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Stowe is beautiful in the summer, but Stowe in the fall is truly amazing. During summer months the forests are lush and green, and the wildflowers are blooming everywhere. Come fall, the entire region changes color. The vibrant greens give way to those bright golds, oranges and reds that Vermont is famous for. While the entire landscape seems on fire, the air starts to crisp up, with the promise of snowy winter nights ahead. Read on below for the ultimate guide to summer and fall vacations to Stowe, Vermont!

Summer in Stowe

The warm season in Stowe lasts from around the late part of May to mid-September, and the average warm temperature year-round is a moderate 78 degrees. On those occasional days when things warm up, or you build up a sweat hiking up a steep mountain trail, you’ll be rewarded with cooler temperatures as you climb into those higher elevations.

The Stowe summer is the time to hike through the cool alpine forests, up rocky mountain trails to amazing waterfalls and overlooks. If you love waterfalls, Moss Glen Falls is a short, popular, hike through the woods to the falls. The small pools around the 80-foot falls are perfect for a quick, refreshing dip and the falls are gorgeous. Bingham Falls Trail is another short hike to some very pretty waterfalls.

The popular Stowe Pinnacle Trail is only 3 miles round trip, and while it’s a little steep, the view of the Green Mountains from the bald peak is worth it. Sunset Rock Trail is an easy hike through the woods starting right in Stowe Village, and Wiessner Woods and Kirchner Woods are also beautiful, gentle hikes. For a more challenging hike, head to Mt. Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, where you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the surrounding mountains and countryside and up into Canada.

A popular greenway, the Stowe Recreation Path, is used year-round by residents and guests as they hike, bike, in-line skate, (and in the winter months) cross-country ski and snowshoe along its path. The path starts in historic Stowe Village, meanders along the West Branch River past picnic areas and swimming spots, farms and old churches, ending at a historic, possibly haunted, covered bridge.

Cady Hills Forest is another of Stowe’s popular year-round trails, used by hikers, runners and mountain bike enthusiasts alike. These (mostly) quiet, dusty trails wind through the “maple jungle,” and there is a popular view point at Green Chair. Watch out for bikers and wildlife as you hike.

Summer Festivals and More

Start things off by attending The Best of Stowe in the end of May, when the streets of Stowe are lined with vendors of all types of arts, crafts, food and beverages, many with a twist and taste of Vermont. The B3 Fest: Bikes, Brews & Beats is a summer celebration with a long weekend of mountain biking, craft brews, and music. At the end of June, the Vermont Renaissance Faire takes over and fills the streets with its Renaissance music and dancers, arts and crafts vendors, medieval encampments, fight demos, jousting—oh, and lots of beer, wine, cider, and mead!

Enjoy Historic Stowe’s traditional, old-fashioned Fourth of July celebrations, and there are parades and events to mark Memorial Day too. There are weekly wine tastings during the summer at the Trapp Family Lodge for wine connoisseurs, and if you miss the wine tastings, just take a tour of the Von Trapp Brewery Tour or just visit the Trapp Family Lodge Shops. You’ll want to see this alpine-style lodge and hear all the history behind it. Try the Bierhall for a lager and bratwurst, knackwurst, and bauernwurst platter, or maybe just grab a Bavarian pretzel with house mustards while you enjoy the view. Don’t miss the Weekly Gazebo Concerts in Stowe Village.

Fall in Stowe

Why drive miles to look at the gorgeous Stowe fall colors and then drive home when you can stay right in the middle of it? This is the time to rent one of our alpine cottages nestled up in the hillside, where you’ll be surrounded by that colorful foliage for your entire stay. Skip the crowds, settle down with a cup of fresh cider, a maple-flavored bear claw and enjoy the scenery from the privacy of your rental’s private deck.

Any time is a good time to take the Stowe Gondola SkyRide to the top of Mt. Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont, but fall is prime gondola time. Enjoy the scenery on the way up, then hike or bike back down the mountain, or just take the ZipTour back down.

