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When visiting Stowe, you may be surprised at just how much there is to do during your stay. From hiking, biking, and skiing to dining, exploring, and our personal favorite, shopping, our small town has plenty of activities to suit every taste. And because shopping is a favorite of more than a few of our guests, we are providing this list of the best Stowe shopping places to ensure that you don’t miss out on a single shop, store, or boutique. Shopping is an important business; aren’t you glad you packed light and left enough room for all the treasures you will be bringing home from your memorable vacation?

Stowe Mercantile, 166 South Main Street

For an authentic shopping experience, a stop at Stowe Mercantile should be on the top of your list. The barn red exterior brings to mind simpler days. Once you’re inside, the interior has a Vermont country store feel. Offering a wide variety of candy in eye-catching glass jars, gift baskets filled with goodies, a large selection of great wines and craft beers, as well as unique Vermont gifts, the Mercantile truly has something for everyone. Don’t be surprised if you catch a few locals playing checkers on an old wine barrel in front of the old iron stove, all part of a great Stowe shopping experience.

Starting the Stowe Shopping Guide With the Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 South Main Street

Sometimes the best souvenirs are the ones you can taste, and Laughing Moon Chocolates offers the perfect example! Every piece of chocolate is created right there on site. They offer a Chocolate Dipping Demonstration that occurs daily at 2 PM, allowing you to watch the magic and perhaps create your own special treat!

Stowe Craft Gallery, 55 Mountain Road

When you’re looking for a gift that epitomizes the Stowe area, you need look no further than the Stowe Craft Gallery. A local tradition, this landmark store features the work of local artists, including everything from jewelry and clothing to home décor, whimsical art pieces to one-of-a-kind kaleidoscopes, and even key chains to bags of marbles.

Choose Stowe Country Homes for the Best Vacation Accommodations After Your Stowe Shopping Day

Our homes offer more than just a place to rest your head each night; they are designed for a family to live in while away from their own home. Cozy, comfortable, and stylish, staying with us adds an extra glow to an already shining vacation. If you plan on coming in winter, then you can view these winter rentals, or you can just reserve yours today!

The cool nights, smell of warmly lit fireplaces, pumpkins, and apples wafting through the air, the colorful explosion in the trees, and the sight of zombies, ghosts, and princesses roaming the streets on the search for candy that will upset tummies and rot their teeth—these are just a few of the reasons we love Halloween in Stowe. If you’re thinking of planning a Halloween vacation to our favorite place on Earth, congratulations, you made the right choice! But if you’re still up in the air over whether it’s a good idea or not, maybe these events in Stowe will gently nudge you in the right direction this Halloween.

Percy Farm Corn Maze, 2919 Mountain Road

Not all Stowe Halloween related activities have to be scary, and if you have very young or sensitive children, it’s actually better if they aren’t. Percy Farm Corn Maze is a fun adventure, and not scary at all. Sometimes it is easy to escape, other times it may be a little more difficult, but the maze never turns out the same way twice! Buy some homemade maple syrup while you’re there. You can flip some flapjacks in comfort and style at your Stowe Country Homes vacation rental for a treat you won’t soon forget!

Dead North Farmland of Terror, 1404 Wheelock Road, Danville

Now, if you happen to enjoy being frightened and are willing to drive a little, the Dead North Farmland of Terror holds the honor of being one of the scariest haunted “houses” in the state. In reality, it’s a corn field and multiple buildings, so it can’t really identify as a house. Not appropriate for the very young and potentially dangerous for those with health issues, but for those that can participate, this spookatorium is definitely worth the 39-mile drive among other events in Stowe!

Trick or Treating and Other Events at Stowe

If your children are worried they will miss out on the traditional Stowe Halloween experience, you can find their smiles easily when you tell them about Maple Street! Trick or treating in Stowe Village is an annual event, and because Maple Street is so busy, the townspeople shut it down for the kids’ safety, so your little ones can dress up in their favorite costumes and hit the streets with all the other goblins, ghosts, and fairy princesses!

Stowe Halloween Vacation Escape

Be sure to leave a light on so you can easily find your way back to the comfortable and cozy surroundings of your charming home away from home! Sit in front of the fire with your favorite chocolate (Not too close, though; you don’t want to melt it!), enjoy our amenities and feel whatever tensions you have left in your shoulders just melt away. Check our reviews and reserve your vacation today!

