Renowned for breathtaking mountain and woodland beauty above a 200-year-old village, Stowe, Vermont evokes the ambiance and holiday feel of many European mountain resorts. Here are Stowe’s 10 unmissable restaurants.
Nestled in 2,500 acres of Stowe countryside, the Trapp Family Lodge is a mountain resort designed in the European style by the Von Trapp family on which the famous and much-loved ‘Sound of Music’ was based. Austrian-inspired architecture meets superb mountain views and old-world comforts to create a special experience. The wood-paneled dining room with breathtaking views over the mountains promises a candlelit, intimate dining experience accompanied by award-winning wines presented by impeccably trained in-house sommeliers. Begin with blistered farmer’s tomatoes with local burrata cheese, grilled bread, olive oil and Maine sea salt. Then move to wiener schnitzel with sauteed veal cutlet, spatzle, lingonberry jam and mushrooms or an indulgent butter-poached Maine lobster with herb butter, sun gold tomatoes, fingerling coins, garden broccoli and tarragon.
Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT, USA, +1 802-760-6325
The colorful, festive family atmosphere at Trattoria La Festa is infectious. The cheerful restaurant space with its neat wooden tables, dark wood wall panelling, gingham features, merry art by New England artists and twinkly fairy lights brings a truly celebratory feel to the evening. This family-run Italian endeavor contains not only the indoor restaurant space, but also a porch and garden for summer dining. Begin with the typical, tomato-garlicky crunch of bruschetta or perhaps tuna carpaccio with onions and capers before progressing to a delicious, traditional puttanesca pasta or veal scaloppini with shallots, marsala wine, veal demi glaze and soft mushrooms. Save room for the homemade desserts by Patty. Choose a limoncello pie with whipped cream or a vanilla gelato ball with a decadent chocolate centre rolled in crushed cookie crumbs.
Trattoria La Festa, 4080 Upper Mountain Road, Stowe, VT, USA, +1 802-253-8480