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Day Tour through Stowe, Vermont

5 (57)
Waterbury Village Historic District, US

Day Tour through Stowe, Vermont

5 (57)
Waterbury Village Historic District, US
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Join us on an exciting 7-hour tour through Stowe, Vermont, where you'll experience the best of this charming town. Indulge your taste buds at the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where you can sample their delicious products. Visit the historic Trapp Family Lodge, the home of the Von Trapp family that inspired The Sound of Music, and enjoy the stunning views of Vermont's Green Mountains. Take a scenic drive through Smugglers' Notch State Park, with its impressive cliffs and picturesque landscapes. Finally, explore the vibrant downtown of Stowe, filled with local artisan shops and the Ski and Snowboard Museum. Don't miss out on this unforgettable adventure through Vermont!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 7 hours
  • Suitable for 2-6 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Ben & Jerry's Factory tour with free samples
  • Cold Hollow Cider Mill with fresh cider samples
  • Visit to the scenic Trapp Family Lodge
  • Scenic drive through Smugglers' Notch State Park
  • Exploring the artisan shops and specialty foods in downtown Stowe
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Designated driver/guide for the duration of the tour
  • Admission Ticket to Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch (available for purchase)

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Welcome to a picturesque journey through Stowe, Vermont. Embark on a 7-hour tour filled with captivating sights, delectable treats, and unforgettable experiences. This carefully crafted adventure promises to immerse you in the heart of this charming town and its surrounding natural beauty.

What to expect?

Indulge your taste buds with a visit to the iconic Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Learn about the fascinating history of these beloved establishments, and savor the tantalizing flavors of freshly made ice cream and cider. Explore the Trapp Family Lodge, the enchanting retreat inspired by the famous Von Trapp family. Lose yourself in the breathtaking views of Vermont's Green Mountains and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this magnificent location. Take a scenic drive through Smugglers' Notch State Park, revealing stunning cliffs and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Finally, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Stowe, where local artisans showcase their talents and the Ski and Snowboard Museum pays homage to winter sports enthusiasts.

Who is this for?

This tour is designed for curious souls seeking a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and culinary delights. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or simply someone wanting to explore the charm of Vermont, this tour offers something for everyone. From families looking to create unforgettable memories to solo adventurers yearning for new experiences, this tour welcomes all who wish to discover the best of Stowe.

Why book this?

Embarking on this tour means unlocking a world of unique and enriching experiences. From the joyous sensation of savoring Ben & Jerry's ice cream to the invigorating fragrance of freshly pressed apple cider at Cold Hollow Cider Mill, every moment will leave you craving for more. The Trapp Family Lodge offers a combination of captivating history and breathtaking scenery, where you can connect with nature and unwind in a tranquil setting. The adventurous and scenic drive through Smugglers' Notch State Park will thrill and captivate you, revealing the wonders of Vermont's natural landscape. Finally, a visit to downtown Stowe will immerse you in the vibrant local culture, allowing you to explore artisan shops and discover treasures unique to this charming village.

Good to know

During this tour, remember to bring your curiosity and comfortable walking shoes to fully enjoy every experience. Please note that Smugglers' Notch is closed in winter, but we have an equally captivating alternative planned in Emily's Covered Bridge and a scenic ride through Stowe Hollow. Be prepared to be amazed by the variety of locally-made products and specialty foods available in Stowe. Take your time to explore and find that perfect keepsake to remember your incredible journey through Vermont.


Travelers who have embarked on this tour have been captivated by the beauty and authenticity of Stowe, Vermont. They have praised the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides who create a welcoming and immersive experience. From the delicious flavors of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to the stunning vistas of Smugglers' Notch State Park, each stop has left a lasting impression. Visitors have appreciated the opportunity to learn about the rich history of the Trapp Family Lodge and to support local artisans in downtown Stowe. Overall, reviewers have expressed their satisfaction and gratitude for this unforgettable tour. Join us on this journey and create memories that will last a lifetime.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Ben & Jerry’s

Our first stop will be at the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury. There, you will take 30-minute tour which includes a short film about their history, followed by a guided walkthrough of the production facilities, ending with free samples of their latest flavor! After the factory tour, there will be time to explore the gift shop.

Admission Included

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Our next stop of the day will be the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, also in Waterbury Center. Cold Hollow is one of Vermont’s leading producers of apple cider, but they also carry a number of other Vermont-made products as well, such as maple syrup and other specialty items. The first thing you will notice when entering Cold Hollow Cider Mill is the amazing smell of fresh apples being transformed into cider. The aroma always reminds us of Autumn, but fortunately for us, Cold Hollow Cider Mill is open year ’round! Once inside, you can help yourself to free samples of their freshly made cider, plus sample locally made jams and preserves. And of course, there is plenty of food for sale as well. (You will not want to leave without trying a hot cider donut!)

Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center

After Cold Hollow Cider Mill, we will drive to Stowe to visit the Trapp Family Lodge. The Trapp Family Lodge sits on 2,500 acres of land, with breathtaking scenic views of Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Von Trapp Family (from “The Sound of Music” fame) chose this location as their home because its scenery is reminiscent their native Austria. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a welcome sign that reads “The Trapp Family invites you to share a little of Austria, a lot of Vermont.”

