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Getting There

Stowe is on Route 100, about 10 miles north of Waterbury. In summer, Stowe can also be reached from Burlington or Montpelier (after some back-roading) via Smugglers' Notch on Route 108. This scenic pass, which squeezes narrowly between rocks and is not recommended for RVs or trailers, is one of the state's most scenic drives -- but is closed in winter (and absolutely packed in Oct).

Stowe has no direct train or bus service, but Amtrak's (tel. 800/USA-RAIL; www.amtrak.com) Vermonter service from New York City stops in Waterbury, 10 miles south, after a 9-hour ride. You can rent a car there from Thrifty (tel. 802/244-8800; www.thrifty.com) or call a local taxi or car service.

Visitor Information

The Stowe Area Association (tel. 877/467-8693 or 802/253-7321; www.gostowe.com) maintains a handy office at 51 Main St. in the village center. It's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm in summer, fall-foliage season, and winter (more limited hours during slower seasons).

The Green Mountain Club (tel. 802/244-7037), a statewide association devoted to building and maintaining backcountry trails in the mountains, also has a visitor center on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe.

Special Events

The weeklong Stowe Winter Carnival (tel. 802/253-7321) has taken place annually, from the middle to the end of January, since 1921. The fest features a number of wacky events involving skis, snowshoes, and skates, as well as nighttime entertainment. Don't miss the snow-sculpture contest or snow golf, played on the (snow-covered) Snow Country Club.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.