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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.