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As the leaves fall and the weather grows colder here in Stowe, Vermont we are dusting off our snow boots and pulling out the winter jackets. When you live or travel to the Northeast, you learn to be prepared. In our October issue of our Sun & Ski Inn and Suites blog we like to help you, our guest, plan ahead for a great winter vacation with us.
While many people know us as a downhill ski destination there are many different winter experiences that both locals and visitors have come to love in Stowe. When the snow covers our town in a soft blanket of white snow it looks so beautiful that you want to capture it in a picture and hang it on a wall. In fact, many painters and photographers have done just that.
What is it about this timeless town that captures the hearts of so many? There probably isn’t one answer. It is certainly a combination of the sites, sounds, smells and feelings that a Stowe experience leaves you with. Especially in the winter a feeling of coziness comes to mind. Our family’s Dutch ancestors use a word to describe this – “gezelligheid”. The simplest translation is “cozy” but it is really about much more than your surrounding atmosphere. It’s also about the people you are connecting with in that experience that gives you a warm feeling.
Imagine that picture hanging on the wall. What are the people doing? Most locals will agree that an ideal day lives up to the imagination of what it might be like. We spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying any one of our winter activities and end the day warming up with loved ones.
We welcome you to visit us this winter at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites in Stowe, Vermont. Along with our neighbors, we work hard to share this little piece of heaven with you.
Check out our Winter Vacation Guide for our recommendations and tips for your 2019/2020 Stowe winter vacation.
Winter Vacation Planner
Downhill skiing is a favorite but do not forget about snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and fat biking.
If you are skiing at multiple locations or multiple days/weekends we highly recommend purchasing an Epic Pass product before the end of November. The Epic Pass is not available for purchase after a Vail Resorts chosen date sometime around the beginning of December.
Trapp Family Lodge is hands down our favorite Nordic skiing location in Stowe. If we are lucky with fresh snow fall and grooming, the Stowe Recreation Path across the street from us is a great no-cost option.
This is a growing winter sport activity in Stowe. We recommend checking out Ranch Camp for information and bike rentals.
Gear and Clothing
Whether you purchase or rent winter gear and clothing, being prepared can make the difference between an okay and out of this world experience. We are excited that Pinnacle Sports has recently moved across the street from us, providing a new convenience for our guests.
Rental equipment, clothing and accessories: Pinnacle Sports across the street from the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. AJ’s Ski & Sports is also a great option. They also have rentals and we love their leisure winter clothing and accessories.
Rental clothing and gear: If you don’t have your own winter clothing and accessories and don’t wish to purchase, Kit Lender is a great option.
Most of Stowe offers free parking. Parking can be difficult at Stowe Mountain Resort during certain days and time periods. We highly recommend all-wheel drive vehicles and winter tires.
Mountain Road Shuttle
The shuttle stops conveniently in front of our hotel and runs every 15 to 30 minutes during the day and evening hours from December through March. This is a great option for those coming by plane to Burlington, VT or for families that like to split up to different activities around town. It is also good for those very busy days when the Stowe Mountain Resort parking lot is very full. Download the Transit App for real time bus location and schedules. Or find a pdf schedule (coming soon) for the Stowe Mountain Road Shuttle here.
Flying to Stowe
Most options from various cities fly to Burlington airport which is a 45-minute drive from Stowe. There are multiple options for shuttles or cabs from the airport as well as rental car options. For the ultimate convenience from the New York area, try Tradewind Aviation’s service to Morrisville-Stowe State Airport, a mere 8 miles from the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites!
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Autumn in Vermont is a thing of legend. Our guests come from all over the world to see the reds, oranges and yellows of the Vermont maple trees. Foliage photography often doesn’t do justice to what you experience with the human eye. Being here in person is really the only way to see and feel what it is really like.
There are many ways to tour the hill sides of Stowe, Vermont for leaf peeping, as they call it. Traditionally, our guests take road tours by car, bus or motorcycle. If you are staying with us at the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites, we provide a sample of foliage site seeing routes that can be taken in our area.
