Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont (Landwehrle Studio)

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What to do in Stowe

Think of Stowe and you probably think “ski resort.” But this New England town has more in common with adventure megatowns like Boulder, Colorado, and Bend, Oregon. It has a long history of attracting outdoors lovers who hike the highest peaks in Vermont in summer, bike on-road and off during the peak of fall foliage, and ski some of the finest runs in the East come winter. Vermont’s longest hiking and cross-country skiing trails (the Long Trail and the Catamount Trail, respectively) allow vacationers to wander in the wilderness for as long as they like. Less intrepid adventurers can simply stroll on the paved, five-mile-long Stowe Recreation Path in town. After all that outdoor activity, guests can relax at Stowe’s premiere resorts, including the Trapp Family Lodge, made famous by Maria von Trapp, whose family inspired The Sound of Music.

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