Stowe has garnered a reputation as “the ski capital of the East” for good reason, with over 300 inches of annual snowfall. But what happens after the snow melts? The best that Vermont has to offer emerges in an idyllic landscape filled with covered bridges, historic steeple-churches and boutique shops. Most notably, however, Stowe Mountain Resort, situated at the base of Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak at 4,393 feet) comes into full bloom, offering zip line tours, summer adventure camps, hiking and scenic gondola rides.
Stowe is home to a large network of biking trails including Kimmer’s Trail and Cady Hill Forest trails. Off the mountain, visitors can canoe, kayak and fish a variety of rivers and lakes, including Lake Elmore, Green River Reservoir, and the Lamoille and Winooski rivers. Other summer activities include walking or cycling the Stowe Recreation Path or teeing off at one of the area’s three golf courses.