What you may not have known is that there are so many more ways to capture fall foliage in your mind and heart! Here are some of our favorites.
Coasting over nearby water ways
Many of our visitors see Stowe, Vermont as a mountain town, which it certainly is. But hidden in the hills between Stowe and Waterbury you will find a large body of water called the Waterbury Reservoir. The Reservoir is open to swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing in the late spring, summer and early fall months.
To cover the most area, try the Fall Foliage Boat Tour lead by the Fly Rod Shop. In addition to seeing the fall colors all around the banks of the reservoir, you may encounter local wildlife including beavers, ducks, ospreys, deer and perhaps even the rare bald eagle or moose! If you are lucky, Punxsutawney Bob might be able to tell you when fall foliage will reach its peak.
If you are looking to get some exercise and hear all the sounds while touring the Reservoir, paddling by canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board is highly recommended. Be sure to fully educate yourself on the safety precautions needed for fall boating with the waters turning colder. Umiak Outdoor Outfitters will be able to answer all your questions and set you up with a guided or self-tour.
Pedaling through the woods
In the higher elevations between Stowe and Morrisville your will find Sterling Forest. If you are looking for early color changes in mid-September, this is the place to be. The leaves begin to change earlier in the higher elevations and vibrant spots of color can already be seen. Sterling Forest is home to a mountain biking trail network with mountain bike routes for beginners through advanced riders. For beginners we recommend Maple Run, a wide double track route, out and back. Along the way stop at the historical ruins of the old Sterling Town. For intermediate to advanced riders, try Callagy’s trail to Split Rock for a rigorous ride that takes about one and a half hours to complete. There’s nothing like hearing the crunch of the fallen leaves below your tires, cool air whipping through your hair and brushing by through the trees.
You cannot get much closer to the leaves than flying through the air among the trees. In this case we are not talking about an airplane. How about zip lining!? Two zip line adventure opportunities are located within ten and twenty-five minutes from our hotel. Both experiences are quite different. At Stowe Mountain Resort after taking a gondola ride to the top, take a few moments to witness the panoramic views of neighboring mountain ranges and snap some photos. You will then experience a thrilling decent down Mountain Mansfield in three zig zagging spans of the zip line.
Arbortrek Canopy Adventures, on the other side of Smugglers Notch, provides a variety of tree-top zip lining opportunities for all ages. We love this tour because as you experience flying through from tree to tree you also have the opportunity to learn about local flora and fauna from their local guides. This experience is very social and a great way to build lasting memories with friends or family members. We wrote about a trip with friends last year on our blog.
If keeping both of your feet on the ground is more your style, capture the sensation of flying through foliage with your own drone or check out our very own Mark Vandenberg’s compilation of the summer-to-fall transition in fall 2017. It will take your breath away!
Late summer into early autumn in Vermont is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and the weeks between the heat of summer and the chill of October are the perfect time to soak up the last few rays of the season.
As the nights get cooler and the days get shorter, check out all the amazing seasonal events happening right in town!
Below is an assortment of events happening in August and September in and around Stowe, VT:
Join Stowe Yacht Club on Commodores Pond behind Commodores Inn to see mini, remote-controlled sailboats race every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 PM. This even runs bi-weekly May through November and is free to the public.
Enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshing drink from the deck overlooking the pond and maybe get the chance to join in the fun yourself! For racing fans, there is a Championship Regatta from September 12 to September 14.
Racing will run from 10 AM to 4 PM with an Awards Banquet on the last day.
One of our favorite annual events, the Stowe Jazz Festival features amazing artists for three days in September. This year’s festival will take place September 6-8. A full calendar of performances can be found here.
Open every Sunday, May 19 through October 13 from 10:30 AM to 3 PM, the Farmers Market brings local farmers to the heart of Stowe to share their delicious harvests.
Check out the incredible assortment of fresh local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, maple syrup, herbal products, and satisfying beverages, meads, and spirits, as well as prepared food including BBQ, pizza, and dessert! Late summer is when the stalls are most abundant and the variety of local fruits and vegetables available is fantastic.
