This page is a collection of the venues, businesses and locations in Stowe and the surrounding towns that I personally recommend.
Now we're getting serious. As before I am only recommending my favorite places where I guarantee you will always have a great meal and never be disappointed.
My favorite Italian restaurant, this side of the North End, is Sarducci's in Montpelier. The food is excellent, not complicated, and the atmosphere is great. In the wintertime we like a table near the wood fired brick oven and in the summer we like a table on the covered porch overlooking (actually overhanging!) the Winooski River.
Harrison's in Stowe is downstairs in the Carlson Building on Main Street (I hear there is a really good real estate broker that works upstairs!) and serves some of the best American cuisine around. Owner Kathy Kneale will greet you at the door and you can talk sports all night (mostly Red Sox and Bruins) with her son/co-owner Andrew Kneale who is behind the bar. When you stop in please be sure to tell Kathy and Andrew, "Jeff sent you".
Michael's On The Hill is located just south of Stowe village in Waterbury. Chef/Owner Michael Kloeti describes his dishes as "Locally-Driven European Cuisine". All I know is the food is fantastic! Michael features, in fact he promotes, Vermont grown, raised or made ingredients in all his dishes being one of the original leaders in the locavore movement here in Vermont. Be sure to get a table by the window in what I call "the barn room" and watch the sun set over the Green Mountain Range and you will have an evening you won't soon forget.
The best coffee shop for breakfast or lunch is McCarthy's located on the Mountain Road. McCarthy's is an institution in Stowe that will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014! Say hi to owner Diane McCarthy when you go and be sure to have breakfast there on St. Patty's Day and Diane will "put something in you coffee" for free.
For a lattes, cappuccino or coffee I like the Black Cap Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Stowe Village. They roast their "carefully sourced" coffee beans onsite.
In my opinion shopping locally and supporting local business is crucial, especially in a rural area such as Lamoille County if you want to find quality products without having to drive an hour or more. We are blessed with a variety of excellent retailers in our area, but make no mistake, they need our support to stay in business.
I take my sports equipment seriously so when I need a piece of equipment I want a good deal and expert advice. The shops I have listed below provide both.
There are several excellent bike shops in town. For mountain biking and snow boarding equipment and advice on where to ride in Stowe go to Iride on the Mountain Road located at one of the entrances to the Cady Hill Forest. For road bikes in Stowe check out AJ's' on the Mountain Road.
For mountain bikes and local riding information in Morrisville go to Chuck's Bikes on Portland Street and talk to the owner Hank.
There are plenty of ski shops in Stowe. For back country and cross country equipment I prefer the Nordic Barn up the Mountain Road past Top Notch Resort. Owner Don Allen and his staff know their business. For downhill ski equipment AJ's Ski and Sport has a good selection.
If you are looking for hockey, baseball, soccer or lacrosse equipment go see owner Caleb Magoon at Power Play Sports in Morrisville Village on Portland Street.
The Harvest Market on the Mountain Road in Stowe is a gourmet shop and deli and a great place to stop and pick up some of their delicious prepared foods and a bottle of wine on your way to a concert at Trapps.
Locavore is cool, especially when the produce and livestock is grown so locally. That may sound silly but the term "local" is a relative thing depending on where you live. Everywhere you go around here you can see much of your food (if you choose to buy locally) being grown by your neighbors. Not only are they growing our food, but they are keeping "our" landscape open (what a deal!). Someone once told me that a Hummer driving locavore has a smaller carbon foot print than a Prius driving supermarket shopper . Lots of benefits.
Most of our local Farmer's Markets run from May to October.
The Johnson Farmer's Market is in Johnson Village on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
The Jeffersonville Farmer’s Market takes place on Wednesdays at the corner of Routes 15 and 108 in Jeffersonville.
The Waterbury Farmer's Market is held Thursdays at the Thatcher Brook Elementary School in Waterbury.
The Hardwick Farmer's Market runs on Fridays on Route 15 in Hardwick.
The Morrisville Farmer's Market is open Saturdays at the Hannaford’s parking lot in Morrisville.
The Stowe Farmer's Market takes place on Sundays at the Red Barn Shops on the Mountain Road.
Applecheek Farm, owned by the Clark Family, is a certified organic, diversified and sustainable family owned farm located in Hyde Park. Their farm produces organic dairy, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry, raw milk and emu oil.
Sandiwood Farms is a diverse, organic family farm growing 2+ acres of produce and cut flowers for their CSA and farmers markets.
Pete's Greens is a certified organic, four season, vegetable farm located in Craftsbury.
If you want Real Vermont Maple Syrup from a real Vermont farm boy you will have to call (these guys are too busy feeding America to be spending time maintaining websites!) my buddy Palmer Hunt in Johnson at 802- 644-5627.
Locally Made Products
Local products around here is a fun topic to talk about. The brand "Vermont Made" is literally a FIVE STAR brand that it is always well earned and our locally made products are no exception.
You may not be in the market for state of the art sculling oars such as the Dreissigacker Racing Oars, which will be used by most of the rowers in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but
you may be familiar with the Concept 2 Ergonomic Rowing Machines which they also manufacture in Morrisville. They do sell direct!
Rock Art Brewery is located on Route 100 in Morrisville just south of the village. They have delicious beer and offer daily tours of the brewery.
More to come...