Many people choose to live in Stowe because they want direct access to a variety of recreational options. Every time I hop in the car to pick up my kids at the mountain or sneak in a quick mid-day cross-country ski or a weekend run on the Stowe Recreation Path, I’m amazed at how easy it is to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Everything's right here, whether you're a skier, hockey player, runner, cyclist, fisherman, tennis player, or hiking enthusiast.
Stowe Mountain Resort: If you’re a skier or snowboarder, Stowe Mountain Resort (link to http://www.stowe.com) is going to be your new favorite place to hang out. Consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in the East, the resort is a pretty cool place to call your “home ski hill.”
The Stowe Rec Path: This is where you can do it all, without having to worry about cars. The 5.5-mile Stowe Rec Path winds from Stowe village alongside Mountain Road toward the resort. People walk, run, rollerblade, and bike on the path during the warm-weather months, and cross-country ski and snowshoe when the snow flies.
Jackson Ice Arena: The construction of a new, $6.5 million ice arena is currently under way. The new arena will replace the former open-air ice rink and will offer a year-round skating facility in the heart of Stowe.
The Stowe Land Trust: The land trust is responsible for conserving over 3,500 acres of land in Stowe. The 29 conserved properties are accessible to hikers, trail runners, and skiers. Trail maps are available at stowelandtrust.org.
Tennis: It may seem hard to believe, but there are 50 tennis courts in Stowe. During the summer, the Stowe Tennis Club on Barrows Road is a favorite hangout for local families, with its courtside pool and tennis camps. Topnotch Resort & Spa arguably has the glitziest tennis facilities in town, with several indoor courts for winter or rainy day use.
Fitness centers and spas: If you’re into yoga or like to work out in a gym, no problem. Yoga studios and spas are well represented in Stowe, and there are several fitness centers to choose from.
Fishing: Take your pick. There are more lakes, rivers, and streams in the nearby vicinity than you could possibly visit in a summer.
Hiking: Stowe is located in the heart of the Green Mountains. The Long Trail crosses the top of Mount Mansfield, and the Green Mountain Club (the organization that oversees the Long Trail) headquarters is located just south of town. Aside from that, there are so many hiking opportunities in the area, it’ll be awhile before you ever have to hike the same trail twice — although you may want to.
Biking: If you’re biking with kids, the Stowe Rec Path is the way to go. But for adults, the options are limitless, whether you prefer trails or meandering country roads. Maps of public trails in Stowe are available on the Stowe Mountain Bike Club website. Trapp Family Lodge’s outdoor center also offers some great mountain biking options.