Travelogue 1: Escape to Southern Vermont

Feb 15, 2011 No Comments by

We’ve been having a long time love affair with Vermont… twelve years in the making. It started back in college, where snowboard trips to Vermont meant freedom, wild parties, kids sleeping in bathtubs, embarrassing pictures, ketchup fights (yes, you heard right), and 25 people sleeping in a 4 bedroom house. They are the best memories. Over the years, Vermont has changed its role to a couples’ retreat, then a sanctuary for adults working long hours and only wanting to drink tea (wow, we were lame), to now a house filled with the sounds of little babies (not ours, but they are there being cute). And no matter what our situation has become, we have always found Vermont to be the perfect escape.

We’ve traveled all over Vermont (and the world for that matter) in pursuit of great winter destinations and the best slopes for riding, and we have always considered Mount Snow home. The Catskills Mountains (in New York) are fun, but crowded, and if you are OK with driving 3 hours anyway, it’s time better spent on the road to Mount Snow. Killington and Okemo, both in Vermont, are far! Nothing short of a 5 hour drive from New York City, and we drive fast. In the end, we’ve always found that they aren’t worth the road trip for one reason or another. However, Mount Snow, at only three and a half hours from Queens, is large (588 acres of terrain), challenging, well groomed, full of snow (with over 5 million in snow making added within the past 3 years), easy to get to and has a great family feel…. like you are a part of the Mount Snow family.

For our last twelve winters, we have spent nearly every weekend traveling to our rented house (a different one every year) in the vacation community of Chimney Hill. Chimney Hill has several hundred homes, of which a large percentage are available for weekend or long term rental (like the standard 5 month winter rental from November to April). It is a great option for groups and families. Located in the small, quaint town of Wilmington, it is a mere 15 minute drive to the mountain and right on the perimeter of town, which has lots of little country shops, the supermarket and the hands down BEST breakfast in Vermont at Dot’s Restaurant (NOT to be confused with Dot’s Diner). We partake in lots of wholesome fun with games of Rock Band and rounds of the hookah.

For that country inn experience, The Hermitage is gorgeous, refined and in close proximity to the mountain, leaving you with a 5 minute drive to the slopes. If ski on/ski off hotel accommodations are more your style, the Grand Summit Hotel is a beautiful lodge overlooking the slopes complete with a spa and heated outdoor pool. On super cold days, we have been known to trade in our layers for a spa robe and enjoy the heat of the steam room and sauna, topped off with a deep tissue massage. Life does not suck.

We’ve explored all of the culinary offerings of Wilmington and the neighboring towns of West Dover (home of Mount Snow) and Stratton (home of Stratton Mountain) and just like any place you visit, there are the ‘must sees’ and those places that can be skipped. We’ve mapped out the best of the best for you so you can eat your way through the home cooked, buttery goodness that is Southern Vermont. Years of research has gone into the list! You won’t be disappointed.

The most common winter trip to Vermont is that of the ‘weekend warrior’. A full day of work on Friday, a late night drive up Route 91, and an evening arrival in town. First stop, the Hermitage Inn! There is a lively bar, a pub area for casual meals, and a fine dining room for sampling of some of Vermont’s best meals. If you need to rent your equipment, head back to your accommodations to meet up with Skis on Demand, delivering your required gear (snowboards, skis, boots, helmets) right to your hotel room. With hours as late as midnight, this is extremely convenient. What a genius idea! Waiting on the rental line at the mountain stinks… we recommend avoiding it at all costs.

On Saturday morning, start your day off right with an out of control, delicious breakfast at Dot’s Restaurant. Located at the stop light in the middle of town; this tiny, old school gem is known by locals and tourist alike as THE spot. The lines can be long, but the food is ALWAYS great. We absolutely love the Biscuits and Country Gravy, the French Toast Sampler, and the award winning Chili; it’s all good!

