This is always our first stop in Stowe. Doc Ponds is a funky gastropub with intriguing options for both food and drink, and these days you can also get a taste via Doc’s Lunch Box To Go. While the menu changes with the seasons, expect an eclectic mix of locally sourced ingredients, like the arancini-style Blue Balls, oozing with Jasper Hill Farm’s Bayley Hazen Blue cheese; and grown-up takes on nostalgic flavors, like the Doc Burger with special sauce, and boozy milkshakes for dessert.
For those who visit Vermont seeking plenty of space, fresh air, and a warm fireplace, the picture-perfect bed-and-breakfast Edson Hill has all three—plus a hidden gem of a farm-to-table restaurant. The culinary team at Edson Hill creates modern takes on New England classics, such as a wintry Grilled Halibut set with braised fennel, a pomegranate beurre rouge, and black forbidden rice. Whether or not you book a room at the hotel, snag a reservation for dinner. The charm level is quite high at this cozy spot just 10 minutes from the mountain.
Known for making a craft beer holy grail—Heady Topper Double IPA—The Alchemist’s big, beautiful brewery and visitors’ center is just down the road from Stowe Mountain Resort. Typically a year-round stop for taproom samples, The Alchemist is only doing curbside pickup right now—but trust that you’ll want to bring home a case of that coveted hoppy brew and other cool cans.
The WhistlePig Pavilion on Spruce Peak
There’s nothing better than a hot toddy after a cold day of skiing, and the ultimate place to grab one of these is just steps from the slopes. The WhistlePig Pavilion at Spruce Peak, the village at Stowe Mountain, highlights Vermont-made rye whiskeys in a variety of drinks, including several winter warmers. Sip by the glow of the wood-burning fireplace, which is used to heat up giant blocks of raclette to serve with Alpine Venison Chili, Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread, and other homemade fare.
Michael’s on the Hill
Make time on your weekend getaway for a date night at Michael’s on the Hill. This fine-dining favorite has a quintessentially Vermont view overlooking rolling hills and a menu that would be at home in the French countryside. Known for chef Michael Kloeti’s locally sourced cuisine and superior white-glove service, Michael’s on the Hill remains the standard for high-end dining in Vermont. During the winter of social distancing, Michael’s is also elevating the takeout game with a la carte options, and take-and-bake meals like pasture-raised beef tenderloin with gratin potatoes, and Vermont apple and almond crostata with local cheddar for dessert.