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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.

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: