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Rehearsal Dinner Restaurant near Plainfield, NH

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Help! We had planned a rehearsal dinner on September 23 at Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT but, alas, they may not have recovered from the flood in time. We're looking for a restaurant that can accommodate 26 (including 3 children) within about 15 miles of Planfield, NH. Wedding is at Home Hill Inn so we're looking for an alternative site in the area. Ideally, we'd like a private room or at least relatively quiet place for good conversation. Thanks, all.

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Simon Pearce Restaurant
1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 05059

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  1. Walpole, NH, is 37 miles. L. A. Burdick is utterly awesome. It's my favorite restaurant in New England.

    And yes, awful about Simon Pearce.

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    Simon Pearce Restaurant
    1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 05059

    1. Here are a few suggestions: right across the river, in Windsor VT is the Juniper Hill Inn. It is a beautiful Inn at the top of a hill...it would be perfect for you. Also there is the Inn at Weathersfield in Weathersfield VT. Delicious food and a very accommodating chef. And the Parker Inn in Quechee which shares a parking lot with Simon Pearce is in an elegant old home and has rooms (or even the porch!) which I think could accommodate you. They are up and running. I think I have listed them in the order of closeness to Home Hill Inn.
      I think the Cornish-Windsor bridge is undamaged but you should ask when you call for availability. If these guys are booked up or not what you want, write again...there are a lot of choices in the area. (actually, if they are booked up, they might also have ideas for you, too)

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      Simon Pearce Restaurant
      1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 05059

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      1. re: VTer

        I would agree with the Inn at Weathersfield and the Parker House Inn (that would be my first choice) but I would stay away from the Juniper Hill Inn. I would add the Quechee Inn as an option.

      2. Thank you for all your good suggestions. Given how soon this DIY wedding is coming up my niece (the bride) and her fiance have decided not to try to replicate the destination rehearsal dinner at Simon Pearce. Instead, we going somewhere easy and nice in Hanover. But now I have a great foodie itinerary for my next trip to the Upper Valley. With any luck, the covered bridge will be back across Queechee Gorge and Simon Pearce will be in full swing. Again, thanks, all.

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        Simon Pearce Restaurant
        1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 05059

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        1. re: alison500

          Sorry to hear this Alison, Vermont restaurants...(in fact the State of Vermont) are up and running and need your support. Wondering why Greenstate would stay away from Juniper Hill Inn? Bad food? I have never eaten there but the place is beautiful (we considered it for my daughter's wedding but it was a little more formal than she wanted) though I agree that Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm would have also been a good choice. Alison, I would be curious as to what you found that is "easy and nice" in Hanover. I am always disappointed with the restaurants in Hanover...I think they could be so much more and they don't really try. By the way, you can get to Simon Pearce (that is,
          when it opens) and thus Parker Inn coming from 89 on rte 4...you just have to turn right at Fat Hat Corner...but yes, let's hope the bridge is back soon. (BTW, it's not the bridge over the Quechee Gorge which is fine (come and look!) it is the bridge over the Ottaquechee River.)

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          Simon Pearce Restaurant
          1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, VT 05059

          1. re: VTer

            Thanks for all your good suggestions, VTer. Believe me, as a family we all love Vermont and wish it well in these difficult times. My niece, who grew up in the Upper Valley, decided on Jesse's in Hanover because she's enjoyed it in the past anmd with so little time before the wedding she just needed to be able to cross "rehearsal dinner" off her list. We will be back for fine dining in another occasion -- soon, I hope.

            Glad to know th bridge across the gorge is intact I spent all my summers in VT as a child but probably haven't been to Quechee in decades.

            1. re: VTer

              Juniper Hill Inn - consistently inconsistently. If , as you say, you have never eaten there, then you wouldn't know.

              1. re: greenstate

                Greenstate, I think you forgot the "harumpff"...I have eaten their food and found it fine...I have not been there for a meal service and I thought perhaps it was the service you found lacking? But if they're "consistently inconsistently" I will take your word.

                1. re: VTer

                  Simon Pearce is up and running, with full food service. Please reconsider them for your rehearsal dinner as they have mad a Herculean effort to reopen for foliage season. The Parker House Inn and Restaurant, located next to Simon Pearce has also reopened as of last week.

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                  Simon Pearce
                  The Ml, Quechee, VT 05059