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Hiking Stowe: Five immersions into the quiet beauty

Five Hiking Trails perfect for Stowe, Vermont Fall Foliage Rated the best in the U.S. by Trip Advisor

Leisurely walks in the neighborhoods of Boston, Long Island, Newark or Washington D.C., often provide an abundance of man-made beauty seasoned with splashes of nature.

In Vermont with its 300,000 acres of state-owned forests, 53,000 of which are in Stowe, a casual walk is completely different. Outdoor strolls in Stowe are a gumbo of wild blackberries, clear spring water, plunge pools at the base of falls, fresh aromas from fir and cedar, calming vistas of tree covered mountains, sunlight stepping stones along wooded paths and relaxing breezes nestling among overhead branches, needles and leaves. You are alone yet surrounded, relaxed yet invigorated. You are in the unspoiled forests of Stowe.

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Fall adventures in Stowe Vermont - romanceSoon it will be leaf season and Vermont has been declared the Number One destination for fall foliage in the U.S. (Trip Advisor).  Here are five journeys that are good for the soul no matter what the weather, but during this season these become emotionally serving; witness to unexpected celebrations of life.  Enjoy as the Lord in paints each leaf while we sleep at night.  Bring your camera.

As you take to the roads and paths, keep these thoughts in mind from the Get To Know Stowe book:

  1. Stowe is home to two mountain ranges; Worcester range to the east, and the green Mountains run to the north and are part of the Mt. Mansfield State Forest.
  2. Generally allow 30 minutes for each mile plus an additional 30 minutes for every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.
  3. Bring plenty of water; avoid drinking backcountry water.
  4. High-energy snacks are a good idea (granola bars, trail mix, chocolate)
  5. Pack a map, compass, first-aid kit, flashlight and pocket-knife. Whistles can be helpful. Take a shell, hat, & gloves no matter what the season.
  6. Sign-in/Sign-out at any trail-head registers; stay on marked trails.
  7. Don’t travel alone, especially on more difficult journeys.

Hiking the Ranch Brook & Burt Trail

Just past the right-hand entrance to the North Brook road along Rt. 108, before you cross a small bridge, you’ll see a quick left turn onto an unpaved road — the Ranch Brook road. Park if there’s space and immediately start your walk down the right hand fork which is a slightly rutted road. Soon it flattens out becoming an old timber-hauling road, and further down it offers another place to park your car. You are now in the Ranch Valley and its extensive system of well-marked trails with the beautiful Ranch brook running parallel on your left. In the winter Nordic skiers or snowshoers may require a pass on many of these trails from the Stowe mountain resort’s Cross Country Ski Center. In the summer no charges are necessary.

You’re on the Burt Trail – which for the moment is a class-4 road ––a gravel surface — until it reaches the junction of Ranch Camp, Bruce Trail, and the Bear Run. Horses and bikes will need to turn around since the remaining trails are no longer graveled.

Ranch Brook and Burt Trail Hike

Ranch Brook and Burt Trail Hike

This historic area gave birth to skiing in Stowe and is part of the Mansfield state Forest. Travel for another mile past the Adams Camp and later find the remains of the first lumber camp used when creating the first of the stowe ski runs back in 1933 by the CCC which stood from 1932 to 1950. Craig Burt offered his lumber camp to Stowe’s first overnight ski guests. Another short distance and you have reached the junction that offers three choices for the next phase of your journey:

  • Left is the Ranch Camp Trail which heads towards the Trapp Family Lodge trail system.
  • The Burt trail in the center continues and is the least hilly.
  • However, the right hand Bruce trail ascends steeply up the Ranch Valley and its degree of difficulty becomes much higher.  Eventually Bruce takes you to the original ski trail that was cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, part of FDR’s New Deal program – the first ski trail in Stowe. From here you backtrack to Timber Lane that heads towards the Mt. Mansfield Ski Touring area. Take one of the Cross cut trails south from Timber Lane back to the Ranch Brook road to return to the beginning of your journey. These are trails that reveal history and beauty. Total distance will be about six miles.

Hiking Sterling Pond

While you are casually driving through Smuggler’s Notch on your way over the mountain from Stowe, look for a parking lot on the left hand side of the road near the top of the road. Park. Across the street find a trial heading up that begins a bit rocky and steep. While you are panting a bit, enjoy the smell of fresh pine and evergreens.

After about a mile the Sterling Pond Trail is joined by the Long Trail. Turn left and head down to the pond. Catch your breath, sit on a rock and enjoy the view of Vermont’s highest elevation trout pond.   Catch some fish, relax, and enjoy the quiet. There is a shelter near the lake if needed. Ready to move on? Stay on the Long Trail going north for about .3 miles and look for a short spur trail to the top of Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort and enjoy the views across to Mt. Mansfield – you’re now at 3,000 feet. Backtrack along the spur to the Long Trail north to the shelter near the chairlift where you will take a right onto Elephant’s Head Trail that continues around the pond. When you’ve gone about ¾ of a mile look for another intersection with the Long Trail and head downhill (turn right). This takes you to the Sterling Pond Trail – where you will turn left back to the parking area.

