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.
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.
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.”
Mustache Joe's, named for the man?and the mustache?who founded the restaurant, is a casual and comfortable spot for a business lunch or special evening meal. From the menu, chefs plate familiar classics, starting off with colorful and fresh caprese salads before transitioning to larger, heartier plates of their signature seafood linguine, tossed with shrimp, scallops, and lobster meat. During lunch, guests can head up to the counter for a quick, easy meal of pasta, panini, or a small personal pizza.
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.