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Taking a roadtrip up towards Quechee VT in a few weeks from central CT. Will be going up 91. Any food stops along the way that we shouldn't miss. Probably turn in and head down route 7 on the way home. Thanks!

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  1. I've heard the Brattleboro farmers market is really good. If you bake, I would include a visit to King Arthur Flour in Norwich. And a few weeks might be too late for color. Looks early here in NH.

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      I absolutely concur about King Arthur Flour. Other than that, I know little about that part of the state. :) I should do some "staycations" down thataway. :)

    2. Brattleboro VT has quite a few good places to stop. Do a search on this board, lots will come up. A wide range -from Korean, to Jamaican, to a great bakery with sandwich and soup. I have enjoyed Shin-La Korean/Japanese restaurant, Vegetarian Paradise Caribbean place (check their hours if a weekend), Amy's bakery. The food coop has hot food bar with good choices too, quick and easy.

      1. Farmer's Diner !!!
        Firestone's
        Simon Pierce Restaurant
        Woodstock Inn & Resort Dining Room

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        1. re: LDoll13

          You are absolutely wrong in recommending Farmer's Diner and Simon Pierce! Farmer's charges for REAL Maple Syrup and Simon Pierce's food is the most bland and tasteless over-priced dribble I have ever tasted.

        2. Simon Pierce in Quechee is outstanding both for the quality of its food and the fabulous view that looks out to the Quechee Gorge and dam. Good wine list and excellent wait staff. Not cheap!

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          1. re: BruceFarr

            Quechee Gorge is about as viewable from Simon Pearce as Russia is from Wasilla, AK. Just sayin'. But the views of the dam are indeed lovely.

          2. Yes, Farmer's Diner! I only wish they had more local selections, and many of the local options they have an upcharge for ordering. There was a great water buffalo farm in South Woodstock, but he has moved the buffalo to Quebec and is now raising only lambs there. You may want to call to see if any of their products are still available there though...http://www.bufaladivermont.com/contac...

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            1. re: solargarlic

              I only wish they served REAL maple syrup for free instead of charging you $1.75 for 2 tablespoons! Outrageous! If you want to eat in the best restaurant in Quechee then go to Firestones, it is by far superior to anything in the region AND they serve REAL MAPLE SYRUP FREE OF CHARGE!

            2. When you are up near Quechee, swing over to Sugarbush Farm in nearby Taftsville/Woodstock just 'down the road'.

              http://www.sugarbushfarm.com/

              Sample their terrific cheeses, pick up some great maple syrup, etc.

              We try to stop by every time we are up in Vermont. Really nice family (the Luces) run it, and they will take good care of you in the shop.

              Also it is a neat drive up the mountain through the woods back to their farm [signs are posted along the way] once you turn off of Rt. 4 and cross the covered bridge. Good chance to see some pretty foliage which is a bit 'off the beaten path'.

              1. Speaking of Brattleboro area, is Curtis's Barbecue still open for business out by I-91 ?

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                1. re: bakersma

                  Yes, it is right off of Exit 4- Putney. Not sure when they close for the winter. As for Vegetarian Paradise they are not open on weekends. The Brattleboro Farmers Market is only open on Sats on Rt. 9/Western Ave, but they also are open next to the Brattleboro Food Co-op on Wednesdays, but it is not as many vendors on Weds

                  1. re: littlej

                    Curtis packs it up sometime in October.

                2. We had a condo in Quechee spent quite a bit time in the area. Yes, I'd recommend the Farmers Diner (formerly Farina's). They only use local organic foods. Excellent breakfast. Firestones is casual, great big pizza oven but delicious fare. It's a fav. Also Simon Pearce, which is wonderful but overpriced (IMHO) But, really love The Prince and Pauper in Woodstock. It's on Elm St.. Great food, terrific ambiance and the Prixe Fix is a good value. Fantastic duck.......Applecider Onion Soup...yummy! Very creative and fantastic! Woodstock is a classy little town not to be missed.

                  Contessa

                  1. Thanks for the recs on our VT roadtrip this past saturday! We started out in Putney at the Putney Diner. I had an irish omelet consisting of corned beef hash and cheese. We both shared a cinnamon bun but they looked better than they tasted. Kinda dry but nice cinnamony flavor. My partner had a veggie omelet that was loaded with every veggie known to man. The coffee could have been better. We were too early for Basketville so we drove a bit north on rte 5 and found apple orchard up on the right and got a lesson in apples from an irish vermont girl and got some northern spy and macoun apples and grade B maple syrup. Going to make some apple crisp soon. Stopped at the Vermont Country Store and tried loads of cheeses and jams and all kinds of spreads. Headed up to Queeche Gorge Villages and saw some antiques and ate our way around the Cabot cheese shop and then had an easy lunch at the Farmer's Diner and got to sit at the counter. We shared the hot dogs on a bed of coleslaw while it poured outside. Yes it was raining hard the sencond part of the day. Walked over the bridge and looked down into the gorge...really beautiful! After that we headed up to Simon Pearce for a look around and then over to SugarBush Farm. I'm so glad that was a recommendation. It was at the end of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. we didn't know what to expect. I was looking for a store and just found an old run down farmhouse and that was the store and tasting room. It was fun trying all their cheeses and grades of maple syrup in the house that the owner grew up in. I bought some horseradish cheddar, aged cheddar and blue cheese...all excellent. Jim, did you make it here yet?

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                    1. re: javaandjazz

                      Haven't been to Sugarbush Farm. I'll keep it on my short list. Don't tell me you didn't eat at Simon Pearce.

                      1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

                        Jim,
                        We had just had lunch before we stopped at Simon Pearce so we weren't the least bit hungry. Maybe another time. Maybe head over towards Bennington and Manchester on the next road trip.

                    2. Thanks for posting your trip report. I've seen a lot of recent recommendations for Sugarbush and its location on a dirt road sounds like a perfect New England off-the-beaten-path business.

                      1. If you're going up to Quechee, VT AVOID FARMER'S DINER! This was originally Farina's Diner but was recently sold and the new owners DO NOT SERVE REAL MAPLE SYRUP! That's right, a restaurant in Vermont, the maple capitol of New England, doesn't serve REAL maple syrup! Actually, that is not entirely true, if you ask them for real maple syrup they will give you a tiny pitcher of it (equal to about 2 tablespoons & hardly enough to cover a stack of pancakes), but they CHARGE YOU an extra $1.75 for it!! Seriously, you can buy a small novelty sized bottle of REAL Maple syrup in the gift shop across the parking lot for .99ยข and that's more then what Farmer's Diner charges you for 2 tablespoons!