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Fall Foliage in Vermont – Book Now for Next Year

Vermont leaf season is unmatched.

Not surprisingly, TripAdvisor names Stowe as the Number One destination for fall peeping, but not just for fall foliage in Vermont, but for leaf peeping in the entire United States. 

From early September through late October, Stowe visitors marvel at our gold, orange and red hues. To put it simply: our fall leaf peeping is amazing. Whether you come for a relaxing drive or a more adventurous fall hiking adventure, you won’t be disappointed.



Vermont Lodging:
Where to stay for fall leaf season?

Your lodging is one of the most important decisions in your Autumn getaway planning. In 2017, Yankee Magazine named our award-winning property “New England’s Most Romantic Getaway.” If you’re planning a romantic getaway for fall foliage in Vermont, then the Stone Hill Inn might be the perfect fit. We’re a couples-only, romantic, luxury bed and breakfast.

During leaf season, we have very few vacancies. Make sure to book ahead-of time; many guests even book a year in advance!

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Vermont Activities:
How to best enjoy fall foliage in Vermont? 

Get outdoors. There are so many places and activities that will immerse you in the beauty! A few our favorites are biking, hiking, or zip-lining.

Don’t forget to take a drive along the Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road; you’ll see simply spectacular views of the Stowe, VT area.


Vermont Dining:
Where to eat dinner in Stowe?

Stowe is a foodie destination! Many of our restaurants offer farm to table dishes and are happy to accommodate dietary needs. Some of our favorites are: Harrison’s, Bistro at Ten Acres, Plate, Michael’s on the Hill, and Hen of the Wood.

FYI: The Stone Hill Inn is AIP, Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and Pescatarian diet friendly. Don’t let diet restrictions keep you from enjoying time away and fall foliage in Vermont. We are happy to make your stay perfect in every way we can.


Come and see for yourself why Stowe is the #1 place for Fall Leaf Peeping!

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August 2017 – Summer Events in Stowe Vermont

If you love cars, Tango music and dancing, wine festivals and gourmet foods, or races, then this August Stowe is absolutely the perfect Vermont getaway location.


August Event - Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts

Car enthusiasts…you’ll be in heaven!

6oth Stowe Annual Antique Car Show

AUGUST 11 – 13, 2017

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This car show features over 800 antique & classic cars on display, food concessions, a giant automotive Flea Market, Street Dancing, Automobile Parade and the Car Corral. Stowe, Vermont has hosted the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, Inc. Antique and Classic Car Meet for 60 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.

Whether you’re participating in the Stowe Annual Antique Car Show or just coming to enjoy the festivities, be sure to book a stay with us at the Stone Hill Inn to add a restful retreat to your weekend!
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August Festival - Stowe Tango FestivalCome celebrate the romance of tango!

Stowe Tango Music Festival

AUGUST 17 – 20, 2017

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The Stowe Tango Music Festival is the United States’ premier tango music festival, noted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of musical training. Dance workshops and live music abound.

The line-up of public events – some are free and some are ticketed – includes a variety of musical performances, dance workshops, dance parties (known as milongas), educational presentations, and social gatherings.

Come to Stowe for a romantic musical weekend getaway, and book a stay with us at Stone Hill Inn.

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August 2017 - Stowe Wine & Food ClassicFoodies…this is the weekend for you!

Stowe Wine & Food Classic

SUNDAY AUGUST 27th, 2017

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The Stowe Wine & Food Classic continues as New England’s preeminent culinary event and the signature event of Stowe Charities, Inc.  It is an elevated beverage and culinary experience designed to heighten the senses.

Guests enjoy an all-inclusive afternoon of wine tasting along with artisan spirits and craft beer for one ticket price. Early Bird is $65 and Day-Of pricing is $75.  Distinctive food pairings from leading Vermont chefs and mountain views make Stowe Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting a must-attend event this summer.
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August 2017 - Race to the Top of VermontRun, Bike or Hike to the Top Of Vermont!

Northeast Delta Dental Race To The Top Of Vermont

SUNDAY AUGUST 27th, 2017

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This event draws as many as 800 hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. The course climbs up the historic Mansfield Toll Road, is 4.3 miles in length, and climbs 2564 ft. For some, it’s about speed (how fast can I climb this tough 4.3 course); for others, it’s about testing themselves and enjoying the spectacular views.

Whether you are participating or just coming to cheer, finish your active day with a relaxing, couples-only escape at The Stone Hill Inn.

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There’s so much to see and do in Stowe, Vermont during the month of August.

We look forward to sharing our beautiful town with you.

 

 

Stowe’s 4th of July Celebration

We invite you to spend this Independence Day in Stowe at our annual day-long celebration featuring parades, food, music, entertainers, fireworks and more! The day starts with the Moscow parade and ends with Stowe’s annual fireworks display. According to Stowe Parks and Recreation, the Stowe 4th of July celebration boasts, “one of the largest and best fireworks display in Vermont!”

