Friday, May 22, 2020, marked not only the long-awaited, and much anticipated, welcoming back of visitors to Stowe’s historic village, surrounding rolling hills and idyllic rural countryside, but also denoted a contemporaneous new beginning for us all. While there are still slight restrictions in place and semi-constrained services, our town is “open for business” for Vermont travelers with nearly all of what makes the Stowe experience so unique still widely accessible. Our “new normal” does not mean you still cannot have a memorable stay with friends and loved ones, and apart from some masks here and some social distancing there, it might not appear much different than you remember. Let us take a look…
Stowe’s dining culture is a celebration of quality, locally sourced ingredients served with a creative twist, and while dine-in is not possible as of this writing, curbside pickup and delivery are available. Limited outside dining has also recently opened. In addition to our regular favorites such as Piecasso, Idletyme, Sushi Yoshi and Ranch Camp, Harrison’s Restaurant has also opened for take-out, including some delicious summer cocktails. With beautiful daytime temperatures and full sun, dining al fresco by the river’s edge could just be a change for the better.
The Butchery, Commodities Natural Market, Harvest Market, Mac’s Market and Stowe Seafood & Meat Market are just a sampling of Stowe’s renowned specialty markets that are open for business, many with home delivery options as well as dedicated shopping hours for seniors or those with compromised immune systems. Many of our boutique retail shops for clothing and gifts are also now open for limited occupancy.
Our famed Recreation Path, an internationally recognized paved “greenway” stretching from Lintilhac Park located behind Stowe Community Church to Brookdale Covered Bridge spanning the West Branch of the Little River, can be conveniently accessed at nearly any point on its 5.5 mile pathway, with dawn and twilight seeing only occasional pedestrians and cyclists.
Looking for a more secluded commune with nature? DuMont Meadow, Kirchner Woods, Mill Trail and Wiessner Woods are Stowe Land Trust owned properties, currently open to the public and a rated “easy” network of trails for those looking for some all-important exercise and fresh air. Presently, The Long Trail and associated side trails are closed as they are each spring.
A bit more pedestrian, but a great challenge and test of skill, Stowe Country Club showcases 18 holes of beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens with optional golf carts and push/pull carts. Currently, SCC is in step one of a three-phase approach to their operation which includes mandated advanced tee times and a temporary “Park, Play, Leave & Pack In/Pack Out” understanding.
Golfing in miniature can be found at Stowe Golf Park, a professionally designed replica 18-hole putting course. This heavily landscaped and contoured fun-for-all-ages recreation destination simulates a real golf environment and includes natural obstacles, fairway hazards, sand traps, rough grass, trees, etc., with putters and balls thoroughly sanitized and rotated for every player’s protection and safety.
Closer to “home”, Sun & Ski Inn and Suite’s sparkling, 83-degree indoor pool is open for guest use. Regrettably, at this time, our open-air Jacuzzi remains closed; however, as restrictions are lifted, we anticipate being able to offer this beloved, guest-favorite amenity soon. Conversely, for those daring enough, the chilling waters of the bordering crystal clear, snow-fed Little River await all hardy souls…
Opening to lush, manicured lawns and boasting stunning river views, Sun & Ski Inn and Suite’s Patio Guestrooms, Loft Suites and Deluxe Suite ADA offer guests exterior entrance accommodations as well as rear patio ingress and egress—ideal as we navigate these uncharted waters and attempt to maintain continuity with regards to social distancing and keep our neighbors, friends and family safe and healthy.
So, bring your mask, keep “socially distant”, but get ready to reacquaint yourself with all the best Stowe has to offer. It may look or feel a bit different; however, everything you have come to know and love about the rugged Green Mountain State’s premier vacation destination has not changed. Trees are nearly in full leaf, flowers have put forth bloom and birds are singing and calling—and Sun & Ski Inn and Suites is eager to return to doing what we love to do! We have prepared new procedures for cleaning and other operations to provide as safe an environment as possible for our returning guests and welcome any special requests or anticipated needs to ensure you experience an extraordinary stay.