Western MA-Berkshires/NH/VT Must Eateries
My wife and I will aimlessly cruising around Western MA, VT and NH for a week in mid-Sept. Any and all recommendations for must eat places will be much appreciated. I know that's a too-broad question, but as yet we have no plans to be anywhere in particular, so if there are experiences we simply must have (food-wise, that is), then we will build our trip around those.
Mid september will be the begining of Apple picking season. I'd suggest a visit to a local orchard for fresh made cider donuts or apple pie. Hamilton Orchards in New Salem or Atkins Farm in South Amherst are personal favorites, but there are many more local orchards with apple barns & snack bars for a very seasonal New England Experience.
I like the Great Barrington/ Lee/ Lenox Stockbridge area for some very good meals in western MA. Check the board and you'll find some names and recommendations...plus a lot of opinions. Have fun!
You are right, it is a too broad question! If you are looking for quintessential New England Dining, You might consider the Salem Cross Inn in W. Brookfield, Ma. It's a sprawling farmhouse/tavern with reasonable (imho) priced New England style entrees in a great country atmosphere. They always can accomodate my veggie desires, Love the summer vegetable ratatouille. Mid September (14th?) They do a traditional Drover Roast. Strictly a carnivore's outing, but my friends raved about it. That might be the New England Foodie experience you're looking for.
Recs from Montpelier to Burlington:
Restaurant Phoebe, Mplr (from 89 take exit 8 through 3 lights, then turn left at the fourth light, that's Main Street. Go to the next light (not the flasher by the fire station) and turn left onto State Street, Restaurant Phoebe is near the information booth at the end of that first block, there's a parking lot on the left near the booth)
Sarducci's, Mplr (from 89 take exit 8 through 3 lights, then turn left at the fourth light, then an immediate right into the Sarducci's parking lot)
Hen of the Woods, Waterbury (if you're heading north on 89, get off exit 10, go right, then right at the light, then it's about a block down on the right, turn left off the exit if you're heading south on 89)
The Cider House, Waterbury (this isn't a "must eat" but it's a decent place, and they serve lunch on Fri and Sat, but not during the week, last I checked)
Trattoria Delia, Burlington
Single Pebble, Burlington (all three are in Downtown Burlington)
I highly recommend heading further up, past Burlington to South Hero and Allenhome Farm. They have pick your own apples from very old, very good trees, their apple pie can't be beat, and it's just a really sweet Vermont destination.