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Hiking Stowe: Five immersions into the quiet beauty

5 Hiking Trails perfect for Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping in Stowe, Vermont

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 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 easy 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, their respect for the beauty of Vermont and their location on Lake Mansfield makes allowance for outsiders to enjoy the surrounding area. Mansfield Lake is a 39 acre lake surrounded by hills – stunning setting. The lake, of course, is annually stocked with Trout. The Lodge was originally built in 1899 and seems to have its own 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 2X6 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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The New Mansfield Suite is available July 1st , 2016

A new dimension of lodging at the Stone Hill Inn

Our first suite. (What took you so long?) Effective July 1, the Mansfield Suite is in business. The suite is about 66% larger than our existing guest accommodations – around 700 square feet. It is located in a separate and private portion of the Stone Hill Inn complex, on the second floor above the inn’s four garage spaces. It has been completely redone.
 

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The Mansfield Suite has always been here, but only as space that we used ourselves along with the other rooms in what the industry calls “the owner’s quarters.” But as the recession recovery has gradually taken place, and as Stowe continues to expand both its outdoor activities and weekend event activities (especially those involved with food and beverages), we could see this space working for our guests for three reasons:

  1. Given the growing interest in using Stone Hill Inn’s lovely grounds and/or interiors for elopements and small weddings many could benefit from having a larger space for ceremony preparations, especially by the bride.
  2. We have several guests who look at Stowe as a possible next home from where they are now living and would like to get to know Stowe on a more personal basis – a week or so of living here, buying some groceries, talking with shop owners, and exploring all that Stowe has to offer.
  3. Privacy has always been a strength of the Stone Hill Inn. Guests arrive by a private road, are somewhat secluded by being surrounded by trees, guest rooms are constructed to make them nearly sound proof, and they have all the amenities needed to allow guests to remain comfortable over extended periods of time. The Mansfield Suite enhances this level of privacy since it is in a different part of the Stone Hill Inn complex. Ahhhh, relax, make your own grubb (or Piecasso delivers), and stay completely content and sequestered.

 

Mansfield Suite Details

Thus, we made some changes, gave this space a name and launched it for our guests. Some of the highlights of the three rooms of the new Mansfield Suite:
Mansfield Lodging - apartment for vacation rentals, stowe vermont

  • You are greeted by a large, open floor plan that includes a complete kitchen, a window dining table, and the living room area with fireplace and cable TV with a Smart DVD player that all blend together.
    • Adjacent to the living room area is an outdoor porch which looks over the grounds on the right and, because the suite is located above the garage, you have a perfect view of our beautiful, er, ah, parking lot.
    • Widows (with drapes) are on all three sides of the open floor plan. It is a perfect place to sit, watch it snow and enjoy the fireplace with early morning coffee, make sandwiches for lunch while you’re watching the leaves turn, reheat pizza, cook your own dinner or watch the Masters while your beloved partner is enjoying An Affair to Remember, for the second (??) time on the bedroom TV.
    • The kitchen is complete. Stove with oven and four burners; dish washer; refrigerator with ice maker; coffee maker; required kitchen tools and a good selection of condiments round out the lineup.
  • The bedroom is spacious with a king bed, matching end tables and lamps, chest of drawers, chairs and a comfortable, spring yellow couch. It also has cable TV with a Smart DVD player. It has windows on two sides of the room.
  • The bath is colorful and welcoming. It is a bit smaller than those in the inn, but has two sinks, a shower, and all the towels and soaps you’ve come to expect at Stone Hill.
  • Within the suite you also have a washer and dryer and closet for storage.
  • Like all of our Stone Hill Inn guest rooms, Mansfield Suite sleeps only two; designed for couples, but not for pets.
  • Minimum two-night stay always required. Maximum stay 14 days.
  • Complimentary parking, WiFi, popcorn, bottled water, soft drinks, and breakfast.

