About Stowe

Welcome to Stowe, Vermont, a quintessential New England town renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant community. Nestled at the foot of Mount Mansfield, the highest peak in Vermont, Stowe is known as the "Ski Capital of the East" and offers year-round outdoor adventures, charming village life, and a welcoming atmosphere that delights visitors and residents alike.

Our History

Stowe's history dates back to its founding in 1763, and the town has retained its historic charm while evolving into a modern, thriving community. From its early days as a small agricultural town, Stowe has grown into a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat. The town’s historic buildings, covered bridges, and well-preserved 19th-century architecture – including the Stowe Community Church, the third tallest building in Vermont – offer a glimpse into our storied past. Click here to learn more from the Stowe Historical Society.

Community and Living

Stowe is more than just a tourist destination; it’s a community where people come to live, work, and play. Our schools, community centers, and local organizations foster a strong sense of community and provide numerous opportunities for engagement and enrichment. From farmers' markets to community festivals, there’s always something happening in Stowe. 

Outdoor Adventures

Stowe is a paradise for outdoor lovers. In winter, our town transforms into a snowy wonderland with world-class skiing and snowboarding at Stowe Mountain Resort. The resort boasts some of the best slopes on the East Coast, catering to both beginners and seasoned athletes. Beyond alpine skiing, you can enjoy Nordic or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.

When the snow melts, Stowe’s lush landscapes reveal miles of hiking and biking trails, scenic roads perfect for cycling, and pristine waterways for kayaking and fishing. The Stowe Recreation Path, a 5.3-mile-long greenway, is a favorite for walking, running, and biking, offering stunning views of the mountains and meadows.

Arts and Culture

Stowe's cultural scene is as vibrant as its natural surroundings. The town hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Stowe Jazz Festival, the Stowe Tango Music Festival, Art on Park, a summer series featuring local artists and craftspeople, and the The Sound of Music: In Concert, held at the Trapp Family Lodge. The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center offers a diverse lineup of performances, from music and theater to dance and film. Our local galleries, museums, and historic sites, such as the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, provide rich cultural experiences and insights into the area’s heritage.

Dining and Shopping

Stowe’s culinary scene is a delightful blend of farm-to-table freshness and gourmet sophistication. Our restaurants, cafes, and breweries offer a range of dining experiences, from casual bites to fine dining, often featuring locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss the chance to sample Vermont’s famous cheeses, maple syrup, and craft beers and ciders. Shopping in Stowe is equally charming, with a variety of unique boutiques, artisan shops, and galleries. Whether you’re looking for handmade crafts, outdoor gear, or one-of-a-kind art pieces, you’ll find it here.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway, a family vacation, or considering relocating, Stowe offers something for everyone. Explore our scenic beauty, dive into our rich cultural experiences, and become a part of our vibrant community. Come discover why Stowe is more than just a place to visit—it's a place to belong.

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