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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Green Acres in Central Vermont


2. Where to Eat

The bar at the Red Rooster (left) and Skunk Hollow Tavern (right).  

The Red Rooster at the Woodstock Inn opened last September, with a design by Blue Hill at Stone Barns’s architect, Peter Guzy, and a dining concept by Blue Ribbon Group. The menu emphasizes the area’s syrup supply with dishes like Northern fried chicken with maple syrup and maple-walnut-and-banana bread pudding.

Carpenter & Main, in Norwich, is Vermont’s answer to the French Laundry. Chef-owner Bruce MacLeod worked stints at Masa’s in San Francisco and Peninsula Grill in South Carolina, and oversees an entirely house-made menu. From the more casual pub menu, try the grass-fed Vermont beef burger with béarnaise sauce on an English muffin.

Listen to old-timey country and blues music every Friday night at Skunk Hollow Tavern. Eat by candlelight in a colonial-style dining room upstairs (the building dates from the late eighteenth century) or dance and drink in the English-style pub downstairs.

Published on Apr 9, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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