Nov 11, 2020 Stowe, Vermont Fall Travel Guide
1) Track The Foliage – You can track the fall foliage with an interactive map around the state at vermont.com. Interactive maps of foliage trackers are available on each state’s website in the New England area.
2) Make Dinner Reservations – We didn’t plan in advance, which made it hard to get dinner reservations since there is very limited food options in Vermont. I suggest booking those before the trip to bypass the wait or even being turned down. Due to COVID-19, many restaurants are allowing minimal occupancy, so it was so hard to find food. One night, we had to stop at a grocery store, so you should definitely plan ahead.
3) Rental Car – Most attractions are not within walking distance, so it might be more affordable to rent a car than Uber.
What to Pack:
Make sure to pack layers. New England’s fall is usually cool in the morning, warms up during the day, and then gets cold at night. If you are planning on hiking or doing walking trails, you should also pack appropriate footwear/gear.
Attractions in Stowe & Around:
1) Gondola Skyride at Stowe Mountain Resort – This gondola ride up will allow you to take in views of Mount Mansfield, which is the highest peak in Vermont, and Spruce Peak. Unfortunately, you cannot book tickets in advance. For us, it was a two hour wait and we had limited time, so we decided this will be on the bucket list for next year!
2) Von Trapp Lodge – The Von Trapp Austrian family and their historical lodge were made famous through the film, “The Sound of Music.” The views were incredible and the splashes of color on the autumn trees were illuminating. The lodge offers a variety of tours. Some of the tours include a history of the property, maple sugaring tours, touring the gardens, and brewery tours. The lodge also offers horse drawn carriage rides and, during the holiday season, sleigh rides. The Trapp Family Lodge has 60 miles of hiking and biking trails. For a day pass to go on the trails in the fall if you do not plan on lodging here is, $10.60 for an adult. The prices change during the year based on the season. The lodge has many dining options as well. We decided to stop in and grab a drink and charcuterie board at the main dining room. European feel throughout this lodge. The drink menu had a lengthy list of seasonal drinks, all of which were very tasty. The charcuterie board included homemade pretzels delicious. I definitely recommend stopping at the Von Trapp Lodge.
3) Downtown Stowe – Stowe’s downtown has a small strip of stores for shopping. Most local eateries and the visitor’s center are on the strip. My favorite store was The Country Store on Main in Stowe. Such a cute store with a little bit of everything. Personal favorites include their soaps, lotions, and candles. They have such a wide range of options. Also, I love kitchen decor. I ended up getting the cutest cupcake holders.
4) Stowe Recreation Area – This is a 5.3 mile paved public path for walking or jogging. You can start your day by grabbing a cup of joe and a nice walk taking in all the fall leaves. Dogs are permitted as long as they are leashed.
5) Stowe Community Church – This is the most photographed church in Stowe. Although, you can see the church on the downtown strip, the best views of the church are from Sunset Rock Trail. You can access this trail at the end of Sunset Road. The trail is in walking distance of the church itself. Once on the trail it is about 20 minutes roundtrip to see views and go back down. I am by no means a hiker, but this is a very easy trail. If a small hike is not your thing, you can go to the Salon Salon parking lot, which has the most iconic views of the church.
6) Covered Bridge – Stop by Gold Brook Bridge aka Emily’s Bridge. Supposedly, this bridge is haunted..
7) Bingham Falls – This trail is 0.5 mile and worth the time to stop. Seeing the autumn leaves falling from the trees was incredible. The main feature of this trail was the waterfall. This is a relatively easy trail, but you should wear appropriate footwear since there is a steep decline down to the waterfall.
Places to Stay:
Edson Hill – A country inn with charm. Panoramic views of the untouched Worcester Range and the Green Mountains.
The Lodge at Spruce Peak – Located at base of Mount Mansfield – Vermont’s tallest peak. It is a ski in/ski out lodge with seasonal activities year round for the family.
Stowehof – A 26 acres of mountain vista that feels like a classic and rustic stay. This place is dog friendly!
Von Trapp Family Lodge – Luxury resort with Austrian architecture with European flare. Stunning mountain views and activities for the whole family.
Town & Country – All buildings were recently renovated. A wood fire pizza restaurant and airstream bar added.
Stowe Motel & Snowdrift – Basic, no frills, budget friendly motel for those ready for adventure and not spending much time inside. Great reviews.