Stowe is a historical New England town, over 200 years old. Located in a lovely valley of the Green Mountains, the town resembles a European alpine mountain resort. Three families from Sweden brought the sport of skiing to Stowe and it soon caught on with the locals.
Stowe's economy is based entirely on tourism with some of the best skiing and snow boarding on the east coast. Quaint Vermont inns, eclectic shops and fresh mountain air lure visitors all year round. Stowe is also a hot spot during the fall foliage season when the tree-covered mountains burst with color, making for great hiking, biking and photo ops.
Mount Mansfield, located in Smuggler's Notch State Park, is Vermont's highest peak.
Stowe claims famous Vermont native William "Billy" Kidd as their own, the first American to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing.
Gold Brook Bridge, known locally as Emily's Bridge, is the last of Stowe's 10 original covered bridges. Legend says it's haunted.
Trapp Family Lodge This 2,400 acre resort has breathtaking mountain views and Austrian-style guest accommodations. Enjoy the rich woodwork, lofty rafters, stone fireplaces and very personal service. The resort is run by the Trapps, the family who inspired the classic musical and movie, The Sound of Music, settling here after their escape from Austria during World War II. The Trapp Family Lodge provides activities for outdoor lovers, including cross country skiing, hiking and mountain biking. The resort is also the perfect place to relax, offering guests wine tastings, horse-drawn carriage rides and yoga.
Stowe Recreation Path Completed in 1989, at the cost of $680,000, the Stowe Recreation Path stretches 5.3 miles around the historic Stowe village. The Trail, also called the Stowe bike path, was originally conceived as a 'walking path' to direct visitors around town. Today the path is a favorite spot of hikers, walkers, runners, bikers and rollerbladers. The trail offers awesome views of the woods and mountains, Vermont villages below in the valleys, and completing the picture with crystal clear mountain streams.
Smugglers' Notch State Park & Recreation Area Formerly a smuggling route into Canada, this beautiful pass through the Green Mountains is now a popular state park and ski resort area. Most famous for its miles of ski slopes, from expert to double black diamond, Smuggler's Notch also offers great snow boarding and cross country ski experiences. Once the snow melts, visitors enjoy the rush of flying downhill on the alpine slide. Beyond these Vermont ski slopes, the park offers great biking, hiking, picnicking and rock climbing. Smugglers' Notch embodies the seclusion and natural beauty of the mountains, surrounded by impressive thousand-foot cliffs. This Vermont vacation area is just a few hours drive from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and much of New York State.