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British Invasion – September 18-20 – Stowe. Vermont

car show stowe vermont

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!


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



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!)


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!


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:


  • 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!


  • 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!


  • 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.


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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?


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.


March – a magical time in Stowe, Vermont

March. It’s a magical time in Stowe and it starts this Sunday.

First of all: March average high temperature is 28 degrees – well above what we’ve been experiencing in February – perfect for “Spring” skiing (Spring and 28 degrees? We’re strong in Vermont)!

Stowe Vermont March SnowSnow? Already this year in Jan and Feb we’ve had more snow (135”) than in any of the last four years. This March? Last year was the biggest in over the last five years (73”). Overall March snowfall during last five years has been 207” while January has only been 199”. Look for more snow this March!!

So, it’s full speed ahead for winter sports. But there is much more taking place in Stowe during March!


Military Day Sunday March 29: Show your active duty Military ID and get a 15% discount at our Stone Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast for two or more nights. You can also get a stunning rate for skiing of only $77 for one adult for one day.


Trapp Lager Ski Marathon Saturday March 14: this will be a 25 or 50 kilometer classic ski marathon—part of the Swix new England Marathon Series. Live music, good, and Austrian style lager after the race!   (Must register by Wednesday March 11. (Call 1-800-826-7000 for questions) Racers that want to stay at Stone Hill Inn enjoy a 10% discount on lodging for two or more nights.


vermont dog sleddingDogsledding at Eden Mills continues all March: Jim and his Unchained Gang continue to gain favorable press because of the wonderful way Jim develops and nurtures his dogs. These loving hearties can’t wait to run and enjoy the exercise! Jim’s March schedule provides tours three times a day: 10:00; 12:30 and 3:00 throughout March.


This event is included in the Stone Hill Inn “Save $150 Activity Credit promotion” that runs throughout all of March. Guests that stay for at least three nights during the month of March are entitled to save $150 off the price of 15 different events that are listed on the Stone Hill Inn website.


Stowe VT food and wine MarchIn the Food and Wine category there will be several wine tastings during March:

March 4: Zinfandels from California

March 7: Loire Chenin Blanc

March 11: California Cabernet Sauvignons

March 14: Portuguese Reds

March 18: South of France Reds

March 21: Rhone Style Whites from California


snowshoeing in vermontNordicStyle Relay for Life Saturday March 21: Beginning at 6:00pm Cancer Survivors and their Caregivers take the first lap of the evening with teams joining in. Continuing during the evening at least one member from each team will be on the track as the NordicStyle Relay for Life continues. Form your own team or join another – Nordic ski, snowshoe, or walk the oval or enjoy one of the torch lit trails as money is raised to Capture a [cancer] Cure!


TRIP Dance Company Friday and Saturday March 20 & 21: 7:00pm at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Stowe’s own TRIP Dance Company was recently awarded New York City Dance Alliance’s (NYCDA) most coveted “Critic’s Choice Award” for its original jazz number, “Mein Herr.” The 34 TRIP dancers from Stowe and other local areas are ages 9-18. This is the 13th year for TRIP.


Chocolate Making VermontChocolate Dipping Experience continues all of March. Like the smell of freshly made chocolate?  Think you could manage to dip your hands in warm chocolate for an hour?  When its over you each walk away with about a pound of handmade chocolate. This event is also included in the Stone Hill Inn “Save $150 Activity Credit” promotion referenced above.


Lauren Fox in Canyon Folkies: Over the Hills & Under the Covers March 7, 7:00pm Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Beginning in the mid-sixties in Laurel canyon (CA), Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds, the Mamas & the Papas, the Eagles, and Crosby Stills all lived, created and collaborated there. Lauren’s performance of these “Canyon Folkies: Over the Hills & Under the Covers,” at Metropolitan Room, NYC, received critical acclaim from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater & Carnegie Hall, and is the 2012 recipient of the MAC and Bistro Award for Debut Artist, as well as the 2013 recipient of a Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Performer.


