Stowe Village: Surrounding Sights and Scenery

Tour the charming Vermont neighborhood, location of the HGTV Dream Home 2011.
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Photo By: Daniel Pratt

Photo By: Stowe Area Association

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Stowe Village, Vermont

The picturesque mountain resort town of Stowe, Vt., surrounds the HGTV Dream Home 2011, located in the Spruce Peak planned community. Stowe's downtown area is just south on Mountain Road, the town's main thoroughfare. The Stowe Community Church's steeple is the most recognizable landmark in Stowe's skyline.

Shaw's General Store

Shaw's General Store was an outbuilding of the Mt. Mansfield Hotel. The circa 1869 building housed the bowling alley. It survived the fire of 1889 but was then split lengthwise, moved to Main Street and reassembled.For several years, it housed two stores. In 1895, H. E. Shaw took possession of the entire building and opened his general store, which is family owned and operated today. A close look at the second floor above the "O" on the sign will show a bullet hole. One evening in 1922, startled by a loud noise, Mr. Shaw looked out his parlor window to see what had happened. Robbers had blown the Post Office safe, across the street in the Akeley Memorial Building. Leaving the scene, a robber shot at Mr. Shaw, fortunately missing him, but the bullet went through the wall, lodging in the piano.

Lackey's Variety Store and Residence

Built in 1832, the Greek Revival brick house was with the ell, or wing, added later to connect to the store, a two-story gable end vernacular structure built circa 1845. The store was moved back from the street early in the 20th century, and a third floor and addition were added to the front of the building. The store has previously housed a post office, furniture making business, under-taking business, and a sundries store with a soda fountain. As its name implies, you can find a variety of goods in the store, from necessities like school supplies and soap to unique gifts and souvenirs.

Stowe Hardware Store

Built around 1840, this Greek Revival commercial building housed several tinsmiths. It was first renovated in 1852 and several times since, always as a hardware store. Previously, a photography studio and men's club called the second floor home. Stowe Hardware Store now rests on what was once known as Tin Shop Hill. The hill has been leveled out, erasing the division between Main Street and Maple Street.

Stowe Area Association

Before it was the town's information center, the circa 1859 building was the home of a doctor, drug store, restaurant, and barbershop.

Akeley Soldiers Memorial Town Hal

The building, a gift from native son Healy Cady Akeley, holds the town offices and Stowe Theater Guild. The neo-classical 1902 building was previously the home of the jail, Stowe Free Library, Historical Society, post office, Union Bank, police station, Office of Fish and Game and the kindergarten.

Main Street Shops

A variety of interesting shops line Maine Street, including Bear Pond Books, a Vermont-based independent book seller.

Frida's Taqueria and Grill in the Historic O.W. Butler House

At one time, the federal-style 1804 brick building had a sweeping porch on the front and south side. It has been the location of an inn and tavern, a restaurant, as well as various retail spaces and apartments. Boasting authentic Mexican dishes, the current tenant Frida's Taqueria is one of Stowe's newest eateries.

Green Mountain Inn

Consistently touted on top hotel lists, the inn has more than 100 guest rooms, luxury suites, apartments and townhouses. Its Whip Bar and Grill is a popular fine dining restaurant. Built in federal style, the centralportion was built as a private home in 1833. Around 1850, it was converted to a hotel and named "Mansfield House." Two wings were later added as well as a dance hall. In 1863, W.H.H. Bingham incorporated it into the newly-built Mt. Mansfield Hotel. The grand Mt. Mansfield Hotel stood between 18 Main Street and 128 Main Street from 1863 until a fire destroyed it on Oct. 29, 1889.

Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery

Located in a historic village building, this diverse gallery features pieces representing Vermont and other regional artists. Their works include paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, collage, acrylic and mixed media. Styles range broadly from abstract contemporary work to highly representational landscape and still life paintings. Sculpture is also showcased in the gallery and its adjacent sculpture garden.

Laughing Moon Chocolates

Selling hand-made candy and chocolates and high-quality coffee, this Stowe Village shop welcomes visitors to watch candy making and chocolate dipping demonstrations year-round, and enjoy dessert and coffee on the porch during the summer.

