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votes in 172 categories. Unless you’re allergic to flowers, that’s nothin’ to sneeze at! And we can add to those numbers the 15 categories that were separated into “Inside Chittenden County” and “Outside Chittenden County.” (About that: In Vermont, the largest population is inside Chittenden County, so it’s tough for anyone outside of it to break into the final ballot — unless the category involves mountains. So whenever we saw a surge of votes for places not in Chittenden County, we split the category in order to recognize some farther-flung faves.) To keep things as fresh as a Daysie, we sprouted some new categories this year and weeded out some old ones. And, to celebrate our big anniversary, we gifted you an entire special bonus section. We’re calling it the Daylilies — it’s like the Daysies, but with a twist. That’s just one of the many surprises sprinkled in these pages. Which newcomer took home the Daysie for best chef? Which slope reached new heights, running away with the award for best place to ski and ride? Flip ahead to find out. Congrats to all of the Daysies winners! We hope you feel the love. And thanks, Seven Days readers, for voting. Flower power to the people. CAROLYN FOX

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o you believe in flower power? We do. At a time when so much in the world seems so uncertain, we’re embracing our inner flower children and spreading peace and love in our community. We can’t help it — Seven Daysies season just turns us into one big ol’ love machine. The Daysies are the locals’ guide to the best of Vermont. Think of this special 15thanniversary issue, brought to you by Seven Days, as a bouquet of flowers from your fellow Vermonters — they’ve picked you the prettiest petals in the patch. If you’re looking for the best bars, restaurants, museums, theaters, shops, services and bands in the land, you’ll find them in these pages. So, how did we come to Daysie-crown these winners? Great question! It took two rounds of voting. First, folks wrote in their favorites for everything from best bookstore to barber and best day hike to dive bar. We read every single one of your nominations — srsly, all of ’em — and tallied the votes, selecting the top finalists in each category. And then we asked you to vote again, multiple-choice style, to be sure it was true love and not some fling. This year’s Daysies were, in fact, a bona fide love fest: 9,385 people cast 572,306 individual

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It’s been another banner year in Vermont food. Just look at the diverse finalists for best new restaurant: a “fine diner,” a funky neighborhood joint, a pioneer in northern cuisine, a butcher shop that’s also a bar, and a farm-to-table restaurant/yoga studio/ cultural center. Our chefs, farmers and food producers bring something new to the table every single year. Instead of so many cooks in the kitchen spoiling the broth, they elevate our entire food scene. And, yes, there are some Daysies shake-ups along the way. Take the best chef category, which represents a changing of the guard. A number of new entrants knocked perennial Daysies winner and James Beard Award nominee Eric Warnstedt out of the running, allowing Misery Loves Co.’s Aaron Josinsky and Nathaniel Wade to capture the Daysie. It’s in good hands — they’re James Beard-nominated, too. And not to worry: Warnstedt’s Hen of the Wood defended its status as best restaurant. Revolution Kitchen, August First Bakery ArtsRiot s & Café, Pizzeria Verità and ArtsRiot’ new food truck all rolled away with wins over longtime Daysies favorites. Speaking of: An honorable mention goes to Leunig’s Bistro & Café Café, which continued on its quest for world — er, Daysies — domination, scooping up more nominations than perhaps any other biz. Let’s dig in, shall we?

BEST LOCALLY OWNED GROCERY STORE OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Hunger Mountain Coop

By the banks of the Winooski River, Montpelier’s Hunger Mountain Coop is a dream for those who want to buy food grown and produced by their neighbors. The co-op stocks its 20,000 square feet with national natural brands plus 1,800 Vermont products — from kombucha to granola to the kale we all need to eat more of — making it easy to be a locavore. There’s an extensive health and beauty department, too, chockfull of natural remedies. Don’t know which elderberry syrup to buy? Ask. Staffers are super-knowledgeable and friendly. Shopping hungry? Sample the kitchen’s expansive selection of prepared foods — don’t miss Indian week if you like chutney and raita. Get yours to go, or eat in the café and watch the river flow by. 623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier • 223-8000 • hungermountain.coop

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Hen of the Wood

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The Queen City’s resident “pastry shop fine diner” turns out creative twists on American classics and some of the prettiest pastries around. (111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 448-3367 • monarchandthemilkweed.com)

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BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

With locations in a former grist mill and in the elegant Hotel Vermont, Hen of the Wood is beloved for its rustic feel, legendary wine list and creative locavore cuisine. (55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com)

• BEAU Butchery + Bar: 207 Barre St., Montpelier, 225-6447 • beauvt.com • Drifter’s: 156 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 774-488-0073 • driftersvt.com • The Great Northern: 716 Pine St., Burlington, 489-5102 • thegreatnorthernvt.com • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com

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Misery’s talented chef-owners have earned the restaurant two James Beard Award nominations for its labor-intensive, slow-food dishes, from squid-ink farfalle to brandy-misted pheasant. (46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com)

Other finalists: • Frank Pace (The Great Northern): 716 Pine St., Burlington, 233-8148 • thegreatnorthernvt.com • George Lambertson (ArtsRiot): 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Jesse Lauer (dinner with friends): Monkton • Facebook • Phoebe Bright (Blue Paddle Bistro): 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com

• The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Misery Loves Co.: 46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com

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Blue Paddle Bistro

This artsy eatery has a wooden canoe suspended over the bar and a devoted following for its innovative yet unpretentious cuisine — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin. (316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com)

Other finalists: • Black Sheep Bistro: 253 Main St., Vergennes, 877-9991 • blacksheepbistrovt.com • Kismet: 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646 • kismetkitchens.com • Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge: 1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com

With large and small pie options and the opportunity to split toppings, these flatbreads — licked by flames in a central, wood-fired oven — are perfect for all-ages sharing. (115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • americanflatbread.com)

Other finalists: • Bluebird Barbecue: 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 448-3070 • bluebirdbbq.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Pizzeria Verità: 156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5644 • pizzeriaverita.com

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Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge

Chefs spinning pies in the open kitchen provide family entertainment at this pizza, pasta and salad joint. Friendly service, a kids’ coloring menu and a game room ensure that there’s never a dull moment. (1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com • Down Home Kitchen: 100 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6665 • downhomekitchenvt.com • Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery: 1873 Route 302, Montpelier, 223-6611 • waysiderestaurant.com • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Monarch + the Milkweed

When Monarch announced its intriguing restaurant concept — “a pastry shop fine diner” — the buzz was big. Thanks to a culinary dream team hailing from highflying local operations such as Hen of the Wood, the Farmhouse Group and Prohibition Pig, the fare has lived up to the lofty expectations. Right in the heart of downtown Burlington, the fledgling eatery has stretched its wings and soared. It serves up biscuit breakfast sandwiches and buttery glazed cinnamon buns to a devoted fan club by morn and smoky bluefish sandwiches, corn dogs and Waldorf salads by noon and night. Whenever you go, it’ll definitely be good. But be warned: Those pastries — some of which are now available laced with cannabidiol — may become as necessary to your diet as milkweed to monarchs. 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 448-3367 • monarchandthemilkweed.com


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Hen of the Wood

The exceptional cocktails, carefully selected wines and memorable cuisine wouldn’t be complete without an able navigator. The servers here always rise to the occasion. (55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Misery Loves Co.: 46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com

BEST BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Penny Cluse Café

Celebs such as Elijah Wood and Joe Biden have joined the café’s devoted following. Long lines signal food that’s worth the wait: gingerbread pancakes, chorizo-and-egg tacos, and garlicky kale quesadillas, for example. (169 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-8834 • pennycluse.com)

Other finalists: • Mirabelles Café: 198 Main St., Burlington, 658-3074 • mirabellescafe.com • Sneakers Bistro: 28 Main St., Winooski, 655-9081 • sneakersbistro.com • The Spot: 210 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 540-1778 • 1 King St., Burlington • thespotvt.com • The Swingin’ Pinwheel Café and Bakery: 11 Center St., Burlington, 448-3961 • theswinginpinwheel.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Blue Paddle Bistro

Chef Phoebe Bright’s occasional Sunday brunches at this Champlain Islands bistro are a big hit — make reservations early if you hope to score a seat. (316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com)

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• 158 Main Restaurant & Bakery: 158 Main St., Jeffersonville, 644-8100 • 158main.com • Down Home Kitchen: 100 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6665 • downhomekitchenvt.com • J. Morgan’s Steakhouse: 100 State St., Montpelier, 223-5222 • capitolplaza.com • Kismet: 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646 • kismetkitchens.com

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BEST OUTDOOR DINING

August First Bakery & Café

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Laptops and tablets are off-limits at this friendly screen-free café — all the better to strike up a conversation over a soup, salad or sandwich. Don’t miss the bread bike on its downtown rounds. (149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060 • augustfirstvt.com)

Other finalists: • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • The Spot: 210 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 540-1778 • 1 King St., Burlington • thespotvt.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

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Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge

Stunning views of Lake Champlain are on the menu at this floating eatery adjacent to Waterfront Park. Drink or dine on the dock May through September. (0 College St., Burlington, 658-2244 • splashattheboathouse.com)

Other finalists: • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • The Skinny Pancake: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188 • 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 • skinnypancake.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com

BEST PLACE TO GRAB A QUICK MEAL

BEST LOCALLY OWNED GROCERY STORE

City Market/ Onion River Co-op

People of all stripes converge at Burlington’s downtown grocery cooperative. Buy some kale, get a freshly made sandwich at the deli or peruse the hot-bar offerings. Don’t miss the bulk section! (82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • citymarket.coop)

Other finalists: • Healthy Living Market & Café: 222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 • healthylivingmarket.com • Jericho Market: 364 Route 15, Jericho, 858-6300 • Facebook • Lantman’s Market: 10681 Main St., Hinesburg, 482-2361 • lantmans.com • Shelburne Supermarket: 20 Shelburne Shopping Park, Shelburne, 985-8520 • Facebook

Al’s French Frys

The retro décor and fried fare are a throwback to the ‘50s at this spot named one of “America’s Classics” by the James Beard Foundation. Order at the counter, and your cheeseburger or chili dog will be ready in a jiffy. Don’t miss the seasonal creemees. (1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-9203 • alsfrenchfrys.com)

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Owner Eduardo Rovetto’s parents came from Sicily and taught him well. Choose from handtossed, thin-crust pizzas with traditional and creative toppings. There are pastas, salads and entrées, too. (1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com)

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Montpelier’s spot for healthy choices offers a wide selection of locally sourced graband-go foods, from soups to salads to grilled sandwiches. Eat outside, or enjoy the river view from the café. (623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier, 223-8000 • hungermountain.coop)

• BEAU Butchery & Bar: 207 Barre St., Montpelier, 225-6447 • beauvt.com • Wilaiwan Kitchen: 34 State St., Montpelier, 505-8111 • Facebook

BEST PLACE TO GET LATE-NIGHT FOOD

Kountry Kart Deli

In the mood for a Philly cheesesteak at breakfast or bedtime? This famous Queen City deli serves its full menu from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. all year round. (155 Main St., Burlington, 864-4408 • kountrykartdeli.com)

Other finalists: • Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop: 163 Main St., Burlington, 862-5752 • Facebook • El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina: 189 Bank St., Burlington, 497-1668 • cortijovt.com • Mr. Mikes Pizza: 206 Main St., Burlington, 864-0072 • mrmikespizzavt.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DESSERT

Mirabelles Café

Since 1990, confection-loving crowds have come to this sunny Main Street spot for decadent sweets such as crème brûlée cakes, mixed-berry brown-butter tarts, cream puffs and more. (198 Main St., Burlington, 658-3074 • mirabellescafe.com)

Other finalists: • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 448-3367 • monarchandthemilkweed.com • Revolution Kitchen: 9 Center St., Burlington, 448-3657 • revolutionkitchen.com

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• BEAU Butchery & Bar: 207 Barre St., Montpelier, 225-6447 • beauvt.com • City Market/Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • citymarket.coop • New World Tortilla: 696 Pine St., Burlington, 865-1058 • newworldtortilla.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

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BEST PLACE TO EAT ALONE

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City Market/ Onion River Co-op

Feast on your sandwich, salad or sushi in the eating area at the front of the market while enjoying some of the best people-watching around. Chances are, you’ll run into someone you know. In summer, there are outdoor tables, too. (82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • citymarket.coop)

Other finalists: • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • New Moon Café: 150 Cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505 • newmoonvt.com • Vermont Comedy Club: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

• The Farm Store: 168 Main St., Jeffersonville, 644-9463 • thefarmstorevt.com • Mehuron’s Market: 5121 Main St., Suite 6, Waitsfield, 496-3700 • mehurons.com • The Uncommon Market: 1 School St., Montpelier, 223-7051 • uncommonmarket.net

BEST FARMERS MARKET VENDOR A regular at the Burlington and Shelburne markets, Rookie’s draws crowds with its carbonated concoctions — from ginger beer to orange cream. Or get a classic root-beer float! (24 Sunset Dr., Burlington, 861-6777 • rookiesvt.com)

Other finalists: • Does’ Leap: 1703 Route 108, East Fairfield, 827-3046 • doesleap.com • Full Moon Farm: 2083 Gilman Rd., Hinesburg, 482-2199 • fullmoonfarminc.com • Half Pint Farm: 180 Intervale Rd., Burlington, 316-6073 • halfpintfarm.com • Rockville Market Farm: 205 Cemetery Rd., Starksboro, 355-0059 • therockvillemarketfarm.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK

ArtsRiot Food Truck

Of course ArtsRiot — the host of Friday night Truck Stops — has its own food truck. Chef George Lambertson and co. sling burgers and street eats from the mobile kitchen. (400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com)

Other finalists: • Beansie’s Bus: Battery Park, Burlington • beansies.com • Burger Barn: Cambridge, 730-3441 • Facebook • Dolce VT: Burlington, 324-6220 • dolcevt.com • Farmers & Foragers: Burlington, 238-0144 • vtfarmersandforagers.com


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Perennial winner Hong Yu has always attracted pedestrians with her high-wattage smile and the smell of frying chicken-and-cheddar dumplings. This spring she announced that she’s trading in her cart for a year-round dumpling shop — coming soon! (Burlington, 864-9097 • hongsdumplings.com)

Other finalists: • The Broccoli Bar: 1 Mill St., Burlington, 540-0110 • pingalacafe.com • Shy Guy Gelato: 457 St. Paul St., Burlington, 518-951-0442 • shyguygelato.com • The Skinny Pancake: Burlington, 540-0188 • skinnypancake.com • Taco Gordo: Church Street, Burlington, 881-1691 • tacogordovt.dudaone.com

BEST BREAD BAKERY

Red Hen Baking Co.

