Rediscover Stowe, Vermont: Ideas for a Safe Summer Getaway

May 22, 2020


As travel restrictions begin to lift and businesses reopen, one thing’s for sure—we’re all ready for an escape! Whether you’re a state resident seeking to explore your own backyard, or looking for a summer getaway as soon as it’s safe to travel again, be sure to check out these activities offering safe ways to explore Stowe.

Hike world-class trails.

With so many amazing trails in the area, it’s no wonder hiking is a popular activity. Be sure to take a few extra precautions to both protect public health and the public resource of our beautiful trails, especially in mud season. Currently day hikes are encouraged as shelters are closed. Before you go out, read these COVID-19 trail guidelines from Stowe Land Trust, which conserves land in Stowe for environmental and recreation use. 

Walk or bike the scenic Stowe Recreation Path.

Biking is a great activity for safe physical distancing, and with the quarantine, especially as people are riding their bikes more for many health benefits, including exercise, stress relief and getting outdoors and spending time with family. The Stowe Recreation Path is a popular destination for its scenic views along the Little River and West Branch of the Little River. This 5.3 mile-long flat paved path is ideal for families. Rent a bike from sporting goods stores that are taking extra steps to keep you safe. Many shops and restaurants are conveniently located right off the path.

Cool off by the water.

Vermont’s peaceful rivers, lakes, ponds and reservoirs are perfect places to paddle, fish and swim. Local spots surrounded by rolling hills and mountains make for great summer paddling. Rentals are available through local outfitters who are taking extra safety precautions. The Stowe area is also popular destination for fishing year-round, whether you’re a seasoned angler or learning a new hobby. It’s always extra nice to cool off in a Stowe swimming hole!

Golf your style. 

Another leisurely activity under the sun is golf. And with breathtaking views all around, it’s hard not to feel recharged after. Unwind among lush, rolling hills and scenic mountain views while hitting the links at one of several golf courses in the area. Fairways and greens are well-maintained. The area also features golf-in-miniature as well as world-class disc golf.

Savor the local flavors.

Named by Fodor’s Travel as the “#1 Ski Town for Foodies in the United States,” Stowe’s dining culture is a celebration of quality, locally-sourced ingredients served with a creative twist. Order curbside pick-up or take-out and bring Stowe’s divine flavors on your adventure. Stowe restaurants with outdoor seating are now pleased to offer on-site dining with certain required safety protocols.

stowe farmers market
Don’t miss vibrant events.

Attend an event in-person like the Stowe Farmers’ Market on Sundays. Several businesses are also hosting virtual and live-stream events. Join from the comfort of your couch!

If you’re not able to travel to Stowe just yet, there are ways you can support and stay connected to your favorite Stowe businesses. It’s also a good time to start planning for your next adventure. Explore lodging specials available or connect with a local expert who can provide assistance with booking a future trip.

Featured photo courtesy of: Stowe Mountain Resort. Images (top-bottom) courtesy of: Stowe Mountain Resort, Go Stowe, Go Stowe, Stowe Country Club, TruckieLoo Photography and Stowe Farmers’ Market.