Stowe VT

Leaf Blower and Trapp Marathon - Fall Events in Stowe, VT

    

Fall in Vermont is the best time for outdoor activities.  There are 2 great, fun events coming up in Stowe, the first two weekends in October.  On Saturday, October 6th,  Stowe Trails Partnership (formerly Stowe Mountain Bike Club) will co-host the Leaf Blower Mountain Bike Festival, with MTBVT.  This is an all day mountain bike celebration including group rides for all ages and abilities, vendors, home grown food, and local craft libations.  This year the event will be staged out of Ranch Camp on the Mountain Road, where rides will disburse all over town.  For more information about this popular annual event you can go here.

On Saturday, October 13th, Trapp Family Lodge will be hosting a fun marathon, and half marathon trail run on their trail system.  This challenging event will cover their network, taking you on some of the most beautiful trails around.  For more information on this annual event you can visit Trapp’s website:

These are two great recreational opportunities where fall foliage viewing is likely to be at its best.  Also, a place and time to connect with friends and community, and celebrate this gorgeous season, upcoming.

Source: Stowetrails.org, trappfamilylodge.com

Roots Recap - Supporting the Vermont Foodbank

Cork Presents Roots

Roots 2018 was a great success!  Cork of Stowe and Waterbury, and Strawberry Hill Farm, hosted the fundraising event in Stowe on June 9th.  The goal was to send 100% of the proceeds to the Vermont Foodbank's program "Vermonters Feeding Vermonters".  This program partners with local farms to bring fresh, healthy produce and food to those in need.  It was a spectacular evening of food, wine (Cork featured their natural wines), beer and cider by restaurants and breweries in the Stowe area.  $32,202.28 was raised, and Foodbank donors matched $30,000 of this number, bringing the grand total raised by Roots 2018 to $62,202.28!! For a full recap on this event, you can go here.  Roots will be back next year, so mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8th 2019.

For photographs of the evening by TruckieLoo Photography, take a look here.

 

Nordic Skiing in Stowe - The Best in the East!

Stowe has some of the best cross country skiing in the east.  Since 1968, when the Trapp Family Lodge opened the first nordic center in the U.S., cross country skiing has increased in popularity.  An amazing fitness alternative or additional activity to downhill skiing and riding, there is a long list of places you can go.  Whether it's a quick, easy, cruise on the rec path, or a day's outing in the back country, Stowe Nordic's ongoing efforts to enhance the skiing opportunities in town, have created options for everyone.

Check out the Ski Guide on their website to find out where you can go, and what the offerings in the area are.  It is a wide variety, ranging from 40 km of trails at the Trapp Family Lodge; to Edson Hill, Sterling Valley, or the Mayo Farm loop, which is groomed by Stowe Nordic.

Stowe Nordic is reviving 2 iconic Stowe backcountry events.  Both will be low key tours over parts of the Catamount trail.  Both tours will depart from the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center on February 11, at 9:00 a.m., with a bus ride to the start and will end back at Trapps where there will be a party afterwards.

So, let it snow, and enjoy the trails, right in our backyard!

Realtor Grant Helps Build New Mountain Bike Trail In Stowe

The Lamoille Area Board of REALTORS® was just awarded a grant from the National Association of Realtors, which helped to build a new trail in Cady Hill Forest.  The trail was just completed by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, and is a re-route of an existing trail that will now allow riders to more easily continue from the end of Cady Hill Connector through to the upper tier of the Cady Hill Forest and Schween trail network.  The trail is fun and flowy, up or down, and not as steep a climb as the old alternative.

Many thanks to the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, for recognizing the importance of recreation and its benefits for our community.  And, also to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club , and Stowe Land Trust, who both continue to enhance this multi-use trail network, and natural resource.  The board of Realtors was also recently instrumental in securing a grant for the new Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.

 

B3 Weekend in Stowe, Coming Soon!

          

Critical Mass Ride from Park St., 2015

 

The 3rd annual B3 mountain bike festival is happening the weekend of June 10.  And, it starts with a kick-off party on Park St., Friday evening, at 5:00 p.m.  Last year the 1st annual kick-off party included tastings from The Alchemist, von Trapp Brewing, Idletyme, Stowe Cider, Mansfield Dairy, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, and more.  This year's block party will be much the same, with live music, and new additions such as balloons for kids, and kid munchies!  The Critical Mass Ride, which everyone is looking forward to again, departs afterwards.  It's a group ride that will depart from Park Street, around 6:30 p.m., and goes up the Mt. Rd. to Piecasso.  All ages are invited, and costumes are encouraged.   After the ride, there will be restaurant, brew, and cider specials; along with bike giveaways.  Throughout the weekend there will be group rides for all abilities.  And on Sunday, there will be a host of group rides at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center - all family friendly - and a cookout to follow!

