Pack Up and Get Lost –Discover Summer Hiking in Stowe

This summer in Stowe, if you’re unsure where the trail leads, you’re on the right path!

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With an immersive landscape full of mountains majesty and wondrous woods, Stowe, Vermont provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of outdoor pursuits. When the calendar turns to the warmer months, these outdoor activities in Stowe take to the water and the trails. From the novice to the most avid fly fisherman, there is nothing better than a day out on the water with a rod in hand and fish wriggling on the end of the line. Yet for those who just wish to spend some time in the great outdoors during summer in Vermont, the most popular pursuit turns to the trails.

Sometimes, discovery starts with a path and for Stowe Village, spring brings with it the opportunity to truly take to the trails and discover all that our amazing Green Mountain State has to offer. The snow melts leaving the miles upon miles of pathways open for some summer hiking in Stowe for each and every skill level. The highest peak in all of Vermont, Mt. Mansfield, sits as a tempting feat and a variety of trails canvas the many facades of this stony crag. Even trails that seem daunting may take on a more serene quality when you are surrounded by all of the natural wonders of summertime in Stowe.

This Summer in Stowe, if you are looking for hikes that are great for all members of the family, there are a few standout trails to consider. The Barnes Camp Loop (1.5 mi) is located in the scenic Smugglers’ Notch. Starting at the historic Barnes Camp, this trail includes stops near a picnic area, river crossings, and all of the normal wooded beauty that can make this adventure an all-day affair to remember. The Moss Glen Falls Trail (4.2 mi) takes you on a trek to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire state. Bring your water shoes and you’ll have a chance to see the beauty up close and personal at the base. A perennial favorite among locals and tourists alike is the Stowe Recreation Path (5.3 mi). This paved public pathway stretches from Stowe Village all the way to the Top Notch Resort on Mountain Road and is perfect for every type of outdoor activity. Biking, blading, hiking – the path will rekindle the spirit of adventure in an easy-going setting.

If you’re planning a visit to Stowe in the summer, book your stay with us at the Green Mountain Inn. After an exciting day enjoying Vermont in the summer, you’ll love to come home to our comfortable rooms and upscale amenities for some signature Stowe relaxation and rejuvenation.


The Green Mountains are Alive with the Sound of Music in the Meadow!

A terrific trio of musical acts is on tap for the Music in the Meadow 2019 concert series.

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There are many different Stowe summer events that may already be filling up your calendars. From brew festivals in Stowe to outdoor fishing excursions, everyone in the Green Mountain State is proud to proclaim that our beautiful area of our country is not only a skier’s paradise but an all-year-round travel destination. One of the more musical entries into our slate of summer festivals is Stowe Performing Arts’ annual Music in the Meadow concert series.

Taking place at The Trapp Family Lodge, Music in the Meadow 2019 is bringing a trio of musical groups to Stowe, Vermont this season. The picnic-style seating includes areas for patrons to enjoy the melodic melodies on their choice of ‘bring-your-own’ chair from blankets to low-backs to high-backs and everything in between. Every concert-attendee will be guaranteed a great view of the stage as well as the picturesque backdrop of the rolling hills of Stowe, Vermont.

First up is the Vermont Symphony Orchestra on July 7th. Part of their 2019 Summer Festival Tour, their program for the year – “Strike up the Orchestra” – highlights the composers who “set America to music”. From Gershwin to Joplin to John Williams, the concert will close with a dazzling light show of fireworks to the symphonic sounds of the beloved Sousa marches that have become synonymous with the good ol’ U.S. of A!

Next, on the Stowe Music in the Meadow docket are the Americana stylings of Bumper Jacksons on July 21. Reimagining the roots music of the Deep South, from New Orleans to the Appalachian Mountains, this six-piece outfit puts a brassy swing on traditional motifs. “The dance floor never sleeps” when they strike up the band with their city-meets-country flair.

Rounding out the festival is the bluesy drawl of the soulful Ruthie Foster on August 4. Nominated for three Grammys and having shared the stage with many of her fellow contemporaries from Bonnie Raitt to the Allman Brothers, she will be performing selections spanning her entire career as well as her new album, Joy Comes Back.

Elevate your experience by staying with us at the Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located less than five miles away from the Lodge, our comfortable accommodations and upscale amenities harmonize to create a home-away-from-home that is a masterpiece of quintessential New England charm.


Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy – The Stowe Brewers Festival is Back!

The beginning of summer in Stowe, Vermont means the return of this annual and ever-growing signature event.

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It’s almost time to raise your glass and toast the return of the Stowe Brewers Festival. One of the most popular annual festivals in Stowe is ready to kick off summer in The Green Mountain State in true hoppy style. Starting on Friday, June 28 and running through Sunday, June 30, this fun three-day event spotlights the best in brews, wines, spirits, and cocktails with an emphasis on our own local and vibrant craft brewery scene.

