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3233 Elmore Mountain Road

Stowe, Vermont 05672  |  1-888-STOWE-ME  | 1-802-888-0002

© 2018 by Stowe Meadows

THINGS TO DO

Stay and Play in Vermont!

Whether enjoying adventures on our private 32-acre estate or in the local Stowe area, you'll discover year-round activities sure to help you relax, recharge and rejuvenate!

Golfing to gliders...beers to boards...skiing to shopping.

Do as much (or as little) as you'd like.
 

It's time to "get your Vermont on" and adventure like a local!

ADVENTURING BY AIR

Bird Watching

Interested in learn about Vermont's 269 bird species? Take a hike around Sterling Pond led by bird-savvy staff of the North Branch Nature Center and dozens of other excursions. The Stowe Area Birders Walk departs from the Stowe Free Library every Sunday at 7 a.m. Rather paddle than walk? Kayak tours of bird-friendly waters are offered by Bert's Boats, or take a guided canoe or kayak trip with Umiak Outfitters.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Stowe is known as a home of VT hot air ballooning and hosts the annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. For information about pricing and availability, contact: Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides. Weather permitting, ballooning is available year 'round. 

Zip Lining with Arbor Trek (Smuggler's Notch Resort) 

A year-around zip line course is available just over the Mansfield Mountain in Smuggler's Notch. Yes, even during the winter season! Check ArborTrek for details.  

Zip Lining with Mt. Mansfield (ZipTour Adventure) 

This new adventure awaits at Mt. Mansfield. This is a summer-only adventure so check it out from June through mid-October each year. Ziptour Adventure at Mt. Mansfield

 

BIKING

Biking in Vermont is fantastic - from mountain, road and hybrid bikes to newer e-bikes and elliptical bikes, there are fantastic trails and roadways for all. Here is a Vermont State Bike Map that will provide a great overview.

Bike Rentals

AJ's Sporting Goods  or Pinnacle Sports  both in Stowe Village and both with easy access to the Stowe Recreation Path.  Both offer a wide variety of bikes for all ages and skill levels. They also have the equipment you may have forgotten to bring along.

 

E-Bike Rentals 

Lamoille Valley Bike Tours:  Electric bikes (e-Bikes) have arrived in our area!!  We LOVE these bikes and the tour (and tour operators).  Catch this group on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, New England's longest rail trail. Thursdays and Sundays tours begin at the Oxbow Park in Morrisville. VT (a 10-15 minute drive from Stowe Meadows). Reservations are required (these are very popular outings). The team at Lamoille Valley Bike Tours is taking reservations for rides and local self-guided tours of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail - including Brew Tours and Foliage Tours. Check this page for pricing

Road Biking 

The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5 mile long bike-friendly path that offers terrific vistas in/around Stowe.  For the more adventurous biker, check out these bike maps.  

Mountain Biking

For a bit of off-roading, there are so many terrific and newly created trails in the Stowe area.  A great map can be found on the Vermont State Bike Map.

Trails

The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail: New England's longest rail trail is now open! Spanning more than 90 miles.  A new 33 mile section is now open connecting Morrisville, VT to Jeffersonville, VT! The trail is wide with smooth, firmly packed gravel perfect for biking, jogging, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and horseback riding. We recommend driving 5 miles (11 minutes) to Oxbow Park in Morrisville to join the trail.

 

DINING AND DANCING

Dinner to late night dancing, Stowe offers the best in food and entertainment.

There are several terrific dining spots in the greater Stowe area. Here is a quick reference list of our favorites.  Most require a reservation, especially during peak seasons (Foliage, Ski, Christmas, New Years, Columbus Day, Valentine’s Day).

 

Hen of the Wood802-244-7300

Michael’s On The Hill802-244-7476

Plate:  802-253-2691

Doc Ponds: 802-760-6066  Does not accept reservation, but we recommend using the Yelp page "no wait" feature for this popular spot.

After dinner, check out The Matterhorn, Tap25, Doc Ponds, and Piecasso. All feature the best in local, regional and and national artists. 

 
 

DRIVERS AND TAXI SERVICES

If you would like to reserve a either an airport taxi pickup or a taxi service pickup for dining out while in the Stowe Area, we recommend the following services:
 

Snowflake Taxi  802.253.7666

Peg's Pickup  802.253.9490

Vermont VIP 802..310.5754

FUN WITH FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS

 

Dog Sledding (Winter) / Dog Carting (Summer/Fall)

If you've watched Eight Below, Disney's terrific movie about dog sledding, you'll want to check-out Peacepups Dogsledding here in Elmore, VT.  A fantastic group of lovable pups will take you on a 1 hour sledding tour or carting tour.  Have your camera ready!  In winter, you'll want to dress warmly and consider putting “Hot Hands” hand or foot warmers in your bag, just in case.  It gets chilly out there.

Horseback Riding 

In Stowe you will find several beautiful areas to explore on horseback. With the many options available to new or experienced riders, a visit to one of Stowe's stables is a truly unique memorable experience. Each facility offers its own special touch, from riding lessons to carriage and wagon rides, and from trips through woods and meadows with panoramic views of the Green Mountains to backcountry tours and lakeside picnics.


Riding with Edson Hill Manor 

At this riding stable you'll find old fashioned carriage rides in the summer and guided trail rides through the woods, including trotting and cantering for intermediate and advanced riders. Longer rides of up to 3 hours with lunch are available by prior arrangement. Private lessons by appointment. (802) 253-7371.

Riding with the Equestrian Center at Topnotch

Topnotch Hotel offers guided trail rides as well as horseback riding lessons. Little ones love the corralled pony rides. Or take the entire family for a carriage ride, complements of our giant draft horses. (802) 253-6497.

 

Wagon Rides / Sleigh Rides 

A big hit with any age.  Gentle Giants has draft horses that are active year around from sleigh rides in the winter to hay rides in the summer: 

 

GENERAL ADVENTURING

Apple Picking (Fall) 

Apple picking season in VT is generally from late August through late October. “Pick your own” farms are abundant.  Here is a website link that may help you choose a terrific location.  Also be certain to see this page for information about Apple picking across the state, including Shelburne Orchards.

 

Calendar of Events

The Stowe Area Association tracks all local events and updates their public calendar weekly. This is a great source of "in the know" adventuring from local classes to group activities.

Fireworks

Independence Day fireworks are real crowd pleaser. Check out the Stowe calendar of events to learn about local fireworks dates and other holiday-related activities.

Galleries

Vermont art and artists shine and local galleries highlight a unique and authentic love of the arts. From festivals to galleries, art centers and studios to craft shows, make sure to put art at the top of your list. Here are a few spots to note: Green Mountain Fine Art, The Helen Day Art Center.

Mountain Activities 

Open for the summer season from June - October, Stowe Mountain Resort offers lots of family-friendly activities. Hike, drive or take the gondola to the top of Mt. Mansfield. The views are spectacular. Check out rock climbing, bungee jumping and obstacle course maneuvering.  Stowe Mountain Family Activities

 

Music on the Meadow - Stowe Performing Arts

Trapp Family Lodge:  Music on the Meadow is an outdoor concert on the expansive lawn at the Von Trapp Lodge.  I'd rank it as a “must do” that weekend.  Information can be found here at the Stowe Performing Arts site.  Also, just a trip to the Von Trapp Lodge for a piece of “Sound of Music” history is a great stop while in Stowe.

 

GOLF 

There are several public and private courses within a 30 minute drive of Stowe Meadows. From award-winning courses to neighborhood short-courses and driving ranges, the greater Stowe area delivers scenery and fun for all golfers.
 

Stowe Country Club is a public course right in the heart of Stowe village.  Ryder Brook is a public 9-hole course just 4 miles from our Lodge called Rider Brook Golf Course.  Here is a link to Stowe area courses with ratings.

 

 

TAKE A HIKE

The Stowe area is known for terrific hiking.  There are so many terrific trails.  Here is a link to the Top Hiking Trails in VT and one of the top trails (Moss Glen Falls) is just 4 miles from our Lodge!  Moss Glenn Falls is a very easy hike that the entire family will enjoy....and be certain to take your camera.

 

Catamount Trail  

Over 300 miles in length, the Catamount Trail spans VT and is terrific for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.  The trail can be accessed directly from our Lodge...just a short distance from our front door.  This trail can be access either by roughing it directly from our property....or reaching a main trail head at the Elmore State Park.

 

Elmore Mountain Fire Tower 

Hike #35 on top 50 VT hikes. Our Lodge is nestled under Elmore Mountain.  From the Elmore State Park (5 miles away), a terrific hiking trail leads to the top of Elmore Mountain and to the Fire Tower.  The vistas are amazing and, on a clear day, you can see the White Mtns of New Hampshire!  The hike is easy/moderate and takes about 2 hours.  I've read a few blogs that say this hike is a “must do” in the area.  

 

Stowe Recreation/Bike Path 

A great destination for runners, bikers or roller-blade enthusiasts in your group...also a fantastic cross-country ski path in winter.  The rec path is a 5.25 mile long paved path through the heart of Stowe that offers scenic vistas including the mountains, river and local art projects.  

 

RELAXATION / SPA

There are several well-known, day spas and full-service spas in the area.  You can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

 

Full service spas 

Topnotch and the Stowe Mountain Lodge.   A benefit for these full service spas is full-day access to all spa/gym/pool facilities.  If you book a treatment, be sure to consider arriving early or staying longer to enjoy access to the gym, spa lounge and/or pool.

 

Day spa treatments 

There are also spa and massage appointments at non-resort facilities.  One that many guests enjoy is Stowe Village Massage

 

 

 

SNOW! SKIING, SNOW BOARDING, SNOWSHOEING, SLEDDING

 

ALPINE SKIING  

So many choices!  There are several terrific mountains within 60 minutes of Stowe Meadows.  Here are a few to consider:

 

Mt. Mansfield - Stowe Mountain 

Just 20 minutes away, Mt. Mansfield, Stowe's award-winning ski and snowboard center is an amazing ski area.  Mt. Mansfield has the most vertical feet of any ski area on the east coast!  Check these links for Lift Tickets, Lessons and on-site ski equipment rentals are also available.

 

Bolton Valley 

Just 35 minutes from Stowe Meadows, you'll find Bolton Valley ski resort.  This terrific resort offers night skiing and many economical lift ticket packages!

 

Jay Peak Resort

A terrific 45 minute ride will take you to one of the northern-most ski areas in Vermont, and one of the most modern and newly renovated.  Jay Peak offers fantastic skiing, great lift ticket rates and an indoor water park called La Chute offering the longest indoor activity river in the US!

 

Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort

About 60 minutes from Stowe Meadows, Smuggler's Notch Ski Resort is “Americas Family Resort”.  “Smugg's” is on the opposite side of Mt. Mansfield from the Stowe ski trails.  In the winter, skiers have to drive around the mountain through Jeffersonville to reach the resort as the Notch road that cuts through the mountain pass is closed from mid-October through Mid-April.

 

Discounted Lift Tickets 

Check out Lifttopia for discounted ski and snowboard lift tickets.

 

SNOWMOBILE TOURS

Journey through the Mt. Mansfield State Park on snowmobiles....for beginners and advanced riders.  This tour is highly rated by our guests.  Weekend tours leave every hour from 8am - 6pm.  

 

SLEIGH RIDES 

A big hit with any age.  These draft horses are active year around from sleigh rides in the winter to hay rides in the summer.

