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Stowe Restaurants -- Some of our Favorites Revisited!

 

Many ski towns offer a variety of food, but not a variety with quality.  The Stowe area is known for having both; here are a few of our local favorites:

Markets & Quick Eats:

Cork located in downtown Waterbury, VT at the corner of Stowe Street. This wine bar and market is operated by a long time friend Danielle Moffat. She offers a wide variety of beautiful tasting wines along with a cozy atmosphere. Stop by on your way to Stowe for a drink and pick up a bottle on your way out the door. 

Commodities Natural Market, newly opened in Stowe, this is the second location for Commodities the other being the East Village in NYC.  Run by Michael and Audra Hughes Commodities offers a full array of natural and orgainc products from prepared foods to bulk items.  Commodities has a ton of local products ranging from cheese, veggies, bread to beer and wine. 

Casual Dining:

Harrison's, ask for Andrew and Kathy Kneale, the mother and son duo that has been pleasing locals with their food for decades. Casual dining located in the Stowe village. Known for their mussels, but everything that comes out of the kitchen is great. 

The Bench locatied on the Mt. Road (Rt. 108) just after the movie theater, this new addition to the Stowe restuarant scene has been welcomed by locals and visitors.  Offering wood fired food and tons of beer on tap it makes for a great combo after spending the day on the slopes.  The wings rock and my kids love the mac'n'cheese and pizza. 

Piecasso Pizzeria, NYC slices in Stowe also rated Top 11 slices in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They have a great family set up and also a cool bar and game room, plus the pizza is great. 

Phoenix Bar & Table, owned and operated by long time local resturant operator and chef Jack Pickett, Phoenix offers a varitey of seafood and unique eats that span the world.  The kale and wedge salads are terrific as well as the po-boy sandwiches.  A great option for lunch and dinner.  

Plate, located on Main Street, next to Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, offers locally sourced Vermont food made in a healthly Califorina style.  They offer everything from vegan and gluten free to a full gamut of meat options.  

Gracie's, another Stowe Classic, run by Archie, you'll never leave there hungry. Known for their burgers, Gracie's take it to the next level. I love the boxer and their famous chicken sandwich. 

Cactus Cafe is Stowe's Tex-Mex favorite. Offering their famous jalapeño chips at the table, beware they bring the heat. Also on the menu are slow smoked pulled pork tacos, a southern twist to a Mexican standby. Wash it all down with their Mansfield marg! 

McCarthy's is the only stop for breakfast in Stowe. They've been serving it up for over 30 years and know how breakfast should be done. Ask for Diane, she'll probably be at the door waiting for you with a smile. Their homemade corn beef hash is made from scratch, just like the maple nut bread. 

The Roost & Flannel, located at Topnotch Resort, these are two nice options for different kinds of fun.  The Roost offers a relaxed environmnet with good bites to share along with craft beer and cocktails.  Enjoy shufflepuck or relax outside by the fire.  Flannel, is a more formal dining setting, a bistro with flare and great patio seating. 

Formal Dining:

Michael's On The Hill located in Waterbury center, just south of Stowe. This chef owned restaurant sources local foods at a very high quality. Offering tasting menus and creativity, Michael's if perfect for a romantic dinner. Try their Manhattan, made with port wine, as a bourbon lover; I give it two thumbs up. 

Hen Of The Wood located just off I-89 in Waterbury this kitchen has been cranking out high-end food for many years. The unique location and old stone mill offers a view of the river and waterfall which is only match by the quality of the food. 

Kitchen Table Bistro, a bit further away, located in Richmond, but well worth the drive. As with the other two they locally source their food and offer a stunning wine list. The menu changes with the seasons and offers a real look into handcrafted Vermont food. 