Guaranteed to have food for the whole family, the market is open rain or shine making it the perfect Sunday family event for the end of Summer!
Visit one of your favorite breweries, the Alchemist, every Thursday 5 PM to 9 PM for delicious craft brews and live music! The brewery has a large lawn and is welcoming of kids and dogs, so bring the whole family out for a free fun night of music.
The Alchemist also offers brewery tours, only $10 per adult including samples and a souvenir glass! The tours are open to all ages and all proceeds go The Alchemist Foundation for local youth.
Come see the largest all-British motorcar show in the US featuring over 600 British automobiles from the US and Canada! Going into its 29th season, the British Invasion car show is a “three-day celebration of all things British.” Over 65 separate classes of motorcars will be featured, including Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Sunbeam-Alpine, and more!
Visit Main Street on Friday night, September 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM to enjoy the Street Party, including live music, food and beverage, and local shops and restaurants.
Admission to the show is $15 for a Saturday/Sunday pass and $10 for Sunday only.
Late Summer at Sun & Ski Inn and Suites
Don’t worry too much about how you’re going to entertain the kids in the remaining weeks before school, and instead take advantage of all the exciting events happening right here in Stowe! Take advantage of our Early Fall Special and receive 20% off your stay!
Whether you’re vacationing in Stowe or just looking for some local family fun, the Green Mountain State is a great place for all ages to discover something new! From trying new foods to exploring new trails, Stowe has something to offer everyone.
If you’re looking for a low-key, relaxing night, check out Stowe Golf Park and challenge the family to 18 holes, or escape the end-of-summer heat and play a few rounds at Stowe Bowl while enjoying a unique and thirst-quenching drink
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Planning a summer trip for the whole family can be tricky. You want everyone to have fun, but you’d also like some time to relax. Whether you’re journeying out to Stowe for a new adventure or just looking for some local fun, we have plenty to offer.
If you’re looking for a break that is equal parts relaxing and entertaining, check out all of the outdoor and indoor activities available on-site at the Sun & Ski Inn & Suites!
Family Fun Right In Our Backyard
While staying at our suites, you won’t even need to leave the property for endless fun. We are proud to offer several exciting attractions that are sure to please the whole family.
Whether you’re out to learn a new game or show off your skills, this course is ideal for all ages. Professionally designed as a miniaturized golf course, Stowe Golf Park offers an exciting challenge full of hazards, fairways, and natural obstacles.
In-house guests of Sun & Ski Inn and Suites also receive $2 off a round of mini-golf per person!
We take bowling to the next level at Stowe Bowl. Not your grandma’s bowling, our boutique bowling lounge features eight lanes, high-quality dining, a fully-stocked bar, and offers a state-of-the-art audio-visual experience.
One of our recent visitors loved that our suites are “connected to Stowe Bowl,” calling it the perfect spot for “rainy day activities and awesome food.”
Guests of our inn and suites get special discounts at Stowe Bowl and Stowe Eatery. Our Stay and Bowl package offers guests a discount on bowling. Another great option is to plan ahead and book a Bowl and Eat package for $80. Book your bowling and food package before you arrive and save 20% on bowling and food at Stowe Bowl! Receive one hour of bowling for four people including shoe rental and your choice of four food menu items!
Whether you’re a beginner just out for some fun, or a local looking for your new go-to hangout spot, our bowling alley welcomes and encourages all ages and skill levels! We even have a Vermonters Club for Vermont residents – join in some friendly competition with your neighbors!
Additionally, there is a fitness center available on the property which is also included in the day pass fee.
While relaxing at Sun & Ski, spend some time wandering around the hotel and discover Vermont’s natural beauty. Summer in the Green Mountains is an excellent time to look for the many types of wildlife out and about in the sun.
The West Branch of Little River runs through our property, and is a wonderful place to dip your feet, cool off, and relax for a while. Kids of all ages will enjoy running throughout the spacious green and along the bubbling river!
We are also proud to be a pet-friendly hotel! Instead of leaving your fur-babies at home, take them along for a trip that is truly for the whole family.
