Eat, Drink, & Go Out in Stowe (and a bit beyond)--my recommendations

Kimberly
Eat, Drink, & Go Out in Stowe (and a bit beyond)--my recommendations

Our Pretty Amazing Food Scene

(We have 52 places to eat, drink, have coffee, eat chili on the mountain--etc. -- in a town with a population of about 5,000 permanent residents. So about 1 restaurant per 500 people. Considering that a few restaurants serve more meals than that on a busy evening, it should give you an idea of how amazing the dining scene is in Stowe. This is but a very small list of what I consider the top choices and also the best in the village and close to the village, walking distance to the Nest and Hideaway.
6 min walk right in the village Romantic, downstairs in softly lit lower room, a special occasion spot, enjoy good portions, food is fresh fresh, seats are cozy and ambiance is warm. You don't want to miss the crab cakes, scallops, and steak tips! Harrison's Restaurant 25 Main St, Stowe (802) 253-7773  https://g.co/kgs/8s4uPd
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Harrison's Restaurant
25 Main St
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6 min walk right in the village Romantic, downstairs in softly lit lower room, a special occasion spot, enjoy good portions, food is fresh fresh, seats are cozy and ambiance is warm. You don't want to miss the crab cakes, scallops, and steak tips! Harrison's Restaurant 25 Main St, Stowe (802) 253-7773  https://g.co/kgs/8s4uPd
7 min walk right in the village Romantic, special occasion, California cuisine. Award-winning. Seasonal, farm-to-table-focused menu. Chic and lively ambiance. Lovely staff. Best cocktails in Stowe. Souflée. Anything corn. The burger. Tartare. Anything, really. Plate 91 S Main St, Stowe (802) 253-2691  https://g.co/kgs/NqZej6
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Plate Restaurant
91 S Main St
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7 min walk right in the village Romantic, special occasion, California cuisine. Award-winning. Seasonal, farm-to-table-focused menu. Chic and lively ambiance. Lovely staff. Best cocktails in Stowe. Souflée. Anything corn. The burger. Tartare. Anything, really. Plate 91 S Main St, Stowe (802) 253-2691  https://g.co/kgs/NqZej6
10 min walk. Outdoor patio. Fun, young almost retro vibe. Takes reservations -- a Stowe institution. And don't miss the onion dip, blue balls if they are on special or the Nashville hot fish sandwich ... Doc Ponds 294 Mountain Rd Stowe (802) 760-6066  https://g.co/kgs/HgKfzb
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Doc Ponds
294 Mountain Rd
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10 min walk. Outdoor patio. Fun, young almost retro vibe. Takes reservations -- a Stowe institution. And don't miss the onion dip, blue balls if they are on special or the Nashville hot fish sandwich ... Doc Ponds 294 Mountain Rd Stowe (802) 760-6066  https://g.co/kgs/HgKfzb
10 in walk. Local favorite for a great burger, tater tots, nachos. Personal favorite is unexpectedly good, addictive, 3x in a serving, amazing carne asada tacos. Amazing open patio, even when it rains -- covered -- tucked in the back parking lot at the base of the Cady Bike and Hiking Trails 2 min up Mountain Rd. Have a drink after an easy hike, bike, or late at night!
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Backyard Tavern
395 Mountain Rd
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10 in walk. Local favorite for a great burger, tater tots, nachos. Personal favorite is unexpectedly good, addictive, 3x in a serving, amazing carne asada tacos. Amazing open patio, even when it rains -- covered -- tucked in the back parking lot at the base of the Cady Bike and Hiking Trails 2 min up Mountain Rd. Have a drink after an easy hike, bike, or late at night!
15 min walk... no reservations, great outdoor seating. You will wait for a table, but the wait is long for a reason! Most things cooked in cast iron pans... and do save room for the cooked-to-order chocolate chip cookie! The ravioli and salmon tacos are favorites of mine.
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The Bench
492 Mountain Rd
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15 min walk... no reservations, great outdoor seating. You will wait for a table, but the wait is long for a reason! Most things cooked in cast iron pans... and do save room for the cooked-to-order chocolate chip cookie! The ravioli and salmon tacos are favorites of mine.
Idletyme is about a 7 min drive up Mountain Rd. It is a restaurant and brewery. Highlights: Beer sampler served on a ski A beautiful patio Pumpkin ravioli The BEST cheddar fritters ever Wedge salad that will satisfy even the hungriest of diners Idletyme Brewing Co 1859 Mountain Rd, Stowe (802) 253-4765  https://g.co/kgs/sqfNKb
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Idletyme Brewing Company
1859 Mountain Rd
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Idletyme is about a 7 min drive up Mountain Rd. It is a restaurant and brewery. Highlights: Beer sampler served on a ski A beautiful patio Pumpkin ravioli The BEST cheddar fritters ever Wedge salad that will satisfy even the hungriest of diners Idletyme Brewing Co 1859 Mountain Rd, Stowe (802) 253-4765  https://g.co/kgs/sqfNKb
The "Infamous" Matterhorn may look divey from the outside, but it has some of the best sushi you will find outside of a large city, fantastic gourmet pizza, and several other gourmet specialities. Drinks pour freely, laughter is loud, and the contagious Aprés scene lasts year-round. I rotate between the Matterhorn Poke Bowl, the Goat Cheese Bacon pizza, and tuna (sashimi) nachos.
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Matterhorn Restaurant
4969 Mountain Rd
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The "Infamous" Matterhorn may look divey from the outside, but it has some of the best sushi you will find outside of a large city, fantastic gourmet pizza, and several other gourmet specialities. Drinks pour freely, laughter is loud, and the contagious Aprés scene lasts year-round. I rotate between the Matterhorn Poke Bowl, the Goat Cheese Bacon pizza, and tuna (sashimi) nachos.
7 min drive.. You can't beat the cow view and salmon here!
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Ten Acres Lodge
14 Barrows Rd
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7 min drive.. You can't beat the cow view and salmon here!