Stowe VT MusicFreeze a Peach: A Vermont Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band: Friday March 6, 9:00pm. The Rusty Nail. (A local bar/grille/entertainment) A Vermont-grown all-star band plays tribute to the Allman Brothers – two sets.


Comedian Jimmy Tingle Saturday March 14, 7:30pm, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. From 60 Minutes II and MSNBC, comedian and commentator Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and jay Leno. His topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as hilarious. He regularly appears on the Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central and many other networks. Clean, funny, intelligent humor for all audiences.


Vermont Nordic SkiingBackcountry Skiing Challenge continues all of March. Stowe offers miles of high and low elevation backcountry ski touring.  Explore the scenic Sky Top Ridge – test your telemark on the Steeple, the Bruce, Tear Drop, Underhill trail.  Your mountain guides will show you the real reason why people call Stowe The Ski Capital of The East! Tours last between 4 and 6 hours. We can provide a 20% equipment rental discount for guests of Stone Hill Inn, if needed. Must be in good shape and have reasonable skiing skills (Alpine or Nordic). This event is also included in the Stone Hill Inn “Save $150 Activity Credit” promotion referenced above.


March. And you thought winter was over!!


The Inauguration of “Evenings!”

Itzhak Perlman ConcertFor about two years (we complete our third year at Stone Hill Inn next week – Halloween), we have been trying to find a way to bring the magic of the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center to our guests.  This is a stunning facility built seven years ago that holds 420 people all of which have an excellent view and are relatively close to the stage.  Only a few years old it presents itself as a lovely, comfortable and highly functional environment for a broad selection of stage and screen performances.  While it is located adjacent to and built in the style of the large mountain lodge at the base of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, it is independent from the Lodge financially, so they are on their own.  As a result they have learned to provide excellent, albeit usually not headlining, stage talent to travel to the top of a mountain so they can entertain a permanent Stowe population of less than 5,000.  They are doing a wonderful job.

Recently several paths have come together to make it possible for the Stone Hill Inn to finally bring this talent to our guests on a regular basis.  This has been a journey that the management of the SPPAC fully endorsed and many times cheered from the sidelines hoping that we would emerge with a plan.  So….

Welcome to “Evenings!”

The concept is simple – even cliché – dinner and a show, but we’ve wrapped it up with a two-night stay at our Stowe bed and breakfast – the 8th Stowe Lodging Packageshighest rated Inn or B&B among all 21,000 in the U.S. according to Trip Advisor.  We hope to have at least four of these packages each year.

Our first Evening is with Itzhak Perlman – who IS a headliner!  This is his fourth annual Stowe Fall Residency and his exceptional Perlman Music Program  (PMP) which offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and vibrant programs in Shelter Island, New York City, Florida, Israel, and Vermont, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.

The other key component of Evenings is dinner.   There is a new restaurant in Stowe: Phoenix Table & Bar.  Contemporary, fresh, hip, excellent food, and unlike most restaurants in Stowe, it serves until 10:00pm.   While the facility is new and opened less than a year ago, its owners and chefs are not.  Chefs Jack Pickett and Joshua Bard are names recognized by everyone in the Stowe hospitality business.  Their last restaurant – the very successful Frida’s Taqueria and Grill– benefitted from their ability to constantly innovate, create new tastes, and their dissatisfaction with anything ordinary.  Jack and Joshua, as you will find when you sample both their food and the restaurant’s environment, are as much in the performing arts business as the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center!  A fabulous pairing.

The first Evenings Package: Itzhak Perlman, November 8, 2014 at 7:30pm

Perlman Music ProgramThis year’s Perlman program includes PMP alumni ensembles that perform chamber music masterworks, and, of course, Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducts the PMP String Orchestra, in a stunning Celebration Concert. Drawn from all over the world, PMP alumni are young professional artists with diverse a career, whose spirited music-making excites and inspires audiences around the globe.

