The artful chefs at Vaades the Indian Restaurant prepare feasts for both eyes and empty stomachs with a colourful spread of traditional tandoori chicken, lamb curries, and vegetable stews, as well as contemporary small plates and main courses. The culinary experts take great pride in using quality ingredients such as corn-fed chicken and seasonal veggies, and they abide by strict cooking practices such as making sauces with only unsalted butter, vegetable oil, and light cream––never using meat stock, flour, or astronaut ice cream. Outside the kitchen, visitors savour tender poultry baked with fragrant cardamom, rose, and coconut or dive their utensils into inventive meals of mango-basil mousse, parmesan-stuffed naan, and cumin-kissed squash yogourt. Aside from meat-centric dishes such as saag gosht with lamb, the menu accommodates vegetarian diets by pairing organic multigrain roti with black-lentil dal makhni and roasted eggplant baingan bharta.
Demirel Duzgoren has used his skills in chopping, spicing, sautéing, and grilling on three continents over the past 20 years. But no matter where he goes, he creates the Turkish and Mediterranean dishes of his homeland. Now at Istanbul Restaurant, Duzgoren and his staff cook up their favorite dishes found on the Bosphorus, from savory doner beef kebabs wrapped in warm pitas to fresh seafood. Plus, they use only halal meats.
Duzgoren also whips up Istanbul's most famous and traditional drinks. He pours thick, strong cups of Turkish coffee and herbal teas, and ends evenings with glasses of raki that, when mixed with water, turn a milky white and give off the scent of licorice.
On Saturday evenings, belly dancers serpentine around the white-clothed tables and fire-engine-red chairs, making diners feel as if they were in Turkey and teaching them the best dance moves to get out of a speeding ticket. Overhead, paintings of Istanbul hang on the walls along with charms to ward off the evil eye.
Stowe's location in a broad, fertile valley between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield—Vermont's highest peak at nearly 4,400 feet—makes it an ideal launching pad for outdoor recreation. Stowe Mountain Resort awaits skiers with 485 acres across 116 powdery trails, and snowboarders can catch big air or an aerial sighting of Bigfoot on the half-pipe.To counterbalance its adventurous outdoors attractions, Stowe also cultivates a more abstractly adventurous art scene. The West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park combines a traditional art gallery with an innovative and spacious sculpture park, showcasing the handiwork of budding and mid-career local artists.
Built in 1814, The Stowe Inn’s elegant Victorian mansion brims with rare antique furnishings, old-fashioned hospitality, and contemporary amenities. The bed and breakfast nods to its rich history with oriental rugs and a 35-foot mahogany bar from the early 20th century. More wood furnishings accent the 16 guest rooms, where guests can relax upon Edwardian-style beds or use wireless Internet to email their garage door back home.
During the winter, a crackling fireplace warms the inn's library, and an in-ground pool offers a place to cool down during summer. Chefs at the onsite River House Restaurant serve upscale and casual dishes forged from locally sourced ingredients, and inn staffers prep a sumptuous daily breakfast buffet.
The posh inn serves as a convenient outpost near outdoor recreation, artisan shops, and craft breweries throughout the quaint town of Stowe. In nearby Waterbury, Ben & Jerry’s factory tours bestow behind-the-scenes access to the popular ice cream's production. There, visitors find cows grazing onsite, graciously accommodating autograph requests from starstruck fans.
What do you do with 17,000 gallons of water frozen into the shape of a towering waterfall? At the Northern Lights Rock and Ice, you climb it. The winter ice-climbing wall is just one of the seasonal and year-round features in store at this outdoor wonderland, which caters to individuals, families, and corporate retreats. Also on hand: dual 450-foot zip-line wires that crown a multi-level challenge course. Come summer, there's more climbing to be had on their "L"-shaped climbing wall with separate wall faces connected at the top by a cat's walk beam 25 feet in the air. Summiting the wall and crossing the beam requires strength, determination, and an ability to slip into the feline mind without succumbing to an obsession for catnip. Their experienced staff boasts 60 years of combined experience to ensure a safe and exciting adventure. See their "What to Bring" page for additional information.
Located inside The Historic Stowe Inn, which is listed on the National Historic Register, Stowe Inn River House Steak and Seafood plates up farm-to-table dishes for travelers or anyone else looking to relax with some wine and an appetizer. Instead of blaring a foghorn at your table, you can start a meal off with mussels cooked in white wine and served with garlic-herb butter sauce and enjoy the beautiful 360-degree view of Stowe, the nearby river, and the four acres of surrounding manicured grounds popular with weddings. Entrees follow in the form of pecan-crusted salmon or slow-roasted prime rib—the restaurant's specialty. You can end your visit with a drink at Grant's Bar in honor of the whiskey-loving president for whom the bar is named. The 35-foot antique mahogany bar is rumored to have been originally located near Grant's Tomb in New York City, and was refurbished and installed at the restaurant in 2003.