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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.

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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.

Experience Snowshoeing in Stowe, Vermont

Snowshoeing in Stowe, VT is a fun and thrilling experience for anyone who loves outdoor winter sports. Whether you are a beginner or an expert in the sport, you are sure to have a memorable time when you try out the slopes at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Winter Activities in Stowe Tourists Love to Try

Snowshoeing-CoupleSkiing and Snowshoeing at the Stowe Resort are two of the top winter activities that most tourists and locals take part in. But there are plenty of other outdoor winter sports and activities that you can try out when you stay at the Green Mountain Inn. The Trapp Family Lodge Cross-Country Ski Center should be your first stop as you head out for an adventure. There you can gather all the supplies you will need for a successful day on the slopes. Umiak Outfitters is another popular location where you can find name brand gear and ski apparel to keep you warm, comfortable, and safe.

A complimentary shuttle provides you with transportation to the mountain, where you can spend the day skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking along the impressive Vermont snowshoe trails. If you are an advanced skier, you may enjoy backcountry skiing along the 25 miles of advanced territory and ungroomed snow.

Enjoy a Winter Getaway When You Stay at Green Mountain Inn

Snowshoeing is a fun activity that many people find much easier than skiing or snowboarding. It allows you to explore the rugged terrain while you stay safe from slips or falls. If you are planning to visit the Stowe Ski Resort in the future, and are looking for a place to stay, be sure to check out Green Mountain Inn. We offer the very best accommodations with plenty of modern amenities and we’re close to all the action.

Watch and Participate in the 2018 Stowe Derby

Find out when and how to experience the most popular ski races in Stowe during the 2018 Stowe Derby, Sunday, February 25. Whether you want to zip down the mountain yourself or just watch from the sidelines, this is a race you shouldn’t miss.

The 73rd Stowe Derby Brings Hundreds to Stowe

Man-skiing-on-winter-daySince 1945, this derby has brought to Stowe competitors from the Canadian Ski Team to NCAA Champions. This year it's bringing back the Fat Bike Race and features the Derby Short Course, presented by Ben & Jerry’s! You may register to participate by February 9.

Cross-Country Ski Race

This 12.5-mile course features challenging terrain with a vertical drop of nearly 2,800 feet. Participants will ski down this difficult course while spectators watch over 45 minutes of great skiing action. This is one of the oldest and most unique races in the country – you wouldn’t want to miss it.

Fat Bike Race

This race will benefit the Stowe Mountain Bike Club as riders compete on the same course as the skiers, but starting from the bottom. Riders may participate in the Fat Derby or the Fat Derby Meister, which combines the Fat Derby and the Freestyle Race.

After spending an exciting day at the Stowe Derby, find your way back to historic Stowe Village to warm up. Book your Stowe Derby weekend stay at Green Mountain Inn, where you can relax by a cozy fire with hot tea or coffee. Comfortable rooms are waiting for you near these activities so can have fun in Stowe with no worries.

Start Skiing in Stowe with Excellent Deals

Stowe Mountain offers all the fresh, powdery snow you crave during wintertime. Find out how you can maximize your time playing in the snow on some of New England’s finest mountains.

Never Miss Out with the Stowe Epic Pass

Man-jumping-with-snowboard-from-mountain-hillStowe Mountain is the first ever eastern United States mountain to become part of Vail’s Epic Pass. With a Stowe Epic Pass, you gain access to season-long fun at 15 world-class resorts – with no blackout dates. You can choose when you play in the snow at Stowe, Vail, Breckenridge, and more!

With this pass, you also get the chance to experience 30 European resorts. Purchase your pass and book a stay at Green Mountain Inn, where you will receive a discount on lodging – no matter the time of the week.

Discover Your Best Options for Ski Packages in Stowe

When you maximize your time, you also want to maximize the value you get for the money you spend, right? Look no further than Green Mountain Inn’s Ski, Ride & Stay Package. This package includes discounted accommodations for one night, as well as a one-day lift ticket to Stowe Mountain Resort.

With this package, you and your friends can zip down the mountain all day, with zero worries about where you’ll get warm. You can all look forward to coming back to a warm, cozy inn where you can relive all the crazy runs you experienced. At Green Mountain Inn, you can curl up in front of a fire with a cup of tea knowing the mountain is just a quick ride away.