If you’re looking for a place that has it all—breathtaking scenic vistas, exhilarating mountains, and small-town charm—look no further than our lovely little town of Stowe, Vermont! This Green Mountains getaway is famous for its wintery wonderland vibe and excellent skiing, but has something to offer visitors during every season, from springtime flower-filled meadows to the vibrant showcase of color in the fall. You’ll never run short of outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the year, and each visit to Stowe is guaranteed to be magical in its own unique way.
With a population of around 5,000, Stowe retains that classic mountain town atmosphere, with quaint local shops, delicious eateries, and adorable bakeries and cafes. It’s a place where you can spend the morning skiing and the afternoon shopping for locally made candles, or a summer day kayaking and an evening at an elegant restaurant on the mountainside. There’s always a variety of things to do, and by the time you leave, you’ll feel like you’ve found a second home. Despite its small size, Stowe has several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own appeal and charisma. It can be difficult to find the best places to stay in Stowe VT, and even when looking at a map, figuring out exactly where each neighborhood is located might be a bit confusing!
The Best Places To Stay In Stowe VT
To help you with your Stowe vacation research, we’ve outlined several of the areas that make up Stowe! Read on to learn more about our fantastic town, so you can perfectly plan your escape to the Green Mountains and find the perfect place to stay in Stowe!
Of course, this is the first up on our list of best places to stay in Stowe VT, as this is the main area of Stowe. It’s where you can find a good number of our local restaurants, shops, galleries, and bars—it could even be described as the heart of our town! In short, it’s where the action is, other than the slopes of course, which are only a short distance away. It’s a great spot for a summer stay, where you can stroll along the Stowe Recreation Path and gaze at the bubbling streams of the Little River, and then grab a bite to eat on Route 100. Even if you visit in the winter, if you don’t mind being a quick drive from the slopes and want to take in a bit of Stowe’s action every evening, it’s the ideal place to stay. Our properties in this area offer everything from cozy 1-bedrooms to larger properties with multiple rooms!
Things to Do in Stowe Village
From walking the streets to dining for every taste, Stowe Village has something for everyone. Those who like museums and a bit of history will love a visit to the Stowe Historical Society, while the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum might appeal to all the winter sport enthusiasts out there. Spend an afternoon browsing art galleries like Gifted Hands, 571 Projects, and The Current, which offers events and classes in a building dating back to the 1800s in a Greek Revival style. If you like locally made treats, be sure to stop by Laughing Moon Chocolates, or The Country Store on Main for one-of-a-kind home goods. To pick up some locally made souvenirs, try Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft, or Tangerine and Olive. Take in the sunset from Sunset Rock, which can be gorgeous any time of year. Another trail in this area is the Quiet Path Trail and Loop, so you can always get a little bit of nature in. Basically, when you stay in this are you’ll never be far from entertaining things to fill your day with!
Dining in Stowe Village
This part of town is rich with dining choices, from sushi to classic American-style pub food. Try the Butler’s Pantry for a quick breakfast before heading out for the day, or the Café on Main for Belgian waffles or an afternoon sandwich. Harrison’s can be a bit of an upscale dinner treat, with fresh oysters and dishes like pan braised mussels, while the dinner menu offers dishes like filet mignon and pecan crusted salmon. Your choices in the village are plentiful, and the best part is that everything else is within your reach!
The Lower Village, as the name suggests, is just south of the main Stowe Village Area. This part of town offers a more low-key atmosphere, while only being minutes away from the excitement of Stowe Village. It’s an area that’s within easy reach of local trails and offers its own selection of restaurants and shopping. Properties in this area and nearby include modern townhouses, as well as cozy family homes with views of Little River.
Things to Do in Lower Village
Lower Village offers its own assortment of shops and businesses, including a convenient Stowe Quick-Mart for any last-minute essentials you might need to pick up. If you’re celebrating a special occasion like a holiday or birthday, you’ll be pleased to find Uncle George’s Flowers right in the Lower Village, and an electronics store for any of your electronic needs. There’s even a dog grooming place if you’re planning on bringing your pet along! Lower Village is near hiking trails such as the Gold Brook Falls Trail, as well as the Gold Brook Covered Bridge, which is a famous covered bridge in the area. Another popular trail easily reached from the Lower Village area is the Stowe Pinnacle Trail Head, and the Pinnacle Meadows Stowe Land Trust, which is a protected area with trails and lookout stops.
Dining in Lower Village
For a quick grab-n-go option in Lower Village, you can grab a coffee and breakfast sandwich from Dunkin’ in the morning. The Green Goddess Café is a full-service restaurant in the Lower Village and offers a breakfast and lunch menu in a cottage type atmosphere. Grab baked goods to-go or sit and have a fresh salad and lavender lemonade for lunch. The best part is, you’re only a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the main village area, giving you the best of both worlds!
