The Perfect Winter Wonderland Awaits You in Stowe, VermontNovember 22, 2021
by GO STOWE
Imagine you’re in a snowglobe. A light layer of snow drifts downward as a horse-drawn carriage emerges behind a thick row of pines. Hot chocolate steams from the lodge in the distance while skiers on the snowy slopes carve down the hill. Oh wait…there is no need to imagine this scene. Book your trip to Stowe, Vermont and this will be your reality! Our winter wonderland experience is desired by many—especially during the peak holiday periods—so be sure to plan ahead for an unforgettable trip to our Hallmark movie town. Read below for what you can experience this winter only in Stowe, Vermont.
Must-Do Winter Activities
From mountain to Main Street, there are plenty of winter activities to enjoy in Stowe. The jaw-dropping Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, attracts visitors from all over the world to recreate on its hillsides, including skiing and snowboarding at Stowe Mountain Resort. Be sure to plan ahead for an epic day on the slopes such as book lessons and day passes online, which may be limited during the holidays. Take in the town’s alluring snowy scenes while dog-sledding, fat biking, hiking, and snowmobiling. In addition to Stowe’s outdoor recreation, warm up with Stowe’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Experience the work of local, national and world-renowned artists at The Current art gallery. Learn about the history of our ski town at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.
Classic Winter Events
Throughout the year, Stowe hosts many time-honored events that are not to be missed. Small Business Saturday is the perfect time to kick-start your holiday shopping while supporting local small businesses. During A Traditional Christmas in Stowe, watch the town’s tree lighting, the children’s lantern parade, wagon rides, a holiday bazaar, live holiday music, ornament and cookie decorating, holiday skating, and—of course—the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! Show your pride at the 39th annual Winter Rendezvous, Stowe’s long-standing LGBTQ+ pride celebration. At Stowe Winter Carnival it’s always a treat to watch Professional Ice Carvers produce magnificent pieces through our town accompanied by over twenty major activities, competitions, and tournaments for all ages. Returning for its 75th year, the Stowe Derby attracts those looking to push their limits in a twenty kilometer cross-country ski race throughout Stowe.
Indulge at Stowe Restaurants
Named by Fodor’s Travel as the “#1 Ski Town for Foodies in the United States,” Stowe offers an array of dining options—from casual cafés and cozy breakfast joints, to famous brewpubs and fine dining establishments. Enjoy a simply delicious bowl of soup at Café on Main, or take your friends and family to sample locally-brewed beers at the von Trapp Brewing Bierhall. Visit our dining guide to lear more about area dining. Booking reservations in advance is highy encouraged, especially during the busy holiday weeks.
Sweet Stowe Shops
With more than 50 boutiques, galleries, sporting goods stores, and specialty markets, Stowe’s retail establishments offer quality products for a variety of tastes. Stowe is here to support a stress-free holiday season, while providing you with all the resources and gifts for your loved ones. Beyond the holidays, stroll down festive Main Street to take in the stunning lights and the unique offerings of local stores. Along the Mountain Road there are a variety of options which you can browse through in our shopping guide.
Find a New Sense of Home
Sprinkled along the Mountain Road and beyond are highly-rated accommodations all with different styles for your comfort and budget. Whether it’s the mountain accessibility of The Lodge at Spruce Peak, the historic Village proximity of Field Guide Lodge, or the Lower Village charm of Little River Inn, we are here to support your preferences. Check out the Stowe Travel Planner to explore lodging options and specials and packages that may be offered.
Getting To—and—Around Town
The winter season can be a slippery slope (pun intended). Prepare for a seamless experience. Go Stowe has all the resources to plan and book your trip. The Mountain Road Shuttle Schedule provides access to world-class skiing and snowboarding, dining, shopping and other activities and attractions, and offers convenient transportation in Stowe, especially during inclement weather and peak periods. It is especially useful for those driving to town without winter tires
If you’re looking forward to a relaxing retreat, an adventure-filled getaway or a little bit of both, Stowe’s iconic views, small-town charm and endless activities are calling! We cannot wait for you to join us in our special winter wonderland this upcoming season!