Lickety Split pleases palates with contemporary café fare and access to more than 160 flavors of Coop's Microcreamery super-premium ice cream, dished up amid contemporary masterpieces. Diners fuel up for art gazing with a slice of quiche ($4), which is baked fresh daily and primes taste buds for the subtle fruit flavors of Katharina Grosse’s installation piece One Floor Up More Highly. Or, sink teeth into Lickety Split’s take on a BLT, which accentuates the traditional sandwich trio with smooth, ripe avocado ($7.95). Appetites struck with a creative craving can construct their own sandwich opus from a slew of proteins options—including oven-roasted turkey, lemon tuna, and homemade hummus—dressed with a choice of 7 toppings, 6 cheeses, and 11 sauces ($6.95). Lickety Split tempts the most stubborn sweet teeth with a selection of super-premium frosty flavors, including black-raspberry fat-free frozen yogurt, Tang-flavored ice cream released to coincide with Michael Oatman’s All Utopias Fell, and vanilla ice cream interspersed with Twinkies and overt existentialist overtones ($3.50 for a regular; $4.50 for a large).
In the Mount Snow Valley, warmer temperatures mean a fresh set of outdoor pursuits. Fishing is popular along Deerfield River during trout season, which lasts from April to October. In nearby Wilmington, hikers explore trails around Haystack Mountain. Also, while Mount Snow Ski Resort closed down its slopes for the season in late March, the mountain becomes a haven for warm weather activity beginning May 4. You can play a round on the 18-hole Mount Snow Golf Club or zip around miles of rugged, single-track mountain-biking paths. Bikers can test their chops on trail obstacles such as dirt jumps, ladders, and tiger pits.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The Inn at Sawmill Farm, housed in a painstakingly renovated and expanded barn, weds mountainous terrain and vistas with charming accommodations. Rooms within the main house cradle their guests in cozy splendor with plush comforters, colorful décor, flat-screen TVs, and private baths for uninterrupted practice of cetacean sign language. Some deluxe rooms proffer a jetted tub to run stress tests on rubber duckies, and others include private sitting areas or balconies to enable personal conversations with mountains. Beams of light flowing through large windows each morning help awaken patrons in time to enjoy a Vermont country breakfast.
The Four Chimneys Inn, a rebuilt and restored Georgian mansion, resides on 11 acres of old Revolutionary War country, inviting guests to rest within its hearth before they take to the streets to explore the picturesque surroundings. Two nights in a bright and cozy guest room—all with modern luxuries such as private bathrooms, TVs, DVD players, high-speed Internet access, and air conditioning—coddle travelers as they preorder their next morning's breakfast (up to a $588 value). A complimentary bottle of champagne flatters with its ebullient comments on your level of taste (a $24 value), while samples of chocolate from Vermont Confectionery fulfill food-pyramid requirements (an $8 value). Guests can take a day to immerse themselves in the area's Revolutionary War stories and other local lore with two tickets to the Bennington Museum (a $20 value), located less than half a mile away from the Inn. The museum is closed on Wednesdays and during the month of January.
The strong-armed kitchen colossi of Hot Tomatoes hand-stretch disks of dough, slather them in sauce and cheese, and then fire them in a hearth oven to create a menu of unusual pies. The tortellini white pizza ($14.95+) lithely pirouettes cheese-stuffed pasta about its doughy dance floor alongside duos of fresh tomatoes and melted gorgonzola. Make a bet on flavorful odds with the clams casino pizza ($14.95+), where glitzy shellfish hangout on strips of bacon and roasted red pepper, blowing all their pearls on games of five-cheese stud. The eggplant and goat cheese pizza ($14.95+) overthrows herbaceous hungers with a revolution led by breaded eggplant, rebellious goat cheese, and other mercenary flavors. Foodsmiths carefully craft the shrimp and capers pizza ($12.95+), balancing powerful flavors in the saucy valley between the rising crests of crust, creating a stunning view for the ingredients and ostrich epicureans who have buried their face in the pizza.
Northern Berkshire peaks peek through the windows of Taylor's, where surf and turf unite in a lamp-lit, exposed-brick dining room. An army of appetizers kicks off the menu, including the baked brie, which is infused with grapes and sprinkled with brown sugar, walnuts, and apples ($8). A fresh garden salad sidekicks every entree, serving as a momentary plate mate for hearty dishes such as the filet mignon ($24) and its aquatic, redundant counterpart, grilled mahi-mahi ($21). The ratatouille with tofu forgoes filets for a mix of stewed eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes that are fresher than haircuts of the eighties ($16).