This year we had some vacation days to burn and desperately needed a get away, so we decided
on a short fall colors trip to Vermont, which we hope will become an annual thing, although with a much
I have always wanted to go to the Green Mountain State during fall so I was so glad that we did this. During our stay we visited the Green Mountain Girls Farm - more here.
We had one of the most supreme meals of our lives at Ariel's. It was recommended to us by the Green Mountain Girls and it is the unknown, spectacular, local experience you hope for while traveling somewhere new. And of course most everything is made from locally sourced ingredients. It is run by a husband (Richard Fink) and wife (Lee Duberman) team; Lee is (quite) the Chef and her husband is the resident Sommelier and unofficial entertainment. It is set in a refurbished 19th century farmhouse that sits right on a lake and has exclusive seating.
We made it on the last night of the season so there was even a smaller number of guests and most seemed to be regulars. The most amazing part aside from the food is that Chef Lee does everything herself, in a tiny kitchen, with one person for help. Every time her husband would check-in on us, I would pretty much exclaim something to the affect of "that woman is a magician"! Which was pretty much continually echoed by every guest there and what was nice to see in a married couple that works together is that he was continually singing her praises. Here is some food porn for convincing...
Burrata and Delicata Squash
Grilled Chicken with apricots, squash, hazelnuts in a pomegranate sauce over pearl cous cous
Grilled Tenderloin of Beef
Vt. blue cheese scalloped potatoes, delicata squash rings roasted marrow butter
Another highlight, was partially knocking off a bucket list item, which has been to hike the Appalachian Trail. We did a mini hike and then were quickly running out of daylight, but it was incredibly beautiful!
Can't wait to hopefully return next year!