Kyle and I have started a little tradition of visiting a new place in New England each fall. Last year we made a trip to Portland, Maine and this year we decided to visit Stowe, Vermont. Neither of us have had the opportunity to really visit Vermont before so we were excited to explore this beautiful New England town.
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48 Hours in Stowe, Vermont
Stowe, VT | Lodging
We stayed 15 minutes outside downtown Stowe at an Airbnb in Morristown, Vermont. The 2 bedroom apartment was located above their garage. There was plenty of space and the apartment was updated but contained so many details that still gave it that country/Vermont feel. We would 100% stay here again and Chris & Melissa were fantastic hosts.
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Stowe, VT | Breweries
Idletyme Brewing: Idletyme was the first brewery that we went to on Saturday and we also enjoyed lunch there too. I was expecting more of a brewery atmosphere but the space is broken up into a restaurant and brew pub. We shared apps and each ordered the Brewski flight, six samples on you guessed it – a small wooden ski.
Stowe Cider: I was so excited to visit Stowe Cider and it did not disappoint. The tasting room is set up right in the their production facility with all of the equipment and TONS of cider all around you. I really enjoyed ordering their flights and even went home with a growler of cider because it tasted just like apple juice.
The Alchemist: The outside space at Alchemist is absolutely beautiful. They offer free beer samples – I think they limit you to 3 samples or I was being politely told that they were not serving me any more beer after my third one. The inside space had a couple of tables to hang out around but the space was pretty small. It’s more of a spot to grab a sample of beer, hang out for 20 minutes, buy beer to take home and continue on.
von Trapp Brewing: The von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant is exactly what you imagine when you think of hanging out at a brewery in Vermont. It has a lot of seating inside and outside with breathtaking views of mountains all around you. I highly recommend spending the most time here and really enjoying the von Trapp property. As you can see, I really enjoyed it.
Stowe, VT |Restaurants
Black Cap Coffee and Beer: Located right in Stowe, this spot was perfect for us to grab a quick breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning. Black Cap has a large section of craft beer and other Vermont goods and souvenirs.
Idletyme Brewing: As I mentioned before, we enjoyed lunch and beer at Idletyme. We sat in the beer pub section which felt like a pub located in a ski lodge. The other section of the restaurant seemed a lot fancier and was actually hosting a baby shower. Like when did that become a thing? The food was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxed.
The Whip Bar & Grill: Part of the Green Mountain Inn, The Whip offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. I’m still dreaming about the Maine lobster popover and the classic turkey dinner. I know, weird choice. I’ve actually never have ordered that at a restaurant before but their cranberry sauce should be on every plate on Thanksgiving.
Pie Casso: Before we started the drive back to Massachusetts, we grabbed some pizza at Pie Casso. If it was a little bit warmer we would have enjoyed their beautiful patio but we decided to sit at the bar, watch football and eat yummy pizza.
Stowe, VT | Places to Visit
After all that beer, we decided to explore Stowe Mountain on Sunday morning. When I say explore, I mean we jumped on the Gondola SkyRide to the summit of the mountain. It was $29/person but I highly recommend spending the money for the SkyRide to enjoy the gorgeous views and maybe even pack a lunch to enjoy at the top too. If you don’t want to pack your own lunch, you can enjoy lunch at the Cliff House Restaurant. We just walked around, snapped lots of photos and visited the Summit retail shop before heading back down the mountain.
Ben & Jerry’s Factory
As we were making our way back home, we made a pit stop to visit some of my two favorite guys – Ben & Jerry. Ben & Jerry’s Factory is located in Waterbury, Vermont and offers tours along with a Scoop Shop and gift store. We did the 30 minute guided-tour to learn all about my favorite dessert. It ended with a sample of ice cream which was satisfying enough since the Scoop Shop line was way too long.
Stowe, Vermont Weekend Getaway
I can’t wait to make a trip back to Stowe, Vermont. There was so much to do and I feel like we only got to experience a small piece of it. It was a long drive but completely worth it. A long weekend is the perfect amount of time to see just enough but makes you excited to plan your next trip on your way home. Until next time, Stowe!
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