Some New England restaurants seem tailor-made for the fall season with their rustic and cozy atmospheres. With a slight chill in the air and colorful leaves everywhere you look, the following places to dine out certainly complement a scenic New England autumn day trip or vacation….
Parker’s Maple Barn, Mason, N.H.
Located about a half-hour west of Nashua in an isolated but beautiful area of rural southern New Hampshire, Parker’s Maple Barn specializes in maple-based foods (a big yum for the maple ribs) and perfectly-formed pancakes (try the pumpkin). The atmosphere is rustic, service down-to-earth and there’s even a gift shop and covered bridge on the premises. More on Parker’s
Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Conn.
This cozy, restored 1840s farmhouse resides in a classic Connecticut small town (village green, private school, tall white church with steeple, antique shops, slower pace of life) and is ideal for exceptional sandwiches and salads, coffee, made-from-scratch dinners, incredible chili, and delectable homemade desserts. Nighttime brings occasional entertainment with some artists known on a national level like Lori McKenna and Utah Phillips. More on The Vanilla Bean Cafe
Lyndon Freighthouse, Lyndonville, Vt.
The Lyndon Freighthouse offers organic and natural-based breakfasts and lunches, and also features a gift shop and ice cream parlor. The homemade breads, locally-sourced eggs and maple syrup, and organic cheeses and beef burgers make for a healthier alternative without compromising taste. Actually housed in a former freighthouse, the historic atmosphere is pleasingly countrified and the restaurant’s location is ideal for area leaf peeping in the unspoiled, pristine Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. More on the Lyndon Freighthouse…
Intervale Farm Pancake House, Henniker NH
If you love pancakes and fresh local maple syrup, then the Intervale Pancake House is your place. The homey atmosphere, rustic decor and constant crowds all add up to a hometown and traveler’s favorite in a very scenic, hilly area of New Hampshire (not too far from the Sunapee region). More on Intervale Farm