Historic Stowe Village, with it’s quintessentially New England-style charm has lovely homes, bustling shops and a noteworthy abundance of restaurants. The historic Green Mountain Inn in the center of town is a wonderful place to dine. Be sure to investigate the impressive collection of memorabilia. Historic photographs and ephemera of Stowe Village line the halls of this Stowe institution.
If you prefer, after strolling the village, stop for a craft beer or a classic glass of wine in one of the fine establishments along Main Street.
Another historic building in Stowe Village that is especially relevant is the Helen Day Library and Art Center. The Greek Revival building was built in 1861. It housed the first village school and then Stowe’s high school until 1973. Upon her death, Helen Day Montanare donated funds to restore the building. It was once in such disrepair it earned the moniker “old yeller.” Opened in its present incarnation as the library and art center in 1981, the center now hosts exhibitions of international, national and local artists. It also offers a most noteworthy variety of art classes for youth and adults.
The Stowe Library is an invaluable asset and offers a variety of services including interlibrary loans and online databases and suggestions for online research. The library’s history is a most interesting story of Stowe Village and can be found on its website.
The Stowe Recreation Path has become a model for similar bike and recreation paths around the world. After the ski area and trails, it is probably the most visited attraction in Stowe and therefore a treasured resource. The path is accessed behind the community church on Main Street in Stowe Village and wanders along through neighborhoods and fields along the Mountain Road. Walker, runners and cyclists enjoy the almost 5.5 mile path following the Little River. Visitors and locals alike are delighted by the beautiful vistas of mountains and farmlands along the way. A variety of restaurants and shops are accessible from it’s path, which ends across from Topnotch Field near the covered bridge at Brook Road.
The Stowe Area Association facilitates events in Stowe village and throughout the area year round.