Nordic Ski Our Winter Wonderland This February

Support Stowe Land Trust and make plans to join them for their special Nordic ski event this February.

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There may truly be no winter wonderland quite like the one you will find in Stowe, Vermont. When you visit Stowe in the winter, it is hard not to get caught up in the quintessential charm of our historic Downtown. Yet we must admit that much of the winter fun in Stowe happens outdoors over the beautiful, oft snow-covered landscapes that make up our skier’s paradise. While there are always fun events and activities to enjoy during wintertime in Stowe, there are a few that help support the preservation of our amazing forest lands. One such event is hosted by the board members of the Stowe Land Trust (SLT), who are dedicated to conserving our area’s scenic landscape: Nordic Ski in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest. It is a perfect chance for you to experience the beauty of the Green Mountain State for yourself.

On Saturday, February 15, 2020, Stowe Land Trust is sponsoring a Nordic ski in Stowe through the rolling hills of Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest. Please note that this is not a ski lesson, but a chance for any recreational skiers to take in the beautiful views from the Worcester Range and all across the valley to the Green Mountains. The route, however, is not set in stone (or should we say “snow”), as the current weather conditions along with the experience level of the group as a whole will decide where your skis will eventually take you.

The event is FREE and open to the public, but remember – you need to know how to Nordic ski to participate! You may be used to taking in your skiing in Stowe down the slopes, but that is not the skill set that is needed to join the group for this two-hour tour. Be sure to dress in warm layers and bring any provisions and extra clothing you think you will need. Also, you will need to supply your own backcountry Nordic skis, poles, and boots.

Are you looking forward to your Stowe skiing adventure? Start off on the right foot – or ski – by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located three miles away from the Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest, the starting point for the event, our comfortable accommodations and variety of amenities will ensure you have the perfect place to relax, recharge, and warm up after your morning in the snow.


Watch The Big Game at Sunset Grille!

The Sunset Grille and Taproom is ready to be your home for the professional football championship this February.

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The football season is coming to an end for 2019! Yet that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some pigskin left to be played. And if there is one event that is a true blue, American cultural holiday, it is… well – The Big Game! You know which one we are talking about that just so happens to fall on a Sunday each and every year. And if you find yourself in Stowe for the winter on Sunday, February 2, 2020, there is one place you will want to be to take in the crowning of this year’s professional football champion – the Sunset Grille and Taproom!

The Big Game party at the Sunset Grille and Taproom is always a touchdown of an event. If you can’t be in Miami for the actual game and find yourself in Stowe on this specific Sunday, plan on making your way over to this three-decade-old BBQ establishment at 5:00 PM for the best party around. A true family restaurant through and through, the delicious menu full of traditional BBQ favorites offers something for everyone. Better yet, their TapRoom has 6 big screens – 30 TVs in all – ensuring that you don’t miss a second of the action on the field or any of the commercials that will be talked about around the ‘water cooler’ in the morning. There will be food and drink specials all night along with fun games including commercial roulette.

The Sunset Grille and Taproom is located on 140 Cottage Club Road – only two miles away from The Green Mountain Inn. If this Big Game party is a touchdown, booking a stay with us during your visit to Stowe, Vermont is like a successful two-point conversion! No matter who lifts the trophy at the end of the game, let us make you feel like the M.V.P. with our Downtown location keeping you close to all of the great attractions throughout our charming city and comfortable accommodations having you feel right at home. 


Bring On Some Kids Carnival Chaos!

Not everyone will walk away with prizes, but you’ll all be walking away from this family fun in Stowe as champs!

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Winter in Stowe is not all about the great outdoors. Sure, many come to Stowe in the winter to take to the slopes or try their hand at a little ice fishing, but there are many other pursuits that won’t leave you out in the cold. Stowe, Vermont is proud of our small-town atmosphere and quintessential New England charm, and some of the best moments we have throughout the year are spent enjoying the simple pleasures of life. A prime example of this enjoyable pastime is the variety of local winter carnivals that take place during the colder months. And while some Stowe winter carnivals may be country-known, others are more local affairs… but still just as fun!