After you’ve had your stomach pumped, head to Mount Snow for some powdery glade runs, freshly groomed cruisers and a session at Carinthia, the East Coast’s largest terrain park, taking up an entire mountain face! The new mountain owners, Peaks Resort, have poured millions into making this mountain top-notch. If you aren’t an avid rider, take a lesson, hit the bunny slopes, or avoid skiing all together, with a run down the Tubing Hill. If you prefer to keep warm, bring your laptop, enjoy the free WiFi, sip a hot toddy and grab a window (or balcony) seat at the upstairs bar, the Station Tap Room, for a bird’s eye view of your crew cruising the slopes. You can also hit up the mountain shop, Backside Snowboards, which is the best one in the area. It’s perfect for picking up the freshest Burton gear, or cycling through some demo boards before you make your final purchase.

Half of the fun of skiing is the Après-ski, which we thoroughly embrace! Finish your day off with some festivities at our favorite bar in the area, The Valley View Saloon. Located in West Dover, less than 5 minutes from the mountain, it is our Saturday night hang out. We are there every weekend… for hours. Quite frankly, we’re surprised they don’t kick us out for taking up their prime real estate at the bar for so long!

This place has the best bar food in the area… totally fresh and not greasy. We have a hard time not ordering the same thing every time we go… the Goat Cheese Salad, the Bronx Bomber, amazing Sweet Potato Fries and Prosecco by the mini bottle. We are sold. It is our favorite place. Hang out late into the night for free flowing cocktails, a huge selection of beer, a game of pool and even live entertainment. If a more formal meal is on your agenda, some hearty eats can be found at the Old Red Mill Inn and Restaurant with a casual bar and homestyle, delicious meals.

After a late night of partying, spend Sunday morning having brunch (starting at 11 am) at the Roadhouse Restaurant. A mimosa, an omelet and a side of venison sausage are the makings of a great morning. Then hit up Mount Snow for another awesome day, or take the 30 minute drive to Stratton Mountain if you are looking for some variety. Stratton is Vermont’s answer to Aspen, with a mini-town at the base of the resort. It is a great strip to explore with little boutiques, jewelry stores, and Burton, North Face and Bogner shops, as well as restaurants, pubs and a wine bar. Break out your best furry hat and boots!

After a day of shopping or riding, pick up some Chinese food from First Wok Chinese Restaurant to eat while packing up your stuff. They have some of the best Chinese food we’ve ever had. After you are loaded up and on the road, make a quick stop at the Vermont Country Deli for some car snacks for the long drive. This place is a gourmet deli with a plethora of delicious baked goods like homemade apple pies, giant peanut butter cookies and outrageous mint brownies. They also have all kinds of prepared food and sandwiches like the honey maple barbecue pulled pork sandwich and mac and cheese. So good! Now… head directly to the gym!

Accomodations

Chimney Hill Home Rentals

9 Haystack Road, Wilmington, VT
802-464-2181
www.ChimneyHill.com
info@chimneyhill.com

Located approximately 15 minutes outside of Mount Snow, Chimney Hill has everything you need for an excursion to the mountains. They offer fully furnished home rentals for short term weekend or week long rentals, the perfect option for families or large groups. There are tons of homes offered, so availability usually isn’t an issue. Our favorite is the long term seasonal rental lasting from November 15th to April 15th (Seasonal rentals range from $7000 to $15,000), a fabulous value for those that just love the escape that Vermont offers. It’s amazing to be able to bring all your gear and clothing up just once and spend the remaining five months just relaxing. Homes range from 3 to 5 bedrooms, accommodate between 6 and 14 individuals and usually offer a cozy fireplace. Electric and gas are not included in the home cost (for seasonal rentals) and are paid on a monthly basis.

Chimney Hill is a vacation community and almost a resort of sorts. All tenants are granted access to the Clubhouse located in the middle of the community. The Clubhouse is great to host a dinner party with friends and family after an awesome day on the hill. It also includes indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, and amenities like tennis and basketball courts. One of the best things about rentals here (which is often NOT the case for other house rentals in the area) is that snow plowing and garbage pick up are included in your rent. No one wants to have to arrange for these type of things when you are going away to relax. If you are looking for a snowmobiling get away, then this is the perfect place. There are extensive snowmobiling trails located all over the resort. We have been using them for over 10 years and it’s always a great time!