 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING - BACK COUNTRY

Catamount Trail

Over 300 miles in length, the Catamount trail spans VT and is terrific for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.  The trail can be accessed directly from our Lodge...just a short distance from our front door.  This trail can be access either by roughing it directly from our property....or reaching a main trailhead at the Elmore State Park.

The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail

New England's longest rail trail is now open! Spanning more than 90 miles.  A new 33 mile section is now open connecting Morrisville, VT to Jeffersonville, VT! The trail is wide with smooth gravel perfect for biking, jogging, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and horseback riding. View more information here. We recommend driving 5 miles (11 minutes) to Oxbow Park in Morrisville to join the trail. 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING - GROOMED

Trapp Family Nordic Center

Expansive groomed trails for snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

Craftsbury Outdoor and Nordic Center 

Expansive groomed trails for cross country skiing.

 

SNOW SHOEING AND SLEDDING

Umiak Adventures sponsors snow shoeing and sledding trips. Equipment rental is included in all adventures. Sledding isn't just for the kids!  Erich and I have been sledding with the Umiak team and it is really very fun!    Ask about the Umiak Moonlight Snowshoe Tours - great fun for all ages!

Snow shoeing can be done right from our property!  There are hundreds of acres of forest land and many scenic vistas to explore.  Just ask and we’ll put you on the right path! 

 
 

SHOPPING AND FACTORY TOURS

 

Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour 

A MUST stop on any visit to Stowe.  Waterbury, VT is the home of Ben & Jerry's Ice-cream and factory tours are given daily (with samples at the end).  If you visit on a weekday, visitors get to see ice-cream making live. 

 

Other factory tours 

In addition to stopping at Ben & Jerry's don't forget Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cabot Cheese and Laughing Moon Chocolates

 

There are many terrific shopping spots in the area, but here are my favorite two stops: Well-Heeled Shoes and The Stowe Craft Gallery.  

WATER ADVENTURES

Fishing 

Crisp clean Vermont waterways provide endless fly and spin fishing adventures. Our private pond is stocked with rainbow and brook trout that will provide a fun and relaxing afternoon of fishing. Interested in trekking to deeper water or fast flowing rivers - our friends at The Fly Rod Shop or Catamount Fishing Adventures can hook you up. 

Kayaking and Canoeing 

Lake Elmore, Green River Reservoir, Waterbury Reservoir, the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and Lake Champlain offer a huge day of fun. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards can be rented at each site or contact Umiak for more information on group outings or custom trips like river fishing or bird watching. No matter which adventure you choose, Bert’s Boats or Umiak will help you create your own perfect excursion or guided tour.

 

Lake Elmore State Park 

This 219 acre lake beside the Elmore State Park, this scenic spot, just 5 miles from Stowe Meadows. The site offers terrific vistas of Elmore Mountain, a small beach and swimming area and is the site of several sprint-distance triathlons during the summer.  There is a $4 per person ($10 per automobile) usage fee for all VT State Parks.

Green River Reservoir 

A VT State Park, this reservoir is unlike many others. A 5,100 acre scenic spot perfect for stand up paddle boarding, kayaks and canoes. One of our favorite summer swimming and water activity locations. There is a $4 per person fee for all VT State Park usage.

 

Indoor Water Park  

Jay Peak Resort:  A terrific 45 minute ride will take you to one of the northern-most ski / vacation areas in Vermont, and one of the most modern and newly renovated.  Jay Peak offers fantastic skiing, great lift ticket rates and an indoor water park called La Chute offering the longest indoor activity river in the US!

Swimming Holes

There are several local swimming holes, indoor swimming pools and outdoor pools open to the public. Check out these close by swimming spots - Bingham Falls, Moss Glenn Falls, Lake Elmore, Green River Reservoir, Waterbury Reservoir. For indoor swimming, The Swimming Hole in Stowe offers day passes as do most resorts in the area.