Now in its fourth year, the Fall Residency in Stowe, Vermont has brought a new dimension to The Perlman Music Program. Students and faculty enjoy four days of orchestra and chamber music study in preparation for a Celebration Concert in the beautiful Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.

The Itzhak Perlman Evenings Package includes:

  • A two night stay in any of our Luxury rooms (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 $45 tickets to the November 8th Itzhak Perlman performance at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. (If $45 tickets are not available we shall substitute $38 seats.)  The concert begins at 7:30pm
  • A voucher for $50 towards dinner for two at the Phoenix Table and Bar restaurant either before or after the performance.

Total Package cost is $785 not including taxes; you must call us at Stone Hill to make a reservation. (802-253-6282)

Seating is very limited at this time; we recommend booking as soon as possible.  We shall endeavor to secure your seats while you are on the phone with us. Once seats are purchased they may not be refunded. This package may not be combined with any other offer or promotion.

Perhaps Itzhak is not your cup of tea?  But what do you think of the Evenings concept?  We would appreciate any thoughts you have about the Evenings concept and the pairing between the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and the Phoenix Table & Bar restaurant!  Just drop us a quick email!

Thanks ~ Linda and George

Stowe’s Top Five Things To Do During Your (Winter) Honeymoon

  1. Hot air balloon ride with champagne at Above Reality Ballooning.  Jeff is a wonderful and very responsible Captain.  He’s also a
    Justice of the Peace and does weddings in the balloon! Balloons go during winter and summer.
  2. Make a wish while standing next to Bingham Falls.  Winter transforms the series of five different falls into ice sculptures created by thick layers of ice that disguise the rocks that shape the falls.  Everything becomes white.  Thick Ice shapes form; mist is always rising.  Lovely, albeit slippery.  Watch where you walk!  Bring your camera.
  3. Dog sledding at Edens.   You get to know each dog, actually harness them, and with tails wagging and excited barks you’ll sense how anxious they are to get started! Two of you with blankets in a warm sled with your guide/musher to ferry you through the spectacular  snow country of northern Vermont!
  4. Take a sleigh ride over the hills and through the woods.  Just a few minutes from Stone Hill is a comfortable horse-drawn sleigh with
    thick blankets and an experienced driver.  While only  a 30 minute voyage, you will feel transported to a different time and certainly to a significantly different place in comparison with the eastern cities from which you likely hail.  Giddeup!
  5. Share Linda’s Crème Brule’ French toast made especially for you in the shape of a heart.  Crème Brule’ French toast is the most requested of the sweet breakfast items that we serve.  Using a porcelain, heart-shaped dish, we create this delight the night before; let cool in the refrigerator; heat it when you arrive for breakfast, and serve with warmed Vermont Maple syrup!
Vermont Honeymoon at Stone Hill Inn

Dara and Rich from Sommerville, MA, and Rhode Islanders Tina and Jeff completed the trio of Honeymooners. Such a treat for us to watch all three enjoy themselves while enjoying Stowe and the charming, natural beauty of Vermont. As is typical of early September in Stowe, the weather was wonderful and the restaurants and events were not crowded. Perfect!

So far this year we’ve celebrated 16 honeymoons at the Stone Hill Inn.  Josh and Ashley from Boothbay, ME (pictured left) were one of most recent couples.  Their Vermont honeymoon included massages, canoeing, hot air ballooning, and ziplining from the Plan Your Stay section of our website, and several hikes in the Mansfield forests.  They also worked  our Stowe Dining section pretty hard as well!

“Honeymoon”– where does the expression come from?  It appears that nobody is absolutely sure, however the Merriam-Webster dictionary reports the etymology is from “the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest” (1546).   Of course it is a very special when your focus is simply having fun together, and your days are filled with tenderness and pleasure for each other.  A celebration of life.

The Winter Honeymoon Package includes a three-night stay in a Luxury guest room, (king bed, sitting area, and fireplace. A large bath with double Jacuzzi tub, rubber duck, fireplace, and shower).  It also includes these opportunities to celebrate life together!  

  • A tandem relaxation massage in the comfort of your own guest room in front of the fireplace.
  • Dog sledding at Eden’s (given snow is available) – get introduced to and help hitch up the dogs.  Spend 45 minutes in a cozy two-person sled while you marvel at beautiful snow-covered VT.
  • Dinner at Michael’s on the Hill ( a $120 certificate – gratuities not included)
  • A horse-drawn, romantic sleigh ride — just the two of you.
  • Make chocolate together at Laughing Moon Chocolates.  With your fingers filled with warm chocolate, you will laugh and become intoxicated with the chocolate aromas as you prepare and dip your own chocolate.  Each of you will make about a pound of chocolate.
  • Share a specially made Crème Brule’ French toast in the shape of a heart for your first morning breakfast
  • Rose petal turn-down the first night you arrive.
  • Two engraved Stone Hill Inn wine glasses

Total price before taxes for the Winter Honeymoon Package is $2,145.00. Package prices change during peak seasons (2/13-2/21; 9/19-10/18; 12/18-1/2). Corner rooms (Fiddlehead and West Branch) are available at a premium of $50 over the three days.

British Invasion Car Show : September 19th-21st

British Invasion Stowe VT

It was Christmas 15 years ago.  We had just purchased a new home within the past year, everyone was employed, and we were British Invasion Stowe VTlooking forward to its second Christmas.  Our current car was seriously old and becoming more expensive with each 1000 miles.  Somehow a picture of a new car that we had never seen slipped across Linda’s desk producing an immediate plea from Linda to swap old for new!  Of course the price was problematic.

The car was absolutely lovely. Even I liked it (all except the price.) Christmas was coming so I, like all males, continued to protest the price and the frivolousness of such a purchase while quietly considering the possibility and looking for a solution.   So, Christmas morning Linda’s brother – on cue – drove the new car down our driveway wrapped with a huge red ribbon and bow on top.  Linda vaulted out the front door in robe and slippers to view the car you see below – a 2000 Jaguar S Type – the first of its kind in the US.  Built in Birmingham, England and designed by Geoff Lawson, the key designer for Jaguar.  We still have this car and Linda still drives it to Shaw’s grocery store to get Yogurt, fresh fruit, and dozens of other ingredients for those fabulous breakfasts she designs at our charming Stowe bed and breakfast.


British Invasion Car Show So, this September 19-21 you are likely to find us attending and reviewing many of the entries into the 24th annual Stowe British Invasion car show.  This is North America’s largest British Classic Sports Car and Motorcycle Event!  Its mission is to provide a “Three Day Celebration and Salutation to the Great British Motorcar and all manner of other things British.”  It includes participants primarily from the US and Canada with over 600 cars on field, and approximately 1000 total.


The 24th annual Stowe British Invasion Car Show:

Registrant’s Reception– Friday 5-7pm
The official kick-off reception for this year’s British Invasion is to be held under the tent at the STOWE EVENTS FIELD. This event is open to all Pre-Registered participants in the British Invasion Weekend, Car owners and Vendors alike.

Stowe Main Street Party– Friday 6:30-9:30pm
Come and join the celebration of things British as Main Street will be awash with people in a festive mood and, of course, lots of British Motorcars.  Enjoy live music, food, and beverage service.  The local shops and restaurants will also remain open.  Main Street will be closed to through traffic and reserved for British Motorcar parking on Friday evening.

Concours d’Elegance– Judging on Saturday
The Concours d’Elegance is a “Judged” competition that attracts exceptional show cars.  Requirements: must be British, over 15 years old, and may NOT be replicas. Judging of entrants in the Concours d’Elegance competition 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.The Concours d’Elegance is a pre-registered ONLY event.


British Pub Saturday & SundayBritish Invasion Car Show Vermont

Our British Pub will be open to present fine English ales, wine and perhaps a mixed drink or two.

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 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.

Come join us at the show.  One of the judges of the Concours d’Elegance will be staying at the Stone Hill Inn with us!