Marriage Quest, Israel and Cathie Helfand, Cabot Vermont, 802-563-3063
Marriage Quest Suggested Restaurants and Places of Interest
West of us:
Sarducci's Resturant, 3 Main St, on the river in Montpelier. Lunch Monday thru Saturday, dinner every night. Wonderful Italian food, with brick oven, great staff and reasonable priced. 223-0229
J. Morgan's Steakhouse, 100 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602, 223-5222 Model trains circulating throughout the restaurant add to the lively energy at this Capital Plaza steak and seafood specialist. Nice bar room. www.jmorgans.com
Black Door Bar & Bistro, 44 Main Street upstairs, Montpelier, 223-7070. Dinner only, closed Sundays. Features European style bistro fare. Music on weekends. Check www.blackdoorvt.com/music.php for music and other entertainment schedule.
The New England Culinary Institute (NECI) has five great restaurants in and around Montpelier. (Three in Montpelier, two in Essex Junction, and one in Burlington.) www.neci.edu/restaurants.html
More ideas for retaurants at: http://www.pieinsky.com/restaur.html
East of us:
Bailiwick’s on Mill, 98 Mill Street, is an old mill on the river in St. Johnsbury. Upscale food, different. Riverside seating in the summer. Near the Old Mill Racquet Club. bailiwicksfinerestaurant.com. 802-424-1215.
Cantina di Gerardo. 378 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury. Authentic Italian dishes from the North End of Boston. Delicious. 748-0598.
Kham's Thai Cuisine, 1112 Memorial Dr (US 5) I-91 Exit 22, St. Johnsbury, 751-8424. Closed Tuesdays. Great Thai food; nice people.
Creamery Restaurant, East of Cabot - Danville, 46 Hill Street, 684-3616. Dinner only; closed Sunday and Monday. Good local restaurant with a different menu every evening. Downstairs pub room is cozy on a winter's night.
Bentley's Bakery and Cafe, Danville, 20 Hill St, 684-3385. Call for hours. Great bakery; also soups, salads and sandwiches. Espresso and cappuccino. www.bentleysbakeryvt.com
Marty's 1st Stop (Irving Gas Station) Danville, Rt 2, 684-2574. Great place to pick up snacks, wine, beer, etc. Excellent homemade soups, and fresh sandwiches.
Winegate, next to Visitor Center in St Johnsbury. Monday to Friday lunch; Thursday, Friday, & Saturday for dinner. 748-3288
Anthony's Diner, 50 Railroad St (Rt. 5) in St. Johnsbury. next to McDonalds has a great full-American breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 748-3613
Ramunto's Pizza: St. Johnsbury End of Railroad Street at Rt. 5 intersection. 748-6772. Bagel Depot is there, too.
Things to Do:
Cabot Cheese Visitor's Center, Cabot Village. Factory tour and plenty of free samples. Vermont products to take home. www.central-vt.com/web/cabot/ (802) 563-3393; (800) 837-4261
Diamond Hill (a nice antique, chocolate, wine, cheese shop) is on the green in Danville. Small liquor store on site. 684-9797
Maple Grove Farms - Maple Museum that explains the process of making Maple Syrup. Gift shop that features an extensive line of maple products including Maple Syrup, Maple Candy, and Vermont products. Off I-91, take Exit 20. Go north on Rt. 5 through St. Johnsbury to Rt. 2 east 1 mile. 802-748-5141 www.virtualvermonter.com/profiles/maplegrove.htm
Stephen Huneck Gallery at Dog Mountain, 143 Parks Road - off of Spaulding Road, St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819, 748-2700. Visit the gallery and the dog chapel that celebrates the spiritual bond we have with our dogs. Open to dogs and people of any faith or belief system.
Miniature Golf: new course is at the Sugar Ridge Campground, Rt. 2 going toward Danville. 684-2550
Rent a boat on Joe's Pond: Point Comfort Cabins in West Danville, just west of Rt. 15 intersection. 684-3379
Farmers Markets take place from May or June through October.
Hill Farmstead Brewery, world famous brewery. 403 Hill Rd., Greensboro Bend, VT. 802-533-7450. www.hillfarmstead.com.
Joe’s Pond Craft Shop, West Danville, Vermont. Local shop with Vermont artisan crafts and more. www.joespondcrafts.com. 802-684-2192.
From the south: Northampton, Massachusetts is a wonderful college town, just off of Rt 91 (exit 18-20). International restaurants, lots of fun shops to explore.
Consider an apple pie and other gourmet deli foods and coffee from the Vermont Country Deli. Exit 2 off I-91, Brattleboro, west toward Marlboro and Bennington. Unfortunately they do not have a public rest room there. There should be one next door at the gas station.
Also, consider stopping in Hanover, NH (home of Dartmouth College) classy small college town. East off Rt 91 at exit 13. The Hanover Coop Food Store (on Park Ave) is great for gourmet and health food items.
From the west: Montpelier is a wonderful mini-city. The only capitol in the US without a Mac Donalds! Lots of interesting restaurants, small shops, the Vermont Capitol buildings, used bookstores, some local crafts and artisan goods.
Well… safe and happy travels!
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