Beyond the slopes, activities abound at Stowe

STOWE, Vt. -- For clients who do not live by ski alone, Stowe offers a host of activities designed to lure visitors with a variety of interests.

Stowe, Vt. offers activities for the non-skiers among us.They include:

  • Snowshoeing at the mountains' acres of trail or pasture terrain.
  • LaStone Therapy massages, offered at the Stoweflake Spa & Sports Club.
  • Figure skating or broom hockey at the Jackson Ice Arena in Stowe.
  • Sampling Vermont's culinary specialties, such as cheddar cheese at the Cabot Creamery Annex or chocolate and coffee at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Coffee Bar.
  • Exploring the countryside in a snowmobile through Stowe Snowmobile Tours.
  • Slowing down in a horse-drawn sleigh in daytime or by moonlight through Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Trapp Family Lodge, Pristine Meadows or Charlie Horse Sleigh Rides.
  • Helping yourself to complimentary hors d'oeuvres at Charlie B's Pub & Restaurant or trying a homemade beer at The Shed's microbrewery.
  • Shopping along Stowe's Main Street, including at Shaw's General Store, which has been there since 1895.
  • Tucking into the linzertorte at the Trapp Family Tea House.
  • Working off those calories at the Topnotch Racquet Club's indoor tennis center.
  • Critiquing art at the Helen Day Art Gallery in Stowe's Greek Revival building.
  • Taking a factory tour and enjoying a free sample at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Vermont's most popular tourist attraction.
  • Window shopping at dia north of boston, an upscale boutique that specializes in handmade sweaters.
  • Taking a self-guided sightseeing tour on the Stowe Trolley for a mere $1.
  • Playing racquetball or squash at the Stoweflake Spa & Sports Club.
  • Riding the gondola up Mount Mansfield to the Cliff House, billed as the highest restaurant in Vermont.
  • Touring Cold Hollow Cider Mill, which features gift and food shops.
  • Dining at Winfield's, an upscale eatery with a notable wine cellar.
  • Visiting Stowe during its winter carnival, this year slated for Jan. 25 to 30, and witnessing such goofy activities as dog sled races and snow golf.
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