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Plan a Quintessential Vermont Summer Vacation

There’s still plenty of time to book a well-deserved summer getaway to Stowe, Vermont, a quintessential New England mountain town known for its trend-setting breweries, seemingly endless hiking trails, and, of course, those mammoth Green Mountains ski slopes. Before thousands of “leaf peepers” and alpine skiers flock to our gorgeous mountainside community, we recommend booking one last classic Vermont summer vacation to Edson Hill. Not only is our peaceful, 38-acre countryside inn conveniently located near Stowe’s best attractions, but Edson Hill is home to a gourmet restaurant, a lengthy walking trail system, a serene swimming pond, and so much more!

A Sample One-Day Vermont Summer Vacation

To give you an authentic taste of what an “average” day looks like here at Edson Hill, we’ve meticulously pieced together a one-day itinerary complete with some of our favorite Stowe activities.

8 a.m. – Breakfast at Edson Hill

Yes, our elegant dining area is known for its dazzling artwork and modernized classic New England fare, but don’t forget about our healthy, complimentary breakfast. We’re partial to the fluffy pancakes topped with house-made seasonal jam and the garden-herb scrambled eggs.

9:30 a.m. – PK Coffee

While there are several coffee shops and cafes in downtown Stowe, we recommend PK Coffee for those who’re looking for traditional hot beverages with a little flair. Black Cap, meanwhile, has a wide variety of delicious chocolatey coffee drinks.

10 a.m. – Stowe Pinnacle Trail

After purchasing “The Devon” to go at PK Coffee, head south to the Stowe Pinnacle Trailhead. This challenging, breathtaking mountaintop trail is heavily trafficked during peak hours, but a head start before 10 a.m. will help your group avoid crowds. The journey to the peak features rich hardwoods, bright wildflowers, and deep mosses, while the summit itself provides a bird’s-eye view of Stowe.

12:45 – Sterling Forest

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Sterling Valley is a lush, 1,500-acre backcountry forest with dozens of mountain bike trails that appeal to all skill levels. Remember to pack a light picnic before cycling up (or down) your first trail. There are 14 total trails inside Sterling Forest, totaling approximately nine miles. Mountain biking remains one of the most popular activities here in Stowe, especially for those planning a well-deserved Vermont summer vacation.

2:10 p.m. – Mountaintop picnic

Fuel up before heading back to the parking lot. Small sandwiches, crisp vegetables, granola, and trail mix all fit well in an average-sized backpack.

3:40 p.m. – The Alchemist

After several hours of adventure and exploration, return to downtown Stowe for a pint of some of North America’s best beer at The Alchemist, the birthplace of the New England IPA. The Alchemist is one of the top ten breweries in the United States, according to Untappd.

4:40 p.m. – Stowe Gondola SkyRide

Almost every classic Vermont summer vacation should include a gondola ride to the top of Mt. Mansfield where you’ll obtain a bird’s-eye view of the entire valley. The ride itself is also a visual treat! You’re always within minutes from quintessential summer activities when you visit Stowe!

6 p.m. – Dinner at Edson Hill

Polish off an unforgettable day in the Green Mountains at historic Edson Hill, home to one of the premier Stowe restaurants. Freshen up for dinner in your rustic yet lavish guestroom. Our seasonal dinner menu features an eclectic mix of modern takes on classic New England fare, healthy, farm-to-table vegan options, and a slew of mouthwatering desserts. Chef Jason Bissell and his culinary team are consistently turning heads here in Stowe. We have several local beers on tap as well as a fantastic wine menu.

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After dinner, feel free to enjoy our outdoor patio and meander through our 38 acres of pristine wilderness—you’ll discover a serene pond, horse stables, and towering trees. To book a late-minute Vermont summer vacation to Edson Hill, please visit us online, or call us today at 802-253-7371.



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