Some destinations are full of surprises. Exactly that can be said about Stowe, Vermont
, a small town with a long list of activities. This town might be quaint, but it's home to award-winning restaurants, shopping, spas, annual festivals, and of course plenty of outdoor recreation too. When it comes to what to do in Stowe VT, you won't be short on choices at any time of the year.
1. Winter sports
Wondering what to do in Stowe VT? The best known are the winter sports. A winter trip can be full of skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, and snowshoeing. There are plenty of opportunities for new and exciting activities too, including snowmobile tours and dog sled rides.
2. Mountain biking
Outdoor adventurous types are drawn to Stowe for the local mountain biking trails. After the winter snow melts, a haven of trails is revealed. Here enthusiasts can hit the trails along Cottonbrook Trail
. If you're looking for a more leisurely ride, check out Stowe's five-mile paved Recreation Path
3. Hot air ballooning
Are you looking for a way to make your trip to Stowe really memorable? Nothing will make this vacation stand out against the rest like a hot air balloon ride. There are several tour companies that offer flights over the Champlain Valley and Green Mountains including Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides
and Stoweflake Hot Air Balloons
Some visitors might be surprised to learn that it is possible to do some golfing during a trip to Stowe. There are over a dozen courses in the Stowe area to choose from, including the Stowe Country Club
and Farm Resort Golf Course
5. Zip line tours
Trying to get your kids excited about your upcoming trip to Vermont? Just mention zip line tours. These heart-pounding rides allow you to soar through the canopy and gain a whole new perspective on Vermont. Contact ArborTrek Canopy Adventures
for more information.
Some travelers plan a trip to Stowe to escape the chaos of daily life and enjoy the natural surroundings. One of the best ways to achieve this is to spend a day or two fishing. Reserve a fly fishing tour with Catamount Fishing Adventures
or even try ice fishing in the winter.
7. Local flavors
After an adventurous day, you might be looking for a way to unwind. In Stowe
, let the local wineries and restaurants take care of that. If you're curious about local wine, plan to visit Boyden Valley Winery
or Grand View Winery
during your trip. To sample the tastes of award-winning local chefs, book a table at Harrison's Restaurant and Bar
or the Cottage
After an adventurous day, you might want to unwind with a spa treatment at one of the local spas. There are several high-quality spas that will deliver your dream massage or facial including the Spa at Stoweflake
or the Spa at Topnotch
An outdoor adventure trip can also include some shopping. As far as what to do in Stowe VT, exploring the quaint streets and browsing local stores is a must. Keep your eye out for antiques, jewelry, and Vermont specialties like cheese and chocolate. Some fun stores include the Stowe Farmers' Marke
t and the Mountain Cheese and Wine Shop
10. Annual events
As if you could use more reasons to want to plan a trip to Stowe, Vermont, there are also many appealing events. From live music to fall festivals to car shows, there is always something on the local calendar throughout the year that visitors can participate in.
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