Great Food, Fun Experiences, and Live Music Though the Winter

cross-country-skiing-vermont-at-highland-lodgeSo you love winter time adventures?

Are Snowmobiling and/or Skiing (downhill or cross country) passions that help you beat the winter blues?

If so, than Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is truly the place for you!

But all of that playing is hungry work.

When you are ready to take a break, there are many restaurants in the three counties of the NEK to choose from. At NEK Eats our job is to help you find local restaurant to fit your needs – and as winter adventurers your need is a great restaurant close to where you’re playing.

While the downhill skiers have restaurants at the resorts to choose from (See Jay Peak Resort or Burke Mountain Resort); cross country skiers and snowmobilers may be at a loss.

So this winter – take a look at our NEK Restaurant Winter Picks

These spots are either right on or close to the trails you’re already enjoying so there’s no need to take much of a break from your fun… Enjoy the Vermont Winter Experience – these restaurants will help!

Restaurants on the Snowmobile Trails:

Sweet Harmony:


This restaurant in Irasburg is actually situated just outside of Coventry on Rte. 5. It is also located close to the Vast trail with a secondary trail right to the restaurant. If you are looking for great food with a home cooked feel, this is the place. Burgers, Sandwiches, Nightly Specials, Live Music and other events throughout the week make this a great place to stop.  You won’t be sorry you stopped. Visit Sweet Harmony for their menu and events.

Village Pizza:

This restaurant in Orleans is located on Rte. 5 and is right on the local snowmobile trail – perfect for a large group of riders. The parking lot has plenty of room to accommodate your sleds, lots of tables, and great pizza. The lounge is open later in the afternoon and the game room is perfect for kids and teens (or adults with an air-hockey addiction). Visit Village Pizza to see their menu and more.

Essex House and Tavern:

Wings and things at Essex House restaurant Island Pond Vermont

Located right across the street from the Vast Trail in Brighton (Island Pond) this restaurant is another perfect stop for NEK snowmobilers. Their menu is full of tasty items to fill you up and warm your belly. Choose from a menu filled with unique, simple dishes done right, or from their specials board. A beautiful atmosphere, and a great bar space make this the perfect place to stop along your trip. Visit the Essex House Tavern for their menu and more.

Restaurant for Cross Country Skiers and Snowshoers:

If you love to get outside in the winter and explore the glistening landscape on skis or snow shoes than this is the place for you…

chili at the Highland Lodge

The Highland Lodge has long been known for its fantastic cross country trails. For years the Inn has made these trails open to the public, and they are now being managed by a local group and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. With roughly 30 miles of trails on the property that connect to the trails of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center – there are plenty of outdoor adventures awaiting those willing to brave the cold. And if you do – finish your day by warming up in the House bar with one of the warm dishes on the weekly rotating menu. Visit the Highland Lodge House Bar and find out about upcoming events. For information about the ski trails at Highland Lodge contact the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.