Celebrate Your Graduate in Stowe, VermontApril 18, 2019
by GO STOWE
Graduation season is here, and Stowe is ready to celebrate with you. With many outdoor and indoor activities, world-class restaurants and family-friendly lodging options, Stowe is a beautiful and scenic backdrop for a memorable Green Mountain graduation. Below are just a few reasons why you should gather the family and celebrate graduation in Stowe, Vermont:
Treat your graduate to an exceptional dining experience in Stowe, just a scenic 45-minute drive from the Burlington area. Fine dining options include The Bistro at Ten Acres, which pairs delicious entrées with scenic views in their restored farmhouse/restaurant, and Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar offering a variety of tastes in the heart of the historic Stowe Village. Take a trip up to the base of Vermont’s highest peak for a world-class meal at Solstice, located at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. For classic Italian fare up the Mountain Road, Salute and Trattoria La Festa offer the perfect ambiance and hospitality for a special celebration. Celebrate with tacos and margaritas at Tres Amigos, enjoy a more casual, quality dinner at Doc Ponds or savor a wood-fired meal at The Bench.
Insider tip: May 25, 2019 is Stowe’s Chowderpalooza and Spring Art on Park. Featuring chowder from more than 10 local restaurants, participants can taste and vote for their favorites! Come for the chowder and stay for the first Art on Park of the season. Be sure to check out our other events happening in town.
Adventure In The Mountains
There’s no shortage of activities to enjoy while you’re here. Walk or bike the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path, a winding pathway with picturesque views of Mt. Mansfield access to bike rentals, restaurants and shops and plenty of areas to stop for a snack. Stowe Golf Park, located in front of Sun & Ski Inn and Suites and next to Stowe Bowl was professionally designed as a miniaturized golf course that simulates a real golf experience. Alternatively, after months of hard work treat your graduate to a day at the spa, a guided food tour or other leisurely activities. While in the area, take a short and scenic drive through Smugglers’ Notch to ArborTrek Canopy Adventures. Their zip line tour, complete with stunning vistas and education facts from experienced local guides, will thrill participants of all ages.
Insider tip: After your zip line adventure in Smugglers’ Notch, stop into Stowe Winery for samples of their locally produced wine, or pick up a gift for your graduate at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits.
Unique Gifts For Grad
Find the perfect gift for all the graduates in your life at one of Stowe’s shops, boutiques and sporting goods stores. For sports enthusiasts, stop into AJ’s Ski & Sports or Pinnacle Ski & Sports for the best in equipment and outdoor apparel. Know an avid mountain biker? Ranch Camp is a full-service mountain bike shop where you can find specialty gear and more. Furnish your graduate’s new apartment with chic items from Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens and The Country Store on Main, or treat them to something sparkly at Ferro Estate & Custom Jewelry and Von Bargen’s Jewelry. For local and handmade items by independent designers, visit Tangerine & Olive where you’ll find goods only made in the U.S.
Insider tip: Need a last-minute graduation outfit? Stowe is home to many boutiques, each featuring their own unique style. For a bohemian look, stop into BunyaBunya. Pink Colony offers a large selection of preppy designs by Lily Pulitzer. Discover mountain chic looks at In Company Clothing and Green Envy.
Retreat To Stowe
With a variety of lodging styles for all budgets in close proximity to Burlington, and access to the best Vermont has to offer, Stowe is an ideal destination for families looking to relax and celebrate graduation as well as avoid college-town crowds. Family-friendly options include the Grey Fox Inn & Resort and the Golden Eagle Resort. Both ideally located on Stowe’s Mountain Road, these establishments are within walking distance of many shops and restaurants and offer apartment and condo-style units. For a more intimate stay, the outstanding hospitality at the Timberholm Inn, The Little River Inn and the Hob Knob Inn Bar & Lounge make for great options.
Insider tip: For craft beverage enthusiasts, the Stowe Craft Beverage Package combines lodging discounts and access to exclusive deals to local producers. Save up to 50% on lodging and receive complimentary Stowe Craft Beverage Trail kits for up to four in your party who are 21+.
From lodging and activities to dining and shopping, Stowe has everything you need to unwind and celebrate graduation season in style.
Images courtesy of: Truckie Loo Photography, Doc Ponds, Orah Moore, Tangerine & Olive and The Grey Fox Inn & Resort.