Some of our recent visitors noted that their “two doggies loved it.” We’re glad that everyone enjoys their stay at our suites – even our fuzzy, four-legged guests! Bring your pets along for free when you stay for two or more nights with our Pet Friendly Package.
So much more than just bowling, The Eatery is known for unique and delicious apps, sharing plates, and comfort food. Our menu features many old favorites and new twists that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater.
You can also visit our lounge to try any of our house-designed cocktails or grab a local craft beer. Whether you’re ready for a night out or want a night in with some take-out, The Eatery is definitely the way to go!
Traveling with the family, especially small children, can be exhausting and complicated. Simplify your day with our updated rooms!
Each spacious room includes comfortable beds, modern bathrooms, and stylish decor. Our suites are ideal for families looking to make their room a home away from home, including a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and oven, microwave, and a dishwasher!
One of our visitors loved the “huge room with a full kitchen,” and noted that “everything was clean and more than adequately furnished.” We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy your vacation at our suites, and that might mean being able to come back to your fully-equipped room to make a tasty treat or a full meal!
For information about rooms and rates, learn more here.
A recent visitor praised: “the hotel itself was perfect for us – from the complimentary breakfast, semi-outdoor hot tub to homemade cookies in the evening.” We love to hear that our guests claim to have “never had a better stay anywhere.” We like to think it’s equal parts our central location, our proximity to endless activities like bowling and golf, and of course our incredible staff.
We hope that you think of us for your next family vacation — all-inclusive doesn’t have to be overly pricey or reserved for big cities. We’ve got it all, right in the heart of Vermont!
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Activities that will make your whole family smile!
Looking for things to do during your Vermont vacation that the whole family can enjoy? As a Vermont family and proprietors of a family-friendly hotel in Stowe, VT we’ve got a few ideas that are fun for all ages.
Take a break in the Green Mountains and fill your days with a little bit of everything!
Have Some Fun in the Sun
Vermont is an outdoor paradise during the summer. We’re lucky to be located in Stowe and surrounded by endless activities for all seasons. Without traveling far, we can find activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. Within the village of Stowe there are many outdoor, indoor, and educational ventures for all ages.
If your vacation in the Green Mountain State allows, it’s also fun to explore the options beyond Stowe.
Take your adventure to the next level and fly through the trees on a zip line. ArborTrek Canopy Adventures has guided zip line tours, as well as obstacle courses, climbing areas, and courses for small children.
This summer sensation is great for families looking to excite children of all ages! Read all about it in our blog here.
For families looking for a bit more adventure, challenge yourselves to a paddling trip along the Lamoille River. The Lamoille River Paddlers Trail has worked with the community to create safe and exciting paddling trails along the river.
Suitable for older children and teenagers, there are options for day and overnight trips.
Waterbury Center State Park is a summertime gem located a short drive from our front door! Enjoy pristine waters, great for kids to splash around, or rent a kayak or boat for the day and explore a bit.
The park offers a great grassy area, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. There is even a sandy beach for little ones to dig and build.
Filling over 30 buildings and grounds, Shelburne Museum is not your typical museum. Indoor and outdoor events will get your family excited about learning in this local treasure.
With activities for all ages, Shelburne Museum has daily family-oriented activities and special events, like the Circuspalooza festival on July 14. Spend a day admiring the permanent collection, learning about the history of Vermont and New England, and riding the carousel.
Learn more about our gorgeous Lake Champlain at the Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. This organization has daily events throughout the season that will excite and educate the kids.
From live animal exhibits to the hands-on Action Lab, to the 3D movie theater, there is something for everyone to learn.
Relax with the Whole Family
Finally, for nightlife the whole family can enjoy, check out any of the popular shopping districts, like Stowe Village or Church Street in Burlington (~1 hour from S&S). After a long day in the sun, take a break and visit the many delicious restaurants and unique shops that Vermont has to offer.
Bring out your fiercest competition in a game on our 18-hole course (loser buys ice cream!), or get your bowl on while enjoying our incredible menu and specialty drinks.
We hope to see you there!
