Stowe was founded in 1793, two years after Vermont became our 14th state. In the mid-1800’s the Mt. Mansfield Hotel was built in Stowe Village, which was the beginning of summer tourism. Some early settlers introduced skiing in the early 1900’s. In the 1930’s the Stowe Ski School was founded and the early days of skiing on Mt. Mansfield began. Since then, Stowe has earned the distinction of “Ski Capital of the East” and more than ever has maintained its reputation as a world-class resort destination. A few years ago Stowe Mountain Resort, located at the base of Mt. Mansfield, committed to an ongoing multi-million dollar expansion. Recently completed was a transfer gondola connecting Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, a new Spruce Camp Base Lodge with a small village of shops, restaurant and Spa and Wellness Center. The new multi-million dollar Performing Arts Center brings dance, theater and music to locals and visitors alike.
Stowe is not only about skiing and outdoor recreation, but also provides a vibrant cultural life. The Helen Day Art Center offers continuing art classes for adults and children as well as ongoing art exhibits. The beautiful 1861 Greek Revival building is also home to the Stowe Free Library. Stowe is a 4-season resort town with events in every season:
- indoor concerts at the Performing Arts Center
- outdoor concerts in the meadows of famous Trapp Family Lodge
- Antique Car Show
- British Invasion
- Hot Air Balloon Festival
- various parades and farmer’s markets
Many retirees and families have moved to the Stowe area from cities such as Boston, New York and Montreal seeking Stowe’s outstanding quality of life. Others have purchased second homes to enjoy the four seasons. There is a wide range of real estate offerings to choose from, from affordable and luxury homes to small and large land holdings -- all are there to satisfy the dream and enchantment that is Vermont. There are so many reasons to choose Stowe!