Stowe Vermont we heartbreakingly left Green Hill this week to take his big brother back to college. After unloading him into his 3rd year at Champlain College, we bid our farewells and left Burlington to explore nearby Stowe.
Here are highlights form our 2 night stay:
Green Mountain Inn
We chose to stay at the Green Mountain Inn. While we had planned to book our hotel at the Stowe Mountain Resort, the appeal of being within walking distance to shoppes, restaurants and trails, with an in town location, tipped the scales in favor of the Inn.
But here’s the thing, this is not your typical Inn!
Our room was over the top spacious. We enjoyed a palatial sized townhouse for near the same price as a standard double bed room would have cost us at the resort. We’re talking 2 floors, 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, huge family room, and fully equipped Kitchen, with your choice of Drip Brew or Keurig coffee options. Coffee is serious business in these parts. Did I mention the washer and dryer?
Everything was clean as could be and that’s a need at the top of my list. We ate one meal at their restaurant called the WHIP Bar & Grille (super delicious), and the boys enjoyed swimming in the heated outdoor pool and soaking in the jacuzzi. There’s a game room if you bring some quarters & a fire pit each night where they offer the makings for s’mores for $1.
The Green Mountain Inn is a very special place. Equal parts Longfellow’s Wayside Inn & modern luxury hotel. The Innkeeper here clearly has her eyes on all the details. We noticed the all. We couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing and accommodated hotel stay.
Secret Swimming Hole
After stopping into the Main Street visitor center, directly across from the Inn, we encountered a welcoming staff that is just bursting with information on things to do. Quickly you realize you need more than 2 days in a place like Stowe, VT! It was there that they recommended that we hike to Bingham Falls the next day.
Bingham Falls is a short distance outside of town along Route 108 (The Mountain Road). These Falls only get direct sunlight in the middle of the day. Lucky for us we had slept in and had a leisurely morning, so our timing to arrive at about 10:30 am was perfect. We made our way along the trail, led by the sounds of a crushing water fall beyond.
In the video, we only capture a sliver of the beauty and sights you will encounter along this walk. We recommend bringing a light towel so you can dry off post dunk, and if you want to linger longer, perhaps a lunch or snack. Wear sturdy shoes with grip if you can, because it will help you more safely walk along the route, which includes slippery rocks. We reached the Falls and were back in our car to meet our fellow “Green Hillers” within a 2-hour window.
Swimming at Bingham Falls is super cold & refreshing! What an energizer to plunge your body into frigid, clear mountain waters! We highly recommend the experience!