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Yankee Magazine Names Local Vermont Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine Names Local Vermont Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List
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Dublin, NH (April 21, 2014)—The May/June edition of Yankee Magazine’s Special Travel Guide, on newsstands April 29, has named local establishments from Vermont as “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winners for 2014. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. This special issue also names 20 top events in Vermont, and a total of 120 events across New England. For 38 years, Yankee’s Travel Guide has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Yankee’s May/June issue also guides readers on summertime journeys with maritime-themed articles about our region’s seafaring history from Mystic to Maine, the lure of lobster shacks, and more.

“Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get,” says Mel Allen, editor of Yankee Magazine. “New England is where we live, and we all have our own personal ‘best’ places. We’re joined by our Vermont state experts William and Kay Scheller whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England. Whether your journeys take you inland or to the sea, we hope these pages come along. As always, let us know what you find.”

This year’s Travel Guide features more than 300 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections. The listing for each establishment includes a description, address, phone number, and Web site, if available. The following “Editors’ Choice” establishments from Vermont include:

Editors’ Choice
Champlain Region
lu•lu—Best Homemade Ice Cream, Bristol
Farah’s Place—Best Middle Eastern Buffet, Burlington
Queen City Ghost Walk—Best Scary Stroll, Burlington
Hotel Vermont—Best New Indie Hotel, Burlington
Lake Champlain Transportation Company—Best Lake Champlain Journey, Burlington
Vermont Wildflower Farm—Best Place for Seeds & a Stroll, Charlotte
Costello’s Market—Best Sub Stop, Middlebury
Inn at Shelburne Farms—Best Lakeside Luxury, Shelburne
KL Mountain Shop—Best Outdoor Wear, Shelburne
Burton Island State Park—Best Island Getaway, St. Albans
Old Stagecoach Inn—Best Historic Hostelry, Waterbury
Prohibition Pig—Best Place For A Bite & A Brew, Waterbury

North Central Vermont
Rock of Ages Granite Quarry Tours—Best Rock Show, Barre
Bottomless Pit BBQ—Best BBQ, Jeffersonville
Nutty Steph’s—Best Bacon Celebration, Middlesex
Lost Nation Theater—Best Capital City Stage, Montpelier
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks—Best Maple Creemee, Montpelier
Vermont State Parks—Best Place to Strike it Rich, Montpelier
Green Mountain Inn—Best In-Town Inn, Stowe
Moss Glen Falls—Best Short Hike, Stowe
Northern Forest Canoe Trail—Best Canoeing, Waitsfield

Northeast Kingdom
Lake Salem Inn—Best B&B on the Border, Derby
Jay Peak Resort—Best Place to Make a Splash, Jay
Cajun’s Snackbar—Best Cajun Fare, Lowell
Pick & Shovel—Best Place to Find Most Anything, Newport
Fairbanks Inn—Best Stay in St. Jay, St. Johnsbury

South Central
Sissy’s Kitchen—Best Picnic Stop, Middletown Springs
Crowley Cheese Factory—Best Old-Time Cheesemaker, Mount Holly
Wilson Castle—Best Over-the-Top Mansion, Proctor
Singleton’s General Store—Best Smoked Meats, Proctorsville
The Vermont Antique Mall—Best One-Stop Antique Shop, Quechee
Vermont Institute of Natural Science—Best Bird Exhibits, Quechee
Rutland Rec Department—Best Park for Bikes & Hikes, Rutland
The Vermont Country Store—Best Legendary Emporium, Weston
Weston Playhouse Cabaret—Best Place for a Nightcap, Weston
Jackson House Inn—Best Intimate Retreat, Woodstock

Southern Vermont
Readmore Inn—Best B&B for Readers, Bellows Falls
Bakkerij Krijnen Bakery—Best Danish, Bennington
The Eddington House Inn—Best Small B&B, Bennington
Forty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast—Best Baronial B&B, Brattleboro
Mystery on Main Street—Best Mystery Bookstore, Brattleboro
Three Stones/Oxppel Tunich—Best Taste of Old Mexico, Brattleboro
Hildene—Best Lincoln Link, Manchester
Silver Fork—Best Eclectic Dining, Manchester
Deerhill Inn—Best Place to Be Pampered, West Dover
Vintage Motel—Best Traditional Motel, Wilmington

Top Events
Call ahead to confirm dates, times, and admission prices. The “Top 20 Events” in Vermont, according to Yankee Magazine, include:

MAY 3–4: ESSEX JUNCTION, Antique Expo & Sale & Essex Spring Craft Show. Two shows in one location! Find a special Mom’s Day gift among the varied and unique items at Champlain Valley Expo. Or just enjoy perusing antique and vintage wares and artisan-made crafts, plus demonstrations, a gourmet marketplace (sampling is encouraged), and more. 802-879-6837;;

MAY 10: SHELBURNE, Shelburne Museum Family Day/Springfest. Celebrate the new season on opening day. The grounds are in fragrant full bloom, with more than 400 lilacs in 90 varieties. Enjoy lilac tours, gardening tips, demonstrations, and live music. 802-985-3346;

MAY 24-25: WOODSTOCK, Cheese & Dairy Celebration. Pay homage to the Green Mountain State’s dairy heritage at beautiful Billings Farm & Museum. Sample delicious regional cheeses and dairy products, meet local cheese-makers, enjoy dairy-education programs, or try your hand at making cheese, ice cream, and butter.

MAY 25: BENNINGTON, Mayfest Arts & Crafts Festival. Visit the downtown area from Main Street to School Street and discover the fine crafts of more than 125 artisans and great ethnic foods alongside conventional fair treats, plus a farmers’ market offering demonstrations and samplings, kids’ activities, games, music, and more.

JUNE 8–9: STATEWIDE, Vermont Days. Enjoy a weekend’s free pass when touring the more than 50 state parks offering hiking, biking, picnicking, and boating, plus the many state historic sites.

JUNE 13–15: STOWE, Wine & Food Classic. What could be finer than a weekend spent enjoying the gorgeous surroundings of the Trapp Family Lodge? A weekend that also includes fine wine and cheese tastings, a gala dinner and auction, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, and more! 888-683-2427;

JUNE 14–16: COLCHESTER, 33rd Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Set your hooks for an angling tradition on beautiful Lake Champlain. With divisions for women, juniors, teams, and individuals, there’ll be opportunities for all to compete within a variety of award categories. Check the Web site for weigh-in stations and registration information. 802-879-3466;

JUNE 21–22: TUNBRIDGE, Vermont History Expo. Visit the fairgrounds and travel back in time as you check out the Civil War encampment and engage with re-enactors; meet historical figures, artisans, and authors; enjoy old-fashioned games, savor delicious foods, and much more. 802-479-8500;

JUNE 27–29: ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont Quilt Festival. Both antique and contemporary quilts—hundreds of them—are on display at Champlain Valley Expo Center. Meet more than 80 vendors from across the country, plus take part in classes, lectures, demonstrations, and appraisals. 802-872-0034;

JULY 6–12: MIDDLEBURY, Annual Festival on the Green. This free, family-friendly community event hosts a series of musical performances. The festival is held off the green this year owing to a downtown bridge replacement project—so, come rain or shine, join the fun at the town recreation field by Mary Hogan School.

JULY 10–13: BRANDON, 20th Basin Bluegrass Festival. They say bluegrass pickin’ and the rolling green hills of Vermont just go together. Secure a day or weekend ticket, bring the family, and immerse yourself in music at the outdoor location along Basin Road. Enjoy craft and food concessions, plus the history, arts, and outdoor recreation offered in the surrounding area.

JULY 18–19: BURLINGTON, Vermont Brewers Festival. Plan to visit scenic Waterfront Park for views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks—and raise your glass to the talented artisanal craft-beer makers offering samples for your enjoyment. Purchase tickets in advance. 877-725-8849;

JULY 18–20: TINMOUTH, Solarfest. A premier renewable-energy festival held at Forget-Me-Not Farm, offering educational workshops, eco-friendly vendors, keynote speakers, kids’ activities, and live musical performances—a must for those seeking information on alternative energies and sustainable living. 802-235-1513;

JULY 19–AUGUST 17: MARLBORO, Marlboro Music Festival. Talented musicians offer dynamic and memorable performances. Concerts performed on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons, plus two Friday-night dates, at Persons Concert Hall on the Marlboro College campus. Reserve tickets in advance. 802-258-9331;

JULY 25–27: WOODSTOCK, Bookstock. Meet prize-winning and emerging writers among 20-plus regional authors as they present their works and talk with audiences in intimate venues throughout the village center. Peruse items at the used-and-vintage book sale, plus enjoy kids’ activities, delicious foods, live music on the green, a book-art exhibit, and more.

AUGUST 1–SEPTEMBER 1: MAD RIVER VALLEY, Vermont Festival of the Arts. More than 100 events and activities provide entertainment and enlightenment, including demonstrations, music, workshops, and tours. Check the Web site for the daily schedule. 802-496-6682;

AUGUST 7–10: BURLINGTON, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Enjoy a final salute to summer with a celebration along the waterfront, featuring live musical performances, paddleboard rides, an antique boat show, a 5K run/walk, artisanal crafts for sale, international food offerings, kids’ exhibits, and more. Admission fees charged for some events. 802-482-3313;

AUGUST 23: QUECHEE, 42nd Annual Scottish Festival & Celtic Fair. Don your kilt and gather your clansmen (or just gather your clansmen!), and stop by Quechee Polo Field for a day of Celtic celebration. Enjoy fine music and microbrewed beer, sheepdog trials, a pipe-band competition, Highland athletic events, a dance contest, kids’ games, Scottish and American foods, and more. 802-295-5351;

AUGUST 29–SEPTEMBER 7: RUTLAND, Vermont State Fair. Celebrating agriculture since 1846! Reach new heights on the Ferris wheel, thrill to the action of the demolition derby, try your luck at games of chance, ride the carousel, enjoy 4-H livestock shows, indulge in some tasty treats (fried dough, anyone?), and more. 802-775-5200;

AUGUST 30–31: BENNINGTON, Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival. A pungent aroma returns to the Camelot Village area, with a fine selection of sample foods. Meet the growers, enjoy live music, and savor the final days of summer. 802-447-3311;;

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Updated Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

One Response to Yankee Magazine Names Local Vermont Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

  1. Jenny K. May 14, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    May I add the best place to find New England crafted furniture? I found Vermont Wood Studio from a brochure I saw in a rest stop and visited their showroom— never been to a furniture showroom so beautiful. Didnt plan on buying anything but ended up getting a new dresser! :)

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