Plan a Holiday Day Trip to Stowe

December 3, 2018


As December begins and the holiday season takes off in earnest, this is the perfect time to plan a day trip and discover a new holiday destination. Whether you’re a returning guest, or a new visitor, make Stowe a new holiday tradition. With a classic New England town, scenic landscapes and activities for all ages and abilities, Stowe is easily accessible and is perfect for those looking for a quick trip. Below are just a few of our favorite holiday day trip activities in Stowe.

World-Class Dining
Whether you’re strolling down Main Street, or driving up Mountain Road, you’ll see Stowe’s unparalleled dining options. Since it is the holiday season, indulge at a few of Stowe’s dining establishments. Start your day with a homemade breakfast at Butler’s Pantry, located in the Stowe Village. Main Street favorite, The Whip Bar & Grill, is located inside the historic Green Mountain Inn. The Whip offers a fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. The extensive menu is prepared with Vermont products and ingredients from local farmers. Just up the Mountain Road is The Bench, where you can indulge in Duck Fat Fries, Wood Fired Nachos, or one of their signature wood-fired pizzas. If you’re looking for a quick bite for the ride home, try out Ranch Camp. This fast-casual restaurant and bike shop specializes in sandwiches, salads and burritos such as the El Monte Verde, the vegetarian Power Plant and Early Riser, a breakfast option.

Insider tip: Ranch Camp’s Fried ‘Chokes are delicious and made with gluten-free flour. Don’t forget the dipping sauce for this crispy treat.

Winter Activities
If you traveled here for Stowe’s world-class alpine skiing and riding, or you haven’t planned any activities, Stowe is a holiday destination for all ages and interests. Explore 37 miles of groomed cross-country trails at the Trapp Family Lodge. Not a skier? Trapp’s also offers exceptional snowshoeing.  If you’re looking for an off-beat outdoor activity, Lamoille Valley Bike Tours offers a unique way to explore Vermont’s winter landscapes; from an E-Bike. Choose a guided or self-guided tour.

For the craft beverage enthusiast, stop by the Stowe Cider tasting room and try a classic like Tips Up, or a rotating item such as Apple Haze or Strawberry Fields. Local brew pub, Idletyme Brewing Co. brews their traditional take on classic European brewing, with some added Vermont hop culture. The Doubletyme IPA is a must try. For the chilly winter evenings, try the Oatmeal Stout or Vanilla Porter.

Insider tip: Stop by Stowe Cider on a Saturday between 3 – 6 p.m. for live music and drink specials. Idletyme Brewing Co. also offers live music every Friday at 6 p.m.

Festive Events
While you’re in town, check out one a local event, such as the Festival of Trees and Light at the Helen Day Art Center. Stop into Laughing Moon Chocolates and learn how to make your own candy cane. See the Reduced Shakespeare Company in ‘The Ultimate Christmas Show’, and irreverent, yet heartwarming trip through the holidays presented by the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. See what else is happening in Stowe.

Insider tip: Stowe will be ringing in the new year in style with a celebration at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Local Shopping
While you’re in town, finish up on your holiday gift list. Stroll through Stowe’s classic New England village and shop local businesses such as The Country Store on Main. With eye-catching window displays and unique Vermont products, you can find gifts for all ages. If you’re looking for something a bit more sparkly, just down the road is Ferro Estate and Custom Jewelers. You can also find a gift for the arts and crafts lover at Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft. Every item is designed and handmade by artists.

Travel up Mountain Road for more local shops. Find a perfect outfit for your holiday parties at In Company Clothing, and Pink Colony. Gather items for the perfect gift basket at Harvest Market and Commodities Natural Market. Find a great addition to your holiday dinner menu at The Butchery.

Insider tip: Stowe Public House is located right next door to The Country Store on Main and features a large selection of craft beer. Take a break from shopping at their cozy bar or take home a gift for yourself.

Traveling to Stowe
Stowe is an easy, scenic drive from many of Vermont’s surrounding towns, making it an easy choice for a day trip. Traveling from out-of-state? Stowe is 3.5 hours from Boston, Hartford and Albany. Stopping by just for a day, but there’s more you’d like to explore? Extend your day trip and save up to 30% off midweek lodging all winter long.

Whether you’re in town for one of Stowe’s many outdoor activities or looking to discover a new Vermont destination this holiday season, Stowe’s classic New England feel, combined with modern amenities, is sure to give you an experience you’ll never forget.

Photo courtesy: Stowe Mountain Resort, Butler’s Pantry, Stowe Cider, Helen Day Art Center, The Butchery, Mark Vandenberg