Although this destination is known mainly for its winter activities, Stowe, Vermont has plenty to offer visitors all year round. During the winter months, travelers come from all over the world to experience the skiing in Vermont. With a number of large ski resorts, winter sports lovers can rejoice. In the other three season of the year, Vermont offers some amazing hiking, biking and scenic views to visitors. The state also ranks second among craft beer sales, so it has become a great place to experience both dining and drinking. In the fall travelers can experience the beauty of the color-changing leaves. No matter what the season, Vermont has something great to offer.
Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont
- Ski, Snowboard or Hike the Mountains -
Many travelers go to our Sundance Vacations property in Vermont to ski or snowboard on Mount Mansfield or Stowe Mountain in the winter months or to hike them in the summer. Take the gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont, and eat at the restaurant on top for stellar views and tasty treats. Experience incredible vertical drops on Stowe Mountain or try an easier trail if you're just beginning. Both mountains have trails for all skill levels.
- Bike or Stroll -
The Stowe Recreation Path is over 12 miles long round-trip and offers a wonderful view of nature. Nestled between the West Branch River and Route 108, you'll see corn fields and the shallow, rocky, West Branch of the Little River. There are bike rentals available at several locations nearby making this is a great stop for the family to picnic and spend a relaxing day outside in the summer time. Looking for something a little more challenging? Head on over to Smugglers' Notch State Park for mountain biking trails, hiking or rock climbing. This is a gorgeous area to visit in the fall when the leaves are changing. You could also check out Sterling Falls Gorge, where you'll witness running waterfalls on this well-marked trail.
- Tasting/ Tours -
Do you love experiencing food and drink? The Stowe Beer Tour is a five-hour, all-inclusive beer tour where you'll visit three of the top breweries in Vermont and indulge in samples paired with locally-grown veggies, meat and cheeses. If you love cheeses, the Vermont Creamery is only about 40 minutes from Stowe. Not a fan of beer, but love a good Cider? Check out Stowe Cider for both hard and alcohol-free cider.
- Lake Champlain -
About 45 minutes from Stowe in Burlington, Vermont you can hop aboard for a sailing cruise with the Whistling Man Schooner Company. Sign up for either a half-day or full-day cruise as a romantic getaway or fun sail with the kids on their "Friend Ship." There are also ferries that will take you from Burlington to areas in New York. You might even see Champ, their lake monster, said to be much like the Loch Ness Monster of the Scottish Highlands.
- Dog Sledding -
Coming to Vermont in the winter to ski, snowshoe or snowboard? We bet you didn't think you'd be able to dog sled too! Experience the mountains while being pulled by a team of Siberian huskies. Husky Works two or three passenger sled rides are available by reservation only. Peace Pups Dog Sledding is located near Lake Elmore and teaches you how to mush! They also have dog visiting hours in the summer if you'd still like to drop by to feed the pooches some treats and say hi.
- Sundance Vacations Travel Blog -
For more awesome things to do all-year round in Stowe, Vermont, head over to the Sundance Vacations Travel Blog and read an article penned by Jerry Kishbaugh. It offers more tips for things to do, places to eat and experiences you need to check out! "Sundance Vacations Destinations: Stowe, Vermont"
Generally it is pretty cold in Stowe, Vermont. At the top of this page, you'll find monthly highs and lows for the area, so be sure to check that out before packing. If you plan on skiing or snowboarding, don't forget to pack long underwear, ski socks and pants as well as snow boats and your jackets. A winter hat, scarf and gloves can be a must. If you're an avid winter junkie you probably already own all the skiing accessories you need, but if not, there are shops all around Stowe where you can rent or purchase what you need. As we recommend for all locations that can get nippy, pack multiple clothes for layering. If you're coming during the warm time of the year, it's wise to still pack weather proof clothes for hiking. Don't forget your camera to capture your adventure too! Check out this article on our Sundance Vacations News site on how you could win a GoPro camera from us.
- Brattleboro Winter Carnival
- Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
The closest airport to Stowe is in the Burlington, Vermont, which is about 45 minutes away. Burlington is on Lake Champlain and a beautiful city to visit anytime of the year. The Burlington Airport offers rental cars, but if you're looking to save some money, check out this article on our Sundance Vacations Blog for some tips on getting a rental for the best price. Visit Green Mountain Transit Agency for more information on routes and schedules for public transportation as well as how to purchase a bus pass. Stowe is in the mountains, meaning that most of the attractions and places you will visit will require you to travel to them, in a short time, via a car. If you are headed to the area in the winter time, make sure you have a vehicle that is well equipped to handle driving in the snow.
Transportation to Destination
- Bus to Morrisville
- Drive to Montpelier
- Drive to Barre
- Drive to Williamstown
- Drive to Burlington
- Drive to Rutland
Amount of Time
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- 1 Hour 38 Minutes
- Vermont's capital, Montpelier, is the smallest state capital in the United States. The whole state is pretty small; it's the second smallest state as far as population.
- Vermont and its capital are known for their large production of maple syrup so be sure to grab a bottle while you're there!
- If you planned on picking up a bottle of alcohol while here, you might not be able to. Vermont does not sell alcohol to people with out of state licenses. You must have a liquor ID. Be sure to look into this before traveling.
- The famous Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to local Vermont farmers. The hogs love to devour all flavors...well, except Mint Oreo, which they are picky about.
- Vermont does not allow advertising on billboards.