Ride mountain bikes, backpack or hike along rocky dirt trails through woods, meadows and mountains. There are plenty of trails open year-round and through the fall to keep your group occupied. Many trails are multi-use too, and are kept in shape for all sorts of activities including hiking, jogging, biking and skiing.

Stowe is fast becoming the go-to spot for serious mountain bikers too. Cady Hills Forest, Sterling Forest, and Adams Camp are just a few of the bike trails free and open to the public here in Stowe. If things get too muddy for mountain bikes, just rent a fat tire bike and you can stay out on the trails no matter what.

Fall is a great time to get out on Vermont’s waterways for some prime fishing fun. You can land brook, brown, rainbow and lake trout, bass, landlocked Atlantic salmon, walleye, yellow perch and more from April through October. Fish from shore or wade in, fish from a boat or kayak, head out solo or book a guide—it’s up to you.

Stay Inside – Summer or Fall

Summer and fall are also the wettest seasons here in Vermont. But not to worry, there are plenty of Stowe activities to enjoy indoors when the weather gets too wet. Spend the occasional wet day inside and treat yourself and your group to a spa treatment. Visit one of the local spas for facials, warm oil tranquility cocoons, full body exfoliation and scrubs and mineral mud wraps. Many spas feature pools, saunas and steam rooms, and juice bars too.

No trip to Stowe would be complete without a tour of Ben & Jerry’s! Who cares what the weather is like when you’re immersing yourself in the whole Ben & Jerry experience. The best part of this 30-minute tour? The end of tour flavor-of-the-day tasting! Make sure to visit the gift shop for a few pints to take home for enjoying later. Try a little fresh maple syrup or add a fresh homemade maple cookie to your bowl.

When the weather is too wet to do your rock climbing outside, you can practice your climbing skills at the Stowe Rocks Climbing Center. They have a KidZone complete with a wall of fun where your kids can climb over airplanes, trains, and trucks. You can also challenge the kids to a few rounds of bowling at one of the area’s bowling alleys.

Hit the Ale Trail! After an afternoon of craft brews, you won’t really care what the weather’s like. Take a guided brewery tour (and let someone else do the driving) or make your own way. The Alchemist, Idletyme Brewing Co. and the von Trapp Brewery are all good starting points.

If you’re over the whole brew pub thing, what about cheese? Take your group on a self-guided tour of local area cheese makers, then buy some of their delicious, fresh made cheese to take back to your rental where you can enjoy some gooey grilled cheese sandwiches toasted over the fire pit out on the deck. And speaking of locally made food and drink, be sure to visit Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm, Stowe Maple Products or the Trapp Family Lodge for tours, demonstrations and lots of local Vermont maple products.

Head to Historic Stowe Village and shop for handmade jewelry and glass art, books and toys, handmade chocolates at Laughing Moon Chocolates, local cider at Stowe Cider and a little of everything Vermont at Stowe Mercantile or Shaw’s General Store.

Pick up a dozen or so Stowe Dough’s homemade Maple Bacon doughnuts or Apple Fritters for breakfast while you’re in town. Get freshly made apple cider and apple cider donuts from Cold Hollow Cider Mill, or handmade fudge and maple cookies from the Stowe Mercantile Kitchen as snacks for family movie night.

The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe has exhibits showcasing the evolution of ski equipment and fashion, historic ski lifts, iconic snowboard photography, alpine and Nordic skiing equipment, and much more. It may not be ski season yet, but you can get your fill of skiing history and fun facts in this cute little museum.

Where to Dine

Dress up a bit and head out to dinner at the Bistro at Ten Acres, Solstice, The Trapp Family Lodge Dining Room, or Hen of the Wood. Take advantage of the nice weather, and dine al fresco at Harrison’s Restaurant, Idletyme Brewing Co. or The Bench. If you’ve got BBQ lovers in your group, a visit to Black Diamond BBQ or the Sunset Grille and Tap Room should be on your itinerary. Wherever you end up, you can dine in or out. Or order ahead, pick up your meal and head back to your rental to enjoy dining out on your private deck or patio with the Green Mountains as a back drop.