Getting the family together is better when you can stay active and keep kids of all ages happy. Vermont has endless activities that are sure to please everyone in the family. Visit some of our other posts to read more about our insider’s perspective for favorite Vermont family activities!
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Spring is here folks, and it is great! After a truly epic winter here in Vermont with tons of snow and fun, we are welcoming the warmer spring weather and the budding trees.
As residents and business owners in Stowe, we are lucky enough to experience all of the seasons that our New England town has to offer. From our perspective, here are some of our favorite things about spring!
Stowe’s busy seasons are in winter and summer, so the springtime boasts fewer crowds and a quieter atmosphere. Most businesses are still open, so you get to enjoy all that Stowe has to offer without having to fight the crowds.
While we really do love the hustle and bustle of ski and snowboard season and the great events that happen virtually every weekend throughout the summer, there is something great about the peaceful weekends that happen in the springtime. It’s great for a vacation for those who want to slow down a little and connect.
Warm days, cool nights!
Spring weather brings some beautifully warm days perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking, but the evenings still get chilly which means plenty of opportunities to relax by a fire or sleep comfortably without any need for AC! And since our season is a little later than most on the east coast, it’s another chance to savor the fleeting spring blooms. We still have lots of beautiful flowering trees and plants well into June!
Since it is not high season, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of off-season prices for lodging and activities. Get a great vacation for less!
Things to do during Spring in Stowe, VT
There are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for visitors in the spring. Many of our walking and hiking trails are open in May, and without the summer crowds you may find yourself all alone surrounded by nothing but the forest waking up after winter!
Below are some other activities and ideas we have written about and that our guests enjoy when they come for a getaway:
Spring days are perfect for dining al fresco. During this season the middle of the day is often the perfect time to be outside soaking it all in. It’s perfect weather for a long and leisurely lunch! Sushi Yoshi and Idletyme Brewing Co. both have outdoor seating and are located right on the bike path – you can walk, bike, or drive to them!
Get your game on and bring the competitive spirit! Stowe Golf Park offers beautifully landscaped golf in miniature and is located on the grounds of the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. Or, try for a strike at our boutique bowling alley – it’s a great place to unwind and also offers a lounge area, bar and restaurant!
Questions about a spring vacation to Stowe, VT? Give us a call – our friendly local staff would be happy to help you plan a great getaway.
Stowe, Vermont is a beautiful and quintessential New England town located in the heart of the Green Mountains. It shares part of its name with the nearby famous ski area known as Stowe Mountain Resort.
As a result, many think of them as one and the same, associating the town only with the ski resort. While we think this is a great destination for those who want world-class skiing and riding, Stowe, VT isn’t just for skiers!
This beautiful village that we call home has so many wonderful aspects that make it a perfect destination for a vacation, whether you are a fan of sliding down snow or not!
A Perfect New England Town
Close your eyes and conjure up a picture of a classic New England town and chances are it’s going to look a lot like Stowe.
Stowe village has pretty streets, local shops, a covered footbridge, and in the winter months, it is usually blanketed in snow.
Many come here to get a dose of snowy winter landscapes and a small-town feel, and Stowe always delivers! You can spend a few days exploring the village, meandering through our independent bookstore, trying out local food and coffee, and truly feel like you have gotten away from it all!
A Variety of Outdoor Activities
If you’re not a skier or a snowboarder but still like to get outside all year long, Stowe offers many other opportunities for outdoor fun.
We recently wrote a blog that included activities off the mountain that are fun as well as family friendly! Listed below are a few of our favorites, but be sure to check out the full blog for all the details:
Sleigh-rides – Experience the surrounding woods, streams, and bridges in a totally unique way – being pulled by beautiful horses in an open sleigh!
Snowshoeing and Fat Biking – One sport has been around forever, the other is fairly new, but they are both fun and unique ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter. Fat-biking takes some mountain bike experience, but snowshoeing is a great sport for both newbies and experts!
The Art Scene
Stowe, VT has a vibrant art scene which includes many galleries and shops that feature local as well as international artists.
