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Stowe Is Your East Coast Home for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding

All of the fun without the frigid temperatures – you can still ski Stowe throughout March and April!

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When you picture Stowe skiing and snowboarding, do wintry weather conditions on the slopes and being bundled up in so many layers you can hardly grasp your poles or stay upright on your board come to mind? Throughout the winter months, many skiers and boarders take to the multitude of resorts to get in some shredding on fresh powder and brave frigid temperatures and the wrath of Mother Nature to do so. Did you know that if you really want to ski and snowboard Stowe, the spring months of March and April might be the most ideal options.

Spring skiing and snowboarding are not offered in all areas of the East Coast. The milder temperatures can make it harder to keep the snow on the slopes. Yet for many places throughout Stowe, Vermont, this is a challenge that is readily accepted! The higher elevations of the peaks and a little expert snowmaking skills have made our skier’s paradise open for spring skiing and snowboarding through April.

One of the most popular spots to ski or snowboard Stowe in the warmer months is Stowe Mountain Resort. With state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities that keep even their novice hill, Spruce Peak, open into the warmer months, along with the more difficult trails down Mount Mansfield (the highest peak in all of Vermont), you will not be disappointed! The variety of slopes that they keep open promise skiers and boarders of every skill level that they will be able to have fun in the great outdoors in Stowe! By the end of April, 80% of the snow may be manmade but that doesn’t make skiing it any less fun! Better yet, you will find discounts on lift tickets and rentals for equipment as it is considered the “off-season”!

For any of your Stowe outdoor pursuits, you will want a comfortable and convenient home base to return to after your day out in the snow (and sun) is done. Located in the heart of downtown Stowe, The Green Mountain Inn is just a quick eight-mile drive away from Stowe Mountain Resort. Be sure to check out our special offers to get even more value out of your trip!


Celebrate the Season of Carnival at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo

You don’t need to be in The Big Easy to throw a Mardi Gras Boogaloo!

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Pre-Lenten (also known as Shrovetide) celebrations date back as far as the BC era. Yet in modern times, celebrating Carnival takes on a much more festive tone, culminating in one final party before the ritual fasting associated with the Lenten season. For all of us in Stowe, Vermont, Fat Tuesday is coming a little earlier this year when both Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas hit the stage at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center for a Mardi Gras Boogaloo! In honor of this festive event, we are proud to announce that Mardi Gras in Stowe will commence on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 PM!

If you are not in Stowe, Mardi Gras falls on the calendar on Tuesday, February 25. But that doesn’t mean you are unable to start celebrating a week earlier. New Orleans, our country’s most renowned haven for Carnival celebrations, starts on the day of the Epiphany (January 6). And now, with the traditional Creole sounds and “musical gumbo” of the New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Zydeco tinged jazz of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, The Green Mountain State is getting a chance to catch up on the celebrating! The concert will bring a little bit of The Big Easy to Stowe in the winter. Tickets are on sale now for this powerhouse double-bill of Louisiana musical icons that is sure to be one of the top Stowe events at Spruce Peak all year! 

If you are interested in celebrating the end of Shrovetide at the Mardi Gras Boogaloo 2020, don’t miss your chance to make it an unforgettable experience by booking a stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn. Conveniently located just a quick 8-mile drive from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, we will make you feel right at home with our comfortable accommodations, upscale amenities, and the most courteous service that can even rival the warmest Southern hospitality found in New Orleans! Our Old World charm may be more New England-inspired, but the good times will roll with us this winter in Stowe! Laissez les bon temps rouler!


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. 


Dance Sashays Into Vermont During The Stowe Tango Music Festival

Summer fun in Vermont is about to get all tangled up in the music of the Tango!

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From August 15 – 18, 2019, summer fun in Vermont will be taking it to the dance floor in the tune of Tango. Presented by The Argentine Tango Society, the 2019 Stowe Tango Music Festival is one of the premier festivals of its kind in the entire United States. With their goal to make Stowe, Vermont “The New Capital of Tango”, this event earns more and more renown each and every year since its beginnings in 2014, has become one of the top summer festivals in Stowe. While the notion of Tango festivals in Stowe, a famous outdoorsman’s paradise, may seem to be an awkward fit, you need to swing on by one of the events to understand the reason why Tango is slowly being integrated into our cultural history.

