Sometimes you just need a weekend away. My husband and I decided to sneak off to Vermont for the first time in either of our adult lives.
We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Waterbury, Vt. It was one of the nicest hotels we’ve ever stayed in. (We were amazed that the complimentary toiletries were Paul Mitchell!)
The drive from Springfield, Mass., to Waterbury, Vt., was beautiful—rolling hills, lush greenery. I can only imagine how stunning it must be in the fall (we can’t wait to go back and find out).
We left for Waterbury on Saturday morning and stopped for breakfast in a small town in Vermont named Putney at the Putney Diner. Bill wanted some classic diner food, and this was the first stop that popped up. We weren’t disappointed; the food was delicious and it had the perfect diner atmosphere we’d been looking for.
Once in Waterbury, we made all of the big tourist stops across two days (Saturday and Sunday), hitting up Ben & Jerry’s; Cabot Creamery; Lake Champlain Chocolates; and Green Mountain Coffee.
We also stopped at:
- Smugglers Notch Distillery—Bill loved their bourbon.
- Prohibition Pig—This came highly recommended, but we felt it was slightly lacking. The food was all a little bland, the duck fat fries (which reviews raved about) were just OK, and our service was subpar. Bill said the beer (the house IPA) was good. The panko fried pimento cheese balls were amazing, though!
- Cold Hollow Cider Mill—The views here were beautiful, and the cider was delicious.
- Craft Beer Cellar—Bill was in heaven picking our craft beers to try.
- Stowe Street Emporium—I loved this place! Their wares were so cute. I ended up buying a beautiful solar system print, a Jane Austen figurine, and some grilled cheese socks (for Bill).
- Bridgeside Books—I can’t lie; this might’ve been my favorite non-food stop. The way the bookstore was set up was beautiful, and I wanted to buy literally everything. It also helped that they had an incredible Harry Potter display the minute we walked in.
- The Reservoir—The food here was delicious, and they also offered local craft beers. Bill tried the Fiddlehead IPA, which he enjoyed more than the Prohibition Pig house IPA. For food, we tried tacos, which were amazing, as well as an ice cream sandwich!
Can’t wait to explore Vermont some more in the fall.