5 Ways to Experience Winter in Stowe

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Curated by the Stowe Area Association

Looking for the quintessential New England experience this winter? Dreaming of carving fresh pow on the trails? Here are five ways to experience what National Geographic calls one of "The World's Best Ski Towns" this winter:

  1. Play at the mountain. Stowe Mountain Resort has the most skiing and riding terrain open in the east, with 82 inches of fresh snowfall this season and state-of-the-art snowmaking producing optimal skiing and riding conditions. Explore other activities at the resort, like ice skating or relaxing by an outdoor fireplace, while absorbing the natural beauty of Mt. Mansfield–the highest peak in Vermont. Take the complimentary Stowe Mountain Road Shuttle to and from your hotel room
  2. More snowy fun. Winter has arrived, and with more snow in the forecast, there are other winter activities to enjoy, like snowmobiling, sleigh rides; and, dog sledding. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing are also popular with Stowe's world-class Nordic trail system and variety of trails nearby. Need gear? Pick up equipment rentals and other sports gear and apparel in town.
  3. Festive activities. Holiday shopping is an adventure in Stowe. Find the perfect gift for your family and friends during Reindeer Quest (through December 24). #ShopStowe and win prizes as you collect snowflake stamps at Stowe shops. Enjoy a live holiday performance, children's activities, cooking and food demonstrations, New Year's Eve celebrations and other events.
  4. Eat, drink and be merry. Ranked one of the "World's 10 Best Ski Towns for Foodies" by Fodor's Travel, Stowe is home to a variety of dining establishments and craft beverage producers. Sample craft beverages on the Stowe Craft Bev Trail and other local flavors on the Stowe Tasting Trail.
  5. Plan your stay. Stowe offers quality accommodations for every taste and budget. Solidify your winter plans with the Midwinter Getaway or the Extend Your Weekend lodging offers. Not sure where to start? Visit us online at gostowe.com, call us at (800) 467-8693 or stop by the Visitor Information Center while in town. Exclusive discounts for lodging, activities, equipment rentals and events are available year-round.

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36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont

August 19, 2015

36 Hours | By JEREMY EGNER | New York Times

"Burlington, Vermont’s largest city at just over 42,000 residents, comes alive in summer. The deep aquamarine Lake Champlain thaws and Waterfront Park, built on industrial land reclaimed in the 1980s during Senator Bernie Sanders’s tenure as the city’s mayor (he announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination there in May), teems with students and families. Kayaks and skiffs dot the water’s glassy surface while runners and bikers fill shoreline paths. Abundant recreational opportunities along with the city’s high walkability factor — you can stroll from the postcard-pretty downtown to the burgeoning arts scene in the South End — mean foodie tourists can burn off calories as quickly as they pack them on. (It’s a nice thought, at least.)"

My wife and I have enjoyed wonderful meals at Hen of the Wood, A Single Pebble, Henry's Diner, Leunig's Bistro & Café; and others, of course. We regularly explore and shop at the Church Street Marketplace; and, we've explored the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. We've also been treated to a weekend 'in town' at the Hotel Vermont

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Commodities Natural Market Opens in Stowe, Vermont

January 27, 2015

Alice Leavitt covered the opening of this natural market in this Seven Days article. (Follow her on Twitter)

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In 1993, Michael Hughes opened Commodities Natural Market in New York's East Village, the sequel to a Tribeca store his parents had once owned. More than 20 years later, he and wife Audra Hughes are opening their second store late this week. While it bears the same name as the Manhattan store, which the couple still owns, the new CNM is located at the city's attitudinal opposite — Stowe's Mountain Road.

"We have always loved Stowe. We decided it was ultimately where we would raise our family," Audra Hughes explains. It took 12 years of dreaming and eight years of searching for a space for their market before the family sold their house in New Jersey last spring and relocated to Vermont. Before long, the site they sought materialized at 512 Mountain Road, formerly Oxygen Yoga & Pilates.

While the market specializes in organic and local products, Audra emphasizes that doesn't mean "unnecessarily expensive" fare. "We're not taking that big a markup," she says. "As a resident, [I find that] organic food in general is so expensive up here."

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Commodities Natural Market
512 Mountain Rd., Stowe Stowe/Smuggs Area
802-253-4644
commoditiesnaturalmarket.com