A Taste of Merry Old England at Tudor-Style Inn
Since its founding in 1793, the town of Stowe, Vermont, has reinvented itself numerous times, from its early days as a potash-farming enclave to its brief stint as a Canadian smuggling outpost during the War of 1812. Today, Stowe's streets and buildings are rife with American history, and the town thrives as a mountain retreat with an artistic soul and an outdoorsy spirit. Just north of Stowe’s Main Street is Ye Olde England Inne, a sprawling Tudor-style manor that welcomes guests with a taste of merry old England. Straight-backed armchairs sit beside a roaring fire in the lobby, where English prints and paintings hang on the walls and crimson carpets call to mind old redcoat uniforms.
The onsite Mr. Pickwick's Gastropub and Steakhouse packs its cellars with several thousand bottles of wine, rare cognacs, more than 150 varieties of ales and lagers, and 70 single-malt scotches. An arched stone entryway leads to the pub's Old-World interior, where beer steins dangle from the rafters. More than just a watering hole, the restaurant also serves inventive seafood, fowl, and steak dishes.
The inn’s Bluff House suites cushion guests in English-manor elegance with four-poster queen beds. Each suite features a fireplace, a lounge with wing chairs and cherry-wood furnishings, and a spacious bathroom outfitted with a jacuzzi tub. A private deck or patio connects to most suites, affording views of the village, Mount Mansfield, and the Green Mountains. Most feature rooms contain Victorian-style wallpaper and bright bedspreads atop brass beds.
Stowe, Vermont: Artistic Village Nestled at the Base of the Green Mountains
Located in a broad, fertile valley between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield, Stowe, Vermont, is an ideal launching pad for outdoor activities. If you opt for a getaway that includes ski-lift tickets, you can use them at the Stowe Mountain Resort, located just 7 miles northwest of the inn. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to Stowe Mountain to zip down miles of trails and hone tricks in terrain parks.
A recreation path through Stowe loosely follows the meandering West Branch River, an idyllic setting for hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The winding path’s arched wooden bridges cross the river 10 times from start to finish. Explore the forests around Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest peak, at nearby Underhill State Park. From there, you can take one of four hikes to the summit to glimpse the White and Adirondack Mountains; in the colder months, strap on a pair of cross-country skis to explore scenic paths.
Stowe is also home to a lively arts scene. The West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park showcases pieces by budding and midcareer local artists who work in a range of media.
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