Area Guide

Activities & Attractions

Your Guide to Stowe, VT

Stowe, Vermont is a lovely 200-year-old destination with a quaint downtown area full of shops and restaurants that offer views of the surrounding mountains. Visitors to Stowe can enjoy outdoor recreation year-round, as well as cultural activities and attractions, family fun, and exciting events. 

Nestled in the mountains overlooking the village of Stowe, Trapp Family Lodge offers an abundance of charm and whimsy in our Austrian-style alpine lodge. Just a short drive to downtown Stowe, our resort is close to a variety of Stowe and Waterbury attractions like Green Mountain Coffee Visitor’s Center and the Ben & Jerry’s Factory.

An Ice Cream Lover’s Dream

Families visiting Stowe can enjoy an easy 20-minute drive from Trapp Family Lodge to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, Vermont. A tour of this ice cream factory includes a “moo-vie” telling the history of the company—how two childhood friends turned a five-dollar correspondence course on ice cream making into an internationally successful business. The tour also includes a view of the manufacturing floor where the creamy goodness is made and a visit to the FlavoRoom to sample the flavor of the day.

Culture & the Arts near Trapp Family Lodge

Stowe has a variety of cultural activities and attractions for your enjoyment. Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling through museums like the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum and the museum in the Stowe Historical Society. Art lovers and those interested in adding to their collection can browse the Vermont Fine Art Gallery and Inside Out Gallery.

Visitors can also enjoy performing arts in Stowe and the surrounding areas. In the summer, the Stowe Performing Arts features world-class performances, and throughout the year, the Lamoille County Players, Waterbury Festival Players, Stowe Theatre Guild, and Stowe Peak Performing Arts Center deliver rousing concert and theatrical performances.

Shopping in Stowe

Feel like doing some shopping during your stay? Stowe, VT offers a variety of shopping opportunities, with more than 45 specialty shops and boutiques selling everything from jewelry to Monterey Jack cheese. Whether you’re looking for apparel, fine home furnishings, gifts, or just want to window shop, you’ll find just what you seek in the village of Stowe.

Whether you are looking for handmade jewelry, furniture, accessories, sports gear, or other gifts, you will find a unique selection in Stowe. Yellow Turtle is the place to go for clothing and skiwear. Find a book to read by the pool or during your trip home at Bear Bond Books, an independent bookstore. And top it all off with a visit to Stowe Wine and Cheese for a delicious wine tasting paired with local and imported cheeses and meats.

For suggestions on the best Stowe attractions to visit, just ask one of our helpful staff members. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.