Total pond circumference is about 1.4 miles clockwise around the pond.

Total distance is 2.8 miles plus an additional easy 1.4 mile loop around the pond.

Elevation gain is 1,000 feet.

Time is 2.5 hours.

Difficulty is rated Moderate by the Green Mountain Club.


Hiking at Lake Mansfield Trout Club

Lake Mansfield Trail Hiking

This hiking trail is entirely navigable

There are many signs that say don’t enter this private refuge and enormously beautiful spot, however, continue on your journey. The Trout Club is intensely private, however, management’s respect for the beauty of Vermont and their location on Lake Mansfield permits outsiders like you and I to hike in the woods that surrounds the lake.  Mansfield Lake is 39 acres surrounded by hills – a stunning setting. The lake, of course, is annually stocked with Trout. The Lodge was originally built in 1899 and the Trout Club seems to have its own unique culture.

From Waterbury heading north towards Stowe, take Rt. 100 and turn left on Moscow Road. Continue on Moscow past the Barrows Road cutoff until you find Nebraska Valley Road on the right (just past the intersection with the Trapp Hill road on the right.) It’s going to be about four miles until you reach the Lake Mansfield Trout Club.

Lake Mansfield Trout Club Parking

Lake Mansfield Trout Club Parking

There is a clearly designated area to park close enough to the Lodge to capture the picture on the left. There is also a clearly marked entrance to the one hiking trail. The first half mile runs parallel to Lake Mansfield and occasionally opens onto the lake. Once you have passed the lake you continue on the Lake Mansfield Trail heading north-north-west for more than a mile to reach Taylor Lodge. Just before you reach the lodge you will find a small, lovely waterfall.

The trail is relatively narrow but despite tree roots and the usual array of sleeping rocks it is entirely navigable. The surroundings are classic, unspoiled Vermont.

 

Hike in Stowe Vermont - Lake Mansfield

Classic, unspoiled Vermont

The lodge in is at the intersection of the Lake Mansfield Trail, the Long Trail, and the Clara Bow Trail. Total elevation gain is about 500 – 600 feet; manageable since it has over a mile to work with. Taylor Lodge is in the midst of the Mount Mansfield State forest, and the only way home is to backtrack the way you came.


Hiking at Little River State Park

Hiking in Stowe Vermont - Waterbuy Reservoir and Dam

Waterbury Reservoir and Dam

In the early 1800s, pioneers cleared fields, rocks, and stumps in the Ricker Basin and Cotton Brook. A settlement of 50 or so families once lived in this area. For about 130 years this was a thriving community of farms, sawmills, churches, schools, creameries and taverns. Gradually, the demands of the land and weather forced younger generations to abandon the farms. On November 3-4, 1927, torrential rains caused massive flooding, property destruction and loss of life throughout Vermont. A second flood in 1934 inundated Waterbury; this spurred the construction of Waterbury Dam. Between 1935 and 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, constructed the 180 acre Waterbury Reservoir (pictured below) which runs adjacent to the Little River State Park. The CCC camp here was a fully operating, thriving community with more than 80 buildings, and housing 2,000 men at its peak.

Today, cemeteries, sawmill remains, old town roads, bridges and many cellar holes can still be seen as evidence of past communities. Hiking trails abound and each finds another piece of the history – both a trip through the beauty of Vermont and its history. There are a total of 26 miles of different trails within the Little River State Park.

Stevenson Brook Trail - Hike Stowe Vermont

Stevenson Brook Trail

These shots were taken along the Stevenson Brook Trail which runs for about 2.5 miles. The Stevenson Brook runs down the eastern slope of Ricker Mountain and takes thousands of gallons of snowmelt in Spring resulting in currents strong enough to move all but the largest boulders.


Hiking the Hell Brook Trail

The Hell Brook trail (also called the Mansfield Trail) is a fun and challenging route to ‘The Chin’ of Mount Mansfield (The Summit). This is the shortest and steepest but also most technically difficult route to the summit. It is generally considered one of the most challenging hikes in the state. The trail is mostly large rocks and is usually wet. This route is considerably less busy than the popular Long Trail, which also makes it nice.

From Stowe village take Rt 108 north 8.4 miles. On the left side of the road look for the brown “Long Trail” signs and the 2″X6″ blue blazes marking the Hel Brook trail. Park in the Big Spring parking area.

