Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Stowe, Vermont

Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:28pm EST
 
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By Patricia Reaney

STOWE, Vt (Reuters Life!) - Nestled in a valley in north-central Vermont, near Mount Mansfield the state's highest peak, Stowe is the quintessential New England village with picture-postcard vistas.

It is also one of the top ski and snowboard destinations in the northeastern United States with the longest average trail length in the region, a vertical drop of 2,360 feet and 485 skiable acres.

For Nordic skiing enthusiasts the Trapp Family Lodge, the first cross-country ski resort in the nation, offers 62 miles of groomed and back-country trails.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the area.

FRIDAY

4 p.m. - Arrive at your hotel or inn and unpack before exploring the town. Visitors are spoiled for choice with Stowe's range of hotels and lodges.

The Green Mountain Inn (www.greenmountaininn.com) in the heart of the village dates back to 1833, while the road leading from Stowe to the mountain is dotted with motels and lodges for every budget. Guests at Stowe Mountain Lodge (www.stowemountainlodge.com) at the base of Spruce Peak can ski-in and ski-out and enjoy a spa and wellness center.

5 p.m. - Take a stroll through the village. The Stowe Visitors Center (www.gostowe.com) on Main Street provides information about cultural events, accommodation and activities. Browse in the quaint shops, stop for a coffee or hot chocolate or visit the Vermont Ski Museum in the village.   Continued...