Stowe, Vermont

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In a state that’s full of charming small towns, Stowe still manages to stand out.  It’s just a few miles south of the Stowe Mountain Ski Resort, so it’s filled with restaurants, stores, and places to stay. But at the same time, it doesn’t feel like a typical ski town.  It feels like Vermont.

Stowe couldn’t be located in a better place.  It’s at the crossroads of Vermont Route 100, arguably the state’s most well-known scenic route, and Route 108, which crosses through Smugglers Notch, and provides access to the ski resort at Mt. Mansfield.  There is no traffic light here, just a 3-way stop, which means it can take a while to drive through this intersection (as you’ll see later in the Drivelapse video).

You’ll want to get out of your car and walk through the downtown business area. It’s only a few blocks long, but it’s filled with places to eat and shop.

The often-photographed Stowe Community Church is two blocks east of the main intersection.  I dare you to try to take a picture of it, without a car getting in the way (especially in early October).

The Stowe Community Church was built in 1863, as a Universalist church.  In 1920, it united with the area’s Congregationalists, Methodists, and Baptists, to form one of the first inter-denominational churches in the U.S.

The circa-1902 Akeley Memorial Building is now home to the Stowe Theatre Guild, with live performances throughout the summer and fall months.

Perfectly maintained homes like this one also add to Stowe’s charm.

Leaving Stowe, take Route 100 south towards Waterbury.  You can avoid that troublesome intersection in the middle of downtown by using Thomas Lane as a bypass.

Drivelapse Video

Take a look at this time-lapse, dash-cam video of the drive through Stowe (as well as Waterbury and Montpelier). It begins at the end of the Mt. Mansfield Auto Road:

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