3 Reasons To Experience Dog Sledding in Vermont This Winter

Often thought as a solely Alaskan pursuit, discover the magic of “mushing” with Eden Ethical Dog Sledding.

Dog sledding

There are a variety of winter activities to try when visiting the Green Mountain State! One of the least-known – dog sledding in Vermont –may actually provide you with the most unforgettable memories of your entire getaway! Many conjure up images of the famous Iditarod Race in Alaska, but Vermont dog sledding is just as memorable, if not more enjoyable.
One reason – Eden Ethical Dog Sledding, whose mission is to provide a happy home for retired race dogs while also teaching and enriching the lives of guests of all ages. If you are still unsure if a little winter dog sledding in Stowe is right for you, The Green Mountain Inn has 3 other reasons to come “mush” the day away:

Their Vermont Dog Sled Tours Are Fun and Educational!
Taking a tour with Eden is meant to be more than just a ride. You will enjoy learning about the sport of dog sledding, or “mushing”, and get to meet and bond with the dogs who’ll make up your team. These tours last from two to three hours due to their one-of-a-kind nature.

These Pups Are True Dog Sledding Champions in Stowe, VT!
It’s in their name, but Eden is one of the only free-range dog kennels in North America. Founder Jim Blair has experience on the dog sledding circuit, becoming an international race champion. His new team, “The UN-Chained Gang” includes over five generations of human/pack raised dogs.

Their Trails Are Second-To-None!
There’s a reason why mushers from all over New England and Canada come to practice on their privately built trails. Cutting through miles of the Vermont Wilderness, and with no snowmobiles in sight, you will be awe-struck by the beauty of the landscape around you!

After an afternoon of mushing in the snow, spend your evening relaxing at The Green Mountain Inn! With historic charm and modernly-appointed accommodations, we provide a comfortable home base for any winter activity in the Greater Stowe Area!

Get Ready to Hit The Slopes as the Stowe Derby is Almost Here!

If you are planning a Vermont ski getaway this winter, we suggest booking your trip sooner than later!

Stowe Derby

Stowe ranks as one of the top cross-country skiing destinations along the East Coast. One of the top reasons for this designation is the annual running of one of the oldest and winter ski events in Stowe, which also happens to be one of the most unique races in all of North America!

This year, on Sunday, January 13th, the Stowe Derby will return for its 74th year. Family friendly skiing in Stowe will be on full display with four different courses for the over 900 competitors to take part in. These four different pursuits are:

Long Course – Separate 20 kilometer races in both Classic and Freestyle
Short Course – designed for children ages 6 and up that doesn’t include the infamous 2,700 foot descent!
Meister – race in both the Classic and Freestyle Long Course
Fat Bike Course – 16 kilometers of cycling on the fresh powder

The course remains the same since this ski race in Stowe began all those years ago, as a personal challenge between a few famous visiting European mountaineers – race from the top of Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, to the historic town of Stowe below. The winners will clock in a little over 40 minutes, while those seeking to do some family friendly skiing Stowe may take a couple of hours.

After an afternoon in the snow, spend your evening relaxing in the traditional charm of The Green Mountain Inn. The classic ambiance and modern comfort of our accommodations provide the perfect home-away-from-home for any Vermont ski getaway!

Discover The Best Skiing in Stowe, Vermont And Save Big!

The Stowe Ski Season has already begun, come hit the powder in 2019!


Aspen, Colorado. Bend, Oregon. Park City, Utah. National Geographic designated these Western U.S. cities as three of the “Best Ski Towns” across the globe. But what about the East Coast? For them, and the many who come to the Green Mountain State each and every year, there is one clear choice: look for the best skiing in Stowe, Vermont!

Unlike many of the other areas across our great country, Stowe is not just a “ski resort”. Stowe ski season takes over the whole community and you will feel right at home nestled among our snowy mountains. To celebrate our wonderful ski culture, The Green Mountain Inn has a special offer to ensure that your vacation in Stowe is both affordable and epic!

Inspired by the awe-inspiring slopes, which include some of the steepest in the U.S., we present the Stowe Epic Ski Pass. Valid Sundays – Thursdays throughout the winter, this package includes discounted accommodations and a lift ticket to the Stowe Mountain Resort. Boasting over 116 trails, you will be sure to find the perfect slope to suit your skill level, from the four double-black diamond runs that best even the pros, to the more tame, perfect for some family friendly skiing in Stowe.

