When you think Vermont, I bet the first thing that comes to mind is Winter getaway. While the Winter is what made Vermont famous, the Summer is what makes Vermont unforgettable.
Accommodations: For a shorter visit I like to splurge for The Lodge at Spruce Peak, this resort is a tiny mountain village. It literally has everything you need and with two small children, the conveniences offered make this resort a luxurious getaway.
If your heading to Stowe with a larger family or a group of friends I highly recommend an AIR BNB. They are much larger, and make group travel more affordable. We stayed at a great AIR BNB Called TOP OF THE WORLD, it was a large house with lots of bedrooms, just a couple miles outside of town, while it was great because we were traveling with grandparents, and my husbands siblings. It was not very close to the mountain, and traffic on Mountain Road can be bad at times.
Restaurants: There are quiet a few restaurants in Stowe, below is our family review of the ones we have been to.
Whip Bar & Grill, is right in downtown Stowe, my in laws love this restaurant, so whenever we are in Stowe with them, we always come here. The food is great, but with two small kids, it is not our go to restaurant.
Piecasso is a family favorite, located right on mountain road, it offers so much more then just pizza! The menu has so many options, and a great kids menu. In addition to amazing food this restaurant is also super affordable.
Idletyme Brewing Company, a family favorite, we sat outside in the Summer, and loved it. The ambiance was super family friendly, and the food was amazing.
Sushi Yoshi is another family favorite for dinner. It is located on Mountain Road, and offers hibachi with is always so much fun with kids. My daughter loved and noodles and rice, and the portions were large. We will be returning to Sushi Yoshi every time we trip back to Stowe.
The Skinny Pancake, has a few locations in Stowe, we went to the one at The Lodge at Spruce Peak. I enjoyed the crepes, but my daughter didn’t. So while I would love to go back, my kids would rather skip it. I’ll have to return without them.
Cliff House at the top of the Gondola Sky Ride is open for lunch in the Summer/Fall only. Offering some of the best views it is definitely worth a stop. We made an early reservation, and were their first table, we got an amazing table right in the window with a stunning view. There is also a waffle shop inside by the Gondola that is amazing as well!
The WhistlePig Pavilion Located just steps from the slopes in the heart of the Spruce Peak Village, the WhistlePig Pavilion offers WhistlePig-inspired cocktails, craft beer, fire-baked raclette and alpine fare. We stopped for a late afternoon lunch and just did appetizers, they were all great. A beautiful location, offering live music on Saturdays and a table overlooking the ice skating rink, or green, depending on the season.
Things to do: Stowe is an amazing town, in that you can keep coming back and you won’t get bored. The different seasons bring different activities. There are so many great activities to do outdoors, making this a family favorite. Many activities are free, some are rather inexpensive, and others cost a pretty penny.
Over Easy Gondola is FREE, it brings you from Spruce Peak Village across Mountain Road to Solstice Resort on Mount Mansfield. In addition to being practical in Ski Season, it also is just free fun for kids.
Open daily 8:30am – 5pm
Gondola Sky Ride Adults (ages 13+): $32 Children (ages 5-12): $22 Family Pack (2 / 2): $93 Children ages 4 & under are fee
Open daily (weather permitting) Mid June – Mid October 10am – 4:15pm
Follow the link so see some of our favorite family hikes.
Toll Road Car & Driver: $26
Open daily (weather permitting) Mid June – Mid October 9:30am – 4:30pm
Vermont has some great micro breweries making craft beers. Make sure to check them out if craft beer is your thing.
5.3 mile paved trail as it criss-crosses the West Branch of Little River.
Vermont is full of things to do, so if you want to do a day trip, or just stop on your drive to break it up a bit, your options are endless. Some notable stops are the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, and Ben and Jerry’s Factory. When you think Vermont you think Winter, but the summer, fall and spring are also amazing in Vermont.
Our Families winter visits:
November 2019 with our 1 kid, age 2, for Thanksgiving. December 2021 with our 2 kids, ages 15 months & 4.5 years old.
Our Families summer visits:
August 2021 with our 2 kids, ages 12 months & 3.5 years old. August 2022 with our 2 kids, ages 2 & 4.5 years old.