Romantic Winter Date Ideas in Stowe

January 14, 2019

by GO STOWE

With stunning red barns against snowy backdrops, cozy lodging establishments, fireside dining and endless indoor and outdoor activities, Stowe was named a “Best Romantic Winter Destination for Couples” by CBS San Francisco. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or would prefer to watch the snow fall from inside, Stowe is a great destination for couples hoping to get away for a few days. Below are a few ideas for your romantic Stowe getaway.

A Couple of Adventure Seekers
If you and your partner are outdoor thrill seekers, then you’ll find plenty of exhilarating date ideas in the Stowe area. Backcountry favorites include snowmobiling through winter landscapes, and Nordic skiing on some of the area’s world-class cross-country ski trails. While Stowe is a popular mountain bike destination during the warmer months, fat biking is not to be missed. Miles of world-class groomed trail await your discovery. Take an afternoon break and indulge in some local brews at Doc Ponds, where their 24 rotating taps and cozy fireside seating make it an ideal spot for cozying up after the chill of the outdoors or grab a quick snack at Ranch Camp – a fast casual eatery and mountain bike shop.

Insider tip: Umiak Outdoor Outfitters hosts a moonlight snowshoe tour each year, where an experienced guide will take you through Stowe’s landscape. The tour will end at The Stowehof, where you can enjoy an intimate fondue dining experience at the Fritz Bar + Restaurant.

A Couple of Foodies
Turn your date night into a whole day of dining exploration! We suggest starting the day at Butler’s Pantry. Named the “Most Popular Breakfast in Vermont” by People’s Magazine, Butler’s Pantry is in Stowe’s historic village. Another decadent breakfast option is the Dutch Pancake Café. These crepe-like pancakes with their sweet and savory flavorings steal the show. Try the Sweetheart, loaded with seasonal berries and homemade chocolate sauce, or the Kentucky Krépe, with bacon, apple and homemade caramel sauce.

If you’re looking for a lighter lunch option, stop into Café on Main for bakery and lunchtime favorites, such as their B.L.T. Make it a combo with one of their made fresh daily soups. Another great spot for those mid-afternoon cravings is Stowe Bee Bakery & Café. Try their Gondola panini, complete with caramelized onions, gouda and mushrooms, or The Alpine, with Bri, apples and local Vermont ham.  Don’t forget to share a sweet treat, like their Double Black Diamond cupcakes. Top your day off with a cozy dinner at Salute and split a wood fired Napoletana pizza. Enjoy a casual fine dining experience at The Whip Bar & Grill, located at the historic Green Mountain Inn – end the evening with a slice of the Chocolate Sin Cake.

Insider tip: Stowe is home to some of the best après ski restaurants in the area. Stop by after a day on the slopes and test out these local favorites.

A Couple of Indoors Enthusiasts
If your ideal date night, day or vacation includes relaxing among Stowe’s snowy mountains and enjoying cozy firesides, warm spas and invigorating treatments – look no further than Stowe. Named one of the best New England ski towns for non-skiers by the Boston Globe, you and your significant other will be able to relax and unwind, while still enjoying the winter season. Enjoy the Aqua Solarium with waterfalls and mineral soaking pools at The Spa at Stoweflake. Spend some quality time together with a couple’s massage at Stowe Village Massage. After your day of unwinding, head out for a night of entertainment at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, or some live music at a local restaurant.

Insider tip: Celebrating a special occasion? Get the perfect gift for your partner at one of Stowe’s boutique shops, jewelers or art galleries.
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

No matter the time of year or the occasion, Stowe is the perfect romantic destination!

Photo courtesy: Savannah Brown Photography, Trapp Family Lodge, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa