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NewEnglandville | The Town of Our Dreams

NewEnglandville | The Town of Our Dreams
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by in Jan 2013

Hoist a Pint with Dickens: The White Horse Country Pub & Restaurant
Our favorite pub plunks us down in Merry Olde England, courtesy of owner/renovator John Harris, a Brit who’s steeped in history like an Earl Grey teabag. With 16th-century artifacts scattered about–and a bill of sale signed by Charles Dickens for 160 bottles of 1834 port mounted by the bar–this pub-slash-museum mixes memorabilia with traditional and less-likely pub fare (lobster pot pie!). The huge, welcoming hearth would make “Boz” feel right at home. 258 New Milford Turnpike (Route 202), Marble Dale, CT. 860-868-1496; whitehorsecountrypub.comEvening Comfort

A Place to Roost: Hen of the Wood
If you think that eating (mostly) local in New England in January means turnips baked and boiled, chef Eric Warnstedt will coax you out of your stupor with duck sausage over creamy polenta, salads of shaved Brussels sprouts with apples, and a Vermont cheese plate worthy of hosannas. 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, VT. 802-244-7300; henofthewood.com

Casual Elegance: L. A. Burdick
Don’t get us started: If lounging is a profession, then this is where we want to do it. Brilliant Sunday brunches that encourage you to linger with the New York Times; bowls of piping-hot chocolate, thick enough to spread; dinners where herb-crusted cod rubs elbows with a Gruyere omelet. It’s so casually elegant you might think you’ve drifted off and woken up in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. But no, you’re right here where you belong, in the heart of a country village, with snow falling softly on the nearby town green. 47 Main St., Walpole, NH. 603-756-9058; burdickchocolate.com

Gracious Living: Inn at Weathersfield
Eating and sleeping, two of our favorite occupations–and this elegant 1792 white-clapboard inn elevates both. It regularly makes Bon Appetit’s “Hot 10 Culinary Inns” list, with locally inspired cuisine such as boiled cider pie, and its 12 fresh rooms include a renovated hayloft. It’s frequently named one of New England’s best historic inns–or most romantic. 1342 Route 106, Perkinsville, VT. 802-263-9217; weathersfieldinn.com

Shopping Scene

A Real Super Market: Roy’s Market
When the 2008 ice storm slammed through New England, Roy’s weathered the conditions and the lack of electricity by keeping its doors open. For a good week, as tired customers streamed through the market, employees greeted them with flashlights and a guiding hand to help shoppers navigate the store’s six aisles. Those same employees packed customers’ carts and bagged their goods. They set up charge accounts for those who couldn’t pay in cash, and then, as is customary here, the Roy’s crew walked shoppers back out to their cars, grocery bags in hand. Unusual perhaps, but not unexpected for a small-town market that has specialized in big-time service ever since opening its doors in 1956. 20 Main St., Peterborough, NH. 603-924-3101

Treasure Hunt: Wilbur’s Antiques
As far as we’re concerned, the best antiques stores remind us of old locked trunks: mysterious, slightly musty, with the possibility of forgotten treasure inside. A healthy dose of clutter helps, too, and a knowledgeable guide–like Rena Wilbur, who leads you through her jam-packed kingdom of clawfoot tubs, fire hydrants, and vintage bottles with the cheerful enthusiasm of an expert tour director. Prices are reasonable; the marital advice is free. 11 Key Hill Road, Greene, ME. 207-946-5711

Anything You Need: The Willey’s Store
In this age of over-specialization, it’s just about impossible to find a proud generalist–which is why NewEnglandville requires a solid, family-run general store that isn’t all tarted up to merely look New Englandy. With a traditional meat counter plus bread, cheese, local produce, rugged clothing, cast-iron bakeware, an epic candy aisle, lawnmowers, wine, hunting and fishing supplies, gas pumps, bulletin boards, and more … In other words, it’s the heart of a small town, the place where folks meet up over a bucket of washer nuts, and reason enough to keep Walmart at bay. 7 Breezy Ave., Greensboro, VT. 802-533-2621 (grocery), 802-533-2554 (hardware); ww3.truevalue.com/willeys/Home.aspx

Come Together: The Alternative Food Co-op
Whoosh, there goes Brendan, the roller-skating cashier, right at home in a co-op that’s been around since 1970, when even Bob Dylan was fresh. Friendly manager Rosemary sets the welcoming tone in this little brick storefront, one of New England’s oldest co-ops, and a fine example of how we all come together over food. 357 Main St., Wakefield, RI. 401-789-2240; alternativefoodcoop.com

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