The second-largest Vermont town by size, Stowe is located in northern Vermont valley. The Green Mountains are located to the west, and the Worcester Mountains to the east. State parks and rivers are nearby.
The first settler arrived in 1793, and most of the land was sold by 1800. The fertile valley was ideal for lumber and agriculture. One early source of income was potash, which was leached from the ashes of the trees that were cut and burned as the land was cleared for farming. Potash was the source of lye used to tan hides and to make soap. This valuable resource was embargoed by the British during the War of 1812, and as a result, its price escalated. The demand for potash became so great that bootleggers began to smuggle it across the Canadian border. This is said to be how nearby “Smugglers’ Notch” got its name.
Today, Stowe’s economy is driven by tourism. Stowe has capitalized on its proximity to Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak (4,395 feet) and is well known for excellent downhill skiing and snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Stowe is also a very popular tourist destination in the summer and fall during foliage season. Activities of all types are offered from bungee jumping to hot air ballooning to horseback riding.
Visitors can choose from a variety of lodgings. In addition to the renowned Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge, country inns, B&Bs, chalets and cabins abound. Whether a couples getaway or a family vacation, Stowe offers something for everyone.
Stowe is easily reachable by car. The town is approximately 3.5 hours from Boston, 3 hours from Montreal, and 6.5 hours from New York City. Train and bus services are available in Waterbury, 20 minutes away, and the Burlington International Airport is 40 minutes away.
During January, typically the coldest month, temperatures average between 0 degrees Fahrenheit to 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures average between 58 degrees Fahrenheit to 66 degrees Fahrenheit in July, typically the warmest month. Average monthly precipitation ranges from 3.8 inches in February to 7.5 inches in August.
Current Stowe Weather
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