Smugglers Notch

After leaving the Trapp Family Lodge, we will take a scenic drive through *Smugglers’ Notch State Park. This narrow pass through Vermont’s Green Mountains features a steep and winding road, with impressive views of 1,000 foot cliffs above. As its name suggests, Smugglers’ Notch was originally used to smuggle various goods in and out of the country. Nowadays this area attracts visitors for its scenic beauty alone. * Smugglers’ Notch is closed in Winter. In its place, we will visit: Emily’s Covered Bridge, and a scenic ride through Stowe Hollow.


Finally, our last visit of the day will be in downtown Stowe. With a population of just over 4,300 people, this village is home to many events throughout the Summer, including a hot air balloon festival and many different arts and crafts shows. Here you will find many local artisan shops featuring art, jewelry, clothing, gifts, and number of award-winning specialty foods. There is even a Ski and Snowboard Museum, of interest to those who enjoy downhill Winter sports.



5 (57)


Excellent. The tour was wonderfully organized. Natalia, the tour guide, was very enthusiastic and well prepared.


It was such a great and fun experience. Natalia was well prepared and she shared her knowledge of Vermont in an interactive and entertaining way.


I had an excellent day meeting Natalia. She is fun, upbeat, and extremely knowledgeable about everything Vermont. This was a great way to discover this beautiful state. Took a lot of stress off of me driving around, trying to follow Google maps and having people honk at me because I got lost repeatedly. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.


Natalia gave us, that is me and my husband and another wonderful passenger, an adventurous and terrific day tour of the beautiful rural state of Vermont. We enjoyed a scenic journey with well thought out stops, such to a local cider mill, where we enjoyed genuine hospitality, cider and cider doughnuts. I enjoyed visiting the Main Street of Stowe, as much as visiting the anticipated Von Trapp lodge, which did not disappoint with its rich archival history! Surprisingly, we had a chance to walk a bit of the Long trail, and visited covered bridges, a farmhouse, smugglers cove, and of course Ben and Jerry’s too. Our tour guide Natalia was so upbeat, knowledgeable about all things Vermont, and warm, genuine and personable, that I highly recommend this tour if you want to enjoy and experience Vermont in an authentic way!


If you’re looking for the best way to see the most on your vacation, look no further than Natalia to take you there! Natalia knows where all the great spots , stops and attractions are! And on your way to the big things, she also knows you’d like to see the small things along the way. Her scheduling and timing is perfect. She’s friendly and fun. We experienced all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Vermont on our two tours with her. Don’t hesitate, book a tour with Vermontology! You’ll never regret it !


Natalia was the best tour guide ever!!! She was friendly and fun!!! The tour was special with only 5 people. We could stop at places that a large bus couldn't and she succeeded in avoiding being at the same place as they were! She was knowledgeable in everything Vermont. As a photographer, she made sure that I got to see stunning scenery. Book early to get this amazing tour. Thanks from Vicki and Deb!!


Scenic drive through Stowe, VT Covered bridges was something new! The Tripp family lodge, Ben and Jerry Graveyard. Fresh apple cider was very refreshing and the hot doughnuts w Apple juice were something new. Excellent trip planned


This is the 2nd time I’ve had a tour with Natalia. This time was with a group of friends. Once again Natalia does not disappoint. We went to Stowe to see the colors and sites. What makes her tours special are the “hidden gem” spots she stops at for her guests. Yes, she provides all the regular tourist stops and sites, which are fabulous but she always has somewhere that she goes where the average tour companies don’t. She is extremely knowledgeable about Vermont and its history and provides a wealth of information while on the tour and the attractions. Beyond the sites and her knowledge Natalia is simply a fun and happy personality. Her energy is contagious. She wants to ensure her guests are having a good time and you feel that when you are with her. The final thing I like about her tour is the fact they are limited to only 6 people. Because of this you get the attention and detail you will never get on a bus. I would continue to use Vermontology and highly recommend this tour for everyone!! Far exceeds expectations!!!


I went on a day tour to Waterbury and Stowe with Natalia on 30 Sep. Her bubbly personality made me feel very comfortable around her right from the start. Our group only had one other couple besides me, so the ride in her car was really spacious and comfortable. We were blessed to have come at the peak of fall foliage in Vermont and all the places described in her itinerary (red barn, Stowe town, Smugglers Notch, Von Trapp family lodge) were simply stunning. Natalia knows Vermont at the back of her hand, so was able to take some graveled roads to show us many more scenic views in the back country. She also took the effort to show us some extras such as driving through a covered bridge, and going to this secret spot to capture a postcard view of the white church against the colourful hills. The highlight for me was the Smugglers Notch State Park. Imagine winding through 20 minutes of non-stop leaf peeping as we ascend up the notch and down. At the base of the notch, we paused to take in a viewpoint and even packed in a tiny walk. Felt so relaxed and stress-free. Overall, the pacing of this tour was very good, with lots to see and do without feeling rushed. Highly recommended!


Natalia was amazing! She was very accommodating and knowledgeable of the Stowe area. If we are ever back in Stowe, Vermont we most definitely will choose her tour again. We really enjoyed the small size of our tour group.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-17 09:50