Right from the start you experience a daunting grade that will keep you breathing a bit faster as you begin to climb. It is not unusual to find wet conditions – mud and running water – so waterproof footware is essential. Moisture makes climbing more difficult, since Hell Brook is known for challenging rock climbs that require using all parts of your body. Expect to show some badges of courage (scratches, gashes, etc.) from this climb. The pace of difficulty is unrelenting with hand-over-foot scrambles, and especially when you encounter alpine streams raining down on you. The last climb to the chin is difficult and technical. Lots of rocks and many opportunities such that you are near exhaustion – and as a result — heightened danger. It’s not called “Hell Brook” for nothing! Views are impressive from the top, but wind and lower temps (10 to 15 degrees) are another danger. Bring an extra cover to ward off hypothermia.

The Green Mountain Club does NOT recommend descending back the way you came. Too wet and too dangerous. Hell Brook ends at the intersection with the Long Trail and that is the way down. When you reach Rt 108, head north until you reach the Big Spring parking area (this will be the easiest portion of your hike).

Total distance = 3.6 miles

Time for the climb = 4 hours

Climb = 2590 feet – the steepest vertical climb on the Long Trail.

Difficulty = Very hard. Do not undertake this climb alone.


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Fall Foliage #1 Travel Destination: Stowe Vermont

Seeking Spectacular Fall Foliage?

Stowe Vermont Fall FoliageBest in the U.S = Stowe,  Vermont.

Stowe is #1 in the U.S. for Fall Foliage Viewing based on the feedback from members of the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

The nights are getting cooler in Stowe; the leaves of our tallest Maple have begun to turn at the top.  Stay up to date on the foliage colors at gostowe.com/foliage (lists scenic drives and leaf color) and book your trip at Stone Hill Inn (the #1 ranked Inn/B&B in Stowe, Vermont) – you don’t want to miss out on the best fall foliage in the country.

Stowe Vermont Autumn FoliageFor over a hundred years people have traveled to Stowe to marvel at gorgeous mountain vistas and beautiful fall colors. Located in the majestic Green Mountains, our idyllic New England town boasts a 200-year-old village lined with quaint shops, cafes and restaurants where guests can unwind after a day of viewing vibrant leafy displays or taking advantage of Stowe’s plethora of outdoor activities.

From early September through late October, visitors to Stowe can delight in the pure gold, orange and red hues of our fall foliage while enjoying many fun autumn events such as:

  • Lantern tours
  • The Farmer’s Market
  • Concerts, performances & local theater
  • The 2nd Annual Vermont Fly Fishing Show
  • The British Invasion Car Show
  • 20th Annual Oktoberfest
  • Restaurant Week (October 23 -29)
  • The Great Pumpkin & Ghost Festival

Fun Facts – Did you know?

Stowe Fall Foliage

  • Leaves of the sugar maple, red maple, red oak, sweet gum, black gum and sourwood, typically turn hues of red. However, they can produce yellow leaves as well.
  • Stowe’s firs designated ski trail, the Bruce Trail, was cut by the CCC in 1933.  You can follow the Bruce Trail today to see the beginnings of this famous ski trail.  We can direct you at Stone Hill.
  • The first Nordic ski center in the U.S. began in 1968 at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.
  • The Toll road is a wonderful way to see the foliage both as you drive up the mountain and when you stop at the Octagon Café with it’s deck.  In 1937 a thousand-foot tow rope, powered by a Cadillac engine, was installed on the Toll road.
  • Leaves of birch, elm, poplar, redbud and hickory, always turn hues of gold & yellow.
  • Leaves of the Sumac tree produce a maroon color.

Come.  Be overwhelmed by crisp fall air, the natural beauty of Stowe’s stunning fall season that changes its colors and vibrancy every day, and the warmth of the Stone Hill Inn — soft, quiet, and undisturbed. 

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Romantic Spring Get Away

A weekend where you can sleep for eight hours, breathe in fresh mountain air, soak up the unspoiled beauty of Vermont, and, if you’re lucky, have Linda’s Crème Brulee French Toast for breakfast!

Don’t you need this kind of romantic get away??? Of course you do. Come! We’ll take care of you.

Romantic Spring Get Away Details:

Our Romantic Spring Get Away requires a two night minimum stay at Stone Hill Inn in addition to the purchase of our Romance Package at a very special price of $230 – a $25 savings. Available from April 19 Through June 16, but not available Memorial Day Weekend (5/27-5/29).

The Romance Package includes:

• $120 certificate for dinner at Michael’s on the Hill (gratuities not included).
• Roses and chocolates available in your room when you arrive
• Signature candle-lit, rose petal (silk), bed turn-down the night of your dinner at Michaels
• A 90 minute late check-out

Our ‘Romantic Get Away’ offer cannot be combined with other offers or with third party gift certificates.

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It’s time for Stone Hill Inn’s 24 HOUR Sale

Stone Hill Inn 24 Hour Sale - Vermont B&B

Save the date: March 31st
Because for the SECOND time ever, we’re running a 24 HOUR Sale.

We’ve chosen late April, May (except the Memorial Day weekend) and part of June since there are so many signs that Stowe is experiencing an EARLY Spring!

