In the 1950's, there were a handful of inns operating on Lake Pocotopaug—Connecticut's largest natural lake. Today, just one of those structures remains. In 2003, Paul Angelico bought it, renovated it, and established it as a brand-new restaurant serving all-American food.
Inside Angelico's Lake House, guests gather for lunch and dinner to feast on pasta, seafood, steaks, and burgers surrounded by a picturesque East Hampton setting. During warmer months, when the days are longer and water balloons fall from the sky instead of snow, the Lake House also opens its tiki bar, where adults can kick back with cold beverages while listening to live music.
Specializing in the art of chardonnay, Chamard cultivates varietal grapes on 20 acres of gently rolling vineyards, unleashing an assortment of palate-pleasing wines. Bring a guest and relish the ambrosial aromas and mouth-uplifting flavors of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet franc blends created with time-honored winemaking methods and state-of-the-art graping equipment. Grasp a Riedel glass and try five wines while overlooking the pond on the deck, warming up by the tasting room's fire, or hiding in one of the cellar's wine barrels. After sampling fermented grape serums, customers can activate the power of a 15% discount to purchase a bottle of wine ($12.99–$24.99) for enjoying at home or christening a new caravel.
Restaurateurs Linda and Everett Reid orchestrate a multitude of seasonal dishes menu into a flavor symphony at the French-influenced L & E, garnering a feature in the New York Times. Appetizers such as Cape Cod Bay oysters ($3.25 each) welcome diners to tables covered with the original work of local artists, while seasonal entrees have included delicacies such as pork osso bucco with pink lady applesauce and celery root hash ($22) and pan-seared Atlantic fluke with fingerling potatoes and oyster and lobster mushrooms ($24). Delve into the extensive wine list to pair any entree with a glass of vino such as 2008 Le Vissoux Beaujolais ($7.75) or Domaine Talmard chardonnay ($8.50).
Housed in a historic building originally erected in 1829, La Serre has been described as "frozen in [a] good moment in time" by Times Union. During dinner, the formal, wood-paneled dining room bustles with conversation as plates of truffle mousse pate, lobster ravioli, and beef au poivre travel out to tables draped in white. In the more casual bistro-style bar, forest-green leather seats cushion patrons as they sip old-fashioned libations or fold napkins into swans capable of real flight.
The chef at Nora?s Restaurant & Lounge crafts a regularly changing menu of juicy steaks, fresh seafood, and homemade pastas. The elegant dining room features exposed ceiling beams, heavy ruby-colored drapes, and French doors leading to the bar area. While taking in views of Lake Congamond, guests sample fresh basil-gorgonzola bread or clams stuffed with lobster meat and topped with horseradish cream sauce. A slightly more casual pub menu available at the bar includes selections such as beef tenderloin sliders, pierogi, and fresh bruschetta you can pair with draft brews and wines.