I have decided that I'm going to start posting about the food I eat while I'm traveling. A couple weekends ago, Amy and I went to VT to go skiing. YES skiing. For those of you who a dumbfounded that I was skiing in April, well, there is a reason they call it spring skiing. My brother has a condo at Killington, VT and they have skiing sometimes till June 1st. Anyhoo, we went to a few interesting places to eat up there that I wanted to write about here.
The first night we were there we went to a place called Charities. If you ever go to Killington, you will quickly realize that most of the decent restaurants within 10 miles of the resort charge $15-30 for most entrees and you just have to accept it. Charities is pretty reasonable in that respect, and they are in the lower end of that scale. The food is consitantly good from what my brother tells me. I had a turkey dinner special that came with all the fixins. Fresh sliced turkey, fresh cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. Maybe it was the long trip up there, and the fact that I could have eaten a horse, but it was excellent. There was nothing left on the plate when I was done. Amy was not quite as hungry as me and ordered an appetizer size of the BBQ Ribs. She wished she had ordered a full size. I think you get the picture of the type of food that Charities serves - Steaks, BBQ, Hearty food. I would definitely recommend stopping by if you staying at Killington.
Our last night up there, my brother, his wife and I went to a place called the Jackson House Inn. I would go into more detail as to why Amy did not go, but honestly, that is another story. We had talked to some locals at the bar that the base of Killington Peak. We were all out in our t-shirts soaking in the sun, talking about where we would go to dinner that night. The lady sitting next to us told us that we should try the Jackson House Inn. So we were thinking some quaint little bed and breakfast, run by some old couple in the middle of effen no where. So that night we drove over in our jeans and flannel shirts. I was actually wearing sneakers believe it or not. When we arrived in Woodstock some 20 minutes later and drove by we realized that we had seriously misjudged this place. It was NICE. I mean REALLY NICE. Pam (my brothers wife) had dressed the nicest of us all and my brother and I being little chicken shits were like, "Go in and see if we're underdressed."
Now realize that April and May are probably the slowest times of the year for this area. There is barely anyone around. So of course the hosts did not care what we were wearing. They were just happy to get some business. Pam waved us in. There was a small lobby where the owners were sitting. The inn is owned by a husband and wife and they were very friendly and hospitable. As we waited with them for our table to be ready, I looked at the numerous awards and write ups in magazines that were posted on the walls. One of them was an article in Conde Nast which said that the Jackson House Inn was one of the top places to stay in the US.
The menu is a fixed price menu with two options. You can order a three course meal (appetizer, entree, dessert) for $55 or $75 with wine parings or you can order the chefs tasting menu for $95. I believe the tasting menu came with wine parings and you got to choose 7 of 11 possible tastings. We all opted for the $55 three course meal and ordered glasses of wine for ourselves. I won't go into the details about what was one the menu, because it changes with the seasons. When we were talking to the owners they told us that the chef only uses local, organically grown ingredients in his dishes. Some of them are grown right there at the inn. I got a little too much information , though, when they told me the lamb was slaughtered that morning for the lamb dish. I still ordered the lamb anyway, and it was excellent. :) Amy missed out on quite a night, but something tells me she would not have enjoyed it much.
The rest of the meal I ate that weekend were either at the ski lodge bar, or Roy Rodgers which has got to be the absolute worst of the fast food chains. For some reason, the rest stops on the northern side of rt 87 have all the good fast food chains (Burger King, Cinnabon, etc) and the south side only has Roy Rodgers and Bob's Big Boy (Don't get me started on that name).