This weekend was bittersweet for me; it was our last ski weekend of the season. It didn’t get above 10 degrees the entire time, which made saying goodbye a little bit easier. While I won’t miss the freezing temps and carrying my ski gear, I will miss spending time with our friends, skiing, Vermont farm to table food, and nights spent by the fire. So until next year, I am putting up the ski boots and looking forward to spring. Here are some snap shots of our winter weekends and my must stops when we are in the Stratton area:
Dorset, Vermont: A town straight out of a postcard; it doesn’t get more picture perfect. The Dorset Inn is one of our absolute favorite spots. The dinner is always good with tons of local specials that are different every time we are there. Go early and grab a drink and sit in front of the fire, one of the coziest winter spots ever.
Dorset Union: You can’t go to Dorset without making a stop at the Dorset Union Store right across the street from the Inn. The homemade sugar donuts and the dumplings are some of our favorites.
Dorset Quarry: This old quarry has become a popular hang out spot for locals and tourist alike. It’s more of a summertime spot, although two weekends ago when it was 60 degrees I did see people jumping in (the quarry was still half covered with ice).
J.J. Hapgood (Peru, VT): This little store has become a fast favorite with our friends. It sits in the center of the tiny town of Peru, Vermontwhich consists of a post office, a church and J.J. Hapgood. It’s half general store, half eatery. The food is out of this world, think the best BLT ever, short rib hash, chicken and waffles. The store side is filled with local goodies from all over Vermont; hard to come by beers, penny candy, small batch ice cream, yummy lotions and potions.
Taconic Hotel (Manchester, VT): Taconic is our go to Friday night spot. After the three hour drive up we are ready for something to eat and a cocktail; this place fits the bill. We started going because it was the only place that served food in Manchester after 9pm, but we kept coming back because the service is great and the food is just as good. The hotel is a new addition to Manchester in the past two years. The restaurant is inviting and the perfect atmosphere for wintertime, with big leather chairs and a fireplace that’s always roaring.
The Barn (Pawlet, VT) : Just a few miles from Dorset but not quite over the boarder in New York. This place is rustic and in the middle of farm country but doesn’t disappoint. The reasonable prices, yummy food and the $3 beers keep us coming back.
Silver Fork (Manchester, VT): A tiny restaurant in the heart of Manchester, just six tables and six bar stools. It is owned by a couple who moved to Vermont after selling their restaurant in Puerto Rico. I think this is the best food in Manchester, hands down. Lots of Caribbean influence mixed with VT flavors, everything is locally sourced and the couple that owns it couldn’t be nicer or more charming. Make reservations as it is always busy.
H.N. Williams (Dorset, VT): A country store on Route 30 between Dorset and Manchester, it sells everything from clothes to gardening supplies to wine. One stop shopping for anything you might need on your weekend getaway to Vermont. Don’t miss the Tall Cat cold brew coffee in the summer.