|What to See & Do in Stowe, Vermont|
|Some of Stowe's pleasures are best appreciated during warm weather, and in winter there's always great skiing.|
At 4,393 feet (1,339 meters), Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont. Much of it is protected from development in the 34,000-acre (13,760-hectare) Mount Mansfield State Forest, which includes Underhill State Park.
You can drive to the top of Mount Mansfield on the Stowe Mountain Resort Auto Toll Road, climbing even higher into the mist, past bunches of exotic wildflowers, feeling the air get cooler.
The toll road base station is near the Stowe ski areas just south of Smuggler's Notch. You pay for your car and then proceed up the road, which is paved only for a quarter of a mile (the rest is stabilized dirt). More...
(In some cases, the Stowe Mountain Resort's FourRunner Quad Lift may be running in summer instead of, or in addition to, the Gondola SkyRide.)
It's hardly less exciting just to make the drive (in summer) or hike through Smuggler's Notch, the narrow defile between Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak and Madonna Mountain, on its twisting one-land road. More...
Underhill State Park has four hiking trails on Mount Mansfield, joining the route of Vermont's Long Trail which follows the ridge line of Mount Mansfield above tree line. The Sunset Ridge Trail is the most popular, taking you to the mountain's summit in 3.2 miles (5.15 km). Note that these trails are for experienced hikers in good condition. They are hiking trails, not walking paths.
The Stowe Recreation Path is a 5.5-mile (8.85-km) paved greenway path right from Stowe village north up the valley toward Mount Mansfield. Used by walkers, joggers and bicyclers, the path is easily accessible. Parts of it are reserved for walkers and joggers only.
Many of the larger resorts at Stowe have their own tennis courts, and some offer lessons and tennis camps.
Special Events in Stowe
It's no exaggeration to say that something's always happening in Stowe in June, July, and August: antique car rallies, horse and dog shows, a craft fair, wine tastings, concerts, theater, even a fiddlers' meeting, and a surprisingly authentic Oktoberfest (in October, natch) crowd into the schedule.
—by Tom Brosnahan