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Favorite New England Ski-Town for Food, Food, Food ?

ZenFoodist Dec 13, 2006 09:18 PM

Any thoughts, guys?

We've done Bennington and the Berkshires and we found a few solid spots but are looking to switch up the locale for this year's New Year's Tubing with the Toddler get-away.


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    dukegirl RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 11:58 AM

    What about the Mt. Snow area around Wilmington/Dover area? Mt. Snow offers tubing and then for other activities, Adams Farm in Wilmington has sleigh rides. Even if there is no snow, I think that the ski area loans them a snowmaker so they can make snow for the sleigh rides. www.adamsfamilyfarm.com Plus, lots of farm stuff for the kids and I think they do a New Year's Eve event, family-oriented, at the farm.

    And it's just a short ride to Brattleboro for some more "urban" treats.

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      LStaff RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 02:22 PM

      With the weather this year, the holdiays are going to be a wash out at ski resorts. Except for the last two weeks, its been just too warm to make snow. If it doesn't get cold agian next week, I wouldn't be surprised if some mtns. have to close during the holiday week.

      If tubing is your thing, then your choice may be made for you since I am sure most mountains will concentrate on getting ski trails open before tubing parks.

      I rented a house at Sugarbush for new years weekend for me and my friends since it is not too far from the Alchemist in Waterbury VT. I'm sure we will be hitting up American Flatbread and the Swiss Pot for french onion soup in Stowe as well.

      1. hiddenboston RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 03:18 PM

        I'd say either Stowe or North Conway, though like LStaff says, it is looking like a bad holiday for the ski areas (warm temps through the middle of next week at least and no snow in sight).

        If you go, some places in Stowe to try at the Foxfire (Italian), Pie in the Sky (pizza), the Shed (burgers and beer), and Miguel's (Mexican). For North Conway, check out the Stonehurst Manor (traditional American), the Thompson House Eatery (upscale American), and the Red Parka (steak, burgers, and beer).

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          Archimedic RE: hiddenboston Dec 14, 2006 04:23 PM

          We spent a week in Stowe, in October, and really enjoyed ourself. Pie in the Sky was good, not great but definately good.We were there for a weekday lunch, they have a buffet with 4 or so types of pizza, salad and soup, good deal especially if you are hungry.

          If you are a beer fan the Shed is great. very good beer with about 5 or 6 on tap, they have a sampler which comes on a Ski. The burgers are apparently famous and were very good. I think Thursday was wing night, can't remember how much they were. We went to Miquels, the margarita were very good, buut the food was unimpressive.

          Just to the south in Waterbury we went to the Hen of the Wood, very good high end dining. I also loved the alchemist brewpub, which had awesome beer and great wings.

        2. gini RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 05:49 PM

          I like North Conway, NH and the Sugar Bush/Mad River Glenn areas for food & skiing.

          1. professorbeezer RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 07:58 PM

            You might want to go further north to Bethel Maine - It's colder up there and the snow will stick. Gorgeous little town with some great food spots.

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              HDinCentralME RE: professorbeezer Dec 14, 2006 09:50 PM

              What food spots in Bethel do you recommend? Thanks.

            2. hiddenboston RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 08:17 PM

              Actually, Sunday River has one of the lowest base elevations of any major ski area in New England, so it might not be very good there, either, unfortunately. I've been there on some pretty slushy days where across the border, Wildcat was fine (if a bit icy).

              Bethel is definitely a great little town, though!

              1. TonyO RE: ZenFoodist Dec 14, 2006 11:49 PM

                It was 50 degrees in Stowe today. Good luck !

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                  ZenFoodist RE: TonyO Dec 15, 2006 01:27 AM

                  Bummer! My toddler was so looking forward to zooming down those slopes on a tube. Alas.....

                  Maybe Stowe would be fun even without snow. What do you think? I was at Smuggler's Notch for a vacation years ago and remembered loving it and also finding Burlington charming. There's always Ben and Jerry's Factory Tour :)

                  We'll see what Mother Nature has in store for next week.

                  Blessed Holidays,

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                    TonyO RE: ZenFoodist Dec 15, 2006 01:35 AM

                    You never know. They have been making snow for a couple weeks so they have some base. If it stays cold, you'll be fine ! The area has plenty to do in Burlington and surrounding areas. Stowe is a true resort town, quaint yet busy with a good energy and many dining choices. I'm sure you will have a great time no matter what Mother Nature deals you !

                2. professorbeezer RE: ZenFoodist Dec 15, 2006 06:20 PM

                  In Bethel ... Cafe Di Coca is amazing. Also Gideon Hastings house. Can't beat Suds pub for burger and brew

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                    Asmall Farm RE: ZenFoodist Dec 16, 2006 01:01 AM

                    If you decide to do Stratton -- The 3 Clock Inn is an absolute MUST -- It is located in South Londonderry, VT. -- Enjoy-- John

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                      tdchow RE: ZenFoodist Dec 16, 2006 01:56 AM


                      1. ZenFoodist RE: ZenFoodist Dec 16, 2006 10:13 PM

                        It's going to be Stowe with or without snow :)

                        Thanks so much for helping me out 'hounds! I'll report back.

                        All Good Things,

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                          hiddenboston RE: ZenFoodist Dec 18, 2006 01:35 PM

                          Stowe is a great place to go even if there isn't snow. Enjoy the restaurants up there! They definitely have some great ones.

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