*Chimney Hill picture obtained from Google Images

Grand Summit Hotel and Spa

89 Grand Summit Way, West Dover, VT
800-245-7669
Learn More, Make Reservations

Located right on the Mount Snow Resort, The Grand Summit Hotel sits at the base of the mountain, left of the Grand Summit Express lift.  This hotel has it all: ride in/ ride out access, a full service spa, a gym with fitness classes like yoga and pilates, an outdoor heated pool with a great view of Mount Snow, an arcade area for the kids, and in the center of it all, a huge fireplace to hang out on a couch or a comfy armchair and enjoy the free wifi, a good book, or a warm drink.

The hotel offers regular hotel rooms, studios, and multi-room suites with full service kitchenettes, with prices ranging from $300-$500 per night. If cooking is not your style, have no fear! Harriman’s Restaurant & Pub, as well as the Grand Country Deli and Convenience Store are both located in the hotel. Once you pull into the Grand Summit, you can drop your keys off with the valet, and not worry about a thing until your vacation is over and you are ready to go home. The Grand Summit Hotel has everything you and your family could ever need!

*Grand Summit picture obtained from Google Images

The Hermitage Inn

25 Handle Road, West Dover, VT
877-464-3511
www.HermitageInn.com

The most adorable accommodations… quaint, polished, stately and tasteful… this place is NOT your grandma’s attic as is the case for the vast majority of “Inns”! Just 5 minutes from Mount Snow, the Hermitage Inn is a great choice (if not the best choice) when visiting the area. The 15 rooms are each decorated uniquely! Features include large, carved wood beds, fluffy, beautiful bedding (like out of a page of a Bloomingdale’s catalog!), flat screens, wireless internet, minibars and fireplaces! Scattered between 3 buildings, the Main House, Wine Wing and Carriage House, most rooms accommodate two individuals, while a select few can sleep up to four. Rates range from $170 to $295 per night. There are even great deals like free Mount Snow lift ticket packages and Sunday nights free. Check out all the details here.

The property offers a wide variety of activities… quite surprising for a small establishment. Fine dining, a casual pub, 3 square meals a day, a wine cellar (complete with tastings) and store, plus tons of seasonal outdoor fun! In the winter partake in dog sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling (including mini ones for kids!) and cross country skiing. Summertime is great for fishing, hiking and even Sugarhouse tours for Maple Syrup tastings. Year round, relaxation is certain with treatments at the Spa, a dip in the hot tub, a work out in the fitness center and an evening chat by the nightly bonfire. Oh man… sounds so great!

For other Inn and Motel selections, as well as additional information on the Mount Snow Valley, check out www.VisitVermont.com

Activities

Mount Snow Resort

Carinthia Parks

39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT
800-245-SNOW
www.MountSnow.com
www.CarinthiaParks.com
info@mountsnow.com

Located about 3.5 hours from NYC, Mount Snow is close enough for a weekend getaway and far enough from the big city to remove all memories of the “forgettable” week at work you just had. Opened in 1954, Mount Snow was once one of the largest resorts in the country. No matter who has owned the resort, Mount Snow has always been know for firsts. It was the first mountain to have a gondola in the East Coast, as well as the first mountain in the East to construct a freestyle park.

Mount Snow’s current owners, the family-owned Peaks Resorts, have been no different. In recent years the company has added 250 fan guns giving the mountain the most snow making coverage in the East. Even the lifts are getting an upgrade. Mount Snow has recently been approved and is in the process of purchasing, both a new 6-person and 4-person high speed lift, which will be installed on the Main Face and Sunbrook areas, respectively.  Say goodbye to long lift lines and say hello to more time on the slopes. Long term, the mountain has a plan to re-construct both the Main Base and Carinthia lodges.  As we understand, a small village of shops and condos will be constructed, in addition to new lodges. Expect a larger variety of shopping and dining options.

