It may be small - 4300 inhabitants - but Stowe has a high profile, not only for nestling in the shadow of Mt Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, but also for being one of the East coast’s classiest mountain resorts. But it’s a year-round resort, too, with summer hiking and the fabulous fiery forest colours of the Fall. Whatever time of year you fancy visiting, our guide to the best places to stay in Stowe will help ensure you get the best out of this charming town.
Come in winter and enjoy more than 200 miles of cross-country ski trails - groomed and backcountry trails - as well as downhill ski and snowboarding runs. Stowe also offers sleigh rides, dogsledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and ice skating. Ice-climbing, too, if you’re an adrenaline junkie.
In summer, there’s world-class rock-climbing - particularly on Smuggler’s Notch, a narrow, rock-walled pass through the Green Mountains - plus mountain-biking, go-karting and zip-lining.
And the autumn is glorious for hiking through forested slopes that look as though they’re on fire.
Prefer something less exhausting? Visit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum to giggle over the ski equipment and fashion over the last 100 years. Stowe has no shortage of galleries and fine craft shops plus, just 10 miles away - and children will love this - there’s Ben & Jerry’s legendary ice cream factory. Take a tour, watch a moo-vie and taste the latest flavour. Talking of food, Vermont has a flush of award-winning restaurants from eclectic bistros to Italian trattorias and micro-brew pubs
So, decide which time of year you would like to visit and then use our choice of the best places to stay in Stowe to plan your trip.
Nestled in the center of historic Stowe is this unique and charming hotel. Decor features original Vermont hand-crafted furnishings, opulent four poster bed hangings, deep rich colours and roaring fires. On-site spa completes this truly luxurious experience.
Stowe (4000 Mountain Road)
This luxury resort rests in 120 acres near the slopes. Contemporary, large rooms with mountain views and all the mod-cons. Flannel Restaurant offers organic, fresh dishes. From tennis courts, fitness centre and the great outdoors there is much to do. Or relax by the pool or treat yourself at the spa
A large, secluded mountain lodge offering cosy luxury bedrooms and self catered suites. Large stone fire places and rustic interiors give a homely and welcoming feel. Breathtaking mountian views and a laid back restaurant to suit everyone's tastes. Experience the great outdoors all year round.
An elegant Inn, minutes from Stowe and surrounded by ten acres of maple, birch and pine forest. The plush rooms are designed for lovers, with huge fourposter beds, private garden entrances, two person tubs and fireplaces in each en suite. Intimate and charming.