Stowe, VT #2 Place To Ski Now | Men's Journal | Stowe Blog

Winter View 1 (Large)Stowe, VT ranked #2 Place To Ski

In the November issue of Men's Journal featuring the five best ski resorts in North America, Stowe, VT ranked number 2.  The combination of over 2,000 feet of vertical, history dating back to 1933 and a true New England village Stowe offers something for everyone.  The recent renovations and upgrades in the infrastructure and luxury at Stowe Mt. Resort have created a skiing experience that rivals many high-end resorts in the Rockies.

One of Stowe's most famous skiers Tiger Shaw was recently named CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which governs Olympic freeskiing and snowboarding in the U.S.  This adds to the long history of ski industry pioneers who have come from Stowe or chose to call it home.

Check out the Article below from Men's Journal:

Stowe SnowLike all ski resorts in the Northeast, Stowe is a hostage to geography. But unlike any of the others, Stowe is a big mountain in miniature - 3,719 feet, with 2,160 feet of vertical, to be exact. It's a steep, rugged crag of Appalachian relief with groomers as wide as interstates, some of the scariest bump runs in America, and glades and gullies that reward an adventurous spirit. "Stowe offers some of the steepest terrain in the country and is one of the few places on the East Coast where you can get the feel of big-mountain skiing," says Chip Knight, a three-time U.S. Olympic team skier who has skied Stowe his entire life. "Hike up to the Chin or duck into the trees off Nosedive or Chin-Clip after a big snowstorm and you'll even find some exceptional sidecountry skiing."

Terrain aside, Stowe is also the rare resort with the one quality that separates a good ski town from a great one, no matter what part of the country you're in: history. There's a difference between a ski area that exists because it has good mountains and one that was a town before, with a farming or mining industry. It's the difference between Vail and Aspen, Whistler and Revelstoke, or between pretty much any other resort in the East and Stowe.

Whittled out of the Green Mountains and drizzled in maple-syrupy charm, Stowe was a mill town, then a farm village, and then a kind of refuge for European immigrants who wanted a place to log and trap and mine that reminded them of home. It didn't hurt, of course, that the state's highest peak, Mount Mansfield, was there, on whose inclines these same immigrants began to climb up and slide down on trails cut by the Civilian Conservation Corps way back in 1933. Seven years later, the longest, highest chairlift in America was installed, broke down the first day, and then went on to run for nearly 50 years.

The modern world has long since arrived at Stowe in the few ways that really matter - a high-speed gondola, numerous high-speed quads, and the slope-side Stowe Mountain Lodge, a six-story, 312-room timber-and-stone temple to luxury that is one of the finest ski hotels in America. But to visit the town itself, you'd hardly know it. The main street (called, what else, Main Street) has steeples and taverns and actual candles burning in windows. The Matterhorn, everyone's favorite après bar since the days when celebrities and Kennedys skied Stowe, is reachable on skis and looks pretty much the way it did when it opened, in 1950. When McDonald's somehow managed to circumvent the town's ferocious zoning laws, residents were so angered that they ignored it out of business.

"What attracted me is that it feels authentic," says Scott Coggins, a 39-year-old who relocated to the village from New York City in 2010. "So many ski towns have activity on weekends, but they're not real towns. People actually live here." Once or twice a week in season, Coggins gets up, drives 20 minutes to the mountain, and is on the first lift at 8 am so he can get a couple of runs in before work. If it happens to have snowed the night before (not unlikely, since Stowe averages more than 300 inches a year, the most of any Vermont resort), he'll go even earlier, hike up, and lay some of the first tracks in Goat Woods, one of the many glades on a mountain known for its trees and gullies. He definitely won't be alone. "On real powder days, you can see people coming off the mountain with headlamps on."

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    Stowe Mt. Resort Skiing is Just Around the Corner

    Update to our Blog: Stowe Mt. Resort will open to all seasons pass holders for one day only on November 10th.