For more information on B3 weekend, visit the B3 event page of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

  photo credit: Lucy Nersesian  

Upcoming Fall Events in Stowe, Vermont

 

 

As the summer season starts to shift to autumn, the color and hue of the landscape and scenery begins to change as well.  While preparing for cooler weather and all that coincides with that, we want to make sure to reserve time to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year.  There are some wonderful events right here in Stowe that enhance the experience of autumn in Vermont. 

Coming up September 27th, from 1-5, join the Stowe Land Trust for a fun and special day, celebrating 28 years, at the iconic Adams-Bryant property, in Nebraska Valley. Have some pie & ice cream, bring your apples to make applesauce, and hear from the Vermont Land Trust's Director of the Farmland Access Program, Jon Ramsay, speak about the return of the family farm to Vermont communities. Afterward, join one or more of the outings and activities!  For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

Then, on Sunday, October 11th, The Stowe Mountain Bike Club is having its 5th Annual Leaf Blower Classic.  A day of mountain biking for all abilities and ages - even for the kiddos.  After an afternnon of riding on Stowe's world class mountain bike trails, enjoy a catered meal, prizes and games around the fire pit, at the Town and Country Resort.  For more information and to reserve your spot, go here.

So, enjoy this gorgeous time of year in Stowe, and around the state; and check out some of the other events and happenings.

                   

                   

  Source and photo courtesy: Stowe Land Trust

 

2015 Stowe Derby - Epic!

                                         

Yes, it was epic!  With 7+ inches of new snow, the night before, the 2015 Stowe Derby was unlike any other.  Particularly with the addition of the fat bike class this year.  Nearly 100 riders were added to the roster of over 600 nordic skiers.  The light stuff that fell is hard to pack down before the first racers go off, thereby making for lots of falls, faces full of snow, and great photography!  Unlike most of the rest of the winter, the temperature was perfect - in the 20s.   The skate skiers started at 10:00 a.m., in waves of 5 at a time, every 30 seconds.  By the time the classic skiers went, there were body divots up and down the trail on both sides.  The conditions were perfect for alpine skiers, but much more challenging for the nordic skiers, and nearly impossible for the fat bikers.  After the race, hundreds gathered at Sushi Yoshi to share tales about bruises, broken skis and ski poles; and this time, busted bike chains and wheels.  Many of the fat bikers said they pushed their bike more than they were able to ride.  It wouldn't be the Derby without something new to talk about.  The 70 year old event is not for everyone, but even those who do not participate, love either spectating, or hearing about it afterwards.

To see more photos of from the day, visit Mike Hitelman Photography.

Photography credit: Mike Hitelman Photography

Stowe Land Trust Conserved Properties

Grand View Farm, Stowe Hollow

Ever wonder about how many conserved properties there are in Stowe? Land conservation has been an important focus in Stowe, Vermont since 1987 and as many as 30 properties have been conserved since then. Nearly 3,500 acres of farm, forest and meadow lands, have been protected for public and community benefit. These properties help to maintain the magnificent rural and scenic landscape that much of Vermont is so well known for. In addition, to saving working farms, protecting scenic views, and wildlife habitat; many of these properties provide public access for recreation and other types of enjoyment. You can take a quick hike with your picnic, to Sunset rock, right from the village of Stowe. For bird watching and breathtaking views, the 15 minute hike up to Pinnacle Meadow is one of my favorites. For mountain bikers there is a wide variety of terrain, including Cady Hill Forest, Kirchner Woods, the Dumont property, and Adams Camp. For just a respite, visit any of the natural areas found at places like Joes Pond; or the H.D. Burnham, and Halvorsen properties. If photography is a passion, hobby, or profession, you will find endless opportunities for capturing iconic images at any one of these special places.

You can learn more about all the conserved properties, and the Stowe Land Trust, by visiting their website. Click here for a map of the properties. Enjoy the natural beauty that has been preserved for our lifetime and future generations, all four seasons of the year!