Hot Air Balloon Festival with Stoweflake Resort & Spa - Stowe, Vermont
This past weekend we headed up to Stowe, VT for one of the most unique events we’ve ever attended – the 32nd annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event is hosted by the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, on one of the large fiends on the property.
Over 25 balloons launch at once in front of a crowd of local and tourists over the Green Mountains. One of the most challenging aspects to hot air balloon flights is the weather. The winds need to be really light and the temperature mild to ensure safety and the perfect flight. Luckily we were blessed with the perfect conditions and were able to watch flights on both Saturday morning and evening. It was amazing how close you could get to the balloons taking off. The myriad of colors and designs made for a majestic site soaring over the town of Stowe. On top of the balloons there was a live band and local food, drink, kids activities and VT merchants adding to the atmosphere.
We also stayed at the Stoweflake, which of course was convenient for the festival, but a fantastic place to stay any weekend at any time of year. Being the kind of people who enjoy a number of activities, Stoweflake had it all. They have a huge property with a variety of guest room options from standard guest rooms to townhouses and the accommodations are all top-notch. Aside from the rooms, there were indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness center, labyrinth garden, 9-hole executive golf course, tennis, and volleyball.
And it's only fitting with all those activities, they have a world class spa to unwind and relax. Be sure to check out the spa with over 30 luxurious treatment rooms and communal spa areas to relax and enjoy a soak, or a massage under the indoor waterfall.
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On our way back to Stoweflake, we stopped at Bingham Falls, right off the main road just a few miles from Stowe Mountain. The falls are equal parts sight to see and a great swimming hole. Just another short 15 minute hike, it was the perfect way to cool off after a jam packed day.
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