We’ll announce the pricing for the 24 HOUR Sale on March 31 – very early in the morning, so you will have 24 hours to respond. These are likely to be the lowest prices on Stone Hill lodging that you will see all year – certainly lower than we can remember within the last 12 months! The sale only applies to those that make their reservation on March 31. So, unfortunately, nobody else is eligible whether their reservation is made either before or after March 31.

Details for the 24 HOUR sale:

  • Must book at least two nights.
  • Available dates for the 24 Hour Sale, unless our website shows that they are already taken:
    • April 19 – April 30
    • May 1 – May 31 EXCEPT for May 27-29 (Memorial Day weekend)
    • June 1 – June 16
  • Book online using the promocode TWENTYFOUR. On the final page of your online reservation there will be a box on the left side of the page that asks you if you have a code. Enter TWENTYFOUR and press apply.
  • No other offers/promotions or third-party gift certificates may be used.

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Here’s another great savings:

  • During check out, include Stone Hill Inn’s Signature Romance Package to your stay for a reduced price of $230 (normally $255). This package includes:
    • Dinner at the award-winning Michael’s on the Hill ($120 certificate; gratuities not included)
    • Dozen long stem roses and a package of four chocolate truffles upon arrival
    • Our Signature candle-lit, rose petal (silk) king bed turn-down on the night you dine at Michaels
    • Enjoy a late check out your last morning (additional 90 minutes)

Spring is coming! Already we have had guests who are taking on some of the easier hikes and even one that completed the Stowe Pinnacle climb (three hours to complete up and back). Even in the woods that surround Stone Hill the only traces of snow anywhere are the plowed diminishing piles at the end of driveway. Already, we’ve pruned a dozen bushes and begun cleaning beds.   Some of the daylillys have just broken ground. We’ve almost finished cleaning the sand from the parking lot! IT MUST BE SPRING!

Come!

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British Invasion – September 18-20 – Stowe. Vermont

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September 18-20

A celebration of all things British

british car show vermontYes, Linda can still be seen around Stowe and the neighboring communities in this lovely 2000 Jaguar S-Type (This is the car but not the license plate. )

And like last year, we are not going to challenge the other Jags for the Concours d’Elegance prize – highest degree of authenticity when compared to the original vehicle when it was new, just off the assembly line. (Turns out, we’re one year short of meeting the requirement of being older than 15 years. Maybe next year?)

The Concours d’Elegance system will be based on a 100-point system, similar to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) judging rules. Criteria for judging includes mechanical operation, paint, interior, woodworking, undercarriage, chrome, engine compartment, and authenticity. A minimum of 90 points is required for 1st place, 85 for 2nd place and 75 for 3rd place. In case of a tie score, multiple awards will be presented. All entrants will receive participation ribbons. So, we’ll keep the Jag safe and warm in our Stone Hill Inn garage this winter so it might have a chance to compete with the coming of next year’s fall season.

NEW LOCATION for 2014 The British Invasion will take place on the Stowe Events Field 1/4 mile north of Stowe village just off Route 108 on Weeks Hill Road.

In addition to the Concours d’Elegance there is another car show at the British Invasion: People’s Choice . Over sixty classes of motorcars compete, everything from humble Mini Coopers to stately Rolls Royces. Enjoy British food, shops, and unique British gifts commemorating this highly anticipated event!

EVENTS

british invasion car show vermontEvents include a Notch Run Driving Tour, Tailgate Picnic Competition, British Pub, British Car Corral and much more.

British Invasion Block Party! Friday, September 19, 2014 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. This kick-off event for the British Invasion is a don’t miss event for visitors and locals. Dance to the music of Joey Leone’s Chop Shop and enjoy classic British motorcars all along Main Street, (which will be closed off) while enjoying local food and brews.

 

British Market Place & Auto Jumble– Friday noon to Sunday A collection of British Companies and vendors selling British, and British like products and services. Hard to find car spares, motoring accessories, motoring teddy bears, British candy, Regalia, Barbour jackets, and more.

 

British Car Corral – Friday noon to Sunday An opportunity to buy or sell a British Motor Car or Motorcycle. “For Sale” signs are NOT allowed on the show field. You may place a car for sale in the Car Corral. but in so doing, it cannot compete for honors on the show field.

 

Tailgate Picnic Competition– Sunday A display of creativity, good food, and things British. This event has become a “Classic” and perhaps one of the best Tailgate Competitions on the East Coast! Awards will be given for “Most Elegant“, “Most Creative“, “Most British“, “Best Costume“, “Best Tasting“, and “Most Humorous“.

British Invasion Car Show

Yes, it will be a wonderful weekend at this year’s British Invasion – apparently the 25th year for this event which is rumored to have begun in 1990. Once again we shall host at least one of the Concours d’Elegance judges and we shall, of course, have lots of Iced Tea each day for guests of our Stowe bed and breakfast!

