We really appreciate this forum and the replies from those 'in the know' and will be traveling with a small group from late September through the first week of October for foliage and are looking for good restaurant choices in both Vermont and New Hampshire.
Since we'll be traveling also with children will be also looking for 'family friendly' establishments.
Any suggestions for:
- Burlington, VT area
- Stowe area
- Jackson, NH area
- Woodstock, VT area
- Manchester, VT
We plan to pass through a good part of the Northern Kingdom in Vermont, Midstate, and into the Jackson and Manchester areas of New Hampshire.
If you have any suggestions for any places that "can't be missed" we'd love to hear them too.
Firestones( on Route 4,at the blinking light in Quechee)is a nice, but not fancy, restaurant. It would be a good choice for a civilized dinner (not "fast food"). They make an excellent flatbread (Vermont style pizza).
An interesting new place just opened up in Quechee...The Farmers' Diner. They are located at the Quechee Gorge Village, and they serve food that has been locally grown. I hear that their food is excellent, and it's a great way to support the Vermont farmers, whose farms you have been admiring on your travels.
Our FAVORITE burger/hot dog/ice cream spot is in Woodstock. It is The White Cottage, located on Route 4, on the western fringes of the village, near the Woodstock High School. On a nice day, you can take your food down to the picnic tables on the river. It will be open through Columbus Day.
Other than that, a good idea is to get a sandwich made up at the (1)Woodstock Butcher's (next door to Gillingham's) or (2) The Village Deli in Quechee, and find a nice spot for a picnic.
For breakfast, lunch or dinner meals Ludlow (100A south to 100 south)has some very decent restaurants. The prices are more reasonable than what you'll find in Woodstock and I think that the variety is more family/kid friendly.
Bridgwater Corners (route 4) has a very small bakery (I think it's called Umplebey's). They serve excellent soup, homemade baked goods, etc.
However, if you're on your way from Burlington to Woodstock, etc., there's a place I would recommend in Hinesburg called the Good Times Cafe. Hinesburg is about 20 minutes South East of Burlington on 116 and the cafe is right on Main Street. We went there for dinner when we were staying on Lake Iroqouis. Although small, the food was excellent and adventurous and it was definitely child/family friendly. They specialize in interesting pizzas, but had other menu options including for dinner, plus fantastic desserts. The owners and staff were friendly and welcoming and there were a lot of families there that seemed like regulars. It is a VERY laid back environment and the food was amazing.
A very good question though. Does anyone have any recommendations for me? Right now we're looking at the Ludlow area if we manage to get there at all and we have an 18 mo. old who will be joining us some nights but would be interested in a nicer/romantic suggestion as well for one night. Definitely not interested in chains. I love the farm restaurant idea. Sounds like a good place to check out.
For something more intimate, the Echo Lake Inn is on route 100 a few miles north of Ludlow. I've not eaten there, but the setting is very lovely (on a small lake).
This year, I plan to try Harry's Cafe on route 103 (outside of Ludlow). They have received great reviews and the menu looks very interesting.
Good luck- enjoy!
PO Box 652/191 E. Main Street
Richmond, VT 05477
Ph: 802-434-4410/toll free 1-888-242-3362
Further along 15, you'll come to Jeffersonville where you'll find 158 Main Street - also very kid friendly and they do breakfast on Sunday until 2pm.
If you go through Smuggler's notch from Jeffersonville, you'll drop down into Stowe, but before you get to the village center, you'll pass Gracie's (named after the owner's dog) - also very kid-friendly.
Good luck and enjoy your trip.
389 Route 15
Jericho, VT (near Underhill Flats)
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Burlington, VT -
Penny Cluse for breakfast or lunch. You'll have to compete with University of Vermont students for a table.
- Woodstock, VT area - Quechee:
Simon Pearce is family friendly and the glass blowing is interesting for kids. Innovative food at reasonable prices.
- Manchester, VT
Little Rooster. Only open for breakfast and lunch. One of the best places in the region. Good value.
Flat Road Diner. Good burgers. Good value and lots of local color.
Route 11/30 2 miles east of Manchester Ctr: Zoey's Double Hex. American food.