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Long before skiing came to Stowe in the 1930s, the rolling hills and valleys beneath Vermont's highest peak, 4,395-foot Mt. Mansfield, attracted summer tourists looking for a reprieve from city heat. Most stayed at one of two inns in the village of Stowe. When skiing made the town a winter destination, the arriving skiers outnumbered the hotel beds, so locals took them in. This spirit of hospitality continues, and many of these homes are now lovely country inns. The village itself is tiny, just a few blocks of shops and restaurants clustered around a picture-perfect white church with a lofty steeple, but it serves as the anchor for Mountain Road, which leads north past restaurants, lodges, and shops on its way to Stowe's fabled slopes.
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Stowe is a year-round mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Start with a ride up Vermont’s highest peak and have a drink at the rustic Cliff House.
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Snowshoe, bike, take an art class, do yoga, go maple sugaring and enjoy weekly wine tastings at the oldest cross-country ski center in the U.S.
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Illegal traders and fugitive slaves in the 1800s took this route through the Green Mountains. Now hikers, bikers, picnickers and leaf peepers do.
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Opera, theater, chamber music, movies and stand-up comedy — program choices are eclectic at this year-round space at the foot of Mount Mansfield.
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