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Wanted: Recommendations for Great VT/NH Restaurants

My husband and I are planning a week-long ski vacation in December. We'll be staying at Ascutney, but we're planning on hitting several resorts in both VT and NH throughout the week. I'm looking for recommendations on must-try places within reasonable driving distance from Killington, Okemo, Sunapee & Ascutney (less than 30 minutes drive would be great, considering we'll be trying to pack in as much ski time as possible during the day). We're trying to keep a reasonable budget but are up for one or two splurge-y meals. Would love to find some local brewpubs and/or gastropubs but we are really up for anything delicious.

I'm also considering a day trip to Burlington . . . is it worth it? If we opt for a rest day, what are the must-eats in Burlington?

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  1. I go to this area occasionally and have a collection of restaurants. I have not been to many, but they are "Chowhound approved", so to speak. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&...

    1. There are lots of good places to eat in the Hanover/Lebanon/Woodstock area, which are all less than 45 minutes to Ascutney. Hanover is the home of Dartmouth College, so there is a good selection of mid priced places to eat. Perhaps the best (and highest rated) is the Yama Korean place. We are not big fans of Korean food, but the ambiance is great, and lots of people love the food. Also in Hanover is the Canoe Club, a somewhat pricey but very comfortable restaurant/tavern with live entertainment every night. Just down the road in Lebanon is Three Tomatoes, right on the Lebanon green. Very good, creative Italian food in an 'urban trattoria' atmosphere. Just across the plaza is Salt Hill Pub, which offers very hearty and inexpensive pub food, a great selection of beers, and live music on weekends. Woodstock Vt. is a more upscale touristy kind of town with many interesting places to eat. Simon Pierce, which is just down the road in Quechee, is perhaps the best known. Top notch food in a beautiful setting. For something very casual and unique, check out the Angkor Wat Cambodian place just a few blocks east of the downtown. This is a hole in the wall mom & pop place with some authentic Asian food, and one of the very few byob's in the area. Check out the uvfood website for more ideas.

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      Canoe Club
      27 S Main St, Hanover, NH 03755

      Yama Restaurant
      96 Main St, West Lebanon, NH 03784

      Salt Hill
      2 W Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766

      Korean Place Restaurant
      110 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101

      Salt Hill Pub
      64 Main St, Newport, NH 03773

      Angkor Wat
      61 Pleasant St, Woodstock, VT 05091

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      1. re: zootsi

        FYI, Korean Place has closed. Mama retired and son opened a new place in Concord NH called...Sunny's Place. If you're near Walpole NH, stop at Burdicks for amazing chocolates and pastries. In Plainfield NH, Home Hill Inn has reopened--any reports?

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        1. In the Killington area, but off the access road, I like Countryman's Pleasure, just off route 4 in Mendon. In downtown Rutland, Little Harry's and Table 24 are also good. If you want to travel a little further, Cafe Provence in Brandon also does a nice job. I know that Countryman's has a few mentions on here, but don't know how to link.

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          Little Harry's
          121 West St, Rutland, VT 05701

          Cafe Provence
          11 Center St, Brandon, VT 05733

          Table 24
          24 Wales St Ste 7, Rutland, VT 05701

          1. We go to Hanover once or twice a year, and have had good grub at the following places.
            Yama: tiny, very good Korean place
            The Fort: a truck stop with hearty b'fasts, great corned beef hash, stick to your ribs chow, on last visit clientele included truckers, college kids w/hangovers and Dartmouth profs discussing Edith Piaf
            Salt Hill Pub: good fish and chips, pot roast, very relaxed, live music at night
            Murphy's on the Green: by Dartmouth, better-than-expected pub chow, Travel and Leisure says their Murph Burger is one of 50 best in US
            Gusano's: some bitch, but as a native Texan, I find the food to be pretty damned good. Go early to avoid crowds. Owner is from Monterrey MX.
            Three Tomatoes: standard Italian fare, small chain with locations in Rutland, Burlington, W. Lebanon.
            Ramunto's: many say best pizza in area. Location by Dartmouth is largest, has good beers
            Long Trail Brewery: by Killington, good onion rings and burgers, growlers to go, closes early (by 6?)

            Try the skiing at Whaleback and Storrs Hill (all 2-3 runs). It's very low-key, much like skiing in the old days

            Burlington is kinda neat, but IMHO not worth the drive.It's much livelier in the summer.

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            Yama Restaurant
            96 Main St, West Lebanon, NH 03784

            Salt Hill
            2 W Park St, Lebanon, NH 03766

            Salt Hill Pub
            64 Main St, Newport, NH 03773