Before you start your long day of outdoor fun, what could be better than to start with pancakes, French toast and fresh squeezed orange juice at the Butler’s Pantry? Or take advantage of our guest services like catering, prepared meal services and pre-arrival grocery delivery and whip up something delicious in your rental’s fully equipped kitchen.

All the Amenities You Want

Our Stowe vacation homes, townhomes, and condos will have all the luxury amenities you expect, including fireplaces ready for toasting s’mores, warm wood floors and open floor plans perfect for gathering friends and family together, and fully equipped kitchens complete with everything you’ll need to fix that first cup of coffee in the morning and that last cup of hot cider in the evening. If you decide to book your stay in one of our condos, you’ll be able to enjoy all the extras that are part of the condo community as well!

Our rentals feature indoor fireplaces, and many also feature outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and grills. We have vacation homes with garages, air conditioning for those occasional hot summer days, game rooms, washer/dryers, and hot tubs.

Free Wi-Fi in our vacation rentals will keep you in touch with everyone in the outside world (if you need to) while the kids catch up on their favorite shows. It’s easy to browse through our listings to find the rental with the extra amenities you want. We also have smoke-free rentals and pet-friendly vacation rentals so you won’t have to leave your furry best friend behind.

It’s Your Choice

No matter whether you’re bringing your entire extended family to Stowe for that long-awaited family reunion, or just your significant other for a romantic getaway you’ve been putting off, we have the perfect size vacation rental for your stay, with everything from cozy cottages and condos to larger vacation homes with many bedrooms that can actually handle up to 25 guests at a time.

Choose from mountain or lake views, mountain lodges or alpine-style cottages, modern condos, and much more. We offer secluded rentals that are located away from the crowds but still close to historic Stowe Village and all the fun. Choose to be close to the things you love to do, with the view you want, and the amenities you’ve come to expect. It’s all here in Stowe. Let us help you find the perfect rental for your Stowe summer and fall vacation. Give us a call today!

If you are looking for an exciting destination for your Easter getaway, make sure you take a look at Stowe! This beautiful town in Vermont is the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend away. The end of winter and early spring is often a slower time in Stowe, allowing you to enjoy all the various activities found in the area. Here are some great ways to spend Easter 2020 in Stowe this year:

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at Spruce Peak

One of the premier resorts in town that gives you access to the ski trails is Spruce Peak. Each year, Spruce Peak offers an incredible Easter Brunch inside Solstice Restaurant, their onsite dining option. This special brunch event is only available on Easter morning and includes all your brunch favorites such as quiche, pancakes, eggs, omelets, carved ham, and more. Adults will be able to order up their favorite adult beverages like a mimosa and a Bloody Mary or two. Easter brunch is available for $32 per adult and $16 for children age 12 and under. That same morning, children can participate in the annual egg hunt that takes place at Spruce Peak’s Village Green. They will have a great time hunting for colorful eggs!

Easter Service with Stowe Community Church

If your family goes to church for the Easter holiday, you are in luck, as local Stowe Community Church puts on a service every year. This non-denominational church is the perfect place for all faiths to come together and celebrate the Easter holiday. What makes this service so special compared to others in town is that it takes place on top of Mt. Mansfield; you read that right, your service will be on a mountaintop! Complimentary gondola rides will take you to the top for free starting at 4:30 AM. This is a great way to see the top of Mt. Mansfield as well as celebrate your faith.

Enjoy the Area

Of course, Stowe offers plenty of great activities to enjoy at the beginning of the spring season. Ski season is almost over, but you can still enjoy a few more days on the mountain when you visit for Easter! The official end of the 2020 season is April 19th, giving fans of winter sports one final week to show off their skills on the mountain. If you’re an avid skier, you can even put the purchase of a single-day lift ticket toward a 2020/21 season pass at Stowe Mountain Resort. After all, we’re sure you’ll want to come back for more next winter!

