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Winter Guide to Stowe Vermont

Named one of America’s Top 10 Best Ski Towns by Forbes, Stowe Vermont has a little something for everyone. One of my favorite spots to ski during the long New England winters, Stowe is great for beginners just learning how to ski, those seeking black diamonds, and if your more into Après Ski than actual skiing don’t worry, there is plenty for you to entertain yourself with! Stowe offers 116 trails, 13 lifts, and a gondola connects the two mountains, Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Filled with great restaurants, highly rated day spas, a long list of distilleries, breweries, and wineries, and plenty of outdoor activities.

If you’re trying to plan a ski trip this winter here is my breakdown of where it stay in Stowe, what to do during the winter in Stowe, and when to go!

There are so many options when it comes to Stowe accommodations, and a lot of factors to consider. First you need to decide do you want something on mountain – this is ideal for people who want to ski all day. Do you need something bigger for a larger group? Or do you want something quiet and a little further away from the mountain.stowe-mountain-resort-gondolas.jpg

The Lodge at Spruce Peak – This is really a one shop stop. If you’re looking to ski all day and plan on being to tired at the end of the day to go out this is the spot for you. There are a few different options here, The Village, offers traditional guest rooms, studios and suites. It is also the only spot with ski-in/ ski out option in Stowe. If you’re planning a trip with a large group The Lodge at Spruce Peak also offers luxury rentals and mountain cabins that can come with up to 5 bed rooms.

There are a number of dinning option located at The Lodge which is really convenient if your worn out from a day on the slopes. from the casual Great Room Grill to the more upscale Solstice Restaurant you will have a hard time finding a reason to leave Spruce Peak.

If you’re all skied out there is also Ice Skating, snowshoeing, ice climbing, horseback riding, and dog sledding! For my Après Ski warriors there are local brewery tastings, checking The Whistlepig Pavilion for fire baked cheese and whiskey cocktails!

 

Trapp Family Lodge – Want to feel like you went skiing in the Austrian Alpes? Check out Trapp Family Lodge, and yes that is in the Von Trapp Family. From traditional guest rooms in the lodge to 3 bed room villas, there is even pet friendly lodging if you want to bring your furry friends!

The Trapp Family Lodge has cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing. There is downhill skiing just a few miles from the Trapp Family Lodge.

For those looking for an Après Ski experience Trapp Family Lodge offers Farm-To-Table Dining, on site brewery, and enjoy mountain side hot chocolate at the Slayton Pasture Cabin.  While you’re there take advantage of the Trapp Family Wine Cellar, you can do tastings and guided tours. Book a massages and then go for an afternoon carriage ride, truly a magical experience in the snow covered mountains, end the day in the outdoor hot tub, don’t worry its surrounded by heated slate!Trapp_Lodge.jpg

Stowe Meadows – Valentine’s Ski Getaway? Yes please! If you’re looking for a romantic couple’s weekend Stow Meadows if the perfect spot for you. With only 4 suites, Stowe Meadows can easily feel like your own private mountain lodge.

Onsite there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Downhill skiing is just a short drive away, Stow Mountain is 20 minutes up the road. You can also take advantage of the shopping and dining options in Stowe Village just 5 miles away.

Stowe Meadows if for those looking for a relaxing mountain vacation. If this sounds great but you were really hoping for more skiing, consider visiting in the summer to take advantage of their gardens, hiking trails, and swimming.

 

The Field Guide – This charming boutique hotel is part of the Lark Hotel collection, one of my personal favorite brands to stay with. Every room is uniquely decorated, with rooms starting at low as $87 a night. Stay in the main Lodge or in one of the Trail House suites, you can’t go wrong!

There is homemade breakfast every morning, they event partner with the BHAV Spa near by to offer Field Guide guest exclusive spa packages. Right in the heart of Stowe Village you are walking distance to tons of shopping, restaurants, and still just a short drive to Stowe Mountain.Screen Shot 2020-01-08 at 10.18.48 PM.pngrarebrick_20150811_2824.jpg

 

General Tips for Visiting Stowe Vermont this Winter:

-Book your lift tickets ahead of time!