Shop Local: Stowe’s annual Seven Miles of Sales is held from July 1 – 4, 2017. This four-day event features sales by locally-owned markets, boutiques, galleries, sporting goods shops and more on the Mountain Road and in the Village.

 

View the Stowe 2017 4th of July event line-upThe Old Fashioned 4th of July events include:

  1. The Moscow Parade (10 a.m.)
    The Moscow parade (known for its casual and small town charm) features floats put together the morning of the parade with a $10 max spend on the decoration.
  2. Old-Fashioned Village Festival (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Parade (1 p.m.)
    This festival includes street performers, musicians, face painting, caricature artists, and more. At 1 p.m., the traditional Independence Day parade begins at the Stowe Events Field. This parade has floats, animals, clowns, kids and music. Visit stowevibrancy.com for more information
  3. The Stowe “World’s Shortest Marathon” (12 p.m.)
    Join the 1.7 mile Fun Run. Starting at the intersection of Routes 100 & 108. Open to all participants.
  4. Food, Fun, Friends & Fireworks at The Mayo Farm Events Field (6 p.m. ’til Dark)
    Starting at 6 p.m., games and food for everyone. Admission and most activities are free. Bring your blanket and lawn chair for the best view in town for the fireworks display. For details, please visit stowevibrancy.com
  5. Seven Miles of Sales (July 1 – 4)
    Centered around the 4th of July, this sale celebrates Vermont’s independently owned retailers both on and off the seven mile-long Mountain Road, and will include sidewalk, tent, in-store and online sales. Dozens of locally-owned retail shops will offer a variety of quality products at every price point and style, from clothing and jewelry to artwork and sports gear. Discover your next great find – Coupons and Map PDF. For more information, visit gostowe.com/seven-miles

Where to stay this 4th of July in Stowe, Vermont

Of course, your 4th of July weekend getaway isn’t complete without the perfect lodging selection. Stay at The Stone Hill Inn for a romantic, couples-only experience that will exceed your expectations. We’ve recently been named “Most romantic getaway in New England” by Yankee Magazine.

Come slip away to our luxurious retreat this 4th of July.  Our Stowe, VT bed and breakfast is a quiet, nine acre refuge for couples surrounded by the Vermont woods, but its also only 5 minutes away from in-town restaurants and Stowe’s 4th of July celebration.

We’re a welcoming place to catch your breath; this 4th of July weekend visit Stowe and The Stone Hill Inn and take some time to celebrate life…together.


We’re a welcoming place to catch your breath; this 4th of July weekend visit Stowe and The Stone Hill Inn and take some time to celebrate life…together.


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Hiking Stowe: Five immersions into the quiet beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiking the Ranch Brook & Burt Trail

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

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

Ranch Brook and Burt Trail Hike

Ranch Brook and Burt Trail Hike

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

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

Hiking Sterling Pond

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

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

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

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

Elevation gain is 1,000 feet.

Time is 2.5 hours.

Difficulty is rated Moderate by the Green Mountain Club.


Hiking at Lake Mansfield Trout Club

Lake Mansfield Trail Hiking

This hiking trail is entirely navigable

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

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

Lake Mansfield Trout Club Parking

Lake Mansfield Trout Club Parking

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

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

 

Hike in Stowe Vermont - Lake Mansfield

Classic, unspoiled Vermont

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


Hiking at Little River State Park

Hiking in Stowe Vermont - Waterbuy Reservoir and Dam

Waterbury Reservoir and Dam

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

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

Stevenson Brook Trail - Hike Stowe Vermont

Stevenson Brook Trail

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


Hiking the Hell Brook Trail

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

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

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

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

Total distance = 3.6 miles

Time for the climb = 4 hours

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

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


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Fall Foliage #1 Travel Destination: Stowe Vermont

Seeking Spectacular Fall Foliage?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lantern tours
  • The Farmer’s Market
  • Concerts, performances & local theater
  • The 3nd Annual Vermont Fly Fishing Show
  • The British Invasion Car Show
  • 21th 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 first 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.

 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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During leaf season, we have very few vacancies. Make sure to book ahead-of time; many guests even book a year in advance!

British Invasion – September 18-20 – Stowe. Vermont

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September 18-20

A celebration of all things British

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

British Invasion Car Show

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

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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58th Annual Antique Car Show :: Celebrate in Stowe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the events that take place are:

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

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Summer in Stowe – Exciting Festivals & Events!

B3 Fest: Bikes, Bevs & Beats

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

A celebration of Vermont Mountain Biking!

Vermont Mountain Biking

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

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

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

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

 

All weekend at Bikes, Bevs & Beats:

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

 

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

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

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

 

Stowe Music in the Meadow:

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

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

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

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

July 5th  Vermont Symphony Orchestra;  7:30pm

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

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

July 12th A Far Cry

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

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

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

 

Hot Air Balloon Festival. July 10-12, 2015

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

Festival Agenda:

FRIDAY, JULY 10th

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

SATURDAY, JULY 11th

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

SUNDAY, JULY 12th

  • 6:30 am: Approximate Time for Sunrise Launch

Vermont the Craft Beer Capitol

breweries in Stowe, VT

Thirsty?  Me too.  Let’s have a beer!

Well maybe one or two – not like [younger] days past when the good natured challenge “Have a beer and be somebody” couldn’t be passed up!

Today, like many, I prefer something with a more interesting taste than just a “nice lager.”  Fortunately, here in the area surrounding Stowe we are blessed with one of the best locations for high quality beers in America.  We have a lot from which to choose!

Six well-known Vermont Breweries To Visit

Below are some of our guests’ favorite breweries in Stowe, VT and northern VT area.

  • The Alchemist : Heady Topper; Waterbury, VT; Alas, they are not open to visitors, but you can find their store delivery schedule on their website, so that your wait in line will be less!
  • Magic Hat Brewing Company :  So. Burlington; Mon-Sat 10am = 7pm; Sun 12pm – 5pm.
  • Hill Farmstead Brewery : Greensboro VT; 12pm – 5pm Wed – Sat; closed Sunday – Tuesday.
  • Rock Art Brewery : Morrisville VT; 9am – 6pm Mon – Sat. Closed Sunday.  Tastings daily until 5:30pm.  Tours at 2pm and 4pm.
  • Vermont Pub and Brewery : Burlington, VT; Sun-Wed 11;30am – 1 am; Thurs – Sat 11:30am – 2 am.
  • Long Trail Brewing and Pub : Bridgewater Corners, VT.  Open 10am to 7pm daily.  Self-guided tours.

vermont breweriesStowe Brewers Festival 2015!!

Book your room at our luxurious Stowe bed and breakfast as soon as possible for what will likely be a sell-out crowd for the Stowe Brewers Festival 2015.  Festival tasting sessions August 14 & 15 and the Townwide Craft Beer Celebration runs August 10 – 16, 2015 in Stowe, Vermont!

Award-Winning Vermont Craft Beer

There are more than 2,700 craft breweries operating in the U.S., however “the best beer town in New England” is Waterbury, VT – nine miles from Stowe.  (Boston.com; Sep 2012).  Vermont also boasts the number one rated brewer in the world according to RateBeer:  Hill Farmstead Brewery about 40 minutes from Stowe in Greensboro, VT.  As a state, Vermont has become a craft beer focal point for the US.  In 2011 and 2012, the Brewer’s Association ranked Vermont as the state with the greatest number of breweries per capita.  Vermont ranks 3rd in craft beer industry output per adult and 4th in the U.S. with beer as a percentage of its state GDP (2.4%).

Apparently one of the reasons for the success of Vermont craft beers is the product itself.  Today, as in is found in the coffee, bread and several other food-related segments, tastes have changed. Beer drinkers today demand more authenticity, flavor, and diversity.  (Brewers Association).

In 2012, Jeff Baker wrote The Case for the Vermont IPA. In 2013, Gary Dzen of the Boston Globe called the style “East Coast IPAs”, but noted that Vermont “brewers have started something of their own IPA revolution, helping to loosely create the category of ‘East Coast IPAs’. While these beers can be as bitter as their counterparts out west, they’re generally less so, focusing on aromatics and perceived bitterness rather than actual pucker-factor. These brews are heavily dry-hopped and lighter on the palate, forgoing malt sweetness for levity in the quest for balance.”  In 2014, Jeff Baker restated his case saying Vermont IPAs are “bright golden and hazy (unfiltered typically) in appearance, soft in mouthfeel, dense with hop flavor and aroma, yet restrained in bitterness allowing for balance to occur between the hops and the malt.” (Wikipedia) 

Vermont beer tasting

So, Vermont began its claim to worldwide recognition:

  • 2005 Greg Noonan, owner of Vermont Pub & Brewery won the Brewers Association Russell Schehrer Award for innovation in craft brewing.
  • 2009 Steve Parkes, owner of the American Brewers Guild and Drop-in Brewery won the same award.
  • 2011 Hill Farmstead Brewery was named Best New Brewer in the World by RateBeer
  • 2012 Heady Topper was Best Beer in Vermont (RateBeer)
  • 2012 Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ Double Sunshine earns a perfect rating of 100 on RateBeer.com (produced within 30 minutes of Waterbury)
  • 2013 Hill Farmstead Brewery was named Best Brewer in the World (RateBeer)
  • 2013 Heady Topper named Best Beer in the World (Beer Advocate)
  • 2014 Hill Farmstead and Heady Topper named best in Vermont (RateBeer)
  • 2014 Lost Nation Brewery named Best new Brewery in Vermont (RateBeer)

Both John Kimmich (Alchemist – Heady Topper) and Shaun Hill (Hill Farmstead) plan to double production within the next year.  Hmmm.  (You mean you won’t have to wait in line anymore?) Thirsty for more?  Stop by the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury for lunch or dinner, featuring New England’s largest curated selection of craft beers and cocktails – the original site of Heady Topper!

 

Vermont’s 30 craft breweries: