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Best known for it's world class skiing, Stowe is also a perfect place for summer getaways. Mount Mansfield provides a venue for hiking, bicycling and other outdoor activity as well as for gondola rides and alpine coasters. Other outfitters provide horseback riding, canoeing and rafting close by. In town, the Stowe Recreational Path leads from the village center toward the mountain and is used by walkers, cyclists and in-line skaters. The streets of Stowe are lined with small boutique shops and peppered with art galleries.

A drive up the road past the ski resort leads over the rocky summit of Smugglers' Notch. At the top, the ...

Best known for it's world class skiing, Stowe is also a perfect place for summer getaways. Mount Mansfield provides a venue for hiking, bicycling and other outdoor activity as well as for gondola rides and alpine coasters. Other outfitters provide horseback riding, canoeing and rafting close by. In town, the Stowe Recreational Path leads from the village center toward the mountain and is used by walkers, cyclists and in-line skaters. The streets of Stowe are lined with small boutique shops and peppered with art galleries.

A drive up the road past the ski resort leads over the rocky summit of Smugglers' Notch. At the top, the road winds among giant boulders before dropping into the valley of the Lamoille River, passing Smugglers' Notch Resort, a ski and summer retreat that has been named the top family vacation resort in America. Year-round recreation includes hiking, swimming, tennis, paddle sports, horseback riding and a variety of other sports and learning experiences for all ages. Three dramatic waterfalls – Bingham, Moss Glen, and Sterling – are reached by short, level hikes.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    For hiking, May-October; for British Invasion, September; for best foliage,September-early October