In keeping with the Green Mountains theme (we profiled Burlington a couple weeks ago), let’s head over to West Dover, Vermont: home of Mount Snow Ski Resort. Unlike Burlington, which is the most populated city in the state, West Dover is more rural: but a 15 to 30 minute-drive to Wilmington or Manchester offers some great options for restaurants and bars. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in West Dover, however. So, snap on your ski boots, and check out the best places to explore.
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Saloon // 131 VT-100, West Dover, VT 05356
Super low key (and also super fun), Saloon has good bar food and—of course, for any apres destination—a great selection of beer.
Cask & Kiln // 4 N Main St, Wilmington, VT 05363
For those of you with more champagne tastes, Cask & Kiln is a higher-end bar just outside Dover in the town of Wilmington. This Vermont institution is as busy as it is charming. The 1930s building is gorgeous, and the American cuisine is even better.
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The Hermitage Club // 183 Gatehouse Trl, Wilmington, VT 05363
This club has it all: private ski access, secluded golf course, fine dining, and luxurious accommodations. Members only, though, of course! Try your luck with connected friends and visit as a guest to see how the other half lives.
Dot's Diner // 3 W Main St, Wilmington, VT 05363
Enjoy a taste of Americana—literally. This place has the best tuna melts and milk shakes in the state/country. Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Snow Barn // 294 Handle Rd, West Dover, VT 05356
Head here for live music after the slopes. The ideal place for when you want to get down and bust a move, even at the risk of making your sore muscles from skiing feel even worse There is no shame on the dancefloor here, so enjoy.
The Hermitage Inn // 25 Handle Rd, West Dover, VT 05356
Book a reservation at the Hermitage Inn for a romantic dinner (or festive post-ski treat). The site of many a wedding venue, perhaps you’ve even been here before. You don’t need to be celebrating a friend or relative’s nuptials to enjoy the ambience, though, so check it out.
Two Tannery // 2 Tannery Rd, West Dover, VT 05356
Enjoy a historic meal at Two Tannery—the building was first built in the 1700s, and bought by Teddy Roosevelt’s son and daughter-in-law in the 1900s … and now has the honor of being visited by you.
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Sticky Fingers // 210 VT-100, West Dover, VT 05356
The cinnamon buns at this bakery are unreal. Tip: get there early in the morning, as they nearly always run out of baked goods. Make this your first stop.