Stowe, Vermont, a quintessential mountain town, boasts 4,400-plus residents. Despite its status as a “tourist destination,” you’ll rarely feel cramped or overwhelmed by foot traffic. Couples and families alike escape nearby metropolitan areas to unplug, unwind, and explore in various ways, including skiing, mountain biking, and shopping. Edson Hill is a paradisal place to start and finish each glorious day spent in the Green Mountains. This idyllic boutique hotel boasts its own Nordic ski center and trail system, gourmet dining experience, and massage suite. However, you’ll undoubtedly feel the urge to visit the heart of Stowe, Vermont, mainly Mountain Road from “West Branch” to the downtown district.
In hopes of enhancing your upcoming getaway to Edson Hill, we’ve compiled some of our favorite pit spots in Stowe, Vermont. Remember to bookmark this article for future reference.
Mountain Road Shops
A leisurely stroll along Main Street is incomplete without a stop at The Country Store, a lovely boutique featuring some of the finest hand-crafted goods in Stowe, Vermont. Stowe Mercantile has it all: keepsakes, artisanal edibles, cookware, Christmas decor, and so much more. It’s also connected to Bear Pond Books, another essential browse. Remarkable Things is a splendid spot to shop and relax on a warm summer afternoon as travelers can browse local artworks and jewelry then immediately relax in the sprawling private acreage.
Shaw’s General Store is a kitschy, 125-year-old relic that the kids will adore. Oh, and they offer sled rentals for those who are aching to blaze down a snow hill near downtown. Don’t leave downtown Stowe, Vermont, without purchasing truffles at Laughing Moon Chocolates, a gift at BunyaBunya (or Green Envy), or some winter gear at Darkside Snowboards.
World-Class Libations in Stowe, Vermont
Stowe, Vermont, is known as the birthplace of the New England-style IPA, now commonly referred to as the “hazy IPA,” as made famous by The Alchemist, a West Branch staple. Purchase a four-pack of the world-famous Focal Banger before returning to Edson Hill. If you require a steaming cup of joe, we recommend Dedalus on Mountain Road, a chic market serving scrumptious baked goods and otherworldly lattes.
Idletyme Brewing Co is a popular gathering place for those craving pub food and pints of easy-drinking beer. Meanwhile, Stowe Cider boasts an idyllic patio, the perfect place to sip on a flight of dry, ever-so-slightly-fruity ciders. Lastly, if you’re looking for a quick lunchtime bite, we recommend the Stowe Sandwich Company, Piecasso Pizzeria, The Butchery, and the Café on Main.
There are countless can’t-miss attractions within minutes of Edson Hill, many of which are located along scenic Mountain Road, including the seasonal Farmers’ Market—a spectacular way to get to know the area’s many delights. Adventurers can pick up the Sunset Rock trail from downtown Stowe, Vermont, where hikers are met with unobstructed views of the iconic, pearly Stowe Community Church. The head-turning Helen Day Art Center lies a few ticks from the trailhead. It’s home to a bevy of thought-provoking exhibitions and outdoor sculptures.
Mountain Road also provides swift access to the Cady Hill Forest, a mountain biking, snowshoeing, and hiking mecca that spans nearly 260 acres. The Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum provides an absorbing glimpse into the mountain town’s history. Lastly, the Stowe Cinema 3Plex is a stellar place to ride out a rainstorm, especially during a matinee showing.
Boutique Inns in Stowe, Vermont: Edson Hill
Edson Hill is an off-the-beaten-path gem within reach of Mountain Road’s many shops, restaurants, and attractions, as well as Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont. After a mid-day stroll through Stowe, Vermont, return to Edson Hill for a genuinely memorable culinary experience, a pint in our sleek tavern, and a dusk stroll through our 38-acre estate. We couldn’t think of a better place to relax than inside one of our Gauthier-Stacy-designed guest rooms, complete with a wood-burning fireplace, distinctive decor, and ultra-comfortable furnishings.