Population: 4,314 (2010 census)
Area: 73 square miles;Lamoille County
Neighboring towns: Waterbury and Waterbury Center, Morrisville;
Montpelier (state capital, 24 miles),
Burlington (37 miles).
Burlington was ranked as the 2nd Best Place to Live in 2013 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (cities under one million population). Nearby hubs/destinations: Boston, Mass. (200 miles/3.5 hour drive); New York City (340 miles/ 6 hour drive); Montreal, QC, Canada (130 miles/2.5 hour drive).
Stowe is a picturesque and bustling town in the mountains of central Vermont. In addition to being a busy year-round community, the surrounding area is a growing business hub, providing a home base to successful companies including Ben & Jerry’s, Keurig Green Mountain, and many others. Stowe combines world-class amenities with small-town charm, and is home to fourseason resort areas including Stowe Mountain Resort on Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s highest peak) and the Trapp Family Lodge.
Stowe Elementary, Middle and High Schools provide education for local students, as well as several preschools. Small class sizes (an average of 40-70 students per grade), a low studentteacher ratio, dedicated teachers and a variety of extracurricular opportunities provide a solid foundation for Stowe’s children. The Stowe Parent-Teacher Organization and nonprofit Stowe Education Fund are also very involved with the schools. The town hall and municipal offices are located centrally in the village of Stowe, a few buildings down from the Community Church, in the historic Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building.
The Stowe Police Department shares a municipal building with the volunteer Stowe Rescue organization and the mostly volunteer Stowe Fire Department. Stowe Mountain Rescue is another organization committed to the safety and health of our community. In addition to Stowe Community Church, places of worship and fellowship include Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, St. John’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church, Grace Bible Church, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and the Mountain Chapel.
The surrounding towns, Morrisville to the north and Waterbury to the south, are small but strong communities as well. Morrisville is home to Copley Hospital and many community outreach organizations. Waterbury hosts the headquarters of Ben & Jerry’s and Keurig Green Mountain, and has many restaurants, breweries and shops. The city of Burlington, which is about a 45- minute drive from Stowe, is a thriving and vibrant hub, home to colleges including the University of Vermont, Champlain College and Saint Michael’s College. The Burlington area sits on the shore of Lake Champlain, and boating is popular in the summer — visitors try to catch a glimpse of “Champ,” Vermont’s own mythical lake monster! A ferry trip to Plattsburgh, NY takes about 90 minutes.
The Stowe Community Church is an iconic fixture in the center of town, its white spire visible up and down Main Street and the Mountain Road.
The town is home to many local shops, businesses and acclaimed restaurants. One of our most significant industries is tourism, and it’s not hard to see why.
Vermont is the largest maple syrup producer in the country (with about 40% of total national production), and Stowe and the surrounding area is home to many maple syrup producers, often with several generations of families working together. In the fall, the hills truly come alive with colors — the maple, beech, oak and birch trees turn the forests into a rainbow of fiery gold, red, orange and yellow. This past year saw perhaps the most vibrant foliage in recent memory!
The Stowe Parks and Recreation organization offers a wide variety of year-round activities to children and adults. The town has hundreds of miles of outdoor trails and lands that are open to hikers, bikers (including snow/fat-biking), Nordic skiers, snowshoers, bird watchers and more. The nearby Waterbury Reservoir sets the scene for swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and more; the Stowe area is also home to plenty of rivers and swimming holes. Golf and tennis are very popular activities in the area. The Stowe Land Trust is one of the nonprofit organizations working to conserve, protect and promote the beauty and natural resources of the area.
In the winter, skiers, snowboarders and sports enthusiasts flock to Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Our ice-skating arena was recently reconstructed, offering year-round hockey and skating as well as a turf option. The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum offers education and a glimpse into the state’s vast ski history.
Stowe hosts many regional and national outdoor events, including the Junior National Cross- Country Ski Championships, USSA and USASA alpine and freestyle ski and snowboard events and championships, several lacrosse events and festivals including the Bitter Lacrosse tournament, the Stowe Derby (the country’s oldest downhill Nordic ski race, now in its 70th year), as well as mountain and road bike, hockey and running events. Stowe is also a major provider and supporter of adaptive sports programs and fundraisers, providing disabled or injured individuals with the opportunities to participate in activities they love. Stowe hosts an annual Winter Carnival, with community-wide events including music performances, films, a nationally sanctioned ice carving competition and more. Stowe hosts The Bitter Lacrosse Tournament, as well as the Stowe Antique Classic Car Rally, and The British Invasion Car Rally.
Arts & Culture
While Stowe offers a huge variety of recreational and athletic opportunities, arts and culture are another major component of the community.
Nonprofit organizations including Stowe Vibrancy, Stowe Performing Arts, Stowe Theatre Guild and the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center all contribute to making Stowe a truly multifaceted center for the arts, music, theater and performers.
The Stowe Free Library, Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Historical Society are located centrally in the town, close to the elementary school, post office, town hall and Community Church. There are many art galleries throughout town as well. Performance art venues include the Town Hall Theatre, a historic stage located upstairs in the Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building/Town Hall; and the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, a world-class performance facility at Stowe Mountain Resort that draws first-rate musicians, dancers, artists, groups and speakers from Vermont and far beyond.
Outreach & Community
Philanthropy is an essential part of our small community, and we work together to help those in need. Area organizations include the Stowe Rotary Club, the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, the Lamoille County Food Share, Salvation Farms (salvaging and distributing produce from farms with the help of incarcerated people), Lamoille County Mental Health Services, the Lamoille Family Center, the Lamoille Housing Partnership, Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports, the Stowe Education Fund, the United Way of Lamoille County, ReSOURCE (operating reuse facilities and offering professional services and training programs to disadvantaged youth and individuals), the Center for America’s First Horse (horse rescue, natural horsemanship training and education, therapeutic programs for all individuals), as well as many veterans’ and other organizations.
One organization that is a highlight every year is the Stowe Weekend of Hope. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the event, which brings cancer patients and survivors and their families for a healthy, inspirational retreat weekend in Stowe featuring education, workshops, insights from oncologists and therapists, performances, lectures and seminars, communion and spiritual enlightenment. Local businesses including restaurants and hotels donate lodging and services, and hundreds of volunteers congregate to make the truly special event possible.
Stowe is a unique and charming town with a dedicated and passionate community, made up of families and individuals with a wide variety of interests and talents who share a mutual love for our beautiful town and all it has to offer.
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