No matter what season of the year, Vermont is well known around the Northeastern United States as the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway. Welcoming bed and breakfasts, charming New England towns, and miles of rolling forests make the state the perfect spot for a romantic getaway from the stressors of the workweek and the responsibilities of family. For a quiet, relaxing, and romantic getaway with a distinctively New England flavor, head to the quiet forests of Vermont.
Of all of the charming towns in Vermont, the small village of Stowe is nestled in the mountains and exudes an aura of charm and hospitality. Untouched by the corporate arms of suburbia, downtown Stowe has over 70 unique shops that are all family owned and operated. Art, jewelry, and craft shops dot the side of the winding Stowe Mountain Road. Downtown, visitors can explore art galleries, cloth shops, and antique shops. After browsing the shops with your special someone, be sure to sit down and have a glass of wine or local beer at Crop Bistro & Brewery. This quaint restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients and proudly serves Vermont culinary specialties. For a restaurant with a magical view of the surrounding mountains, try a romantic brunch at Norma’s. In the summer, couples can even share world-class wines and local specialties on a wood porch overlooking the spectacular vista.
As far as where to stay, the Edson Hill Manor is by far the most romantic during any time of the year. This secluded estate has rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, four-post beds, and large windows that overlook the Vermont mountains. In the winter, couples can even take romantic sleigh rides around the expansive property, and then cozy up by the fireplace for warmth afterwards. The dining room is award winning, and the Edson Hill Manor was named one of the six best inns in North America by Country Inns Magazine. For something on a grander scale, the Lodge at Stowe Meadows is a lavish alpine resort on the slopes of Mount Mansfield (pictured). Romantic accommodations are complete with a delicious breakfast service, complimentary refreshments, and the latest in modern amenities. For the romantic escape with a larger budget, the Lodge at Stowe Meadows is the way to go. In fact, the Lodge has received awards from Trip Advisor, HGTV, and even Google.
As far as activities go, Stowe offers fantastic shopping, restaurants, and access to the best skiing in Vermont. If anything, a romantic visit to Stowe does not require a loaded itinerary or specific agenda. Just being in the small town itself is relaxing. Visitors and residents alike affectionately refer to the effect from extended stays in Stowe as the “Stowe Response.” The Stowe Response is peaceful, restorative, and restful, which is largely attributed to the town’s relaxed pace of life, richness of culture, and serene natural surroundings. Stowe has been hosting visitors for over 200 years, so the lodges, restaurants, and shops in town all try to help visitors experience the Stowe Response.
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