Foliage in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont has gathered much recognition world-wide especially as Vermont has laid claim to The World's Best Foliage. And our guests at Stoweflake couldn't agree more. The vibrant greens, reds, oranges, and yellows paint the perfect blanket of fiery colors that turn the roads and mountains of Stowe into a sight that even photos couldn't do justice for. Autumn activities and adventures bring friends and families an experience to remember from the Pumpkin inspired treatments in the Spa at Stoweflake - to the Fall focused events and festivals - to the views from the peak of Mt. Mansfield.
Foliage Self-guided Tours
Route 100 passing through Stowe has been rated in countless lists of must-do scenic foliage drives across the United States. Our Mountain Vacation Planners will be happy to share our list of our local favorite views and stops along the way. Each trip begins from the doors of Stoweflake. Remember to set your odometer at 0. While enjoying Stowe's scenic back roads, please be careful of bicyclists and runners.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Join us this season for memorable events such as The Annual Vermont Fly Fishing Show, Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival, Stowe Rotary's Oktoberfest, Stowe Foliage Arts Festival and more. Visitors and locals alike celebrate the beautiful outdoors during this season in a festive way. Learn more here.
BIKING IN STOWE
It's hard to imagine a better way to see the vibrant colors of Fall than biking than in Vermont. Stowe's varied terrain and beautiful rural scenery provides opportunities for recreation riding, road touring and mountain biking.
The foliage famous Route 100 that travels through Stowe is a road biker's mecca for leaf peeping in September and October. Follow the route through the mountains and little villages with famous stops along the way such as Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream or Cold Hollow Cider Mill for a snack.
For your mountain biker, Stoweflake is in the heart of it all with easy access to miles of trail networks that are ideal for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders. Just a short pedal away is Cady Hill Forest (known to the locals as Town Loop). It represents 15 miles of trails that connect to a seeming never ending larger network including Pipeline, which brings you over to Trapps and Adams Camp.
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Stowe has a variety of trails to offer hikers of all ability levels. The trail system in Stowe is well maintained with clear paths and obvious trail blazes. Here are a few sample hikes to get you trekking. Different hiking options based on ability level consist of great trails like the following:
- The Pinnacle Trail is a relatively short hike located east of town. The trailhead in Stowe Hollow is a 2.8-mile drive from Main Street on mostly paved roads. From the trailhead it's a 1.4-mile hike to the summit of the Pinnacle, a 2,740-foot peak in the Worcester Range (the eastern border of Stowe). Most of the trail is a fairly gradual and unobstructed ascent up the west side of the Pinnacle, although there is a short rocky section as you near the top. At the summit you will find unparalleled views of the town of Stowe below and Mt. Mansfield to the west.
- Sterling Pond Trail makes the climb from in between The Notch of Stowe Mountain and Smuggler's Notch. At the top you will join up with The Long Trail (not the beer unfortunately) and find Sterling Pond as well as the east peak of Smugglers notch ski area with views to last a lifetime. This trip is about 2.8 miles round trip and perfect for an easy hiker.
- Moss Glen Falls Trail is a very short, but scenic, hike to a spectacular waterfall. Follow the brook upstream to the falls for about half of a mile. The waterfall is a definitey favorite in Stowe.
STOWE BREW, WINE AND HARD CIDER TRAIL
The Stowe and surrounding areas are fortunate to have incredibly unique craft breweries, wineries and hard cider houses. Make Stoweflake your home base for self-guided and even guided tours. The tours are designed to give you a relaxing and informative afternoon where you can learn about and sample one of a kind local brews. Based on timing and number of guests, choose from breweries such as Rock Art, Lost Nation, Crop, Trapp, Prohibition Pig, Stowe Cider and more!
STOWE FARMERS MARKET
Vermont leads the United States in farmers' markets, organic producers, CSAs and dollars spent on local foods per capita. This is why every Sunday from May- October, the Stowe Farmers Market brings together families, friends and visitors for fresh foods, crafts and live music right across the street from us!
APPLE PICKING & CIDER PRESSING
The orchards in Vermont come alive with fresh apples for the picking turning Cold Hollow Cider Mill into a hot spot for warm Cider Donuts and Hot Apple Cider. Bring the family to catch their pressing men in action and watch cider being made the real, old-time way seven days a week from mid-September to mid-December.
Visiting orchards in Vermont? Take a look at Vermont's Apples-to-Orchards Contest where wooden apples are hidden at participating orchards that can be traded in for an Apple iPod, iPod Shuffle or iPad. They are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, so start searching early. Learn more here.
If you appreciate foliage in Vermont, then you will certainly appreciate foliage being reflected off the waters of the lakes, reservoirs and rivers in the Stowe Area. While the air is getting colder, the water stays warmer as you embark on a journey - guided or not - in the heart of the Green Mountains. Rentals and guided tours are available for paddlers of all ages and abilities from several outfitters in town such as Umiak Outdoor Outfitters.
Perfect for any ability, the Stowe Recreation Path meanders along the West Branch River over and under bridges with unparralled views of Mt. Mansfield, and you'll even find the popular Percy Farm Corn Maze. Adjacent to Stoweflake's property, you will be able to walk, bike, run, rollerblade, scooter - or however you please - down the 5.2 mile paved path.
Take to the trees for a zipline tour, tree top obstacle course or an adventure challenge program with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures just past Stowe at Smugglers' Notch. Guides tailor the experience according to the wished of each group, adjusting the amount of attention give to informative talks on natural history and ecology, or simply allow for pure recreational activity.
GOLF IN STOWE
Stoweflake's 9-hole, Par-3 Course
Our on-site course is complete with professionally designed fairways, Bent grass greens, sand traps and water hazards. We have a professional putting green and 2 sand traps, designed and built by John J. Ponko. The contours and undulations of this nine-hole green allow you to practice virtually any shot found on a regulation golf course. A computerized irrigation system keeps the green in perfect putting condition all season long.
Stowe Country Club and Country Club of Vermont
Adjacent to Stoweflake you will find the Stowe Country Club. With its beautiful undulating fairways and manicured greens, the country club occupies what was a turn of the century dairy farm and golfers have watched as the course matured into a challenging, but rewarding test of golf. The pristine, private owned Country Club of Vermont is only available to Stoweflake's guests through their own club membership. The course provides a challenging but virtually private tour through spectacular Vermont countryside. The visually imposing front nine is a "links" environment featuring the natural terrain's rolling hills, berms and splendid scenery.