Fine Dining

Simon Pearce Restaurant, Valentine's Day in Vermont

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vermont?

Recommendations for Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Vermont Oh, Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in the love-it or hate-it category for Valentine’s Day, consider going beyond the chocolate, flowers, and material things this year. Instead, experience something new together and make a lasting memory with your significant other. (Although really, a box […]

Dorset Inn, Dorset Vermont

The Dorset Inn, Dorset, Vermont

When traveling south on Route 30 from Middlebury to Dorset for a mid-week getaway in the quaint New England town, I found myself winding through tiny towns and around lakes, past artisan galleries, general stores, and more barns and silos than I could count. Within a few miles of […]

Bouillabaise - Bleu Northeast Seafood

Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, Vermont

When I was in college at Middlebury, I spent my summers on Campobello Island, an eight-mile by three-mile island on the Bay of Fundy that also is home to FDR’s 34-room summer “cottage”. It’s really rural and makes Middlebury—and most Vermont towns—look like a thriving metropolis. There are no traffic lights for 75 […]

Vermont Top Chefs - Five Questions

5 Questions with Vermont’s Top Chefs

Between high school and college, I took on my first hospitality job at a Relais & Châteaux property in Darby, Montana: Triple Creek Ranch. I was fortunate to learn the ins and outs of fine dining from a chef who set the staff aside before service every day to […]

Mad Taco - Vermont Restaurant

Top Choices for Vermont Restaurant Week

I spend way too much time thinking about which Vermont restaurants we should try next. I’m a tad obsessed with getting to know all of the chefs, farmers and purveyors who bring us inventive, wholesome food on a regular basis. Lucky for all us Vermonters and visitors to the state, Vermont Restaurant Week […]

Simon Pearce Restaurant, Valentine's Day in Vermont

Simon Pearce Restaurant, Quechee, Vermont

I’ve long admired Simon Pearce‘s glassware, but I never quite appreciated just how much went into making a single wine glass until we visited Simon Pearce’s factory outlet in Windsor, Vermont, and watched a glassblower skillfully create a perfect glass. Observing for a few minutes gave me a new appreciation for the art […]

The Backroom Bar - Pittsfield, Vermont

The Backroom, Pittsfield, Vermont

The town of Pittsfield is one of Vermont’s best-kept secrets. With one (awesome) General Store, two wedding venues, 50 miles of mountain biking trails, five inns and only 400-or-so residents, Pittsfield is a quintessential New England town, home to hearty Vermonters who value their community and the ample outdoor recreation […]

Aww Shucks Oyster Event, Bluebird Tavern, Burlington, Vermont

Bluebird Tavern, Aww Shucks Oyster Event

When I was in college, I lived full-time in Vermont and spent the summer months working at restaurants and an inn in downeast Maine (technically Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada). I spent most of my waking hours in Lubec, Maine—largely a community of fisherman—where I befriended the locals. Although Lubec is […]

Cafe Provence, Brandon, Vermont

Café Provence, Brandon, Vermont

Brandon, a small Vermont town and tight-knit artistic community, is located between Rutland and Middlebury at the base of the Green Mountains and has a population that hovers around 4,000 people. The town is a quintessential Vermont village with many brick facades lining Center Street, a Greek-revival town hall and the Neshobe […]