In 1793, the Luce family became the first settlers of Stowe, arriving on foot and pulling their belongings behind them on a hand sled—a sled still preserved today at the Stowe Historical Society Museum. Nowadays, the town's known for its fertile farms and frequent festivals. Just across from the resort sits the Sunday-morning Stowe Farmers' Market, which starts up on May 20 and showcases local delicacies such as apples, grass-fed beef, and pure maple syrup.The surrounding mountains lure hikers, rock climbers, and spelunkers all summer long. The historical Long Trail winds throughout the Green Mountains backcountry, passing through popular state parks such as Smugglers' Notch and Underhill before meeting up with the Appalachian Trail to trade stock tips.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Stowe's idyllic scenery is defined by its prime location between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak at 4,395 feet. Winter sport enthusiasts flock to Stowe Mountain Resort, whose powdery slopes encompass 485 skiable acres across 116 trails. After a morning on the slopes, guests and their snowman plus-ones can swing by the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park to marvel at artwork including the statuary in the outdoor sculpture garden.
Stowe's location in a broad, fertile valley between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield—Vermont's highest peak at nearly 4,400 feet—makes it an ideal launching pad for outdoor recreation. Stowe Mountain Resort awaits skiers with 485 acres across 116 powdery trails, and snowboarders can catch big air or an aerial sighting of Bigfoot on the half-pipe.To counterbalance its adventurous outdoors attractions, Stowe also cultivates a more abstractly adventurous art scene. The West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park combines a traditional art gallery with an innovative and spacious sculpture park, showcasing the handiwork of budding and mid-career local artists.
Hole up away from home in something that is neither a hole nor your home with today's Groupon. For $59, you'll get a cozy garden room at The Arbor Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast in Prescott, Wisconsin, just 35 minutes outside of the Twin Cities. The "Travel Green" destination follows eco-friendly practices, such as recycling, using cloth napkins and high-efficiency washing machines, and taking a little time each day just to think about the planet and really appreciate how complex it is. It's the perfect romantic couples retreat after a long week of arguing about whether or not Roger Clemens could throw a baseball through a wedding cake.
The Bluff House Suites at Ye Olde England Inne pamper lords and ladies with luxurious accommodations decorated in true English-manor style. All suites feature graciously spacious bathrooms with full showers and separate whirlpool tubs, as well as a lounge with wing chairs, cherry furnishings, and a private deck or patio. Enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and views of the village while a warm fire roars in the fireplace and a warm tiger roars in your head. Rooms feature high queen-size, four-poster rice-carved beds and walls adorned with classic English paintings and prints. Though this Groupon is valid for two guests per room, some suites can accommodate up to six people; additional guests can stay for a $15 fee each if requested while booking.
Built in 1814, The Stowe Inn?s elegant Victorian mansion brims with rare antique furnishings, old-fashioned hospitality, and contemporary amenities. The bed and breakfast nods to its rich history with oriental rugs and a 35-foot mahogany bar from the early 20th century. More wood furnishings accent the 16 guest rooms, where guests can relax upon Edwardian-style beds or use wireless Internet to email their garage door back home.
During the winter, a crackling fireplace warms the inn's library, and an in-ground pool offers a place to cool down during summer. Chefs at the onsite River House Restaurant serve upscale and casual dishes forged from locally sourced ingredients, and inn staffers prep a sumptuous daily breakfast buffet.
The posh inn serves as a convenient outpost near outdoor recreation, artisan shops, and craft breweries throughout the quaint town of Stowe. In nearby Waterbury, Ben & Jerry?s factory tours bestow behind-the-scenes access to the popular ice cream's production. There, visitors find cows grazing onsite, graciously accommodating autograph requests from starstruck fans.