Great Vermont Restaurants to Fuel Your Winter Fun

snowmobile winter fun in Vermont with sunset

Planning a Trip to Vermont?

February and March offer some of the best weather for winter fun. Fresh snow falls often, we’ve moved beyond the bitter cold of January, and as soon as that sun comes out the sap will begin to flow.

If you’re thinking about coming to Vermont to ski, snowmobile, ice fish, snowshoe, or just enjoy the beautiful winter views – this is the time to do it. And there is no better place in all of Vermont to enjoy these activities than the Northeast Kingdom.

The February/March window brings many sunny days, temperatures in the teens to low 30s, and cold nights with fresh powder flurries. Getting outside is easier and more enjoyable during this window of time, but it won’t last long. After March, spring is truly just around the corner.


Winter Adventures Are Hungry Work

A day spent in the crisp, fresh air will make you hungry!

Luckily, most winter fun in the Northeast Kingdom is in close proximity to delicious food.

When you’re ready to take a break, we can help you find the perfect place, close by, where you can kick back and relax with something delicious.

So 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!

Downhill skiers have many options at both local ski resorts. Jay Peak hosts 16 restaurants and cafes. Burke Mountain is home to 6.

But, don’t be discouraged if your adventures take you far from the resorts. We’ve picked out the perfect restaurants, close to the trails you’re already enjoying, to add to your Vermont experience.

Our Featured Restaurants on the Snowmobile Trails:

Essex House and Tavern:

Wings and things at Essex House restaurant Island Pond Vermont

The Essex House and Tavern offers a modern atmosphere, delicious food, a great line up of cocktails and drafts, and best of all – it’s directly across the street from the VAST Trail. This Island Pond restaurant is located in a historic hotel, and still is offering beautiful rooms if you’re looking for a place to stay. A large parking lot, hard wood floors, and even shelving for you to drop all your gear, makes this spot perfect for snowmobilers. To keep things interesting, they offer themed specials throughout the week. Island Pond offers a ton of options for winter play, and the town is always cooking up something fun to do. If you’re looking for great family fun in a beautiful spot, don’t skip over Island Pond. Ans while you’re there make a trip to the Essex House the top of your list. You won’t be disappointed. Visit the Essex House Tavern for their menu and more.

The Carriage House:


Not far from the VAST trails sits the Carriage House. The property around this beautiful Victorian building is often dotted with local snowmobiles as they take a break from the trails, warm up, and enjoy the delicious, home-style cooking offered at this Orleans, VT restaurant. Lots of wood work and worn, country antiques make the space cozy. The fireplace help take the chill from the bones of those who have been braving the winter temperatures in order to experience the best of Vermont’s winter. The Carriage House is close to Lake Willoughby, and not far from the winter playgrounds in Newport, Jay, and Burke. It’s central location in the Kingdom makes it a great pit-stop if your traversing the area (both on the back roads or on the Interstate). Serving breakfast and lunch 6 days a week, and dinner Wed. – Sat. Visit the Carriage House for full menus and more information.

cross country skiiers in a winter landscape

Our Featured Restaurants for Cross Country Skiers and Snowshoers:

The Highland Lodge House Bar:

chili at the Highland Lodge

For generations 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.

The Hardwick Street Cafe:

steak strip dinner with tomatoes from Hardwick, vt restaurant

Situated along the banks of Caspian Lake, Greensboro offers wonderful cross country ski trails, ice fishing, and plenty of room for snowmobiling! Close to VAST trails, and other winter fun, this town has combined snowy adventures with more cultured entertainment. This Greensboro, VT restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s location in the Highland Center of the Arts lets diners take part in the various shows and performances held at the venue. The kitchen sources local ingredients and food products made right in the area. Set in a beautiful location, the Hardwick Street Café is a perfect stop as you move from one adventure to another in Vermont’s snowy Kingdom. Visit the Hardwick Street Cafe for menus and more information.