Watch the bakers shape 16 kinds of artisanal breads, from polenta to pumpernickel, made with grains sourced from within 150 miles. You can get breakfast or lunch in the café, too. (961B Route 2, Middlesex, 223-5200 • redhenbaking.com)

Other finalists: • August First Bakery & Café: 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060 • augustfirstvt.com • Great Harvest Bread Co.: 382 Pine St., Burlington, 660-2733 • greatharvestburlington.com • Klinger’s Bread Company: 10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 860-6322 • klingersbread.com • O Bread Bakery: 352 Farm Barn Lane, Shelburne Farms, 985-8771 • obread.com

BEST SWEETS BAKERY

Mirabelles Café

Homemade pastries, cookies, cakes and pies, as well as daily breakfast and lunch specials, distinguish this bakery-café. The croissants are truly French-style; the flourless chocolate cakes, to die for. (198 Main St., Burlington, 658-3074 • mirabellescafe.com)

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Other finalists: • Barrio Bakery: 197 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 863-8278 • barriobakeryvt.com • Bohemian Bakery: 78 Barre St., Montpelier, 461-8119 • bohemianbakeryvt.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 448-3367 • monarchandthemilkweed.com • Sweet Simone’s: 40 Bridge St., Richmond, 336-2126 • sweetsimones.com

The dishes here — including papaya salad, tom kha, ginger chicken and krapow stir-fry — take their cues from both Thai food carts and family tables. Ask for the authentic Thai menu. (24 Main St., Winooski, 655-4888 • tinythairestaurant.net)

Other finalists: • Bangkok Minute Thai Café: 2403 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 497-3288 • bangkokminute-thaicafe.com • East West Café: 2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 540-8145 • eastwestcafeburlington.com • Thai House Restaurant: 333 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 524-0999 • Facebook • Wilaiwan’s Kitchen: 34 State St., Montpelier, 505-8111 • Facebook

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

A Single Pebble

There’s no sign of General Tso in this authentic Asian eatery. Chef Chiuho Duval’s tasting menu is the best lunch deal in town. (133 Bank St., Burlington, 865-5200 • asinglepebble.com)

Other finalists: • Chef Leu’s House: 3761 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-5258, 985-5259 • chefleuhouse.com • Joyce’s Noodle House: 5 Carmichael St., Essex Junction, 288-9828 • Facebook • Silver Palace: 1216 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 864-0125 • silverpalaceofvt.com • Zen Gardens: 7 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 862-8885 • zengardens-vt.com

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina

The taqueria from the Farmhouse Group serves locally inspired tacos, burritos and entrées, along with “wicked fly” margaritas. The bar stays open late. (189 Bank St., Burlington, 497-1668 • cortijovt.com)

Other finalists: • El Gato Cantina: 169 Church St., Burlington, 540-3095 • 4 Park St., Essex Junction, 662-4334 • elgatocantina.com • Esperanza Restaurante: 180 Battery St., Burlington, 657-3377 • esperanzavt.com • Julio’s Cantina: 54 State St., Montpelier, 229-9348 • julioscantina.com • The Mad Taco: 2 Village Sq., Waitsfield, 496-3832 • 72 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6038 • themadtaco.com

BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Revolution Kitchen

It seems impossible, but between 2008 and 2013, Vermont’s largest city didn’t have a strictly vegetarian restaurant. Then came Revolution Kitchen. Owners Debra and Peter Maisel had operated a successful veggie eatery in the Hudson Valley and brought their very best dishes to Burlington. Omnivorous diners won’t miss the meat in plates such as crispy scallion pancakes with spicy aioli; goat-cheese-and-fig wontons with pistachios and maple-citrus vinaigrette; and seitan piccata with piquant lemon-caper sauce. Throw in the modern décor and wellcurated drink list, and Revolution reaches beyond the ethical into the sensual: It’s a great spot for date night. Don’t leave without trying Debra’s famous banana cream pie. 9 Center St., Burlington • 448-3657 • revolutionkitchen.com

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Pho Hong

The pho’s the thing at this family-owned eatery. Sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows and dig into a menu of curries, noodle soups and Thai offerings. (325 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 865-8031 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • M-Sàigòn: 370 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 865-8383 • msaigonvt.com • Pho Capital: 107 State St., Montpelier, 225-6183 • Facebook • Pho Dang Vietnamese Café: 215 Main St., Winooski, 655-0707 • Facebook • Pho Dang Vietnamese Restaurant: 9 Park St., Essex Junction, 878-6699 • Facebook

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Trattoria Delia

A romantic, firelit grotto setting and awardwinning wine list distinguish “the Tratt.” Try the housemade pasta or wood-grilled Vermont rabbit. (152 St. Paul St., Burlington, 864-5253 • trattoriadelia.com)

Other finalists: • Junior’s Italian: 85 S. Park Dr., Colchester, 655-0000 • juniorsitalianvt.com • Papa Frank’s: 13 W. Center St., Winooski, 655-2423 • papa-franks.com • Pascolo Ristorante: 83 Church St., Burlington, 497-1613 • pascolovt.com • Sarducci’s Restaurant and Bar: 3 Main St., Montpelier, 223-0229 • sarduccis.com

BEST VEGETARIAN FARE

Revolution Kitchen

Burlington’s first all-vegetarian restaurant promises fresh, local and organic ingredients in international dishes such as pad Thai and seitan fajitas. (9 Center St., Burlington, 448-3657 • revolutionkitchen.com)

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• Drifter’s: 156 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 774-488-0073 • driftersvt.com • Kismet: 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646 • kismetkitchens.com • Pingala Café: 1 Mill St., Burlington, 540-0110 • pingalacafe.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

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Frickles, chicken pot pie, and mac and cheese with add-ons such as lobster and pulled pork live up to the bistro’s slogan: “Twisted comfort food.” End the meal with a deep-fried PB&J. (36 Main St., Winooski, 497-1884 • ourhousebistro.com)

Other finalists: • Bluebird Barbecue: 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 448-3070 • bluebirdbbq.com • Butch + Babe’s: 258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 495-0716 • butchandbabes.com • Drifter’s: 156 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 774-488-0073 • driftersvt.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com

BEST EGGS BENEDICT

Sneakers Bistro

Folks have frequented the Onion City’s retro café for more than 35 years. The weekend brunch, with its three styles of Benedict, is legendary. (28 Main St., Winooski, 655-9081 • sneakersbistro.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com • Kismet: 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646 • kismetkitchens.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Rustic Roots: 195 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-9511 • rusticrootsvt.com

BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH

Kountry Kart Deli

Whether you choose a Shiner, a Morning Riser or one of the 17 variations thereof, chowing down on these greasy treats is a Burlington rite of passage. (155 Main St., Burlington, 864-4408 • kountrykartdeli.com)

Other finalists: • The Bagel Place: 1166 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 497-2058 • thebagelplacevt.com • City Market/Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • citymarket.coop • Henry Street Deli: 11 Henry St., Burlington, 864-1754 • Facebook • Myer’s Bagels: 377 Pine St., Burlington, 863-5013 • myersbagels.com

BEST BAGEL

Myer’s Bagels

A wood-fired oven bakes Montréal-style bagels at this small South End café. Try them stacked with house-smoked brisket or turkey. (377 Pine St., Burlington, 863-5013 • myersbagels.com)

Other finalists: • The Bagel Place: 1166 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 497-2058 • thebagelplacevt.com • Bagel Market Bakery and Café: 30 Susie Wilson Rd., Essex Junction, 872-2616 • thebagelmarket.com • Burlington Bagel Bakery: 992 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 864-0236 • burlingtonbagelbakery.com • Feldman’s Bagels: 660 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0474 • feldmansbagels.com

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT & BEST TACO

El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina

In the historic space that once housed Oasis Diner, El Cortijo now exudes that classic diner feel: fun and fresh, casual and consistent. The downtown Burlington eatery hits the spot for lunch, dinner and late-night bites — and has earned a combo platter of Daysies wins: best Mexican restaurant and best taco. A combo platter is also the way to go at El Cortijo: Pair your chorizo, carnitas or frijoles tacos with sides such as Spanish rice and greens with citrus vinaigrette. The especiales board showcases even more creative options and local ingredients. If the booths are full — as they often are — park yourself at the beautiful, handcrafted bar. Three sips into your blood-orange margarita, you might wish you had more votes to throw at this charming cantina. 189 Bank St., Burlington • 497-1668 • cortijovt.com


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The Bagel

Twenty different bagels are made from scratch each day at this café. Get yours schmeared with bacon-horseradish cream cheese or made into a sandwich. (394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9943 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • K.C.’s Bagel Café: 17 Stowe St., Suite 1, Waterbury, 244-1740 • kcbagelcafewaterburyvt.com • Maria’s Bagels: 162 N. Main St., Barre, 622-8100 • mariasbagels.com • Middlebury Bagel & Deli: 11 Washington St., Middlebury, 388-0859 • Facebook • Wally’s Place Bagel & Deli: 260 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4666 • wallysplacevt.com

BEST PIZZA RESTAURANT

Pizzeria Verità

Thin-crust, Neopolitan-style pies emerge from a blazing oven bearing San Marzano tomatoes, housemade mozzarella, and local veggies and meats. A lively bar offers craft cocktails and additional seating. (156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5644 • pizzeriaverita.com)

Other finalists: • American Flatbread Burlington Hearth: 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • americanflatbread.com • Folino’s: 6305 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 881-8822 • folinopizza.com • Junior’s Italian: 85 S. Park Dr., Colchester, 655-0000 • juniorsitalianvt.com • La Boca Wood Fired Pizza: 1127 North Ave., Suite 32, Burlington, 399-2396 • labocas.com

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Positive Pie

This pizzeria serves hand-tossed specialty pies and create-your-owns, along with locavore entrées, sandwiches and Vermont beers. (87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 472-7126 • 22 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453 • 65-69 Main St., Plainfield, 454-0133 • 219 N. Main St., Barre, 622-8051 • positivepie.com)

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• The Blue Stone: 15 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8185 • 5351 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-3499 • bluestonevermont.com • Pie in the Sky: 267 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 524-5442 • pieintheskystalbans.com • Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge: 1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com

BEST PIZZA DELIVERY

Leonardo’s Pizza

Think beyond basic cheese and pepperoni. Pies such as the Roasted Maine Potato and the Goat Cheese Honey are available on white, whole-wheat or gluten-free crusts. (83 Pearl St., Burlington, 862-7700 • 1160 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 951-9000 • leonardosonline.com)

Other finalists: • Big Daddy’s Pizza: 177 Church St., Burlington, 863-0000 • bigdaddysdelivers.com • Junior’s: 176 Main St., Burlington, 862-1234, juniorsdowntown.com • 85 S. Park Dr., Colchester, 655-0000, juniorsitalianvt. com • 18 Edson Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-5677, juniorsatstowe.com • Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza: 18 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 879-1000 • 232 Grove St., Brandon, 879-1000 • 6800 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, 295-6883 • 519 Main St., Bennington, 442-6622 • 1111 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, 579-1226 • 89 Route 103, Chester, 374-0040 • ramuntos.com • Three Brothers Pizza & Grill: 973 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, 655-5550 • threebrotherspizzavt.com

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Positive Pie

The Montpelier and Barre branches of this pizzeria deliver hand-tossed pies to clearly appreciative central Vermonters. Go ahead, order the Old School Supreme. (22 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453 • 219 N. Main St., Barre, 622-8051 • positivepie.com)

Other finalists: • Jimmz Pizza: 70 McNeil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7911 • jimmzpizza.com • Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge: 1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com

BEST LUNCH INSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

August First Bakery + Café

The people have spoken, and it turns out that they want to talk to each other at lunch — or at least not stare at a laptop. Screen-free August First is Chittenden County’s lunch destination of choice, a highceilinged hot spot for big salads, housemade soups, meals in bowls and sandwiches on bread fresh from the bakery oven. The menu is a mix of homespun (BLT on baguette) and on-trend (avocado toast with feta, basil and roasted red peppers on seven-grain bread). It all goes down easy, just like the breezy café vibe. If you’re addicted to your devices and discover you can’t eat without reading, turn your attention to the writing on the wall: “August First” by Hayden Carruth. If the tender poem makes you tear up, a fudge brownie will restore your smile. 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington • 540-0060 • augustfirstvt.com

BEST BURGER

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

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The Farmhouse Group’s award-winning gastropub offers six local burgers, with diverse patties made from ingredients such as housedry-aged beef, seasoned black beans and juicy local pork. (160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com) • Archie’s Grill Grill: 4066 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-4912 • archiesgrill.com • ArtsRiot: 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Grazers: 192 Boxwood St., Williston, 857-5829 • grazersvt.com • The Shopping Bag Bag: 166 North St., Burlington, 658-4790 • Facebook

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It’s not just one burger bringing in the fans here. The Pig has six regular options, including the house version topped with pimiento cheese, a fried green tomato and applewood-smoked bacon. (23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com) • Burger Barn: Cambridge, 730-3441 • Facebook • Worthy Burger: 56 Rainbow St., South Royalton, 763-2575 • worthyvermont.com • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com


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Hen of the Wood

Hen’s fare changes daily to make best use of local and seasonal ingredients — but when there’s steak on the menu, the dish might feature coal-roasted onions, beets and Bayley Hazen Blue cheese. (55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com • EB Strong’s Prime Steakhouse: 10 Church St., Burlington, 497-1214 • ebstrongs.com • Guild Tavern: 1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 497-1207 • guildtavern.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com

BEST FRENCH FRIES

Al’s French Frys

Like everything else about this place, the “frys” are done the old-fashioned way: cut by hand and cooked twice so they’re hot, fresh and flavorful. (1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-9203 • alsfrenchfrys.com)

Other finalists: • Butch + Babe’s: 258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 495-0716 • butchandbabes.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Misery Loves Co.: 46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com

BEST WINGS

Wings Over Burlington

Late-night hours and delivery options make this wings place soar. The fresh chicken, available boneless, comes in 25 flavors, from Wimpy to Afterburner to the best-selling Honey BBQ. (150 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-9464 • wingsover.com)

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• Bluebird Barbecue: 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 448-3070 • bluebirdbbq.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com • The Tavern at the Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex, 764-1489 • essexresortspa.com

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Essex Junction’s deli-market is popular for its highpiled sandwiches. The Vermonter — maple turkey, ham, cheddar and honey mustard on homemade bread — is a local favorite. (16 Main St., Essex Junction, 878-8163 • martonesmarket.com) • City Market/Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • citymarket.coop • Four Corners of the Earth: 310 Pine St., Burlington, 657-3869 • fourcornersdeli.com • Henry Street Deli Mart: 11 Henry St., Burlington, 864-1754 • Facebook • The Red Onion Café: 140 Church St., Burlington, 865-2563 • redonioncafe.org

BEST SUSHI

Asiana House

From Rainbow Maki to Red Sox Maki, this fusion-style Japanese spot is ever-popular for its creative — and expertly rolled — combinations. (191 Pearl St., Burlington, 651-0818 • 43 State St., Montpelier, 225-6180 • asianahouse.com)

Other finalists: • Asiana Noodle Shop: 88 Church St., Burlington, 862-8828 • asiananoodle.com • Bento: 197 College St., Burlington, 497-2494 • bentovermont.com • Koto Japanese Steak House: 792 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 660-8976 • kotovt.com • Sushido: 19 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 288-8052 • Facebook

BEST TACO

El Cortijo Taqueria Y Cantina

Seasonal Vermont flavors inspire a menu of tacos filled with diverse ingredients such as quinoa, beef tongue, sweet potato and chorizo. Add-ons include pickled jalapeños, queso fundido and vegan cheese. (189 Bank St., Burlington, 497-1668 • cortijovt.com)

Other finalists: • Drifter’s: 156 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 774-488-0073 • driftersvt.com • El Gato Cantina: 169 Church St., Burlington, 540-3095 • 4 Park St., Essex Junction, 662-4334 • elgatocantina.com • The Mad Taco: 2 Village Sq., Waitsfield, 496-3832 • 72 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6038 • themadtaco.com • Taco Gordo: Church Street, Burlington, 881-1691 • tacogordovt.dudaone.com

With prime placement on Route 100, Cold Hollow is a must-stop for locals and tourists alike. Gourmet magazine ranked its doughnuts — churned out by the hundreds every day, all year long — among the nation’s best. (3600 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 800-327-7537 • coldhollow.com) • The Cupboard Deli & Bakery: 4837 Route 15, Jeffersonville, 644-2069 • thecupboarddeli.com • The Doughnut Dilemma: 55 Main St., Burlington, 540-8388 • thedoughnutdilemma.com • The Doughnut Dude: 39 Main St., Montpelier, 498-4192 • Facebook • Miss Weinerz: 497-7647 • missweinerz.com

BEST CREEMEE

Burlington Bay Market & Café

The waterfront market’s seasonal creemee stand offers delicious vanilla and chocolate, but you’ve got to try the maple. Views of Lake Champlain from the patio can’t be beat. (125 Battery St., Burlington, 864-0110 • burlingtonbaycafe.com)

Other finalists: • Al’s French Frys: 1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-9203 • alsfrenchfrys.com • Palmer Lane Maple: 1 Old Pump Rd., Jericho, 899-8199 • palmerlanemaple. mybigcommerce.com • The Village Scoop: 419 Main St., Colchester, 999-6962 • Facebook

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Vermont Cookie Love

The sweet-toothed swing by year-round for freshly baked cookies, but in summer the greater attraction is smooth, thick creemees made from Vermont dairy. (6915 Route 7, North Ferrisburgh, 425-8181 • vermontcookielove.com)

Other finalists: • Bragg Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop: 1005 Route 14, East Montpelier, 223-5757 • braggfarm.com • Dairy Creme: 320 State St., Montpelier, 223-5802 • dairycreme.com • Goodies Snack Bar: 6035 Route 17, Vergennes, 759-2276 • Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks: 1168 County Rd., Montpelier, 223-2740 • morsefarm.com

BEST FROZEN YOGURT

SoYo Frozen Yogurt

Local dairy, berries and chocolate are featured in small-batch flavors ranging from Nutella to maple. (696 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0851 • soyobtv.com)

Other finalists: • Dakin Farm: 5797 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, 425-6750 • dakinfarm.com • The Frozen Ogre: 46 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-1200 • thefrozenogre.com

Burlington’s premier chocolatier has something for everyone. Order a luscious hot chocolate, take a factory tour, or grab a homemade maple-butter-pecan or salted-caramel ice cream. (750 Pine St., Burlington, 864-1807 • 65 Church St., Burlington, 862-5185 • 2653 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 241-4150 • lakechamplainchocolates.com)

Other finalists: • Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 448-3367 • monarchandthemilkweed.com • The Scoop: 4066 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-4912 • thescoopvt.com • Scout & Co.: 237 North Ave., Burlington, 540-0349 • 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 343-1218 • 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington, 540-0340 • scoutandcompanyvt.com • Shy Guy Gelato: 457 St. Paul St., Burlington, 518-951-0442 • shyguygelato.com

