Experience the Holidays Among The Best of Route 100 in Vermont

November 9, 2020


The communities of Stowe, Waterbury, and the Mad River Valley are the perfect place for a winter vacation or staycation as they are closely connected by the legendary Route 100 corridor, which was named one of America’s Best Winter Drives by Travel + Leisure. The holiday season is an especially magical time of year in this region! Read on to learn about shopping, dining, lodging and activities in our special corner of the Green Mountain state and discover the best of Vermont Route 100 this holiday season!

Where to Shop

With some of the best shopping in Vermont, the area’s unique, independent stores have treasures for everyone on your holiday list. For the art enthusiast, visit a gallery or studio, watch artists at work with glassblowing, ceramics, painting, and metalworking, and pick up some presents. Fashion lovers will enjoy the trendy boutiques packed with clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories for everyone, from adults to babies. Don’t forget to bring the Vermont flavors home with you! At specialty food shops in Stowe, stock up on all the craft beverages, cheese, chocolate, and maple syrup you need to tie you over until your next trip!

Find all the best spots to holiday shop.

Where to Eat and Drink

With world-famous breweries and mouth-watering restaurants, a trip to Stowe, Waterbury and the Mad River Valley will leave you begging for seconds. Enjoy a meal at one of the area’s world-class dining establishments. Experience the casual après ski culture with pizza, barbecue, or pub favorites. Take a night on the town at the area’s fine dining, featuring local ingredients and acclaimed chefs. Restaurants in Stowe and the area are also offering take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery options. Did you know Vermont is home to the most craft breweries per capita? Our corner of Vermont Route 100 is conveniently home to more than a dozen of them! Sip an iconic IPA, warm up with a winter lager, and find your hoppy place along Route 100. Try the region’s other famous craft beverages at some of the state’s best cideries, distilleries, and wineries.

Find all the best places to eat, drink, and be merry.

Where to Stay

Treat yourself and your loved ones with a winter getaway to the picturesque towns of Stowe, Waterbury or the Mad River Valley. Whether you’re in the area for epic outdoor adventures or for a scenic staycation, the lodging is as laid back or luxurious as you’d like. From family-sized vacation rentals to romantic inns nestled in the mountains, the area’s lodging properties will match your getaway style and your budget. Stowe accommodations include stylish boutique hotels and inns, charming bed & breakfasts, quaint and clean hotels and motels, unique four-season resorts, and open and airy condos. Explore Stowe lodging specials that may be available!

Explore the area’s best accommodations.

Where to Play

Winter fun abounds with outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Adventure seekers will love the world-class options for alpine skiing and snowboarding, plus plenty of places to play in the backcountry. Slow down with a scenic snowshoe or cross-country ski trip through beautiful forests, across open fields, and along frozen waters, with groomed and ungroomed trails. For the bikers, fat tire-friendly trails are ready to welcome you to the region. Try a new adventure and sit back and take in the views with a sleigh ride or dog sled tour. For something a little faster, look no further than the extensive network of snowmobiling trails that connect Stowe, Waterbury, and the Mad River Valley. Hit the ice for an outdoor skate, get vertical with an ice climbing experience, or try your hand at ice fishing. No gear or need a guide? No problem! Equipment rentals, leases, and expert local guides for all sports and activities are available. For an ultra-luxurious and relaxing experience, visit one of the area’s many spas or salons to unwind with a day of pampering.

Discover the region’s activities and world-class recreation.

If you are interested in planning a trip to Stowe, but not sure where to start, our vacation planning experts are here to help you find the best accommodations for your stay. Give us a call at (800) 467-8693 or request a customized quote. Find current travel guidelines, tips for planning a safe winter visit and other trip planning resources during the pandemic.

Featured image courtesy of Mark Vandenberg. Images (top to bottom) are courtesy of Larry Asam, Cork Wine Bar & Market, Mark Vandenberg and Stowe Mountain Resort.