One such lesser-known event is the Stowe Parks & Recreation’s Kids Carnival Chaos! Taking place this year on Saturday, January 25, 2020, you will be able to bring all of your family and friends to the Stowe Elementary School Gym for a day of fun carnival activities away from the chill of the winter air. This kids' carnival in Stowe is FREE to the public(tickets available for games and food) and starts at 1:00 PM! From costumed characters to face painting to games and the ever-popular bounce houses, you and your little ones will have a full day of family fun in Stowe.

The Green Mountain Inn is located in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont. If you are coming to the area for any of our area’s winter carnivals, booking a stay at our hotel ensures you a comfortable, convenient home-away-from-home for your event. Spend the day enjoying some Stowe fun and the night relaxing in the comfort of your spacious accommodations. We know you will enjoy your visit to our charming town!


Keep Your Holiday Celebrations Going at the Stowe Winter Carnival

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the holiday fun in Stowe has to end!

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As soon as the hectic schedule of celebrating the December holidays in Stowe ends, the magic of the winter season truly comes alive in our beloved town. If you have been in Stowe for the holidays in the past, you most certainly know that even though the calendar changes to the next year, our celebrations continue on. The winter weather may continue to be frightful at times, but the outdoor family fun in Stowe is always delightful, especially during the four-day traditional celebration known as the Stowe Winter Carnival!

Now in its 46th year, this long-standing Stowe Carnival is set to return to our historic town on Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, January 26, 2020. As per tradition, this beloved event highlights all of the reasons visiting Stowe in the winter should be near the top of your list, but with a theme tying many of the attractions together. Last year took us all “To Stowe and Beyond… 2019” and this year, organizers are still working on the perfect way to ring in this new decade while keeping all of our rustic heritage burning bright!

If you are in Stowe for the winter, this signature event, annually ranked by Country Living as one of the “15 Best Winter Festivals All Across the U.S.” is truly a can’t-miss celebration of Green Mountain traditions. With over 20 major activities and attractions from live entertainment, the professional and NICA sanctioned Ice Carving Competition, and a slew of inventive sporting competitions such as Snowgolf and Snowvolleyball, the final weekend of January is full of winter holiday fun in Stowe for all ages. And be sure not to miss out on the Ice Fishing Derby, celebrating another year-round favorite pastime of the area, with different levels of competition so even the youngest anglers in the family can get in on the fun.

While the daily schedules and full information regarding the Stowe Winter Carnival will be posted soon, you can never start planning too early! Get ready to enjoy exhilarating days and evenings at the variety of attractions, then plan to come back, kick off your snow boots, and relax in true home-away-from-home comfort at The Green Mountain Inn. Take advantage of not only our convenient location in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont but our spacious, modernly-appointed accommodations in a variety of spaces designed to suit each and every guest’s needs.


Party with Pride During the 2020 Stowe Winter Rendezvous

Live your best life at one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe in 2020!

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It may not be June, but one of the top LGTBQ Events in Stowe is set to return to our slopes this January. Celebrating Pride is an all-year-round occurrence in the Green Mountain State and for the 36th straight year, Stowe’s Winter Carnival Festival will feature one of the top gay ski events in the entire country! This celebration of Pride in Stowe, which is also the longest-running gay ski week in the Northeast known as Winter Rendezvous, will give skiers a chance to hit over 40 miles of terrain while also enjoying a variety of activities and entertainment celebrating Vermont in the winter. This year, the Winter Rendezvous in Stowe kicks off with a Karaoke Party at the Backyard Tavern on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and ends with some last bit of slope shredding on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

If you plan on visiting at any point during this year’s Stowe Winter Rendezvous, there are few special events that you may want to pencil in on your calendars. Even though it may be winter in Stowe, that doesn’t mean all of the fun is exclusively on the slopes. On Thursday, January 23 at the Trapp Family Lodge, there will be a Pool Party featuring music spun by DJ Keith James. Not to be outdone, Friday night at the Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe, Vermont will be on fire… literally at the Cocktail Bonfire Reception for the Rendezvous. And although it may signal the end of the festival for the year, Stowe Pride cannot be outdone and is on full display at our town’s largest LGBTQ dance party of the year on Saturday night!

