What To Do? What To Do?

What To Do? What To Do?

The Vermont Ski Museum asks, “Do you always have to take just one more run? Do you sneak around your partner to get your powder fix? Will you go to the ends of the earth in search of snow? It may be time for a Wintervention”, Warren Miller Entertainment’s 61st film, featuring “acute cases of classic snow-diction from across the globe.” You can see Wintervention tonight through Wednesday night at 7 pm.

‘Tis the week before New Year and “Wintervention” is not just for skiers. It is time to gather with friends, reunite with family and, most of all, reunite with yourself by making room for winding down after the trials and tribulations of 2010. You are in the right place. From the Vermont Ski Museum to local restaurants and the new Performing Arts Center at Spruce Peak, this last week of 2010 is filled with entertainment and activities that will light up your heart with cheer and spark your imagination.

The new Performing Arts Center opens its doors today, marking this celebratory event with the incomparable Ben Vereen, known for his legendary and timeless performance. Every evening will present a new performer, leading up to An Evening with James Taylor on December 31.

Meanwhile, if you feel like a classy experience for both mind and palate, you may enjoy a taste of fine wine at the Trapp Family Lodge wine cellar. This evening’s selection: Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. Tuesday and Thursday will feature Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 and French Bordeaux from the 1997 and 1999 vintage respectively. Attendance is limited.

New England is famous for the unique beauty of its four seasons. How would you feel about traveling across rolling terrain and true wilderness while joyful sled dogs pull you, effortlessly? Take a short trip to Peace Pups, in Elmore, for a Vermont Dog Powered Adventure and to return from your holiday vacation with outstanding memories.

Even the younger generations are familiar with scenes of horse-drawn carriages on picturesque white-blanketed forest paths. Draft horses are such magnificent and powerful creatures. In many ways, their stature contrasts with the ease and peace of a horse-drawn carriage ride. Not everyone skis. This may be a good activity to share with guests.

So much to do, yet the week will surely come to a close, as weeks tend to do, but all the excitement is not over yet. This was merely a bit of warming up before the eve of a new year. Are you ready to celebrate? December 31st will be a busy day. If you are so inclined and plan just right, you may even be able to have a taste of more than one event. Ready?

Live entertainment, music, kids’ activities, dancing and exquisite meals are on the menu all around town. Here are a few ideas: Stoweflake’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration Gala and Charlie B’s Pub, The Green Mountain Inn’s Family Party and New Year’s Eve dinner or New Years Eve Party & All You Can Eat BBQ at the Sunset Grill & Tap Room. And let us not forget the Fireworks & Torchlight Parade from the patio of the new Spruce Camp, Base-lodge at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Where will you be on the eve of 2011? Stowe tradition is deeply rooted in family life, and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

Visit the Go Stowe Calendar for ideas, venues and details or call them at 802.253.7321