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Local Activities Close to The Riverside Inn

The Beauty of Stowe is apparent in any Season

Stowe Recreation Path MapIn summer, one can enjoy every form of exercise from a leisurely stroll through the village to hiking the world-famous Long Trail. The renowned five-mile Recreation Path meanders beside the West Branch River, starting at the center of the village and continuing past The Riverside Inn toward the mountain. It is the perfect setting for jogging, bike riding, rollerblading or walking. To get an idea of where we are located along the recreation path click on the map to the right.

For fun on or in the water, one can go swimming at any of several nearby pools or in one of the river's swimming holes. To entertain your children, visit the water park at Smugglers Notch, and to treat yourself, spend a day at one of Stowe's world-class spa facilities. Alternatively, if you would prefer to stay dry but still be near the water, spend a day fly-fishing the Little River or canoeing on the Waterbury reservoir.

During autumn, Stowe is rightly called a natural wonder of the US. The pristine alpine ranges stand in spectacular contrast with maple leaves blazing in hues of scarlet, crimson and gold. Memories of such natural beauty will stay with you forever.

Stowe was one of America's first winter resorts and has remained a world-class winter destination. Featuring Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, Stowe offers some of the finest skiing terrain in the country. Twelve lifts service 480 acres of terrain and include the world's fastest gondola. If you are cautious about skiing yourself, you can still visit the Vermont Ski Musuem in the center of the village and enjoy the sport, past and present.

Balloons rising over the river during an annual Balloon festival.All year round, Stowe offers a veritable cornucopia of culinary delights. With more than fifty eateries ranging from the simplest dinners to award-winning internationally-recognized restaurants, our town "caters" to every taste and budget. Food lovers can see how maple syrup is produced at the Maple Museum, watch apple cider being pressed at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and eat freshly-made ice cream after a tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory, visit the aromas of one of the world's most loved coffees at the headquarters of the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

Other fun and informative activities can include one of our many historic covered bridges, Vermont's state house, various museums and granite quarries, all within reach.

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