Nestled along the bank of the Ottawa River, DéjaVu Bar & Grill regales guests with an entertaining fusion of internationally inspired pub grub and a lively nightclub atmosphere. In the kitchen, chefs grill steaks and seafood or assemble main courses spotlighting flavours from Mexico, China, Thailand, Italy, and Greece. Diners can feast on this eclectic fare on the sunny patio or amid an earth-toned interior decked with glossy stone tables, televisions airing sports, and pool tables. At night, DéjaVu's neon-fringed dance floor comes alive with live bands, energetic DJs, raucous foam parties, and profound discussions on maritime law.
You can almost hear the soulful gospel songs and echoes of a bygone preacher's sermon when you walk into Knox Fine Dining, housed in a renovated historical church. Sunlight streams in through colourful stain-glass windows, bathing the handsome original hardwood flooring in light. Diners lean across the table on wooden pews, clinking glasses of international wine and marveling at the vibrant paintings that adorn the walls. Making use of the acoustics, the elegant cavern plays host to live jazz every Saturday as well as occasional organ performances from owner and host Paul Mayer's wife.
While Paul tends to guests in the dining room, chef Gabriel Asselin captains the bustling kitchen. Pulling from his classical French training, he designs a seasonal menu of imaginative gourmet dishes that have been lauded by reporters from CTV News. The chef favours locally sourced ingredients and rare meats, such as wild boar, kangaroo, and unicorn. His ever-changing repertoire of dishes has included half-quail confit, grilled-bison strip loin, and the calamari that earned the attention of the Cornwall Free News who called the dish "tender and flavourful.”
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.
A Country Inn off the beaten path yet close to all that Stowe VT has to offer. Rooms with or without fireplaces, highly rated restaurant, sauna, outdoor hot tub, cinema and bar make for a relaxing place to spend a holiday. Nearby are options for skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, golf and shopping.
Ye Olde England Inne sets off its baronial elegance against the scenic beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Inn lodgers have easy access to the historical village and its arts scene, which includes as one of its pillars the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, a spacious aesthetic enclave showcasing pieces by budding and mid-career local artists who work in a range of media.Stowe's prime location in a broad, fertile valley between the Green Mountains and Mount Mansfield—Vermont's highest peak—makes it an ideal launching pad for outdoor recreation. Snaking its way through Stowe, a recreation path loosely follows the meandering West Branch River with 5.5 miles of paved trails for biking, rollerblading, and jogging. The winding path’s arched wooden bridges crisscross the river 10 times from start to finish. At nearby Underhill State Park, set at the base of the 4,300-foot-tall Mount Mansfield, excursionists can arrange mountain idylls or practice butterfly mating calls on one of four hikes to the summit. In the cooler months, skiers flock to nearby peaks for classic Vermont fresh-powder skiing.