-Book equipment rentals ahead of time, super important if you’re not bringing your own equipment, rentals will sell out during peak season so book ahead.

-Take a lesson! If you’ve never skied or are a little rusty Stowe is a great place to learn.

-Take a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour, its great trust me.

– Avoid school vacation weeks and holiday weekends, the mountains will be super crowded.

-If you want to ski all season long at a bunch of different locations look into the Epic Pass.

Looking for more recommendations on where to ski in New England? Check out my post on some of my favorite skication spots!

 

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Guide to Fall in Woodstock Vermont

If you love fall (and of you don’t why are you even here?) then you’ll want to plan to visit Woodstock Vermont this season. Viewing New England fall foliage is a must every year and I personally believe that Woodstock is one of the best places to take it all in. The charming little town is just under three hours from Boston, so it makes the perfect weekend getaway! IMG_4908IMG_4953IMG_5164

Set your GPS to the Woodstock Inn and Resort. The charming inn is conveniently located in the center of town. If you can book a room I highly recommend staying there for the weekend! If not grab a drink or lunch at the restaurant, check out their giant pumpkins and fall display on the front steps before you head out to explore!

Couple other great places to stop for a bite:

  • Mon Vert Cafe, sandwiches to die for and plenty of vegan and gluten free options!
  • Worthy Kitchen, if its a brisk day stop by for their mac and cheese, its amazing!

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Stroll through town, start at the Inn and walk down Central Street and pop in and out of art galleries, boutiques, and some residents even deck their stoops out in pumpkins and fall decor, they make the perfect photo! IMG_4862IMG_4840IMG_5158IMG_4839

Hop back in your car and take a ride over to the Billings Farm and Museum. I’d also recommend heading over to Sugarbush Farm for gorgeous views plus cheese and maples syrup tastings! These are great options for learning a little bit about this history of Vermont.

For the ultimate fall views you’ll want to drive up Cloudland Road, right up the street from Billings Farm. The road winds up a giant hill that allows you to take in amazing views of gorgeous farm land! When you get to the top turn left on Galaxy Hill Road for more picturesque farms and views!

Peak foliage in Vermont is quickly approaching so book your trip now!

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Woodstock Vermont Guide

Vermont is a magical place no matter what time of year you go. In the summer there are amazing hikes, fall there is beautiful foliage, but in the winter Vermont becomes winter wonderland with endless skiing! This weekend we did a little girls trip up to Woodstock Vermont. It was actually my first time in the charming little town, though it had been on my list for a while.

I recommend leaving early in the morning to beat any traffic. From Boston it was a 2.5 hour drive. We still haven’t had any real snow in Boston so it was great to see all the snow capped mountains and snow covered pines as we drove up, seriously some beautiful scenery. Once we arrived in Woodstock we checked out the down town area, it is so charming!

First we decided to head over to Sugarbush Farm. There they offer free cheese tasting, you have to try their award winning 3 years aged sharp cheddar! They also do maple syrup tasting, the farm is 500 acres and they tap the trees right in the property. It was way to icey to check out the maple walk but we took in some amazing views from the sugar house, and made friends with some horses. If you’re visiting Woodstock you have to stop by Sugarbush Farm, in addition to cheese and maple syrup they also sell all kinds of jams and spreads!

After a little more exploring down town we were so ready for lunch. We ended up at Worthy Kitchen. Amazing farm to table food and a great craft beer selection. Me and Lauren got the Mac and cheese and I added buffalo chicken to mine. They also had a great selection of hard cider and cocktails for those who aren’t big on beer. The casual friendly atmosphere was the perfect retreat from the cold. Lana got the Lamb Grilled Cheese and truffle fries, you should all know by now truffles fries are my weakness and these did not disappoint. We also split so cinnamon sugar donut hole that were fresh from the over warm and gooey! It is definitely worth a stop next time your in the are.

There are so many great places to stay in Woodstock, lots of bed and breakfast, cozy inns, and even Air BnB options. Something for every type of traveler. If you’re looking for nearby ski options Suicide Six one of the older ski resorts in the country is just a quick drive down the road! Let me know you favorite things to do in Woodstock Vermont!