Upon registering via the main entrance, guests head back outside and use the path in front of the ski lockers to enter the Mansfield Suite. This entrance is about 25 steps from the main entrance. Guests will have complete access to all of the public areas within the Stone Hill Inn including daily gourmet breakfast, the pantry, and scheduled social hours as noted on the blackboard in the pantry.

Continuous Growth of Stowe

One of the essential ingredients for the Mansfield Suite is the continuous growth of Stowe. As you know, Stowe was developed in the early 1930’s and became famous for its Alpine skiing excellence, boasting the best skiing in the east. Yet today Stowe has more visitors during the summer than it does in the winter.

Things to do in Stowe Vermont
 

Summer now boasts a menu of activities that increases each year and dwarfs what Stowe was five to ten years ago:

  • Water sports: canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and the new Swimming Hole (indoor pool and exercise) which is beautiful and very reasonably priced.
  • Ground based activities have always been the most popular in Stowe primarily because of its mountain geography and the 53,000 acres of virgin forests within Stowe.
    • Stowe has created more than 50 miles of single-track mountain biking trails and an Alpine slide adorns the new resort at the base of mount Mansfield.
    • A new golf course was added to the Stowe Mountain Lodge while the local Stowe Country Club course (public within a mile of the inn) has been significantly improved.
    • The addition of the Stowe Mountain Lodge with its 300+ rooms at the base of mountains Mansfield and Spruce Peak, (opened in 2007) has put Stowe in the top five skiing resorts in the U.S.
    • Yankee magazine ranked Stowe as the best winter town in New England (January 2015). Others rate Stowe among the top golf and tennis resorts in the U.S.
  • Air enhanced activities include:
    • Two zipline courses; one of which is rated among the top ten courses in the U.S.
    • Ballooning has become more popular, aided by the annual, July Hot Air Balloon festival each year.
    • Perhaps the most significant of all the Stowe additions and improvements is the effort taking place to significantly overhaul the Stowe airport in order to substantially increase traffic from the major cities in the east.
      • Already the first stage of runway, flight equipment, and reception facilities has been completed.
      • Tradewind Aviation began flights from its Westchester County Airport to Stowe on a daily basis last November.
      • The goal is to continue to expand and upgrade the existing airport so that the number of flights and feeder airports can continue to expand. Nearly every major ski resort in the U.S. benefits from a successful local airport except for Stowe.
      • Much of the funding for the next stages of development has been secured.
    • From a cultural standpoint the number and quality of the performing arts events that take place each season at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center has consistently increased each year. Stowe has also become a leader among farm-to-table restaurants in New England.

Summer getaway in VT
Thus, with Stowe’s reputation for year-round relaxation and fun continuing to grow while new weekend events are attracting more customers, we thought that the time had come for a lodging enhancement for the Stone Hill Inn. Thus, the Mansfield Suite has been born! July 1, 2016. Come. Experience unexpected opportunities to celebrate life…together.

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This is a new venture for us. So, we would like to get your reaction once you have stayed in the Mansfield Suite. As a result we would like to offer a 5% discount to the first five couples who stay at the suite, if they would agree to spend a few minutes discussing their reactions to their stay before they leave. We will adjust your pricing once we discuss with you upon your arrive at the Inn.

Time for change?

The Stone Hill Inn – soft, quite, undisturbed – has become a national leader among bed and breakfasts that specialize in serving the romantic and relaxing requirements of its guests. Stone Hill is one of a small number of bed and breakfasts in the U.S. that were built as a B&B from the beginning.  When starting from a plain piece of paper, you naturally have more opportunities to create an experience built around comfort, intimacy, and luxury. It’s oversized baths with double Jacuzzis and fireplaces, for example, are evidence of its thoughtful planning.

As you might expect, this start-from-scratch formula has been reasonably successful. We’ve been blessed with wonderful guests who have helped us twice in the last four years to be recognized among the top 25 inns and bed and breakfasts in the United States by Trip Advisor, and last year we were among the first ever be inaugurated into Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame.

