Name: Alisa Bunin
Occupation: General Manager at Field Guide
Alisa moved to Stowe in 2017 for the mountains, beer, local culture and awesome vibe!
What makes Stowe such a great LGBT destination? Stowe has something for EVERYONE. Whether you're into music, you're a foodie, you like to get outdoors, or love a good artisan gallery, Stowe has it all!
What are the top five reasons for LGBT travelers to visit your city and stay at Field Guide?
- Stowe boasts some of the friendliest locals--folks are genuinely interested in helping visitors find their way, and are more than happy to offer the local inside scoop.
- Located just a 10 minute walk from the heart of the historic village of Stowe, Field Guide's location can't be beat!
- In addition to being so close to Stowe's epicenter, Field Guide is within walking distance to some of our town's best restaurants. With incredible farm-to-table menus and delicious craft beer around every corner, you can't go wrong!
- For those who love getting outdoors, there's no better place to do it than Stowe and Field Guide. We're just across the street from bike rental shops and Stowe's winding and beautiful Recreation Path, minutes from some of the best hiking trails in New England, and of course, the snowy slopes are right at your fingertips when ski season rolls around!
- Speaking of ski season, Stowe plays host to the annual Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week; join other LGBTQ winter enthusiasts and enjoy all the winter entertainment our mountain town has to offer!
What are some of the “hot spots” LGBT travelers should check out while visiting your city? The Matterhorn is Stowe's staple apres-ski bar. In addition to being a local hot-spot, they have 2 for 3 sushi specials. Does it get any better?! Doc Ponds, located just across the street from Field Guide, offers some of the best food in town and should not be missed. If you're looking for a fun night out, Tres Amigos right up Mountain Road, is home to Stowe's historic music venue, The Rusty Nail Stage. You can test your tastebuds with any of their hot n' spicy Margaritas while enjoying Vermont's local music scene.
What is your favorite restaurant in Stowe? Doc Ponds, for sure! Along with the best craft beer selection in town, the food never ceases to impress!
What is your favorite bar/club in Stowe? The Matterhorn! It doesn't get better than this perfect local dive. Get to know the bartenders and they just might let you use their loaner mug--a surefire way to feel like a local!
Favorite place to unwind in Stowe? Come summertime, the grassy knolls along the Waterbury Reservoir are the perfect place to soak up some sun, or grab a stand up paddleboard and just float your troubles away.
Where’s the best place to enjoy the outdoors in Stowe? No doubt the best part of Stowe's outdoor scene are the mountains. Whether you're looking for just a taste, and head up the Stowe Pinnacle or enjoy more of an adventure and challenge yourself on Mt. Mansfield, the vista views are everywhere and are the best way to take it all in.
What’s one thing that your city has to offer that you can't find anywhere else? The best skiing (and snowboarding) in the East!
Best gay club/restaurant/attraction? Why is it, in your opinion, the “best”? Stowe's Winter Rendezvous is definitely the best attraction in town year after year. Bringing together LGBTQ members from all over, Stowe offers everything from winter sports to killer parties.
What three things do I have to pack to enjoy Stowe?
- An empty stomach! Stowe's food scene is top notch. Be ready to indulge during your visit!
- A camera. There are too many incredible views to capture!
- A sense of adventure. Whether you want to conquer mountains or would rather spend your time crafting your own brewery hopping tour, Stowe has tons to offer visitors should be ready to try it all.
What is the best time of year to visit? This is a tough one because Stowe is truly beautiful year round. Stowe summers offer splendid weather ideal for hiking, biking, exploring secret alpine swimming holes or spending time on mountain peaks. With Autumn comes the unmistakable shift to fall foliage where our views turn into a brilliant watercolor painting complete with bright oranges, reds and yellows; something everyone should witness at least once in their life! For obvious reasons, wintertime in Stowe is a scene straight out of a quaint snow globe--it's season!
I’m in town for 24 hours. What are three things I absolutely have to do?
- Find yourself a view! Whether you take the Gondola up to the top of Mansfield or get up there the old fashioned way, be sure to spend some time soaking in VT's nature.
- Check out the Von Trapp Bierhall--that's right 'Von Trapp' as in from the Sound of Music! Captain Von Trapp and Maria fled Austria and settled in Vermont. Now a few generations later, their family brews some of the best beer around!
- Take a stroll through the historic Stowe village and take in everything from fantastic local food to local crafts.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about Stowe? I think Stowe is most often associated with winter sports, which are no doubt incredible, but I think it's important to remind everyone that Stowe is beautiful year round. There's always something to do and Field Guide is the perfect place to call your home base while exploring everything our little mountain town has to offer!