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Mountain Biking in the Woods of Stowe, Vermontphoto

Recently our director of sales and marketing at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Michael Broderick and I went on a mountain bike ride to explore the highly touted single track trail network that makes Stowe, Vermont a bikers paradise. It is peak foliage season in Vermont and we decided that a ride in the woods would be a great way to experience one of the activities that we recommend to our Lodge guests.

 

After a half hour of riding through trees vibrant with reds, oranges, yellows and purples, we came upon none other than an old Stowe double chairlift hanging from a tree and offering a magnificent view of the slopes of Stowe.  

Over time I have come realize that this just happens to be the Stowe way.  When you are in a town where 90% of the locals work in the service industry we tend to bring simple pleasures into our own shared experiences. What better way to welcome and reward a fellow rider than for some locals to literally carry a metal chairlift deep into the woods, securely hang it from a tree, create an expanded view by strategically cutting some trees and then, build a picnic table while they were at it.  

As we took in the view and chuckled at the fun of this, we realized that the people that created this did not do it for themselves. They did not do it to make money (there are no mandatory fees to access these trails), they did it so fellow bikers would stumble upon this as we had, sit back and appreciate that someone just wanted to exceed expectations, create a memorable experience and make it easy for us to decide to return to these trails, at our next opportunity. 

Mike and I had a ton of fun. I can say with confidence that guests coming to Stowe are to get these kinds of unique experiences throughout the Stowe area regardless of the season or the activity they are enjoying. It could be a simple gesture by local shopkeeper or a hotel associate going above and beyond for a guest. Whichever it is, I guarantee that it will be genuine and meaningful.  

When you are visiting locations for site visits, I encourage you explore the local area that your attendees will be experiencing. It could make a world of difference in your decision.

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