Traveling to Stowe: Plan Ahead for a Seamless Experience

September 10, 2021

by GO STOWE

As you begin to think ahead to your next Stowe adventure, make your trip and experience as smooth as possible. Plan ahead for dining, activities to do and attractions to see—especially during the holiday periods. Read below for tips for a seamless experience traveling to Stowe. Stowe area businesses appreciate your understanding and patience as they accommodate you during a busy time in the pandemic recovery.

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Secure Lodging As Soon As Possible

If you’re looking to come for adventure and stay for the views in Stowe, make lodging reservations as soon as possible. Visitors make reservations for lodging for the prime fall foliage season and winter holiday weeks as early as a year out. Cancellation policies vary by property.

Insider Tip: View our Foliage Finder for where foliage is turning up in real-time and our winter bucket list for winter inspiration. 


Make Restaurant Reservations

Whether you’re traveling to Stowe overnight or for the day, restaurant reservations are highly encouraged—especially during the busy holiday periods. Be sure to check updated restaurant hours of operation in advance. Space can fill up fast with modified business hours due to staffing and seasonal changes. There are also excellent take-out and curbside pick-up offerings as well as Vermont food specialty shops

Insider Tip: Be mindful that restaurants may have fewer staff on-hand than usual circumstances. Be kind and patient with restaurant staff in particular. They are working extra hard to serve you and create a memorable experience.


Book Activities and Attractions

Activities and tours such as the dogsledding with Umiak Outdoor Outfitters and Eden Dogsledding, ice climbing with Sunrise Mountain Guides and brew tours with 4 Points VT, can fill up fast. Be sure to make reservations early—ideally as soon as you secure your accommodations. 

Insider Tip: Situated at the foot of Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is a destination for outdoor recreation. See what you can explore only in Stowe.


Shop Stowe

While the mask mandate has been lifted in Vermont, some businesses including shops may require that masks are worn indoors. Also be sure to check for business hours.

Insider Tip: Plan ahead, shop for the holidays, and take a piece of Stowe home with you.


Experience Vibrant Events

Every event is different; be sure to check safety protocols before you go. Stowe events are always being added to the calendar, so be sure to check back. Sign up and buy tickets in advance for larger annual events that take place.

Plan ahead for a seamless experience. Be sure to check back for Stowe travel updates and what you need to know before you go, including information on vaccines and mask requirements. Some businesses may require masks. Go Stowe has all the resources you need to plan your trip, all in one place, to make the most of your Stowe vacation. 

Photos courtesy ofField Guide Lodge, Larry Asam and British Invasion.

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