Throughout the Northeast, it's hard to find ski country as perfect as Stowe with its superb hospitality and 48 slopes and trails. A winter wonderland, this enchanting snow capital sparkles when the snow begins to fall.
Stowe has more than 57 restaurants that cater to every whim, and shops that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. There are no large franchises, just Mom & Pop stores with a charming display of wares. The town's unique style is its trademark that stamps itself in memory, the greatest souvenir of all.
Stowe is a highland town characterized by panoramic views, Victorian homes, expansive countryside and year-round activity. Peering out over the village is Mount Mansfield, Vermont's tallest mountain. In winter, skiers zip down its slopes and in summer, hikers trek through the five-and-a-half mile paved Stowe Recreation Path to its summit. Stowe is a playground for skiing, snowshoeing and dog-sledding. Snowmobiling and sleigh rides add to the sparkle of the winter season.
Summertime means swimming in the crystal lakes and streams as soft breezes ripple across the water; horseback riding through the woodland paths while shimmering streaks of sunlight trickle their way through the canopy of green; and sweeping down the Winooski River in a canoe or kayak, passing farms and woodlands on the way.
Golf, tennis, fishing and biking make Stowe as much a summer resort as it is a winter one. Lazy gondola rides up the mountain and scenic drives along Route 108 to Smuggler's Notch elevates the spirits with a striking panoramic view of monumental cliffs.
When the weather is less than perfect, indoor facilities for health and recreation are easy to find. Aquatic centers, gyms, and health spas are scattered throughout the town offering indoor pools, message therapy, yoga studios, hot tubs, saunas and mineral spas. There is no wrong time to visit Stowe. This town is accommodative and active in any season, in any weather.
Stowe, the Ski Capital of the Northeast, is located about 20 miles northwest of Montpelier on Route 100.