Where To Eat
The Blue Ben Diner, 102 Hunt Street, Bennington, Vt. (802-442-5140). An authentic dining-car diner that coddles the local culture of hippies and farmers with everything from burgers to tabouli.
Hemingway's, Route 4, Killington, Vt. (802-422-3886). This 1860s stagecoach stop has a far-reaching reputation for fine dining and an extensive wine list.
Jackson House Restaurant, 481 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, Vt. (802-457-2065). This nineteenth-century inn's prix fixe menu emphasizes locally grown product s such as truffles and foie gras.
Long Trail Brewing Company, Routes 4 and 100A, Bridgewater Corners, Vt. (802-672-5011). A festive microbrewery that serves basic pub grub and kettle-fresh beers.
Robin's Restaurant, 113 Latham Street, Williamstown, Mass. (413-458-4489). Chef Robin Lenz puts a delightful French spin on local and organic food. A favorite of the après-theater crowd.
Wilburton Inn, River Road, Manchester Village, Vt. (802-362-2500). Enjoy an upscale continental menu in the billiard room of this brick, turn-of-the-century mansion. Don't miss the eclectic outdoor sculpture collection.
Willie Dunn's Grill, 89 Fox Lane, Ludlow, Vt. (802-228-8871). Serves elaborate sandwiches, unusual salads and excellent views.
Killington Ski Area, Killington Road, Killington, Vt. (802-422-3333). A chairlift climbs the highest of the five peaks. Mountain bike rentals are available.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Mass. (413-458-9545). This sumptuous neo-classical marble museum houses one of America's finest collections of Renoir and French Impressionist paintings.