Just because you are on vacation does not mean it is time to let go of all your healthy eating habits. Stowe, Vermont is home to many delicious restaurants that take your health into consideration so you do not have to feel guilty about what you eat. Here are the four best healthy restaurants in Stowe VT:

Butler’s Pantry

Start your morning off right with a delicious breakfast at the Butler’s Pantry. This local establishment has been serving up freshly prepared morning dishes for years. They specialize in unique dishes that will not make your waist expand. Try their delicious acai bowl or granola bowl for a healthy start to the day. The banana pancakes are decadent, yet you can indulge without the heavy feeling.

The Bistro at Ten Acres

The owners of The Bistro at Ten Acres prepare their own bread in-house, so you can expect a fresh dining experience. You can find a variety of healthy items including the local favorite, pineapple salad, that is topped with pineapple, jicama, and a special sesame vinaigrette. Other popular entrees include freshly grilled seafood specials and Thai red curry, in addition to many others. The menu changes with the season so you can always expect something fresh and new at The Bistro at Ten Acres.


While the name might be simple, the food at Plate is anything but that. You will find various dishes that will make your mouth water, yet still remain guilt-free. Plate features incredible vegetarian and vegan dishes that are a delight. Start off with the Hearts of Palm “Crab Cakes” before jumping into one of their delicious salads. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! Similar to The Bistro at Ten Acres, Plate’s menu changes seasonally.

Sushi Yoshi

Healthy food never tastes better than when you are enjoying your favorite sushi. Eat on the lighter side with their freshly prepared rolls that include all of your favorites like salmon, yellowtail, and more. Delicious and healthy food does exist at Sushi Yoshi earning a position in our best healthy restaurants in Stowe VT.

Staying with Stowe Country Homes and Enjoying More Restaurants in Stowe VT

You have not experienced Stowe until you have stayed in one of our wonderful rental homes, including our rentals at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. We offer luxurious rentals with incredible amenities and unique features. Call Stowe Country Homes today to book your getaway!

It only seems appropriate that a day devoted to celebrating the work ethic and social and economic achievements of the citizens who make our country great should be celebrated by doing nothing that even closely resembles work! Labor Day is September 3rd this year, and if you haven’t considered a vacation in Stowe, Vermont for your celebration we only have one question: Why not? As fall moves closer and the leaves start to change, Stowe offers these five ways for you to spend Labor Day weekend in Stowe.

Hit the Links

The weather this time of year is absolutely perfect for a day on the greens, and Stowe Country Club is an award-winning course with acres of rolling greens dotted with mature trees. This idyllic landscape soothes the soul no matter how bad your game! Located at 744 Cape Cod Road, there’s no more American way to celebrate Labor Day!

Head for the Wilderness

Even a small town like Stowe can seem crowded to the introverts among our guests, so why not spend your Labor Day fishing for the night’s dinner? Rent a pole and bait from the Fly Rod Shop (they have maps for the best fishing spots) and spend your day communing with nature. For those who like company with their fishing trips, Catamount Fishing Adventures is a fishing guide service that will lead you to the hot spots when you’re spending Labor Day weekend in Stowe. 

Picnic by the Falls for Labor Day Weekend in Stowe

The Moss Green Falls Trail is about three miles long and leads you to the breathtaking Moss Green Falls hiking area nestled in the woods. Pack a backpack with a simple lunch and hike to the base for a quiet and romantic picnic or continue to the top for a view of the valley that will have you forgetting to breathe! The beauty of the Stowe landscape is unmistakable from these two vantage points.

Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory

Just because the summer is ending doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the mouthwatering dairy delights offered on the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour. Located about nine miles south of Stowe in Waterbury, tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 12. Open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, here’s your chance to see how the magic is made when you spend Labor Day weekend in Stowe!

Stay Home & Play

Simple moments often offer the biggest impact. A day spent enjoying the comforts of one of our Stowe Country Homes can change your life! Comfortable and relaxing, these are the places you can grill the fish you caught earlier and enjoy it with a glass of wine as you watch the sunset from the deck of your vacation escape. Reserve yours today and have the best Labor Day weekend you’ve ever had by choosing one of our rentals, whether they are our 6 bedrooms, 8 bedrooms, or our other rentals!