Everything you need for a stellar ski getaway can be found within Stowe’s borders. With easy access to the top gear and regularly offered ski lessons for a boost of confidence on the slopes, all you need to do is get here! We will help you take care of the rest!

When you come for the Stowe ski season, you come “to live in a postcard”. The Green Mountain Inn, situated in the middle of Stowe’s historic Downtown, provides the perfect blend of classic New England charm and modern comfort. Take advantage of this deal and join us in 2019 by calling 800-253-7302 and mention the secret word…EPIC!

Celebrate Pride, Green Mountain Style, at Winter Rendezvous 2019

Head out for a week of skiing and LGBT pride at the annual Winter Rendezvous 2019 event in the Green Mountain State!

Winter Rendezvous 2019

Pride runs deep throughout the Green Mountain State, but each January, it’s raised to the nth degree when one of the most popular LGBT friendly events in Vermont returns. Celebrating 35 years, Winter Rendezvous 2019 will run from Wednesday, January 23 through Sunday, January 27. Unlike many other gay tourism events, this LGBT Friendly ski week doesn’t cater to just one demographic and is meant to be all-inclusive. Because of the broad mix of attendees to the East Coast’s longest running gay ski week, the events throughout the five days will be just as varied.

Every day of the event includes a full day of “SKI and RIDE” festivities at Stowe Mountain Resort and Cross Country Skiing and Snow Showing at the Trapp Lodge. But, the unique highlights for each day of this year’s Winter Rendezvous Vermont are:

Wednesday (Jan.23)
• Opening Party – The Stowe Bowl (8:30PM)

Thursday (Jan. 24)
• Comedy Show – Stowe High Auditorium (7:30PM)
• Bonfire Bash – Golden Eagle Hotel
(Wine, craft beer, and spirits tasting with live musical performances)

Friday (Jan. 25)
• Drag BINGO with House of LeMay – Backyard Tavern (2:00PM)
• Pool Party – Trapp Lodge (5:30PM)

Saturday (Jan. 26)
• Downhill Drag Costume Parade – Midway Lodge (3:00PM)
• Lady Bunny Show – Stowe High Auditorium (8:30PM)
• Blow Out Party – The Rusty Nail (10:00PM)
(Live entertainment from DJ Steve Sidewalk)

Consult the official event calendar to learn more about each individual event during this year’s gay ski week in Stowe. For these five days of wintry bliss, ensure you are fully refreshed and recharged each morning by booking a room at The Green Mountain Inn. Only a short distance away from all of the events above, the classic ambiance and modern comfort of our accommodations will make you feel right at home.

One of Our Favorite Winter Events in Stowe is Set To Return for Its 45th Year

Make sure you mark your calendars, as the Stowe Winter Carnival 2019 is almost here!

When the calendar changes to 2019, the winter events in Stowe continue to roll on! In fact one of the most beloved, having been awarded a “Top 10 Time-Honored Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, will return for three glorious days at the end of January. From Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27, the 45th Stowe Winter Carnival will bring a cavalcade of activities for all ages.

Centered around this year’s theme, “To Stowe and Beyond…”, all three days of this beloved winter carnival in Vermont will feature events that spotlight the many reasons people choose to visit the Green Mountain State during the colder months. These family fun events in Stowe will include:

Friday, January 25

  • Townwide Ice Carving Demonstration Day -Professional carvers will craft their icy masterpieces throughout town. 
  • Live Music Dance Parties -When night falls, it’s time to warm up and boogie for a while.

Saturday, January 26

  • Youth Ice Fishing Derby - Ages 1 – 14 may enter in competitions that range from longest, shortest, and most fish caught.
  • Ice Carving Competition - This “nationally sanctioned” event will pit the top ice carvers around in a frozen water battle carrying the theme from the entire carnival – outer space!

Sunday, January 27

  • Snowvolleyball Tournament -Six person teams compete in this carnival favorite putting a wintery spin on a warmer weather sport.  
  • Snowgolf Tournament - Don your costume and head to the Stowe Country Club for the “wackiest” golfing you have ever seen.

