Life in Stowe, Vermont

Stowe can be briefly described as a picturesque mountain town. It is located 38 miles east of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city and about 11 miles off the highway. Stowe Village lies at the base of Mt. Mansfield, making it an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts.

As the “Ski Capital of the East”, Stowe’s main business is tourism. In winter, people visit for the alpine skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort, and in warmer seasons for the mountains and gorgeous autumn foliage. As a result of Stowe’s tourism, the percentage of second homeowners is large. Stowe’s full-time community is also vibrant.  The population of Stowe is approximately 5,000 people. The town has its own elementary, middle and high schools. The elementary school is considered to be one of the best in the state.

Chartered in 1763, the early years of Stowe revolved around sheep farming, potash and milling lumber. It was not until the 1900’s that the focus shifted to tourism. This industry started with summer visitors before transitioning into a hugely popular winter destination.

Rumor has it that during the War of 1812, when the British embargoed potash and the prices skyrocketed the name of Stowe’s state park was born, Smugglers’ Notch. This route was used to smuggle contraband into Canada, such as potash, cattle and whiskey during Prohibition.

Like the rest of Vermont Stowe enjoys four distinct seasons, as well as a November “stick” season and April “mud” season, when full-time residents enjoy a little quiet time  from busy tourism.

Stowe has a rich history and a bustling culture both within the residential community and tourism community. If you have been frequenting Stowe as a visitor you may want to consider building your first or second home here.

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