Spring Activities in StoweFebruary 21, 2019
Sunny skies, longer days, soft snow and a hint of sweetness in the air are signs that spring in Stowe is right around the corner. With the warmer temperatures come a variety of outdoor and indoor activities to take advantage of. From spring skiing and riding to new art exhibits and maple sugaring season – its’s one of the best times of the year to visit Stowe. Below are a few favorite spring activities in Stowe:
On the Trails
Longer days and sunny, bluebird afternoons signal the transition from winter to spring, making way for some of the best skiing and riding conditions of the season. Celebrate the season at Stowe Mountain Resort with events like the Sugar Slalom, one of the most recognized alpine races in America. This two-day event will feature a Mardi Gras atmosphere, ski racing, festive costumes and Sugar on Snow. Another spring favorite is the Retro 80s Weekend. Back for its ninth year, hit the slopes in your best neon colors and 80s mullet.
Not a downhill skier or snowboarder? There will still be plenty of snow for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing. Grab some rentals from a local sporting good shop and enjoy beautiful views on one of the area’s favorite cross-country trails or break out the snowshoes and take a scenic walk.
Insider tip: Mark your calendar for the Spring 96-Hour Sale, featuring up to 40% off spring accommodations. Sale begins February 25 and ends March 1.
Après Ski Favorites
Relax after a day of winter adventure at one of Stowe’s many restaurants or cafés. For a family-friendly scene, Sushi Yoshi offers Hibachi and Asian Fusion menus perfect for the whole family. Right next door, Tres Amigos’ relaxed atmosphere and specialty cocktails make it a great post-skiing stop. Stop by The Matterhorn Restaurant & Bar, one of Stowe’s most popular après establishments. Enjoy live daily entertainment and quality food. If you’re looking for a casual, late night setting, Sunset Grille & Tap Room serves food until midnight daily.
Insider tip: Start your day on the slopes or trails at one of Stowe’s cafés and bakeries. Stop into Stowe Bee Bakery & Café for breakfast treats and warm drinks. For a delicious and substantive breakfast, The Bagel offers 20 varieties of homemade bagels.
Browse Local Galleries
Not interested in playing in the snow? Stowe boasts a vibrant arts scene year-around featuring Vermont artists, as well as national and international. In addition to their new spring exhibits, Helen Day Art Center holds workshops for those looking to develop their artistic side. Located in the historic Stowe village, Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery features a beautifully diverse gallery of works from Vermont artists – from landscapes to abstract paintings and three-dimensional artworks. Find the perfect keepsake from your visit at Little River HotGlass Studio, a small glassblowing studio that offers quality blown glass in original designs. Little River also offers classes in glassblowing – choose your own object, colors and watch your glass come to life.
Insider tip: A short walk from Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery is Remarkable Things at Stowe Craft, a unique shop featuring household items, jewelry and crafts from Vermont artists. A must-see for those interested in local craftsmanship.
Shake off the Winter Blues
Winter can be difficult on your health and well-being. We suggest taking a day off from the outdoors and relax in a world-class spa. Choose from a Relaxation or Rejuvenation Package at Stowe Village Massage. Book a couple’s treatment at The Spa at Stoweflake or pamper yourself at Salon Salon. Once you’re feeling relaxed, browse through some of Stowe’s local boutiques and shops.
Insider tip: Vermont is well-known for its local food and craft beverage scene, and Stowe is no exception. While you’re here, we suggest exploring the Stowe Craft Beverage Trail or visiting some of the local shops offering Vermont specialty products – take a piece of Stowe home with you.
Vermont’s Sweetest Season
There’s no better time to visit Stowe than during Vermont’s maple season. Cold nights and sunny, warm days will help the sap flow, as local sugar farms begin producing maple syrup. From February through March, white clouds of steam will fill the air. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and see the process firsthand. Visit Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm for demonstrations and samples in the sugarhouse. Right off Route 100 is Stowe Maple Products, where you can stock up on pure maple syrup before you head home.
Insider tip: The Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will take place March 23 – 24, 2019. Visitors are encouraged to experience the syrup process at many of Vermont’s local sugarhouses.
On the Water
Beginning on April 13, 2019 and continuing through the fall, fishing enthusiasts will be able to take advantage of Vermont’s scenic lakes, rivers, ponds and reservoirs. Whether you’re an experienced angler, or looking to learn a new hobby, Stowe offers some of the best fishing in Vermont, with many experienced fishing instructors. Choose from a four or eight-hour fishing expedition with Catamount Fishing Adventures or a fly-fishing experience with The Fly Rod Shop.
Insider tip: Brush up on your fly-fishing skills with a free casting clinic with The Fly Rod Shop. Clinics are offered May through September.
There are many reasons to love Stowe in the spring, no matter what activities you’re interested in. Run out of time to experience all that the area has to offer? Extend your weekend and enjoy a few more laid back days in Stowe.