Foodie Life in the Valley Part One

There’s a reason why the locals live here ...and eat here year round.   A destination for travelers from around the world, it’s important to look at all of the fantastic adventures visitors will enjoy when they arrive.  World class slopes for skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking in winter and summer.  There are multiple lakes and miles of trails for hiking, swimming, boating and fishing to enjoy in the summer.  Great outdoor assets and we also have great food mean that the reasons to leave here are few. The reasons to visit and stay here are many.

 Farm to table is taken to the next level with produce picked in the morning a mile up the road, on your plate at dinner.  Our restaurants often source their beef, chicken, pork, honey and herbs from farmers within miles of their restaurant.  Much to the chagrin of fine restaurants in Brattleboro and Bennington, valley residents are rarely willing to make the 20 minute drive because some of the best dining in the northeast is located in our beautiful valley towns of West Dover & Wilmington.


Say goodbye to your New Year’s diet resolutions. 


Here’s the list of our top 20 winter foodie spots to check out in West Dover & Wilmington this winter


1. TC’s Restaurant - West Dover

 - Photo Credit Alaina T- Trip Advisor

On Wednesday night's, TCs serves sushi that is out of this world! Fresh, delicious, fabulous. Our entire table was impressed. Try it, you'll love it!”  - Trip Advisor review. With a fantastic menu and even better daily specials like Wednesday Sushi night, TC’s offers mouthwatering options for everyone.  Make sure to check out the snowboard memorabilia located throughout the restaurant (the childhood home of 5x US Olympian Kelly Clark) while you enjoy your dinner.  TC’s is open through the winter season and generally closes during the summer when owners head to the beach and open their seasonal restaurant on Block Island.


2. Valley View Saloon - West Dover

Photo Credit Valley View Saloon - Facebook

First Place 2017 Vermont Wine & Harvest Soup Contest

Everybody Knows your Name.  At least Raimi the bartender does, and your drink too! Locals and resort goers alike enjoy the comraderie found in this tavern located about a mile from Mount Snow. The Pastrami Ruben can go head to head with any NY deli....onion rings are amazing and the Cole slaw is homemade. Other homemade specials include tasty soups and chili.   Service is great, so go to watch a game and enjoy!” - Trip Advisor review .

Chef Dane Darling turns it up with his award winning soups including his Wine & Harvest winning Carrot & Ginger Bisque (still dreaming about that one…)and daily specials.  The best place in the valley to jump off your sled and enjoy a hot meal before heading out on the trails again 


3. River Valley Market - Wilmington

A favorite go to lunch spot, especially when I’m getting close to hangry and have no idea what I want to eat.  Fantastic soups, a great selection of Vermont and international cheeses, fresh baguettes and brownies and a great fresh produce section.  Stock your house with thoughtfully selected gourmet condiments, great wines and craft beers.  A massive selection of top quality meats and seafood are waiting to be sliced and measured to your liking in the full service butchery. 


4. Boyd Family Farm-Wilmington

Local produce.  It doesn’t get any more local than this.  While the rest of world is enjoying crisp days on the slopes, the Boyd family is already planning the delicious vegetables you’ll be eating this spring, summer and fall.  Every heard of CSA?  Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically you pre purchase your fresh veggies for the summer.  Each week (depending on the type of share you purchase), you’ll head over to the farm to pick up a selection of greens, and freshly picked ripe vegetables. 

While the farm is quieter in the winter you can still stop by to put in your CSA order, pick up a little local honey, and occasionally catch one of the farms very informative classes on horticulture and creating gifts with plants.


5. Harriman’s at Mount Snow - West Dover

 Photo Credit: Mount Snow

Billed as farm to table restaurant the chefs at Harriman’s buy as much locally as possible.  From Adams Family Farm meats to locale greens and vegetables in the summer.  Conveniently located in the Grand Summit Resort.  A great day?  Hit the slopes, then a massage at natureSpa, also located in the Grand Summit, finishing up with a relaxing cocktail and dinner at Harriman’s listening to valley legend Peter Miles.


6. Dot's - Wilmington

 photo credit: Preservation Trust of Vermont

Three things to know about Dots. 1. It’s a valley institution.  Many of our visitors, residents and second homeowners’ best winter adventures include a stop at Dots as part of their day.  2.  Your going to have a hard time making a choice.  My personal breakfast fav has to be the cajun skillet.  Spicy sausage and homefry potatoes with bell peppers and onions tossed in cajun seasoning.  Topped with two eggs and melty Vermont Cheddar, its soooo good!  3. You’ll feel like a local real quick if you want to.  The staff has been there for what seems like forever, and so have some of the daily regulars.  Sit at the bar and you’ll get an earful of classic diner banter, (mostly) good natured gossip, and advice on where to get anything from a fishing license to an antique sap bucket.


7. OMT /Dover Forge - West Dover

The Dover Forge and One More Time Billards are a great reflection of many year-round valley residents.  Two jobs being done by one person or in this case kitchen.  Chef Adam Janiver crafts meals for every palate, with the Dover Forge receiving a more structured and finessed entree, and One More Time offering more casual fare.  One of my favorite ingredients on either side?  Their smoked pork.  A wood fire smoker is used on property to make sure that the finished entree is fall off the bone tender, savory and something you’ll remember for a few days.  Make sure to end off your meal with a round of pool in One More Time and say hi to Rebecca at the bar.


8. Anchor Seafood - Wilmington


This photo of The Anchor is courtesy of TripAdvisor

“ I remember -insert name of restaurant from the 80’s,90’s, 2000’s-.  It was so good!”  Chefs and owners come and go.  Sometimes the theme of a restaurant will change completely.  Thankfully Anchor Seafood kept the best of the old while updating and bringing new features to the table under the current owners.  This is THE place for seafood in the valley.  Steamers, mussels, sashimi and fantastic fresh fish selections throughout the year.  For those who don’t go for something fishy, they have a great sandwich selection at lunch and their steaks and burgers are phenomenal anytime.  The Anchor is also one of the few restaurants in the valley open 7 days a week, except for a brief break in the spring.


9. Ratu’s Liquor & Market - Wilmington

 Photo credit: Ratu's Liquor & Market Facebook

This one might seem a little peculiar, but ‘beer’ with me.  This is all about where to go if you are a foodie.  This is where you go if your a foodie who’s also a beer/wine/liquor geek.  Owners Christian and Jenn have carefully cultivated a selection of craft wines and brews for every palate.  A growler bar with rotating taps featuring everything from Upper Pass Cloud Drop to Green River Ginger Libation.  Right next to the beer you’ll find taps for cold brew coffee and aqua vitae kambucha.  Keep an eye out for the whimsical and cool beer taps and hangers crafted by Christian as you make your selections.  Just when you thought you were done and checking out they get you one last time.  Ratu’s is one of the locations you can pick up the diet busting Beurremont baked goodies like Maple Brown Butter cookies and brownies


10. Two Tannery Road - West Dover

 'Nutty Vermonter' Photo Credit Trip Advisor

Wonderful dinner.  My wife. and I stopped for dinner, nice atmosphere, excellent drinks and the dinner was exceptional. I recommend the veal schnitzel and the steaks. You won't be disappointed!” - Trip Advisor review. 

Live music and a fantastic history from the antique bar to the building itself.  New owners have kept the tradition of fine dining at the base of Mount Snow and brought their recipe for success which has already been proven at TC’s Restaurant just up the road on Route 100.



Stay tuned for part two of our favorite foodie spots in West Dover & Wilmington.


All photos were taken by Guest Blogger Sharon Cunningham unless otherwise noted next to image.