Updated: Dec 16, 2020
We are beginning this week with a bang discussing part no. 2 of our Vermont series, Stowe! I chose Stowe when researching Vermont for its relevance to where I grew up: a small town nestled above the Green Mountains and, of course, vibrant fall colors surrounding the entire region. Stowe sits closely to several other desirable destinations, making it the perfect jumping off point to take in the state. Let's get right into what Stowe (and others!) has to offer!
Before we jump in, I want to note that traveling from out of state (New England residents excluded) requires a COVID test 72 hours before departure. Did they pull us aside at the airport to check? No. However, I have heard that they have done this with people traveling to the East Coast. However, we did need the test for entry into one museum. Overall, my take on travel with COVID is to be respectful of state mandates and not put others or yourself in a position to spread the virus. Wear a mask, people!
Planning for the Time of Year
(Reposting from my last Vermont blog as a disclaimer) Every region of Vermont offers different peak times for viewing fall leaves. Before our trip, I religiously followed Vermont Instagram accounts and fall foliage reports to ensure we were visiting during peak times. A challenging feat when traveling/planning from across the country! By Vermont standards, we were probably a week shy of peak season. However, as Californians, it was tough for us to tell at the time as Vermont was so beautiful!
Where We Stayed
Stowe is situated on a stretch of road clad with beautiful shops and restaurants. We opted to stay close to downtown at a local air BnB right off the main highway, and boy, it did not disappoint. Marion was an unbelievable host and an award-winning wedding cake baker! I cannot rave enough about our experience staying with her and exploring her property, featured above! If you are opting to stay in a hotel in Stowe, the Stowehof and Edson Hill are excellent options as well.
The downtown area of Stowe is home to some fantastic shops and restaurants to browse through. Take a quick walk to Stowe Mercantile, which has incredible knick-knacks that made me want to pay additional money for another checked bag. They also had an array of local beer and sweet treats for purchase. I featured some treasures we found above as we could not resist buying beer and fudge (judge us)! Take a walk further up the street and visit Stowe Kitchen and Bath, where you can browse for fun kitchen gadgets and wonder why Smeg products cost an arm and a leg. Further down the main drag is the Stowe covered bridge along the river, a charming view of the town's center.