    Skiing at Stowe Mt. Resort is coming in less than two weeks, Nov 17th is opening day.  We've had several days this past weekend with snow in the higher elevations, especially at Stowe!  This morning while I was feeding my twins breakfast there were large snow flakes coming down.  It was just a reminder that it's time to get my gear out of the shed, start to tune up the boards and prepare for the season.  Although my girls are only 14 months old, I'm getting excited to get them out in the snow and to start to teach them to ski in the coming years.

    But I wasn't the only one thinking of skiing this morning, the fine snow makers at Stowe Mt. Resort where already hard a work laying the base for the 2012-2013 season.  Here's some footage of the new snow making equipment in effect this morning.  They are blowing snow at the base of the 4-runner quad, but have been bringing in new equipment since last season, so the coverage this year should be very good.

    http://youtu.be/X7Yuh7fOOcw

    There's still time to get some dry land training in, get those legs ready, get the skis tuned up and to add duct tape to last year's gear.  I hope to see you on the mountain this year!

    If you are looking for a rental for the winter season we have several options left and if you are in need of a vacation rental, we have plenty of options, but they are getting booked as many people are planning to visit Stowe this year.  Email me today or visit Stowe VT Rentals to see what options we have available.

    Stowe is scheduled to open on Nov 17th, click here for more info.

    Experience The Stowe Rec Path | Smith Macdonald Group

    Stowe, VT offers year round activities, one of the major draws in this area aside from Stowe Mt. Resort and The Trapp Family Lodge, is the the rec path.

    http://youtu.be/z_kE7G7hvqQ

    The rec path is 11 miles long and runs from the center of Stowe Village up towards Mt. Mansfield, ending near Topnotch Resort. The path follows the West Branch River and the Mt. Road.

    It is great for biking, walking, running in the summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are plenty of swimming holes located along the path.

    The path is fun for all ages and there are places to stop and eat along the way so you can fully experience all Stowe has to offer.  During the summer the Helen Day Art Center hosts Exposed in Stowe, an outdoor art exhibit along the path.

    Running next to the paved Rec Path, is the Quiet Path, which is for walking and quiet enjoyment of the natural surroundings, it's also great for walking your dog off the leash.

    For more information on the path click here: Stowe Rec Path

    Cady Hill Forest Conservation Project | Stowe VT Land Trust Makes Final Push

    Here we go people, we've been blogging, tweeting and reporting on the progress of the Cady Hill Forest Conservation Project being conducted by the Stowe Land Trust.  Let's make the final few days of April count.  If we can raise $100K then the Stafford Family Foundation will donate $25K!

    Also the Stowe Mountain Bike Club has signed on to develop and maintain the Mt. bike trails within the forest.  Check it out here.

    Here's an update on the Cady Hill Forest Project.

     

    Sunset in Stowe, VT

    Welcome to my new series, Sunsets Throughout the Seasons in Stowe Vermont.

    I hope to bring you different sunsets from different times of year and from different locations in Stowe. We have an amazing back drop for most of our sunset, that being Mt. Mansfield and Stowe Mt. Resort.

    http://youtu.be/xvy4HqZ4P5o

    I hope you enjoy this series and our beautiful town.

    Spring Skiing In Stowe, VT | Stowe Mt. Resorts Skiing

    Summer/Spring skiing has come to Stowe Mountain Resort with temps reaching the high 70's people are out in their t-shirts and shades.

    http://youtu.be/pHdxUAC4VVA

    The mountain is projected to stay open as long as they can, so come and enjoy the skiing before summer is really here.

    Spring Skiing Has Arrived

    Although this was a very mild winter by anyone's standards and it seems like we've been spring skiing since New Years, spring skiing truly arrived this past weekend.  Temps rose well into the 50's and the blue birds were singing all day long.  Stowe has a deep base, over 30 inches, so the conditions have held up and will continue to right through the end of March.

    Come up and stay in Stowe and get those last few runs of the year.  There are many discount packages being offered at area hotels and resorts.  Email me today to see about our vacation rentals.