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Late August brings some of the best of summer. It is the time of year when the shortening days and subtle cooling off remind us of fall’s imminence, making each warm day that much more vibrant and sweet. We know that soon enough, the seasons will cross over. Till then, we embark on our late summer bucket list, a journey to embrace the last blaze of summer in Stowe.

Discover a Swimming Hole

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From popular haunts like the Waterbury Reservoir to more tucked away spots won on a hike, Stowe and the surrounding areas boasts enchanting options for a dip in nature. Escape from the summer heat while the leaves are still green and connect with pristine landscapes at one of these favorite local swimming holes.

Catch The Sounds of Stowe

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Stowe is renowned for its natural beauty as well as its rich arts and culture. The summer concerts series at Spruce Peak Arts merges the two, providing an opportunity to enjoy diverse musical performances against the backdrop of the Green Mountains, all in a family friendly setting. 

Ascend the Scenic Auto Toll Road

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The Auto Toll Road up to the summit ridge of Mount Mansfield is open in a glorious window from May through October. The winding road has been in operation since 1923 when the very first car chugged its way to the peak, and has been a favorite experience for tourists and locals alike ever since. Pack a picnic, and capitalize on the opportunity to see the dynamic expanse of Stowe up high, from the comfort of your car. 

Savor Local Cuisine Al Fresco

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Stowe is a bonafide foodie destination, reinforced by an abundance of farmland and local purveyors providing the best ingredients in the Northeast. There is something for everyone among the must visit restaurants in Stowe, from upscale farm-to-table experiences, to a casual post-hike pizza spot for you and the kids. Wherever you choose, elevate your experience by taking it outside and basking in the land that supports such culinary delights. 

Explore Your Backyard

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The bustle of summer is intoxicating. It can be easy to forget to slow down and explore what is right outside your door, but sometimes this is where the simplest and most important moments lie. When you stay at Sun & Ski, a walk with the family around the grounds lets you take in Green Mountain skyscapes, the bank of the Little River, and miles of shady tree lined trails. Complete your summer bucket list by setting it aside, and giving you and your family time to truly connect and explore. 


Autum colors will paint the air before long, but for now, the sparkle of summer is still in the air. Time is on our side to fill up on the beauty and oppeness of the season, and make treasured memories to carry us through to next summer solstice. 

Written by John Rushworth

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