Serious art buyers, as well as casual browsers, are able to find something new and interesting and maybe even take something home. Learn more about the galleries and artisan shops in our area, as well as some unique outdoor art installations throughout our town here!
Kid-friendly and Adult-friendly
Stowe is a very family friendly destination, and as a family-run business, we love that our hotel and boutique bowling alley offer options that keep everyone happy! As parents, we’ve shared many tips for families that will help make a stay with children enjoyable for everyone.
Stowe also has options for those traveling without kids, for a couple’s getaway, or a girlfriends weekend.
Craft breweries are on the rise just about anywhere and Stowe is keeping up with the times. There are several Vermont craft breweries within the town, or just a short drive away where you can spend time tasting and comparing the work of local brewers and restaurateurs.
Stowe is also home to fine dining and farm-to-table restaurants that are perfect for celebrating a special occasion. Two of our favorite spots to relax over a great meal are Harrison’s Restaurant and The Bistro at Ten Acres.
Stowe, VT has tons to offer and we’d love for you to visit and see of yourself. Give us a call and our friendly, local staff can give you recommendations! We currently have several packages and specials available, check them all out here!
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Tips for getting outside and enjoying the snowy days of winter.
Plan a Vermont winter vacation and get outside! As Vermonters, we know it can be tempting to hibernate during the colder months, but that’s not nearly as much fun as getting out and enjoying this beautiful time of year.
Not sure how to start (or convince the kids)? Read on for our favorite tried and true tips to getting out and enjoying a winter vacation in Vermont!
1. Start Small
Planning one or two outdoor activities in Vermont during the winter is plenty! Especially if you’ve got small children, don’t expect to spend the entire day outside when temperatures are low and the snow is flying.
Make a plan to get out for a small adventure and see where the day takes you. We find that just getting out the door is the biggest hurdle, so you may find that the one hour of time you planned turns into more – consider that a bonus rather than a goal!
2. Treat Yourself!
There’s a reason that there is such a thing as Après Ski – after outdoor winter exercise it feels good to relax and treat yourself!
This doesn’t necessarily mean eating and drinking in front of a roaring fire (although that is also a great choice). Stowe offers a lot of opportunities to find a little reward for your efforts – whether that is shopping in some of our fabulous local establishments, booking a spa treatment, bowling a few lanes, or sitting down to a great meal, there is something for everyone.
Now that you’ve got the formula for creating a fun winter vacation the following are our own favorite things to do to get out and enjoy and then relax and enjoy…
Trapp Family Lodge – A perennial favorite, Trapp Family Lodge encompasses 2500 acres of beautiful Vermont woods and pastures. Outdoor options are plentiful and include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, nature walks, and carriage rides. For a little extra exercise, you can venture to Slayton Pasture Cabin, an off-the-grid cabin hidden in the woods that serves hot food and drinks to skiers and hikers.
Stowe Mountain Resort – Perhaps the most famous destination of the area is Stowe Mountain Resort. Many skiers and riders plan their vacations around the mountain for good reason. It offers premier skiing and riding on two great mountains. We love that there is something for everyone here, from beginner to expert, making it a great place for first-timers, experts, and everyone in between.
Sleigh Rides – A totally unique experience and the perfect way to soak up the beauty of Vermont in winter is to take a sleigh ride. Local company Gentle Giants offers sleigh and carriage rides behind their beautiful horses while you stay warm under a heated blanket!
A Winter Walk – “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir.
One of the simplest, and sometimes most rewarding, ways to get out in the winter is just to bundle up and go for a walk! Stowe provides the perfect place to do this with our Stowe Recreation Path. The 5.3 mile paved trail meanders through Stowe, offering mountain views and crossing over rivers and streams. Access to the path is right across the street from our door so guests can easily hop on and enjoy!
There are no motorized vehicles allowed on the path, so little ones can run ahead and explore. This is a great low-key activity for some downtime that still gets you out the door. The path also connects with local eateries so you can take a break along the way or make the restaurant your destination!