The festival shares this culture of music and dancing in Stowe through a myriad of public events, many which are free of charge! Even the most seasoned aficionado in the field will find new ways to enjoy Tango music and newcomers will feel right at home in the sights and sounds of this Latin persuasion. Starting with the Tango Jam on Thursday night through the final competition and farewell celebration on Sunday, the festival will interweave many unique performances and musical training opportunities.

This year, the highlights include the celebrated list of top Tango dance performers and teachers, from the pairs of Hugo Patyn & Celina Rotundo and Yaisuri Salamanca & John Hernan to Ana Padron & Diego Blaco. Even though dance plays an integral role, the music is where the festival shines and this year the Legends from Argentina that will be coming to the Green Mountain State are Bandoneon legend Nestor Marconi, pianist Pablo Estigarribia and violinist Humberto Ridolfi. They will also join a bevy of other world-class artists and students of the field to form The Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, whose concert at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center is a can’t-miss event each and every year.

Of course, when you’re done get tangled up in all of the music and dancing of the Tango, you will want a comfortable home-away-from-home to return to! Book a room at The Green Mountain Inn to complete your memorable summertime in Stowe getaway in comfort and style in our historic Downtown setting.


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.


Gear Up for the Stowe Craft Brew Race

Returning for its sixth year, this is the 5k in Stowe with some serious “hoppy” flavor!

Athleticism and drinking beer don’t often go hand-in-hand. But on Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Sixth Annual Stowe Craft Brew Race storms into town to add some flavor to this normal feat of fitness. But there is a lot more to this 5k in Stowe, VT than just the race and a cold one at the finish line! This is an all-day extravaganza that draws more and more participants each and every year, combining the 5k with a beer and musical festival near Mt. Mansfield, VT! Thinking about joining us for the event? Here is what you need to know…

Stowe Craft Brew RaceDate and Time – Saturday, May 18, 2019 with the start of the race set for 12:00PM (but please arrive early to allow yourself time to pick up your bib and check-in for the event)

Where – Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa is the starting line for the race. Yet the race itself is more or less a Stowe Recreation Path 5k, with the bulk of the mileage being spent winding through the scenic landscapes of our picturesque countryside along this paved trail.

Rewards – All participants will receive a medal, pint glass, and entry into the beer festival after the event.

Beer and Music Festival (Mt. Mansfield area) – Anyone 21 and older can purchase a ticket for this event after the race. The festival includes beer sampling, live music, and food trucks/vendors selling their wares onsite.

After an exciting day of brews and brawn, be prepared and plan on returning to the Green Mountain Inn with a medal around your neck and a “hoppy” smile on your lips. Whether you are staying in town or just a local looking to unwind after the craft beer festival in Stowe, relax and enjoy dinner at our on-site restaurant, The Whip Bar & Grill.


Summer in Vermont – Stowe Hiking Edition!

The warmer weather months are the perfect time to seek out some of the top hiking trails in Stowe, Vermont!

The Green Mountain InnThe Green Mountain State is a dream vacation spot for any outdoor enthusiast. Hikers of various skill levels will find miles upon miles of trails in Stowe, Vermont! Whether you are looking for one of the more popular trails for family backpacking in Stowe, Vermont or just want the best place to take a stroll with your pup, a good place to start your journey is at Underhill State Park. Open from Memorial Day weekend through late October, this park is known for its hiking trails, four of which lead to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield, Stowe, VT tallest peak!

Within the expanse Mt. Mansfield State Forest, this park is the perfect place for a day outdoors with the whole family, including not only some of the best day hikes near Stowe, Vermont. Every trail may not be right for every level of hiker, so we put together a quick little guide of the most popular to help you decide:

  • CCC Road – (1.1 miles) The easiest and perfect for Underhill National Forest family hikes
  • Sunset Ridge Trail – (2.0 miles) May be considered one of the best for intermediate hiking in Vermont, and the most popular. This scenic pathway to the summit of Mt. Mansfield will give you great views of all of the distinct “facial features” of the rock formation (forehead, nose, lips, chin, and Adam’s apple). And don’t be fooled, the “chin” is actually the highest point!
  • Laura Cowles Trail – (1 mile) This hike may be the most direct route to the “chin”, but it is also the steepest and most difficult.
  • The Long Trail - Built between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club, the Long Trail offers 272 miles of footpath and 166 side trails.

When planning your day of Underhill Vermont hiking, be sure you have a comfortable home base to return to. There is no better way to treat yourself after a day outdoors than with a night at The Green Mountain Inn (and perhaps even a meal at The Whip Bar & Grill). 


Inspiration Abounds During the Stowe Weekend of Hope

Don’t ever give up the fight by celebrating life at this year’s Cancer Survivors Retreat in Stowe, Vermont!

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In the last 25 years, the cancer rate has dropped 27% but it is easy to forget when it hits close to home for so many. Stowe Weekend of Hope has helped families affected by this cope through empathy and compassion. Now in its 19th year, the Stowe Weekend of Hope is set to return to our area on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, providing three-days of education, healing, and support activities to cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers. With support from the Stowe Area Association, Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, and more, the core values of this inspirational retreat in Stowe, Vermont remain the same as the attendance continues to grow.

One of the aspects that makes this specific health and wellness retreat in Vermont such a unique experience is that it provides support for the whole family. Continuing to grow as one of the top cancer survivor events in Vermont, organizers have alleviated a lot of the financial burden and stress on the families, especially those attending for the first time! First-Time Attendees receive free lodging with discounted rates for returning guests.

Continually highlighted in Vermont Living Magazine as one of the most significant fundraising events in the state annually, this special weekend of events includes a schedule full of panels and activities with some of the top oncologists in the nation for cancer survivors and their families. There are a large variety of events fit for the whole family, which include healing activities like yoga, swimming, biking and other recreational sessions, therapeutic workshops, and informative panels.

Join us at The Green Mountain Inn for this special weekend. Celebrate life and support the cause during this annual spring tradition.


Make Your Spring Break in Stowe, Vermont 2019 Simply Sensational!

If you love the great outdoors, discover why spending Spring Break in Stowe, Vermont may be perfect for you!

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Winter may melt away a little slower up here, but soon all of the getaways in Stowe, Vermont will take on a slightly milder character (but only in weather)! The action and amazing things to do in Stowe, Vermont in spring make our area the perfect place to visit. Even better is the fact that this season gives you a built-in excuse to discover more ways to enjoy the majestic Green Mountain State. Spend your spring break in Stowe, Vermont!

Whether you are looking at the getaway deals in Stowe or your own version of a little me-time, the fresh mountain air is calling to you. From family-friendly events in Stowe to ideas that highlight the romantic side of our natural wonderland, here are several sensational spring activities to consider for your personal itinerary:

  • Day Hiking – With a plethora of trails available, you will find the perfect one to suit your skill level.
  • Fishing – Fly-fishing expeditions start in earnest as soon as the ice begins to melt.
  • Skiing – This is the perfect time to not only hit the slopes but try your hand at a little “cross country” or Nordic style of spring skiing in Stowe, Vermont! 
  • Go on a Tour – Want to keep things a little less outdoorsy? Whether looking for something sweet during our area’s maple sugaring season or a little “hoppier” at one of the nearby craft breweries, both samplings of our local culture are ideal Stowe, Vermont date night ideas.

Looking for places to stay in Stowe, Vermont? Be sure to reserve your getaway in Stowe, Vermont and stay with us at The Green Mountain Inn. We are ideally located in the center of all of the action in our area’s historic Downtown. The modern comfort and rustic charm of our accommodations perfectly complement any type of spring Stowe getaway!