Given this record, don’t you think it’s time for a change?

What? Why mess with a good thing?  What’s wrong with being known as one of the best romantic Vermont Bed and Breakfasts? Hey, George and Linda, this isn’t like technology — an industry that revels in change.  What are you thinking!

Like our lodging brothers, we continually look for new ways to distinguish ourselves within the competitive environment of Stowe, Vermont. We must and do each year add new furniture, new rugs, new offerings at breakfast, fresh packages that enhance the overall guest experience.  It’s continuous.

But that’s not the kind of change we’re talking about. The search for a change that will really make a significant difference; a difference that could attract a new group of customers – continues to haunt us.  Of course, we think that both the Stone Hill Inn and Stowe, Vermont are exceptional, so all we need to do is be just a little creative and we shall find the next big idea.  We think…has to be!…just around the corner!

You know what? It is!
Literally! We’ve got an Apartment!

You’ve been here before, yet you didn’t know about the Apartment? Your not alone.  It’s true. It’s a one-bedroom apartment that sits above the garages – just around the corner from our 40-window dining room.

We’ll tell you about its history some other time. The important message is that very soon we are going to make it available to everyone! It’s over 700 square feet – about two-thirds larger than our luxury guest rooms. It has three separate rooms: Living/dining/kitchen; a bath; and a bedroom. It also has a washer and dryer and it has a small porch just off the living room.

How do you like the kitchen?

kitchen one bedroom apartment stoweYes it’s under construction. We are in process of completely updating the Apartment. What you see is both what it was and some of what it will become. It’s compact but fully functional – or it will be! It is a fully operational kitchen with Fridge, Stove with cook top, Dish Washer, Sink, and the island you see with things leaning against is horizontal space for food preparation and serving. In the window we’ve ordered table and chairs so you can enjoy the fruits of the kitchen while relaxing at the window. (The view is our field of wildflowers along with our road to the parking lot — so enjoy the wildflowers!!)

This is a new venture for us, so we’re still thinking about the best way to make it available to you – our guests. Right now we have it priced a bit higher than the Corner rooms (West Branch and Fiddlehead), with a minimum two-night stay. We may go to a three-night minimum. We are also thinking that we will offer a 10% discount for stays of five days or longer. We’re also considering including breakfast in the offering.

The Apartment will have its own separate entrance and it does not connect directly to the rest of the inn, so it will require a short walk (35 feet) to the front entrance of Stone Hill.  Apartment guests, we’re thinking, will have complete access to the public areas of the inn and to all concierge services that we provide – dining, ticketed events, and help in planning your day!

vermont stowe lodging washer dryer apartmentThe Apartment has its own washer and dryer. This is the same type of washer/dryer that inn guests have access to in the “pillow library” closet within the Stone Hill Inn. We thought this would especially benefit international travelers and those who are on an extended journey throughout all of New England. When not in use, these hide behind the folded doors.
romantic stowe vermont inn apartmentThe Apartment is up and away from everyone else. It is its own kind of refuge.  Comfortable, quiet, and thanks to Linda, lovely. (We’re still working on this – but I’ve seen some early touches – you won’t be disappointed!)

We’re thinking that it will be available for occupancy by early July.  Thus we shall become both B&B and Inn — a romantic Vermont Bed and Breakfast Inn!

The kitchen, of course, comes with all the necessary tools including basic condiments, coffee, dish washing soap, etc. Just next to the kitchen there will be a table and two chairs set in this window (above) for casual dining. The Apartment, like the rest of Stone Hill, will remain a secluded getaway designed for couples! Just to the right of the window and the dining table is the fireplace!

apartment-for-multiple-day-rental-stowe-vermontHey, you know how to use one of these table saws, don’t you? By now you realize that nothing has been completed as far as the overall renovation is concerned. All the walls have been primered but not painted. The floors are relatively new – we put those in about four years ago.

The fireplace has a timer (dangling in the picture) and like all other guest rooms at Stone Hill, it is a gas fireplace. The fireplace anchors the living room. So, the kitchen, dining area, fireplace and living room all flow together and a TV is visible from everywhere. The porch below is about seven feet to the right of the fireplace (furniture to arrive).

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The bedroom is about the size of the living room and has three windows – beautiful morning light. All the furniture is new — a king bed, tables/lamps on both sides of the bed, and two separate pieces that contain drawers for your clothes. It also has a TV and a separate couch. It looks out upon the front of the inn.

The bath is a bit smaller than those in our guest rooms, but it has two sinks and a shower.

Aye. Whadaya think? Change is good???

For those that really need more than just a couple of days to reclaim who they are together and individually, but still want a charming, comfortable, private, romantic getaway in a secluded but convenient setting…the Apartment will soon be here!

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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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Top 5 Winter Activities in Stowe

winter activities in Stowe

Activity #1: Skiing.  Of course.  Everyone knows skiing is king of winter activities in Stowe with its famous front-four runs, the addition of the Spruce mountain, the complete renovation of its gondola ride, and nearly $10M investment in new ski making equipment.  Stowe continues to claim the title of the Ski Capital of the East.  Did you also know….

  • Stowe is blessed by superior natural terrain; Mt. Mansfield is the tallest mountain in Vermont.
  • Skiing was first introduced to Stowe by Swedish families in 1913 that used barrel staves strapped to their boots.
  • Stowe’s first designated ski trail was cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933.
  • In 1935 Stowe formed the first ski patrol in the US.
  • The Captain and Baroness Von Trapp opened the first Nordic ski center in the US in 1968.

restaurants in Stowe

Activity #2: Dining.   In addition to Linda’s acclaimed breakfasts and her famous Crème Brulee French Toast, we are blessed with nearly 50 restaurants in Stowe.  Three new restaurants emerged this year – all casual dining:  Idletyme Brewing Company (with ownership by Laura and Michael of Michael’s on the Hill), Doc Ponds (with ownership from the folks at the Hen of the Wood), and The Bench.  We’ve had excellent meals at all three, but gravitate towards Idletyme.  These add to the three other restaurants, besides Michael’s and Hen of the Wood, that Stone Hill Inn guests most often frequent:  Harrisons, Bistro at Ten Acres, and Gracies.

Vermont sled dog tours

Activity #3: Dog Sledding. There aren’t too many places in the U.S. where you can still go dog sledding for fun.  Jim Blair at Eden Mills, VT arguably offer the best sled dog tours in the country.  His concern for his Alaskan Huskies sets the standard for the care and health of sled dogs.  He owns over a 140 acres and has ten miles of trails which he grooms each day. Jim has been working with six different generations of dogs at his Eden Mills headquarters.  His treatment of his and the overall experience at Eden Dogsledding is why we like working with Jim and his Unchained Gang.

stowe winter activities

Activity #4: Tobogganing. Yes, and it’s right here at our Stowe bed and breakfast.  And it’s free!  You just have to walk back up the hill and pull the toboggan.  But what a rush as you sail down the hill carefully avoiding the bushes and trees, gliding onto the meadow towards the Stone Hill Inn sign and the Mountain Road.  Nobody ever gets close to hitting the Mountain Road (Rt. 108) – only George and his niece, Greta, have been able to come close to the Stone Hill Inn sign.

Vermont snowshoeing

Activity #5: Backcountry Exploring.  What kind of activity is that?  Ahhhh, you’ll love it!  Increasingly we find that our guests are looking for more than just exercise, they’re want a new experience.  Sure, you’ve done some Nordic skiing or snowshoeing a few times, but what if you could find quiet trails that few Stowe visitors know exist, where you and your guide are likely to be the only ones around?  See gorgeous landscapes, learn about the history of Stowe, and enjoy a much better chance to see local wildlife in these remote locations. Welcome to Stowe’s backcountry.  Our expert guide will take you there, tell and show you the history, and customize your tour to your comfort – difficulty, pace, and length of time.  Consider:

  1. Backcountry Snowshoeing for Everyone This guided, one to two hour tour, set to your own pace, visits historic sites of when Stowe first got started – the Mill Trail, the Turner Mill blacksmith shop, Dr. Margueite Lichtenthaeler’s historic cabin and if your game, explore the majestic Bingham Falls gorge or explore the birthplace of skiing in Stowe. No experience is necessary. Of course, equipment is provided.
  2. Backcountry Snowshoe Adventure This guided tour can consume up to three hours in the morning or afternoon — you determine how much challenge you want. You don’t need a lot of snowshoe experience, just a desire to see the parts of Stowe that few people ever see and learn about its history. Equipment is provided, so if you’re only in reasonable shape this will be a healthy and rewarding experience.
  3. Beginning Backcountry Skiing Beginner? Not used to backcountry, cross country skiing? Not sure what kind of wax to use or whether skinning is appropriate? Don’t know what skinning is? This two hour clinic/tour will quickly make you an expert. Spend a few minutes up front to learn the latest Nordic ski technologies, how to plan a backcountry ski adventure, and get tips on skiing techniques. Then off to the backcountry where you the pace; your guide will do the rest. Some skiing experience (Alpine or Nordic) would be helpful. (Equipment not provided, however AJ’s Sports provides a 20% discount for guests at Stone Hill.)
  4. Backcountry Nordic Skiing Encounter For those that have done an ample amount of skiing (either Nordic or Alpine) get ready for a spectacular day of vistas – Sky top Ridge, Steeple, Tear Drop and the Underhill Trail. Set your own pace and decide if you want high country, low elevation or both! This cross country skiing adventure that can be as challenging as you want – choose between half day (2-3 hours) and full day (4-6 hours). (Equipment and trail fee not provided, however AJ’s Sports provides a 20% discount for guests at Stone Hill.)

Winter Stowe Getaways: Snow, Food & Romance

Stowe winter specials

Snow is here (finally!); time to enjoy Stowe’s winter playground!  Have fun at what Stowe does best — snowshoeing, great food, sleigh riding and a luxury room to which you can retreat and get warm in a double Jacuzzi tub next to a fireplace at the Stone Hill Inn! Stowe at Its Best—A Getaway includes:

Vermont snowshoeing packages

 

Snowshoe.  Perhaps for the first time?  A bit rusty?  No matter – this is a snowshoeing adventure for everyone!  Your expert backcountry guide – a native of this area who knows the most scenic trails – lets you decide where you want to go, how much ground you want to cover, and whether you want 1 or up to 2 hours of snowshoeing. Tours are scheduled during the late morning and early afternoon so that you can soak up the beauty and smell the fresh pine of unspoiled Vermont.

romantic getaways in Vermont

Sleigh ride. Just the two of you wrapped in several blankets while the up-front driver takes you into the Vermont woods along the west branch of the Little River in a horse-drawn sleigh for a beautiful 30 minute ride. Perfect for romantic Stowe getaways!

Idletyme Brewing

Dining. What is rapidly becoming Stowe’s best casual restaurant – Ideltyme Brewing Company – will welcome you with a menu and staff selected by their new owner Michael Kloeti – the owner and chef of the celebrated, fine dining restaurant, Michael’s on the Hill.  Your Stowe at Its Best Getaway includes a certificate for a $100 dinner, gratuities not included.

Stowe Getaway Specials

Relax. On your last day enjoy an extra 90 minutes (12:30pm) late checkout.  Take a couple of trips on the Stone Hill toboggan, a short trip on our snow shoes, a walk in Weissner Woods, or maybe one last plunge in your fireside Jacuzzi.

