I’ve lived in New England for most of my adult life, and I really thought I had pretty much experienced all it had to offer.
I’ve seen many of our historic monuments, toured our quaint New England towns, sucked down my fair share of chowder, eaten my weight in lobsters, visited Plymouth Rock a bazillion times, and I can name a slew of people that came over on the Mayflower.
That said, I’ve been Vermont ignorant. I’ve not paid too much attention to Vermont over the years because it seemed so far away. Way up yonder.
Too far to schlep all of the kids someplace that was most likely similar to where we already live. Minus the mountains and moose of course.
But let me tell you, that was a mistake. I’ve wasted valuable time. You see, Vermont is a magical place.
The views up here at Stowe are breathtaking. The air so crisp and clean, and there’s just so much to do here that even my video game playing kids were running until they couldn’t run anymore. And that was the most beautiful sight to behold.
It didn’t hurt that we stayed at the spectacular Stowe Mountain Lodge. I’ll be writing a full review over the next few days, but for now I’ll just say that it was luxurious with a side of family friendly.
Something that’s not always easy to pull off. But they did a bang up job making every single one of us thrilled to stay here. More on that later…
The lodge is located right next to the Alpine Slide. And yes, I did go down the mountain on a scooter. There are no pictures to prove this, but you’ll just have to take my word.
What a thrill! I had a blast. As did the kids. They spent hours today going up and down the mountain, and smiling the entire time.
Even Leela was able to ride the slide on her own. I was worried that she would be terrified, but she surprised me by conquering that fear lickety split.
Close to the Alpine Slide, there is an attractions park. All the attractions were do it yourself physically powered amusements like bungee trampolines, kid’s rock climbing wall, and an obstacle course.
Activities that had them moving their little bodies while taking in that fresh mountain air. Usually I have to beg the kids to stay outside and play. Not today.
Actually, I was the one with the biggest issues. My heart was in my throat every time they bounced on this thing. I just smiled at them, but in my head I was having a full on mom panic attack.
Towards late afternoon we took a ride up in a gondola to the top of the mountain. Everyone was pooped, and we pretty much just sat down at the top to take in the scenery.
Why I didn’t visit Vermont sooner is beyond me. The Alpine Slide alone would’ve been enough to warrant a visit. I can’t even begin to tell you how much my kids enjoyed that.
This area is known for skiing, but there’s so much more to do here than that. Hiking trails, fishing, swimming… just tons of stuff to get you moving.
And let’s not forget about eating. Cheese, fresh produce, baked goods, everything maple, cider donuts. Seriously, counting calories is just not worth it here. When in Rome as they say.
We give ten thumbs up for Vermont and every digit we collectively have for the Stowe Mountain Lodge. An incredible mini vacation that we will never forget.
Have you been to Vermont? Ever ride on an Alpine Slide before?