Resort Cradled by Mountains with Award-Winning Spa
Nestled between the Green Mountains to the west and Hogback Mountain to the east, the valley town of Stowe brims with New England charm. It's small enough that the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path can take hikers from one end of the village to the other, meandering past a covered bridge, farmlands, and babbling creeks. At Stoweflake Mountain Resort, a network of private trails links up with the Stowe Recreation Path, forming a home base for hiking and biking. The AAA Four Diamond resort's additional ways to enjoy the alpine air include a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, and a private hot air balloon.
The property's rich array of activities has earned it a number of awards, including a spot on the Condé Nast Gold List 2012 and a Fodor's Choice Gold Award 2010. The spa often tops the list of things to do, thanks to its 12-foot waterfall, mineral pool, and meditation garden, which blossoms with enlightened regional flowers. All guests enjoy spa access and can opt for treatments such as an ayurvedic herbal oil massage or a rose-petal mask.
Upstairs, luxury rooms further encourage zen-like calm with a two-poster bed and a gas fireplace. In the mornings, the included breakfast at Charlie B's might include smoked-salmon croissants or belgian waffles with local syrup served amid a collection of ski gear amassed by the inn's owners. There's also Winfield's Bistro, where chefs craft more formal dishes of venison, lamb, and salmon using ingredients from nearby farms.
Stowe, Vermont: Historical Village with Hiking and Rock Climbing
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.
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