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Island Homemade Ice Cream

Based in Grand Isle, this small-batch biz creates basic flavors such as French vanilla and chocolate supreme as well as quirkier ones. Try the Vermont maple bacon or mojito sorbet. (64 W. Shore Rd., Grand Isle, 372-6266 • islandhomemadeicecream.com)

Other finalists: • Chill Vermont Gelato: 32 State St., Montpelier, 223-2445 • Facebook • lu•lu: 11 Main St., Bristol, 318-0883 • luluvt.com

BEST VERMONT CHEESE BRAND

Cabot Creamery

The prolific cheesemaker has gained respect in recent years for its clothbound cheddar. Others prefer the flavored cheeses, including Buffalo wing and bacon. Factory tours are ever-popular. (2878 Main St., Cabot, 800-837-4261 • 2657 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 244-6334 • 5573 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, 295-1180 • cabotcheese.coop)

Other finalists: • Does’ Leap: 1703 Route 108, East Fairfield, 827-3046 • doesleap.com • Jasper Hill Farm: 884 Garven Hill Rd., Greensboro, 533-2566 • jasperhillfarm.com • Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org • Vermont Creamery: 20 Pitman Rd., Websterville, 479-9371 • vermontcreamery.com

BEST FOOD/DRINK EVENT

ArtsRiot Truck Stop

The big-city food-truck trend finally arrived in Burlington. Get Malaysian street food, southern barbecue, wood-fired pizza or a frosty local beer — all in one parking lot. (400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com)

Other finalists: • Burlington Wine & Food Festival: Waterfront Park, Burlington • burlingtonwineandfoodfestival.com • dinner with friends: Monkton • Facebook • Vermont Brewers Festival: Waterfront Park, Burlington • vtbrewfest.com • Vermont Restaurant Week: statewide, 864-5684 • vermontrestaurantweek.com


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It seems there’s something new every week in Vermont’s beverage world: Another craft brewery! Aromatic cocktail sprays! Wine in cans! And the rest of the world is watching, if not drooling. Our spirits are scoring international recognition, our brews are drawing hopheads from across the globe, and our bartenders are competing in cocktail throwdowns across the pond. Appropriately, we’d also like to bestow some awards upon our liquid overlords, be they cocktail shakers, coffee roasters, cider pressers, grape stompers or juice squeezers. This year’s Daysies go to a delightful elixir of old reliables and deserving newbies. Among those making their Daysies debuts: Dedalus Wine Shop, Bar & Market, Upper Deck Pub and Misery Loves Co. bartender Mike Dunn. And, notably, a new bar swooped in to rule them all: Waterworks Food + Drink, unseating its ’roundthe-rotary neighbor Mule Bar. We’d joke that there’s something in Winooski’s water, but we know it’s just good ingredients and great barkeeps. We’ll drink to that! Read on for the rest, in categories covering brewpubs, bouncers, Bloody Marys, baristas and beans — of the coffee variety, that is.

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BEST BARTENDER

Mike Dunn (Misery Loves Co.) Some bartenders banter back and forth with their customers — about beer, wine, the Red Sox, whatever. Others keep verbiage to a minimum, assiduously avoiding eye contact except when you need a refill or the tab. At Misery Loves Co., bearded and bespectacled barman Mike Dunn is neither social butterfly nor gushing conversationalist. But he usually knows what you’re drinking long before you’ve glanced at the cocktail menu, whether your preferred potion is on that list or not. As he expertly mixes up your Seville Orange Milk Punch or your My Uncle Oswald (the latter with a Roald Dahl-inspired “snozzberry” shrub), pay attention for his wry one-liners. Dunn exudes a strange and wholly irresistible charm. 46 Main St., Winooski • 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com


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BEST CRAFT BREWERY

Hill Farmstead Brewery Since RateBeer first voted Shaun Hill’s brewery the best in the world in 2013, the rural spot has gained an international following. Fill a growler or grab a bottle in the retail shop — and make new friends while waiting in line. (403 Hill Rd., Greensboro Bend, 533-7450 • hillfarmstead.com)

Other finalists: • Fiddlehead Brewing Company: 6305 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 399-2994 • fiddleheadbrewing.com • Foam Brewers: 112 Lake St., Burlington, 399-2511 • foambrewers.com • Switchback Brewing Co.: 160 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 651-4114 • switchbackvt.com • Zero Gravity Craft Brewery: 716 Pine St., Burlington, 497-0054 • 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • zerogravitybeer.com

BEST BREWPUB

Prohibition Pig

Get the “finest barbecue north of the Carolinas” in the restaurant, or head around back to the sun-soaked brewery and tasting room for pours of housemade Downtown Piggy Brown or Blueberry Cobbler Swine Cooler. (23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com)

Other finalists: • 14th Star Brewing Co./Smokin’ Butt’s Bar-B-Q: 133 N. Main St., Suite 7, St. Albans, 528-5988, 528-9267 • 14thstarbrewing.com, smokinbuttsbarbq.com • Lost Nation Brewing: 87B Old Creamery Rd., Morrisville, 851-8041 • lostnationbrewing.com • Vermont Pub & Brewery: 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500 • vermontbrewery.com • Zero Gravity Craft Brewery/American Flatbread Burlington Hearth: 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • 716 Pine St., Burlington, 497-0054 • zerogravitybeer.com

BEST CRAFT BREW SELECTION (RETAILER)

Beverage Warehouse

Vermont’s largest craft beer, wine and liquor store goes above and beyond to keep its 12,000-plus Facebook fans in the loop on beer deliveries. There’s a growler bar, too! (1 East St., Winooski, 655-2620 • beveragewarehousevt.com)

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• City Market/Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • citymarket.coop • Craft Beer Cellar: 3 Elm St., Waterbury, 882-8034 • craftbeercellar.com • Healthy Living Market & Café: 222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 • healthylivingmarket.com

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BEST WINERY

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

Shelburne Vineyard

The taproom, parlor and seasonal outdoor beer garden at this hot-spot gastropub — which operates where a McDonald’s once stood — offer a host of rare and coveted brews from Vermont and beyond. (160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • Manhattan Pizza & Pub: 167 Main St., Burlington, 658-6776 • manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com • McGillicuddy’s: 18 Severence Rd., Colchester, 871-5480, mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com • 4 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 857-5940, Facebook • 28 Walnut St., Williston, 857-5908, mcgillicuddysirishalehouse.com • Mule Bar: 38 Main St., Winooski, 399-2020 • mulebarvt.com

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Prohibition Pig

One of the largest craft-beer selections in New England is on the menu at Waterbury’s popular brewpub. There’s no better way to wash down the duck-fat fries. (23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com)

Other finalists: • Blackback Pub: Pub 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-0123 • theblackbackpub.com • Doc Ponds: Ponds 294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6066 • docponds.com • The Reservoir Restaurant & Tap Room: Room 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827 • waterburyreservoir.com • Three Penny Taproom: Taproom 108 Main St., Montpelier, 223-8277 • threepennytaproom.com

Winemaker Ethan Joseph constantly pioneers new techniques in the vineyard and the cellar. Sample the fruits of his labor in the airy tasting room, out on the patio or in the loft. New this year: wine in cans! (6308 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8222 • shelburnevineyard.com)

Other finalists: • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits: 64 Route 104, Cambridge, 644-8151 • boydenvalley.com • La Garagista Farm + Winery: 1834 Mount Hunger Rd., Barnard, 291-1295 • lagaragista.com • Lincoln Peak Vineyard: 142 River Rd., New Haven, 388-7368 • lincolnpeakvineyard.com • Snow Farm Vineyard: 190 W. Shore Rd., South Hero, 372-9463 • snowfarm.com

BEST WINE LIST

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Bar

A warehouse-size space stocks charcuterie, imported specialty goods, cheeses and breads. The glass-enclosed bar and restaurant serves small plates to complement the extensive wine list. (388 Pine St., Burlington, 865-2368 • dedaluswine.com)

Other finalists: • Cork Wine Bar & Market: 35 School St., Stowe, 760-6143 • 40 Foundry St., Waterbury, 882-8227 • corkvt.com • Hen of the Wood: 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Trattoria Delia: 152 St. Paul St., Burlington, 864-5253 • trattoriadelia.com

BEST PICKUP BAR

Red Square

If you want to get picked up, you’ve gotta lie down — on the black and red couches outside of Red Square on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace. Oh, if only you could — these couches are hard to snag on a summer Saturday night. Luckily, Red Square is a maze of opportunity for squeezing in and coupling up. You can belly up to the bar and sip a drink from a cocktail glass with a slinky, twisty stem. You can check out the scene in the alley, where live bands play on a raised stage. You can sit at a sidewalk table in the glow of the club’s little red lights and the delicious haze of grill smoke wafting from the nearby cheesesteak stand. And, if you can sneak past security, you and your newfound date can canoodle by the dumpsters. 136 Church St., Burlington • 859-8909 • Facebook


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BEST WINE LIST

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market + Wine Bar

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For many Burlington oenophiles, Dedalus is the place to buy wine. Why’s that? Because the purchasing team at the South End’s new wine shop, market and bar only stocks bottles it stands behind, 100 percent. Those vintages — sold at a variety of price points and sourced from around the world — taste of care and place and transport the drinker to a world far beyond the four walls within which they’re drinking. Since moving from Battery Street to Pine Street earlier this year, the shop pours dozens of its carefully curated wines by the glass in a charming, low-lit wine bar. Pro tip: Buy a bottle from the bar’s list at its sales-floor retail price and pair it with a small plate or three from chef Max Mackinnon. 388 Pine St., Burlington • 865-2368 • dedaluswine.com

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Cold Hollow Cider Mill

A multiple Daysie winner, this discount emporium of more than 1,500 quality wines, dozens of cheeses and miscellaneous “seconds” of gourmet foods is a South Burlington institution. (1186 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 863-0143 • cheeseandwinetraders.com)

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• Cork Wine Bar & Market: 35 School St., Stowe, 760-6143 • 40 Foundry St., Waterbury, 882-8227 • corkvt.com • Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Bar: 388 Pine St., Burlington, 865-2368 • dedaluswine.com • Village Wine and Coffee: 5288 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8922 • villagewineandcoffee.com

• Champlain Orchards: 3597 Route 74, Shoreham, 897-2777 • champlainorchards.com • Chapin Orchard: 150 Chapin Rd., Essex Junction, 879-6210 • chapinorchard.com • Citizen Cider’s All Times Sparkling Cider: 316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 448-3278 • alltimescider.com • Shelburne Orchards: 216 Orchard Rd., Shelburne, 985-2753 • shelburneorchards.com

BEST HARD CIDERY

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This Waterbury mill is a must-visit on Route 100. It earned the Daysie for best doughnuts, too! Head here to sample fudge, dine at the Apple Core Luncheonette and watch the action on the 1920s-era press. (3600 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 800-327-7537 • coldhollow.com)

Stop by Citizen Cider’s lively tasting room for its signature Unified Press or dry-hopped Lake Hopper. Stay for the tasty bar snacks, or go home with a growler. (316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 497-1987 • citizencider.com)

Other finalists: • Champlain Orchards: 3597 Route 74, Shoreham, 897-2777 • champlainorchards.com • Shacksbury Cider: 11 N. Main St., Vergennes, 458-0530 • shacksbury.com • Stowe Cider: 1799 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-2065 • stowecider.com • Woodchuck Hard Cider: 1321 Exchange St., Middlebury, 385-3656 • woodchuck.com

BEST SPIRITS DISTILLER

Caledonia Spirits

Deep in the Northeast Kingdom, this distillery crafts acclaimed Barr Hill vodka and gins. The secret ingredient? Honey straight from the hive. (46 Log Yard Dr., Hardwick, 472-8000 • caledoniaspirits.com)

Other finalists: • Mad River Distillers: 8 Route 17, Waitsfield, 496-6973 • 137 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5501 • madriverdistillers.com • Smugglers’ Notch Distillery: 276 Main St., Jeffersonville, 309-3077 • 2657 Route 100, Waterbury Center • 28 Church St., Burlington • smugglersnotchdistillery.com

• Stonecutter Spirits: 1197 Exchange St., Middlebury, 388-3000 • stonecutterspirits.com • WhistlePig: 1030 Palmer Rd., Shoreham, 897-7700 • 52 Seymour St. (inside Danforth Pewter), Middlebury • whistlepigwhiskey.com

BEST BAR OVERALL

Waterworks Food + Drink

Here you’ll find some of the most spacious bar seating around, with stellar views of the Winooski River. Hunker down on a leather couch for Trivia Tuesday or let a bartender mix you an awardwinning drink. Monday’s half-price signature and classic cocktails draw a crowd. (20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • Mule Bar: 38 Main St., Winooski, 399-2020 • mulebarvt.com • Red Square: 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909 • Facebook • Three Needs Brewery & Taproom: 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 497-0119 • Facebook

BEST BARTENDER

Mike Dunn (Misery Loves Co.)

Misery’s bespectacled bar manager often knows what you want to drink long before you do. For many locals, Dunn makes the neighborhood bistro’s friendly bar a home away from home. (46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com)

Other finalists: • Matt Grant (Leunig’s Bistro & Café): 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Sandy Payne (McGillicuddy’s Irish Ale House): 28 Walnut St., Williston, 857-5908 • mcgillicuddysirishalehouse.com • Sydney Stockmann (Pizzeria Verità): 156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5644 • pizzeriaverita.com

BEST PICKUP BAR

Red Square

This hip downtown bar hosts DJs and live music in two different spaces, as well as outside in the alley during warmer months. Cozy and convivial, it’s a great place to see and be seen. (136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • Three Needs Brewery & Taproom: 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 497-0119 • Facebook

BEST DIVE BAR

The Other Place

The front wall of this friendly neighborhood institution is a garage door that opens up in the summer. You can go here to people-watch — or to ignore everyone and watch a game instead. Snacks served until late. (4 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 1, Burlington, 863-5803 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Charlie-O’s World Famous: 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820 • Esox: 194 Main St., Burlington, 862-7314 • Facebook • JP’s Pub: 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389 • Facebook • Olde Northender Pub: 23 North St., Burlington, 864-9888 • Facebook

BEST SPORTS BAR

Upper Deck Pub

Above the Windjammer Restaurant, sports fans watch the game on flat-screen TVs over meals of steak, seafood, shepherd’s pie or burgers. The specialty cocktails and microbrews are big draws, too. (1076 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-6585 • windjammerrestaurant.com)

Other finalists: • Akes’ Place: 134 Church St., Burlington, 864-8111 • Facebook • McGillicuddy’s: 18 Severence Rd., Colchester, 871-5480, mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com • 4 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 857-5940, Facebook • 28 Walnut St., Williston, 857-5908, mcgillicuddysirishalehouse.com • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com


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All feel welcome at this sleek bar serving drink specials every day of the week and occasional live music and comedy, too. House-infused vodkas give cocktails a creative twist; sip yours on a black leather couch. (135 St. Paul St., Burlington, 860-9463 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • The Bridge Club: Now closed. • Red Square: 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909 • Facebook • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com • Three Needs Brewery & Taproom: 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 497-0119 • Facebook

BEST PLACE TO DRINK ALONE

The Daily Planet

If you’re drinking alone, why not drink well? With a hip, intimate bar, this downtown hot spot is also welcoming to loners. Don’t drown your troubles with a plain ol’ G&T; go for a Smokey Havana with jalapeño tequila, pineapple and a “smoke infusion.” (15 Center St., Burlington, 8629647 • dailyplanetvt.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Radio Bean: 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • Vermont Comedy Club: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com

BEST BOUNCERS

Higher Ground

South Burlington’s premier nightclub hosts a continuous stream of bands and their fans in the larger Ballroom and smaller Showcase Lounge. Good to know there are superlative bouncers to monitor the comings and goings. (1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 652-0777 • highergroundmusic.com)

Other finalists: • Chocolate Thunder Security: Burlington, 777-8448 • chocolatethundersecurity.com • Club Metronome/Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • clubmetronome.com, liveatnectars.com • Red Square: 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909 • Facebook

BEST COCKTAILS

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Is anyone surprised that the perennial Daysies winner for best restaurant is also no slouch on beverages? Pro bartenders mix sophisticated and innovative cocktails, best sipped by the roaring fireplace. (55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com)

Other finalists: • The Daily Planet: 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • Juniper: 41 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-5027 • hotelvt.com • Pizzeria Verità: 156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5644 • pizzeriaverita.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com

The weekend brunch — with its signature spicy Bloody — is legendary, and the daily specials are always eclectic. Go early to beat the crowds. (28 Main St., Winooski, 655-9081 • sneakersbistro.com)

Other finalists: • American Flatbread Burlington Hearth: 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • americanflatbread.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Penny Cluse Café: 169 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-8834 • pennycluse.com • Rustic Roots: 195 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-9511 • rusticrootsvt.com

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Tomgirl Juice Co.

