The KingS’ FAVORITE VT SPOTS
Lawson’s Finest Liquids: Located in Waitsfield, this brand new brewery location is the home of Sip of Sunshine—need we say more?
Hill Farmstead: Off the beaten path, you might think we’re sending you to the end of the earth, but we’re actually sending you to the perennial “Best Brewery in the World”. Deli style ticket line opens at noon so arrive well before or expect a wait.
Shacksbury Cider: Started by friends of Ted’s at Middlebury, Shacksbury has a small tasting room and facility in Vergennes where you’re bound to get personalized familial service and the best cider Vermont has to offer.
Doc Pond’s: Located in the heart of Stowe and a sister restaurant to VT favorites Prohibition Pig and Hen of the Wood, they put the après in the heart of skiing and cycling culture.
Ranch Camp: This cycling themed bar and bike shop is located at the entrance to many of Stowe’s best trails around Cady Hill. Stop in to meet like minded folks and grab a post ride beer and grub.
The Alchemist: The Alchemist put VT IPAs on the map with Heady Topper. Love IPAs? Give their lesser known Focal Banger a try. The Alchemist is a great stop if visiting Stowe.
Hatchet: Ted and Laura’s favorite Richmond watering hole. Conveniently located near Cochran Ski area and dedicated to providing local sourced ingredients.
Hen of the Wood: If you don’t have a reservation, make one now. Two locations, Burlington and Waterbury. This James Beard nominated restaurant just so happens to be Ted and Laura’s favorite spot for special occasions.
Sweet Simone’s : The making of a good downtown requires an excellent bakery., it’s no wonder that Richmond’s Sweet Simone’s was recently awarded Yankee Magazine’s “Best Bakery”.
PK Coffee: If you’re the type of person who gravitates towards “artisanal coffee” then this is a stop on your list. Located in your route towards Stowe Mountain and Smuggler’s Notch, if you’re headed north to explore from Stowe, fuel up here!
Church Street in Burlington: Designed by the same architect who designed Boulder’s pedestrian “Pearl Street”, this is Burlington’s pedestrian shopping district and located within a short stroll from Lake Champlain. Outdoor Gear Exchange a visit to stock up on UnTapped or any last minute outdoor sporting needs.
Foam Brewers and the Lake Champlain Lakefront: You may think of Vermont as land locked, but it boasts more than 125 miles of Lake Champlain waterfront. Foam Brewers is located along the Burlington Greenway and is a quick walk from downtown.
Prohibition Pig: Pro Pig, located in Waterbury, is Vermont’s most hip spot for a culinary twist on bar food. One of Ted and Laura’s favorite apres spots.
Ben and Jerry’s: What’s more Vermont than Ben and Jerry’s? Visit the Waterbury location for a tour of the factory which includes a tasting. Bring some friends and your hunger — we dare you to try to take down The Vermonster.
August First Bakery: Locally owned Burlington bakery & cafe serving from-scratch breakfast & lunch in a beautiful downtown location. The maple biscuits are out of this world.
Red Hen Bakery: Traveling up to Rooted via Route 89? Make a close-off-the-highway detour in Middlesex. This is the place to stop for coffee, a sandwich, tasty treats or other basic provisions. A favorite ride destination of Ted and Laura’s.
Black Cap Coffee & Beer: There’s no better place to stop in downtown Stowe for all your brewed beverage needs.
Cork Wine Bar: Cork Wine Bar & Market of Stowe features natural wines, local craft beer, and a unique dining experience focused on fresh and local ingredients.
Pizzeria Verità: Pizzeria Verita is a wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of downtown Burlington. A great spot for inspired salads and antipasti, creative craft cocktails and Ted and Laura’s favorite tiramisu.
American Flatbread: American Flatbread is an institution for artisanal pizza lovers. They were at the forefront of the farm to table movement. Warning, it packs quickly (Waitsfield location), so arrive early to get your name in and head across the street to the river’s swimming hole while you wait.
Worthy Burger: Any location is worth a stop, but a good combo would be a stop at Lawson’s in Waitsfield and head over to Worthy for dinner. A chill eatery with outdoor seats & a farm-to-table focus, featuring wood-fired burgers & craft beers.
Philo Ridge Farm: Philo Ridge Farm operates on 400 acres of pasture and woodlands in Charlotte, Vermont. Historically a dairy farm, the land has been in agricultural production since the 1840s. Today, it is a diversified farm that integrates livestock, orchards, gardens, and community events. Stop in for a coffee, pastry, lunch or gift purchase.
Warren General Store: General Stores are quintessential Vermont, and this one was voted one of the best Vermont Country stores by Yankee Magazines. Think “old country store in a bucolic setting, as taken over by foodies from the nearest town.” Good sandwiches, selection of sodas/beer/cider and baked goods. Pleasant to sit at a picnic table on their deck, with the view and sound of Freeman Brook below.
Mad Taco: Customers go mad for Mexican dishes made with fresh ingredients from the owners' farm. Have a margarita or craft beer with your tacos, and don't skimp on the legendary housemade sauces.
Palmer Lane Creemees: REAL maple syrup creemees with none of the fake maple flavoring! Just 10 miles from Richmond in Jericho, creemees are the Vermonter’s version of soft serve and a great treat to beat the heat.
Kitchen Table: Seasonal dinners starring local products, crafted in a historic brick farmhouse in a rural setting—located close to the Rooted venue in Richmond.
Michael’s on the Hill: Locally sourced Continental cuisine in an elegant, renovated 1820s farmhouse with wraparound porch. Restaurant is just off route 100 on the way to Stowe.