Mountain Road makes up the area between Stowe Village and the rugged peak of Mt. Mansfield. This corridor is ideal for those searching for a bit of outdoor adventure in addition to being centrally located to restaurants and shops. If you love to ski or snowboard, properties in this area are the closest you can get to the mountain without being in the mountain top area, and some homes are centrally located to the shuttle that will take you up to the lifts! If you crave a bit more of a remote setting, without being too far removed from the things to do in the Village, then this is the spot for you!
Things to Do in Mountain Road
Those nature lovers will adore the easy access to hiking and biking near Mountain Road, such as the Cady Hill Forest trail, which includes 258 acres of forest to discover. The Wiessner Woods conservation area has a well-connected network of trails that can be enjoyed during any season, as there are snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails—it’s also a great place to go and look at the changing leaves in the fall! The Stowe Recreation Path is accessible from the area, and if you’re up for a challenge you can follow it all the way to the Village. You’ll find you don’t have to go all the way to the main part of town to satisfy your shopping cravings, as you’ll find several shops on Mountain Road, like Burton where you can grab new winter sports apparel, and the Green Envy Boutique, which sells upscale women’s fashion.
Dining in Mountain Road
Those that love a good local brew or two will rejoice at the Mountain Road area, as it’s home to several breweries that also offer food menus. For a local institution, try Idletyme Brewing Company, where you can grab lunch and their signature Idletyme double IPA. Alchemist Beer is another born-and-breed Stowe Brewery and offer an assortment of an ever-growing list of beers, as well as a beer garden during the warmer months. Another local favorite is the Von Trapp Brewery and Bierhall, which offers lots of space and an array of locally made brews, as well as their Trapp Family Farm maple syrup. The choices don’t end at Stowe breweries though, as you can also find spots like the Stowe Bee Bakery and Café, the Stowe Sandwich Company, and Piecasso, which is a pizza joint. That’s just a sampling of what you can find in this area of town!
The Mt. Mansfield area of town is for those who seek the ultimate adventure, and who want the excitement of the great outdoors directly at their fingertips. It’s the favored destination of skiers and snowboarders, and when you stay here, you’ll find properties that offer “Ski-on, Ski-off” features, as well as homes that sit slope side. Awake to gorgeous views right outside your window, and never be more than a quick journey away from the trails. It’s easy to spend all day skiing, or enjoying mountain trails during non-winter seasons, and then also spend time down in the central part of town for shopping and dinner reservations.
Things to Do in Mt. Mansfield
Of course, the number one thing to do in this area is to hit the slopes at Stowe Mountain Resort, from the West Slope to Hackett’s Highway. But fret not if you’re vacationing during other seasons, because there’s always something to do in this naturally gorgeous area. Summer offers hiking along enchanting trails, such as the Sunset Ridge Trail, or the Sterling Pond Trail, while fall is another season that is fantastic for a stroll through the forest, beneath a canopy of fiery colored falling leaves. The Mt. Mansfield Peak Visitor’s Center can be an educational place to take the kids or to learn more about the area and taking the gondola ride is always a fun way to take in the sights. This part of town is also home to the historic Toll Road, where you can glimpse stunning views on a scenic ride through the mountains. The ways of getting your outdoor time in are limitless, and there’s some outfitter shops at the Stowe Mountain Resort for those who like to do a bit of shopping.
Dining in Mt. Mansfield
Although this area is the highest point of town, you’ll find plenty of terrific restaurants up here. Make a reservation at the well-known Cliff House, situated atop the end of the gondola route, offering floor-to-ceiling windows that give unbeatable views of the surrounding forest and mountain terrain. There’s even outdoor seating when the weather allows! For those who like a bit of variety in one place, you’ll find quite a few restaurants at the resort, such as The Skinny Pancake, a coffee shop, a sushi place, and a lodge-style bar. If you want to do any winter activities like ice-skating, the WhistlePig Peragolas offers a heated outdoor dining experience, and is conveniently located by the winter ice rink. The Octagon is located at the top of the FourRunner Quad Lift, where the Midway Bar is located mountainside as well. Basically, you’ll never run out of spots to dine with amazing views when you stay in this part of town!
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Whether you’re looking for a cozy one-bedroom condo for a quick weekend getaway, or a massive house for a giant family ski trip, we have a wide array of properties to fit your budget and needs. We offer an impressive selection of locations in the Stowe area and go above and beyond to make sure your vacation leaves you with unforgettable memories of our town. From helping you pick out the perfect property for your trip, to providing answers to any questions you might have about the area, we are with you every step of the way for a flawless vacation. If you’re ready to book your Stowe vacation rental, give us a call today!