The pessimists were ready this season, ready for Vail Resorts to swoop into beautiful, quintessentially New England Stowe Mountain Resort and turn it into something Stowe-lovers would no longer recognize.
Guess what? One-year-plus into Vail ownership, Stowe is still the same beloved mountain resort. We’re happy to report that Stowe still has its soul and continues to charm visitors with great dining and lodging options, offering an all-encompassing experience to those who ski and stay at the resort. Best inside scoop: Head over to Stowe Mountain Lodge and mention to a bartender that you want in on the Speakeasy. There’s no signage, you’ll just have to trust us.
While Stowe-goers love their resort just the way it is, they’ll admit that the Mansfield base could use some Vail Resorts love. The new owners are already in the early planning stages of upgrades. Stay tuned.
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APRES SPOT The new Stowe Cork is as cool as the Waterbury original, so check it out. (Full disclosure: The owner is one of our ski testers.)
LOCAL SECRET Suddenly Stowe is brew central. The Trapp Lodge specializes in German styles, and the new Alchemist brewery still can’t keep up with Heady Topper demand.
FAMILY ACTIVITY Take a guided tour at the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory in Waterbury, 15 minutes away.