The mountain has a little something for everyone. Though it lacks extensive expert level (Double Black Diamond) runs/areas, beginner (Green Circle) through advanced (Black Diamond) riders won’t be looking for long before finding a run to lap all day. We recommend a few runs down Ridge, Uncles, Jaws, Big Dipper and Snowdance (or as we call it, the FUN RUN)!  On powder days, dip into the woods for a session in the glades. Most areas don’t have a sign but are well worth the hunt. Our favorites include the trees off of One More Time, Ego Alley and Olympic. As the former host to the Winter X-Games and the Mountain Dew Tour, Mount Snow also has the only All Freestyle Park Mountain in the country, rated #1 in the East Coast by Transworld and Ski Magazine. Come and hone your skills on one of the 12 runs dedicated entirely to jumps, rails and jibs. Then if you are feeling really fearless, drop in on one of the two half-pipes.

On most weekends, the mountain provides a ski delivery service (Skis on Demand) that will come to your hotel room, fit you with rental skis/snowboards and provide you with lift tickets. This means more time on the mountain and no time standing on the crazy rental lines in the lodge. Weekend lift tickets cost $79 and hit the wallet very hard.  Try buying tickets in bulk or the $79 Fan Fare Card which discounts tickets 50% midweek and 25% on weekends. If you’re new to the sport of skiing or snowboarding, take a lesson rather than bothering your friend to teach you. With lift ticket prices being so high, they will thank you.

For the non skier or rider, the mountain has a fast tubing hill with covered bridge walkway (no hiking up the mountain!). While your friends are swooshing down the slopes, make a few runs down in an inner tube. Head to the lodge afterwards for some free wi-fi and a cold (or hot) drink in the Station Bar.

Our favorite weekend of every season is the last weekend in March. Between the dates of  March 25-27, Mount Snow puts on a festival of reggae music, pond skimming and duct tape. To the sound of live reggae, one can participate or observe skiers and boarders, usually in ridiculous costumes, planing over a 100′ long, man-made pond for the chance to win a season pass. The ‘Duct Tape Derby’ on the following day has easily become the biggest event on the mountain over the last three years. With only cardboard, zip ties, and duct tape entrants construct themed-sleds for a race down the mountain, with the winner having the most creative sled that navigates the hill best.

Grab your old pair of Rosignols or that fresh Burton and hit the hill.  The temperature might be cold, but your stress will be quick to melt away.

Our Favorite Things…

Nature Spa @

The Grand Summit Hotel

89 Grand Summit Way, West Dover, VT
802-4646-6606
www.MountSnowNatureSpa.com

Who doesn’t love a spa day?! Nature Spa overlooks the slopes and features a gym, sauna, steam room, hot tub, locker rooms with showers and a full menu of indulgent spa treatments, including the Maple Sugar Body Scrub, the Mountain Herbal Wrap and the Seasonal Facial. At least once a winter, usually on those bitterly cold days when your body just can’t take anymore, A+L+M make a lift line decision to ditch the boards and put on robes (K can usually be found in the spa already!)! A short walk from the Grand Summit lift, we sign up for the full zen treatment with fabulous deep tissue massages. Afterwards we take a dip in the outdoor heated pool (with indoor entrance area) with a view! We love sitting outside in 15 degrees with the steam evaporating off the water’s surface and snow flakes falling on your face. And when our friends ask us how the riding was in the freezing cold weather… we reply, ‘It was brutal’!

High Country Snowmobile Tours

Mount Snow Property, West Dover, VT
802-464-2108
800-627-7533
www.high-country-tours.com
info@high-country-tours.com

Offering full day, half day, morning, evening, private and group guided tours, this is the perfect time to finally learn how to ride a sled! The area has miles of trails through the mountains to explore with your guide. In the summertime, make use of the lake and rent jet skis or a pontoon boat (Carries up to 14 people) and have a party on the water.

Shopping

Main Street (Route 9) Wimington

The main road through Wilmington offers country crafts and gifts shops, yummy homemade snacks (yum… fudge!) and little taverns. Take a walk through town and relax…

Main Street Stratton

A great strip to explore with little boutiques, jewelry stores, and BurtonNorth Face and Bogner shops, as well as restaurantspubs and a wine bar. Break out your best furry hat and boots!

