Explore More: Unique Summer Activities in Stowe

June 22, 2022


Situated at the base of Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is not only the perfect backdrop for adventures year-round, but especially in the warmer months. Only in Stowe can you find the best of Vermont all packaged together—jaw-dropping scenery, plenty of outdoor recreation, and small-town charm, just to name a few. Explore more in our iconic mountain town this summer. Read below for unique summer activities in Stowe and beyond!

Fan Favorites

It’s no wonder one of the most popular summer activities in the area is hiking, with rolling hills, more than 45 trails for all abilities including the famous Long Trail that crosses over Mount Mansfield. Another favorite activity is mountain biking with an extensive trail system, including quiet trails on land conserved for recreation. On hot summer days, paddling is an especially great way to stay cool while viewing the scenic landscape. Stowe’s swimming holes are also a great way to chill with family and friends. Several golf courses in the area afford views of the lush landscape of the Green Mountains. It’s hard not to relax here, even while being active!

Riding the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail on e-bike from Lamoille Valley Bike Tours.

Off the Beaten Path

Though the popular activities are reason enough to check out Stowe, there are many one-of-a-kind ways to experience Stowe in a new light. Get “lost” in the Vermont woods and try your hand at disc golf with several courses in the area including where the world championships are held! Take in an aerial view of the Stowe valley on a gondola ride at Stowe Mountain Resort, or soar through the trees on a zip line adventure! Whether you’re a seasoned angler, or looking to learn a new hobby, the Stowe area offers some of the best fishing in Vermont’s peaceful rivers, lakes, ponds and reservoirs. An experienced local guide can show you the best spots. Stowe is an international destination for the arts. Be inspired at an event, gallery or exhibit. Want to be shown around by a knowledgeable local? There are a variety of tours available including ebikes on the Stowe Recreation Path and Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, bike rides out to Lake Champlain, and tasting tours.

Relax & Unwind

Named one of the “Top 10 Prettiest Mountain Towns in New England” by Yankee Magazine, Stowe is the perfect location for a relaxing and therapeutic vacation. Whether you’re on a girls’ getaway, couples’ retreat or solo excursion, pamper yourself at one of Stowe’s world-class spas. After having a bite at a restaurant on Mountain Road, walk the scenic Rec Path or stroll the quaint and historic downtown village and browse the assortment of shops. Treat yourself to a new blouse or piece of jewelry, or take a piece of Stowe home with you to decorate your home and remind you of Vermont. Looking to venture out a bit more? Take a scenic drive and check out a cascading waterfall or one of Stowe’s three classic covered bridges. The Green Mountain Byway itself passes right through Stowe—offering visitors access to many of Vermont’s hidden gems.

Best Summer Events

From races and parades, to music and film festivals, Stowe’s time-honored signature events are not to be missed! Discover unique annual summer events in Stowe like the Vermont Renaissance Faire. Considered one of Country Living’s “20 of the Best Places to Watch Fireworks in 2022,” An Old Fashioned Fourth of July is a family-friendly event complete with parades, a festival with live music and fireworks. Take in the scenic views at sunset at the picturesque Trapp Family Lodge meadow while having a picnic and enjoying a concert at Music in the Meadow. Looking for an athletic challenge? The Race to the Top of Vermont is a 4.3-mile climb up Mt. Mansfield with spectacular views to boot. There are also a variety of daily events in Stowe such as live music and beverage tastings.

What are you waiting for? Summer will be over before we know it, so start planning your summer trip to Stowe, Vermont! Check out our summer bucket list for inspiration and discover some of the things that truly differentiate Stowe.

Featured photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort. Photos by Sharon Harper, Stowe Mountain Resort and Spruce Peak.

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