Autumn colors surrounding a barn near Mount Mansfield
Admiring the scenery at Mount Mansfield State Forest
Lake near Mount Mansfield reflecting the vibrant colors of autumn
From Sunset Rock, a bird's-eye view of downtown
A cascading waterfall in the mountains
Skiing down the mountain on a crisp winter day
Biking along a trail while surrounded by the beautiful colors of autumn
A winter day filled with activities at a ski lodge near Mount Mansfield
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A ski resort town that has more than snow
First, the Skiing
The ski slopes are within Stowe Mountain Resort, where two mountains are accessed via a gondola and 13 chair lifts. Visitors can opt for downhill, cross-country or snowboarding on 116 trails of various difficulty levels or try one of six terrain parks scattered amongst the 200 skiable hectares. If you’re not a skier, opt for a sleigh ride, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling or even a dog-sledding tour.
Next, the Town
Settled about 200 years ago, the village of Stowe offers an eclectic mix of activities, cultural events and arts and crafts. The performing arts are alive and well here, and both drama and musical theater can be found at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center or the Stowe Theatre Guild. It’s easy to while away an afternoon at a gallery or two, the Stowe Historical Society and Museum, or the Ski and Snowboard Museum. Browse some of the 70 stores stocking everything from specialty foods to handcrafted furniture to exquisite locally made jewelry. If you time your visit right, attend the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival or the Manhattan Short Film Festival.
A Place for All Seasons
Stowe is just as dynamic in summer and fall as it is during ski season. Visitors can walk, bike, skate and jog on the Stowe Recreation Path, and golfers can enjoy the greens at three courses. Hiking is a favorite pastime around Stowe, with Smugglers Notch and Mount Mansfield being the most scenic spots. The most popular of four trails leading to the summit is the Mansfield Mountain-Sunset Ridge-Long Trail Loop, which passes by a beautiful waterfall. And on autumn weekends in October, the area becomes a haven for leaf-peepers as the foliage starts changing and the trees burst with vivid color. See fall foliage on drives through the hills or on a boat trip on the Waterbury Reservoir.
The Von Trapp family of “Sound of Music” fame settled in Stowe after leaving their native Austria.