Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
A short unmarked but well-treaded trail off Mountain Road leads to this 90-foot-tall series of cascades that plunges into a narrow gorge. Crystal-clear water has carved out various rock pools and makes for a popular swimming hole in the summer. Sections of the falls can be steep, so exercise caution – it may be best to leave the kids behind.
Sushi and pizza seem like an unusual combination, but it works – and works well – at this Mountain Road après-ski spot. Serving sushi for 17 years, the establishment has fish delivered six days a week from the largest fish market in Boston for the freshest product around. As for the pizza, it’s brick-oven made and tastes better after 5 p.m. when all 16-inch pies are an additional $5 off.
Slayton Pasture Cabin
Built by the von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame in 1971, this tucked-away log cabin serves as a way station for skiers visiting Stowe’s 100 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. After a three-mile journey deep into in the woods, the small cabin sits on a knoll and serves soups, sandwiches, and hot drinks to those who make the trek through these hills that are alive with skinny-skied adventurers.
The Blue Donkey
This seat-yourself restaurant may be small, but the gourmet burgers are not. Half-pound beef patties are char-grilled then made into array of specialty sandwiches, including The Rodeo (topped with American, cheddar, bacon sautéed onions, ranch and barbecue, and an onion ring) and The Carolina (topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle).