Primarily known as a ski town, home to the Stowe Mountain Resort, the picturesque village of Stowe and surrounding area is truly a four season destination. For outdoor lovers there’s great hiking, biking and of course skiing. The Mountain Road from the town of Stowe to the ski resort and up into Smuggler’s Notch pass is home to plenty of hotels, restaurants and bars, perfect for the apres-ski (or apres-bike/hike). There’s also a lively night life here, with several venues that regularly host live music.
For a fun summer weekend, try these options:
Start your day off with breakfast or brunch at McCarthy’s restaurant located on the Mountain Road. A favorite with locals, McCarthy’s has an outdoor deck for outside dining and serves up some great baked goods and great breakfast sandwiches.
Once you’ve had your fill, head out to Trapp Family Lodge, established by the von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame. An easy 10-minute drive from town, you could easily spend the whole day here, hiking or biking the trails, checking out the hotel and learning about the von Trapp family history, or grabbing a beer at their onsite brewery. After you’re done exploring, grab some lunch – schnitzel anyone? — at the lounge or the brewery.
When you’re done at Trapps, as it’s known by locals, head back toward Stowe and spend some time wandering around Stowe Village. There are art galleries and craft stores to check out, or just grab an ice cream and do some window shopping. If you’re in the mood for a pre-dinner drink, head to Tap 25 to sample from their great selection of craft beers from Vermont and other states.
For dinner, try Doc Ponds on the Mountain Road for some fancy pub grub, or go to The Bench for some Vermont comfort food including wood-fired pizzas. If you’re still up for more adventure after dinner, head to the Rusty Nail stage, located within the Three Amigos restaurant for some live music.
Start your day off with a hearty breakfast at the Butler’s Pantry, located within the charming B and B, the Butler House. After you’ve filled up, head to AJ’s Ski and Sports to rent a bike for the day and take some time to cycle the Stowe Recreation Path, a 5.3 mile paved path that goes from Stowe Village to the Top Notch Resort on the Mountain Road. If you’re in the mood for something a little more challenging, drive north toward Morrisville and bike the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, the longest rail trail in New England. While there, don’t miss a stop at Lost Nation Brewing, located right on the trail.
For lunch, head to Idletyme Brewing on the Mountain Road and enjoy one of their craft beers brewed on site and some tasty food in their beirgarten. Afterwards continue up the Mountain Road and explore Smugglers Notch, from where you can take a variety of hikes, including the popular Sterling Pond hike. If you have time and energy on the way back, make a quick stop a Bingham Falls, an easy hike from the road leading down to a stunning waterfall and swimming hole. To cap off your weekend, head to the 10 Acres Bistro for some globally inspired food and to sample from their extensive bourbon and Scotch selection.