Outdoor Activities

Don't Miss Out on the Stowe Epic Pass!

Only 2 Weeks Left to get your Epic Pass to ski Stowe Mountain Resort! This year, season pass sales end November 19th! After this date, only day tickets will be available for sale. Don't miss the opportunity to ski or ride Stowe as well as all the other Vail Resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Wilmot, Mt Brighton, Afton Alps, Perisher, Arapahoe as well as access to 30 European Resorts. For complete details and to purchase on-line visit Stowe.com .

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!

The British Are Coming (To Stowe Vermont, That is...)

The highly anticipated annual British Invasion starts Friday 9/15 and runs through Sunday 9/17. Dubbed the "Largest All-British Motorcar Lifestyle Event in the USA" is 3 fun filled days of events that celebrate British Motorcars and all things British. The festivities kick off Friday evening with a Street Dance Party in the heart of Stowe Village. Saturday and Sunday feature auto displays, contests and parade. Great event for participants and spectators alike. For complete details check out the British Invasion Event Calendar.

Celebrate Everything Vermont and Mountain Biking in Stowe, Vermont - June 23-25

B3 - Sponsored by Stowe Mountain Bike Club

4th annual town wide event June 23-25. Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. Admission is free and a kid friendly event.

This 3 day festival features free group rides, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music and more! Area restaurants are hosting events and food specials. Area bike shops are hosting free mountain bike group rides in town which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

B3 kicks off Friday 6/23 with an awesome Village Block Party at 4:30 followed by a Critical Mass Ride up the Mountain Road at 6:45.

For the most up-to-date detail and schedule of events for the B3 Fest weekend, visit stowemountainbike.com/b3

Mountain Bike Events Around Stowe, VT

The mountain biking season has kicked-off in the Stowe, Vermont area. Biking has become almost as popular as skiing; and with so manytrails and great events there is no wonder why. The addition of the Cady Hill Forest Trail network really put Stowe on the biking map, but Cady Hill is just a small piece of the great biking puzzle! Get out and explore all that this area has to offer, and join some of the clubs and events going on this spring and summer.

Some events of immediate interest are:

Four Points Mountain Bike School starting 5/16

Kids Bike Safety Day 5/20

Bike, Brews and Beats 6/25 - annual Stowe Mountain Bike Club Ride and Festival

 

Some of the best resources for info, maps and event details are:

Stowe Mountain Bike Club

Stowe Area Association

Stowe Recreation Department

Trapp Family Lodge

 

Epic Pass Deals Announced

Vail Resorts announced today that the Epic Pass plans to offer unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe Mountain Resort for the 2017-2018 winter season, subject to the closing of the acquisition. Vail and Stowe announced in February that Vail would buy Stowe's ski operations for $50 million. Current owner AIG will retain the Spruce Peak real estate, lodging and related facilities.

The Epic Pass, Vail's signature season pass program offers unrestricted access to skiing at all Vail properties worldwide at much lower rates than most resorts charge. The unrestricted season pass at Stowe Mountain Resort was $2,313 for the 2016-2017 ski year; with the Epic Pass the same access will cost $859 for 2017-2018.

The Epic program offers additional pass options with varying levels of access, some for as little as $639. There is an early deadline of Sunday 4/9/2017 to purchase some passes but it appears that the core program, The Epic Pass will be available all year.

Additional details are available in this week's VermontBiz and on the Epic Pass site.

Vermont Season Pass Deals

We have finally had our first hard frost and we woke up to snow in the higher elevations this morning! The foliage has been spectacular this fall, and as Stowe moves past peak it is time to start thinking SNOW and SKIING. There are still a few weeks left to take advantage of great deals on season passes and discount cards to area resorts and touring centers. 

Stowe Mountain Resort offers early season discounts on the traditional Gold and Silver passes but there are other cost saving options available as well. If you live or work in the area you may be eligible for The County Pass or the Stowe Area Association Pass. College Students, Young Adults and Seniors all are eligible for discount season passes and many of then also offer additional savings if purchased before 11/6/2016; so check out Stowe Mountain Resorts Pass Site for details.