Manchester Designer Outlets

A bit of a hike from Mount Snow, but full of great shops!! Coach, Michael Kors, BCBG, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, plus tons more.

Eat/Drink

Friday- Fine Dining or Pub Style Dinner

Hermitage Restaurant

25 Handle Road, West Dover, VT
877-464-3511
www.HermitageInn.com
American Fine Dining, Wine, Southern Vermont

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as well as Sunday Brunch, the beautiful Hermitage Inn has great selections for every meal of the day. The decor is lovely with a country estate vibe… like dining in an elegant manor house. With both a fine dining room and a more casual pub area, both are great options for a memorable experience. All menus offer local and fresh produce, a variety of meats, like rabbit, quail and Long Island duckling, as well as seafood from neighboring Maine, like the lobster! Chef Paul Eschbach, a former chef of Jean-Georges in New York City and graduate of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America), creates masterfully prepared and beautiful dishes. Stop by on your way back from the slopes and eat in the pub, or pack a nice shirt and shoes, make a reservation and dine in the lovely main room, while sitting before a roaring fire, with a glass of wine in hand.

On the second Saturday of every month, a wine tasting is offered in their rustic wine cellar. Tickets are only $20 and this entry fee is credited towards your purchase of any bottle of wine from their store. In addition, tasty eats on the go are offered at the Hermitage Soup Coup located just over the picturesque covered bridge. From 7-9:30 am, egg sandwiches and bagels are available as some quick fuel on your way to the slopes! Also, stop by from 3-5 pm for some soup to warm you up down to the bones! If you enjoy dining at home, but have no interest in cooking, pre-order your meal by Wednesday and pick it up on the way to your house on Friday night. There are even tapas-style dishes available daily from 4-6 pm… how fun! Check out all of these unique wine and dine options here.

Our Favorite Things…

  • Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle and Creme Fraiche
  • Burger with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Red Onions
  • Bananas Foster with Vanilla Ice Cream

Saturday- Breakfast or Lunch

Dot’s Restaurant

3 Main Street, Wilmington, VT
802-464-7284
www.DotsOfVermont.com
American Country Diner, Coffee/Milkshakes, Southern Vermont

This is always the first stop for us before we hit the mountain. Dot’s Restaurant (NOT Dot’s Diner) is the #1 place to go to for a home cooked breakfast or lunch in Wilmington. Plan on getting here early if you are thinking of getting first chair. If you woke up a little too late and there is a wait, don’t think about leaving… put down your name and wait in the back by the fireplace or out front (in the freezing cold). It is worth it! The meal is simple, hearty, and great for getting fueled up before you hit the hill.

On top of the delicious dishes, the service is great and they are always there to fill up your cup of coffee. If there are spots open at the bar, grab them! Sit down, order a coffee, the McDot, or maybe the Sausage Gravy and Biscuits and then get out before the late comers rush in. If you miss the breakfast, there is always lunch or dinner. You do not want to miss their award-winning Chili, homemade French Fries or Grilled Cheese with bacon… believe me.

Our Favorite Things…

  • Sausage Gravy and Biscuits with Eggs and Homefries
  • French Toast Sampler- Homemade Cinnamon Raisin, Cracked Wheat and Challah
  • Cajun Skillet- Sausage, peppers, onions, cajun seasoning, eggs and homefries
  • McDot Deluxe- Double the Dot, Double the Cholesterol… on a hoagie with homefries
  • Homemade, Award Winning, Jailhouse Chili
  • Grilled Cheese with Bacon
  • Homemade French Fries
  • Milkshakes and Malts

Saturday- Lunch/Dinner and Apres-Ski Cocktails

Valley View Saloon

131 Route 100, West Dover, VT
802-464-9422
www.ValleyViewSaloon.com
American Bar, Beer/Cocktails/Wine, Southern Vermont

You go to Vermont to relax, in hopes of a stress relief that is normally only associated with being at home…To sit around with a beer, laugh with friends and eat food that’s bad for you! The Valley View Saloon has the greatest feeling of home. The staff is funny and friendly, the food is always super fresh (they even bake their own bread), and the taps are filled with tons of tasty beer varieties. L+M have gone through them all, including the bottles, on several occasions. Ask to see L’s dollar on the inside of the bar door! Plus, the icing on the cake… they have mini bottles of Prosecco. This is completely unheard of in Vermont. They seriously must stock them solely for A+K!

