I thought it'd be fun to put together a new series around here. There are lots of places that I know and love, and I want to share with you. Josh and I have found spots where we've had great food, explored, and hiked, and after feeling extra inspired lately with the warmer weather, look forward to lots of ideas for fun little day trips in New York and New England.
These are all suggestions of places we have been to and things we have done. And it's all written with vegetarian, healthy lifestyle, and dog owning travelers in mind. Enjoy!
Located in the heart of the Mad River Valley of Vermont, Waitsfield is a ski town with a laid back vibe and lots of delicious food. There is a big emphasis here on local: locally grown, locally made, and locally owned.
This movie theater slash cafe has a big breakfast menu with all kinds of options, from a slow, sit down meal to grab-and-go pastries and coffee. Big Picture Theater is kind of an institution in Waitsfield. Their breakfast menu is simple yet has all of the classics, like egg dishes, a breakfast burrito, and pancakes, and they source many of their foods locally. Be sure to peak into the movie theater while you're there - those comfy couches are awfully inviting.
Digest your breakfast by going on a 3.6 mile round trip walk along the Mad River. The Mad River Path's Village Path offers scenic views of the towns of Waitsfield and Irasville, and provides great spots for bird watching and checking out the town. Bring your dog along too (just be sure to leash 'em up).
Grab some food and sit outside at a picnic table at The Mad Taco, a little spot in a shopping center near downtown Waitsfield. It may look like a hole in the wall, but the food is made to order and is fresh and delicious. While they have the usual options of quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, and tacos (of course), their vegetarian offerings are seitan or roasted yams. If you love seitan, you've got to try the seitan burrito. It's amazing.
An Afternoon Wander Around Town
A visit to Waitsfield must include walking around the quaint village, full of shops and a beautiful covered bridge. Some favorites to check out include Madsonian, a museum of industrial design; Artisan's Gallery, an artists' cooperative filled with locally made crafts and art; and All Things Bright and Beautiful, a shop full of Christmas gifts and teddy bears.
Not enough good things can be said about American Flatbread. A funky, casual atmosphere on a farm, a huge wood fired oven you can see from the dining room, and an incredible selection of really incredible pizzas round out this popular joint. Be sure to find out the daily specials: they always offer one vegetarian pizza and one meat pizza. The Evolution Salad makes a great starter, is loaded with toppings, and is perfect for sharing. Their pizzas pretty much melt in your mouth, and you'll be hard pressed to have leftovers. Keep in mind that they don't take reservations, so an early dinner may make for a shorter wait.