The secluded charm and outdoor wonder of Vermont has been drawing vacationers and families to this wooded paradise for many years. In classic Vermont fashion, this vacation may take the form of a cabin rental on a lake in the thick of the woods where cell service is limited and wifi is unheard of. This break from reality and escape to simpler times forces a relaxation and appreciation of nature that cannot be achieved elsewhere.
A vacation to Vermont should entail long days spent swimming and kayaking, hiking and biking, followed by long evenings of barbeque, bonding, and bonfires. Even on a rainy day, there are games to played and books to be read by the fireside. This can be achieved nearly anywhere in Vermont, on any lake, in any woods, by any mountain, but some places are especially desirable for their proximity to other attractions. The Stowe area is rich with activities and attractions!
Just north of the capital city Montpelier, Stowe is known for many things, perhaps most notably for its place in the Green Mountains and its ski resorts, Stowe Mountain and Smugglers Notch. Here you will find excellent skiing in the winter and great hiking opportunities in the summer. In the surrounding towns can be found many small lakes (though for an impressive lake experience you’d better head a bit west to Burlington and Lake Champlain). Staying in Stowe or nearby gives you the chance to experience the best of Vermont and the best of Stowe!
For day trips and attractions, Stowe has all you could want! Most importantly, it is the birthplace of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, and a visit here would be incomplete without a tour and tasting at their ice cream factory! Lick up the sweet delicious cold of favorites like Phish Food and Cherry Garcia, while brainstorming ways to bring home a cold pint as souvenir for your family and friends.
There is also the Cabot cheese factory where you can tour and taste the best cheeses Vermont has to offer. And down the road is the Green Mountain Coffee factory, where a cup of coffee is free to visitors. Don’t miss out on the Cold Hollow Cider Mill either, which is a favorite especially in autumn.
For those familiar with the Sound of Music, you may enjoy a visit to the Trapp Family Lodge where you can learn about the history of the Austrian family that inspired the film. Their beautiful property is 2500-acres large, nestled in the Green Mountains by Stowe, and the lodge will make you feel right at home.
The attractions of Stowe are just one of the many benefits of visiting this breathtaking region of Vermont. Give yourself at least a week to experience all the activities and beauty of this mountainous region, and take advantage of the slower pace of life here, which encourages you to appreciate the nature and bliss of your environment!