While we sit at work all week, we think about how we are only X amount of days away from driving 3+ hours and sitting on the bar stools at the Saloon to order our standard meals. It sounds so silly, but it’s totally true. What is with the connection you may ask? Well the answer is clear… it’s the Goat Cheese Salad… the Bronx Bomber… the Chili… the Sweet Potato Fries… the friendly banter with owners/bartenders Erica and Ramie. The feeling is welcoming and the C-shaped bar makes it easy to chat with the locals and tourists that frequent this place on a regular basis.

Only a short five minute drive from the mountain, this place gets particularly lively on Saturday night as the perfect local Après Ski location. Stop in for a quick cocktail, or hot toddy (Yum- we are such suckers for hot alcohol) on your way back from the slopes, or stay a while for grub, laughs, pool and sometimes even live entertainment. We love the free WiFi, which makes playing tipsy, impromptu games of Family Feud or Catch Phrase on our iPhones so much easier!

Our Favorite Things…

  • Goat Cheese Salad- Creamy Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Mixed Greens
  • Bronx Bomber- Grilled Roast Beef, Pepper jack Cheese, Bacon, Toasted Garlic Hero
  • Psycho Chicken- Fried Chicken Breast, Crispy Bacon, Melted Mozzarella, Choice of Dressing
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Asian Wings
  • Chili
  • Prosecco by the mini-bottle
  • Hot Cider

Saturday- Dinner

Old Red Mill Inn and Restaurant

18 Route 100 N, Wilmington, VT
802-464-3700
www.OldRedMill.com
American Country, Wine, Southern Vermont

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Red Mill Inn and Restaurant is located on the river, off of Route 100 in the heart of Willmington. The Inn offers a great rustic exprience of Vermont. The rates and rooms are great for small groups, ranging from $65-$110. Inside the waiting area, the fireplace is great for perching while you wait for your table at the Old Red Mill Inn Restaurant. Beware! The food is hearty and makes you feel like you are right at home. A food coma will definitely sneak up on you if you’re not careful. If you are here for some spring riding, Jerry’s Deck Bar and Grill is great for some riverside outdoor cocktails and burgers.

Our Favorite Things…

  • Braised Beef Shortrib
  • Steak Au Poivre
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich

*Old Red Mill Inn picture obtained from Google Images

Sunday- Brunch

Roadhouse Restaurant

4 Old Ark Rd, Wilmington, VT
802-464-5017
American Country, Coffee/Wine, Southern Vermont

Who doesn’t love country cooking especially when you’re in the country?! The roadhouse is a casual dining restaurant that serves homemade country food in a very relaxed setting.  Open every day of the week for dinner and for Sunday brunch, the restaurant features complete dinners that are inspired by local ingredients.  Typically packed on weekends for dinner, the Roadhouse serves nicely sized portions of steak, fish, and poultry.  Our favorite time to come is for Sunday brunch.  The homemade venison sausage is a savory treat.  Wash it down with a Bloody Mary and you’ll be happy and full.

Our Favorite Things…

  • Venison Sausage
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Quiche Special
  • Mimosas and Bloody Mary

Sunday- Lunch or Dinner

First Wok Chinese Restaurant

RR 100, West Dover, VT
802-464-5861
Chinese, Cocktails, Southern Vermont

Everyone loves Chinese food… and when we were younger and showed up at a Vermont restaurant with a group of 15 kids, or more recently when we brought up our whole family, you don’t have many options… in fact, most places will turn you away; however, First Wok always greets large groups with a smile and great service. They offer all the standard offerings (available for take out too… of course!), but we particularly love the tangerine beef which we’ve never seen on any other Chinese menu. The food is always fresh and the dishes are quite large. If you want to try First Wok’s specialty, order the Scorpion Bowl… a giant tub of flaming alcohol! It is awesome! Although advertised as a drink for two people, we have been known to order one bowl per person and call it a night. At only $10 bucks each, it is a super cheap evening out!

