When we say "go into town" in Bow we generally mean Burlington. Burlington has all the big retail stores like Costco, Fred Meyer, Target, and multiple large grocery stores. Burlington also has many small retailers such as auto parts, feed, hardware and most anything you are looking for. There are multiple car dealerships representing most car manufacturers. There is also an outlet mall and a first run movie theater there. You will also find many dining establishments in Burlington where many feature locally and organically grown favorites.
Burlington is at the junction if I-5 and State highway 20. The old town area is closest to the exit and most of the retail is along Burlington Boulevard to the south of freeway exit 230.