Stowe, Vermont is the place I can truly call home. Although I left Stowe for 13 years, I grew up here and re-settled in Stowe in 2011 with my family. Since returning I am not only rediscovering all that it has to offer but gaining a new appreciation for this historic town. Stowe, Vermont is a mecca for outdoor activities of any season. It has a booming restaurant community and over the years, Stowe has also quietly grown into an arts and cultural hot spot.
Drive, ride, walk or catch their very own free shuttle to Sushi Yoshi. This Asian fusion restaurant has everything from sushi to chicken pad thai. Our kids love the chicken fried rice, but for kids who are less adventurous eaters they also have chicken fingers on the menu. We crave the seared salmon sushi roll. We love this restaurant because we can keep the whole family sitting at one of their three tatami tables. Other great family friendly features at Sushi Yoshi include Hibachi, an outdoor patio (kids can run in the grass outside), a baby changing station in the women’s room, as well as regular specials and events throughout the year.
Best Outdoor Activity
You can’t talk about Stowe without giving credit to its phenomenal skiing! Take advantage of free tickets for your children 5 and under (with adult ticket) for as long as possible! Stowe Mountain Resort has a fantastic ski school program. Consider participating in the Stowe ByPass program that gives you access to discounted tickets and direct lift access.
Best Indoor Activity
If the weather is not cooperating, check out the Stowe Ice Skating Arena that was built in 2013. They have public skating in both winter and summer. You can also rent out the community room for birthday parties.
We also just tried out the Stowe Art Store’s Sunday Funday program for kids. Each Sunday in the summer from 1-3pm kids can make free art based on that week’s theme! This You-Make, Take-It studio is open every day. You pay for the weight of the materials used.
Best Money Saving Tip
Stowe Vibrancy is hosting 5 free Friday Night Flix on the village green downtown. Movies begin at dusk. Bring a blanket or chairs and they will provide the popcorn!
Secret Spots & Little Known Gems
One of my best memories as a child is riding my bike on the Stowe Recreation Path and stopping on a hot summer day at a swimming hole. There are several along the path. The best swimming spots are located near or under the bridges. Usually there is a sand and rocky beach where you can relax with the family.
About the Author
Rachel Vandenberg is a Stowe native with roots in the Netherlands where she lived for 9 years. Rachel has three children, Noah and Evangeline (age 5) and Reagan (age 2). She returned to Stowe, Vermont in 2011 to take over the family business – The Sun & Ski Inn and Suites and Stowe Golf Park. Her family is expanding the hotel with new rooms and an 8 lane bowling lounge, Stowe Bowl, set to open in early 2016.
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