I noticed on Stowe's website that they have hiking maps they will send you. I called the toll free number and they said we can go right into the information office, in the middle of the village (red building) and pick them up. They're open every day from 9 until 8 except Sunday when they close at 5.
For now, we're planning on sleeping in on Tuesday, then food shopping, exploring our surroundings, stopping into the info office to get stuff, maybe a long leisurely lunch somewhere - and planning our week.
For lunch I wouldn't mind trying the Cliff House. We could ride the Gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield and dine up there overlooking everything, which sounds good to me - nice menu too.
Okay so it costs $20 per adult to take the gondola to the top - does that sound high to anyone else out there? Can we drive to the top?