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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Stowe, Vermont?

Overview:    Tucked between Mt. Mansfield State Forest and CC Putnam State Forest in scenic, wooded northern Vermont, Stowe may be best known for its ski resorts. It has a "granola," alpine vibe and takes on a storybook quality during the winter.

The Trapp Family Lodge, the Bolton Nordic Center, and the Stowe Mountain Resort draw tourists from around the country. The town manages parks, a community garden, snowshoe trails, a community center, a recreation path, and an ice arena. The library shares space with the Helen Day Art Center, which offers adult education and special events like the annual steamroller print making class.

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Stowe Performing Arts sponsors a free concert series in the meadow beside the Trapp Family Lodge. The Stowe Theatre Guild has been a theater staple for more than 50 years, and the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center hosts the region's renowned Tango Music Festival. Fun restaurants, boutiques, craft breweries, and art galleries line Stowe's very touristy downtown. The farmers' market is usually a hopping place.

The area is rich with hiking and biking trails. The Little River runs through town and empties into the Waterbury Reservoir where locals enjoy camping, boating, and swimming. Homes include Cape Cods, saltboxes, farm houses and new condos, most tucked in the forest.

Population:  4,500 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  37%

Cost of Living:  32% above the national average

Median Home Price: $362,000

Climate:    Summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, and winter temperatures are in the single digits and teens. On average, Stowe receives 48 inches of rain and a whopping 148 inches of snow each year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No. The nearest accredited hospital is Central Vermont Medical Center, 20 miles away in Barre.

Public Transit:   Yes

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:    Yes

Political Leanings:   Stowe is one of the most liberal towns in the country.

Is Vermont Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    No

Cons:    Stowe can feel isolated during the winter.

Notes:    Stowe has grown by 30% within the last couple of decades and has very little racial diversity. It is in a very rural area and has two roads in and out, although Interstate 89 is only about 12 miles away. This is a beautiful area.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes, although the distance to an accredited hospital should be considered before retiring here.

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