58th Annual Antique Car Show :: Celebrate in Stowe

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You may recall my secret desires as a young lad as expressed in my blog about last year’s 57th Antique Car Show where I confessed a deep attraction towards a 1967 Corvette – a desire that, over the years, seem to give way to financial and emotional maturity, thus never fulfilled. Nonetheless, you have to admit this was a very cool car.

But long before reaching college where the Corvette picture hung on my wall, there was the 1952 Hudson Hornet. (Hudson who? Who knows?) A hand-me-down from grandparents who were no longer driving, this became our unexpected second car. This, it would turn out, would be the car I would use when taking my first driver’s test.
Driver’s tests were simple in those days – read the pamphlet, answer the questions – no problem. Eye exam was a waste of time for 16 year-old eyes, and driving a couple of blocks was….well, also a waste of time. However there was one element of the driver’s test that was a bit challenging. The parallel parking test. (Do they still have that?).

How do you parallel paAntiqueCarShow32015rk a 3,620 pound, 17.3 feet long, 6 ½ feet wide beast with no power steering? Carefully and with a lot of practice. I knew it would be the toughest part of the test. Despite sweaty palms and an accelerated heart rate, remarkably I passed. Immediately this tank-like vehicle became the taxi for four of us to attend all away basketball games for our high school team. (We won the state championship that year.)

But the Hornet had its peculiarities. About 30% of the time when you stopped at a stop light the car would unexpectedly die. And then it wouldn’t start, despite constant cranking. After several embarassing moments as captain of the Hornet taxi – losing some face with the lads – we diagnosed the problem. The engine wasn’t getting enough air. Thus, we became a veritable pit crew. The lads poured out of the car, one lifted and held the hood, another removed and remained at the ready with the canister on top of the carburetor that contained air filters which probably had become totally dirt, and a third held the butterfly valve in the carburetor 30% open and I cranked the engine again. Success! We could even do this in the time it took for the light to change. Impressive crew.

Such is the zeal with which I approach this 58th annual event in Stowe, VT!

The 58th Stowe Annual Antique Car Show is a perennial favorite in Stowe, Vermont. After 57 years, Stowe has gotten pretty good at capturing some of the most interesting Antique cars from all over the U.S. while making the show quite charming. After a restorative night’s sleep and healthy breakfast at Stone Hill Inn, which this May was among the first to ever be inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame for performance excellence, you are ready for a full day of Stowe and the Antique car show!

Over 800 antique & classic cars are on display flanked by food concessions, giant automotive Flea Market, and the Car Corral. Stowe, Vermont has hosted the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, Inc. Antique and Classic Car Meet for more than 50 years. It is one of the largest and oldest in New England and has become a cherished summer tradition in Stowe. The show will be located on Nichols Field, Route 100, South of Stowe Village. Be sure to book a stay with us at the Stone Hill Inn for your weekend!

Some of the events that take place are:

Automobile Judging
Vintage Fashion Judging
Flea Market & Car Corral
Automobile Parade Awards Ceremony
Street Dance Saturday night from 7 – 10p
(closed to traffic but the cars will be there!)

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Summer in Stowe – Exciting Festivals & Events!

B3 Fest: Bikes, Bevs & Beats

FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY June 26, 27, and 28!

A celebration of Vermont Mountain Biking!

Vermont Mountain Biking

Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking.

This is a town-wide event, with restaurants serving as the venues!

Area bike shops are hosting mountain bike group rides in town for the B3 Fest weekend, which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

B3 Fest Kick-Off Party Friday, 4:30 downtown Stowe Village! Music, food and drink tastings from vendors including Alchemist, Green Mountain Distillers, Trapps Brewery, Crop Brewery, Stowe Cider, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Mt. Mansfield Creamery and others. Beer, Wine, Spirits, & Cider Promos!

 

All weekend at Bikes, Bevs & Beats:

  • Guided Group Mountain Bike Rides!
  • Free Beginner Mountain Bike Lessons!
  • 10 different restaurants participating
  • Kids Rides + Free Popsicles!
  • Pool parties & bouncey houses!
  • BBQ’s, races & mini-golf!

 

Mary Chapin Carpenter:  July 2, 2015; 7:00pm  

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Stone Hill Inn currently includes the Mary Chapin Carpenter as its latest Evenings! promotion.  (Two-night stay, tickets to the concert, and $50 off dinner before or after the show at Phoenix Table and Bar.  Click here for our website.)  Over the course of her acclaimed career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations,) two CMA awards and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. She will perform in Stowe with her trio. Tickets: Prices start at $20. $45 & $55 regular, $65 premium.

 

Stowe Music in the Meadow:

Open air concerts  — bring your own chair! July 5th and July 12th

A long running tradition in Stowe, Vermont, the Music in the Meadow Concert Series is a favourite among both visitors and residents.

Stowe Performing Arts had its first concert in Whisker’s field back in 1976—this perennial summer series eventually became known as the Music in the Meadow concerts.