In a sunny South End shop, happy juice makers cold-press local produce into raw, organic, seasonal sips — options include beet-applelime with cayenne. Get yours in a mason jar to go. (463 St. Paul St., Burlington, 540-0337 • tomgirljuice.com)

Other finalists: • Eco Bean: 688 Pine St., Burlington, 497-2075, ecobeanandjuice.com • 150 Dorset St., South Burlington, 497-0510, ecobeanandgreens.com • Juicebox: 194 College St., Burlington, 658-7433 • juiceboxvt.com • Muddy Waters: 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466 • Facebook • The Vermont Juice Company: 77 Main St., Burlington, 651-7070 • vtjuiceco.com

BEST TEAHOUSE

Dobrá Tea

Ring a bell to order more than 90 varieties of direct-sourced, international loose-leaf tea in the bohemian tearoom. (80 Church St. [entrance on Bank St.], Burlington, 951-2424 • 106 E. Allen St., Winooski, 540-0865 • dobrateavt.com)

Other finalists: • The North Branch Café: 41 State St., Montpelier, 552-8105 • thenorth-branch.com • Stone Leaf Teahouse: 111 Maple St., Middlebury, 458-0460 • stoneleaftea.com • Tulsi Tea Room: 34 Elm St., Montpelier, 223-1431 • tulsitearoom.com • Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea: 42 Church St., Burlington, 865-6227 • ugvermont.com

BEST COFFEE ROASTER

Vermont Coffee Company

All the blends from this Middlebury roaster are organic and fair trade. Sip a hot cup of espresso or drip coffee in the café — or grab a housebaked pastry or sandwich — as workers roast the beans. (1197 Exchange St., Suite 3, Middlebury, 398-2776 • vermontcoffeecompany.com)

Other finalists: • Brio Coffeeworks: 696 Pine St., Burlington, 777-6641 • briocoffeeworks.com • Keurig Green Mountain: 1 Rotarian Place, Waterbury, 879-2326 • keurig.com • Speeder & Earl’s Coffee: 412 Pine St., Burlington, 658-6016 • speederandearls.com • Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea: 42 Church St., Burlington, 865-6227 • ugvermont.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Capitol Grounds Café

In the evening, folks who live, work, legislate and lobby in Montpelier fraternize at various city bars, from Three Penny Taproom to Charlie-O’s World Famous. But in the morning, you’ll find ’em all at Capitol Grounds. The bustling café — which roasts its own beans as 802 Coffee — has been in business since 1998. Hobnob with bikers in spandex and local business owners while you grab a Green Eggs & Ham sandwich on Red Hen Baking’s Mad River Grain bread or a hearty bowl of chili. Or hunker down to eavesdrop on political conversations with a coffee drink — these come in sizes ranging from the eight-ounce “conservative” to the 20-ounce “radical.” Wonder which one Gov. Phil Scott gets. 27 State St., Montpelier • 223-7800 • capitolgrounds.com

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Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea

The in-house roasting, speedy service and seasonal outdoor seating make this a fave on the Church Street Marketplace. So do the organic and exotic teas, chai lattes, and various baked goods. (42 Church St., Burlington, 8656227 • ugvermont.com)

Other finalists: • Muddy Waters: 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466 • Facebook • Onyx Tonics: 126 College St., Suite 120, Burlington • onyxtonics.com • Scout & Co.: 237 North Ave., Burlington, 540-0349 • 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 343-1218 • 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington, 540-0340 • scoutandcompanyvt.com • Speeder & Earl’s Coffee: 412 Pine St., Burlington, 658-6016 • speederandearls.com

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Capitol Grounds Café

Beans for the coffee and espresso drinks are sourced from around the world and roasted in-house under the 802 Coffee label. Order your java in one of four sizes: conservative, moderate, liberal or radical. (27 State St., Montpelier, 223-7800 • capitolgrounds.com)

Other finalists: • Catalyst Coffee Bar: 22 N. Main St., St. Albans, 393-9808 • catalystcoffeebar.com

• Espresso Bueno: 248 N. Main St., Barre, 479-0896 • espressobueno.com • The Grind Café: 34 S. Main St., St. Albans, 913-709-6495 • Facebook • PK Coffee: 1880 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6151 • pkcoffee.com

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Tom Green (Scout & Co.) Café co-owner Tom Green scouts quality coffee roasters — including Pine Street’s Brio Coffeeworks — for artfully brewed and poured cups. Pair yours with a locally made Miss Weinerz doughnut. (237 North Ave., Burlington, 540-0349 • 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 343-1218 • 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington, 540-0340 • scoutandcompanyvt.com)

Other finalists: • Jason Gonzalez, Onyx Tonics: 126 College St., Suite 120, Burlington • onyxtonics.com • Karen Scheffler, Catalyst Coffee Bar: 22 N. Main St., St. Albans, 393-9808 • catalystcoffeebar.com • Maya Nguyen, Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea: 42 Church St., Burlington, 865-6227 • ugvermont.com • Todd Scott, Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea: 42 Church St., Burlington, 865-6227 • ugvermont.com


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or the 15th anniversary of the Daysies, we thought we’d sneak in a big surprise: the first-ever Daylilies. What are they, exactly? Seven Days staffers’ own personal picks for what’s best in Vermont. Sharing is caring, after all. The unofficial categories, created by our writers, cover everything from best show of Vermont spirit to best word to say with a Vermont accent. This silly section celebrates — and sometimes pokes fun at — some of the state’s hidden gems. Readers did not vote on these. These winners will not receive Daysies plaques. Like actual daylilies, whose flowers typically last only 24 hours, these made-up awards are fun but fleeting. Who knows if they’ll be back next year? Enjoy them while you can.

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Ice ciders. Sparkling ciders. Barrel-aged ciders. Rosé ciders. Aperitif ciders. If ciders are the apple of your eye, consider this tasting room your very own Garden of Eden. Sip three generous samples of the stuff for just $3, or taste five of anything — including local apple brandy, maple rum and elderberry vodka — for $5. Feelin’ tipsy? Sober up at the Newport Ciderhouse Bar & Grill, just steps away.

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Billed as “Vermont’s only real castle,” this 1867 mansion near downtown Rutland is a gorgeous spot for a wedding, private party … or ghost hunt. While daily property tours run into the fall, “haunted castle tours” in October find spookiness in the lush Victorian décor: hand-stenciled ceilings, a mounted boar’s head. To see what paranormal investigators have found there, check out Dark Knights Paranormal’s YouTube channel. 2708 West St., Proctor • 773-3284 • wilsoncastle.com

Adamant Blackfly Festival

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Vermont gives you a plague of bloodthirsty black flies … don your mosquito netting and throw those suckers a party. At least, that’s what the village of Adamant does at its annual Blackfly Festival. “After a long, cold winter here in Adamant, we need something to celebrate, and God only knows we have plenty of black flies,” explains the fest’s website. Every June for the past 14 years, the townsfolk have turned out for “general mayhem” ranging from a Blackfly Pie Contest (featuring “black- and blood-themed confections”) to a Blackfly Parade & Fashion Show (“the Macy’s Day Parade of the Insect World!”). When it comes to meeting Vermont’s various bugs with hugs, Adamant flies high. Early June • Adamant Co-op • 223-5760 • blackflyfestival.org


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Plenty of stuff is weird in Vermont, from Burlington’s so-called “Foreskin House” to Leicester’s “Queen Connie” gorilla sculpture. But if we had to pinpoint the epicenter of weirdness on a map, it would surely be in the Orleans County town of Glover. This honor is largely thanks to the resident Bread and Puppet Theater and its barn packed to the rafters with politically radical puppets — some more than 15 feet tall. A mere five minutes down the road, the Museum of Everyday Life (another “turn-the-lights-on-whenyou-enter-and-off-when-you-leave” venue) catalogs the quotidian in all its strange glory. Exhibits have featured dust bunnies, Halubian bell-ringer costumes and broken mirrors. Glover, your bucolic hills are bizarre indeed. Keep on keepin’ weird. Glover • breadandpuppet.org • museumofeverydaylife.org

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Late July • Bristol Recreation Field • 453-3952 • threedaystampede.org

Pittsford Ice Cave Afraid of cramped spaces? Slither and slide your way to chilly liberation in the Pittsford Ice Cave. Yes, you have to walk through a lagoon and then crawl on all fours, but there’s a big payoff: a cave stretching 100 feet in one direction and rising about 60 feet. The ice in this hideaway typically melts by midsummer, but the cavern remains cool year-round. If you go: Wear a helmet and headlamp and bring an experienced caver. Pittsford • vermontcavers.org

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Piney Woods Road Even though it’s only a few minutes from major thoroughfares such as Routes 7 and 116, Piney Woods Road feels isolated AF — almost like it’s straight out of Westeros or Narnia. Its dense canopy, adjacent babbling brook and rapid drop in elevation make this beautiful country lane a thrilling and memorable excursion. Between Parks Hurlburt Rd. and Hardscrabble Rd. in Monkton

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This massive, multi-town yard sale is not just an annual excuse to find treasure and buy your neighbors’ stuff — all proceeds are donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Whether you’re filling a bag with clothes for $10 (down jackets, anyone?) or treating the stuffed-animal pile like a ball pit, it’s good, clean small-town fun in support of a worthy cause.

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Willey’s Store & Barr Hill Natural Area

STAFF PICKS The best picnic package in Vermont begins at Willey’s Store in Greensboro. For 177 years, the general store has been supplying the village on Caspian Lake with clothing, tools, books and food. These days, it also stocks world-renowned beer and cheese from two local producers: Hill Farmstead Brewery and Jasper Hill Farm, respectively. According to Jasper Hill cofounder Mateo Kehler, one optimal summer pairing of the two is Arthur and Harbison: “No need for dragging up a knife and cutting board — just bring a spoon and a bottle opener,” he notes. Provisions in hand, in-the-know locals head to nearby Barr Hill Natural Area. Spectacular views of the mountains, lake, idyllic open fields and peaceful, mossy woods converge to make this one gem of a picnic spot. Willey’s Store: 7 Breezy Ave., Greensboro • 533-2554 Barr Hill Natural Area: 1521 Barr Hill Road, Greensboro

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Gov. Phil Scott During his gubernatorial campaign, Phil Scott promised to make Vermont more affordable. Then, in May, he vetoed a bill that would have permitted Vermonters to grow their own weed — free of charge — and said he’d check out a revised bill during the legislature’s June veto session. That didn’t happen, and now Vermont’s tokers must continue paying dealers for their dope — or fines when they’re busted for growing, smoking or otherwise possessing it. So much for affordability.

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In search of that special someone? Here’s a weird tip: Turn to the Humane Society of Chittenden County’s adoption ads for tips on how to sell your unique self. Whoever’s penning the Daysie-winning nonprofit’s critter copy has a knack for making every purrsonality — no matter how hairy — shine. 142 Kindness Ct., South Burlington • 862-0135 • chittendenhumane.org

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Welcome to the best of Vermont’s arts and entertainment. Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show. When it comes to naming local singers and standups, museums and music festivals, and cinemas and stages, you guys picked some real winners. And your write-ins entertained, too. Special shout-out to the person who responded to our best karaoke category with: “Contradiction in terms.” We get it; belting out Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” in front of a room full of strangers — or, worse, having to endure someone else bomb it — is not everyone’s idea of a good time. Thanks for keepin’ it real. This year, a new winner stepped into the spotlight in the coveted category of best small live music hot spot. There’s a new top dog in trivia, too. A number of new music makers sang for their suppers and came out victorious. But no spoilers — in a section filled with master storytellers of all stripes, we know better than to give away the ending. Without further ado, let’s raise the curtain on this year’s A&E Daysies stars.

BEST PAINTER/ILLUSTRATOR

Katharine Montstream Katharine Montstream has been capturing Vermont’s beauty since she moved here from Connecticut — her first solo show was at the Daily Planet in 1988. Today, Montstream Studio is just a few blocks from the site of that debut, across the street from Burlington City Hall Park. The inviting studio and gallery space offers everything from greeting cards of floral watercolors to large-scale abstract oils of rural landscapes and the waterfront’s Moran Plant. Both broadly appealing and timeless, Montstream’s work continues to charm. 129 St. Paul St., Burlington • 862-8752 • kmmstudio.com


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BEST LARGE LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Built in 1930, the Flynn’s art-deco proscenium auditorium seats 1,411 for performances of song and so much more. Recent musical MainStage headliners include Kamasi Washington, Pink Martini and Art Garfunkel. (153 Main St., Burlington, 863-5966 • flynncenter.org)

Other finalists: • Higher Ground: 1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 652-0777 • highergroundmusic.com • Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org • Shelburne Museum: 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3346 • shelburnemuseum.org • Waterfront Park: Lake St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com

BEST SMALL LIVE MUSIC HOT SPOT

ArtsRiot

On a mission to “destroy apathy,” this restaurant and event space has become a South End staple for music, theater and art. Catch an eclectic lineup of local, national and international musicians multiple nights a week. (400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com)

Other finalists: • Light Club Lamp Shop: 12 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • Monkey House: 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563 • monkeyhousevt.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • Radio Bean: 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com

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A beautifully appointed bar provides favorite craft brews and a chill atmosphere, offering pool tables and music to a loyal local crowd. (185 Pearl St., Burlington, 497-0119 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Charlie-O’s World Famous: 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820 • Facebook • Monkey House: 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563 • monkeyhousevt.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • Van Phan Billiards & Bar: 55 San Remo Dr., South Burlington, 651-0111 • vpbilliards.com

BEST FOLK GROUP

The DuPont Brothers

There’s something truly magical about watching siblings play music together. But what is it, exactly, that makes it so special? Is it their innate ability to read each other’s nonverbal cues? Or maybe it’s something ineffable — the indefinable essence of two voices perfectly blended together to form a singular entity. Burlington’s DuPont Brothers embody this genetic phenomenon. Since 2013, Zack and Sam, along with longtime collaborator and bassist Robinson Morse, have been enchanting audiences near and far with their plaintive strains of modern folk-rock. Their most recent release, Live at Deepwells, is a raw and revealing entry in their ever-growing catalog. dupontbrothersmusic.com

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• Light Club Lamp Shop: 12 N. Winooski Ave, Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • Red Square: 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909 • Facebook • SideBar: 202 Main St., Burlington, 864-0072 • sidebarvt.com

• Manhattan Pizza & Pub: 167 Main St., Burlington, 658-6776 • manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com • St. John’s Club: 9 Central Ave., Burlington, 864-9778 • stjohnsclub.com • Sweet Melissa’s: 4 Langdon St., Montpelier, 225-6012 • Facebook

Since the 1990s, this has been the place to shake your thang, especially at the enduring Retronome night on Saturdays. Touring and local live acts perform during the week. (188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • clubmetronome.com)

BEST TRIVIA NIGHT

Waterworks Food + Drink

Pop-culture know-it-alls geek out over fun facts at the riverside restaurant’s Trivia Tuesday. There’s something for everyone; past themes include “Game of Thrones,” “Things You Should’ve Learned in School” and “All the Christmas Movies.” (20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com)

Other finalists: • ArtsRiot:: 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Hotel Vermont:: 41 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-0080 • hotelvt.com • Nectar’s:: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • On Tap Bar & Grill: 4 Park St., Essex Junction, 878-3309 • ontapvt.com

This classic dive serves up wannabe rock stardom at least three nights a week. Can’t carry a tune? There are also pool and foosball tables and, of course, TVs. (139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389 • Facebook)

This very funny lady is almost single-handedly responsible for launching a standup comedy scene in Vermont. She cofounded and performs with the Vermont Comedy Divas and has nurtured nascent comics through regular classes at FlynnArts. (josieleavittcomedy.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Annie Russell: annierussell.org Hillary Boone: Facebook Jared Hall Kendall Farrell: Facebook

BEST VOCALIST

Kat Wright

Her eyebrows, her vintage outfits and that sultry voice — it’s no wonder this retro-soul diva has captivated local audiences and made bigger waves with the release of her 2016 album, By My Side. (katwrightsoulband.com) Side

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Carol Ann Jones: carolannjonesmusic.com Josh Panda Panda: joshpanda.com Myra Flynn Flynn: myraflynn.com Nicole Nelson Nelson: dwightandnicole.com


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BEST BLUES ARTIST/GROUP*

Seth Yacovone

Blues for Breakfast

Nectar’s regulars know Yacovone well: He’s held down the Friday-night happy hour slot for a decade. Fans come for his bluesy guitar licks, growly baritone and prolific songwriting. (Facebook)

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Dave Keller: davekeller.com Dwight & Nicole: dwightandnicole.com Jeff Salisbury: Facebook Seth Yacovone: Facebook

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BEST FUNK/R&B ARTIST/GROUP

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Front woman Kat Wright leads her Indomitable Soul Band with a croon. From modest beginnings as the house band for a weekly soul night at Radio Bean, Wright and co. have grown to become one of the Queen City’s most dynamic and popular groups. (katwrightsoulband.com)

Thanks to their shared DNA, brothers Zack and Sam DuPont produce gorgeously intertwined harmonies and a contemporary twist on traditional folk. (dupontbrothersmusic.com) • • • •

Brightbird: Facebook Cricket Blue: cricketbluemusic.com Eric George: egeorgemusic.com Pete’s Posse: petespossevt.com

BEST COUNTRY ARTIST/GROUP*

The Starline Rhythm Boys

The revered rockabilly stalwarts have been honky-tonkin’ around since 1998 and are one of the hardest-working bands in Vermont. Catch them at festivals, Bluegrass Brunch Scrambles and nightclubs around the state. (starlinerhythmboys.com)

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Dwight & Nicole: dwightandnicole.com Grippo Funk Band: grippofunkband.com Madaila: musicofmadaila.com Renegade Groove: Facebook

• Brett Hughes: Facebook • Eastern Mountain Time: easternmountaintime.com • Kelly Ravin: kellyravinmusic.com • Tim Brick: timbrickmusic.com

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BEST BLUEGRASS ARTIST/GROUP*

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST/GROUP

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Yes, Kat Wright and her Indomitable Soul Band are technically a soul band. But the lineup boasts some of the area’s finest jazz players, including pianist Shane Hardiman and horn players Luke LaPlant, Jake Whitesell and Dave Purcell. Oh, and Kat ain’t so bad herself. (katwrightsoulband.com)

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Dave Grippo: grippofunkband.com Paul Asbell: paulasbell.com Ray Vega: rayvegamusic.com Rose Street Collective: Facebook

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Multiple Daysies winner Craig Mitchell is a Burlington house favorite in the DJ booth, making his own music or playing a wild mix of others’. Now also DJing at Planet 96.7, Mitchell brings the party to the podcast, dance floor and radio dial. (SoundCloud)

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The Burlington-based string band formed at an impromptu show in 2013 and has been serving up fingerpickin’-good bluegrass ever since. Look for the group at hometown venues and on the East Coast festival circuit. (Facebook)

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It should no longer come as a surprise that the hip-hop scene in Vermont is vital and vibrant. That’s in large part thanks to Walshie Steeze, LC, Mike Fulton and Mr. Burns, who are once again named the best rappers in the state. (Bandcamp)

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Front man Charlie Frazier — you know him as the host of the Sunday-morning “Blues for Breakfast” program on WIZN — leads his band in a mix of Grateful Dead covers and blues classics that have made the group a local favorite since 1991. (bluesforbreakfast.com)

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BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Every June, BDJF fills venues from the Flynn Center to Waterfront Park with music. Headliners such as Trombone Shorty, Diana Krall and Béla Fleck bring world-class flair to the fest, while locals display their own chops all over town. (Burlington, 863-7992 • discoverjazz.com)

Shelburne Museum

Art gallery? More like art galleries. Thirty-nine buildings — including historic houses, barns, a lighthouse and the steamboat Ticonderoga — exhibit the American folk art for which this museum is famous. (6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3346 • shelburnemuseum.org)

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ArtsRiot

Other finalists: • Ciderstock: Woodchuck Cider House, Middlebury, 385-3656 • woodchuck.com/ ciderstock • Frendly Gathering: Mount Ellen, Sugarbush Resort, Waitsfield • frendlygathering.com • Grand Point North: Waterfront Park, 1 Lake St., Burlington • grandpointnorth.com • Waking Windows: Winooski • wakingwindows.com

BEST MUSEUM

Its mission statement is “Destroy apathy,” and, over the last few years, the multipurpose hub in Burlington’s South End has made good on that promise. When it’s not hosting community discussions, film screenings, storytelling events, poetry slams or its increasingly popular trivia nights, ArtsRiot has become the place for consistently ahead-of-the-curve, cutting-edge live music. Other larger venues in the area have a fix on your all-time favorite bands and artists, but here you’ll discover something new. Local, regional, national and international mavericks from across the genre galaxy regularly grace its stage. Add in the killer sound system, potent potables and flexible capacity — about 150 to 350 people, depending on the event — and ArtsRiot never fails to deliver a memorable evening.

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas

This family-owned downtown theater plays a mix of mainstream and art-house flicks, from Wonder Woman to My Cousin Rachel. The screens may be smallish, but the popcorn is the best in town. (222 College St., Burlington, 864-4742 • merrilltheatres.net)

400 Pine St., Burlington • 540-0406 • artsriot.com

Other finalists: • Essex Cinemas: 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 878-7231 • essexcinemas.com • Majestic 10: 190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010 • majestic10.com • Palace 9: 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610 • palace9.com • The Savoy Theater: 26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598 • savoytheater.com

BEST LOCAL THEATER COMPANY

Lyric Theatre Company

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Other finalists: • Green Mountain Cabaret: Burlington • greenmountaincabaret.com • Lost Nation Theater: Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 39 State St., Montpelier, 229-0492 • lostnationtheater.org • Stowe Theatre Guild: Town Hall Theatre, Ackley Memorial Building, 67 Main St., Stowe, 253-3961 • stowetheatre.com • Vermont Stage: FlynnSpace, 153 Main St., Burlington, 862-1497 • vermontstage.org

BEST ACTOR

BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

Rusty DeWees

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Rusty DeWees created his rural Vermont “Logger” to entertain locals and flatlanders alike. He’s performed his one-man show all over the state, from town halls to prisons. He also acts for TV and film and has penned a couple of memoirs. (thelogger.com)

Other finalists: • Bob Bolyard: Facebook • Kim Anderson: Facebook • Serena Magnan O’Connell:: Facebook

BEST PAINTER/ILLUSTRATOR

Katharine Montstream

A perennial Daysies winner, Katharine Montstream paints floral and scenic watercolors — many reproduced in fine prints and greeting cards — and oil paintings. Her downtown Burlington gallery is across the street from City Hall Park. (129 St. Paul St., Burlington, 862-8752 • kmmstudio.com)

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Jon Young:: 752-7573 • jonyoungartworks.com Mary Lacy: marylacyart.com Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.:: mrbrunelle.com Ross Sheehan:: 37 Green St., Vergennes, 775-303-8863 • rosssheehanart.com

• BCA Center: 135 Church St., Burlington, 865-7166 • burlingtoncityarts.org • Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery: 85 Church St., Burlington, 863-6458 • froghollow.org • The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery: 266 Pine St., Suite 105, Burlington, 578-2512 • spacegalleryvt.com • West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park: 17 Towne Farm Lane, Stowe, 253-8943 • westbranchgallery.com

Whether you take your seat in the 1,411-seat MainStage theater or the 180-seat FlynnSpace black box, the lovingly restored art-deco movie house hosts the best artists and entertainers around. (153 Main St., Burlington, 863-5966 • flynncenter.org)

Other finalists: • ArtsRiot: 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-3018 • mainstreetlanding.com • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center: 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe, 760-4634 • sprucepeakarts.org • Vermont Comedy Club:: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com

Shelburne Museum

Founded in 1947, the Shelburne Museum has more than 150,000 items in its permanent collection and is best known for its folk art and impressionist paintings. Though most of its buildings are only open seasonally, the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is open year-round. (6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3346 • shelburnemuseum.org)

Other finalists: • ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: 1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 • echovermont.org • Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium: 1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, 748-2372 • fairbanksmuseum.org • Montshire Museum of Science: 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich, 649-2200 • montshire.org • University of Vermont Fleming Museum of Art: 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington, 656-0750 • flemingmuseum.org

BEST ARTS EVENT

South End Art Hop

Vermont’s largest art event attracts more than 30,000 for a weekend filled with open studios, music, food and a fashion show. The mostly free fest is organized by the South End Arts and Business Association and takes place along Burlington’s Pine Street. (Burlington, 859-9222 • seaba.com)

Other finalists: • Festival of Fools: Burlington, 865-7166 • vermontfestivaloffools.com • Open Studio Weekend: statewide, 223-3380 • vermontcrafts.com • Waterbury Arts Fest: Waterbury • waterburyartsfest.com • Vermont Burlesque Festival Festival: statewide • vermontburlesquefestival.com


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• Clark Derbes: Burlington • Gerald K. Stoner: 185 River Rd., Underhill, 324-3897 • geraldkstoner.com • Richard Erdman: 660-8727 • richarderdman.com • Ross Sheehan: 37 Green St., Vergennes, 775-303-8863 • rosssheehanart.com

• Brent Harrewyn/Hoverfly Photography: Burlington, 233-1002 • hoverflyphotography.com • Hall-Potvin Photography: 870-6002 • hallpotvinphoto.com • Megan Marie Photography: meganmariephotographer.com • Stephen Mease: 578-8029 • Facebook

From weddings to portrait sessions to editorial shoots, Burlington photographer Karen Pike works fast to capture emotion, action, personality and important life events. (208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3C, Burlington, 233-7982 • kpikephoto.com)

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In June, the longtime Vermont sculptor — best known for his hyperrealistic buildings, playful robots and Mad Scientist workshops — left the state for Massachusetts. This Daysie award (Brickels’ first) commemorates his contribution. (brickels.com)

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BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL

Three Needs Brewery + Taproom

When it comes to nightspots for pool, Three Needs Brewery & Taproom is running the table. For the fourth consecutive year, Seven Days readers have voted the popular Burlington watering hole the top location for bank shots and scratching the eight ball. Long wait to get your hustle on? Bide your time on the nearby foosball table. Or grab one of the beers — derived from the owner’s recipe archive and brewed across town at Queen City Brewery — and a slice of the secretly great pizza and chill on the spacious back deck until your name comes up. Bring your A game, though: The competition is always fierce. 185 Pearl St., Burlington • 497-0119 • Facebook

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In the shopping section of the Daysies, we can count on two things: 1. Vermonters are loyal, largely bestowing their affections on the same stores year after year; and 2. Vermonters love Outdoor Gear Exchange. Like, really love it. And when push comes to shove, this year’s results show that OGE comes out on top. The Burlington shop has earned a Daysie every year since the competition started in 2003. This turn around the sun, it scored four of the eight for which it was nominated, blowing away the competition in two categories (best women’s casual clothing, best secondhand store) in which it was a first-time finalist. OGE, you’ve got Daysies for days. Where are you going to hang them all? Kudos to other longtime winners Mirror Mirror, Pet Food Warehouse and Gardener’s Supply Company. And let’s welcome to the winners’ club Jamie Two Coats’ Toy Shop, EyeCare of Vermont, Vermont Gift Barn and Barge Canal Market. You made it! One final note: No, you’re not seeing double in best ski/snowboard shop. There are two winners. It was a tie! Enough with the drama. Read on for the shops that can’t be topped.

BEST WOMEN’S CASUAL CLOTHING STORE OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Salaam Boutique

When it comes to comfort, Salaam has you covered — literally. Founder and designer Andrea Miksic works out of a converted barn in Plainfield creating a wide array of clothing in stretchy, comfortable materials designed to work with a woman’s body, not against it. Her go-with-the-flow fashions are easily explained: Miksic (pictured here with store manager Sarah Lesser) got her start designing for dancers. Her flagship store in Montpelier carries dresses, skirts and tops in more patterns than you could ever need. There’s something for everyone, from geometric abstractions to swirling floral designs. Bonus points: The fabrics are suited to all kinds of activities, so no matter where the day takes you, you’ll arrive in style. 40 State St., Montpelier • 223-4300 • salaamclothing.com

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In Vermont, where “casual” is clearly synonymous with “active,” OGE’s outdoor apparel has become an everyday go-to for many. Get your puffy jackets and vests here, and your dresses, skirts and skivvies, too. (37 Church St., Burlington, 8600190 • gearx.com)

Other finalists: • ECCO: 81 Church St., Burlington, 860-2220 • eccoclothesboutique.com • Stella Mae: 96 Church St., Burlington, 864-2800 • stella-mae.com • Sweet Lady Jane: 40 Church St., Burlington, 862-5051 • sweetladyjane.biz • Tangerine: 126 College St., Suite 110, Burlington, 495-5645 • tangerinebtv.net

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Vermont designer Andrea Miksic fashions comfortable, flattering clothing in bold patterns and colors to “celebrate your figure instead of hiding it.” She’s been doing it for more than 20 years. (40 State St., Montpelier, 223-4300 • salaamclothing.com)

Other finalists: • Bailey Road: 44 Main St., Montpelier, 223-2798 • baileyroadvt.com • Billie Jean Vintage: 454 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6152 • billiejeanvintage.com • Green Envy: 1800 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-2661 • vermontenvy.com

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Shopping BEST WOMEN’S EVENING-WEAR STORE

ECCO

This Church Street boutique excels in evening wear, shoes and accessories for every kind of special occasion. (81 Church St., Burlington, 8602220 • eccoclothesboutique.com)

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• Jess Boutique: 98 Church St., Burlington, 660-4004 • jessboutique.com • Monelle: 75 Church St., Burlington, 657-4074 • monellevermont.com • Old Gold: 180 Main St., Burlington, 864-7786 • oldgoldvermont.com • Tangerine: 126 College St., Suite 110, Burlington, 495-5645 • tangerinebtv.net

BEST BRIDAL SHOP

Fiori Bridal Boutique

Ready to say “yes” to the dress? This bridal shop has attentive consultants and an elegant collection of designer gowns. (18 Main St., Essex Junction, 872-9663 • fioribridal.com)

Other finalists: • Everthine Bridal Boutique: 34 Church St., 2nd Floor, Burlington, 399-2630 • shopeverthine.com • Needleman’s Bridal & Formal: 10 Dorset St., South Burlington, 660-7212 • 100 Main St., Newport, 334-8000 • needlemansbridal.com • Sewly Yours Bridal: P.O. Box 816, Milton, 660-9003 • sewlyyours.com • Shaline Bridal: 80 Carleton Blvd., East Montpelier, 223-4777 • shalinebridal.com

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

Advance Music Center

Ask any musician in the Burlington area where to get the best gear, and they’ll likely direct you to Advance Music Center. This one-stop shop for musical accoutrements has been serving Vermont’s music community for more than 30 years. Whatever you need, Advance has it. Aside from selling practically any instrument under the sun, it also offers repair services, music lessons, stage lighting, a wide array of sheet music and guitar tabs, and professional audio and lighting rentals. Its friendly staff is knowledgeable and proficient in all aspects of rocking out. And, to get the most bang for your buck, check out the store’s annual yard sale for rock-bottom, closeout deals. 75 Maple St., Burlington • 863-8652 • advancemusicvt.com

BEST WOMEN’S SHOE STORE

Danform Shoes

Danform Shoes carries footwear for all ages, specializing in high-quality brands. Fitting experts at all four locations help attire your unique feet. (2 Church St., Burlington, 864-7899 • 104 Heineberg Dr., Colchester, 863-2653 • 3310 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3483 • 150 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0916 • danformshoesvt.com)

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Other finalists: • Dear Lucy: 38 Church St., Burlington, 862-5126 • dearlucy.com • Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel: 2121 Essex Rd., Williston, 879-6640 • 359 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7446 • 295 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0532 • 285 Tom Miller Rd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-7400 • 54 N. Main St., Barre, 476-9107 • lennyshoe.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com • Stella Mae: 96 Church St., Burlington, 864-2800 • stella-mae.com

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Vermont men are practical dressers — more Black Diamond than Brooks Brothers — and Outdoor Gear defines “outdoor outfitter” broadly enough to keep them covered. It carries all the layers, including Vermont’s own Darn Tough socks. (37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com)

Other finalists: • Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel: 2121 Essex Rd., Williston, 879-6640 • 359 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7446 • 295 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0532 • 285 Tom Miller Rd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-7400 • 54 N. Main St., Barre, 476-9107 • lennyshoe.com • Maven: 128 Church St., Burlington, 497-3444 • mavenskateshop.com • Michael Kehoe: 117 Church St., Burlington, 863-3550 • mkltd.com • Warner Supply: 96 Church St., Burlington, 495-0771 • Facebook

“We fit you right,” promises this outdoor apparel store selling quality work boots, sandals, sneakers and slippers from brands such as Timberland and Merrell. (2121 Essex Rd., Williston, 879-6640 • 359 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7446 • 295 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 5270532 • 285 Tom Miller Rd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-7400 • 54 N. Main St., Barre, 476-9107 • lennyshoe.com)

Other finalists: • Danform Shoes: 2 Church St., Burlington, 864-7899 • 104 Heineberg Dr., Colchester, 863-2653 • 3310 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3483 • 150 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0916 • danformshoesvt.com • Maven: 128 Church St., Burlington, 497-3444 • mavenskateshop.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com • Warner Supply: 96 Church St., Burlington, 495-0771 • Facebook

Looking for a cheap camping tent and some already-broken-in hiking boots at the exact same time? OGE’s well-vetted basement bargains make your shop a one-stop. Best part: Consignors can opt to contribute to the store’s Charitable Grant Fund. (37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com)

