The Vermont Winter Experience Getaway GIVEAWAY!

The snow gods have been much more generous to us in Vermont this winter than in recent years, and while we have had a few warm days, there is still some winter left here and we are living it to the fullest.

We put our heads together with a few of our friends around town to cook up the ultimate Vermont Winter Experience Getaway. In partnership with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to offer a two-night complimentary stay here at Hotel Vermont, dinner for two at Hen of the Wood – Burlington, and lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort!

The giveaway closes March 6th, so enter as soon as you can! ENTER HERE.

Hotel Vermont’s Guide to Gifting Vermont

Vermont boasts the highest rate of artisans per capita, and with a a true do-it-yourself ethos, Vermonters are innovators. Outside of the traditional crafts scene however, is a burgeoning tech and entrepreneur sector. Burlington is attracting business and start-ups for it’s high quality of life, forward-thinking economy, and capable workforce. With this tech boom, Vermont’s maker and creative scene is only increasing. In that spirit, we have curated a list of a few of our favorite Vermont creators, makers, bakers, distillers and more for our top picks for giving the best of Vermont this holiday season.
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1) Hotel Vermont getaway (of course) complete with dinner at Hen of the Wood and breakfast at Juniper
Enjoy a weekend escape at Hotel Vermont complete with dinner at James Beard nominated Hen of the Wood and breakfast at local favorite, Juniper.
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2) Jeremy Ayers pottery
Funky but minimalist, Jeremy’s pottery is a gift of functional art. His mugs  make a great gift paired with a bag of Burlington’s Brio Coffee for the caffeine lover.
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3) Tees and sweatshirts from New Duds
With clothing and bags designed and hand-printed in Burlington by a husband and wife team, New Duds provides the perfect wearable gift. Bonus their t-shirts are incredibly soft!
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4) Silo Vodka and accoutrements
Located in Windsor, Vermont, Silo Distillery produces a number of spirits but their smooth flagship vodka is sure to please all palates. They also have a line of bar accoutrements that spice up your gift, or if you are feeling creative, create your own mixers to gift.
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Robes are a nice gift but really you can’t go wrong with any of Vermont Flannel’s products. So soft and so warm, their robes, shirts, blankets and more are perfect to cozy up with on a winter’s night.
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6) AO Glass vases
Rich and Tove at AO Glass, hand-blow their beautiful glass products at their studio in Burlington. They produce beautiful small and large pieces from soap dishes (as can be seen at Hotel Vermont) to custom vases and lighting pieces.
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7) Lunaroma gift sets
Choose  your own gift set at Luaroma. All natural and organic, Lunaroma’s bath and beauty products are amazing for all types of hair and skin. You can choose your own set of lotions and skin care, hair care, essential oils and more.
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8) Brot Bakery class
Heike Meyer is a German expat living and baking in Vermont. Heike established her bakery, Brot Bakery, a few years ago and has recently added baking and cooking classes to her offerings. Covering everything from sourdoughs to stews, you will learn new skills to try out in your own kitchen!
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At the risk of looking biased toward ceramics, you have to check out Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock, Vermont. The team at Farmhouse Pottery make the most amazing clean and simply designed pieces that fit in anyone’s home.
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Beautifully designed with clean lines and a rustic flair, Red House produces a slew of giftable products. Their waxed canvas bags are to die for and their aprons, pillows are other home goods are crafted with such care and detail anyone would be excited to receive one of their products.
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For the beer lover in your life, nothing is better than a Vermont beer kit. Grab a few beer can glasses and their favorite types of brews from the Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury. Don’t worry if they can’t make it to the store – you can place orders with them!
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12) Rackk & Ruin jewelry
Made in Burlington, Rackk & Ruin’s pieces feature mixed metals and a vintage flair. Unique rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets add a special touch to giving to the special ladies in your life.
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Our Cherry Street chefs are heading to New York City!

The Cherry Street culinary crew featuring Chef Doug Paine, the creative force behind Bleu Northeast Seafood and Juniper, Eric Warnstedt and Jordan Ware of Hen of the Wood are packing their knives and hitting the road to New York next week. The chefs will be preparing contemporary Vermont cuisine at the James Beard House Friday, April 10th.