Our Favorite Things…

  • Tangerine Beef
  • Scallion Pancakes
  • Dirty Fortune Cookies
  • Scorpion Bowl for two (for one!)

Sunday- Snacks for the Road

Vermont Country Deli

436 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT
802-257-9254
www.VermontCountryDeli.com
Deli/Bakery, Coffee, Southern Vermont

Before heading home there is still one more stop you have to make. It’s just before the entrance of 91 South on your right: the Vermont Country Deli. The food is great and the service is quick for your to-go snacks and treats. Don’t be afraid to speak up to place your order as quiet ones will be skipped over. There are hot and cold meals, a sandwich bar and sweet treats (a lot of them!). All are fresh and extremely tasty. They also have local jams and jellies in which to dip pretzels and crackers.

If you have a furry friend in the car  (which we always have with us… sometimes more than 3), grab a couple of homemade treats so he or she doesn’t feel left out. Our must haves for the ride home are the Maple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, the homemade Mac and Cheese (get the large!), and the Peanut Butter Brownie (sometimes the Mint Brownie or the giant Peanut Butter Cookie too). You will probably leave with a lot more than you can finish, but you will not be sorry. Warning: Do not forget the napkins and forks, located on a shelf to your right by the exit. It’s going to be a messy ride home.

Our Favorite Things…

  • Maple BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
  • Linzer Tart
  • Mint Brownie
  • Peanut Butter Brownie
  • Giant Peanut Butter Cookie

The Locals Recommend

The locals talk about these place all the time!

Two Tannery Road

Two Tannery Road, West Dover, VT
802-464-2707
www.TwoTannery.com

A country fine dining experience with lots of steak, fish and their signature duck!

Sticky Fingers Bakery

210 Route 100, West Dover, VT
802-464-9463
www.StickyFingersVT.com

A full service bakery with fresh muffins, croissants, cookies, cakes and pastries! They even make wedding cakes!

Maple Leaf Malt and Brewing Co.

3 North Main Street, Wilmington, VT
802-464-9900

A local brewery with lots of interesting varieties (like the Chocolate Beer!), plus sandwiches piled high with cheese and toppings, burgers (the turkey is really tasty!) and hearty soups.

Transportation

By Car: The ride up is about 3 ½ to 4 hours depending upon how fast you drive and if there is any traffic. The best times to leave are early in the morning, mid afternoon before 3 pm, or for those of you who can’t take off of work on a Friday, anytime after 6:30. If you try to leave between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm you will be tacking on about 1 ½ to 2 hours of traffic. The easiest way to get to Mount Snow is hoping on to I-95 North, then onto I-91 North. Once you get to Vermont, get off at Exit 2 (Route 9) and make a right onto Route 9 at the end of the ramp. Watch your speed on this road, especially when driving through towns, as the Vermont State Troopers love the speed trap! Stay on Route 9 for approximately 30 minutes until you arrive at the intersection of Main Street and VT Route 100 in the center of the town Wilmington. For those of you heading to Chimney Hill, continue on Route 9 for one mile and the entrance is on your right. For those of you heading to the mountain, make a right onto VT Route 100. Drive about 9 miles and make a left at the Mount Snow Sign (the second blinking light), then follow the signs to the parking areas.

By Bus: If you don’t want to make the trip by car and/or just looking to go up for the day, the bus is another great inexpensive way to take the trip up. You don’t have to worry about falling asleep at the wheel, paying for gas or finding a good parking spot. Package deals include the round trip bus ride, plus lift tickets (no waiting in line). When you get to the mountain you can strap-in and head directly to the slopes. After a long day of riding, you are back on the bus nursing your sore legs, reclined seat, and worry free. Here is a list of a couple of companies that offer bus trips to Mount Snow that leave from the NYC/ Long Island area.

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