To audiences’ delight, The Trapp Family Lodge Meadow acts as a natural amphitheatre allowing concert performances to clearly project over the greens. The front half of the meadow is for blankets and low-back chairs and the rest is “picnic-style” on a “first-come, first-served basis”.

July 5th  Vermont Symphony Orchestra;  7:30pm

As if a summer’s evening in Vermont weren’t magical enough already…the VSO conjures up a dreamscape of enchantment. Wizards, witches, and trolls, oh my! Our musical sorcery spirits you to Middle Earth—and then safely back to your picnic spread. As always, concerts conclude with the spectacular 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks.  $30 in advance; $35 at the gate.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

July 12th A Far Cry

Founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians, Grammy-nominated A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music.  Take a look/listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUmxHXsxsug

According to The New York Times, the self-conducted orchestra “brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” A Far Cry was founded in 2007 by a tightly-knit collective of 17 young professional musicians, and since the beginning has fostered those personalities. By expanding the boundaries of orchestral repertoire and experimenting with the ways music is prepared, performed, and experienced, A Far Cry has been embraced throughout the world with hundreds performances coast to coast and across the globe.  $30 in advance; $35 at the gate.

 

Hot Air Balloon Festival. July 10-12, 2015

This 29th annual celebration will include live entertainment, delicious food, a beer and wine garden, hot-air balloon rides priced at $275 per person, plus tax — advanced reservations are recommended. Tethered rides on the hot-air balloons may be available for $10 per person

Festival Agenda:

FRIDAY, JULY 10th

  • 4:00 pm: Gates Open
  • Children’s Activities Begin
  • Food, Beer & Wine Tent Opens
  • Gift Shops Open
  • Spa Tent Open for Chair Massage & Facials
  • 5:00 pm: Live Music Begins
  • 7:00 pm: Approximate Time for Sunset Launch!

SATURDAY, JULY 11th

  • 6:30 am: Approximate Time for Sunrise Launch
  • 4:00 pm: Gates Open
  • Food, Beer & Wine Tent Opens
  • Gift Shops Open
  • Spa Tent; Open for Chair Massage & Facials
  • 5:00 pm: Live Music Begins
  • 7:00 pm: Approximate Time for Sunset Launch!

SUNDAY, JULY 12th

  • 6:30 am: Approximate Time for Sunrise Launch

Mary Chapin Carpenter Concert in Stowe, VT

Mary Chapin Carpenter concerts

 

Join us for our next Evenings! package July 2 to July 5, 2015, when five time Grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter performs at the new Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center Thursday, July 2, at 7:00pm.   This is our third Evenings! package after Itzhak Perlman in November and the State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s performance of Swan Lake in January.

 

Stowe inns

 

Welcome to our next “Evenings!” Package:

Mary Chapin Carpenter concert; July 2, 2015 7:00pm.  Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and Phoenix Table and Bar!

  • Three nights in a Stone Hill Inn Luxury room (King bed with fireplace; bath with double Jacuzzi, fireplace & shower). Corner rooms are available at a premium of $25/night.
  • Linda’s three-course breakfast each morning.
  • Two tickets to the July 2nd Mary Chapin Carpenter performance at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 7:00pm. Choose among tickets priced at (tax not included): $65, $55, or $45 each.
  • A voucher for $50 towards dinner for two at the Phoenix Table and Bar Restaurant either before or after the performance.


To Reserve Call (802) 253-6282.

Total package cost:

  • $1178 (includes all taxes) for the $65 seats
  • $1157 (includes all taxes) for the $55 seats
  • $1135 (includes all taxes) for the $45 seats

Seating is limited, so we recommend booking as soon as possible. Once we purchase your tickets for the performance they are not returnable. You must call us to make these reservations. We shall endeavor to secure your tickets immediately after we gather the necessary information so that we can complete your  Evenings! according to your preferences. This package may not be combined with any other offer or promotion.

 

Over the course of her acclaimed career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations,) two CMA awards and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.   She is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, which she received from 1992 to 1995

Excitement and fearless creativity have been common threads throughout Mary Chapin Carpenter’s two-and-a-half-decade recording career, during which she’s sold more than 13 million records and developed a remarkably loyal and devoted international fan base.  Stylistically she defies easy categorizing, preferring to blend country, Americana, and soft rock. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.  She will perform in Stowe with her trio.

 

Mary Chapin Carpenter

 

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Carpenter began playing guitar and writing songs early in life, and was playing her songs in D.C. clubs before she was out of her teens. Word of Carpenter’s talents eventually reached Nashville, winning her a deal with Columbia Records, which released her 1987 debut album, Hometown Girl.

Her debut disc set the stage for the success of 1989’s State of the Heart and 1990’s Shooting Straight in the Dark, each of which produced four Top 20 hits, including the Grammy-winning smash “Down at the Twist and Shout.” Those releases were followed by the massive commercial breakthrough of 1992’s Come On Come On, which was certified quadruple platinum and yielded no less than seven charting singles.

More success followed with such albums as the platinum Stones in the Road, A Place in the World, Time* Sex* Love* and Between Here and Gone. Carpenter moved to Rounder/Zoë in time for 2007’s Grammy-nominated The Calling, which was followed by the seasonally themed Come Darkness Come Light: 12 Songs of Christmas, the Grammy- nominated The Age of Miracles and Ashes and Roses.

In January 2014 Ms. Carpenter wrote and released, Songs from the Movie, her debut orchestral recording.  Later that month she appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow to introduce the songs from her new album. Carpenter appeared as a guest with orchestras in the U.S. and the U.K. throughout 2014.

In addition to five Grammy Awards, Mary was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and in 2012 was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Her compositions have also been covered by a diverse assortment of artists including Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Trisha Yearwood, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black and Dianne Reeves and has also collaborated, on record and/or on stage, with the likes of Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, the Indigo Girls and Tony Bennett.

 

Relaxing sitting area

 

The Stone Hill Inn inaugurated Evenings! as part of the Culture and Art series of Specials and Packages located on our website. Evenings! combines high profile, Stowe performing arts programs with a $50 certificate for dinner at the Phoenix Table & Bar, a contemporary restaurant in Stowe.  Hurrah!  The performance reputation and intimate mountain venue of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center supports hip, contemporary dining of Phoenix Table & Bar with chefs Jack and Josh.

For other Stone Hill Inn  Romance, Adventure, or Food packages click here.

 

The Stowe You Didn’t Know :: Summer in Stowe, VT

Growing up as a Marylander, my exposure to Alpine skiing was limited to ABC’s Wide World of Sports with Jim McKay.  Scarce, however, would be a New England childhood without first hand exposure to Alpine skiing.  And the name they invariably associate with the best New England skiing would be Stowe.  Even Stone Hill Inn guests who have been neither to Stowe nor Vermont, clearly associate Stowe as best known for skiing.  They assume that Winter must be our busiest season.

This is the Stowe that we all know.

So, the vast majority of nearly a million visitors that comes annually to Stowe come in the Winter.  Right?

Wrong!

This is the Stowe you didn’t know.

Summer in Stowe, VT is by far the season that receives the most visitors!  Eh?  Why is that, George?

  • Southern New Englanders along with those from PA, NJ, and DC seeking relief from heat and humidity are impressed when a hot day in Stowe is only 89 degrees with much more moderate humidity.
  • For a town of only 5,000 permanent residents it has over 50 restaurants and supports dozens of lodging establishments representing a wide degree of sophistication and price.
  • Stowe is a strong supporter of the Farm to Table culinary movement and guests often praise the freshness and taste of its food, both at Stone Hill and at the local restaurants.
  • As we mentioned in a previous blog, the Stowe area represents one of the most heralded centers for craft beer production in the U.S.
  • Unspoiled is the word often associated with Vermont and its 300,000 acres of state-owned forests. Stowe, by itself, has 53,000 acres of beautiful forests for enjoyment via the C.C. Putnam and Mt. Mansfield State Forests.

Summer in Stowe VT

But most of all, the reason for Stowe’s summer popularity is that it represents a summer full of fun things to do in Stowe, VT.  We are familiar with all of them and can make reservations for you before you ever arrive.  Some of these include:

  • Ballooning – a 45 minute ride gives you a spectacular view of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and Stowe’s nationally known ski area — mountains Mansfield and Spruce.
  • Soaring – For what you didn’t see in the balloon, a 20 to 40 minute ride will fill in the gaps!
  • We’re members of the Stowe Mountain Bike club and have access to maps and suggestions for how you can enjoy the nearly 70 miles of single track mountain bike trails.  In the third annual Vermont Rider’s Choice Awards, Stowe received three of the 11 awards including The Trail with The Most Flow.  Stone Hill Inn has hoses for bike cleaning and four garages to secure your bikes for you.
  • We’re also members of the Green Mountain Club, keepers of the lauded Long Trail that runs the length of Vermont.  We can provide suggestions for easy, moderate, and more difficult hikes/climbs, and we have maps to help you explore and get the most from your experience.  If you like, we can arrange for local guides – experts in the area and techniques – to accompany you.
  • White water canoeing. Try your hand at a guided Upper Gorge River Challenge in a canoe with Class I and II rapids.  It’s a six mile trip through stunning scenery and rock formations on the Winooski River.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing by yourself. Most of the local rivers are very tranquil yet offer beautiful views and a sense of peace for two or more hours.  Choose the Water & Wine trip to end your brief water excursion at the award winning Boyden winery for a tour and tasting!
  • Yes, even in the summer – it’s on wheels!  We love the Eden Mills location and its natural beauty, and you’ll love the dogs and this memory-laden adventure.
  • Just 15 minutes away from us and you will spend 2.5 to 3.0 hours on eight different ziplines, two bridges, and two easy rappels!  Complete fun for all ages.
  • Well, you probably figured there would be golf in Stowe, and there is via the Stowe CC (public; a mile from Stone Hill – 6300 yards) and the Vermont CC (about 20 minutes away, longer and tougher).  We list them because we like to play golf ourselves!