Run by the non-profit James Beard Foundation, the James Beard House hosts frequent dinners with rotating selected chefs and serves as a gathering place for the public, press, and notable people in the culinary & hospitality industries.

In the spirit of Hotel Vermont and Hen of the Wood, meal will showcase the Green Mountain State’s vibrant culinary community, from farms and artisans to breweries and distilleries.

If you are in New York City on Friday, we invite you to join us! Tickets can be found online here and check out the menu and beverage pairings below.

MENU

Hors d’Oeuvres

Oysters and Charcuterie with Accompaniments

Fried Pork Head Cheese with Mustard Aïoli

Sweet Potato–Grafton Village Cheese Co. Smoked Cheddar Fritters with Quince Mustard

Sunflower Oil–Cured Lake Champlain Yellow Perch with Romesco and Leek Toasts

Chilled Turnip Soup with Violet Gastrique and Goat’s Milk Ricotta

LA GARAGISTA FARM + WINERY COUP DE FOUDRE PÉTILLANT NATUREL 2012

CHERRY STREET SHRUB > SAXTONS RIVER DISTILLERY MAPLE LIQUEUR WITH VERMONT BALSAMIC SOUR CHERRY SYRUP AND SODA

ELDERBERRY GIN FIZZ > CALEDONIA SPIRITS BARR HILL GIN WITH ELDERBERRY CORDIAL,LEMON, AND SODA

Dinner

Jericho Settlers Farm Lamb Tartare with Sprouted Lentils, Preserved Lemon, and Sunchoke Chips

HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY ANNA HONEY SAISON

Roasted Beets with Jasper Hill Farm Bailey Hazen Blue Cheese and Radicchio

THE ALCHEMIST BREWERY HEADY TOPPER DOUBLE IPA

Half Pint Farm Greens with Radishes, Icewine Vinaigrette, and Pumpernickel Croutons

CITIZEN CIDER BROSÉ BLUEBERRY SPARKLING HARD CIDER

Maple Gastrique–Glazed Vermont Rabbit with Celeriac Gnocchi, Pickled Carrots, and Foie Gras Beurre Blanc

LA GARAGISTA FARM + WINERY LUPO IN BOCCA ROSÉ 2013

Smoked Maple Wind Farm Grassfed Beef Brisket with Yellow Chile–Squash Stew, Flint Corn, and Scarlet Runner Beans

LA GARAGISTA FARM + WINERY DAMEJEANNE ROUGE 2012

Baked Vermont > Maple Bostock with Maple Ice Cream and Maple Meringue

EDEN VERMONT ICE CIDER

Little Sweets > Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey Truffles, Pine Needle Brownies, Jellies, The Alchemist Brewery Heady Topper Double IPA Caramels, and Maple Cream Chocolates

Hen of the Wood Burlington FAQ

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We have been getting a ton of calls lately inquiring about Hen of the Wood Burlington, so we thought we would do a Hen Burlington FAQ.

1) When will Hen of the Wood be open?

Anticipated Opening: Last week of September/first week of October. Subject to change.

2) Is Hen of the Wood part of Hotel Vermont?

While we have partnered with Hen of the Wood on location, they are a separate entity from Hotel Vermont. Additionally, Hen of the Wood and Hotel Vermont are not physically connected, meaning that you have to enter Hen through the entrance on Cherry Street. Our restaurant, Juniper, is located in the hotel and is currently open for breakfast, dinner and late night drinks.

3) Is Hen serving  breakfast/brunch?

Right now they will just be serving dinner and drinks, opening at 5pm daily.

4) Reservations?

Hen is not currently taking reservations for the Burlington location. If you would like to make a reservation for their Waterbury location, you can contact them directly at 802-244-7300.

5) Will hotel guests get priority reservations?

Unfortunately at this time we can’t promise priority reservations to any guests.

Thanks for the love Tasting Table!

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We popped up today in a travel article today on Tasting Table! While not exactly roughing it, we are all about great food, comfy accommodations, and outdoor adventures. One comment though, Hen of the Wood isn’t moving from their Waterbury location, but opening a new Hen Burlington. We couldn’t be more excited!