Summertime in the majestic Green Mountains is a glorious place to spend your family vacation - and reconnect - even for a few days! And though Stowe enjoys an international reputation as a winter destination, it is just as exciting in summer. Sparkling streams attract anglers, splashers, and paddlers. Horseback riders gallop through wildflower strewn meadows while others enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides. Bikers and hikers take to the Recreation Path and to more challenging mountain trails as well. Stowe's golf and tennis offer challenges for newcomer and old pro alike or enjoy a glider ride soaring above Stowe's spectacular terrain.
Foliage Self-guided Tours
As a general rule, you can be assured of viewing brilliant colors from the last week of September through the first two weeks of October (with some isolated color both before and after). Make your reservations early! People flock to our beautiful village from all over the world to see nature's most impressive show!
Roads & Tours Around Stowe - Stowe is surrounded by spectacular scenery and exceptional vistas. Following are eleven recommended driving trips to enjoy during a visit to Stowe. Each trip begins at the Stowe Visitor Information Center on Main Street in Stowe. Remember to set your odometer at 0. While enjoying Stowe's scenic back roads, please be careful of bicyclists and runners.
Trip 1: Moscow and Little River (7.9 miles)
Trip 2: Edson Hill and West Hill (11.1 miles)
Trip 3: Brush Hill (8.6 miles)
Trip 4: Elmore Mountain and Randolph Road (19.7 miles)
Trip 5: Stowe Hollow, Little River Dam, Ben & Jerrry's and Cold Hollow Cider Mill (37.4 miles)
Trip 6: Sterling Valley and Mud City (23.9 miles)
Trip 7: Montpelier, Worcester and Lake Elmore (55.8 miles)
Trip 8: Jeffersonville, Johnson & Hyde Park (42.2 miles)
Trip 9: Craftsbury Common, Hazen's Notch & Covered Bridge (115.8 miles)
Trip 10: Stage Coach Road and back to Johnson (30.8 miles)
Trip 11: Gregg Hill, Winooski River and west approach to Nebraska Range (77.7 miles)
BIKING IN STOWE
Stowe offers some of the most pristine, comprehensive off-road biking trail systems in the country. And, 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.
Other sanctioned mountain-bike trails can be accessed from Old County Road, Stowe Hollow and Brownsville giving Stowe a vast trail network for all levels of riders. Local maps can show you how to connect classic sections of trail with short dirt road rests. Or you can stay in the woods away from it all!
Wherever you pedal for the day, come back to Stoweflake for all the comforts of home. And other conveniences like a bike cleaning station, storage and if you need it, a simple repair kit.
To make your mountain biking vacation easier, we have created a Mountain Biking Package to include a Stowe Mountain Bike Club Family Membership which not only supports the local bike club and trail maintenance but provides you with many other deals and offers in town. Being connected to the town’s network of mountain bikers will give you the true Stowe experience! For updates on trail conditions, visit Stowe Mountain Bike Clubs website here.
Rec Path Biking
For those who want a gentler pace, a favorite bicycle ride is on Stowe's award-winning Recreation Path. The 5.3-mile paved bike path starts in Stowe Village, winds its way through forests and meadows, and crosses the West Branch River 11 times on arched wooden bridges. Bikes are available for rent at the Stoweflake Sports Desk.
Road Biking in Vermont
It's hard to imagine a better environment for biking. Vermont's varied terrain and beautiful rural scenery provides opportunities for road touring and mountain biking and accommodates bicyclists of all abilities.
Vermont villages are spaced an easy pedaling-distance apart, and our extensive network of lightly-trafficked "farm to market" back roads provides a virtually inexhaustible supply of on-road bicycle routes. Add to this an abundance of friendly country inns and intimate beds and breakfasts as well as clean lakeside campgrounds, and you've got a recipe for world-class bicycling adventures.
HIKING AND WALKING
With 60 acres to explore and 5 kilometers of trails, you don't ever have to venture off the property. But if you want too, the Stoweflake connects with a vast network of trails that meander through some of the most pristine terrain imaginable. Check out our Hiker's Haven Vacation Package.
Interact with nature in a whole new way. A pioneer in Nordic Walking, Stoweflake has daily outings to work your body and refresh your mind. The Sports & Wellness Center can organize group and individual outings for Nordic Walking as well as hiking and biking adventures. Learn more about Nordic Walking.
For an afternoon of fun in Stowe take a ride on the shoe-leather express. Go hiking! 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.
More intrepid climbers can follow the Long Trail South from Smugglers' Notch up Mt. Mansfield. This is one of the steepest sections of the Long Trail; here the trail climbs almost 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Mt. Mansfield (4,395 feet) in 2.3 miles. It is flatter toward the bottom, fairly wide but steeper through the middle, and very rocky at the top. The views are well worth the effort: From the summit you can see west across Lake Champlain to the Adirondacks and on a clear day Mt. Washington can be seen to the east. Be Prepared! Bring warm clothes, water and a picnic for an enjoyable day trip.
The Green Mountain Club
Stewards of Vermont's Long Trail - The Green Mountain Club (GMC) founded, built, and maintains Vermont's Long Trail. The first long-distance hiking trail in the United States, the Long Trail spans the high peaks through Vermont from the Massachusetts state line 270+ miles to the Canadian border. In addition to maintaining and protecting this "footpath through the wilderness," membership and volunteer contributions support land conservation, education programs, and stewardship of Vermont's mountain lands just as we have since 1910. Ask our Mountain Vacation Planners for more information about hiking the long trail.
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
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 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, the long temperate summer days, and the feeling that everything is going your way makes each shot a memory to cherish.
Country Club of Vermont
There a many other golf courses within the vicinity of Stoweflake including the pristine, private owned Country Club of Vermont - in which you have access through our corporate membership. The course provides a challenging but virtually private tour through spectacular Vermont countryside. Sitting on over 200 acres with no residential construction, travel between holes is minimal yet each feels secluded, with little or no view of surrounding holes. The visually imposing front nine is a "links" environment featuring the natural terrain's rolling hills, berms and splendid scenery.
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