Great for a Drinks, Fun at Night, Outright "Nightlife" (as much as you could expect in Stowe)

8min walk. Drink late and no meed to Uber home!! Open the latest in Stowe, the bar draws out many for one last drink. Underneath the Craft Gallery, right of the church. Patio outside.
Lower Bar
151 Main Street
8min walk. Drink late and no meed to Uber home!! Open the latest in Stowe, the bar draws out many for one last drink. Underneath the Craft Gallery, right of the church. Patio outside.
A classy bar with the best cocktails in town.
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Plate Restaurant
91 S Main St
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A classy bar with the best cocktails in town.
Cover photo. See also food section above. The best outdoor bar in Vermont. If the best swim up bar in the Carribean were compared to the equivalent idea of what you would look for in terms of the best outdoor Vermonty bar experience, this is it. A wooden bar seating 40 built into the trees, wrapping all the way around , little lights strung above, whispering leaves in the wind, bartenders who remember your name the next day, icy drinks, amazing cheddar fritters, a giant beer cheese dip pretzel, hamburgers to write home about, maple cream butternut squash ravioli... Idletyme Brewing Co 1859 Mountain Rd, Stowe
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Idletyme Brewing Company
1859 Mountain Rd
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Cover photo. See also food section above. The best outdoor bar in Vermont. If the best swim up bar in the Carribean were compared to the equivalent idea of what you would look for in terms of the best outdoor Vermonty bar experience, this is it. A wooden bar seating 40 built into the trees, wrapping all the way around , little lights strung above, whispering leaves in the wind, bartenders who remember your name the next day, icy drinks, amazing cheddar fritters, a giant beer cheese dip pretzel, hamburgers to write home about, maple cream butternut squash ravioli... Idletyme Brewing Co 1859 Mountain Rd, Stowe
Aside from good food and sushi, this is THE APRÉS scene and late scene.
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Matterhorn Restaurant
4969 Mountain Rd
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Aside from good food and sushi, this is THE APRÉS scene and late scene.
Starts late and late late. Dance late into the night and eat tacos here.
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Alfie's Wild Ride
942 Mountain Road
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Starts late and late late. Dance late into the night and eat tacos here.
Several bars, from the casual lobby to the more upscale restaurants
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The Lodge at Spruce Peak
7412 Mountain Rd
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Several bars, from the casual lobby to the more upscale restaurants
10 min walk. Dirt driveway after Ranch Camp bike shop. Go just to drink, if not to eat... amazing open patio, even when it rains -- covered -- tucked in the back parking lot at the base of the Cady Bike and Hiking Trails 2 min up Mountain Rd. Have a drink after an easy hike, bike, or late at night!
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Backyard Tavern
395 Mountain Rd
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10 min walk. Dirt driveway after Ranch Camp bike shop. Go just to drink, if not to eat... amazing open patio, even when it rains -- covered -- tucked in the back parking lot at the base of the Cady Bike and Hiking Trails 2 min up Mountain Rd. Have a drink after an easy hike, bike, or late at night!

