Stowe, Vermont is a quintessential New England town. Very colonial in it’s architecture. We were here to ski (trail map here); however, we quickly learned that Stowe has a lot to offer in the summer time too (think fabulous hiking with amazing views) and we hope to return!
We stayed at an amazing B&B called Timberholm Inn that we will definitely be returning to, hopefully during the summer time. Tom and Susan were the perfect hosts and their breakfasts, amazing! Day 1 we were served homemade chocolate chip muffins with fresh fruit. Susan then served us a goat cheese with sun dried tomatoe quiche that was out of this world. We were also served bacon and sausage. Day 2 we were served homemade zucchini/pineapple bread with a baked apple stuffed with cinnamon along with Brussel style waffles and Vermont syrup. We were upgraded to a suite which had a beautiful view and plenty of space. The overall B&B is very cozy and comfortable with a mountain lodge feel. We were told the regular rooms were a bit small but there is plenty of common areas to sit and enjoy the views next to a fire place. For skiers, they have a ski/boot room to keep them warm during the night.
We rented our skies and boots from the Pinnacle which was conveniently located a few miles from the ski lifts. I was given a boot for the shoe size I indicated which turned out to be too small once I got on the mountain. They were patient and worked with me to get a comfortable boot. There are also brochures around town that have a coupon for basic skis and boots.
We enjoyed a nice dinner at the Bistro at Ten Acres. They do serve Heady Topper for the beer enthusiast. We started with the hush puppies topped with crab…I wasn’t totally sold on the combo but my husband liked it. He also had the lobster and enjoyed it, though had to work for it! I had the vege pasta that was delicious. It was so big, I brought half of it home.
Many people make the pilgrimage to the area simply for the Heady Topper beer. As this is arguably (according to BeerAdvocate.com) the#1 ranked beer in the US. It is very hard to get 6-packs or cases to take to go. Various locations are allocated 1 day for delivery in the area and they often sell out within 15 minutes. HOWEVER, if you’re there on a weekend, don’t fret. Many restaurants receive their deliveries during the week but as they do not sell Heady Topper to-go, they often retain it much longer. We went to Sushi Yoshi for a taste. You can drink as much as you want, just can’t take it out the door. The bartender indicated that they often DON’T sell out of it between deliveries. If you end up here and like sushi, try the Volcano roll and the Valentines Roll…. Yumm!