The Foodie

Topnotch Resort

Being a remarkable boutique hotel, Fun & Adventurous

Breakfast @ Cafe Latina

Have you ever been to a ‘tapas diner’ before? Didn’t think so…No better way to start a day of decadent indulgence off than with a few of their specialty bakery items and small plates in this charming quaint Stowe spot. Where: Café Latina Price: $ Hours: Tues-Sun 8:30am-3pm Tip: “Try the coconut honey Latina bread dipped in cinnamon eggs served with Vermont Maple syrup!”

Nebraska Knoll: Follow the Maple Scent

After that honey dipped cinnamon bread and maple syrup its hard not to wonder, “Where can I get me some of that fresh Maple Syrup?!” Head to this authentic Vermont sugar farm to see where the maple is made and purchase a few jugs to take home. Where: Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm Price: Free Hours: 10am-5pm Fri-Tues Tip: “Watch huge billows of steam waft from the cupola. The sap froths and bubbles. When thick enough, they draw it from the pans to be filtered and canned. Yummmm!”

Hike & Gourmet Picnic

Grab some gourmet cheese, meats, wine, beer, farm-fresh produce, and specialty food items and head up to Hike Mt. Mansfield. Enjoy the savory flavors with an unreal view of Stowe while regarding your appetite. Where: Harvest Market Price: $ Hours: 7am-7pm Tip: “Ask for a taste of the warm bread fresh out of the oven.”

Lunch @ Green Goddess Cafe

Description: Grab a light bite at Green Goddess. They have amazing Panini’s, salads, specialty soups, a fresh juice bar and even a healthy kids menu. Where: Green Goddess Cafe Price: $ Hours: 7:30am-3pm Tip: “A lot of their produce is grown in their very own garden!”

Fresh Vermont Cider

We had a light lunch for a reason…to save room for dessert! Check out Cold Hollow Cider Mill and dip fresh donuts off the line into warm Vermont cider. Where: Cold Hollow Cider Mill Price: $ Hours: 8am-6pm Tip: “Why aren’t you there yet?”

Local Vermont Micro Brewery

We usually recommend starting to drink earlier in the day on vacation but this is worth holding out for. Vermont is known for its craft beers and micro breweries. At 4pm, Crop does tours and tastings of the brewery and craft beers. Where: Crop Brewery Price: $ Hours: 4pm Tour Tip: “They do growlers, paddles and bombers all day!”

Vermont Herbal Fusion Wrap

Relax in an aromatic cocoon of warmth. Allow your muscles to release toxins and circulate more efficiently. Hot linens that have steeped in Vermont-grown herbs and flowers are layered on the body and then wrapped. While your body lets tension melt away, enjoy a head and neck massage with Topnotch's own custom-blended sage, cedar and lavender oils. Where: Topnotch Spa Price: $$$ Hours: By Appointment Tip: “Let the world melt away!”

Dinner @ Flannel

After a super relaxing and invigorating spa treatment, its hard to go anywhere. Luckily, Topnotch’s Flannel restaurant is just steps away. Amidst stunning floor to ceiling glass windows with mountain views Flannel, pays homage to Vermont fresh ingredients, seasonal inspirations, world-class wines, and service. Where: Flannel @ Topnotch Price: $$ Hours: 5:30pm-9:30pm Tip: “Sweet potato gnocchi just melts in your mouth.”

I would stay at: Topnotch Resort & Spa

Sprawling across several acres with nature trails, a 30,000 sq ft spa, two restaurants, outdoor pools and so much more--Topnotch is an easy decision for the true Vermont experience. Whether you're traveling as a couple or with the whole family this place is fantastic. Where: Stowe, VT Price: Approx. $350/night Tip: "Upgrade to one of their suites to live in luxury!"