Follow the Fall Colors to Stowe for the Weekend

From by Kimberly Fisher
Follow the Fall Colors to Stowe for the Weekend

There is no place in the world like New England for the fall season. When the leaves change to fiery shades of yellow, orange and red, and the temperature starts to cool, the region becomes an autumn dream, especially if you escape to the countryside. The small town of Stowe in Vermont is a great choice for a day of foliage chasing while still being surrounded by amazing restaurants, luxury hotels and outdoor activities.

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Escaping the city offers a much-needed change in environment. Step back into time and into nature with a stay at Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. This four diamond property is family owned, going back three generations. The sprawling full-service resort features the largest spa in Vermont at 50,000 square feet, a nine-hole golf course, award-winning restaurant, indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts and 60 acres of open, lush space. It’s also pet friendly and upon check in, your furry friend will receive their own doggie welcome bag complete with their name on the room key.

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Accommodations range from classic guestrooms to gorgeous suites and private townhomes. All are comfortably chic, with finishing touches such as gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, refrigerators and wet bars. Experience cozy bedding, spa bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi, HD flat screen TVs, geothermal climate control and Keurig coffeemakers. Don’t miss the afternoon tea and cookies in the hotel lobby, as well as a silent retreat in the meditation gardens in the interior of the hotel.

An outdoor paradise, Stowe is a hub for travelers that like to keep active. A favorite pastime among locals is biking the Stowe Recreation Path which was completed in 1989 and runs 5.3 miles from Stowe Village through bridges, meadows, bridges and the forest. Along the path is an array of stops, from boutiques, shops restaurants, lodges and even a corn maze. There are also a network of trails available for beginner, intermediate or advanced riders to explore. Head to Cady Hill Forest (a.k.a. “Town Loop” to the locals) and connect to trails that lead to Trapps, Pipeline and Adams camp.

Another great fall ride is Route 100. This road goes through the mountains and villages, with stops like Cold Hollow Cider Mill and famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. If you’d rather go on a hike, there are several trails on Mount Mansfield. Smugglers’ Notch State Park is great for both hikers and mountain bikers, with public and private trails.

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As far as dining, the city has made a name for itself on the culinary map by mentions in several top publications such as Bon Appétit, Gourmet, SKI Magazine and The Wine Spectator. Farm-to-table and fresh local ingredients play a major part in the area’s local cuisine, and everything from Italian to Asian fare can be discovered here.

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At the newly opened Plate in downtown, you can find the perfect blend of Vermont and California cuisine in the 50-seat restaurant with open kitchen and bustling bar area. Founded by two Californians, they have something for everyone, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. For a special night, book the Chef's Table. Before you head home, stop by the Stowe Farmer’s Market, open every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May 15 to October 16, and bring back some local Vermont favorites such as the state’s renowned maple syrup.