Part of me almost didn’t want to write this blog. Stowe holds an incredibly special place in our hearts and as much as I want to shout about our travels from the rooftops normally, there’s a (selfish) part of me that wanted to keep this gem to ourselves.
There’s very few people in the UK who have heard of Stowe (no, Vermont is not in Canada). It’s a quintessential New England village, with traditional Inn’s that remind me of Gilmore Girls, local stores selling Vermont maple syrup, covered bridges and a white wooden steeple church as well as a whole host of some the East Coast’s friendliest people. Perhaps more surprising is the modern cult food and craft ale scene which samples local produce that you can’t make your way through in a week’s holiday. Which is one of the reasons we come back every year.
After a weekend in Boston a week on the slopes is welcome and The Green Mountains of Vermont are a sight to behold and take my breath away every time. There are two hotels that we love, the beautifully charming Green Mountain Inn which serves an incredible breakfast, in the centre of Stowe village and Stowe Mountain Lodge, a luxury ski in ski out resort at the bottom of Spruce Peak with a ski valet service.
Stowe Mountain Resort is made up of two mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, connected by a gondola, which offer a range of skiing and riding for different abilities over 116 trails. Saying that, we personally think the choice for beginners is slightly more limited but if you progress to blue runs it’s paradise. There’s plenty to challenge more experienced skiers and people travel from all over America to experience the front four slopes on Mount Mansfield.
Mansfield is a higher mountain and Spruce is perfect for picturesque cruising. They’re not called the Green Mountains for nothing; the amount of tree lined trails between these mountains makes it a joy to ski. A particular favourite of mine is unpopular Sterling, it winds it way around the edge of the resort but due to a small amount of walking if you want to get back over to the main runs it always remains quiet. The mountain air up there, the wide but steep slope, surrounded by trees and the moose prints we saw on the way up on the ski lift make it an incredibly special place.
Lift lines are never long at Stowe, the staff are super friendly and the snow making and grooming teams are some of the best out there. Even in the few years we’ve been going the village at the bottom of the mountain has changed dramatically with an ice rink, indoor activity centre and numerous place to shop and dine. The chilli in the main dining room is always a winner in my eyes though.
After skiing, a dip in the hot tub, or a massage at the Stowe Mountain Lodge spa is the perfect way to relax before heading out to dinner. As I mentioned, eating in Stowe is foodie heaven, so much so it warranted its own post, have a read here. Oh, I almost forgot, it’s also the birthplace of Ben and Jerry’s, that’s worth the trip alone, surely.
The only bit I don’t like about Stowe is leaving. But we’ll be back. Every year.
- Flights to Boston are available from a number of carriers, we usually go in February time for around £350 return with British Airways
- Lift passes are around $94/day for adults mid-week (Feb 18)
- We use Pinnacle ski hire and have our own boots, ski/board rental starts at $22/day