For the second leg of my trip I stayed in Stowe, VT, a cute little resort town known for it’s one blinking stop light.
I stayed a little outside the main drag at the Gables Inn. The rates are very reasonable compared to the surrounding resorts. The place is cute, clean, and comes with it’s very own mascot, Yogi, the owner’s old friendly yellow lab. The rooms can be small depending on what you book. This didn’t make any difference to me but I read on TripAdvisor that the Carriage Rooms offer a bit more space for lounging.
Including with your room is breakfast at the restaurant downstairs. It’s so good that even the locals are seen here. They have quirky B&B type specials on a chalkboard out front and traditional breakfast items on the menu. The first day I was adventurous and had mushroom risotto and French toast and it was fabulous!
Don’t knock it till you try it!
Other Good Places to Stay in Stowe:
– The Arbor Inn, 3214 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT
I didn’t stay here but it sure looked cute and was in a great location.
– The Green Mountain Inn, on the Strand in Stowe, VT
The oldest hotel in Stowe. It used to stretch the entire length of Main Street and is said to be haunted!
Things to Do in Stowe:
– Rent a bike at one of the sporting goods stores along VT 108 and ride along the nationally known Recreational Path which winds in and around Stowe. It’s great to walk too.
– Go Hiking! See VT Part 3 in my blog for some great hiking locations just 10 minutes outside of Stowe. Pick up a map of trails in the area at one of the two stores you’ll pass that say “Hiking Information” along VT 108 heading North out of Stowe.
– Do a little shopping. Laughing Moon Chocolate’s on South Main is a great place to start.
– Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour – includes a sample! The biggest tourist attraction in Vermont.
– Stowe Farmer’s Market, every Sunday from 10:30am – 3pm
– Cold Hollow Cider Mill – Vermont is known for it’s cider almost as much as it’s known for maple syrup. Cold Hollow is in a historic, old Vermont barn and has become New England’s most famous cider mill. They offer tours and press cider year round.
– Visit a winery. Boyden Valley Winery is about 40 minutes outside of Stowe and offers tours daily at 11am and 1:30pm and wine tastings. For a fun venture, check out their “Water & Wine” canoe trip.
– Take a Lantern Tour of Stowe at night led by an ex History teacher and learn about the history of town and hear a couple of real ghost stories. (I really debated putting the link in here b/c the site is awful, but I will vouch for these tours. It was a lot of fun, and one of the few things to do in Stowe at night). Good for kids and adults. Spooky!
Places to Eat:
The Green Goddess Café – cute healthy spot for breakfast or lunch plus if it’s swarming with locals, it must be the place to be.
Blue Donkey Restaurant – Low key, casual burger joint right off the Recreational Path.
Blue Moon Café – Small upscale restaurant off the main strand located in a cute blue house. I didn’t eat here while I was in Stowe, but the menu looked outstanding and it had excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
Website to Check Out Before You Go: www.GoStowe.com
Click here to view VT Part 1 on Montpelier and the New England Culinary Institute.