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.
Stephen & Burns claims to be an oasis in a stressful world, taking clients on miniature vacations with pampering spa treatments and Aveda-concept salon services. The aestheticians hydrate and revitalize skin with custom blends of soothing balms, and the massage therapists enhance their treatments by incorporating aromatherapy, warm basalt stones, or herbal body masks. Before letting clients return to the stress-inducing world outside Stephen & Burns, stylists offer to reinvent their looks by trimming locks or lending them a pair of Groucho glasses.
Golden Moor replenishes weary bodies with all-natural products that combat health ailments with therapeutic mud culled from Outaouais's Golden Moor bog. The mud boasts hard-working humic acid, vitamins, and minerals that take turns mopping the floor in the 12,000-year-old mud pit. The Pine Bath serum coats bodies in a mixture of mud extract and pine needle essential oils. After dissolving in hot bath water, the serum sets to work relieving sore muscles and reducing joint inflammation from attempts to change light bulbs via pogo stick. The Natural Mask delivers a blend of peat mud and essential oils to mugs, helping along excessively oily or parched skin on its path to equilibrium.