Attractions & Activities
Attractions and Activities in and around Stowe, Vermont
Though Stowe enjoys an international reputation as a winter destination, it is just as exciting in summer. Sparkling streams attract anglers, splashers, and paddlers. Horseback riders gallop through wildflower strewn meadows while others enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides. Bikers and hikers take to the Recreation Path and to more challenging mountain trails as well. Stowe's golf and tennis offer challenges for newcomer and old pro alike or enjoy a glider ride soaring above Stowe's spectacular terrain.
You'll be surprised at how much there is to do in Stowe, Vermont. You can visit Vermont's #1 tourist attraction: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream plant, a mecca for lovers of premium ice cream. Take a tour of the facility and can watch those delicious flavors being made. Samples and gifts are available. Not far up the road are a number of specialty food shops: Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor's Center and Cafe, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Cabot Creamery Annex, plus maple syrup and other goodies for which this part of Vermont is famous. At the Cold Hollow Cider Mill you can watch them making cider from local apple orchards, and sample unique mustards and jams for which they are famous. There are antique shops and craft outlets too.
Of course, downhill skiing & snowboarding are the most popular winter activities, but there are also plenty of other fun things to do! For example: snowshoeing, cross country skiing (there are 4 touring centers in Stowe), skating, indoor tennis,and sleigh rides. Stowe has over 60 retail stores for shopping year round and every one is locally owned! There are many more activities and special events of all sizes! Please visit our Events page to find out what's happening in the Stowe area during your stay.
Visit the Vermont Ski Museum shown here in the heart of downtown Stowe, Vermont.
Stowe's diversions and activities are as varied and exciting as its lodging and dining. The resort is justifiably world-famous for Mt. Mansfield 's downhill skiing. Stowe is also North America 's finest cross country skiing destination, with hundreds of kilometers of interconnected groomed andbackcountry trails. And as if that were not enough, Stowe -- home of Tubbs Snowshoes -- is the birthplace of modern snow-shoeing. There's even dog sledding and snow-mobiling!
Laughing Moon Chocolates on Main Street in Stowe Village offers Chocolate Dipping Demonstrations & Tours - Handcrafted candy as an art form! Stop by and learn how they make delicious hand-dipped chocolates with the big picture in mind! Demonstrations are held every day at 2:00pm. Laughing Moon Chocolates is open from 9:00am - 6:00pm daily. For more information call 802-253-9591.
Boyden Valley Winery Tours - Boyden Valley Winery is part of a fourth-generation farm in the picturesque Lamoille River Valley. Producing over a dozen award winning Wines and Cream Liqueur; the winery offers Tastings, French Gourmet Cheese Plates, and Free winery tours (at 11:30am & 1:00pm). Located at the intersection of Vermont Routes 15 & 104 in Cambridge, VT. For more information visit boydenvalley.com, our Facebook page, or call 802-644-8151.
Experience Rock of Ages! - Tour granite quarry nearly 600 feet deep; watch our artisans at the factory and experience Hope Cemetery using our new GUIDE BY CELL tour. See video, explore exhibits, bowl on outdoor granite lane, browse gift shop. Once you've seen it, TRY IT! Rock of Ages' Cut-in-Stone activity is a BLAST. Squeeze the trigger, feel the throb of abrasive as you cut in stone, leaving with a gift you made! Rock of Ages is a fun, affordable family attraction. Rock of Ages is a great family activity.
The seasons in Stowe are pure magic, thanks to a spellbinding pair of attractions no other Eastern destination can match: our village and majestic Mt. Mansfield. Stowe is more than 200 years old and has been hosting visitors for most of that history. Mt. Mansfield, Vermont 's highest peak, imbues Stowe with a unique character truly reminiscent of great resorts in the Alps.