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Vermont’s abundant canopy of maple, birch and evergreen trees offer the perfect habitat for hundreds of species of North American birds. If you’re interested in learning more about them during your stay at our New England resort, consider a guided Birding Tour by an area naturalist, or attend an event sponsored by Audubon Vermont.
Canoeing & Kayaking
The nearby Waterbury Reservoir, the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and Lake Champlain offer gentle and pristine paddling waters. Rent a kayak or canoe from Umiak Outdoor Outfitters and create your own excursion, or let Umiak or Bert’s Boats take you on a guided adventure.
Dogsledding & Dogcarting
There are few things more thrilling than taking a wintertime dog sled ride. Peacepups Dog Sledding and Eden Mountain Dog Sledding offer guided rides not far from Topnotch Resort.
Events in Stowe, Vermont
Nearly every week in the summer and fall, Stowe hosts a major attraction event, from antique and specialty car shows, craft fairs, and sporting events, to ongoing art shows, theatre and concert series.
Clean and clear, Vermont lakes and rivers are home to trout, perch and bass, among other species of fish. For the beginner or the aficionado, fishing instruction, supplies, and guided tours are available from the Nordic Barn, the Fly Rod Shop, or Catamount Fishing Adventures.
Vermont is for art lovers, and is home to some of the nation’s most unique and diverse galleries and art centers. Here in Stowe, you’ll find Vermont artist’s studios, art galleries, and art festivals featuring everything from en plein air to glassblowing, including Green Mountain Fine Art and The Helen Day Art Center.
As a guest at Topnotch Resort, you have full golf privileges at the exclusive Country Club of Vermont. This private golf club has panoramic mountain views, pristine course conditions and exhilaration offered on every hole. Or try out the historic Stowe Country Club, home of the Vermont Golf Academy and located on a turn-of-the-century dairy farm. The Stowe Mountain Golf Club, meandering along the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, is lauded by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 10 new courses you can play”.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
A hot air balloon ride is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Above Reality Hot Air Balloon Rides offers flights on a regular basis. A truly special way to view Vermont.
A simply classic game to pass the time. Spend an afternoon or evening scoring lots of laughter, and maybe even a few holes-in-one. A round of Miniature Golf at our local Stowe Golf Park includes 18 unique putting greens. A favorite family vacation activity.
Stowe, Vermont’s world-famous ski resort is still busy when the snow has melted. Drive to the top of Mt. Mansfield on the auto toll road, or take the gondola up to take in the remarkable views. Fly down on the alpine slide. Race up the climbing wall or through the inflatable obstacle course. Try out your best acrobatic tricks on the bungee trampoline. Stowe Mountain Resort Summer Attractions.
Museums and History
Stowe is a 250-year-old town with a fair amount of history to boot. Learn the story of skiing at the Vermont Ski Museum, or see antique artifacts and photos at the Stowe Historical Society Museum. We also recommend the Shelburne Museum – a complete village of historic homes, schools, barns, and even a lighthouse, steamboat and train, all restored and relocated to the museum grounds.
Dance until late in the night. Sit back with a cocktail and enjoy some music. Stowe, Vermont has classic ski town nightspots like The Matterhorn and Piecasso, which feature both local and national acts, while many Stowe pubs have guitar duos or jazz trios perform on a regular basis.
One of Stowe’s recreational gems is a paved path for walking, jogging, cycling, and inline skating. Whatever your mode of transportation, the Stowe Recreation Path extends 11 miles – round trip – through woods and meadows, past a farm and corn maze, along the river, and over ten foot bridges.
Vermont’s low-traffic back roads and state highways offer smooth rides with stunning views. Map your route to include cheese farms, breweries or historic sites. Or grab a road map and head north, south, east or west to create your own scenic driving tour of Vermont. The concierge at our Stowe resort has favorite itineraries for the asking.
Stowe is home to over 60 shops (including Topnotch’s own Spa Source, Nordic Barn and Tennis Pro Shop), all locally owned and operated, where you can find one-of-a-kind treasures, sophisticated selections and friendly shopkeepers. Also nearby are designer outlets in Essex, and Vermont’s famous Church Street Marketplace in Burlington.
Enjoy ice skating rentals, public skating, and stick-and-puck skating year-round at the Ice Center of Washington West in nearby Waterbury, and seasonally at Jackson Arena in Stowe. Rather skate in the sunshine? Try inline skating on the Stowe recreation path in the summer and fall -skate rentals are available at the Nordic Barn.
While not a transportation necessity in Vermont, snowmobiling is exhilaratingly fun. Guided tours are available at Stowe Snowmobile Tours. Have your own machine? The 6,000 mile VAST trail network – with well marked, fantastically groomed trails and easy to read maps – runs through Stowe.
The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
With a program that includes an eclectic range of events and exhibitions, featuring established and emerging artists, the Art Center’s goal is to inspire, educate and entertain residents, guests and the greater Stowe community.