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Things to Do in Stowe

Posted on: October 22nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Mansfield SummitStowe is best known for its fabulous ski resort, but there are plenty of things to do in the off season!

All week long Stowe is hosting the 3rd annual Stowe Restaurant Week.  Find tons of great places featured in Gourmet, Wine Spectator and Bon Appetit, among others, all offering delicious gourmet meals, prix-fixe menus for $15, $25, and $35 per person.

On Saturday the 26th of October, the Helen Day Arts Center will be hosting the Go Beer! festival, featuring 12 beers from local brewers.  Schmooze with Vermont’s top brewers and discuss their trade secrets while enjoying great beer, and food.

The same slopes that make Stowe an ideal ski destination make it a great place for other outdoor recreation too! Stowe is surrounded by beautiful places to visit that are great for hiking, mountain biking, or just sitting and enjoy a picnic while you take in the spectacular view.

Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in Vermont, and Stowe is situated just next to it.  Hike to the top, or ride the gondola up and get a spectacular view of the valley below.  There are plenty of hiking trials once you reach the top of the gondola ride as well, so you could ride up and hike down.

Smuggler’s Notch State Park is another great place to get in some hiking.  It also has great camping, and welcomes horseback riders to use their great riding trails.

The Stowe Recreation Path is a nice place to take a leisurely walk or jog and take in the beauty of the town around you.  The 5.3 mile trail is mostly flat and paved path that should be easy for people of all fitness levels to travel.  You’ll pass lots of great picture opportunities, get a chance to take in the fall foliage, and find some great picnic spots along the way.

To get a bit of local history, visit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.   Learn about the history of these sports in Vermont and visit the Hall of Fame honoring the men and women who have made great contributions to its success.  They will also be holding their 12th Annual Induction to the Hall of Fame on Saturday October 26th.  Inductees include Fred Pabts Jr, who turned his back in the family business (Pabst Brewing) to make a business out of recreational skiing, Emo Henrich, and many more.

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