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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!


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.