If you’re visiting in January, be sure to check out the Stowe Winter Carnival as you explore our winter wonderland. To truly enjoy your visit, book a room at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located in historic Downtown Stowe, after days in the ice and snow, warm up in the comfort of our elegantly modern accommodations.

Make 2018 The Year You Spend Christmas and New Year’s in Stowe!

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with us at The Green Mountain Inn!


There is no place like home for the holidays… unless you can treat yourself to Christmas and New Year’s in Stowe. With the picturesque backdrop of the Vermont landscape and the traditional New England old-word coziness of our quaint downtown, The Green Mountain Inn is ready to welcome you “home” to our special yuletide destination.

Whether enhancing your own festive traditions or as a sweeping change from them, we believe that spending the holidays with us will reward you with a Christmas you’ll never forget. With that in mind, we’ve crafted a special package to get you in the spirit for your holiday stays in Stowe.

Christmas in the Village Package
Upon arrival, you’ll be transported into the quintessential Old World ambience that is only now found in the Christmas carols of yore. Our setting, that truly could be “like a picture print By Currier and Ives”, is only the beginning, as you’ll enjoy a yuletide filled with tradition and charm.

n addition to our time-honored amenities we offer year-round (such as the guest-favorite full country breakfast), your package includes our luxuriously rustic accommodations at a discounted rate, a welcome Green Mountain Inn commemorative gift, complete with a bottle of wine and festive cheese, fruits, and nuts platter, a horse-drawn sleigh ride through our historic town, and of course, a fabulous Christmas dinner in the Main Street Dining Room.

Even if you wish to have your traditional Christmas celebrations, you can still experience a bit of the Stowe, Vermont Holiday Season by joining us for New Year’s Eve at the Inn. Celebrate the end of 2018 at one the top holiday events in Stowe, Vermont, complete with all of the traditional New Year’s festivities but with a Green Mountain twist.

For hotel guests this year's eve, join us in the Main Street Dining Room from  noon to 7 p.m.  Enjoy the televised college bowl games, open bar and a menu of snack items to choose from.   Then from 10pm to 1am, you can dance into 2019 with tunes played by Peak Entertainment and raise a glass with us for a midnight Champagne toast. 

At Whip Bar and Grill we are featuring  delicious New Year’s Eve specials such as Lobster and Surf and Turf with lunch served from 11:30am – 4:30pm and dinner from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Dinner Reservations are required: (802)-253-6554

On behalf of everyone at The Green Mountain Inn, we wish you and yours peace, love, and happiness throughout this holiday season and into the New Year!

Enjoy One of Vermont’s Top Destinations with Our Early Winter Savings in Stowe Package!

Take advantage of our Early Winter Savings offer and save big on your Vermont winter getaway!

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At The Green Mountain Inn, we offer the most Stowe family fun, no matter the time of year. Are you already thinking of a Vermont winter getaway? Even though it’s still early in the season, if you answered “Yes”,  take advantage of our Early Winter Savings in Stowe package.

Discover the historic charm of this year-round New England destination with our limited time offer, and enjoy extra savings at one of the top hotels in the heart of Downtown Stowe.

• Stay between November 25 – December 20, 2018 (Sunday – Thursday Only)
• Discounted rooms rates (Classic Rooms from $99 to our Luxury Suites from $177)
(*Lodging rates are per room, per day, based on double occupancy. Rates quoted do not include 6% Service Charge and 10% Vermont State Rooms Tax. Please mention Early Winter Savings at time of booking.)
• Daily Full Country Breakfast
• Fireside Afternoon Tea and Cookies

Outdoor winter fun in Stowe starts early every year, with our ski season being one of the most well-known across the globe. Nicknamed “The Ski Capital of East”, the season on our famed slopes has already begun. Yet there are many other activities to explore when spending your early winter in Stowe, Vermont. Our Downtown location puts us in a prime position to all of the eclectic shops and restaurants in the Village.

Our dedicated team is ready to assist in planning your own perfect personal Stowe getaway from the slopes to the stores to the seasonal events that pepper our town’s winter calendar.
There’s so much happening in Stowe, Vermont into the New Year and beyond!

Get in the Spirit of the Holiday Season with Christmas in Stowe Vermont

Christmas in Stowe Vermont is filled with charm that will keep you warm all holiday season!