Stowe Craft Gallery and Design Center

Owned and operated by artists, this craft gallery and studio offer handmade work of contemporary artists, craftspeople and jewelers. The design center building, known as the Buron House after the last resident, was the site of a wheelwright shop built circa 1855, a carriage and sleigh shop in the 1870s, a paint shop at the turn of the century, and a dwelling with a harness and cobbler shop shortly thereafter.

Vermont Ski Museum

Take a look at Vermont's skiing history and celebrate the sport's athletes and pioneers in its Hall of Fame exhibit, located at 137 Main Street. Resting on the site of the former Stowe Community Church, built in 1818, the federal-style meeting house simultaneously served several religious congregations, town meetings and social events. After denominations had built their own buildings, the Universalists petitioned to purchase the land and build their own church in 1860. This building was moved to the current site at 1 Main Street and has served as Town Hall and housed a gymnasium, the Fire House and Stowe Village Offices  and Electric Co., before renovation in 2000. It is the town's oldest building in continuous use and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mountain Road Bridge

A replica of part of the 1848 covered bridge, this covered walking bridge was added in the late 1970s. The previous bridge was replaced by a concrete bridge in 1944, thanks to an increase in cars and decrease in horse drawn conveyances.

McCarthy's Restaurant

Located off Mountain Road, this favorite restaurant has served breakfast and lunch to locals and tourists alike since 1974.

Children's Stores on Mountain Road

Filled with one-of-a-kind family-friendly shops, Mountain Road's retail offerings include "Yellow Turtle," a children's clothing and skiwear store, and "Once Upon a Time Toys," a specialty toy store.

Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens

The store, which opened as Stowe Kitchen Company in December 1983,  sells top-of-the-line cookware and cutlery, gadgets of all sorts, dinnerware, and serving pieces. The Mountain Road shop also offers bath and linen products and a variety of products for the home.

Piecasso Pizzeria and Lounge

ince 2000, the Rovetto family has been serving traditional, hand-tossed pizza and authentic Sicilian pastas to locals and tourists. Eduardo Rovetto, Piecasso's owner, learned the pizza business as a child from his parents, Quinto and Rosa, who are both originally from Sicily. 

Stowe Hollow Bridge

Built in 1844, this 50-foot-long bridge is considered the oldest existing covered bridge in Lamoille County. Although it's also known as the Gold Brook Bridge, locals usually call it Emily's Bridge, because it's said to be haunted by Emily, a young girl who committed suicide at the bridge after her lover failed to meet her when the two planned to run away together in the mid 1800s.

Horseback Riding

Stowe's pastoral landscape and backcountry are best seen on horseback. Whether you're a new or experienced rider, the area's stables offer riding tours, lessons and carriage and wagon rides. During the winter, sleigh rides are a special treat.

Vermont Cows

Any local can tell you about a time when the cows outnumbered the humans. The ratio has changed, but cows are still a common sight in Stowe and throughout the state.

Stowe Recreation Path

The award-winning Stowe Recreation Path offers 5.3 paved miles for walking, running, biking and skating. It winds throughout Stowe and provides quiet spots as well as picnic and swimming areas off the greenway.

Stowe Recreation Path in the Winter

Perfect for cross-country skiing and showshoeing in the winter, the Stowe Recreation Path crosses the West Branch River 11 times on arched wooden bridges.

Grandview Farm and Stowe Pinnacle

Grandview Farm's historic barn is more than 100 years old. Nancy Tooley to Stowe Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Stowe's recreational and productive farm and forest lands, donated the 65 acres on which the large barn sits. Situated at the intersection of Stowe Hollow Road and Upper Hollow Road, the farm is home to pigs, chickens, cows, horses and sheep. Nearby, snow-covered Stowe Pinnacle makes a great destination for hikers. The Stowe Pinnacle Trail is relatively short but steep, with a bald open summit from which you can see the Green Mountains to the west (including Camel's Hump, the Bolton Range, the Nebraska Notch, Mt. Mansfield and the Sterling Mountain Range) and the Worcester Range. You'll see Hogback Mountain to the southeast, which you can get to via the Hogback Trail.

Outdoor Festivals

Stowe's spectacular landscape creates a beautiful backdrop while enjoying outdoor concerts and festivals.

Stowe Village Sunset

Vermont's tallest peak at about 4,400 feet above sea level, Mount Mansfield creates an imposing backdrop for Stowe Village, which is pronounced by the Stowe Community Church's familiar steeple in theforeground.