“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” – John Donne
Ah, That Vermont…
Okay folks, we’re usually not in the habit of repeating ourselves, but some things (or in this case, places) are just too good to be visited only once. And, what do you know – such is precisely the case with Vermont. That’s, of course, nothing new, given that Vermont is one of the most beautiful U.S. states any way you want to look at it. But, since the criterion in question on this particular occasion are small towns, we are delighted to say that we have another gorgeous place for you to explore in this breathtaking state, even though we’ve already written about it recently. Enter Stowe, Vermont.
When you ask someone, anyone, of their typical, idyllic vision of Vermont, what they’ll describe is undoubtedly going to be – Stowe, believe it or not. That’s the simplest way we can start off this saga. We’re talking quaint stores and cafes, tree-lined trails, majestic slopes, covered bridges, and bright red barns all dotting an alluring village, complete with a soaring church steeple. Sounds picturesque, wouldn’t you say? But, be careful – Stowe, Vermont also boasts several world-class theatrical productions from the Waterbury Festival Players, Hyde Park Opera House and the Stowe Theater Guild, so culture is more than abundant here, too.
You Know How Making A Choice Can Sometimes Be Difficult? Well…
With a home in north-central Vermont, in Lamoille County, Stowe is located some 45 minutes east of the state’s largest city, Burlington, and about 10 minutes north of I-89. Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield, has a home in the village of Stowe and the entire region can be said to be a vibrant and historic community with the typical charm of a traditional New England village. That being said, mountain bikers and hikers are also lured into the area by Stowe’s world class trails, whereas bird watchers and wildflower lovers enjoy in the wide variety found in the nearby forests and fields. Anglers and paddlers are also a part of the tourist scene in Stowe, as they are constantly attracted like flies to honey to some of Vermont’s most beautiful and exciting mountain-fed streams.
Wondering if this small town has anything to offer to its guests and residents? Well, depends on what your particular cup of tea is, but here’s a short list of several fun stuff and activities you’ll be able to revel in while in Stowe: zipline, theaters, year-round gear rentals, skiing & snowboarding, recreation paths, rock climbing, museums, Nordic skiing, mountain biking, maple sugaring, massages, hiking, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory tour, hot air ballooning, gondola rides, fishing, golf, wineries, breweries and distilleries, cider pressing, dogsledding, chocolate dipping, kayaking/canoeing, art galleries and so much more.
There Comes A Time When You Just Need To Spoil Yourself
But, if this is too much and you just can’t make up your mind, here are some of the thoroughly-tested things to do in Stowe, Vermont. Obviously, the Vermont fall foliage is one of the main reasons why people choose this state and, therefore, Stowe, as the location of their fall holidays, but that’s not the only reason. As aforementioned, you can always go for a round at the Stowe Golf Course during the warmer months of the year, but if that’s not your season, then why not enjoy what the area is most famous for? Skiing in Stowe has been the most predominant highlight of the area for years, and it’s no secret that Stowe is known as the “Ski Capital of the East.” Then again, if you’re the calmer type who’s not that into being active, shopping is always an option, and Stowe’s downtown should make you feel right at home.
By now you’ve realized that Stowe, Vermont really has it all: fine restaurants, skiing, golfing, scenic vistas, exciting activities and so much more. But, as always, we at HopAmerica.com can only recommend these beautiful places throughout the country to you. It’s up to you to actually experience all the cool stuff we’re proposing. And you really should, because…you deserve it.