by Sky Barsch Gleiner
A note about accommodations during peak foliage: Rooms fill quickly, and some lodging facilities require that you stay a minimum of two days if you book on the weekend. For the best deals, book midweek stays, and ask about midweek specials.
The Village Tavern is a low-key place that welcomes the après-ski and hike crowds, muddy and all. Surprisingly creative pub food, such as the seitan and chicken wings.
55 Church Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont (802) 644-6765.
Mr. Pickwick's Gastropub at Ye Olde England Inne has more than 100 different beers from which to choose and a truly British menu, such as bangers and mash and beefsteak and kidney pie (American palate-friendly options are available, too).
433 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont (802) 253-7558.
The Trapp Family Lodge, home of the famous von Trapp family of “The Sound of Music” fame, offers a few different lodging types from relaxed guest house chalets to deluxe villas on a 2,500-acre property. The von Trapp family is now brewing beer and making cheese, making your stay delicious as well as relaxing.
700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, Vermont (802) 253-8511.
Green Mountain Inn is situated at the junctions of routes 100 and 108, in the heart of Stowe village. Walk to restaurants, shopping, and the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path. Accommodations are classic B&B charm with a polished touch.
18 Main Street, Stowe, Vermont (800) 253-7302.
For an easier hike, take the Sterling Pond Trail from the top of Smugglers' Notch – 2.4 miles round-trip, about two hours.
For a very challenging hike, take the Long Trail to the top of Vermont: the chin of Mount Mansfield. The Green Mountain Club maintains the Long Trail.
Watch your pizza cook in a clay oven at the original American Flatbread restaurant. Flatbreads feature savory topping combinations, such as Kalamata olives, red peppers, and goat cheese, which you can wash down with local Vermont beers and wine from a bold wine list.
46 Lareau Road, Waitsfield, Vermont (Thurs. through Sun. only), 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. (802) 496-8856.
Dive into the exotic at The Mad Taco, and try an achiote chicken, cilantro, and crema taco or a smoked pork and Oaxaca sandwich.
2 Village Square, Waitsfield, Vermont (802) 496-3832.
The Inn at the Round Barn is a lovely, upscale inn, featuring a fully restored round barn, built during a time when it was thought that the devil could hide in corners.
1661 E. Warren Road, Waitsfield, Vermont (802) 496-2276.
Hyde Away Inn is a rustic B&B decorated with ski memorabilia, a pet-friendly spot perfect for a relaxed stay. Its tavern boasts the “most challenging slope in Vermont,” so watch your step.
1428 Millbrook Road (Route 17), Waitsfield, Vermont (802) 496-2322.
For an easy hike, stroll on the Mad River Greenway, a 1.7-mile section of the Mad River Path).
For a more challenging hike, try Mount Abraham from the Lincoln Gap. www.greenmountainclub.org has books and maps on hiking in the region.
River Garden Cafe (Wednesday through Sunday) has world-inspired American cuisine, including crab cakes, pan-roasted duck breast, and butterflied rainbow trout.
427 Vermont Route 114, East Burke, Vermont (802) 626-3514.
Tamarack Grill (Thursday through Sunday) is located on the Burke Ski Area property – a moderately priced bistro boasting 100-percent Angus burgers and duck empanadas.
223 Sherburne Lodge Road, East Burke, Vermont (802) 626-7390.
The Stepping Stone Spa treats guests to health and wellness through its classy rooms, rejuvenating spa treatments, and healthy breakfasts. Nearby belted Galloway beef, raised by the spa’s owners, keeps the Vermonty feel.
1545 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, Vermont (866) 626-3104.
Burke Mountain Campgrounds has five lean-to sites, space for 19 tents, and a chance for you to soak up Vermont’s natural beauty. Restrooms, showers, and a campground store that sells essentials.
Located at the base of the Burke Toll Road, East Burke, Vermont (802) 626-7333.
For families, hike the Hawkes Trail on Mount Hor. This gradual trail takes you to a cliff overlooking Lake Willoughby. Access it by driving about two miles up the CCC Road at the south end of the lake.
For a heart-pumper, take the North Trail on Mount Pisgah. Gradual at first, but becoming steep on the second half, the trail will take you to two cool-water streams that will feel good to cross.
For more information on hiking in this area, visit www.northwoodscenter.org.