driving from toronto to vermont. staying at stowe area
In addition to the other good recommendations above, if you are interested in going out for breakfast, try the Dutch Pancake Cafe at the Grey Fox Inn which specializes in large pancakes in mind boggling flavors. Jamies, in the Main St. Depot building next to the Green Mountain Inn, also has great breakfasts, plus good sandwiches, soups and baked goods for lunch. Green Goddess, in south Stowe, also has good lunches.
For a dinner place off the beaten track, try Winding Brook Bistro in Johnson, north of Stowe. And if you go a little south to Queechee, Simon Pearce restaurant is one of the best in Vermont, with a ceramic shop to boot.
There are two short but worthwhile hikes ending in waterfalls: Bingham Falls and Moss Glen Falls, and a hiking/bike trail along the Stowe Mountain Road.
I might be too late for you but I too am from Toronto and we just came back from Vermont where we spent two days in Stowe. We ate at the Whip Bar in The Green Mountain inn where we also stayed and also at Harrison's which is across the road. Both places were excellent. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.
The Alchemist for great brews (so I'm hearing), and ok pub food
Hen of the Woods for a great dining experience
Ocha Thai for what is reported to be good, fairly authentic Thai
The Black Door, upscale fine dining
Sarduccis, really good, fresh Italian food, wood-fired oven pizza
Restaurant Pheobe, another upscale fine dining experience
Royal Orchid, another good Thai place, owned by the same folks as Ocha Thai
Coffee Corner, solid breakfast and lunch, with some fancier specials (chef on staff)
Seeing the Vermont State House is fun, and Montpelier is a nice little town to walk around in for a few hours. There are some nice shops and good galleries with local artists featured.
Middlesex (between Waterbury and Montpelier):
Red Hen Bakery and Nutty Steph's granola and chocolate shop
Cold Hollow Cider Mill, this is touristy but you cannot beat the cider and cider donuts, go anyway
Ben and Jerry's, take the tour, it's fun!
Go to the state parks website and get information and maps of the state parks in the area, take a hike in the woods. An autumn hike is a wonderful thing. :)