Hello everyone. This is my first post on the boards, and I thought I'd start with a heaping dose of nostalgia that my wife and I found while on our honeymoon in Vermont.
"Love is Spoken Here"
So read the front page of the Skunk Hollow Tavern's website, and having tried all the truly local places in Windsor, VT my wife and I figured that we should put a little travel into our dinner plans and see what the circa 18th century setting had to offer. We both like to eat at places with character and found that the Skunk Hollow Tavern is blessed with plenty of that thanks to a combination of historic tradition, great food, and New England Hospitality.
My wife and I are fans of grey, rainy days and the pitter-patter of rain that had fallen all day serenaded us as we dodged the droplets and dashed into the tavern and back in time.
"...You pass through the front door and are greeted by blazing logs in the massive center chimney fireplace. Tables and chairs are laid out on original wide beam hardwood floors around this imposing structure, and on the far side is the polished bar, where thousands of guests from near and far, regulars and first time visitors, have pulled up a stool to be welcomed with true, old-fashioned New England hospitality." (Skunk Hollow Tavern Website)
Though the historic building is wired for electricity these days, only a few strands of fairy lights were lit. The rest of the light came from a burning candle at each occupied table. A fire crackled in the grate and we felt that we'd arrived at a crossroads between times. We were greeted quickly and (having made a reservation earlier), were led upstairs to where our own candlelit table awaited.
As we were served drinks and finished taking photos, we put away our phones and marveled at the sensation of being back in time. With the rain tapping at the wide windows around us and no vehicle noise to speak of, you'd be hard press to name what year it was. We placed our order, and went for different types of cuisine to see if the quality stayed the same across the board (I went with Italian, and she got the burger). Twenty minutes of drinks and conversation later and our food arrived.
Everything was delicious and by the meal's end we were wishing the Skunk Hollow had rooms for rent so we could wander down to the bar, drink in the atmosphere and wonderful selection of wine for a few more hours, then fall happily asleep. Alas, the Tavern is only an eatery, so we skipped the wine and headed back to our hotel.
We'd definitely go back in a heartbeat if ever in the area again. The cost of the meal was comparable to a nice steak house dinner somewhere, and might have been a little high for what we ordered, but the atmosphere more than made up for the hit to the pocketbook. Love was truly spoke there.
Anyone else have a similar dining experience that was pure nostalgia? Any other historic taverns we need to visit? Thanks for reading!