Fat Bike Tours – Fat bikes are relatively new to the outdoor scene and increasingly growing in popularity. Fat bikes employ super-wide tires, making it possible to bike through the snow without losing traction. Experiencing Stowe’s snowy trails on a winter day is a really fun and unique experience! You can rent fat bikes and explore on your own or try a tour with a local guide.
Snowshoe Tours – Snowshoeing has such a great, easy pace and is one of our favorite ways to get outside in winter. Great for beginners or experienced trekkers, young and old can enjoy snowshoeing and you can make it as leisurely or vigorous as you choose! Umiak Outdoor Outfitters rents snowshoes and also leads Moonlight Cabin Tours. We’ll let their description speak for itself:
“Our professional staff will instruct you on using snowshoes, then lead you to a hidden sugarhouse in the woods by the light of the moon or a headlamp. There, you will enjoy a toasty fire, Cabot cheese, crackers and hot, mulled Cold Hollow apple cider. Bring friends and a bottle of wine, if you’d like, for a memory to last a lifetime.”
Below are some recommendations for treating yourself and warming up after all of that fresh air!
Spa Day! Book a whole day or stop by for a massage or a facial and really feel like you are on vacation. Stowe has several spas to choose from including Stowe Mountain Lodge and Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. There is even a kids’ spa with mini-treatments designed just for younger ones at the Stowe Mountain Lodge so everyone can get in on the action.
Entertainment – After some downtime and a little relaxation you can plan for a fun evening. Strike up some friendly competition at Stowe Bowl while sipping a signature cocktail and enjoying the comfortable couches. Or, grab some popcorn and settle in for a movie at Stowe Cinema.
Don’t hibernate this winter. Plan your vacation to Stowe and you will understand why this is one of Vermont’s best seasons!
If you have questions about planning a winter vacation in Stowe, or want to learn more about our amenities, please give us a call. Our friendly local staff will be able to answer your questions and help you craft a great getaway!
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Winter is well underway for us here in Northern Vermont and it is a fantastic one! Lots of the fluffy white stuff has fallen this season and the mountains look amazing. If you’ve been hankering for a getaway to a winter wonderland, don’t wait another minute!
One of the questions we find that new guests have about skiing or snowboarding at Stowe is whether or not it is a good place for all skill levels.
It’s not uncommon for there to be people of all abilities within one group or family, and Stowe is a great place for everyone to have fun!
We have lots of experience skiing at Stowe and have even taught our own children to ski and love the sport there. It is a perfect mountain for all levels from beginner on up.
For Experienced Skiers and Riders
Stowe offers varied terrain for experienced skiers and riders. It consists of two main areas, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Spruce Peak offers more beginner terrain (although it has plenty of intermediate and advanced areas as well), while Mansfield is renowned for its challenging trails.
Mansfield is Vermont’s tallest peak, and this mountain offers some steep chutes and some of the longest runs on the East Coast.
Experts will want to find some speed on one of the “front four” or try out some tricks at the terrain parks. Twenty-nine percent of the downhill trails at Stowe Mountain Resort are considered expert terrain, so there is no fear of getting bored if you want a challenge.
For New Skiers and Riders
The resort welcomes new skiers and riders and has plenty of terrain for the beginner and many services geared to the first-time or infrequent skier.
It’s easy to rent any type of gear or equipment you need for your mountain adventure from local shops with friendly staff who can help you determine the size and fit of the gear you need.
Stowe also offers a huge variety of lessons! You can find something for adults, beginners, teens, kids, cross-country, etc. Lessons are offered in group and private sessions and you can save money by booking ahead of time online.
If You Are Skiing and Riding with Small Children
Teaching your kids to love this winter sport is a great idea! We have our own children and love getting out with them in the winter for some healthy exercise and fresh air.
Having taught small children to ski, we have a few tips that will make your time even more enjoyable:
Use lockers at Spruce Base camp and give yourself plenty of time to gear up and put on appropriate layers.
Take some snacks with you to save money so you can treat yourself to the lunch at Spruce Base Camp or the Skinny Pancake.
Start kids early getting familiar with skiing. Kids 4 and under ski for free so take advantage when they are little!