Other finalists: • Battery Street Jeans: 115 College St., Burlington, 865-6223 • Facebook • Dirt Chic: 67 Main St., Burlington, 863-1461 • dirtchicvt.com • Old Gold: 180 Main St., Burlington, 864-7786 • oldgoldvermont.com • Plato’s Closet: 34 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 878-0001 • platosclosetwilliston.com

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BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

Once Upon a Child

Bargain-conscious Vermonters like the “gently used” idea when it comes to kids’ clothes — they grow up so fast! Find toys, furniture and baby gear here, too. (38 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 878-5434 • onceuponachildwilliston.com)

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Jamie Two Coats’ Toy Shop

For more than 20 years, families have come to this stately shop in the heart of Shelburne in search of children’s toys, books and gifts. The thoughtfully curated selection encompasses nostalgic classics and the newest must-haves. (54 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-3221 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Kidstructive Fun: 49 Church St., Suite 2010, Burlington, 660-8697 • 60 Smithfield Blvd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-561-8697 • Facebook • Peanut & Mouse: 101 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 583-3669 • peanutandmouse.com • Turner Toys & Hobbies: 21 Essex Way, Suite 116, Essex Junction, 233-6102 • turnertoys.com • Woodbury Mountain Toys: 24 State St., Montpelier, 223-4272 • woodburymountaintoys.com

BEST EYEGLASSES STORE

EyeCare of Vermont

Other finalists: • Chroma Optics: 370 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 497-1676 • chromaoptics.com • Eyes of the World: 168 Battery St., Burlington, 651-0880 • eyesoftheworldvt.com • The Optical Center: 107 Church St., Burlington, 658-4683 • opticalcentervt.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY

Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry

The Burlington boutique hand-selects diamonds and gems from around the world for its original jewelry and also carries many national brands. (277 Main St., Burlington, 8652624 • 75 Smithfield Blvd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-562-2328 • perrywinkles.com)

Other finalists: • Tick Tock Jewelers: 185 Bank St., Burlington, 862-3042 • ticktockjewelers.com • Tradewinds Imports: 110 Church St., Burlington, 860-2829 • tradewindsvt.com

Mirror Mirror

Look for high-quality makeup and skin-care products here. Day-spa services include facials, massage, spray tans, waxing and nails. (3 Main St., Burlington, 861-7500 • mirrormirrorvt.com)

Other finalists: • be. Skin Clinic: 77 Falls Rd., Suite 1, Shelburne, 495-0819 • vtskinclinic.com • Flourish Organic Hair+Skin Care: 5 S. Main St., Suite 101, White River Junction, 457-4208 • flourishbodycare.com • Splash Naturals: 67 Main St., Montpelier, 223-7752 • splashnaturals.com • Tata Harper: 877-321-8282 • tataharperskincare.com

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BEST PET SUPPLY STORE

Pet Food Warehouse

Since 1983, Vermonters have flocked to this animal-loving emporium for healthy dog foods, kitty toys, leashes and more. The store’s motto: “We care about your pets.” (2500 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-5514 • 2455 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3302 • pfwvt.com)

Other finalists: • The Dog and Cat: 4 Carmichael St., Suite 9, Essex Jct., 872-8900 • 1056 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9995 • thedogandcatatstowe.com • Guy’s Farm & Yard: 21 Zephyr Rd., Williston, 878-5112 • 19 Barre St., Montpelier, 229-0567 • 155 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-2025 • 555 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans, 524-9255 • guysfarmandyard.com • One Stop Country Pet Supply: 648 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, 257-3700 • 1284 Route 302, Barre, 479-4307 • onestopcountrypet.com • The Quirky Pet: 5 State St., Montpelier, 229-1211 • thequirkypet.com

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BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

Advance Music Center

This locally owned instrument shop sells quality guitars, amps, drums and keyboards, as well as sheet music and method books. It also offers lessons for all levels and rents instruments and sound equipment. (75 Maple St., Burlington, 863-8652 • advancemusicvt.com)

Other finalists: • Contois: 217 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-8333 • contoismusic.com • GuitarSam: 71 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0295 • guitarsam.com • Randolin Music Store and Guitar Repair: 215 College St., 2nd Floor, Burlington, 865-3890 • randolin.com • Vermont Violins: 23 Church St., Burlington, 862-0349 • 24 Main St., Montpelier, 229-4503 • vermontviolins.com

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When it comes to seasoned optometry, EyeCare of Vermont is lookin’ sharp: The practice has been serving Chittenden County for more than 40 years and offers designer brands of eyeglasses and sunglasses. (230 College St., Suite 1, Burlington, 658-3330 • 77 Pearl St., Suite B, Essex Junction, 878-5509 • eyecareofvermont.com)

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• Little Citizen: 20 Church St., Burlington, 489-5993 • Facebook • Peanut & Mouse: 101 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 583-3669 • peanutandmouse.com • Yellow Turtle: 1799 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4434 • yellow-turtle.com • Zutano: 79 Main St., Montpelier, 223-2229 • zutano.com

• Von Bargen’s Jewelry: 131 Church St., Burlington, 864-0012 • 2 Chester Rd., Springfield, 885-2827 • Stratton Mountain, Village Building 11A, Stratton, 297-1975 • 35 S. Main St., Stowe, 253-2942 • 35 S. Main St., Hanover, N.H., 603-653-0006 • vonbargensjewelry.com • Zinnia Jewelry: 57 Church St., Burlington, 864-1700 • zinniastores.com

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Vermont Art Supply

Art starts at this South End shop (formerly Black Horse), which carries professionalgrade paints, pastels, paper and other supplies. (277 Pine St., Burlington, 860-4972 • vermontartsupply.com) • The Drawing Board: 22 Main St., Montpelier, 223-2902 • drawingboardvt.com • The Studio Store: 2 Lower Main St. E., Johnson, 635-2203 • thestudiostore.com

BEST CAMERA STORE

LeZot Camera Shop

Burlington’s oldest camera shop continues its 30-plus-year tradition of selling and repairing photography equipment. (49 Church St., Burlington Town Center, Burlington, 652-2400 • lezotcameras.com)

Other finalists: • Bob’s Camera & Video: 86 N. Main St., Suite 1, Barre, 476-4342 • bobscamerashop.com • Green Mountain Camera: 861 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 651-4100 • gmcamera.com • PhotoGarden: 10 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-1256 • thephotogarden.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY A COMPUTER

Small Dog Electronics

Find everything Mac-related here, from the latest in laptops to software, cables and cases. Computer crashed? Apple-certified technicians will service and repair your Mac on-site. (100 Dorset St., South Burlington, 862-1316 • 1673 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-7171 • 116 West St., Rutland, 281-4490 • smalldog.com)

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• Computer Barn: 921 Route 302, Berlin, 476-6800 • computerbarnltd.net • Computer Specialists Inc.: 52 Schoolhouse Hill Rd., East Middlebury, 388-1444 • computersvt.com • Computers for Change: 196 College St., Burlington, 578-9687 • computersforchange.com • Systems Plus Computers: 12 Centerra Parkway, Suite 20, Lebanon, N.H., 603-643-5800 • spci.com

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Phoenix Books

Northern Lights

With shops in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester, owners Mike DeSanto and Renee Reiner defy the rumor that bookstores are passé. Of course, hardcovers and paperbacks are just part of the biz; they offer thousands of titles for your e-reader, too. (191 Bank St., Burlington, 448-3350 • 2 Carmichael St., Essex, 872-7111 • 2 Center St., Rutland, 8558078 • 58 Common St., Chester, 875-3400 • phoenixbooks.biz)

Other finalists: • Bear Pond Books: 77 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0774 • bearpondbooks.com • Bridgeside Books: 29 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-1441 • bridgesidebooks.com • Crow Bookshop: 14 Church St., Burlington, 862-0848 • crowbooks.com • The Flying Pig Bookstore: 5247 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3999 • flyingpigbooks.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY A UNIQUE GIFT

Vermont Gift Barn

Unique pipes and hookahs are the name of the game at the largest supplier of tobacco products in Burlington. Indulge your inner hippie by checking out the tapestries, incense and tie-dye, too. (75 Main St., Burlington, 8646555 • northernlightspipes.com)

Other finalists: • Bern Gallery: 135 Main St., Burlington, 865-0994 • berngallery.com • Full Tank: 150A Church St., Burlington, 863-8265 • fulltankvt.com • Good Stuff: 21 Church St., Burlington, 658-6520 • 192 Federal St., St. Albans, 524-6607 • 14 Sunset Dr., Waterbury, 244-0800 • 223 S. Main St., Rutland, 855-8035 • 197 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 662-4424 • goodstuffstores.com • Stash N’ Stowe: 1024 Route 100, Waterbury, 244-6456 • Facebook

BEST ADULT TOY STORE

Good Stuff

The name says it all: Gift givers go here for predominantly Vermont-made products, all conveniently stashed under the same barn roof. Think maple syrup, Simon Pearce glassware, Fred Swan prints and the ultimate local gift baskets. (1087 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 658-7684 • vermontgiftbarn.com)

In stores all over the state, Good Stuff stocks hundreds of adult items, from lubricants to sexy DVDs to tobacco pipes. (21 Church St., Burlington, 658-6520 • 192 Federal St., St. Albans, 524-6607 • 14 Sunset Dr., Waterbury, 244-0800 • 223 S. Main St., Rutland, 855-8035 • 197 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 662-4424 • goodstuffstores.com)

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• A Little Something: 2989 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-9909 • alittlesomethingvt.com • The Birdfolk Collective: 17 E. Allen St., Winooski, 497-0582 • birdfolkcollective.com • Common Deer: 210 College St., Suite 101, Burlington, 497-0100 • commondeervt.com • Trinket: 32 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 861-3035 • trinket-vermont.com

• Curve Appeal: 32 Merchants Row, Middlebury, 989-0254 • curveappeal.buzz • Imago: 257 Jasper Mine Rd., Suite 100, Colchester, 893-2977 • imagoxxx.com

BEST HOUSEWARES STORE

Homeport

The four-level store has a wide range of household products, including kitchen- and dishware, furniture, office supplies, decorative items, and a large selection of greeting cards. (52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com)

Other finalists: • Bennington Potters: 324 County St., Bennington, 800-205-8033 • 127 College St., Burlington, 863-2221 • benningtonpotters.com

For parents of young kids, every weekend seems to bring another friend’s birthday party, baby shower, or visit from nieces and nephews. For years, Jamie Two Coats’ Toy Shop has been rescuing parents from the hassles of bigbox-store shopping by stocking an impressive array of children’s gift items — without making them feel like they’re shilling for the latest Disney blockbuster. In a quaint little shop that once housed a general store and, later, the Shelburne library, Jamie Two Coats has a timeless quality — its offerings include butterfly nets, kites, puzzles, books, games, plush toys, clothes and art supplies. And for that aspiring firefighter or fairy princess in your life, check out the back-of-the-store costume nook. 54 Falls Rd., Shelburne • 985-3221 • Facebook

• Capital Kitchen: 18 State St., Montpelier, 229-2305 • capitalkitchenvt.com • Kiss the Cook: 72 Church St., Burlington, 863-4226 • kissthecook.net • Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens: 1813 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8050 • stowekitchen.net

BEST SECONDHAND HOUSEWARES STORE

ReSOURCE

“Essential goods on a mission, not in a landfill” is the battle cry of this secondhand center for gently used or refurbished donations. There’s a huge selection of building materials, too. (266 Pine St., Burlington, 658-4143 • 339 Pine St., Burlington, 846-4015 • 30 Granite St., Barre, 477-7800 • 590 E. Main St., Hyde Park, 851-8333 • resourcevt.org)

Other finalists: • Anjou & the Little Pear: 53 Main St., Burlington, 540-0008 • anjouvt.com • Barge Canal Market: 377 Pine St., Burlington, 309-9151 • Facebook • Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity Restore: 528 Essex Rd., Williston, 857-5296 • vermonthabitat.org

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Do you remember when you first began to lust after furniture? When you realized that a rug could really tie a room together? When you gave up buying lunches and espresso drinks for months in order to get your hands on that just-so credenza? (And again for that acrylic table lamp?) At Barge Canal Market, you’ll never be alone in your affliction. In this warehouse of expert curation, you can take solace in the company of others who know the true value — priceless — of midcentury gems and other timeless treasures. 377 Pine St., Burlington • 497-7119 • Facebook

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Barge Canal Market

This Pine Street outpost is perfect for folks who’d prefer to live in a Wes Anderson film. The shop focuses on mid-20th-century design as well as American industrial and vintage barn furnishings. (377 Pine St., Burlington, 497-7119 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Anjou & the Little Pear: 53 Main St., Burlington, 540-0008 • anjouvt.com • Five Corners Antiques: 11 Maple St., Essex Junction, 878-6167 • 5cornersantiques.com • J. Langdon: 7 Langdon St., Montpelier, 613-3182 • Facebook • Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace: 270 Pine St., Burlington, 488-5766 • vintageinspired.net

BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER

Outdoor Gear Exchange

Locally owned Outdoor Gear Exchange has been selling outdoor apparel and equipment, and promoting environmental awareness, since 1995. (37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com)

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• Farm-Way, Inc. / Vermont Gear: 286 Waits River Rd., Bradford, 800-222-9316 • vermontgear.com • Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel: 2121 Essex Rd., Williston, 879-6640 • 359 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7446 • 295 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0532 • 285 Tom Miller Rd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-7400 • 54 N. Main St., Barre, 476-9107 • lennyshoe.com • Patagonia Burlington: 191 College St., Burlington, 800-880-4780 • patagoniaburlington.com • Skirack: 85 Main St., Burlington, 658-3313 • skirack.com

BEST FURNITURE STORE

Burlington Furniture Company

Value, comfort and contemporary design are the hallmarks of this locally owned store. Showrooms house sleek dining-, living- and bedroom furniture, rugs, and decorative items. (747 Pine St., Burlington, 862-5056 • burlingtonfurniturecompany.com)

Other finalists: • Homeport: 52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com • Modern Design: 2915 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8487 • moderndesignvt.com • The SuperStore: 543 Blair Park Rd., Williston, 879-4231 • superstorevt.com • Wendell’s Furniture: 697 Hercules Dr., Colchester, 861-7700 • 4050 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 861-7777 • wendellsfurniture.com

• Light Club Lamp Shop: 12 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • The Lighting House: 3002 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-2204 • vermontlightinghouse.com

BEST GARDEN CENTER

Gardener’s Supply Company

Founded in 1983 by Vermont gardeners, this employee-owned business provides everything from fertilizer to outdoor furniture and seeds to perennials in Burlington and Williston locations. (128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, 660-3505 • 472 Marshall Ave., Williston, 658-2433 • gardeners.com)

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BEST SKI/SNOWBOARD SHOP

Burton

Respect your elders, especially if they invented your sport. Hit Burton’s hip headquarters or downtown Burlington boutique for clothing and gear before hitting the slopes. (80 Industrial Pkwy., Burlington, 660-3200 • 162 College St., Burlington, 333-0400 • burton.com)

Skirack

Since 1969, this sporting store has specialized in self-propelled transportation. In addition to skis and boards, it carries bikes, in-line skates, running shoes, kayaks and more. (85 Main St., Burlington, 658-3313 • skirack.com)

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• Claussen’s Florist & Greenhouse: 187 Main St., Colchester, 878-2361 • claussens.com • Evergreen Gardens of Vermont: 15 Cabin Ln., Waterbury Center, 244-8523 • evergreengardensvt.com • Red Wagon Plants: 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg, 482-4060 • redwagonplants.com

• Alpine Shop: 1184 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-2714 • alpineshopvt.com • Darkside Snowboards: 1842 Killington Rd., Killington, 422-8600 • 2160 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-0335 • 57 Pond St., Ludlow, 228-5444 • darksidesnowboards.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com

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BEST BIKE SHOP

The Automaster

Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness

Foodies flock to the gourmet kitchen shop for superlative cookware — including a colorful selection of Le Creuset items — and on-site knife sharpening. (72 Church St., Burlington, 863-4226 • kissthecook.net)

Other finalists: • As the Crow Flies: 58 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-2800 • Facebook • Capital Kitchen: 18 State St., Montpelier, 229-2305 • capitalkitchenvt.com • Homeport: 52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com • Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens: 1813 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8050 • stowekitchen.net

BEST LIGHTING STORE

Conant Metal & Light

Owner Steve Conant and his creative crew run one of the coolest stores in town. It’s got plenty of contemporary lighting options, but the shop specializes in turning vintage objects into functional lighting and furniture. (266 Pine St., Burlington, 832-4482 • conantmetalandlight.com)

Other finalists: • Barre Electric & Lighting Supply: 900 Route 302, Barre, 476-0280 • barreelectric.com • The Lamp Shop: 424 Pine St., Burlington, 864-6782 • thelampshopvt.com

It started as Jack DuBrul’s little Rambler dealership in 1968. Today the Automaster’s 120-plus employees enjoy capacious quarters in Shelburne filled with new and pre-owned Mercedes Benz, BMW, Honda and MINI vehicles. Check out the on-site museum. (3328 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8411 • theautomaster.com)

Other finalists: • Burlington Subaru: 351 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 877-544-2985 • subaruvt.com • Heritage Toyota: 1620 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 865-8200 • heritagetoyotacars.com • Shearer Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac: 1675 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 735-1863 • shearervt.com • Shearer Volkswagen of South Burlington: 1030 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 888-658-1130 • shearervw.com

Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness has been keeping locals in shape for more than 60 years. Customers are clearly satisfied with the range and quality of bikes here — and the repairs offered by the service deparment, aka the “Home of the Bike Doctors.” (2500 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 864-9197 • earlsbikes.com)

Other finalists: • North Star Sports: 100 Main St., Burlington, 863-3832 • northstarsportsvt.com • Old Spokes Home: 322 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 863-4475 • oldspokeshome.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com • Skirack:: 85 Main St., Burlington, 658-3313 • skirack.com

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Vermonters know what they love, so when it comes to categories regarding important things like banks, real estate agencies, lodging and, yes, tattoos, they’re unlikely to look around. Those tried-and-true winners — including New England Federal Credit Union, Coldwell Banker, Trapp Family Lodge and Yankee Tattoo — clearly know how to keep the spark alive. But votes show that locals did stray in a handful of categories this year. It’s OK. The heart wants what it wants. Their new flames include Silver Threads Tailoring, Old Soul Barbershop, Essex Resort & Spa and Green Cab VT. No matter the relationship status, you can rest assured: These are all fantastic businesses that’ll get just about any job done.

Woof, woof! Who let the dogs out? Not Oh my DOG. Its responsible caretakers pride themselves on providing topnotch daycare and grooming services for pooches of all shapes and sizes. The business was founded in 2011 with a mission of prioritizing the health, safety and overall well-being of every dog that walks through its door. Whether that means showering a lonely pooch in cuddles or remembering how Fido likes his pills, Oh my DOG does it all. Staff will even upload pics of your pup to Facebook and give you monthly video updates so you don’t experience separation anxiety. What more could a dog owner want? 18 Lime Rock Rd., South Burlington • 489-5273 • ohmydogvt.com

BEST NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Humane Society of Chittenden County

The HSCC takes in upwards of 1,000 animals a year. On any given day, 100 homeless pets are being cared for — and prepared for adoption. Consider it the best place to meet your new best friend. (142 Kindness Ct., South Burlington, 862-0135 • chittendenhumane.org)

Other finalists: • Camp Ta-Kum-Ta Ta-Kum-Ta: 77 Sunset View Rd., South Hero, 372-5863 • takumta.org • Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) (COTS): 95 North Ave., Burlington, 864-7402 • cotsonline.org • Lund: 50 Joy Dr., South Burlington, 864-7467 • lundvt.org • Spectrum Youth & Family Services Services: 31 Elmwood Ave., Burlington, 864-7423 • spectrumvt.org

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SERVICES BEST VETERINARIAN/ ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Green Mountain Animal Hospital

Founded in 1969, the hospital has two locations, four doctors and a team of skilled technicians. From puppy and kitten consults to geriatric meds, there’s a full menu of critter care. (1693 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-7021 • 1372 North Ave., Burlington, 658-3739 • greenmountainah.com)

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• Milton Veterinary Hospital: 2 Chrisemily Lane, Milton, 893-4000 • miltonvethospital.com • Orchard Veterinary Hospital: 1333 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 658-2273 • orchardvetvt.com • Qi Veterinary Clinic: 1333 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 951-8800 • qiveterinaryclinic.com • River Cove Animal Hospital: 7 River Cove Rd., Williston, 879-7984 • rivercove.net

BEST PET DAYCARE

Oh my DOG

Trained staff make sure your four-legged friend has a doggone good time at this daycare, boarding and training facility. (18 Lime Rock Rd., South Burlington, 489-5273 • ohmydogvt.com)

Other finalists: • Gulliver’s Doggie Daycare: 59 Industrial Ave., Williston, 860-1144 • doggiedaycare.com • Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa: 1045 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, 489-5496 • happytailsvermont.com • Play Dog Play: 668 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0545 • 1725 Williston Rd., South Burlington • playdogvt.com

BEST PET GROOMER

Oh my DOG

“S’Paw” services here — including a good rub-adub-dub in the doggy bathtub, nail trims, ear cleans and blowouts — keep fur babies groomed and good-lookin’. (18 Lime Rock Rd., South Burlington, 489-5273 • ohmydogvt.com)

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• A Passion For Pets: 110 Heineberg Dr., Colchester, 863-0012 • apassionforpetsvt.com • Cosmo’s Cuts Pet Grooming Boutique: 4 Southerberry Dr., Unit 102, Milton, 893-3434 • Facebook • Doggie Styles Grooming & Boutique: 925 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, 654-7387 • doggiestylesvt.com • Shed Happens: 555 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans, 503-7951 • shedhappensgrooming.com

BEST WEDDING VENUE

Shelburne Farms

Whether it’s an intimate affair at the Inn or a larger party at the Coach Barn, the formal gardens, award-winning locavore cuisine and Lake Champlain view make Shelburne Farms a gorgeous place to get hitched. (1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org)

Other finalists: • The Barn at Boyden Valley: 64 Route 104, Cambridge, 644-8151 • boydenvalley.com • The Barns at Lang Farm: 51 Upper Main St., Essex Junction, 316-1210 • langbarn.com • ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: 1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 • echovermont.org • The Old Lantern Inn & Barn: 3260 Greenbush Rd., Charlotte, 425-2120 • oldlantern.com

BEST CATERER

BEST BARBER/MEN’S CUT

Old Soul Barbershop

If we had a Daysies category for best store logo, the one at Old Soul Barbershop in Winooski — featuring a skull with a pompadour above a pair of crossed straight razors — would be the odds-on favorite. Owner Christian DuBrul and his tattooed crew of badass barbers could double their income by hawking bowling shirts sporting that design. But it’s not the sign in the front window that keeps the fellas coming back for more. It’s the fact that Old Soul offers the sharpest flattops, high-and-tights, business trims and crew cuts around, with hot-towel treatments and facial-hair designs second to none. Props for offering discounts to kids, senior citizens and civil servants, too. This is as traditional as cutting-edge barbering gets. 164 Main St., Winooski • 399-2213 • oldsoulvt.com

Sugarsnap

With a farm in the Intervale, Sugarsnap does a booming business in full-service, farm-to-table catering for weddings and other special functions. (30 Community Dr., South Burlington, 861-2951 • thesnapvt.com)

Other finalists: • Catering by Dale: 7 Aspen Dr., South Burlington, 860-2846 • cateringbydale.com • Cloud 9 Caterers: 142 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, 655-7370 • cloud9caterers.com • Have Your Cake Catering: 88 Oak St., Burlington, 540-0131 • haveyourcakecatering.com • Let’s Pretend Catering: 57 Commerce Ave., Suite 3, South Burlington, 651-1081 • letspretendcatering.com

BEST FLORIST

BEST TAILOR*

Stray Cat Flower Farm

Silver Threads Tailoring

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• Chappell’s Florist: 1437 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 232-4313 • chappellsflorist.com • Clayton Floral: 238-6187 • claytonfloral.com • In Full Bloom: 5657 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-1410 • infullbloomvt.com • Kathy and Company Florist: 221 Colchester Ave., Burlington, 863-7053 • kathycoflowers.com

• Linda’s Sew Unique: 69 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-6608 • Facebook • Rigo Brothers Tailor Shop: 108 Church St., Burlington, 658-1619 • Facebook • Sewly Tailoring: 150 Dorset St., Suite 332, South Burlington, 881-0708 • sewlytailoring.com

Fresh-picked blooms from a farm at the Intervale dominate this florist’s attractive arrangements during the growing season. Available for weddings and at the Burlington Farmers Market, its sweet-smelling bouquets are accessible to all. (60 Intervale Rd., Burlington, 865-0068 • straycatflowers.com)

The threads may be silver, but the tailoring service has earned a gold star. In an upstairs shop right on the Church Street Marketplace, skilled stitchers offer praise-worthy and professional alterations for men and women. (34 Church St., Suite 7, Burlington, 658-8050 • Facebook)


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BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

BEST MORTGAGE BROKER

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

New England Federal Credit Union

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Other finalists:

• Century 21 Jack Associates: 1161 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 658-5555 • 44 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 864-9855 • c21jack.com • Element Real Estate: 139 Bank St., Burlington, 391-9423 • realestatevt.com • Keller Williams: 68 Randall St., South Burlington, 654-8500 • vermontkw.com • RE/MAX North Professionals: 875 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, 655-3333 • homesvermont.com

• Academy Mortgage Corporation: 105 West View Rd., Suite 110, Colchester, 399-2034 • academymortgage.com • Kelly Deforge, Union Bank: 30 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, 652-2985 • unionbankvt.com • Kim Negron, HomeBridge Financial Services: 302 Mountain View Dr., Suite 301, Colchester, 846-4646 • homebridge.com • Spruce Mortgage: 430 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 863-8816 • sprucemortgage.com

At this local agency, more than 65 Realtors and staff work with home buyers, market luxury homes, facilitate relocations, and provide rental assistance to both tenants and landlords. (346 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 863-1500 • hickokandboardman.com)

Jessica Bridge, Element Real Estate VT Her friends will tell you: Jessica Bridge knows everybody. She owned or managed several businesses before she hit 30 and, in 2010, launched Element Real Estate VT with Dan Cypress. Their simple mission: Do what is best for their clients, always. (139 Bank St., Burlington, 391-9423 • realestatevt.com)

Other finalists: • Dan Titus, Keller Williams: 68 Randall St., South Burlington, 578-8885 • dantitusrealestate.com • Dana Valentine, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty: 346 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 846-9500 • hickokandboardman.com • Elise Polli, Keller Williams: 302 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 488-3410 • elisepolli. kwrealty.com • Robbi Handy Holmes, Century 21 Jack Associates: 1161 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 658-5555, ext. 2128 • c21jack.com

New England Federal Credit Union

Buying a home? Refinancing one? The largest credit union in Vermont is also one of the most personable, from its convenient Sunday drivethru hours to the annual Shred Fest and Hard Drive Destruction. Oh, and it’s got some of the lowest interest rates around. (1000 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 800-400-8790 • 141 Harvest Lane, Williston • nefcu.com)

Other finalists: • NorthCountry Federal Credit Union: 1049 North Ave., Burlington, 800-660-3258 • northcountry.org • Northfield Savings Bank: 160 College St., Burlington, 800-672-2274 • nsbvt.com • Vermont Federal Credit Union: 84 Pine St., Burlington, 658-0225 • vermontfederal.org • Vermont State Employees Credit Union: 86 Pearl St., Burlington, 800-371-5162 • vsecu.com

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BEST SALON

Indigo

This upscale salon and perennial Daysie winner manages the ’dos of many men and women — “whether rocker or business chic” — with haircuts, coloring, conditioning and styling. Services include hair removal and makeup. (189 Battery St., Burlington, 658-2010, 865-2212 • indigovt.com)

Other finalists: • Chop Shop Hair Design: 210 College St., Burlington, 660-4343 • chopshophairdesign.com • Sequoia Salon: 39 Kilburn St., Burlington, 540-8333 • sequoiasalon.com • Stephen & Burns: 116 Church St., Burlington, 865-4766 • stephenandburns.com • Urban Salon Team: 86 Main St., Burlington, 862-1670 • urbansalonteam.com

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In a pitch-perfect throwback to the midcentury American barbershop, master of shears Christian DuBrul and his staff specialize in traditional cuts and hot-towel, straight-razor shaves. (164 Main St., Winooski, 399-2213 • oldsoulvt.com)

Other finalists: • Bugatti Barbers: 209 Battery St., Burlington, 652-9093 • bugattibarbers.com • Gentlemen’s Top Option: 86 Lake St., Burlington, 863-3969 • gtovt.com • Lux Barber Shop: 159 Cherry St., Burlington, 497-2086 • barber.luxburlington.com • Myles Court Barbershop: 25 E. State St., Montpelier, 225-6671 • mylescourt.com

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With nearly 90,000 members and $1 billion in assets, NEFCU is the state’s largest credit union. Besides offering loans, mortgages and credit cards, NEFCU supports local charities. (1000 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 800-400-8790 • nefcu.com)

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BEST RESORT SPA

Topnotch Resort & Spa

Stowe’s Topnotch is a perfect place to be pampered. Don a fluffy robe and sign up for a maple-sugar body scrub or a science-y sounding body composition analysis. Afterward, laze around the pool, meditate on the mountains or, hey, get another massage. (4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6463 • topnotchresort.com)

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• The Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 764-1452 • essexresortspa.com • Mountain Massage Center, Smugglers’ Notch Resort: 4323 Route 108, Jeffersonville, 332-6854 • smuggs.com • The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge: 7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-4782 • stowemountainlodge.com • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa: 1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-7355 • stoweflake.com

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Silver Threads Tailoring

Mark Twain (supposedly) once said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.” Not included in that statement: People whose clothes fit their bodies feel and look more comfortable. We live in a world of fast fashion, but sartorial spirits know it’s better to find quality pieces that will last. Those threads often require a little nip and tuck — because, regardless of where they’re procured, most clothes don’t fit perfectly straight off the rack. That’s where Silver Threads comes in. Downtown tailor Mihn “Mindy” La will pinch in the waistline of that sheath dress you said you would wear last summer, shorten Dad’s suit jacket to fit your frame or hem those dress pants that drag around your heels. Don’t disappoint Mark Twain. Get ye to the tailor. 34 Church St., Suite 7, Burlington • 658-8050 • Facebook

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SERVICES BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE

Bella Vie Nail Spa

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This nail salon lives up to its name — which translates to “beautiful life” — by offering a full range of nail services, from green-tea pedicures to nail art. The footbaths are scented, and the towels are hot. (5649 Williston Rd., Williston, 857-5889 • bellavienailspa.com)

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Other finalists: • Mini Spa VT: 166 Battery St., Burlington, 658-6006 • minispavt.com • Perfect Nails by Thu: 1 Market Place, Suite 21, Essex Junction, 288-8164 • Facebook • Sofi Nails & Spa: 1148 North Ave., Burlington, 862-2222 • Facebook • Tropical Nails and Tan: 150 Dorset St., Suite 210, South Burlington, 652-9776 • Facebook

Got ink? You could get some — or more — at this self-described “old-school street shop.” Ink artist “Bald Bill” Henshaw established the Pearl Street storefront in 1996 and, with his son Eric and other tattoists, has been decorating local body parts ever since. (198 Pearl St., Burlington, 8623328 • yankeetattoo.net)

Other finalists: • Brilliant Massage Therapy: 35 King St., Suite 9, Burlington, 825-4116 • jolitabrilliant.com • Cynthea’s Spa: 102 Church St., Burlington, 238-7524 • cyntheaspa.com • Rod Cain Massage Therapy: 1 Mill St., Suite 224, Burlington, 355-5585 • rodcainmassage.com • Shanti Mama Wellness: 1 Mill St., Suite 244, Burlington, 978-808-9297 • shantimamawellness.com

BEST DAY SPA

Oasis Day Spa

The resort’s recipe for relaxation includes massages of all kinds: custom, deep tissue, Eastern hand, warm stone and more. Talented therapists know how to hit just the right spot — and the complimentary use of the on-site steam and sauna rooms certainly don’t hurt. (70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 764-1452 • essexresortspa.com)

• Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor: 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 864-4700 • marriott.com • The Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex, 878-1100 • essexresortspa.com • Hilton Burlington: 60 Battery St., Burlington, 658-6500 • hilton.com • Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown: 101 Main St., Burlington, 951-0099 • hilton.com

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• Aartistic Inc.: 7 E. Allen St., Winooski, 338-9009 • 11 Main St., Montpelier, 229-6663 • aartisticinc.wordpress.com • Body Art Tattoo & Piercing: 178 Main St., Burlington, 863-7870 • bodyartvt.com/temp • Fortune Teller Tattoo: 1 Mill St., Suite 250, Burlington, 658-7700 • fortunetellertattoo.com • We the People Tattoo Parlor: 73 Church St., Burlington, 497-3314 • wethepeopletattoo.com

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Whether you’re far from home or sneaking in a staycation, you’ll sleep easy at Burlington’s independent downtown hotel. With sophisticated rooms, farm-to-table restaurants and a stunning outdoor terrace, it’s been named one of the top 25 hotels in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler. (41 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-0080 • hotelvt.com)

Care for a Champagne body exfoliation? How about a pumpkin float? Oasis offers a long list of delicious-sounding body treatments — plus hair styling, nail art and massage — and a rejuvenating refuge from everyday life. (300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 220, Williston, 879-9499 • oasisdayspavt.com)

Other finalists: • be. Skin Clinic: 77 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 495-0819 • vtskinclinic.com • Cynthea’s Spa: 102 Church St., Burlington, 238-7524 • cyntheaspa.com • Pure Beauty: 187 St. Paul St., Suite 4B-1, Burlington, 540-8331 • purebeautyvt.com • Vermont Salt Cave Spa & Halotherapy Center: 48 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-2283 • vtsaltcaves.com

After touring the U.S., the storied Trapp Family Singers settled in Stowe and later began welcoming visitors to stay at their picturesque Alpine lodge. Today, the property offers guests more than just a few of their favorite things, from upscale amenities to mountain vistas. (700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-8511 • trappfamily.com)

Other finalists: • Field Guide: 433 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8088 • fieldguidestowe.com • Topnotch Resort & Spa: 4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 800-451-8686 • topnotchresort.com

BEST HEALTH CLUB/GYM

The EDGE Sports & Fitness

With five locations, the Edge makes swimming, spinning, tennis and physical therapy convenient for just about everyone in Chittenden County. Each location has its own programs, camps and activities to make working out a little easier. (75 Eastwood Dr., South Burlington, 658-0002 • 142 W. Twin Oaks Terr., South Burlington, 658-0001 • 115 Wellness Dr., Williston, 860-3343 • 4 Morse Dr., Essex, 879-7734 • 4 Gauthier Dr., Essex, 879-7734, ext. 2 • edgevt.com)

Other finalists: • Fitness Options Personal Training Studio: 1050 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, 863-4848 • fitnessoptionsvt.com • Greater Burlington YMCA: 266 College St., Burlington, 862-9622 • gbymca.org • Marketplace Fitness: 29 Church St., Burlington, 651-8773 • marketplacefitness.com • Studio SxB: 25 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 324-9493 • suzyshulman.com


BEST YOGA STUDIO

BEST AUTO REPAIR

Laughing River Yoga

Girlington Garage

The end goal of all those sun salutations and downward dogs? Healthy bodies and tranquil minds. In addition to classes, workshops and retreats, Laughing River’s expanded studio now offers massage. (1 Mill St., Suite 126, Burlington, 343-8119 • laughingriveryoga.com)

Other finalists: • Evolution Physical Therapy + Yoga: 20 Kilburn St., Suite 120, Burlington, 864-9642 • evolutionvt.com • Queen City Bikram Yoga: 40 San Remo Dr., South Burlington, 489-5649 • queencitybikramyoga.com • Sangha Studio: 120 Pine St., Burlington, 448-4262 • 237 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington • sanghastudio.org • Yoga Roots: 120 Graham Way, Suite 140, Shelburne, 985-0090 • yogarootsvt.com

BEST CYCLING STUDIO

REV Indoor Cycling

Other finalists: • Cyclepath Indoor Cycling: Mechanics Lane, Burlington, 363-0564 • cyclepathvt.com • The EDGE Sports & Fitness: 75 Eastwood Dr., South Burlington, 658-0002 • 142 W. Twin Oaks Terr., South Burlington, 658-0001 • 115 Wellness Dr., Williston, 860-3343 • 4 Morse Dr., Essex, 879-7734 • 4 Gauthier Dr., Essex, 879-7734, ext. 2 • edgevt.com • Pulse Cycling / Studio: 373 Blair Park, Suite 102, Williston, 879-4000 • pulsecyclingstudio.com • Studio Zenith: 50 Main St., Montpelier, 598-5876 • studiozenithvt.com

BEST CROSSFIT STUDIO

802 CrossFit

Strengthening minds and bodies, instructors think inside the “box” and make it fun at this studio serving athletes, kids, the elderly and everyone in between. (16B Morse Dr., Essex Junction, 233-4414 • 802crossfitvt.com)

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BEST CAB COMPANY

Green Cab VT

This “clean” cab company is committed to using vehicles that run on alternative fuels — think hybrid SUVs, biodiesel vans and even blackcar service with hydrogen injection systems installed. And, yes, the ever-growing fleet can still get you to the airport in record time. (South Burlington, 864-2424 • greencabvt.com)

Other finalists: • Dunwright Taxi: Burlington, 557-2461 • Facebook • Snowflake Taxi: Stowe, 253-7666 • snowflaketaxi.com

Other finalists: • The Automaster: 3328 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8411 • theautomaster.com • Brian’s North End Automotive: 98 North Ave., Burlington, 862-9072 • briansnorthendautomotive.com • Dolan’s Auto: 250 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 658-3170 • dolansauto.com • Nate’s Automotive: 42 River Rd., Essex, 879-0115 • natesautomotivevt.com

BEST MUSIC RADIO STATION

The Point FM 104.7

Since it started in 1977, this station has been a pioneer in the triple-A (adult album alternative) format. Listeners still tune in today for its eclectic playlist of new and vintage music, from rock and roll to pop and reggae. (pointfm.com)

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BEST NEWS RADIO STATION

Vermont Public Radio

With full-power stations around the state, VPR beams and streams news, talk and music to nearly 200,000 listeners per week around the region. “Vermont Edition,” its award-winning flagship daily newsmagazine, explores regional issues and culture. (vpr.net)

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Other finalists: • WDEV: wdevradio.com • WVMT AM 620: newstalk620wvmt.com

BEST LOCAL TV STATION

WCAX

Award-winning anchors such as Kristin Kelly and Darren Perron provide stellar local coverage of the Champlain Valley and surrounding area. (wcax.com)

Other finalists: • Local ABC 22/Local Fox 44: mychamplainvalley.com • Vermont PBS: vermontpbs.org • WPTZ: wptz.com

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• Champlain Valley CrossFit: 1191 S. Brownell Rd., Suite 10, Williston, 660-3760 • champlainvalleycrossfit.com • Crossfit Threshold Training: 1879 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 448-3768 • crossfittt.com • CrossFit Waterbury: 53 N. Main St., Waterbury, 882-8031 • crossfitwaterbury.com • Mountain Trail CrossFit: 113 Acorn Lane, Suite C, Colchester, 508-320-6280 • mountaintrailcrossfit.com

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BEST PLACE TO SWIM & BEST PLACE TO KAYAK/CANOE

Waterbury Reservoir

When Lake Champlain inevitably turns blue-green, savvy locals know where to go: Waterbury Reservoir. The state’s ninthlargest body of water is also among its prettiest and most accessible — and, just as importantly, cleanest. Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains, Little River and Waterbury Center state parks offer well-maintained swimming beaches and lots of amenities, including boat rentals. Whether you want to lounge in the lake or paddle on it, the reservoir has everything you need to enjoy those endless summer days — which are actually ending in, like, a month. 344 Little River Rd., Waterbury • 244-7103 • 177 Reservoir Rd., Waterbury Center • 244-1226 • vtstateparks.com

Whatever the weather, most Vermonters make it a point to get outside and play — on snow-covered slopes, freshly mown fairways, hiking and biking trails, and in sparkling swimming holes. While most of these special places don’t have a wall on which to hang an award, it’s important for us to recognize them nonetheless. Isn’t easy access to Mother Nature why we all live here, after all? So let’s celebrate our favorite spots to recreate — and perhaps discover some new ones, too. Perennial winners Mount Philo State Park, Lake Willoughby and Shelburne Farms remind us of what makes the great outdoors so great. And newcomer Waterbury Reservoir truly shined this year, earning not one but two Daysies for best place to swim and best place to kayak/ canoe. Finally, in the brand-new category of best guided tour, Ben & Jerry’s scooped up the win. Sweet.

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BEST SKI/RIDE SLOPE

BEST STATE PARK

Stowe Mountain Resort

Mount Philo State Park

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• Bolton Valley Resort: 4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd., Bolton Valley, 434-3444 • boltonvalley.com • Jay Peak Resort: 830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com • Smugglers’ Notch Resort: 4323 Route 108, Jeffersonville, 332-6854 • smuggs.com • Sugarbush Resort: 102 Forrest Dr., Warren, 583-6300 • sugarbush.com

• Burton Island State Park: 2714 Hathaway Point Rd., St. Albans, 524-6353 • vtstateparks.com • Groton State Forest: grotonvt.com • Little River State Park: 3444 Little River Rd, Waterbury, 244-7103 • vtstateparks.com • Sand Bar State Park: 1215 Route 2, Milton, 893-2825 • vtstateparks.com

BEST CROSS-COUNTRY SKI AREA

Camel’s Hump

Like rails, boxes, kickers and half-pipes? So do the legions of athletes who hit up Stowe’s terrain park as soon as the snow flies. Others give its unrelenting verticals a go before kicking back in the swanky lodge. (5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-3000 • stowe.com)

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Other finalists: • Bolton Valley Resort: 4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd., Bolton Valley, 434-3444 • boltonvalley.com • Catamount Outdoor Family Center: 592 Gov. Chittenden Rd., Williston, 879-6001 • catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.org • Craftsbury Outdoor Center: 535 Lost Nation Rd., Craftsbury Common, 586-7767 • craftsbury.com • Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center: 427 Ski Lodge Dr., Huntington, 434-2283 • skisleepyhollow.com

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Kwiniaska Golf Club

Other finalists: • Cedar Knoll Country Club: 13020 Route 116, Hinesburg, 482-3186 • cedarknollgolf.com • The Links at Lang Farm: 39 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 878-0298 • linksatlangfarm.com • Rocky Ridge Golf Club: 7470 Route 116, St. George, 482-2191 • rockyridge.com • Williston Golf Club: 424 Golf Course Rd., Williston, 878-3747 • willistongolfclub.com

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BEST DAY HIKE Vermont founder Ira Allen initially named this distinctive, 4,000-foot mountain “Camel’s Rump” in the late 1700s. From the Huntington side, you can go to the top and make it back to town in time for lunch. (879-6565 • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists: • Mount Mansfield: 352 Mountain Rd., Underhill, 899-3022 • vtstateparks.com • Mount Philo State Park: 5425 Mt. Philo Rd., Charlotte, 425-2390 • vtstateparks.com • Snake Mountain: Mountain Rd., Addison • Stowe Pinnacle Trail: Stowe Untitled-28 1

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BEST FOOT RACE

People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Long-distance runners pound the pavement for this annual 26.2-mile course through the Queen City. Cheering crowds and taiko drummers raise everyone’s spirits. (Burlington, 863-8412 • vermontcitymarathon.org)

Other finalists: • Covered Bridges Half Marathon: Woodstock • cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com • Half Marathon Unplugged: Burlington, 863-8412 • runvermont.org • Leaf Peepers Half Marathon & 5K: Waterbury, 223-6997 • leafpeepershalfmarathon.org • Vermont Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race: Montpelier, 846-7926 • vcccsar.org

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Kwiniaska is a semiprivate, championshiplength golf course in Shelburne. It offers a clubhouse, pro shop and snack bar, as well as an on-site practice facility. (5531 Spear St., Shelburne, 985-3672 • kwiniaska.com)

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In winter, this 2,400-acre, Austrian-style resort is a cross-country ski center. In summer, these hills are alive with hiking, horse-drawn wagon rides, bird-watching tours and Sunday concerts in the meadow. (700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-8511 • trappfamily.com)

Mt. Philo is the perfect high-altitude locale for picnics with friends — your less-adventurous buds can drive up the 968-foot peak. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day weekend. (5425 Mt. Philo Rd., Charlotte, 425-2390 • vtstateparks.com)

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Kwiniaska Golf Club

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Come for the comical fashion and marginal exercise, stay for the lush greens and fairways of the championship-length course at Kwiniaska Golf Club. The Shelburne course is a perennial local favorite, having scored nine Daysies wins since 2006. It’s not hard to see why. Surrounded by rolling farmland and stunning mountain views, Kwiniaska is as scenic as it is challenging and fun. Hone your skills with lessons from the Professional Golfers’ Association’s Steve Gonsalves at Gonzo’s Golf Academy. Or unwind with an icy Arnold Palmer — or perhaps its boozy cousin, the John Daly — in the laid-back clubhouse overlooking the 18th green.

BEST PLACE TO BIKE

Burlington Bike Path

This scenic path for bikers, runners and walkers extends 7.5 miles along the city’s shoreline, from the southern end of Oakledge Park north to the Winooski River, where the path connects via bridge with the Colchester Bike Path. (Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com)

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5531 Spear St., Shelburne • 985-3672 • kwiniaska.com

• Island Line Trail: Burlington to South Hero, 861-2700 • localmotion.org • Kingdom Trails: 468 Route 114, East Burke, 626-0737 • kingdomtrails.com • Lamoille Valley Rail Trail: St. Johnsbury to St. Albans, 229-0005 • lvrt.org • Stowe Recreation Path: Stowe, 253-6148 • stowerec.org

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour

Billed as “one of the happiest places in Vermont,” the homegrown ice cream factory gives visitors the full scoop on guided 30-minute tours. It’s kinda like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — minus the Oompa Loompas. (1281 Route 100, Waterbury, 882-2047 • benjerry.com)

Other finalists: • Burlington Brew Tours: Burlington, 760-6091 • citybrewtours.com • Burlington Edible History: Burlington, 238-8828 • burlingtonediblehistory.com • Queen City Ghostwalk: Burlington, 351-1313 • queencityghostwalk.com • Spirit of Ethan Allen: 1 College St., Burlington, 862-8300 • soea.com

BEST IN-STATE WEEKEND GETAWAY

Lake Willoughby

Waterbury Reservoir

“It’s a fair, pretty sheet of water,” wrote poet Robert Frost of Lake Willoughby, nestled in the Northeast Kingdom between Mount Hor and Mount Pisgah. A visit to this serene blue spot — perfect for fishing, swimming and canoeing — is like stepping back in time. (Westmore • fpr.vermont.gov)

Other finalists:

• Jay Peak Resort: 830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com • Stowe: Stowe, 253-7321 • gostowe.com • Stowe Mountain Resort: 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-3000 • stowe.com • Topnotch Resort: 4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 800-451-8686 • topnotchresort.com

BEST PLACE TO SWIM The ninth-largest body of water in Vermont, this serene man-made reservoir is an ideal spot for a refreshing dip. Dry off, then make use of the picnic grounds and abundant on-site grilling stations. (344 Little River Rd., Waterbury, 244-7103 • 177 Reservoir Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-1226 • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists:

• Leddy Beach: 216 Leddy Park Rd., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com • North Beach: Institute Rd., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com • Oakledge Park: Flynn Ave., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com • Sand Bar State Park: 1215 Route 2, Milton, 893-2825 • vtstateparks.com

BEST VERMONT DAY TRIP WITH THE KIDS

Shelburne Farms

Walk the paths, take in the views, visit the cheesemakers or pet baby animals at this 1,400-acre nonprofit farm and education center. Don’t miss dining, in season, at the gorgeous inn overlooking historic flower gardens and Lake Champlain. (1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org)

BEST PLACE TO KAYAK/CANOE

Waterbury Reservoir

Motor-boat traffic is relatively low, making this 850-acre spread of water perfect for paddling. Rentals are available at Waterbury Center State Park and, for campers, Little River State Park. (344 Little River Rd., Waterbury, 244-7103 • 177 Reservoir Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-1226 • vtstateparks.com) • Colchester Pond: Colchester • vtfishandwildlife.com • Green River Reservoir: 1393 Green River Dam Rd., Hyde Park, 888-1349 • vtstateparks.com • Malletts Bay: 88 Malletts Bay Campground Rd., Colchester, 863-6980 • mallettsbaycampground.com • Oakledge Park: Flynn Ave., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com

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Once upon a time, in 1978, two regular guys named Ben and Jerry had an idea to sell homemade ice cream out of a renovated Burlington gas station. Their plan was so crazy that it worked — the original $12,005 investment blossomed into a business so successful that it became a subsidiary of Unilever, with plenty of exciting moments along the way. Immerse yourself in the company’s sweet story — and the magic of turning cream and sugar into a delectable cold confection — on a guided tour at Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury factory. Don’t miss the infamous Flavor Graveyard, honoring the terminated tenures of pints past. Economic Crunch, anyone? 1281 Route 100, Waterbury • 882-2047 • benjerry.com

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BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING PLACE

Church Street Marketplace

Mom and Dad in town? Take them to Burlington’s version of a piazza — a pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, street vendors and performers suitable for all ages. Dine outside in summer for excellent people-watching. (Church St., Burlington, 863-1648 • churchstmarketplace.com)

Downtown Burlington’s pedestrian-only promenade is enlivened by shops, restaurants, food vendors and street performers. When the weather’s nice, you can get drinks, lunch or dinner outside and watch the world go by. (Church St., Burlington, 863-1648 • churchstmarketplace.com)

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• Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org • Shelburne Museum: 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3346 • shelburnemuseum.org • Stowe: Stowe, 253-7321 • gostowe.com • Waterfront Park: Lake St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com

• Burlington Farmers Market: Burlington • burlingtonfarmersmarket.org • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Oakledge Park: Flynn Ave., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com • Waterfront Park: Lake St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com

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