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A Beginner’s Guide to Adventure in Stowe

by Angelique Platas

Oct 11, 2019

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Travel Tips

Adventure activities in Stowe, Vermont, are around every corner — whether or not your family is ready for them is an entirely different story.


Sure, you can wing it and go with the first result of your Google search for a local snowshoe guide or ski lesson, or you can rely on a well-established resort to do all the work for you. Enter Topnotch Resort.


On your marks …

With enough adventure activities to appease any member of the family and enough expertise to put your mind at ease that the kids are in good hands, Topnotch is a great stay for active travelers who are still a little shaky on their skis.


Get Set …

Don’t let the intimidating Vermont mountains scare you away from an adventurous family vacation. Stay active, even on vacation, and discover new corners of the mountain locale with Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear, an on-property equipment rental and clothing shop.


With nearby activities, including mountain biking, golfing, archery lessons, river rafting, paddle boarding, canoeing, ATV rides, hot air balloon tours and white-water rafting — to name a few — your family is going to need to dress the part.


Top Notch Resort in Stowe, Vermont. Photo: Stillman Rogers



Book local adventure activities with expert guides and the hotel’s well-equipped concierge. Discuss any concerns, your kids interests, ages and anything else you think could be of use when deciding what the kids will want to explore on your family vacation. The concierge can help steer you in the right direction for adventure activities depending on your interest and skill level. Who knows, they might take a liking to something they’ve never tried.


For parents looking to relax and get outdoors all at once, explore the surrounding countryside along Stowe’s Recreation Path, ideal for running, hiking and even horseback riding with private lessons, which can be booked through the resort.


If you want to get out on the mountain bike, but need some help, Stowe’s Four Points Mountain Bike School & Guide Service allows guests to explore on guided bike tour or even take a lesson. This is a great way to explore the nearby terrain with some guidance as a new rider, or if you need a refresher course.


… And relax!

Unwind after a long day on the slopes, hiking, bike riding, zip lining and anything else you can handle with a treatment at the Topnotch Spa. Choose from more than 120 treatments and services with options, including locally sourced CBD products for your sore muscles.


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