Get Out and See Stowe

You can enjoy all this and much more when you spend your Easter holiday in Stowe. Reserve one of our vacation rentals today for an unmatched holiday experience in Vermont!

There is plenty for you to enjoy in Stowe no matter the season. What you need to pack in your luggage all depends on the time of year you visit. Whether you visit during the summer or in the height of winter, make sure to pack light, as you will not need much when staying in our well-appointed vacation rentals. Here are some simple tips to help you pack light for Stowe traveling:

Ski Gear in the Winter Can Stay Home

Stowe is known for incredible skiing during the snowy winter season. Locals and visitors alike head up the mountain to enjoy this popular winter sport. Bringing your own ski gear from home can be extremely difficult and heavy to carry. Fortunately, rental shops on the mountain can rent you out any of the gear that you need, making it easy to enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Most gear can be rented by the day, letting you check out what you need for as long as you need it.

Time for Games at the Vacation Rental

Experienced travelers know to expect some downtime when vacationing away from home. While most families will want to bring their own entertainment options, we encourage you to leave it all at home. Some vacation rentals will come with plenty of board games and other activities that are perfect for the whole family. Larger vacation rentals may even feature a billiards table that is an absolute joy for everyone. Free Wi-Fi in the homes make it easy to log into your favorite streaming services to unwind. Either way, you can expect there will be plenty of entertainment to experience in Stowe.

No Need for Your Own Towels and Bedsheets

Our vacation rentals come fully prepared for your stay, so you do not need to bring any furnishings from home. Expect to find soft and comfortable bed sheets on all the beds and plenty of towels to dry yourself off after a refreshing shower or bath. The same can be said for kitchenware, letting you prepare meals on the fly for your family. When you choose our vacation rentals, you will have extra comforts and welcoming amenities that local hotels cannot provide.

Time to Start Planning for Your Stowe Traveling

When you’re ready to schedule your next vacation getaway, be sure to contact Stowe Country Homes. Our comfortable vacation rentals can host you and your family for an unbelievable time in Vermont. Call today and let us find the perfect rental for your stay in Stowe!

Spring is often one of the slowest travel seasons across the country, making it the perfect time to book a getaway to Stowe. Our Vermont town is a great place to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day holiday; the area features exciting events and activities that your whole family can enjoy. Take a look below at the fun waiting for you in Stowe this St. Patrick’s Day:

Get Ready to Ski

The middle of March should still offer plenty of snow for you to ski down the local mountain. Your St. Patrick’s Day getaway can be enjoyed from the slopes with this popular winter sport. While the heaviest powder falls of winter may be gone in March, most trails will still be covered in skiable snow. Do not worry if you are new to skiing or snowboarding or need some practice; local lessons will get you on your feet in no time. The same can be said for gear, as rental shops feature everything you need to enjoy a trip up and down the mountain without bringing anything from home.

Find Your Green Bar

One of the best things about St. Patrick’s Day is the popular green beer on tap. Adults love this unique offering for the holiday, and it can easily be found in Stowe. Check out local favorite Doc Ponds, which offers a comfy and modern pub interior with delicious bites and numerous craft beers on tap. Rimrock’s Mountain Tavern also offers a similar ambience but features a kid-friendly taproom so the whole family can join in on the fun.

Check Out Ben & Jerry’s

It is never too cold to enjoy a delicious frozen treat, especially when it is brought to you by Ben & Jerry’s. This popular ice cream manufacturer can be found just outside Stowe. Take a free tour of the Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory to learn about their exciting history and even get some free ice cream at the end. Ben & Jerry’s is known for having unique flavors that vary throughout the year, so don’t be surprised if they come up with a special ice cream for St. Patrick’s Day!

More to Do in Stowe this St. Patrick’s Day

Stowe is the perfect place for solo and group travelers looking to have the best St. Patrick’s Day ever. Check out our available vacation rentals and see which ones will be available for your stay. Each property offers all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay in Stowe.