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Vermont: Places to eat, places to stay

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Vermont: Places to eat, places to stay

Jeremy Osner | Aug 15, 1999 10:22 AM

Hi all,

we just got back from a wonderful week-long bicycle
trip in Vermont, from Sherburne to Burlington and then
back to Bridgewater; roughly 200 miles. We ate and
stayed many places, and I just thought I'd post some
recommendations. (I'll mostly spend time on the places
we liked.)

The headline for me, the only food I ate all week that
I really thought was at the top of its category, was
the homefries that we had with breakfast the first day
out -- these are the homefries against which I will
measure any homefries I eat in the future. We got them
at a cafe in the small, small town of Rochester, on
rte. 100 about a mile north of the junction with rte.
73. I didn't get the name of the cafe, but you don't
really need the name to find it; the business
district of Rochester is about a block long, and the
cafe is at the north end of that block, across the
street from the Mobil station. Probably the only food
business in town. Their scrambled eggs/omelets are also
very good.

In general we had good luck with breakfasts and lunches
and did not fare as well at dinner. Breakfasts, besides
the first day out, were always at the Bed and Breakfast
we stayed at the night before; the best of these were
at 288 Maple in Burlington -- I heartily recommend 288
Maple as an excellent place to stay if you're going to
Burlington; reserve in advance because she has only 2
rooms and they're booked a ways into the future -- and
Weybury Inn in East Middlebury, which was also a nice
place to stay.

When we rode into Hinesburg (rte. 116 north of Bristol)
around lunchtime on Saturday, we were attracted by a
strong smell of garlic. We followed our noses to a
small-but-pungent pizzeria at the corner of rte. 116
and Silver Street. This is the kind of place that I
would recommend as a place to eat if you happen to be
driving up 116; don't go out of your way, the pizza is
tasty but nothing extraordinary, what I really liked
was the friendliness of the proprietor. Oh, and besides
pizza, I ate a bag of Cape Cod Russet Brown potato
chips -- I've had Cape Cod chips before but I have
not seen the "Russet Brown" in stores around New York.
They're really good -- does anyone know if they're
available hereabouts?

Besides meals we stopped several places to get snacks,
usually coffee and a muffin -- there seems to be a real
glut of good bakeries in Vermont. My favorite was the
bakery in Bristol, on rte. 116 near the intersection
with North Street, across the street from Sips 'n' Suds
Laundromat and coffee shop. Also, we got excellent
sandwiches from Noonie's deli in Middlebury, on Maple
Street.

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