Maybe you prefer one of Vermont's other fantastic resorts; or want to ski several different mountains this winter check out the  Ski Vermont website for discounts around the state. Want to leave the state this winter, ready to try skiing out West? You still don't need to pay rack rate, check out Snow.com for great deals on multi-resort passes in Colorado, Utah and others.

However you pay to play on the slopes or trails, just make sure you get out and enjoy this winter!

 

New Around Town

The summer of 2016 has ushered in a variety of new activities, restaurants and shops in Stowe, Vermont. Already in the first few weeks, of what is turning out to be a long run of glorious weather, the town is benefitting from new endeavors from local entrepreneurs. Several long awaited businesses have opened; The Alchemist Brewery and the all new Adventure Center at Spruce Peak. Both are turning out to be big crowd pleasers as well as drawing huge crowds! Make sure you check out both websites for hours and tips on how to make the most of your visit.

Down in the village we are enjoying The Country Store on Main in the renovated Lackey's building and Tap 25 in the renovated Stowe Hardware building. Wendy's Hot Dog stand is operating on the porch of the IC Scoops building providing a great placed for a quick snack in the village. Along the rec path on the patio of the Rusty Nail, Jackwax offers out of this world gourmet snow cones. Up the Mountain Road, Stowe Kitchen & Bath has completed their extensive renovations which include a full kitchen for cooking classes and demonstrations. Decisions boutique has opened next door to Stowe Kitchen, featuring women's fashions and accessories.

The list of new businesses wouldn't be complete without a shout out to some older, new businesses: PK Coffee in the Gale Farm Center and Stowe Cider tasting room in the Red Barn shops. Be on the lookout for additional grand openings in the next couple of weeks as the town welcomes Junior's Italian Restaurant  (in the former Gracie's building), Public House on Main in the Lackey's building and Bunyabunya Boutique on the Mountain Road next to the Art Stowe.

It is so exciting to see this whirlwind of new activity around town, bringing great energy and excitement to Stowe, Vermont!

 

Summer Concerts in Stowe, Vermont

Summer in Stowe, Vermont usually conjures up images of hikes through the Green Mountains, leisurely drives down country roads, dips in swimming holes... What is often overlooked is the wide variety of musical performances in the Stowe area during the summer months. Whatever your taste in music: classical, jazz, funk, musicals there is something for everyone. Stowe is home to several performing arts groups that offer concert series indoors and out;  as well as free performances and moderately priced events.  

Opportunities range from concerts on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge with the sunset over the Green Mountains in the background or performances in the elegant, state of the art Spruce Performing Arts Center.  Looking to stay in the Village after dinner in town? Stroll over to the gazebo on the green for a free Tuesday night concert. Musical theater more your style? Don't miss the Stowe Theater Guild summer performances in the Town Hall most weekends in the summer. 

Travel just north of Stowe to the village of Hyde park to enjoy a performance by the Lamoille Players in the historic Hyde Park Opera House. Or check out the state capital and enjoy a presentation by Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier.

For a small town, Stowe is a mecca for music and theater year-round, but really comes in life in the summer months. Don't miss of these opportunities:

Stowe Performing Arts

Spruce Peak Performing Arts

Stowe Theater Guild

Lamoille Players

Lost Nation

Stowe Area Association

 

Craft Brewers Tour - Stowe, VT

When it comes to quantity and quality of craft-made beverages, local brewers, vintners, distillers and cider-makers have not just put Vermont on the map, they have blazed the trails.

Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state in the US and many of the best located are in central Vermont. This makes for a great day trip around the Stowe and Lamoille County area.

The following is a suggestion for a  tour of some of the area brewers and distilleries. This list is just a sampling, the area is so ripe with options, to include all would require a full weekend or two. The tour starts in Cambridge (though the Notch in warmer months), heads to Morrisville then down Rt 100 to Waterbury then back up to finish in Stowe. Directions and websites for each outlet are included. Make a day of it or pick a few that peak your interest. Feel up to trying a tour via mountain bike? Check out 4 Points Tours

 

  • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits

boydenvalley.com • (802) 644-8151

Tasting Room: 3600 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center • Directions
Winery: 64 VT Route 104, Cambridge • Directions

Experience Vermont’s award-winning Winery, Cider, & Distillery, crafting a variety of wines, ciders, and spirits through sustainable agriculture and supporting local farms. Tastings, Free Tours, and seasonal Gourmet Cheese Plates. Two convenient locations: Cambridge – Winery & Tasting Room and Waterbury - Tasting Room at Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

 

  • Lost Nation Brewing

lostnationbrewing.com • (802) 851-8041

87B Old Creamery Rd, Morrisville, VT 05661

The Lost Nation motto of Honest Small Batch Beer says it. With a list of 8 diverse year round brews and an ever changing choice of limited editions plus a dining/tasting room and seasonal beer garden; Lost Nation is a must visit location on any brewery tour or a great destination on its own. 

 

  • Green Mountain Distillers

greendistillers.com • (802) 253-0064
2919 Laporte Road, Morrisville • Directions
 

Green Mountain Distillers is a small batch craft distillery dedicated to creating hand-made, organic distilled spirits since 2002. Quality ingredients added to pure Vermont water creates their vibrant organic vodkas and spirits. Their traditional process guarantees premium quality, purity and exceptional taste in every Green Mountain Distillers product.

 

  • Smuggler's Notch Distillery

smugglersnotchdistillery.com • (802) 309-3077
Barrel House Tasting Room: 2657 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center • Directions
Distillery: 276 Main Street, Jeffersonville • Directions
Smugglers' Notch Distillery, Vermont Inspired Vodka, Bourbon Barrel aged Rum, Gin, Hopped Gin, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Wheat Whiskey, all made with pure Vermont water. Continually garnering medals, commendations, and accolades from the spirits world and fans including a coveted 95 point rating from the Wine Enthusiast for our Vodka. 

 

  • Prohibition Pig

prohibitionpig.com • (802) 244-4120

23 South Main Street, Waterbury - Directions

Prohibition Pig, located on the site of the original Alchemist Brewery, specializes in great food and local beer. The brewery and tasting room is located behind the restaurant and is open for light fare and growler fills. The "Pig" serves their own brews as well as many of the area's favorites.

 

  • Idyletyme Brewing Company

idletymebrewing.com • (802) 253-4765
1859 Mountain Road, Stowe • Directions

Idletyme Brewing Co. brews a variety of mouth-watering beers in its custom copper brew kettle, but perhaps most unique to Idletyme is their water filtration system, which can adjust the well-water’s hardness and mineral content to match that of other water sources around the world. This allows Idletyme Brewing Company to make authentic Belgian wheat ale – for example – with genuine Belgian-accurate water.

 

  • Stowe Cider

stowecider.com • (802) 730-7447
1815 Pucker Street, Stowe • Directions

Stowe Cider is quickly becoming a favorite stop amongst visitors and locals alike. Their cider makers are constantly developing unique recipes that you will not find anywhere else. Ciders range from dry and preservative-free to others that contain local fruits, hops, and even spicy peppers. With a tasting room on the Mountain Rd next to the Farmer's Market in Stowe it is easy to stop in anytime for a taste. 

 

  • von Trapp Brewing

vontrappbrewing.com • (802) 760-6325
700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe • Directions
 

The Trapp family history coupled with Johannes von Trapp’s genuine appreciation for Austrian style-beer inspired the mission of Von Trapp Brewing: to create a traditional European lager – clean, light, crisp beer that boasts a robust flavor.  The Von Trap Brewing Brewery currently produces several lagers brewed from the finest authentic Austrian ingredients and their own pure Vermont spring water sourced from their private spring located on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge. 

 

  • The Alchemist

alchemist beer.com 

The Alchemist Brewery, home of world famous "Heddy Topper" will be open to the public this summer. The new brewery located on the Mountain Road in Stowe will feature brewery tours and tasting room. In the meantime many of the breweries mentioned above also offer Alchemist brews in their dining rooms.