Wedding Venues in Stowe, Vermont
Summer, fall, winter, or spring, this mountain resort’s party spots are the peak of perfection.
Nestled in the shadow of Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is known as the “ski capital of the East.” But you don’t have to be a powder hound to host your big day in this alpine wonderland. “It really is the adventure center of Vermont,” says Carrie MacMillan, founder and creative director of the local planning firm Storied Events. “You have a lot of opportunities to do organized activities for guests.”
While some brides and grooms opt to tie the knot on private estates, Stowe’s hotels and inns are also a popular choice, combining luxe amenities with gorgeous panoramas. At the Stowe Mountain Lodge, located in the epicenter of the action, you can take the plunge mountainside on a stone terrace overlooking Mount Mansfield, then spend the rest of the weekend sprawled out at the 21,000-square-foot spa. You’ll find similar extravagances just a short drive away at Topnotch Resort, which stays true to its name with a variety of magical woodland venues, including a mountain-view tent surrounded by gardens. Rain, snow, or shine, rest assured that your day will go off without a hitch: Both hotels offer elegant indoor ballrooms.
And then there’s Edson Hill, a country inn that implores couples to unplug and explore nature’s beauty. Book an event here and the 38-acre property is exclusively yours for the weekend, which means your welcome dinner, goodbye brunch, and everything in between can take place in one spot, with no curious vacationers rubbernecking to catch a glimpse of your gown. If that’s not a relaxing way to say “I do,” we don’t know what is.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
head count Up to 160 seated
price Starting at $137 per person
head count Up to 250 seated
price Starting at $5,500, plus food and drink
head count Up to 200 seated
price Upon request
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“Stowe still has that quintessential New England charm. There’s always something to do.”
Carrie MacMillan, Storied Events
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The freshly renovated Field Guide boutique hotel offers 30 comfortable, modern rooms and plenty of perks, including complimentary iPads, Lather bath products, and a heated pool and hot tub.
Have a ball with your guests at the recently opened Stowe Bowl. Boasting eight lanes, a dance floor, and a full-service restaurant, it can host up to 150 of your closest friends for a groovy welcome party.
Set your celebration aglow with help from Fire Fire. The Vermont-based lighting experts will build and maintain as many wood-burning fire pits as you need to keep your friends and family toasty throughout the evening, and can even work with your caterer on s’mores and sausage roasts.
Often infused with local spirits and beer—think Barr Hill gin and Lost Nation gose—the gourmet treats from Stiff Peaks Macarons can be packaged for your nearest and dearest to take home.
Maid-of-honor toasts are tough, even with a flute (or two) of champagne. Get your bridal party’s creative juices flowing with a prewedding dinner at the West Branch Gallery, which can set up events in its outdoor sculpture park or indoors among its contemporary mixed-media artwork.
Consider the Mini-Moon
Reflect, unwind, and take it slow at Edson Hill, where several luxe rooms feature soaking tubs and wood-burning fireplaces. The grounds are ideal for a peaceful afternoon of hiking or cross-country skiing; when you’re ready for a little more action, several nearby excursions await. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Green Mountains on a zip-line tour with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, or enjoy a different kind of thrill ride in Stowe Tasting Tours’ Hops Mobile, which takes beer lovers on a sojourn to the area’s many craft breweries. End the day with a local cheese platter and an order of brown-butter crêpes with chanterelles at Waterbury’s Hen of the Wood, or a bottle of Napa Valley merlot and chèvre soufflé at Plate, a California-Vermont-fusion spot located right on Stowe’s Main Street.