Food near Stowe (Waterbury)

Legendary BBQ combined with an intimate spot and a fun bar
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Prohibition Pig
23 S Main St
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Legendary BBQ combined with an intimate spot and a fun bar
Incredible food, little outside Stowe, absolutely worth the drive. Romantic and special occasion.
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Michael's on the Hill
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Incredible food, little outside Stowe, absolutely worth the drive. Romantic and special occasion.

Treats, Snacks, Indulgences, Food to Buy

This outpost of the famous chocolate store sells their delectable treats at a discount. But I'm sending you here for a different reason: ice cream sundaes. You will never have a better one with more delicious hot fudge made from their chocolate and homemade VT cream just-whipped whipped cream and richer ice cream and you will feel sick and it IS WORTH the 8 minute drive towards Waterbury on Route 100. just trust me. legal note: I take no responsibility if you feel sick or gain weight from this.
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Lake Champlain Chocolates
2653 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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This outpost of the famous chocolate store sells their delectable treats at a discount. But I'm sending you here for a different reason: ice cream sundaes. You will never have a better one with more delicious hot fudge made from their chocolate and homemade VT cream just-whipped whipped cream and richer ice cream and you will feel sick and it IS WORTH the 8 minute drive towards Waterbury on Route 100. just trust me. legal note: I take no responsibility if you feel sick or gain weight from this.
The candy counter is a local favorite among children and adults alike, boasting old favorites and new confections. The Mercantile has jams, jellies, preserves, syrups, and other delights to bring home too. It's my favorite store and many would say the same. 6 min walk
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Stowe Mercantile
37 Main St
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The candy counter is a local favorite among children and adults alike, boasting old favorites and new confections. The Mercantile has jams, jellies, preserves, syrups, and other delights to bring home too. It's my favorite store and many would say the same. 6 min walk
A three minute walk, this sweet chocolate store will not disappoint. Right after Macs Supermarket, find a blue house where inside truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, and creations beyond name await your fantasy. They have regular demonstrations. Insider tip: On their website, sometimes they have interactive demos you can attend, and these are posted in advance, sometimes you need to reserve. For a fee, you can participate and take home a creation, i.e. at Christmas, they have a tradition where you can make your own candy cane.
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Laughing Moon Chocolates
78 S Main St
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A three minute walk, this sweet chocolate store will not disappoint. Right after Macs Supermarket, find a blue house where inside truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, and creations beyond name await your fantasy. They have regular demonstrations. Insider tip: On their website, sometimes they have interactive demos you can attend, and these are posted in advance, sometimes you need to reserve. For a fee, you can participate and take home a creation, i.e. at Christmas, they have a tradition where you can make your own candy cane.
Famed far and wide, the Achemist offera a take-home "treat" to buy and a stop to enjoy in their brewery (see also Brewerey guidebook). Their Heady Topper is considered the best beer in the US (or some say #2), and those back home will consider this a special treat as it's sold only here in VT. A few miles up Mountain Rd at the split to Luce Hill Rd, take a right and look for it on the right. It's a giant building. Insider tip: You can sit outside in their beautiful field in Adk chairs and have snacks and a beer (or wine) on a warm day. It's delightful.
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The Alchemist
100 Cottage Club Rd
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Famed far and wide, the Achemist offera a take-home "treat" to buy and a stop to enjoy in their brewery (see also Brewerey guidebook). Their Heady Topper is considered the best beer in the US (or some say #2), and those back home will consider this a special treat as it's sold only here in VT. A few miles up Mountain Rd at the split to Luce Hill Rd, take a right and look for it on the right. It's a giant building. Insider tip: You can sit outside in their beautiful field in Adk chairs and have snacks and a beer (or wine) on a warm day. It's delightful.
Great maple goods shop with way beyond syrup. Staff can tell you anything you'veever wondered about Maple trees and syrup production. Cool stuff to look at. Even cooler stuff to purchase. By cool I mean delicious. They ship! Edge of town, right before Stowe turns to Waterbury, i.e. towards I89. (Right after Moscow Rd)
Stowe Maple Products
2618 Waterbury Rd
Great maple goods shop with way beyond syrup. Staff can tell you anything you'veever wondered about Maple trees and syrup production. Cool stuff to look at. Even cooler stuff to purchase. By cool I mean delicious. They ship! Edge of town, right before Stowe turns to Waterbury, i.e. towards I89. (Right after Moscow Rd)