The Abenaki called the highest peak in Vermont  Moze-o-de-be-Wadso or “Mountain with a Head Like a Moose.” The 4,393-foot mountain has come down to us as the more prosaic Mount Mansfield. In the summer, Stowe Mountain Resort operates an eight-person high-speed gondola ride (Mountain Rd./Rte. 108, 800/247-8693, www.stowe.com , 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. late June–mid-Oct., $23 adults, $19 seniors, $15 youth 6–12, $53 families) up to the summit that takes in views of the village and surrounding mountains on the way up.
The community-supported Helen Day Art Center (5 School St. at Pond St., 802/253-8358, www.helenday.com , noon–5 p.m. Tues.–Sat. year-round, $5 adults, $3 students and seniors, free for children under 12) has been dedicated to showcasing local art for more than 25 years. It inhabits the second floor of a Greek Revival building in the center of town, with a sculpture garden out back.