Vermont trip this weekend
Hello Fellow Chowhounders,
My friend and I are planning a short trip to VT from NYC this weekend to (hopefully) catch the last days of foliage. I searched this board and got some really great info.
Would you please have a look at my tentative itinerary and tell me if I missed any important food places/towns or if there is any place we should skip for this two-day visit:
1. Manchester - Skyline drive, Up for Breakfast
2. Weston - Vermont Country Store, Podunk
3. Ludlow - Inn at Waters Edge (there is a must-see VT pub?), Green Mountain Sugar Co.
4. Woodstock - Pylmouth Cheese Factory, Waterstock Buffalo Cheese Factory, Mill at Quechee Rest, hiking by the waterfalls
5. Middlebury - Otter Creek Brewery, Natural Food Co-op (possibly having dinner in this town)
6. Burlington - We are spending the night here.
The Northern Lights cruise, Ben&Jerry's (my friend is so into this), Magic Hat Brewing Co., Cheese Outlet, Cheese Traders, Church Str., Mt Mansfield for hiking
7. Mad River Valley / Waitsfield / Warren
I would prefer to go to places with a "real Vermont" feeling. I heard that The Starry Cafe is amazing, and I should eat Maple Creeme and Cider Donut.
And of course I will try to find Lazy Lady Goat Cheese, Jasper Farm Blue Cheese, Vermont Coulpole by VT Butter & Cheese Co., Woodchuck and Original Sin cider, Lake Champlain chocolates. So I have some shopping to do.
What am I missing here? I would love to hear your opinions.
Thanks so much for all your help!
If you like to bake, you can find some unusual ingredients at King Arthur Flour in Norwich. Stop at an orchard store for some fresh apples. I bought apples at the supermarket this week after several weeks feasting on local apples. What was I thinking!!! Not sure if Honey Crisp are still in season but I paid almost twice per pound what ordinary apples cost and they were worth it!
In terms of Burlington I would skip the Northern Lights cruise, if it's the ferry or Spirit of Ethan Allen, just plain cheesy and worthless. If you want to go out on the lake check out the smaller charters or rent a bike down at the Waterfront and ride along the lake on the bike path, it's really quite pretty, I usually suggest going North up the path because the South End gets somewhat confusing, having to cut through neighborhoods. If your in Burlington on Saturday the Farmers Market is a must, lots of local cheeses/food/crafts, etc. If not head to City Market, just one block off Church to grab your local stuff. Starry Night is great, but outside of Burlington, about a 40 minute drive out route 7. If you're tired of driving and just want to have a good meal in town check out Trattoria Delia, L'Amante or A Single Pebble, and always make a reservation, you can't get in any good restaurant here without one. Oh and B & J's would be closer to Warren/Waitsfield area than Burlington, check out the Warren Store when you're there, it's pretty "Vermonty" without the country edge (more funky than country).
Assuming that you are driving from Middlebury to Burlington on the same day, I'd have dinner at Starry Night, rather than in Middlebury. There's decent food in Middlebury, but Starry Night is really good, and it appears to fit into your itinerary well, as it is about 1/2 way between the 2.
Storm Cafe in Middlebury
Trattoria Delia Burlington
Christophe's on the Green Vergennes
Cafe Shelburne Shelburne