Vermont-looking for inn with great food
My wife and I are planning a trip-a couple days in NYC then hopping a train to Vermont. We've never been there before and are wondering if anyone can recommend a great inn with great views and fantastic food.
We go to Woodstock, Vermont every year. There is a beautiful inn there, The Jackson House and they have a great restaurant. What is also in the next town (very close by) is Simon Pearce. Simon Pearce is beautiful blown glass, you can see how it is made there and also buy some if you'd like. They have a great restaurant right by a big waterfall. Both places have websites you can check out. Good luck! Have fun!
Both are in the Mad River Valley. The former is in Waitsfield on Rt 100, the latter is in Warren, just a smidge off of Rt 100. Both have top notch food - although I favour the food at 1824 House personally (and the atmosphere). However, if you want to really impress (and shell out a few extra bucks), make reservations for the wine cellar at The Pitcher Inn - very romantic atmosphere. They leave you alone, yet give very attentive and personalized service. It'll be you and your guest(s) in the room, and no one else.
You won't go wrong at either.
I don't know which has better inn service.
From there - you can go to Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, up to Stowe to check out various handicrafts like glass-blowing, or over to Burlington to walk Church St and the like. You could visit breweries, cheese farms, or hike on trails to waterfalls, etc. Bunch of things to do.
I guess it would help to know where in VT you are hopping a train to - and if you are getting a rental car or some mode of transport. It would also be good to know when you are planning to visit (as mentioned) because some spots are better than others depending on time of year.
Sadly, the Red Clover Inn has been sold, and it is not clear what is happening next.
I do think the Mountain Top Inn has much to offer, especially if they have enticed a great chef, or have given the current chef some creative latitude.
In the past, the outstanding view has been a compensation for the food, but it would be great to enjoy both at the same time.