Christmas in Stowe Vermont
Winter in Stowe is magical on its own but when you couple the season with the holidays, something even better happens! The sound of holiday music fills the air, a lantern parade, a festival of trees and light, even more shopping hours... there is something to make even the Grinch’s heart fill with joy. Make it a weekend to remember with Christmas in Stowe Vermont!

Between November 30th and December 2nd, the Village is filled with events to enjoy:

Friday you can celebrate with the lighting of Main Street and Children’s Lantern Parade as well as the Holiday Tree Lighting. Afterward, take in a performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

On Saturday, visitors will be treated to the Annual Christmas Fair at Stowe Community Church with handmade crafts and gifts for purchase. At Cork Stow, there will be a fun filled day of Gingerbread House Decorating and Candy cane Twisting. Don’t miss your chance to get photos of Reindeer and Donkey, the beautiful village tree and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus! Carolers will be singing, cookies will be decorated and hay rides and ice skating can round out your day.

Sunday is has its own festivities to enjoy as well with the opportunity to meet and skate with characters of the film Frozen, another performance of "A Christmas Carol."

At The Green Mountain Inn we love this time of year and hope everyone enjoys a fun filled weekend ushering in Christmas in Stowe Vermont this year!

Holiday Shopping in Stowe

Find the perfect gift when you embark on your holiday shopping in Stowe.

holiday shopping in Stowe
One of the best feelings in the world is the positive energy that comes when giving to others and with the holiday season is almost upon us, gift giving opportunities abound. Now is the perfect time to embark on trip for some holiday shopping in Stowe.

Explore more than 50 amazing shops are available in our picture perfect New England village and along Stowe Mountain Road with art, jewelry, handcrafted furniture, Vermont specialty foods, clothing & more.

Small Business Saturday takes place November 24th this year and many of the retailers in the area will be waiting to share some amazing deals on local goods. Shoppers can even stop by the Visitor Information Center for complimentary chocolate and a SBS bag to stash your gifts.

Wrap up your holiday shopping in Stowe and treat yourself to an overnight getaway with us at The Green Mountain Inn, just a short distance from all of the shops in the area. We hope to welcome you now and through the winter season!

Endless Winter Activities in Stowe!

Winter Activities in StoweGet Inspired with our List of Winter Activities in Stowe!

Stowe was ranked "Top 10 Best Ski Towns in America" by Forbes. With it's extensive trail system, however, Stowe Vermont is recognized to be an ideal destination for all adventure seekers, offering a plethora of activities such as dogsledding, snowmobiling and sleigh riding - just to name a few. Plan your Vermont winter getaway with us at the Green Mountain Inn and discover the endless winter activities in Stowe this season. You'll soon discover that nothing beats Stowe’s quintessential village and Stowe’s world class ski resort this winter!

Skiing & Riding - No two trails are alike so each ride will offer a truly unique experience.
Sleigh Rides - A horse-drawn sleigh ride will quickly bring in the rush of that good ol' holiday season feeling!
Dog Sledding - Cozy up in a comfortable sled and experience a ride with the amazing animals pulling you along a one-of-a-kind tour.
Ice Climbing - Explore nearby Smuggler's Notch, the perfect playground for ice climbing in Stowe.
Snowmobiling - Embark on a guided tour from Stowe Snowmobile Tours.
Snowshoeing & Nordic Skiing - Yes, Stowe offers the perfect terrain for cross-country skiing & snowshoeing, too!
Ice Skating - The Jackson Ice Arena is located just one block away from us at the Green Mountain Inn. The Arena offers public skating and skate rentals from now through late March.
Sledding - Oh what fun! Sledding continues to be one of our favorite winter activities in Stowe because Marshall Hill is only a short walk from the Inn. Sleds and toboggans are available to rent at Shaw’s General Store in Stowe Village.
Arts & Events - Stowe is home to an eclectic, thriving arts community if you are interested in learning more about our art scene during your winter stay.
Galleries, Shops & Antiques - Shop more than 45 one-of-a-kind stores in the charming New England village. Get a head start on your holiday shopping in Stowe!

It's the perfect time to plan your winter getaway in Stowe Vermont. We welcome you to book your winter stay with us at our charming Green Mountain Inn. Enjoy affordable rates and cozy accommodations this season.