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Popular amenities for Stowe vacation rentals

Stay near Stowe's top sights

Stowe Mountain Resort305 locals recommend
The Lodge at Spruce Peak25 locals recommend
Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa28 locals recommend
Green Mountain Inn12 locals recommend
Mount Mansfield State Forest27 locals recommend
Stowe Recreation Path34 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Stowe

  • Total rentals

    1.2K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    590 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    460 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    310 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    890 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    55K reviews

Your guide to Stowe

Welcome to Stowe

This charming town occupies the valleys and rolling hills beneath Vermont’s highest peak, 4,395-foot Mount Mansfield. Popular as a year-round getaway by the mid-19th century, it soon grew into its own as one of the region’s first winter destination areas. Today the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum chronicles this evolution and includes vintage racing equipment, memorabilia from world-class athletes, and locally made craft skis. Savor an old-fashioned main street with lovely views in this mountain village, easily explored on foot or by bike. Shops and eateries line streets climbing up to Smugglers’ Notch, a pass flanked by 1,000-foot cliffs that cut through the Green Mountains, protected by a state park.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Stowe

Snow can linger on the ground, even at lower elevations, from December to March. Spring brings maple sugaring season, plus chilly and often rainy days. Expect pleasant summers with highs in the 70-to-80-degrees Fahrenheit range; just keep an eye out for thunderstorms. Autumn is brisk, but glorious, with foliage hues generally reaching their peak by mid-October. Start the year silly with snow-golf and snow-volleyball at the Stowe Winter Carnival (also known for its stone-cold-serious ice-carving competitions). February also brings the Stowe Derby — a race from Mount Mansfield’s peak to the village — and a fat bike competition with some extravagant spectator costumes. The Fourth of July ushers in the usual fireworks, but also a quirky parade full of quick-built, decorated-on-a-dime floats. Not to mention the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival, which includes tethered launches, first-come, first-served. Then greet autumn with the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival, where guests can launch their festive gourds via catapults.

Top things to do in Stowe

Hope Cemetery

This region supplies much of the headstone granite for the United States. Unsurprisingly, its Victorian-era stone cutters and artisans memorialized each other in high style. Thirty miles southeast of Stowe, this 85-acre graveyard sports lavish memorial sculptures, including a biplane and a giant soccer ball.

Mount Mansfield

The state’s highest peak shelters almost 200 acres of alpine tundra and resembles a human profile, hence features named the Forehead, the Nose, and the Chin (tallest!). Drivers can switchback up the historic Toll Road, which unfurls jaw-dropping views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks (open June to mid-October, weather permitting). Hikers gravitate to the classic 3.3-mile Sunset Ridge route and the more sheltered 2.3-mile Long Trail. Also popular: the Wampahoofus Trail, named for a cryptid deer-boar hybrid with uneven legs, so it could only move in one direction around the mountain.

Ricker Basin

This abandoned farming community stands 15 miles southwest of Stowe in Little River State Park, part of Mount Mansfield State Forest. Established in 1816, the town thrived briefly before its steep hills and poor soil drove residents out. Today visitors can wander among its orchards, stone walls, cemetery, and a lone remaining house. Miles of trails lace this haunting landscape. To stay oriented, grab a History Hike brochure from the visitor center. And consider lingering to boat or fish in the Waterbury Reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Stowe?

    Stowe experiences a full range of seasons. Summers can be warm with temperatures around 79°F (26°C) whereas winters are often quite cold, going down to 10°F (-12°C), perfect for winter sports. The area is known for its beautiful fall foliage, and springs are typically mild.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Stowe?

    Stowe hosts a variety of popular activities such as skiing or snowboarding at Stowe Mountain Resort, hiking in the Green Mountains, or exploring the historic Stowe Village. Art enthusiasts can visit the Helen Day Art Center, while nature lovers may enjoy a scenic drive around Smugglers' Notch State Park.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Stowe?

    The most popular time to visit Stowe is often in the winter for snow sports, and fall for the stunning foliage. Notable local events include the Stowe Winter Carnival in January, Stowe Foliage Arts Festival in October, and the Stowe Tango Music Festival in August.

  • What are the best places to stay in Stowe?

    Frequently suggested areas to stay in Stowe include the Mountain Road area, known for its proximity to Stowe Mountain Resort, and the village of Stowe, which is rich in history and local charm. Lower Village, with its array of local shops and dining options, and Moscow, nestled in the hills for a peaceful retreat, are also popular.

  • What are the best places to visit in Stowe?

    Popular places to visit in Stowe include the Stowe Mountain Resort, the historic Stowe Village, Smugglers' Notch State Park, and the Trapp Family Lodge. Other frequently suggested spots include the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, and the Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

  • What are some hiking trails in Stowe?

    Stowe has many well-loved hiking trails such as the Stowe Pinnacle Trail that provides panoramic views, the scenic Moss Glen Falls Trail, or the challenging Hellbrook Trail up Mount Mansfield. The Sterling Pond Trail, which leads to Vermont's highest elevation trout pond, is also frequently suggested.

  • What are some family activities to do in Stowe?

    Families can explore a range of activities in Stowe including visiting the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, venturing along the Recreation Path for a leisurely walk or bike ride, taking a fun and interactive tour at the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, or picking apples at the many local orchards.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Stowe?

    Popular day trip ideas from Stowe include exploring the nearby city of Burlington, visiting the scenic Lake Champlain, touring the historic Shelburne Museum, or hiking in the beautiful Green Mountain National Forest.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Stowe?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Stowe. From over 470 house rentals to over 230 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Stowe?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 590 vacation rentals in Stowe featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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