Stowe's Foliage - Better Late Than Never!

Although Stowe's world famous foliage season got off to a late start, the stunning colors are here in full force! Depending of which weather expert you believe the colors were slow this year due to too much rain, too little rain, too much heat... but whatever the reason the leaves are beautiful now.

This would be a great time to extend your Columbus Day holiday and visit the area, or if you are a local get out for a drive! Explore the Stowe, Morrisville, Cambridge loop via Smuggler's Notch; drive the back way to Waterbury though Stowe Hollow or loop through Morrisville, Johnson and Belivdere.

This is least weekend of the season for the Summer Adventure Activities at Stowe Mountain Resort. Zip-line or climb the Treetop Adventure course surrounded by the glorious foliage. Drive or ride the gondola to the top of Mt. mansfield to take advantage of the spectacular views. 

However you choose to enjoy this time of year, make the most of it!

Escape the Ordinary - Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is extraordinary in all seasons. While many winter visitors think of Stowe for winter outdoor adventures, the area is spectaular all year round. Summer and fall now exclipse winter as the most visited time of year. If you have not experienced Stowe during the 3 seasons outside of winter the following video will be an eye-opening treat. For locals, or visitors familar with the area in all its glory, this is a reminder of changing seasons and the beauty that surrounds the area.   

Local photographer and videographer Mark Vandenburg has created a stunning time-laspe video that has gone "viral" among locals and visitors alike. Over a year in the making this video captures the essence of the area. Enjoy!



Spring Trail Work Day In Stowe

Stowe Mountain Bike Club Is Hosting It's Annual Spring Trail Work Day

The Stowe Mountain Bike Club Spring Trail Work Day is coming on SaturdayClick Here For Larger Image, May 16th beginning at 9:00 am and ending in the afternoon at the Phoenix Bar & Table for a free BBQ for all volunteers. There will also be Live Music by the Mind Spring Band, beverages, raffle prizes and outdoor fun.

We will be cleaning and repairing trails at Cady Hill Forest, Adams Camp and Sterling Forest in preparation for the upcoming mountain biking and hiking season.

The three trail systems include a total of 2,363 acres of conserved lands and 30 miles of ridable trails!

Come join us for a day of community work and the after party at the Phoenix Bar & Table.

Go here to sign up!


In The Meantime...

We need to stay off the trails while the last patches of snow melt and the trails have an ample opportunity to dry out. Nothing is more critical to long term trail sustainablity than staying off wet trails not only in the Spring but all season long.

If you see someone about to head out on wet trail, it is okay to politely let them know that it is not a good time to ride. This is mostly about educating people so spread the word whenever possible.

When the trails are ready this Spring and throughout the season after it rains, you can check the Stowe Mountain Bike Club website for trail conditions and closures.


Town Approves $20,000 for Cady Hill Forest trails Improvement

Cady Hill Forest TrailsThe good citizens of Stowe stepped up once again at town meeting this past March and for the second year in a row approved a capital budget line item of $20,000 for the continued improvement of trails at the recently acquired Cady Hill Forest.

In 2012 Stowe taxpayers approved $288,000 to go toward the purchase and improvement of the Cady Hill Forest. Those monies coupled with grants of $350,000 and $100,000 from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the Open Space Institute respectively and an additional $800,000 raised by the Stowe Land trust through private donations allowed for the purchase of the Cady Hill Forest.

The Cady Hill Forest, which consists of 320 acres and 11 miles of trails of town owned land, is located right in the center of town and provides mountain biking, hiking, x-country skiing and snow shoeing opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

This year's budget of $50,000 for new trail construction and trail maintenance consists of $20,000 from the town, $20,000 from a Recreational Trails Grant and $10,000 donated by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club (SMBC).

All new trail construction and maintenance at Cady Hill Forest is the responsibility of SMBC through an agreement with the town. SMBC accomplishes this important work with the help of paid private contractors and volunteers.

Community members and visitors who enjoy using the Cady Hill Forest trails can help by becoming a SMBC member by signing up at a local bike LogoSMBC_web (3)shop or by going online to www.stowemtnbike.com


Thanksgiving In Vermont

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in Vermont. There is always lots to do and plenty to look forward to. Of course there will be the traditional thanksgiving dinner with lots of food, drink, football, friends and family. As well, there are also many things that are more typical to this part of the country and some that you can only do here in Vermont. For some it's a Thanksgiving day of skiing on Mt. Mansfield, for others it's an opportunity to go hunting in the woods. If the weather is nice, as it will be here in Vermont, it's an opportunity to split and stack firewood or go for a hike.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving, please remember to count your blessings and try to think of something that you can do for someone who is less fortunate in your community.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vermont State Parks

Camel's Hump, Huntington, VT. Jeff Beattie photo taken 9/11/10The last of the Vermont State Parks are closing this weekend. This is your last chance to grab a campsite (the weather is supposed to be good this weekend!) and enjoy. If you are looking for a good spot to camp and kayak or canoe, I suggest the Green River Reservoir State Park. For some camping and hiking either Elmore State Park for climbing Elmore Mountain in Elmore or Smuggler's Notch State Park for climbing Mount Mansfield in Stowe would be excellent choices.

There is still plenty of foliage to see and the air has turned dry and crisp. So grab your tent and a warm sleeping bag and get out there!Green River Reservoir, Hyde Park, VT. Jeff Beattie photo


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