Restaurants (outside Boston)
As if there aren’t enough reasons to visit the Mad River Valley in Vermont, Sweet Pea comes along and opens the first plant-based market/cafe in the state. This place is insanely good!!! My husband and I have been known to drive forty-five minutes out of our way to stop in here. Carin made a lemon raspberry chia layered cake for his birthday that was as beautiful as it was delicious.
For a sit down, fine dining alternative to Sweat Pea cafe, Mint, nestled in Old Waitsfield Village, is absolutely worth a visit. There are many vegan options on the frequently updated menu.
I love this place! Just blocks from the gorgeous sand and surf of Beach Haven, this cedar shingled, brightly hued beach shack serves up an appetizing assortment of vegan goodies. My daughter (#1) and I sat at the bar-counter wide eyed as we struggled to decide between the vegan salads, wraps, melt and burritos. Plan to visit more than once; you will want to try everything.
Okay, admittedly, I haven’t been here. But it sure is on my bucket list. I look forward to one day dining at Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s award winning restaurant.
I took my meat-and-potato lovin’, green veggie hatin’ daughter (#2) here for lunch. It’s uptown and trendy and therefore, in her mind, worth going out on a limb for. She had the nachos with vegan mozzarella cheese and loved them! Maybe Momma ain’t so uncool after all.
When we booked a weekend in Ithaca at this charming bed and breakfast, the innkeeper inquired whether we had any special dietary requests. She assured me she would have no problem accommodating us. Little did I know the treat we were in for. Not only did the chef prepare a three course vegan breakfast consisting of poached pears, cinnamon sticky buns, and pan-seared veggies with polenta, but she provided evening cake and cookie refreshments as well. And that was only day one! What a lovely, friendly and welcoming place this is!