The Stowe Brewers Festival 2019 is an outdoor, rain or shine, event taking up the full expanse of Stowe Events Field. In similar fashion to other brew festivals, the event features four separate tasting sessions. With each standard admission acting as your specific four-hour session pass, you will receive a 3 oz. commemorative tasting glass and 15 tickets to sample the best brews from the over 40 brewers, cider makers, and meaders in attendance. Just like in years past at the other brew festivals in Stowe, this list will include some of the biggest names in the business like Angry Orchard Hard Cider to the smaller local outfits such as Zero Gravity Craft Brewery.

Being one of the top local summer festivals also means you can expect many food vendors, local artisans, and a bevy of live entertainment on hand to round out this event in true Vermontian style. Also, a fun new addition to the Stowe Brewers Festival this year is the Friday night karaoke contest. As this is an alcohol-inspired event, this is one of the Stowe festivals of the year that is only for those of legal drinking age (photo I.D. will be required).

Savor the flavor of this inherently Stowe, Vermont festival by booking your stay with us at the nearby Green Mountain Inn. Located less than a mile away from Stowe Events Field, convenience and comfort perfectly pair together to ensure your weekend is un-beer-lievable!


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.


Kick Off Summer at The B3 Fest - Bikes, Brews, & Beats

There is something for everyone at this annual kick-off to summer and celebration of the return to mountain biking in Vermont!

Once the snow melts and the skis are put back in the closet until the fall, the local Stowe community kicks off the summer season with an annual event like no other!  The B3 Fest Mountain Bike Festival is a three-day, town-wide celebration offering a variety of family-friendly events, fabulous food and drinks, live entertainment, and of course biking!

The B3 Fest - Bikes  Brews  & BeatsTo better understand what makes this annual event so anticipated, The Green Mountain Inn has a 411 on all things B3 Fest - Bikes, Brews, & Beats, breaking down each “B” of this terrific triad:

Bikes – Starting with the Critical Mass Ride on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend with a variety of mountain biking in Vermont adventures for every skill level, all 30 miles of trails will be open to the public. There is no fee to access the trails and a variety of access points will be available throughout the town.

Brews – Even though the mountain biking may take center stage, the true beginning of the event is the B3 Fest Block Party (right before the Mass Ride). Taking place in the historic Stowe village, the event is full of free tastings from the area’s finest craft breweries. Also on display is a bevy of other local artisans and vendors giving each and every attendee a true taste of summer in Stowe.

Beats – Starting with the Block Party and continuing through weekend, a variety of local music acts will be on hand to ring in the summer season in style.

This year’s B3 Fest will be returning on Friday, June 14, 2019 in downtown Stowe, Vermont. If you need a temporary home during your stay, The Green Mountain Inn offers comfortable and convenient accommodations at affordable rates. Located in the heart of Downtown, we will ensure that you can keep yourself in the center of the action while also having a comfortable place to rest your head.


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.


Fishing in Stowe is The Reel Deal!

Get hooked on Stowe Vermont fishing this spring and summer during your getaway to The Green Mountain State.

When the snow melts, it’s time to put away the ski poles and get ready for another beloved Stowe outdoor pastime that utilizes poles… or more accurately rods! Even though many brave the winter chill and partake in some ice angling, fishing in Stowe flourishes during the spring and summer months. With our beloved Green Mountain State having a variety of bodies of water, from lakes to rivers to streams, there are plenty of fish in the “sea” for everyone to take part.

Fishing in StoweWith virtually limitless possibilities, it can be overwhelming to start planning a Stowe Vermont fishing excursion. The Green Mountain Inn has a basic guide full of tips and tricks to get the most out of your day on the water.

To fish legally in Vermont, you will need a fishing license.

Depending upon your skill level, you’ll have a number of choices of location that each holds their own challenge.

Fishing season for most areas is restricted from mid-April to late October.

Weather conditions can vary so prepare with the appropriate gear (waders, comfortable clothes, rain gear, snacks, etc…).

We admit that all of these “tips” can still make a trip out on the water seem too much of a hassle. For even the most skilled angler, the best bet to have a memorable experience is to take a trip with a skilled outfitter such as Catamount Fishing Adventures. With over 23 years of angling experience on the waters of Stowe, they will handle all of the business aspects of this pursuit for you. No need to get your own license, rod, boat, and find that perfect spot on the water – Catamount Fishing Adventures provides it all for both their four-hour and eight-hour trips.

Be fully prepared and begin your journey with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our Downtown hotel is the perfect home base for any Stowe Vermont fishing adventure. Relax in the comfort of our spacious accommodations, enjoy our variety of upscale amenities, and end your day with a hearty meal at our on-site restaurant, The Whip Bar & Grill.


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!