Imagine if you will an autumn excursion, hopping from town to town along routes 15 and 100, in search of a visual feast. The day is crisp. Morning rain has gracefully cleared the stage for bright sunlight. Life is good today. You can taste it. Fresh air brightens the mind; it also tickles your appetite. You fancy something warm and as flavorful as the colors of the leaves. I asked Stowe and nearby experts, “What dish on your menu is definitely autumn food?”
We begin our journey a stone throw away from Stowe, on the other side of Smugglers Notch where, in the heart of Jeffersonville, you will come upon a little gem of a café called The Mix. “We would say the Pumpkin Waffles with spiced pecans and maple whipped cream sums up fall pretty well”, they announced. I think this is a perfect thought to help us launch our journey.
If you are in search of fantastic sights, you surely will not want to miss Smugglers Notch. Did you know that it is one of the most scenic routes in all of New England? Notice how the vegetation changes in that area. Everything is at once mysterious and inviting. Take your time.
On your way down from the mountain, you might decide to pause for a bit of sustenance. Gracie’s, on the Mountain Road, offers “a tremendous new seafood Newburg pot pie with a real lobster and fish stock base and sherry, celery, onions, shrimp, scallops , haddock and crab meat topped with puff pastry.” Autumn is a perfect season for comfort food. How about a hearty shepherds pie made with Boyden Farm ground beef?
Speaking of comfort foods, a little ways down the road, at The Grey Fox, you might warm up to “Vermont Grilled Chicken Breast, sliced and seasoned with Vermont BBQ sauce, bacon and melted Cabot Swiss cheese, served on toast.” And do not forget the comfort of soup. Imagine the perfect autumn texture and warmth of Butternut Squash and Green Apple soup.
For those of you who prefer to stop down in the village for a brisk walk on the urban side of Stowe, The Whip, at the Green Mountain Inn, offers a number of autumn dishes, including “pan-roasted Vermont chicken, roast Vermont turkey dinner and potato dumplings with cheddar and herbs.” Repeat after me: “Potato dumplings with cheddar and herbs”. I can taste it. Can you?
The entire afternoon stretches before you. Stagecoach road winds out of town and offers beautiful vistas all the way to historic Hyde Park and its new bakeshop. “Our most definitely autumn dish is the roasted turkey with homemade cranberry orange relish, gravy, and mashed potatoes”, says Sweet Crunch Bakeshop & Catering, whose fall/winter menu starts today. “Doesn’t get anymore seasonal than that,” they add.
This area is rich with panoramic beauty at every turn this time of year. It is also rich with wholesome foods, welcoming restaurants, delicatessens and bakeries of very high repute. Every one has its own specialties and atmosphere to match your tastes and moods.