Traveling to Stowe: Plan Ahead for a Seamless Experience

September 10, 2021


As summer winds down and the seasons begin to change to Stowe’s famous fall foliage, make your trip and experience as smooth as possible. Plan ahead for dining, activities to do and attractions to see. 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.

Secure Lodging As Soon As Possible

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

Insider Tip: View our foliage FAQs for information about foliage, and the Foliage Finder for where foliage is turning up in real-time that also syncs up with our Scenic Drives Guide.

Make Restaurant Reservations

Whether you’re traveling to Stowe overnight or for the day, restaurant reservations are highly encouraged. 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 Fall Foliage Boat Tour with The Fly Rod Shop, ZipTour Adventure at Stowe Mountain resort, and mountain bike or 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 still have stricter masking policies in place. 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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