The magic carpet is your friend – trust us. It’s fine to spend a lot of time at this fun spot!
Ditch the poles (both adults and kids when they are learning. It’s easier to get them on and off the lift).
Take advantage of the varied terrain at Spruce Peak. Kids can graduate from one level of ability to another before heading over to the Mansfield side.
Give your family something to look forward like hot chocolate breaks and après ski snacks in front of a fire or while playing a game.
Focus on having fun and keeping your family engaged with the sport. Take breaks when needed.
If you are starting them young and getting out on the slopes year after year, here are some of our favorite trails for different age groups/abilities.
Age 3-6 (Beginner I at Spruce)
Age 5-7 (Intermediate at Spruce)
West Run to West Slope
Side Street to Upper Meadows
Age 8-11 (Intermediate at Mansfield)
Ridgeview to Sunrise to Lullaby Lane
Upper lord to Lord to Standard
Perry Merrill top to bottom
Age 11 + (Advanced at Mansfield)
Age 14 + (Advanced at Mansfield)
It’s always good to get an idea of the terrain and location of various areas before you get to a mountain resort. Take a little time exploring the trail map to get yourself acquainted (and excited) about your trip!
You can also check out the Stowe snow report anytime for the latest snow conditions and sometimes even some fun videos that let you get a look at the fun people are having on the trails.
Still have questions about planning a ski vacation at Stowe? We’ve got budget friendly tips, as well as some advice on indoor activities when you need a break or the weather is iffy. Or, give us a call – we can help you plan a trip to Stowe and let you know about our great lodging deals going on right now!
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Events and Happenings during the month of December
Stowe, Vermont is truly magical during the holidays. Over the next several weeks there are many activities, celebrations, and holiday events that will fill people of all ages with cheer!
For Kids and Families, and Everyone in-between!
Handmade Candy Cane demonstrations at Laughing Moon Chocolates – This family-oriented event takes place at the Laughing Moon store on South Main Street in Stowe Village! Demonstrations are at 11 AM each Friday, Saturday and Sunday between November 23rd and December 23rd. With an additional demonstration at 2 PM on Saturdays. Demonstrations are on a first-come, first-served basis and are $6 per person to make your own candy cane, or free to watch!
Santa Claus at Cold Hollow Cider Mill – Just down the road in Waterbury is Cold Hollow Cider Mill, a popular spot for families! Santa will be there on Saturday, December 15 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Say hi to Santa and then stay a while to peruse the shop which is brimming with unique and local holiday gifts and treats.
Stowe Messiah Sing – December 17 at 7 PM at the Stowe Community Church is Stowe’s annual Messiah Sing. Come and hear this classic holiday music! Audience members are encouraged to join in and sing the familiar Christmas choruses. Admission is $8 for adults and doors open at 6:30 PM.
Skate with Santa at the Stowe Arena – Saturday December 15th and December 22 3:30-5 PM, combine this favorite winter pastime with Jolly Old St. Nick!
Live Music at Stowe Bowl! – Just in time for Christmas and New Year’s! Join us in our boutique bowling alley for festive live music from 6:30-8:30 PM on Sunday 12/23 and from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday 12/27. Taryn Noelle and Michael Hartigan visit some of the best-loved tunes from the Great American Songbook and some Winter and Holiday favorites! While you’re with us, bowl a few frames, enjoy dinner at the eatery, or have a cocktail and some tasty appetizers at the bar!
New Year’s Eve at Stowe Bowl– Ring in the New Year with us at Stowe Bowl! We offer a full night of entertainment, fun, and food for all ages at our in-house bowling alley and lounge. This event is open to guests of Sun & Ski Inn and to the public, but reservations are required. Reservations include: bowling, shoe rentals, party favors, a selection of snacks on your table, and a champagne toast (or sparkling cider for the young ‘uns)!
We hope you get a chance to visit our beautiful town this season and enjoy all of the fun we have to offer.
If you’re interested in staying with us at our family-friendly resort, located right on the Mountain Road in Stowe, take a look here for our latest specials and packages. We would love to host you this holiday season!