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.
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.
If you take a moment to survey the photos hanging on the wall in Harrison's, you'll see one of Andrew Kneale, cheerily manning his childhood lemonade stand. And if you glance over at the bar, you'll see that same boy, a few decades older, smiling as he pours a glass of wine for a guest. Andrew's mother, Kathy, is likely nearby, whether escorting people to a table or in the kitchen baking one of her beloved raspberry pies.
For the pair, the restaurant is a labor of love for two reasons: not only is it an homage to David Harrison Kneale, the family's late husband and father, but they've also been feeding the Stowe community since opening the Partridge Inn back in 1973. The dinner-only service means Harrison's is rarely less than full, so it's not surprising the small-town spot got "high marks" from the Boston Globe's travel section and the local teacher who grades everything. The menu's charming balance of comfort and class makes it hard to choose between dishes such as steak au poivre rubbed with black peppercorns and pecan-encrusted ahi; but whatever you pick, make sure to save room for that raspberry pie.
What do you do with 17,000 gallons of water frozen into the shape of a towering waterfall? At the Northern Lights Rock and Ice, you climb it. The winter ice-climbing wall is just one of the seasonal and year-round features in store at this outdoor wonderland, which caters to individuals, families, and corporate retreats. Also on hand: dual 450-foot zip-line wires that crown a multi-level challenge course. Come summer, there's more climbing to be had on their "L"-shaped climbing wall with separate wall faces connected at the top by a cat's walk beam 25 feet in the air. Summiting the wall and crossing the beam requires strength, determination, and an ability to slip into the feline mind without succumbing to an obsession for catnip. Their experienced staff boasts 60 years of combined experience to ensure a safe and exciting adventure. See their "What to Bring" page for additional information.
To create the 30 burgers on the menu at Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern & Restaurant, the chef?s really go all out. They marinate patties in beer and season them with jamaican jerk seasoning. They top burgers with snails, fried bananas, french fries, peanut butter, and sliced green apples. And if those burgers aren't enticing enough, they create the show-stopper Dozer burger, an agglomeration of two 1-pound patties, eight slices of bacon, and four slices of cheese served on cornbread. Guests can attempt to devour the ginormous handheld in 30 minutes during the Dozer Challenge; doing so earns them a spot on the wall of fame.
Beyond burgers, the chefs whip up seafood platters and fried chicken dinners paired with local microbrews. Inside the eatery, live games stream on flat-screen televisions, and framed sports memorabilia coat the wood-paneled walls. Guests can also play Wii games and participate in cornhole and trivia tournaments.
Located inside The Historic Stowe Inn, which is listed on the National Historic Register, Stowe Inn River House Steak and Seafood plates up farm-to-table dishes for travelers or anyone else looking to relax with some wine and an appetizer. Instead of blaring a foghorn at your table, you can start a meal off with mussels cooked in white wine and served with garlic-herb butter sauce and enjoy the beautiful 360-degree view of Stowe, the nearby river, and the four acres of surrounding manicured grounds popular with weddings. Entrees follow in the form of pecan-crusted salmon or slow-roasted prime rib?the restaurant's specialty. You can end your visit with a drink at Grant's Bar in honor of the whiskey-loving president for whom the bar is named. The 35-foot antique mahogany bar is rumored to have been originally located near Grant's Tomb in New York City, and was refurbished and installed at the restaurant in 2003.