There are some things you just have to do when you vacation in a new spot. That first trip, you owe it to yourself to do a few things that are popular tourist attractions, just like you owe it to yourself to do a few things that aren’t on the popular touristy lists. Here are five of our favorite tourist spots in Vermont for when you’re doing that tourist thing on your getaway to Stowe.
Everyone knows Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and everyone recognizes that bright turquoise carton and loves to read out the fun titles for each flavor. So, whether you’re a lover of the classics like Phish Food, Chunky Monkey, or Cherry Garcia, or like to try the new flavors like Tiramisu or Punch Line, if you love ice cream, this is the one tour you need to take. A popular must-do for new visitors to Stowe, this guided tour takes about 30 minutes. Watch their ice cream-making process and at the end of the tour, you’ll be rewarded with a free sample of the flavor of the day. Stop by their gift shop and get your favorite flavors to go.
Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory
1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd, Route 100, Stowe VT
Monday through Sunday, 11am – 8pm
If you’re looking for a short, easy hike with a big reward, or just love waterfalls, head for Moss Glenn Falls. One of Vermont’s most picturesque and most photographed falls, Moss Glenn Falls is over 125 feet of cascading, splashing, tumbling, sparkling waterfalls. The trailhead is about a 5-minute ride from downtown Stowe and easy to find. This easy scenic hike is about 3 miles out to the falls and back. The trail meanders alongside Moss Glenn Brook as it flows through the forest and into a narrow gorge. Take the right trail to the base of the falls, and the left trail up to a lookout spot near the upper falls.
Moss Glenn Falls
615 Moss Glen Falls Road
The Stowe Recreation Path is an internationally recognized greenway and one of the best tourist spots in Vermont that connect historic Stowe Village to Top Notch Resort. This popular trail is used by residents and visitors alike as they hike, bike, in-line skate, cross-country ski, and snowshoe along its path. This 5.5-mile-long trail starts in historic Stowe Village, meandering along with the West Branch River past picnic areas, swimming spots, farms, and old churches, through grassy meadows and forests, ending at a quaint covered bridge. Offering amazing views along the route, the trail also has cool swimming spots to enjoy on hot afternoons, plenty of picnic areas and benches for relaxing and enjoying the view, and it winds past restaurants, shops, and lodges where you can stop in for a pint. This popular trail is a great way to get some exercise and wander through some of Stowe’s prettiest countryside.
Stowe Recreation Path
Open year-round, there’s always something to do at the Stowe Mountain Resort. Besides all the snow-centric activities you can think of during the winter months, there are plenty of activities for those lonely snowless months. Hiking, mountain biking, and backpacking through the iconic alpine forests and over rocky, dusty trails, and more await you at one of our favorite tourist spots in Vermont. If you want to add a little excitement to your trip, try the ZipTour Adventure and soar from near the peak of the mountain over a series of zip lines down the mountain, or try your hand at the aerial ropes course, or at rock climbing. You can also drive to the peak on the beautiful Auto Toll Road. The views on this historic road are stunning, especially during the fall. For those visitors who prefer to leave the zig-zag driving along steep mountain roads to someone else, take the gondola up the state’s highest mountain. The views from the gondola and from the summit of the mountain are breathtaking.
Stowe Mountain Resort
7416 Mountain Road, Stowe VT
Remember the Sound of Music with Julie Andrews? A trip to the von Trapp Family Lodge will have you twirling around in grassy meadows with the mountains as a backdrop and singing those songs in no time. This is the von Trapps you remember from the movie. After escaping Austria, they settled down in Stowe in a small farmhouse that over time grew into the resort.
You don’t have to stay in the resort to enjoy the property’s amenities either. There are hiking, mountain biking, and skiing trails, horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides, maple sugaring tours, and snowshoe excursions. Plus disc golf, clay tennis courts, swimming pools, yoga classes, a rock-climbing wall, and more. You can enjoy a von Trapp family history tour and tour of the von Trapp Brewery too. And, when you’re ready for a bite to eat, there are four on-site restaurants including the popular Bierhall with beer, bratwurst, and plenty of alpine atmospheres.
700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe VT