This special Stowe getaway package is only $299 (including taxes), but may not be combined with other offers or with third party, lodging gift certificates.  Valid for minimum two-night stays between January 1 and Februray 14, 2016 at our Stowe bed and breakfast.

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!

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!

Comedian Paul Reiser Takes The Stage Oct 16th — Our Next EVENINGS! Package

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to past guests of the Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, Vermont that the two cities that provide the greatest number of our guests are Boston and New York City. And, again, no surprise that both are lauded for their support of and the quality of the performing arts that they provide.   In our next production we have a very special talent that was born in New York, has performed many times in both Boston, New York, and has built an excellent reputation as a seriously entertaining, multi-dimensional performer.

We welcome comedian Paul Reiser at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT on October 16!

PaulReiser-High-Res-200x300The Paul Reiser EVENINGS! package includes:

  • Three nights in a Deluxe room with king bed next to a fireplace, a bath with a double Jacuzzi for two next to a fireplace, a shower, six towels and a sink for each of you.
  • Gourmet three-course breakfast each morning.
  • Two, side-by-side first row box seats at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts center.
  • A $50 credit towards dinner either before or after the performance.

Total cost including all taxes is $1,380.00. (Seems like a lot for three nights, but it’s October 16 – peak season. The dinner and tickets are a pass-through cost from us.) Tickets are limited. Haste, please.

In addition to being a nationally known comedian, Paul Reiser is also an actor, television personality, writer, author and musician. His October 16th performance at the beautiful Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center will highlight the funny things about life, love, and relationships. Paul’s Spruce Peak show is part of his nationwide, national tour.

Paul is one of those folks that is blessed with a basket of gifts, and he continues to add to his list of accomplishments. In addition to co-creating and starring in the critically-acclaimed NBC series, Mad About You (1992), which garnered him Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, his successes also include his book, “Couplehood”, which sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on “The New York Times” best-seller list, and “Babyhood”, his follow-up book about the adventures of being a first-time father also made “The New York Times” best-seller list. (IMBd).

Born and raised in New York City, Reiser went to college at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he majored in Music – pAULREISERIMBDPiano and Composition.  After developing his stand-up comic skills in the New York clubs, Reiser had a breakout film role in 1982 when he appeared in Diner, a coming-of-age film directed by Barry Levinson. Reiser’s character, Modell, a closet stand-up comedian, effectively brought Reiser’s abilities to the attention of Hollywood.

He followed this success by playing a detective in Beverly Hills Cop (1984), a role he reprised in its sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Reiser also had roles in James Cameron’s Aliens (the corrupt Carter Burke); The Marrying Man (1991) and Aliens (1986). (Wikipedia)

Reiser’s TV fame began when he starred as one of two possible fathers of a teenage girl in the TV sitcom My Two Dads (1987–90), and later came to prominence in North America as Paul Buchman in Mad About You (1992–99) in which Helen Hunt co-starred as his on-screen wife. He was also the co-composer of the show’s theme song, “The Final Frontier” (with Don Was), and performed the piano for the theme’s recording.[6] For the show’s final season, Reiser and Hunt received $1 million ($1.4 million today) per episode.

More recently, he starred in two original movies for Showtime – Strange Relations (2001) (aka “Strange Relations”), opposite Julie Walters, and Chazz Palminteri’s Women vs. Men (2002), opposite Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti. He is ranked 77th on Comedy Central’s 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time”.

This EVENINGS! program with Paul Reiser and wonderful box seats looks to be a delightful evening. Paul, clearly, is a man comfortable being on stage and is blessed with insightful comedic talent wherein he will likely poke at us, give us reason to laugh at ourselves, and persuade us to simply relax and enjoy.


 

Past EVENINGS! Productions:

November 8, 2014: Itzhak Perlman (sold out)

January 31, 2015: State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (sold out)

July 2, 2015: Mary Chapin Carpenter (sold out)

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