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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!


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!


Celebrate The Birth of Our Nation During An Old Fashioned Fourth of July!

Summer fun in Stowe, Vermont takes a turn toward the traditional when the town gets together to celebrate America’s birthday.

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In honor of the Fourth of July, Stowe, Vermont offers an array of events, activities and family-friendly things to do that all take on the quintessential Old World charm of our historic town. For many, celebrating the Fourth of July in Vermont also signals the midway point of summer and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and spirit of our great nation’s birthday. Billed as “An Old Fashioned Fourth of July”, this day-long celebration takes place this year on the holiday Thursday at various venues across the town.

What can you expect from this unique brand of summer fun in Stowe, Vermont? It all starts Downtown at 10 AM with a Fourth of July Parade, Stowe, Vermont style! Known as The Moscow Parade, all of the floats are required to be decorated for no more than $10 to keep the small-town charm of this event alive. After the parade and throughout the day (ending at 3:30 PM), celebrate at the “An Old-Fashioned Village” festival, complete with street performers, local artisan vendors, face painting, live entertainment, and of course, a variety of different festive foods! Don’t miss out on the multiple rounds of Pie Eating Contests!

If you missed the Moscow Parade, fear not as the 5th Annual Village Independence Day Parade is considered by many to be the highlight of the day. A much more vibrant celebration, this parade embodies the patriotic spirit of the town and perfectly sets up the grand finale of the day at Mayo Events Field. At the park, guests can partake in carnival games, dine on some more fabulous local food and get ready for the impressive fireworks display to light up the sky. 

If you are planning on celebrating the Fourth of July in Stowe, Vermont, commemorate America’s 243rd birthday in style with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Central to all of Downtown Stowe’s dining, retail, and entertainment destinations, the classic charm and modern convenience of our comfortable accommodations provide you with the perfect home-away-from-home for the Independence Day festivities.


Hear ye, Hear ye! The 4th Annual Vermont Renaissance Faire is Almost Here!

Returning on June 22, experience the romance and adventure of this annual New England Renaissance Faire.

Join all of the lords and ladies of the New England realm as the  Vermont Renaissance Faire returns to Stowe for a fourth year! There will be no fire-breathing dragons to worry about – just two full days of merry, old-timey fun for the entire family! This premier New England Renaissance Faire is held once again at the Mayo Events Fields in Stowe on June 22nd and 23rd.

Vermont Renaissance FaireSo if there are no dragons, what can one expect from this weekend of merriment and mirth? The Faire is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages, with kids under 6 getting in for free! Throughout the fairgrounds, you will find artisans and craft vendors from across all of New England selling their Medieval-inspired wares. Not to be outdone by any of the other Stowe Vermont fairs, there will also be a bevy of food and drink vendors ensuring that you have the proper sustenance to keep you in the spirit of the gathering.

The entertainment never stops as musicians, dancers, and acrobats troll the field throughout the day. Historical demos and encampments set the scene to make the 21st century slip back to the times of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Speaking of knights, with jousting and swordplay, jesters, pirates, fairies, and even maybe a unicorn sighting, there will sure to be many a unforgettable memory made.

While coming to the Faire in your best medieval garb is not required (but always a delight), having a comfortable place of lodging should be! Conveniently located less than a mile away, The Green Mountain Inn is an ideal place to rest your head. You’ll be sure to find that our pairing of old New England charm and modernly-appointed accommodations is the perfect way to come back to the present from your trip back in time.


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!

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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.


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!