Lyndonville, VT: Loving the Small Town Charm, Fall Foliage and Food!
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Downtown Lyndonville, located in the largely unspoiled
Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, looks like something out of the 1940s.
With a splendid village green, old brick buildings, a few restaurants
and traditional downtown businesses (check out Green Mountain Books at
1055 Broad St.), Lyndonville has certainly not
become gentrified or precious like some other Vermont towns that have
sold out to transplants with agendas. Lyndonville does have its rough
edges, but more importantly, this small town never pretends to be
something it isn't. You could picture Andy Griffith walking down
the street to Floyd's Barber Shop here, although, yes, the southern
drawls would have to be replaced by New England accents. The
bottom line is that if you like towns that haven't changed much over
the years -- and have not become depressed -- then Lyndonville is
certainly worth a visit. It is a great place to walk and strike up
conversation with one of the friendly locals.
The location is also ideal, near Burke
Mountain for skiing and Lake Willoughby for summer recreational
opportunities -- not to mention incredible fall foliage during
OK, enough of the foliage. I'm
We understand and after a long trip to the northernmost part of
Vermont, you deserve it. Here are two places in Lyndonville that I
think you will absolutely love...
The Lyndonville Diner
Miss Lyndonville Diner is a local gem, a friendly down-to-earth diner
that the locals love -- and us visitors, too.
It's like you've arrived in someone's living room, while waiting for
that piping hot homemade food to be lovingly served. The Miss
Lyndonville Diner is terrific for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I
recommend going with
breakfast at the counter or booths -- especially the pancakes, muffins,
and anything you can put real Vermont maple syrup on! If not going out
for breakfast, I'd recommend the roast turkey
dinner and maple cream pie for lunch or dinner -- simply wonderful!
Originally starting as a Sterling diner car in 1951 at the current
location, the Miss Lyndonville Diner is my go-to place when dining out
in Lyndonville. The Miss Lyndonville Diner is located at
686 Broad St. Lyndonville, Vt.. Tel. (802) 626-9890.
Lyndon Freighthouse Market and Cafe
Tapping into organic and natural locally sourced foods, the Lyndon
Freighthouse does a terrific job serving healthier versions of comfort
foods without having the items taste like cardboard. It’s a welcoming
place, too, located in a renovated 1878 freighthouse with a long
farmer’s porch on the outside and a rustic Vermont feel on the inside.
The farm-to-plate approach is certainly unique in this region and the
presence of Carmen’s Ice Cream parlor with “nearly 100 flavors of hard
and soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, organic ice cream, and
creative sundaes” makes the overall experience that much better.
Breakfast and lunch items at the Freighthouse include pancakes (made
with organic flour), omelets (made from organic eggs) organic beef
burgers, wraps, salads, Vermont beer and wine (that would be for
lunch!), homemade desserts and Starbuck’s Coffee.
Certified organic grass-fed beef burgers on a handmade bun.
Photo source: Freighthouse Market and Cafe Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/Freighthouse-Market-Cafe-142485849116834/posts/
Adding to this appealing mix is the Farmhouse Pantry selling local
products that support sustainable agriculture, small family farms and
individual farmers and craftsmen. The Lyndon Freighthouse is located at
1000 Broad St., Lyndonville, Vt. Tel. (802) 626-4000. Web site: http://www.thelyndonfreighthouse.com/.
Looking to stay at a first-class hotel
with amazing mountain views near Lyndonville? Try the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center in East
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