Stowe, VT Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Stowe, VT

If you have extra time, Stowe Mountain Resort is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Stowe, VT
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    #1 in Stowe, VT
    Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    As avid fans of "The Sound of Music" already know, the real von Trapp family was a musical troupe that toured the world after their escape from Salzburg, Austria, in 1938. As the family business became lucrative, the von Trapps purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe and settled down to live amid the mountains yet again. Over time, the farmhouse grew into a large resort with cross-country ski trails, mountain biking paths, tennis courts and more.

    The now expansive lodge mainly serves as a ski retreat, but the property's hiking trails and horse-drawn carriage rides are equally popular. "The Sound of Music" fans and von Trapp aficionados recommend partaking in a history tour of the lodge to get an overview of the family's history.

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    Stowe Recreation Path
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    #2 in Stowe, VT
    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you love exploring the great outdoors, then odds are you'll enjoy Stowe Recreation Path. This 5.5-mile-long greenway weaves its way between Stowe Village and Topnotch Resort. Motorized vehicles are not permitted here, so you can walk, run, bike, snowshoe, cross-country ski or rollerblade freely along the path.

    No matter which season you visit, prior travelers said you'll appreciate Stowe Recreation Path's relaxed, scenic setting. An array of shops and farms also sit nearby, giving you plenty of opportunities to take a quick break. What's more, you won't have to spend any money to visit this picturesque attraction.

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    Stowe Mountain Resort
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    #3 in Stowe, VT
    Hiking, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sports, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    It might not be the biggest ski resort around, but Stowe Mountain Resort is still the place to go for skiers and snowboarders in northern Vermont. Why? The resort offers a wide variety of trails, from double-black diamonds on Mt. Mansfield's "Fourrunner Quad" to the beginner terrain at the base of Spruce Peak. There are also trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Stowe Mountain Resort's Cross Country Ski Center. And in the warmer months, the resort converts its skiing trails to hiking paths. Other warm-weather activities include gondola rides, rock climbing, zip lining and aerial ropes courses.

    Many recent travelers enjoyed their time at this resort. However, some warned that roads and parking lots tend to get congested, so consider staying at the property to avoid transit headaches. Another downside: the expensive lift tickets. When purchased on the mountain, passes cost between $72 and $124 per person. To save some coin, purchase your tickets on Stowe Mountain Resort's website before arriving, or buy discounted afternoon or Sunday morning passes on-site.

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    Moss Glen Falls
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free
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    Tucked within eastern Stowe next to CC Putnam State Forest, Moss Glen Falls features a series of cascading waterfalls. To access these falls, you'll need to hike along the Moss Glen Falls Trail, which spans nearly 3 miles. Follow the trail to the right and you'll reach the base of the falls. Walk up instead of right and you'll eventually find yourself at an upper falls vantage point.

    According to prior visitors, days with little to no snow and ice are the best times to hike here. Winter's conditions increase the chance of sliding, which can make hiking the higher part of the path extremely challenging. If you're not confident in your fitness abilities, stick to the mostly flat lower section. Also, stay alert when driving to the falls since the attraction's small parking lot can be hard to spot.

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