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Don't Miss These Must-Sees in Stowe, Vermont

Nestled between the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range, Stowe, Vermont is a quaint community brimming with natural beauty. You'll discover once-in-a-lifetime moments wherever you stroll in Stowe, whether you're snapping photos of snow-capped peaks, traversing centuries-old bridges, or zooming across the landscape on carriage rides that hark back to a bygone era. From verdant forest to the Northeast’s premier ski culture, this charming town is an undisputed gem that everyone should explore at least once.

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01 Mount Mansfield

Reaching an altitude of 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in Vermont and an absolute must-see for hikers and skiers. The eastern section is reserved for the latter; you’ll discover the legendary Stowe Mountain Resort, where scenic views can be captured from the lift, along with top-notch shopping, dining, and ski lessons.

Hikers will love the Long Trail, which crosses the entire main ridgeline.

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02 Spruce Peak Village

Immerse yourself in small-town Vermont's finest at this picturesque village nestled midway up Mount Mansfield. You'll discover ice skating, skiing, rock climbing, and a bevy of activities that make this quaint village a world unto itself.

Head to the WhistlePig Pavilion for farm-to-table meats, produce, and rye whiskey from the state's premier craft distillery. At Miso Toh Kome, you can sample grab-n-go Japanese goodies between laps around the rink. The 420-seat Spruce Peak Art Center features world-renowned performances throughout the year, from live music to comedy, dance, and film premieres.

03 Stowe Recreation Path

Capture striking views of Stowe from this 5.5-mile one-way path. Since it's flat for most of the journey, it's an ideal trek for anyone, regardless of experience or fitness level, and it's bike-friendly, too.

Pass by a charming stone bridge, take a dive in the swimming holes, or pack a picnic and stop for a bite when you spot the shaded benches and tables.

Stowe Recreation Park Julie Deshaies / Getty Images

04 Cady Hill Forest

Traverse eleven miles of trails that journey directly uphill, or just relax and savor the beauty of nature. You'll spot white pine, sugar maple, red maple, and hemlock trees soaring hundreds of feet tall, and with over 258 acres to explore, there's a lot to see. Cleared in the 1700s for farmland, this forest has grown back heartier than ever, and it's a top attraction for hikers and bikers alike.

05 Laughing Moon Chocolates

Regarded as the top sweets shop in town, this premier chocolatier specializes in everything from chocolate-covered caramel apples to luxurious truffles. You'll even find sugar-free and vegan varieties.

Shopping isn't the only must-do here, however. Check out the daily chocolate dipping demonstrations, or attend a private chocolate-making workshop to learn how to make your own delectable bites.

06 Vermont Ski and Snowboarding Museum

Take a break from the slopes and head to this local museum that reveals the town's vibrant ski and snowboarding culture. You'll discover its history and popularity through time, taking valuable tidbits with you for the rest of the trip.

View exhibits on ski fashion, technology, and the art and athleticism behind Noric skiing. The museum also houses a gift shop, archival collections, and a hall of fame honoring Vermont's skiing pioneers through the decades.

07 Bingham Falls

While the climb to the falls is steep, it's well worth the effort. Part of Mansfield State Park, this 40-foot waterfall cascades into natural pools that practically beg you to take a dip. A don't-miss for swimmers, these deep indigo waters are ideal for aquatic activity in summer, while enthralling views of snow and ice covering the falls are a don't-miss come winter.

You'll likely come across an array of wildlife too, including bears, deer, and foxes.

Bingham Falls Enzo Figueres / Getty Images

08 Stowe Cider

Producing nearly 1,000 gallons of cider per month, this production facility and tasting room is the locals' top source for fresh, flavorful beverages. While their ciders are sold throughout the state, there's no place like the source for a thirst-quenching delight.

Try Strawberry Fields for a fruity fiesta of berries and lime, or opt for the Safety Meeting, a uniquely-named blend of tropical and citrus fruits. Rotating seasonal choices and limited editions open up a world of flavor that's pleasing for any palette. Ready for a night out? Head over for live music and open mic nights throughout the week.

09 Stowe Golf Park

Gather the whole crew for a day on the links at this one-of-a-kind golf course. Designed to be played just like a regular golf course, it's a tiny version of your favorite sport. Lush landscaping features the same hazards, obstacles, and rough traps you'd find on a full-length range, plus plenty of shade trees and benches to relax along the way.

10 Gentle Giants Carriage Rides

History comes to life in private carriages that carry up to 12 people. Sit back and enjoy the journey as you traverse the striking Stowe landscape, passing by the town's most scenic attractions.

Pulled by a team of majestic Belgian and Percheron horses, whether you're craving a romantic ride as a couple, a solo adventure, or fun for the whole family, you can leave the top up or down as you sail past panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

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