Historic Downtown


Four people use a crosswalk to cross the street on a sunny day.
Seen from above, a lodge at the base of a mountain lit up at dusk.

STOWE, Vermont

A walkable downtown with well-preserved historic buildings wraps around the base of Vermont’s tallest mountain. From there, Mountain Road is six miles of boutique shopping, local dining, and family-friendly attractions, which can also be accessed from the five-mile paved recreation path. Ski and ride down Stowe Mountain Resort’s rugged profile. The stunning, dramatic Smugglers Notch frames the town and the road winds over the notch from Stowe to Cambridge.

Explore Downtown

Stowe is home to breathtaking scenic views, world-class recreation, unique cultural experiences, and local signature flavors at the foot of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Hike to waterfalls and mountain views, bike through lush forests or a paved downtown path, and forge memories that bring you closer together.

Orange and yellow fall leaves cover mountains.
Cars stopped at the side of a road with yellow and orange trees in the background.

Smugglers Notch

Smugglers Notch is known for its breathtaking natural beauty. The road is a scenic drive between Stowe and Cambridge, with the road nestled tightly between rugged, high cliffs. Nearby, recreation opportunities abound, from cross-country skiing to hiking to rock climbing to camping and picnicking. An accessible boardwalk allows everyone to experience a segment of Vermont’s 272-mile Long Trail, which includes Smugglers Notch. The notch road is closed to traffic in the winter months, but opens as a recreation destination for skiing, ice climbing, and snowshoeing.

A man uses a chainsaw to carve an ice sculpture.
Ice sculptures adorn a snowy field outside of a building in winter.

Stowe Winter Carnival

Annually in January  

Celebrate the winter season in historic downtown Stowe. As darkness sets in early, get cozy with hot cocoa and see the beauty of the season; during the day, enjoy snow sports, watch the work of master ice carvers, and get to know winter in its original state.  

A person in an orange vest stands next to an orange canoe by a river. They are holding a paddle upright and smiling.
A person smiles in the inside of a restaurant, arms outstretched.

A Long Weekend in Stowe

Join outdoor adventurer Tyrhee Moore for a long weekend in Stowe, where he paddles at the Waterbury Reservoir, discovers Vermont’s world-class craft beer scene, and learns how to mountain bike at Trapp Family Lodge. 

Eat, Shop, and Stay in Stowe







Transportation Options

For Stowe


Morrisville-Stowe State Airport 2305
Laporte Rd, Rt 100, VT 05661

Local Transportation

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Trip planning resources with Stowe’s local downtown organization. 

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