Sandra Scott Travels: Vermont Is So Much More Than A Ski Destination

Welcome to Stoweflake Resort and Spa.

Welcome to Stoweflake Resort and Spa.

Last week I asked: Where is the perfect place in Stowe for a getaway?

Stoweflake Resort and Spa.

Welcome to Stoweflake Resort and Spa.
Welcome to Stoweflake Resort and Spa.

It has been years since John and I have been to Vermont so it was time to return.

We had never been to Stowe and always thought it was a solely a ski destination.

That is not the case.

In fact, Chuck Baraw, the owner of Stoweflake Resort said that the 80% of his guests visit outside the winter season.

I can understand that.

There is so much to see and do.

Stoweflake solarium
Stoweflake solarium

First of all the drive is much nicer when there is no snow and ice on the roads.

The 60-acre Stoweflake Resort is a destination in itself with a 30-room spa with a marvelous Aqua Solarium and a seven-circuit Zen Labyrinth, indoor and outdoor pools, a 9-hole golf course free to guests, tennis courts, squash/racquet ball court, and more – I am sure I missed something.

On the way, via Route 100, we stopped at Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury, just a few miles from Stowe.

I love the Ben & Jerry story.

Ben and Jerry's Wall of Honor.
Ben and Jerry’s Wall of Honor.

They took a $5 online ice cream making course from Penn State and turned it into a multi-million dollar business.

Part of their success is due to using only fair trade products and giving back to the community.

I asked the young lady directing traffic, “Do you get free ice cream?”

The answer was, “Yes, three pints a day.”

The place was busy, but we only had to wait 20 minutes for the next tour.

It started with a video about the company and then a walk by the production floor.

The best part was the free ice cream at the end.

The Flavor Graveyard
The Flavor Graveyard

The taste treat of the day was Salted Caramel Blondie – vanilla ice cream with blond brownies and salted caramel swirl.

Oh! My! So delicious.

They have a Wall of Honor.

We were surprised to learn that the long-time favorite, Cherry Garcia, is no longer the number one favorite flavor.

It is now Half Baked: Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams with Fudge Brownies & Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Before we left, we walked up the hill behind the parking lot to the Flavor Grave Yard.

Sugar Plum was the flavor that died out the fastest – sounds good – but even though based on the tombstone it lasted a year it actually only lasted a couple months, from just before Christmas to just after New Year’s.

Some of the “dead” flavors sounded great like Tennessee Mud.

Stowe village
Stowe village

After we arrived at Stoweflake we had a light lunch in the resort’s casual restaurant, Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant with a lovely alfresco deck.

I am not a real fan of sushi mainly because it is often too fishy but I loved their Spicy Duck Ninja Roll made with duckling leg comfit, rice, miso aioli, and rolled in nori paper.

It was lightly coated in tempura batter.

It was served with a surprisingly delicious seaweed salad and ginger.

After we settled in our luxurious room we drove into Stowe, a classic 200-year old village in the shadow of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak.

They have preserved its small village ambiance.


We visited the museum of the Stowe Historic Society housed in old West Branch Schoolhouse.

We picked up their free Historic Walking Tour of Stowe and wandered the Historic District.

Also in the village is the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum – but it was closed while we were there.

Trivia Tease™: Where is the Old Tyme Fiddler Hall of Fame?

Look for the answer next week.

Sandra and her husband, John, have been exploring the world for decades, always on the lookout for something new and unique to experience. We have sailed down the Nile for a week on a felucca, stayed with the Pesch Indians in La Mosquitia, visited schools in a variety of countries, and — to add balance to our life — stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Let the fun continue!