Stick Season is here! This quiet, grey time of year immediataly following the beauty of foliage is often dreaded and vilified by locals (and tourists) but Stick Season may be the most unappreciated time of year in Stowe, VT. The Village is calmer and the average speed on Mountain Rd rises above 20 mph. Hiking this time of year is so special, with the leaves and undergrowth down and snow still a month away it is easy to enjoy the beauty of the mountain terrain and unique features along favorite trails. Paths that are often dark and shady are open and sunny, the afternoon sun warms the chilly air and trails are usually dry. The recreation path is almost deserted and a drive through the Notch can be enjoyed at your own pace.
It is hunting season so make sure to wear orange while hiking and don't forget bright colors for your dogs as well!
Check out the Stowe Land Trust website for some great Stick Season walking, hiking or biking ideas.
While a few stores and restaurants close in early November to provide owners and staff a much deserved break before the winter season, most not only remain open, but offer great deals during this time. So before the snow flies and the holiday season rush starts get our and enjoy the "worst" season in Stowe, Vermont.
For a list of events going on this time of year check out the Stowe Area Association calendar of events: