Winging It in Vermont
Stowe, Vt., best known as a ski destination, forges a new identity as a birders' haven when it launches the first Wings Over Stowe event, with a month's worth of avian activities for all ages. And if you're not into birds, Stowe in June's still a great choice: The weather's warm by day and sweater-chilly by night, trees and flowers are in full bloom, and the area offers golf, tennis, hiking, cute-boutique shopping and restaurants galore. -- Jennifer Huget
WHAT: Wings Over Stowe celebration.
WHEN: May 27 to June 30.
WHERE: Various resorts, shops, museums, nature centers and other venues in or near Stowe.
WHAT'S UP: If the prospect of adding Bicknell's thrush to your life list makes your heart flutter, Stowe in June is the place to go: The rare bird summers in northern Vermont's high-elevation spruce forest. Nobody's guaranteeing you'll spot one, but organizers offer plenty of chances to try. Among the activities planned:
* Birding walks. Look for the thrush and others of Vermont's 269 bird species on a June 20 hike to Sterling Pond led by bird-savvy staff of the North Branch Nature Center (802-229-6206, http:/
* Rather paddle than walk? Kayak tours of bird-friendly waters are offered daily, June 7-28 (802-644-8189, http:/
* If you prefer your birds without all that pesky nature, the renowned Shelburne Museum of American Folk Art, about an hour southwest of Stowe, offers an exhibition of 40 prints of the naturalist John James Audubon's bird illustrations (closed till May 20, then open through Oct. 28; U.S. Route 7; $18; http:/
GETTING THERE: Wing it. Burlington International Airport, served by Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, United and US Airways, is 40 minutes from Stowe. Round-trip fares from Reagan National on US Airways, for example, are about $238 in June. Driving from Washington takes about 10 hours. Take Interstate 95 north to I-91 north to I-89 north; take Exit 10 in Vermont toward Stowe/Waterbury.
WHERE TO STAY: The 10-room Timberholm Inn (452 Cottage Club Rd., 802-253-7603, http:/
For families, the Stowe Motel (2043 Mountain Rd., 802-253-7629, http:/
For a luxurious stay, the nine-room Stone Hill Inn (89 Houston Farm Rd., 802-253-6282, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: Gracie's (1652 Mountain Rd., 802-253-6888, http:/
Mr. Pickwick's Pub at Ye Olde England Inn (433 Mountain Rd., 800-477-3771, http:/
For fine dining, Norma's Restaurant at the Topnotch Resort (4000 Mountain Rd., 888-460-5567, http:/
INFORMATION: Stowe Area Association, 800-GOSTOWE (800-467-8693), http:/