The full itinerary is available as the organizers continue to put the finishing touches on all of the fun that will be happening in and around Stowe this year. If you plan on being one of the hundreds of LGBTQ winter enthusiasts coming to Stowe, Vermont for the event, start off your rendezvousing in style by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Our home-away-from-home comfort and convenient location in the heart of Downtown ensures that you will have a perfect home base for all of your winter fun in Stowe!


The Historic Stowe Derby Turns 75!

Wintertime in Stowe never seems complete without this bet-turned-traditional race down Mt. Mansfield!

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2019 saw the return. 2020 will see its unique skiing greatness truly take flight once again! For three years, the Stowe Derby was canceled due to severe weather conditions. After the third heartbreaking cancellation, organizers knew a change needed to be made. The Stowe Winter Derby is one of the oldest and unique ski races in all of North America and not having it for three straight years was a bitter pill for many in the Green Mountain State to swallow. In 2019, the race was pushed back further into the winter in Stowe and Mother Nature fully supported the effort. Mark your calendars and get ready to race on Sunday, February 23, 2020!

Beginning as a bet between two amazing skiers in 1945 – race from the top of the highest peak in Vermont to the historic Stowe village on one pair of skis – the Stowe Derby continues to attract hundreds of skilled competitors to Stowe, Vermont each year. Over the years, this winter fun in Vermont has added new aspects of the event. In addition to the tradition Long Course, the Derby now features a Fat Bike Race, a Derby Meister for those seeking an extra challenge, and the Short Course designed for children. Whether on skis or fat bike, the traditional course will take you over the hillside terrain of the mountain’s façade then wind you down to the scenic Recreational Path before finally crossing the finish line in the center of Stowe Village.

The historic Nordic pursuit of the Long Course is still the standard-bearer of the event. Descending the full 2,600 vertical feet, covering over 12 miles of downhill and cross-country track, the challenging race is always a memorable event and test for racers of all ages. The elite of the elite will finish the course close to 40 minutes from their descent while recreational skiers will spend upwards of a few hours on the slopes. Don’t let the air of competition fool you – this annual (fingers crossed) tradition is all for fun and fun for all in Stowe, Vermont!

The deadline to register for the race is Saturday, February 15, 2020. At that time, you will have to decide which Derby pursuit you wish to pursue. Start your Derby weekend off right by booking a room with us at The Green Mountain Inn. After racing down the highest peak in our entire state, Mt. Mansfield, you will need a warm and cozy home-away-from-home to return to. Nestled in the heart of downtown Stowe, we have everything you could desire to help you warm up, recharge, and celebrate your achievement in true Green Mountain style!


Before His Big Sleigh Ride, Skate with Santa at Stowe Arena

Be sure you are on the “Nice” list this year and come skate with Santa in Stowe this holiday season!

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“Naughty” or “Nice”? The Big Man in Red will soon decide your fate and you have one last chance to get on his good side. The magic of the holiday season may soon be coming to a close, but Stowe Arena strives to keep it going all the way to the big day on December 25. Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year, giving the youngest members of the family (and the young at heart) a few extra days for some winter fun in Stowe that have a bit of a Christmas spin.

Speaking of “spinning”, how about take a spin on ice and skate with Santa in Stowe? Take this opportunity to get some quality “nice” time with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick while enjoying holiday music and special seasonal treats! We are sure there will be many cookies on hand for both you and the man of the hour to enjoy. Snap a selfie or write a letter and deliver it to him firsthand, ensuring that your Christmas List will not be lost in the mail (our sincerest apologies to the parents out there).

Skating with Santa at Stowe Arena takes place on Saturday, December 21 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. If you are coming to Vermont in the winter, start by booking your room at The Green Mountain Inn. Our location is right in the heart of the Village and less than a mile away from the Arena, making us a comfortable home-away-from-home for all of the fun during wintertime in Stowe.


Celebrate the Season with A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

Even if your plans for Christmas do not include celebrating the holidays in Stowe, you can still experience all of the charm and merry joy of the festivities earlier in the month.

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The words “A Traditional Christmas in Stowe” tend to conjure up images of celebrating the beloved holiday in genuine Old New England charm on December 25th. But that’s not how our town rolls – to Stowe, Vermont, the holiday season begins as soon as the day of “Giving Thanks” has passed. To commemorate the true start of the holiday events in Stowe, Vermont, Stowe Vibrancy hosts a weekend full of family-friendly activities centered around the joyous nature of the season – A Traditional Christmas in Stowe!

Each and every year, this patented brand of winter fun in Stowe brings many visitors to our area to enjoy a more ‘traditional’ side of holidays. How best to describe what you will experience during this annual celebration of Christmas in Stowe? The general consensus through the years is all of the classic joys of the season in the historic setting of our charming Downtown Village. From the beloved Children’s Lantern Parade and Tree Lighting all through the Candy Cane making and Hot Chocolate drinking to finally ending with a festive theatrical performance and visit from Santa, it will be hard not to get caught up in the simple joys of the holiday!

Named as a Top Ten Winter Event 2018-2019 by The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, you can expect this celebration of the holidays in Stowe to be bigger and better than ever for 2019! A Traditional Christmas in Stowe will be taking place throughout our town from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. Many of the events are free and open to the public.

Although you may not be planning a visit to Stowe for the holidays, this weekend festival will allow you to still enjoy our traditional flavor of winter fun. Make the most of your time and our peerless location in the heart of Downtown Stowe by settling in with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Complementing the modern comfort desired by today’s travelers but with the traditional charm of our locale, we will ensure your stay is truly cozy and classically unique.


Join Our Community and Say Welcome to Winter in Stowe

The start of winter activities in Stowe is heralded in with some quintessential quaint charm on the first Saturday in December!

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Welcome to Winter! Although the actual season does not begin until December 21, like many other places across the country, the start of winter activities in Stowe begins as soon as the holiday of “Giving Thanks” is done. When December rolls around on the calendar, our historic area of Stowe, Vermont gets into the season with a variety of events to kick off the spirit of holidays that all fall on the first weekend in the month. Voted as one of the Top 10 Winter Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, our Traditional Christmas always brings many visitors to our Village for a variety of Stowe activities that center on the holiday. Tree lightings, decorations, wagon rides, each and every aspect of this weekend is brimming with festive cheer.

During this weekend, on Saturday, December 7, 2019, one of the lesser-known parts of this celebration is the Welcome to Winter in Stowe. Taking place at the David Gale Recreation Center from 12 PM – 3 PM, swing on by to partake in some holiday craft making, festive games, and all of the free hot cocoa and cookies you desire. This is a perfect event for the entire family to spend some time together in Stowe in the winter, including a round-trip hay wagon ride to Stowe Mercantile to visit Santa!

There are so many fun events that take place during the Traditional Christmas in Stowe that you may wish to spend the entire weekend getting in the spirit of the season with us. If you are coming to Stowe for the Winter, stay in the home-away-from-home comfort of The Green Mountain Inn. Located right in the heart of downtown Stowe, our inherent traditional charm is a perfect complement to the festivities around us, many of which can be found right outside of our doors!


Shop Small Business Saturday for the Holidays on November 30!

Start your holiday shopping with one of the last fall activities in Stowe!

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With Thanksgiving falling on November 28th this year, you will find that there is less than a month until the beginning of Hanukkah on December 22 and Christmas Eve on December 24. If you want to ensure that you find the perfect gifts for your friends and family, look no further than Stowe, Vermont! Our historic Downtown’s retail shops feature something for everyone on your list, from toys to outdoor wear to even the sweetest of confectionary treats!

Our community is looking forward to helping you kick start your holiday shopping during this year’s Small Business Saturday in Stowe. With special promotions all day, our town’s classic traditional charm, and even a free reusable “Small Business Saturday” bag and chocolates to start your day off right (available at the Visitor Information Center at 51 Main Street), shopping small and local on November 30 is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.  

As a proud supporter and neighbor of some of these over 50 boutiques, specialty markets, and other stores that make up our retail community, The Green Mountain Inn and The Whip Bar & Grill are excited to join in the fun and hope that you plan on swinging on by during your visit. Our Old World charm and modern accommodations are the perfect home-away-from-home for any of your weekends in Stowe. And even if you are a local yourself, we are sure you know that the famously decadent Sac de Bon Bon whipped up by our culinary team at The Whip is the perfect sweet ending for a day of holiday retail therapy!