SPRING!!! Soon to be arriving at Leave No Trace Cabin!!

Spring has been a long time coming this year in Vermont but if you’re a ski buff you should enjoy more weeks of lovely Spring skiing since there is such a good base.

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner and lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It had been closed since “Irene” and it is a great relief to have that access to River Road re-opened!

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli (sit down with the locals or take-out).

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby. Ascutney Mountain is no longer a ski resort but trails have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many interesting places such as Harpoon Brewery, Sustainable Farmer (cheese making and other VT products), Simon Pearce outlet store, The Silo (manufacturer of Gin, Vodka and Whiskey) and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:

April Specials at Prince & Pauper Restaurant, Woodstock. Prix Fixe: Sun-Tues $39/pers. and Bistro Menu – Wed-Thurs. 2 entrees for $35

Mar. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Mar. 27-29 – Statewide – Maple Sugar Open Houses

Mar. 28 – Woodstock, VT – Hyannis Sound Concert, North Chapel UU Church, 7pm

Mar. 28-29 – Woodstock, VT – Maple Madness, see www.woodstockvt.com

Apr. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Baby animal day, Billings Farm Museum

Apr. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Easter brunch, Red Rooster restaurant in the Woodstock Inn, 11-2:30

Apr. 9 -10 – Hanover, NH – Figaro! – Dartmouth Hopkins Center For the Arts, 7pm(Thur.), 8pm(Fri.)

Apr. 10 – Windsor, VT – Windsor Wine & Spirits, 4-6pm, tasting 4 new spirits on the market, free

Apr. 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – Anniversary celebrations at Bentley’s restaurant, 3 nights of Live Music and a Throwback Disco Party on the 18th.

Apr. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Apr. 22 – Hanover, NH -Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Dartmouth Hopkins Center For the Arts, 7pm

Apr. 25 – Windsor, VT – Windsor Wine & Spirits, Free wine tasting, six Rose’s, 4-6pm

May 2-3 – Woodstock, VT – Sheep shearing day and Border Collie Herding, Billings Farm Museum

June 6 – Woodstock, VT – pre-Covered Bridges Half Marathon Pasta Dinner at Suicide Six, pre-register

June 7 – Woodstock, VT – Covered Bridges Half Marathon, pre-register. books early

June 7,14,21,28 – Woodstock, VT – Ice Cream Sundays, Billiings Farm Museum

July 1,8,15,22,29 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

August 8 – Woodstock, VT – Taste of Woodstock, downtown centre

Sept. 12-13 – Woodstock, VT – Chamber of Commerce Art Festival

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