Explore More this Summer in Stowe

March 30, 2022


Do you find yourself dreaming of warm sunny days, bright blue skies with lush green mountain views, strolls through a charming New England small town, bike rides with a picturesque view, unbeatable sunset photos or perhaps cooling off in a natural swimming hole after a big hike? Sounds like you’re thinking of summer in Stowe.

Perhaps one of the best things about Stowe is that you can enjoy the outdoor recreation and small-town charm atmosphere all with stunning views around every corner. There are so many things you’ll find only in Stowe!

What makes Stowe so special anyways?

Stowe, Vermont is a small town located in northern Vermont at the foot of the state’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield. In the winter it is known for world-class skiing and riding at Stowe Mountain Resort, but in the summer, the town comes alive with adventurers who are hiking, biking, shopping, eating, drinking, swimming, relaxing, paddling, and more! 

The historic Stowe Village is home to independent shops and palate-pleasing restaurants as well as the iconic steeple of the Stowe Community Church. From the village you can take Mountain Road, which is lined with even more shops, restaurants, lodging establishments, and trails just seven miles up to Stowe Mountain Resort, the Spruce Peak Village, and entrance to Smugglers’ Notch. 

(Pro tip: the Stowe Recreation Path is a hotspot for summer fun—think biking, corn mazes, leisurely walks, swimming spots and runs among the scenery—that meanders the West Branch River and Mountain Road beginning at the Stowe Village)

What can I do in Stowe this summer?

Explore more. Sure, hiking and biking Stowe’s extensive trail system are always sure bets, you can also enjoy a variety of other activities. Go fishing, play disc golf, ride an e-bike among the mountains, taste local craft beverages, tee up on the golf courses, check out local art, and gaze at waterfalls and covered bridges. Whether you’re looking to see how many or little activities you can fit into your day, there’s never a shortage of ways to experience Stowe in a new light. Check out our summer bucket list for even more inspiration. 

Be sure to catch one of Stowe’s
signature summer events! From the Renaissance Faire, Gardens of Stowe, Stowe Tango Music Festival, Race to the Top of Vermont and the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, your summer days will be filled with excitement and entertainment! 

Fuel your adventures by dining out at our independently owned, local restaurants serving up unique and delicious cuisine. And don’t forget to stop by the local shops for everything you need to outfit your vacation or pick up something memorable to bring home with you.

How do I start planning my trip?

Our #1 trip planning tip is to plan ahead! Start by finding the accommodations that are for you and the type of trip you are planning. Accommodation availability fills up quickly so book in advance, and be sure to check for lodging specials that may be available. Once you’ve secured your spot, you can look through and book activities and rentals ahead of time, make  restaurant reservations, check out the events calendar as new events are always being added, and follow @gostowe on social media for updates leading up to your trip!

Experience one-of-a-kind annual events and endless ways to get outside, get cultured at a live show or art event, and savor local Vermont flavors in Stowe—named a “Best Small Town in America” for the second year in a row by Travel + Leisure. Whether you are visiting on a family vacation or seeking your next great adventure with your partner or a group of friends, explore more this summer in Stowe!

Images courtesy of Sharon Harper, Mark Vandenberg and Stowe Mountain Resort.