Take Sugarbush’s new 12-passenger luxury cabin snow cat to the top of Gadd’s Peak for an evening of fine wines and gorgeous views. The cat is equipped with a flat screen TV and cushy seats, for a comfortable and exciting ride up the mountain. Enjoy a candle-lit gourmet feast at Allyn’s Lodge, complete with appetizer, entrée, wine, and coffee. Looking for a challenge? Start early and skin or snowshoe up to the peak, you’ll truly feel like you’ve earned your dinner.
Enjoy local food in a Vermont round barn, post and beam restaurant.
Attached to the Clay Brook, at the base of Lincoln Peak, there is a place where fine dining meets farm living. Start out with a selection of Vermont cheeses; they have everything from Blythdale Brie to Vermont Bac Bijou. Order a sample platter with three cheeses ($16). Enjoy local favorites like the Misty Knoll Chicken Breast from Misty Knoll Farms ($22), or the Pure Vermont Hamburger, made from fresh local beef and Cabot cheddar cheese ($14).
If the word vegetarian makes you shudder, and you can’t go a day without a hamburger, then you’ve clearly never been to MINT.
Last September, Iliyan Deskov and his wife Savitri Bhagavati moved from Los Angeles county to Vermont in pursuit of an intimate, more sustainable setting. They found a real sense of community in Waitsfield. In a time when non-traditional dining is cornering the restaurant market, MINT Restaurant and Tea Lounge is ahead of the curve. MINT doesn’t advertise as a vegetarian spot, they prepare savory dishes from around the world that simply taste good, and happen to be meat-free. Their hope is that non-vegetarians will be surprised by how much they enjoy their meal.
Fine dining in a barn? Only in Vermont will you find a place where barn raising mixes with fine wines so well.
Crystal chandeliers hang from 19th century rafters and candles cast light on long banquet tables. In winter, an open-hearth fireplace warms the main room. Chefs make all of the sauces, breads, and desserts from scratch and support small farms by purchasing local, organic ingredients whenever possible. Start with locally made artisanal cheeses, Vermont cured meat, and farm fresh veggies. Then, move on to try a reasonably priced New England classic like the Cavendish Farms Quail or Wood Creek Farm Burger.
Quality of Life: Swiss-born Michael Kloeti decided Vermont was the place to raise his children. Lucky Vermont. Kloeti picks up where he left off (at New York's Lespinasse) in his new Waterbury Center space.
There's good news for fans of Villa Tragara, where Caprese chef Antonio Di Ruocco dished out superb "Vermont Italian" fare for two decades before retiring in 2002. The circa-1820 farmhouse, with its charming faux-Tuscan sun porch, has been taken over by a gifted Swiss-born chef, Michael Kloeti, who comes to these hills by way of Gotham's culinary temple, Lespinasse, and the luxurious Lodge at Koele on Lanai in Hawaii.