Totally Stowe: We wouldn’t dream of spending time shopping when we could be skiing and snowshoeing, but we make an exception in Stowe.
The Stowe Craft Gallery (55 Mountain Road, 802-253-4693, www.stowecraft.com) is a purveyor of artist-made goods without a smidgen of kitsch. That chandelier made of hanging spoons? Genius.
Stop by the gift shop at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum (1 Main St., 802-253-9911, www.vtssm.com) for cool vintage ski posters. Stowe Mercantile (37 Main St., 802-253-4554, www.stowemercantile.com) has everything from books to wooden bowls, including T-shirts that read: “Jesus Loves You. But I’m his favorite.”
And remember, even if there’s no snow in your backyard, these northerly towns could be buried.
Diane Bair and Pamela Wrightcan be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.