Canoeing in Vermont

So that’s a sample of The Stowe You Didn’t Know and all the things to do in Stowe, VT during the summer that has made it more popular than Winter in Stowe! 

We look forward to hosting you!

Stowe Wine and Food Classic 2015

Stowe Food Wine Festival

Stowe, with its 50 restaurants, has established an marvelous reputation for culinary performance despite being the home to less than 5,000 permanent residents.  Each year for the past 17 years, Stowe hosts a remarkable event that literally showcases Vermont culinary excellence over a three-day festival.  The goal of the event is to allow participants to enhance their personal tasting palate.  Vermont already claims world class, award winning craft brews, breweries and cheeses of all styles, and it has been a leader in farm-to-table food preparation and dining.  Enjoy it all during the Stowe Wine and Food Classic. Plan your getaway to our Stowe bed and breakfast, and take advantage of our great spring special:

Special Package : Spring Pleasure Together 

Enjoy 2 nights’ accommodations at Stone Hill Inn, wine tasting, making chocolate, rose petal turndown, late checkout, and more! $789 per couple, a $100 savings for May and June reservations! Read more >

vermont wine tasting

New this year is a Spanish Farm to Table Gala Dinner on Saturday night featuring the wines from Cune Rioja (We were a bit surprised that Linda wasn’t asked to contribute one of her Stone Hill Inn famous breakfast offerings — Crème Brulee French Toast – possibly as one of the desserts for the Gala Dinner!  Perhaps, next yearJ)

The Stowe Wine and Food Classic is the annual signature event of Stowe Charities Inc.  The proceeds from this year’s event will go towards refurbishing Copley Hospital’s Chemotherapy/Infusion Suites – a facility that provides over 2,000 infusion services annually. Stowe Charities, Inc. is a 501c(3) charitable organization formed in 2008 for the purpose of raising funds for charitable organizations in Vermont. Each year Stowe Charities, Inc. presents its signature fundraising event, the Stowe Wine and Food Classic, which is a one-of-a-kind food and wine experience, taking participants from farm to table and vine to glass. Over the past 17 years the event has raised close to $250,000 for Vermont area charities including this year’s beneficiaries, Copley Hospital and The Vermont Foodbank.

This Year’s Schedule

Friday, June 12, 2015: Blues, Brews, and Food Truck Crews!

Cool Refreshing Dark Amber Beer against a Background

Saturday, June 13:  Spanish Farm-to-Table Gala Dinner and Auction  

New this year is the Spanish Farm to Table Gala Dinner on Saturday night featuring the wines from Cune Rioja. Enjoy a spectacular Spanish- themed collaborative five-course dinner from Executive Chef Cody Vasek, and Executive Chef Arnd Sievers. Each course will be paired with spectacular Spanish Cune wines.

  • The evening will include a live auction where guests will be able to bid on amazing one-of –a-kind items, ranging from rare wines donated from the cellars of private collectors to large format bottles signed by the winemakers. Vacation getaways, luxurious items and a variety of splendid and unusual “lifestyle” items will also be offered.
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Trapp Family Lodge Meadow Tent
  • Price: $165

Stowe Wine and Food Festival
Sunday, June 14: Grand Tasting

At our most popular event of the weekend is a culinary theater, otherwise known as The Grand Tasting Event.  Imagine visiting, tasting, and savoring the wares of winemakers, Vermont craft brewers, and over 30 chefs, restaurants and vendors from around the region.

  • Time: 12:00 – 4:00 pm; Price: $60
  • Visit with winemakers, Vermont craft brewers, and culinary experts and enjoy world class food selections in the pastoral ambiance of Stowe, Vermont.
  • Stroll throughout the Classic to taste more than 100 premium wines, exciting craft brews.
  • Sample world-class food selections from renowned New England chefs.
  • You’ll also delight in bidding on the splendid offerings at our silent auction of fine and collectible wines, vacation getaways and other great treasures.
  • The Starline Rhythm Boys will be playing this year so don’t miss out on this exciting event!
  • This year, we will be collecting food donations that will benefit the Lamoille Community Food Share!

At Stone Hill we’ve been to this event in the past and can vouch for the quality of the foods, wines, beers.  Food has such importance in Vermont that we’ve just added a new Honeymoon Food Lover Package.

We’re also sensitive to the need to assist our area charities in so many ways; we’re exploring the possibilities for volunteering.  We’d love to show you around the event – it’s only a couple of miles from the Stone Hill Inn.