A Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory tour, the Trapp Family Lodge, spa treatments, culinary experiences and a wide variety of seasonal outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, watersports, fall foliage tours and snow skiing are some fun things to do in Stowe, Vermont. Stowe also has a collection of art galleries, performing arts venues and museums, as well as unique beverage makers, such as cider houses, beer microbreweries and wineries.
Stowe is one of the best-known areas in the eastern United States for winter sports, including downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice skating. The area has several ski mountains, including Stowe Mountain, Mount Mansfield and Spruce, as well as hundreds of miles of groomed and backcountry Nordic trails.
When the snow melts, the area has many outdoor attractions, including Smuggler's Notch State Park, the Stowe Recreation Path and resorts for numerous additional warm weather activities, including golf, fishing, camping and canoeing and kayaking. Summer and fall visitors can enjoy scenic overlooks and colorful foliage from the Stowe Mountain Auto Toll Road.
Tours of Ben and Jerry's let visitors see how the company makes its uniquely named flavors, such as Chunky Monkey, Hazed and Confused, Cherry Garcia and Karamel Sutra, and taste free samples too. The Trapp Family Lodge provides an interesting stop for "The Sound of Music" fans in a house that was owned by the von Trapp family and houses a cache of memorabilia.