Part 1 on Burlington HERE!
Where to stay
Topnotch Resort is amazing in the summer. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me post a million pictures of this place – it’s just so pretty at every single point of the day. It’s set up in the mountains and you feel so secluded and just like, up really high? (Trust me it’s cool). There are two pools – one adult and one annoying (aka kid-friendly) – and a hot tub. There is also an indoor lap pool, indoor hot tub, tennis court, fire pits (they offer s’mores supplies!), and a section on the lawn for yard games like croquet and cornhole.
There’s also a spa here. Obviously Vermont spa treatments aren’t going to be as great as what you’d experience in a city, but a spa treatment is still a spa treatment! I’d try and stay away from the nail services though – they turn out looking pretty cheap.
But theeee best thing about Topnotch in the summer is that you can rent one of the share houses on the property for pretty cheap! These houses are huge and in their own little neighborhood next to the hotel. Staying in a house vs. a hotel room makes the experience feel that much more personal and relaxed – what Vermont is all about #cheesey.
I love the food scene in Stowe. Just like Burlington, all of the restaurants are super picturesque with ~romantic~ outdoor seating areas.
My fav restaurants include: Plate (this is easily my number 1, it’s in the center of town and has SUCH good food especially for us vegans), Idletyme Brewing Co. (great for lunch or dinner, this place serves American food and has a huge outdoor patio with yard games and purty lights at nighttime), Main Street Market (crowded cafe in the center of town with SUPER yummy sandwiches, etc.), Solstice (located in The Lodge at Spruce Peak, kinda pricey but really good dinner food), and lastly, The Flannel (inside the Topnotch hotel, super chic and YUM).
Oh! You should also check out the Farmer’s Market on Sunday’s. SO many samples and amazing local food. I always get the dairy-free chocolate gelato and approximately 1 million jelly with saltine cracker samples.
You could probably guess that Stowe isn’t exactly a shopping mecca, but there are still some really cute stores (actually way better than anything in my hometown of Westwood, MA).
The main shop I’m obsessed with is Chammomile. They sell clean beauty and sustainable clothing from brands including Kjar Weis, P/Y/T Beauty, No BS and more. I bought 2 exfoliating body scrubs/body polish’s from Pursoma here (I’d been looking for one for so long) and I am IN LOVE. This brand is also sold on Violet Grey so that’s how you know it’s legit. On the bag it says that the polish is made from real food ingredients,“but don’t eat me!” I lol’d when I saw that because who TF would ever try and eat a body scrub, but it smells THAT good (like coconut cookie dough) that I honestly considered it.
My Fav Products From Chammomile
While we’re at it…..
Bike riding on the Stowe recreation path is an easy, fun activity to do as the bike rental shop is right next to the path. The path takes you right into town, and on the way you pass a ton of restaurants that you can stop at if you want to break up the bike ride.
For those that are as adventurous, athletic and daring as my sister and I (TOTALLY KIDDING), we’d recommend hiking Stowe Pinnacle. It’s definitely challenging enough so that you feel accomplished for the day and the view is absolutely unreal.
There are also a ton of good breweries in Stowe, buuuuut I don’t drink beer so you’d prob be better off googling this one yourself. 😉