We started day 2 in Vermont like any other day on a trip…we ate breakfast. We wanted to fill up for a day of skiing and lucky for us our package at Swift House included breakfast.
They have some hot items for you to order and there is a cold buffet with cereal, yogurts, and pastries to choose from.
Tom opted for a hardy bowl of oatmeal and I had some scrambled eggs and an english muffin. We also had a couple of the muchkin donuts that were available. Oh and I stole all the avocado off of everyone’s plates. Pro tip the raspberry jam on the table is amazing!
Next, we went over to the Middlebury College Snowbowl to spend the morning skiing. When we arrived none of the lifts were running because it was too windy. So we waited and we waited and we waited. We had some hot chocolate and we continued to wait. Just when we were about to give up they announced that one of the lifts would be opening.
We hurried to the little window to purchase our half day lift tickets and the kind man did us a solid and offered us full day tickets for $20. It was perfect!
The conditions were a little rough, but my Dad, Uncle, and I got a lot of runs in and after the lunch the lift to the top of the mountain even opened up.
Lunch by the way was little disappointing. Normally I praise this mountain for it’s food, but Tom and I ended up sharing an average meatball sub because it took forever for the soup to be ready.
Tom took a couple of runs with me, but since he’s still learning it wasn’t the best conditions for him.
This little-big mountain is the perfect place to ski. It has a lot of good terrain for the expert skier while still have a lot of options for beginners. It’s also never too crowded.
We got cleaned up after skiing and relaxed a little around the inn for an hour or so. It’s such a peaceful place to be and they have free cookies!
A little while later we headed into the town of Middlebury to do some shopping. There are a few cute stores around with a lots of different items to purchase. There’s the Vermont Store with maple syrup and other goodies. You also have a few expensive outdoorsy stores and some stores that sell Middlebury College merch. We made a few purchases and then met up with my uncle again for drinks.
It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, but this quiet little town watering hole (Two Brother’s Tavern) has plenty of seats available even though they were busy. It seems like a nice place to just hang out and have a couple of drinks with friends. I really like a bar where you can sit and have an actual conversation.
We had one drink before heading back to the Inn for dinner. We planned to see my uncle again later that night.
The time had finally arrived for dinner! This was the moment we had all truly been waiting for. Jessica’s is an absolutely incredible restaurant with amazing service. Not to mention this dinner was included in our package at the Inn. We were able to order the soup or the salad, an entree, and a dessert. OH and I must mention David the somalia. He is absolutely wonderful!
Tom ordered the Poached Pair Salad, Bosch pears, baby greens, blue cheese crumbles, picked red onion, walnuts, champagne vinaigrette. Every bite was delicious and perfectly balanced with the vinegar, sweet pears, and the creamy pungent cheese.
For my salad I ordered the Brussel Sprout salad. It had shaved sprouts, red onion, cob-smoked bacon, Marcona almonds, dried cranberries, Parmesan, lemon honey mustard vinaigrette. Nothing beats the crispy texture of the sprouts with the smokey bacon. It was amazing.
Swift House now has their Spring menu live so I will now try to remember as best as I can the winter entrees we had…
I had the creamy butternut squash ravioli. The pasta was delicate and sweet with a savory brandy cream sauce. It was topped with walnuts which added a nice texture to the dish. There was also some parmesan cheese, spinach, and parsnips.
Tom ordered the filet I believe topped in a peppercorn sauce and crispy onions with mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was cooked perfectly to medium rare and cut like butter.
I had the incredible banana bread pudding for dessert. It featured a rich caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream. Drooling just thinking about it.
Tom had the Cappuccino Cheesecake with Mascarpone, dark roast espresso, mocha crumb crust, cocoa powder. It was such a smooth cheesecake!
After dinner my uncle came by the inn to enjoy some after dinner drinks. The men had some scotch while I enjoyed the free herbal tea in the lobby. It was really nice spending time with my Uncle Tim. We don’t get to see him as often as we use to and I miss him a lot.
Back at the room We had a nice fire before drifting off to sleep. It had been a very busy day and we were really sleepy. See you next week for our final adventure!