The flat to gently rolling 5.5-mile Stowe Recreation Path, which starts from the pointy-steepled Stowe Community Church in the village center, offers a fabulous four-season escape for all ages. It rambles through woods, meadows and outdoor sculpture gardens along the West Branch of Little River, with sweeping views of Mt Mansfield unfolding in the distance.

Bike, walk, skate or ski – and swim in one of the swimming holes along the way.