We can honestly say that Stowe, Vermont wasn’t on our radar as a summer travel destination until recently when the Adventure Assist team (AKA April and Jake) was invited to stay at a magical New England getaway for a long weekend.
The folks at the Stone Hill Inn in Stowe reached out to us to see if we would be interested in coming up for a stay at their romantic luxury bed-and-breakfast and really that was all we needed to hear. But after doing a bit more research, we were off the walls excited to stay at such a charming place while we enjoyed everything Stowe has to offer - beautiful scenery, outdoor adventures, food, wine, and some REALLY good craft beer.
If you’re like us, and hadn’t thought of visiting this gorgeous New England town, we suggest you think again. Here are our favorite things discovered while in Stowe, Vermont!
STAY AT STONE Hill inn
Stone Hill Inn was the perfect home base for all of our adventures in and around Stowe for a long weekend. The owners and staff are wonderful and very attentive. If you need anything, they are there for you!
The property is stunning with 9.5 acres to explore, speckled with lovely hidden outdoor lounge areas. We enjoyed breakfast in the beautiful, well lit dining room — our favorite dish was the chicken and waffles made by the owners themselves, served with an assortment of Vermont maple syrups to choose from.
There is a huge game room with board games, movies, a pool table and more. We also got the chance to make s’mores one night at the big outdoor fire pit.
Each room has plush bedding, a jacuzzi, fire place and a private back door to the Inn’s gardens. If you are picky about your pillows, there is even a pillow library so you can select the perfect pillow.
Best of all, the location is perfect, being just minutes from the Stowe Ski Resort and downtown.
Explore the Recreation Paths
One of the first things that you will notice about Stowe is the beautiful, multi-purpose pathway that runs throughout town. The 5.5 mile Stowe Recreation Path is a scenic trail that passes farms, covered bridges, rolling creeks and more. You can walk, run or bike freely along the path in the summertime.
Just outside of Stowe is another nice trail to mention, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail which is the longest of its kind in New England. The trail is replacing a long outdated train rail line with a beautiful multi-purpose trail that will eventually be 93 miles long and cover the breadth of Northern Vermont. Currently about 33 miles of the trail are open and it is a great way to explore.
Find a Brewery
Vermont does craft beer right. It is evident by the success of so many breweries in this small state, many of which are in and around Stowe.
As of this writing, Stowe features three tasty breweries - Idletyme Brewing Co., von Trapp Brewing, and The Alchemist. Beer aficionados will know The Alchemist as the brewer of Heady Topper, an extremely sought after small batch IPA that was recently crowned the best beer in the world.
Just shy of an hour drive from Stowe just so happens to also be “the best brewery in the world”, Hill Farmstead Brewery. We weren’t joking that Vermont does craft beer right.
If you like both drinking beer and riding bikes, we recommend the Bike and Brew tour by Lamoille Valley Bike Tours which hits three additional breweries outside of Stowe AND you get to explore the beautiful rail trail on electric bikes.
Relax at a Winery
We went to the Boyden Valley Winery, in nearby Cambridge, Vermont, and loved it! As one of the oldest wineries in Vermont, they were pioneers in the Vermont wine industry. They are known for their unique and award winning wines, like their Maple Reserve and Vermont Ice wines, and also feature some delicious ciders and spirits. A great place to enjoy a wine tasting and experience everything the massive farm has to offer.
Attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival
Every year the Stoweflake Mountain Resort holds a hot air balloon festival in Stowe and it is truly something to see! We were fortunate to attend the 33rd annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival which features a beer and wine garden, food, live entertainment, and of course, hot air balloons flying high above the Vermont landscape.
The Winooski River and the Lamoille River are both great options (with some very distinct differences) if you want to get out on the water for a canoe or kayak trip! Enjoy scenic views that will include covered bridges, old farms, and plenty of wildlife. Great options for beginner and advanced paddlers alike.
You can also paddle around the nearby Waterbury Reservoir on stand up paddle boards, kayaks or canoes if you don’t want to paddle along a moving river. The Waterbury Reservoir is a highlight if you want to get some sun, enjoy water activities, or even relax on the shore and have a picnic.
von Trapp Family Lodge
The Sound of Music anyone!? Yes, it is in fact those von Trapps. After finishing a US tour in the 1940s the Austrian family singing group decided to settle in Vermont because the beautiful rolling hills reminded them of home. The family runs a mountain resort featuring Austrian inspired architecture and accommodations situated on 2,500 acres of beautiful Vermont landscape. The lodge features a outdoor trails, a well known brewery and restaurant, and even hosts tours.
What would a trip to Vermont be without eating large quantities of Vermont cheddar? Thankfully, the Cabot Farmer’s Store is just a short drive from Stowe in Waterbury, Vermont. You can sample what feels like every type of cheddar known to man and stock up on your favorites for extremely reasonable prices.
Also, HAVE SOME Maple Syrup
Did you think we would forget about the maple syrup!? Not after the maple syrup sampling we had with our chicken and waffles at Stone Hill Inn! They literally brought us every type of syrup they had (who knew there were so many options), just so we could try the different varieties. No surprise that we liked them all! Make sure you pick up a bottle to bring home with you. Vermont truly has the best and largest selection of maple syrup we’ve ever seen.
If you’re planning for a lovely trip to Stowe, Vermont, don’t forget your Adventure Assist travel notebook to help you stay organized on your adventure!