5 Ways To Spend A Rainy Day In Stowe

April 8, 2019

by GO STOWE

Spring has arrived in Vermont, and while we’re excited to begin celebrating with warm-weather adventures, spring will also bring a few rainy days. No matter the weather, there’s no shortage of activities in Stowe for all ages and interests. Don’t let the rain keep you inside; get out and explore a different side of Stowe. Below are 5 different ways to enjoy a rainy day in Stowe this spring.

1) Entertain the whole family.
Planning a trip with the whole family can be challenging, especially when rain is in the forecast. However, Stowe offers activities that will not only help you escape the weather, but will prove to be entertaining for all ages. Stowe Bowl is a unique, 8-lane bowling alley featuring a restaurant, bar and lounge. Adults can relax and enjoy a selection from the extensive bar list, while bowling will keep the kids busy. Take the family for a tour of a local food producer, such as Ben & Jerry’s or Cold Hollow Cider Mill, for delicious treats and a behind-the-scenes look at how these local favorites are produced. Finish the day at a show with Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. With performances from regional, national and international performing artists, there are many options for taking in a family-friendly show.

Insider Tip: Spring temperatures usher in Vermont’s sweetest season. Stop by a local sugar farm for a first-hand look at how maple syrup is produced and for some samples!

2) Explore an art gallery.
Stowe’s scenery provides plenty of inspiration for local artists, and there are many galleries showcasing their works. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, one of Stowe’s newest art spaces [also conveniently next to Stowe Cider], features contemporary art in its indoor space and outdoor sculpture park. The current exhibit, “Joy,” celebrates moments that bring a spark of nostalgia and joy to viewers. If you’re interested in a truly unique experience, Little River HotGlass Studio offers glassblowing lessons where participants will learn the basics of creating beautiful hand-blown art.
West Branch Gallery Interior
Insider tip: Helen Day Art Center offers classes and workshops for all ages and for any artistic interest. Upcoming classes include a fiber workshop and digital professional tactics class.

3) Unwind with a day at the spa.
It may be rainy outside, but we think that’s a perfect opportunity to get cozy inside and treat yourself to a spa treatment or two! Stowe’s world-class spas are available for year-round rejuvenation, but spring is the perfect time to reset your mind and body. Stowe Village Massage’s team of expert therapists offer a range of services from deep tissue therapy to Reiki and Shiatsu treatments. Relax with a view of Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield, at The Spa at Spruce Peak. There are a variety of ways to unwind and be pampered here with 18 private treatment rooms, a healing lodge and a KidsSpa.

Insider tip: Update your wardrobe for spring weather and shop at some of Stowe’s local boutiques. You’ll find unique styles and items from local and U.S. producers.

4) Sample Vermont flavors on a guided tour.
Spend a rainy day sampling Vermont flavors and exploring Stowe’s local craft beverage scene on a guided tour! Take a brewery tour with 4 Points Vermont and they will chauffer you and your friends to five breweries, wineries or distilleries of your choice. Umiak Outdoor Outfitters also offers tasting tours. If you’d like to take a self-guided tour, the Stowe Craft Beverage Trail features Stowe area producers who offer discounts and specials to participants. Sample the local fare while on the Stowe Tasting Trail! Trade in tokens at participating restaurants to receive a special from the available options.

Insider tip: Tokens for the Stowe Tasting Trail can be purchased online or at the Visitor Information Center located at 51 Main Street in Stowe. Stop in for your tokens and list of the participating restaurants.

5) Discover local history.
If you like to immerse yourself in local history, the Stowe area is full of unique museums that pay homage to the town. The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is a great place to learn how the industry has grown and changed in Stowe over the years. For those interested in local history, the Stowe Historical Society has been preserving artifacts and telling the story of Stowe since 1956. Take a trip back in time by visiting the historic one-room schoolhouse, Hell Brook Schoolhouse, and the adjoining museum for a look at Stowe’s history and origin story.
Insider tip: Current exhibits at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum include Shred Vermont, a look at how snowboarding has changed over the past 60 years featuring photographs from 14 photographers. Also on view is a look at the 10th Mountain Division from its start in 1943 to now.

Spending a rainy spring day in Stowe, the options are endless – from craft beverage tastings and performing arts, to family-friendly activities and local shopping.

Photo Credit:  The Lodge at Spruce Peak,  Stowe Bowl/Mark Vandenberg, Stowe Village Massage, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, von Trapp Brewing & Bierhall and West Branch Art Gallery & Sculpture Park.