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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!

Father’s Day Getaway in Stowe

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.


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). 


The Most Charming Places to Get Married in Stowe, Vermont Are at The Green Mountain Inn!

Explore our various hotel wedding venues in Stowe, Vermont to discover how all of your dreams can come true!

Green Mountain Inn

Stowe is a picture perfect wedding destination. And if you are looking for the quintessential New England ambiance, out of all of the places to get married in Stowe, Vermont, The Green Mountain Inn has the perfect backdrop for your wedding!

Unlike some other hotel wedding venues in Stowe, Vermont, we have a variety of options for your ceremony locations. Indoor or outdoor, large or intimate… it is your day and you should be able to choose the perfect setting for your personal vision! We want all of our brides and grooms to have their own fairytale ceremony and will work to make your dreams come true!

Our Ceremony Locations

  • Village Room – With the charming natural light from floor to ceiling windows and the allure of our antique décor, the welcoming ambiance is a classic blank canvas for all types of ceremonies and receptions.
  • Library and Living Rooms – Both of these smaller spaces hold all the classic elegance of a larger venue to make your intimate ceremony a truly grand affair.
  • Mansfield Gardens – Our outdoor venue brings the natural beauty of the Green Mountain State to your intimate gathering.
  • Vermont Ski Museum – For a ceremony that is a little more contemporary and unique, tie the knot while surrounded by décor highlighting our state’s outdoor sportsman history!

Our Reception Locations

  • Main Street Dining Room – Hardwood floors, a roaring fireplaces, all overlooking the beauty of our historic Downtown… the charm of an authentic 19th Century Inn comes alive for up to 120 guests!
  • Village Room – More intimate, but just as picturesque, this wedding venue can also double as your perfect spot for your reception (up to 100 guests).

The entire team at The Green Mountain Inn is almost as excited as you are about planning your dream wedding! Contact us today to learn more about our special wedding packages and start your journey to “I Do” in Green Mountain style!


4 Things to Do on the Stowe Recreation Path!

Go out and Explore! Here are 4 Things to Do on the Stowe Recreation Path.

Stowe Recreation Path

It's a great time to go out and explore the outdoors! The Stowe Recreation Path stretches 5.3 miles long, offering a fun afternoon adventure to residents and tourists alike. If looking for things to do in Stowe during your stay with us, we recommend taking a trip to the Stowe Recreation Path for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

Here are 4 things we recommend on the Stowe Recreation Path:

Take a Bike Ride - The 5.3 mile paved trail is ideal for non-motorized recreation, making a bike ride the perfect choice while visiting the Stowe attraction. Take in the gorgeous mountain views as you cycle along the bike path in Stowe. Bike maintenance stations were recently installed, offering the necessary tools to perform any basic bike repairs from a flat tire to adjusting your brakes!

Enjoy a leisurely stroll - If looking for outdoor activities in Stowe, we recommend a leisurely stroll. It's a great way to work up an appetite before exploring the nearby restaurants that you'll find along the path. In fact, the restaurants, lodges and local business help make the bike path one of the most popular recreation assets in the area!

Have a picnic - Yes, you can enjoy a picnic in the park. The Stowe Recreation Path is home to many picnic areas. What a great way to re-energize along the way!

Cool off with a swim - While exploring the walking path in Stowe, you may be surprised to discover a few swimming areas you can enjoy. Take a refreshing dip and cool off after an afternoon in the summer sun.

After exploring the Recreation Path in Stowe, rest your feet at the Green Mountain Inn, conveniently located nearby!


Fishing in Stowe is the “Reel” Deal

Fishing in Stowe

Fishing in Stowe is “Reel” Fun. Take a Catamount fish trip and discover that all good things come to those who bait!

The diversity of our state’s bodies of water makes Vermont a fisherman’s paradise. Yet instead of setting out on your own Stowe fishing excursion, outfitters such as Catamount Fishing Adventures will ensure your trip is stuffed to the gills with fishy-fun! With over 23 years of experience, the only problem you’ll have by taking a Catamount fishing trip in Stowe is you’ll be hooked and never want to leave!

There are plenty of fish in the sea…

And a variety of ways to catch them! Fly-fishing, spin-fishing and ice-fishing all have their unique attributes, and depending on the season, one style may speak to your fish-loving soul more than the others. Then there’s the time of day and duration of your Stowe fishing trip – eight hours may seem like an eternity now, but it’s more popular than the four hour trip for a reason! Do you plan on fishing in Stowe by canoe or motorboat, or roughing it by wading or staying on the bank? The fishing equipment is provided (including licenses), so all you need to do is choose your style and get ready to reel in the fun!

Now, that we’ve got you on the hook…


Remember the basics when it comes to adventuring in the great outdoors, as they’re extra important for a day on the water. Bring your best “adventuring” gear – sunglasses, hat, raingear, comfortable “earth-tone” clothes… Don’t forget the suntan lotion and bug repellant for the warmer months and plenty of drinks and snacks to keep your hunger from biting more than the fish!

Feel fully prepared for your Stowe fishing adventure? Don’t be a fish out of water! Book a room with us at the Green Mountain Inn. Our combination of rustic charm and modern comfort creates the perfect relaxing home base for any Stowe adventure!


Take Flight With These Flying Tours in Stowe Vermont

Your dream to fly like a bird becomes reality when you take flight on one of these  Flying Tours in Stowe Vermont!

 

flying tours in Stowe Vermont

 

Forget the commercial airplanes. If you want to fly like a bird by gliding in Vermont, look no further than Stowe Soaring! See our beautiful landscape from an exhilarating new perspective, unlike any other summer tours of Stowe you may have taken. A graceful ride on the silent wings of Stowe Soaring’s gliders was made for you. Taking flight in one of their “sailplanes” is truly a ride of a lifetime.

Operating from May through October (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM), you will have a choice of four Stowe Soaring Tours:

Taste of the Sky: This is for the novices, or those with weak stomachs! Only ten minutes in length, this quick introductory glide will leave you anticipating your next ride on one of the longer Stowe flying tours!

Mt. Elmore East Ridge: Twenty minutes of silent soaring over Mt. Elmore and the Worcester Mt. Range will leave no doubt in your mind on how our beloved state got its Green Mountain moniker.

Stowe Scenic Tour: Out of all the gliding Stowe Vermont tours, this thirty-minute flight showcases the true spirit of our amazing area! Your pilot will be your very own tour guide, pointing out iconic landmarks such as the Trapp Family Lodge, the historic village square, and of course, Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in all of Vermont!

Yet, if you really want to experience this mountain majesty to the fullest...

Try the Mile High Mt. Mansfield Special: You'll never want these forty minutes of life-changing gliding to end! Your expert pilot will navigate all of the changing wind currents, making this weightless journey the true king of the mountains!

The best way to book your airplane tour of Stowe is online and in advance… while you also book your “nest” with us at the nearby Green Mountain Inn!


Celebrate Your Love with our Romantic Hotel Packages in Stowe Vermont!

Discover how our romantic hotel packages in Stowe, Vermont can make your summer getaway even more special!

romantic hotel packages in Stowe Vermont

Stowe is one of Vermont’s most popular destinations to visit all year-round! It also happens to be a wonderful spot for couples to vacation. Located in the historic downtown district, The Green Mountain Inn is the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern luxury to make any romantic summer getaway in Stowe truly magical. When searching through the many romantic hotel packages in Stowe, Vermont, we know that our “Relaxation Getaway” will always be near the top. We are proud to offer this package year-round, but feel it’s ideal for an amorous summer vacation in Stowe!

Plan your summer vacation in Stowe as a “Relaxation Getaway” for two!

Indulge not only in the classic charm of our luxurious accommodations at a discounted rate, but in the decadent extras that we have included. Waiting for you upon arrival, you’ll find a refreshing platter of fruit and cheese with the ideal Vermont vintage to wash it down: not a bottle of bubbly, but the iconic New England spring water that’ll surely quench any thirst.

This uniquely tailored package also includes a daily full Country Inn Breakfast in our Main Street Dining Room. Enjoying signature items, such as our renowned honey oatmeal bread, is the perfect way to start off your day together.

However, where this package really shines is the inclusion of two 60-minute relaxation massages at Stowe Village Massage, located adjacent to the Inn. What better way to spend some quality time together than while indulging in a couple's spa treatment? The certified professional therapists will help you both fully unwind and transition into a “Green Mountain” state of relaxation!

Book the most romantic of the Green Mountain Inn Stowe, Vermont deals today!