during summertime in Vermont, Spruce Peak – Stowe’s only slopeside destination that offers year-round recreational activities – hosts a variety of fun events for the whole family! Some of the highlights that you can expect each weekend in Stowe in the summer are:

Friday Artisan Markets (11 AM – 3 PM)

The best local artisans from all over the Green Mountain State converge on the Spruce Peak Village Green every Friday to showcase their creativity and sell their handmade goods. An added bonus is the inclusion of a weekly kids activity, aiming to not only be enjoyable but educational for the youngest members of the family during their summer break!

Lawn Games

Throughout the weekend, challenge your friends to a little rousing game of corn-hole or test the skill of your family members with a game of Giant Connect Four!

Local Food Trucks

Keep yourself well-fed and your thirst perfectly quenched by sampling some of the best in local fare and craft brews. From the suds being slung at the Whistle Pig Pavilion to the south of the border delights from Old Mozo’s Taco Truck, the culinary creations may be worth the trip alone!

Live Music

On Friday and Saturdays, a variety of local acts will be on hand to entertain the masses with each week promising a showcase of unique musical styles.

Weekends on the Green runs from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with the festivities ending slightly earlier on Sunday at 6 PM. Whether you’re visiting Stowe, Vermont for a day or for an entire weekend, you’ll find a comfortable home-away-from-home with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Located less than 10 miles away from Spruce Peak, book your stay with us and take advantage of our Old World charm yet modernly-appointed accommodations to ensure you enjoy a quintessential New England summer weekend to remember.


Experience Seven Days of Fun Events During Stowe Arts Week

The best in local Green Mountain culture will be on full display during this special arts week in Stowe.

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After a successful inaugural run last summertime in Stowe, The Stowe Arts and Culture Council is getting ready to once again honor the area’s long history and involvement in the fine arts with one of their new signature art festivals – Stowe Arts Week! Taking place from July 20 through July 28, there will be a wide variety of local arts and cultural organizations taking part in many different events, ensuring that there’ll be an event for every member of the family this summer in Stowe. Yet unlike some other art festivals in Stowe, these events are spread out across a full week and in various locations throughout the area. Here are just a few of the marquee happenings during Arts Week in Stowe this year:

Exposed, Opening and Walkabout | Helen Day Art Center

(Saturday, July 20 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

The premier non-profit modern arts and education organization in Stowe, Vermont kicks off the festival with the opening of their 28th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, “Exposed”. Local artists from all over Vermont submit their pieces for a chance to be in this prestigious showcase.

8 Nights of Eight Nights: A Staged Reading | Jewish Community of Greater Stowe (JCOGS)

(Monday, July 22| 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

As part of a national fundraiser for HIAS (a non-profit organization aiding Jewish refugees), JCOGS is hosting the fourth night of a series of staged readings of “Eight Nights”, a new play by Jennifer Maisel.

Screening of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” | Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

(Wednesday, July 24 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

Part of the Stowe Jewish Film Festival, view a screening of this acclaimed documentary celebrating the life and career of the entertainer Sammy Davis Jr.

The full schedule of all of the local events including musical performances, art workshops, and gallery walks can be found here.

With such a jam-packed week of indoor and outdoor activities in Stowe, you’ll certainly want a comfortable ‘home’ to return to. Located in the center of the downtown area of Stowe Village, The Green Mountain Inn offers all of the comfort and convenience you need to make your stay this summer in Vermont a memorable one.


You Don’t Need Snow for Dog Carting in Stowe

Check out one of the most rewarding outdoor activities in Stowe this summer.

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When you think of ‘dogsledding’, we are sure that a wintery landscape is the first thing that comes to mind. Yet a version of this pursuit is one of the top outdoor activities in Stowe all year round! When the snow melts, the ‘sleds’ are put away as it is now the time for dog carting in Stowe. With all of the natural beauty of Stowe, Vermont surrounding you, this all-weather activity is a can’t-miss diversion any day of the year!

There are a few different outfitters that provide summer dog carting in Stowe. While it is more popular of an activity in the fall, when the foliage is at peak ‘leaf-peeping’ stage, summertime in Stowe is just as beautiful. The basics of Stowe dog carting are similar across all providers. This exciting adventure is a guided tour through wooded trails, many that were designed just for dogsledding. There will also be stops along the way to give your beautiful canines a break, while also giving you a chance to get to know both them and your human tour guides a little better. The average tour will last around two hours but can be extended depending on the heat. Weather in Vermont in the summer is unpredictable, ensuring every tour is a unique experience. 

This summer in Stowe, local favorite Peace Pups Dogsledding is not offering dog carting services but still has a variety of other tours and kennels visits for you to explore as you wait until fall. Umiak Outdoor Outfitters is offering tours twice-a-day, seven-days-a-week all summer long.

If you want to experience the natural beauty of Stowe by way of dog cart, make sure to book a stay at The Green Mountain Inn. A perfect companion to this family-fun activity, our comfortable accommodations, and friendly staff will have you feeling paws-itively right at home.