Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Stowe in Every Season
January 22, 2024
by GO STOWE
Vermont’s four-season destination, Stowe welcomes visitors from all over the world all year round. With an abundance of outdoor recreation and a thriving arts and culture community, Stowe has a rich history and local Vermont flavor that makes it a top destination for first-time and returning guests. Learn more about what Stowe has to offer in every season to help you plan your trip.
Stowe is best known for being the quintessential New England mountain town with some of the best skiing and riding in the east. In addition to alpine excellence, visitors can experience a wide variety of outdoor recreation, including skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat biking, dog sledding and more. Stowe is home to the first cross-country ski center in the country at Trapp Family Lodge.
If the snow and the cold are not your preference, enjoy the mountain town lifestyle from the comfort of the indoors. Cozy up by the fire for après ski libation and relaxation. Spend some time popping in and out of local shops, museums and galleries in our historic downtown area. After all the excitement, unwind with a relaxing visit to one of our world class spas or wellness centers.
Historically one of the more quieter times of year, spring is the perfect time to visit Stowe if you’re looking to avoid the crowds. Often referred to as Vermont’s sweetest season, spring temperatures mark the start of maple sugaring season. Guests can experience one of Vermont’s greatest traditions as they watch maple syrup being made by some of the best local sugar houses.
Spring skiing and riding, as well as other outdoor recreation are still available depending on the weather and time of year you visit. While not all trails are open this time of year depending on conditions, road biking and rail trails are popular amongst cycling enthusiasts. Craft beverage tastings and tours are popular year round, but spring is a particularly great time to brewery hop.
The weather in New England is ever changing, but the transition between winter and spring brings added stipulations. Often referred to as “mud season,” the ground becomes soft from thawing temperatures and runoff snowmelt. Not all areas of our destination will be viable places for desired activities depending on the conditions. Plan ahead and check trail closures and conditions before heading out. In the event of muddy conditions, stick to hard surfaces or paved areas for outdoor recreation.
The Green Mountains come alive under the Vermont summer sun. Summertime in Stowe is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, with activities to keep you busy from dawn until dusk. Explore world class hiking and mountain biking trails and take in the beautiful summer scenery. Visit Vermont’s tallest waterfall or spend your days paddling on our beautiful lakes and rivers.
Nothing says summer like outdoor dining and our local restaurants are serving up great food and even better views. Indulge with a true Vermont maple creemee or grab your favorite flavor at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory. Always be prepared for all types of New England weather even in the summertime. Check the forecast in advance and plan your wardrobe and your itinerary accordingly!
The most colorful time of year to visit Stowe, where the lush green scenery transforms to a vast display of vibrant brilliance. Stowe is without a doubt a popular New England destination for viewing fall foliage, making it one of the busier times of year. Home to some of the best scenic drives and stunning vistas, Stowe is widely known as fall’s color capital.
With extraordinary events, endless outdoor activities and tasty fall treats, there are so many ways to enjoy your cozy, fall getaway in Stowe. Peak foliage is typically anywhere from the last week of September to the first two weeks of October. If peak foliage times are sold out or out of your price point, the last two weeks of October are just as beautiful and are a quieter time to experience fall foliage.
If you are planning a trip, but have more questions about our destination during a specific season or if you are looking for lodging or activity recommendations, give our local vacation planning experts a call at (800) 467-8693. Ready to book? Browse lodging rates here.