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hoy! And welcome to the Seven Daysies, the locals’ guide to Vermont. In our 16th year, we’re setting sail on the SS Daysie for treasures heretofore untold. A record-breaking number of Seven Days readers have picked favorites in food and drink, arts and entertainment, shopping and services, and outdoors and recreation. Hop aboard, and we’ll cruise to the winning results. The Daysies are more than a handy treasure map to what’s great in this state — they’re a celebration of the people and places that make these hills our home. When it comes to farmto-table restaurants, independent retailers and natural wonders, we’re luckier than we can fathom. In this age of Amazon, many locally owned businesses across the country are pushing up daisies. So we’re grateful to live in a place where communities care about indie merchants

— they’re what make our downtowns so distinct. The Daysies are our annual opportunity to say thanks. How did we come to Daysie-crown these victors? First, our readers wrote in their favorites for everything from best ski slope to CBD shop, best food truck to film festival. The Daysies contest captains tallied up the nominations, selecting the top finalists in each category — and, when warranted, dividing them into “inside Chittenden County” and “outside Chittenden County” to allow some farther-flung faves to float to the top. Then we held a final multiple-choice voting round to determine the winners. Exactly 21,861 readers participated this year. That’s more than double the number from 2017! Thanks, Vermont, for rockin’ the vote — and the boat. CAROLYN FOX

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We couldn’t help but notice some tasty parallels within this year’s Daysies food results. After 17 years of running a wildly popular food cart on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, Hong “The Dumpling Lady” Yu transitioned to a year-round restaurant, Hong’s Chinese Dumplings, last fall. She sold 1,400 of her Daysies-winning dumplings on opening day. Meanwhile, A Single Pebble — Burlington’s longtime Daysies champion for best Chinese restaurant — added a mobile eatery this spring. Chef Chiuho Duval told Seven Days she’s “having fun” cooking grab-and-go Chinese street eats in her new food truck. Best part: The meals-on-wheels keep her in business during disruptive mall construction right across the street. Some of the Daysies parallels were more personal: Take four-time best restaurant winner Hen of the Wood. In addition to turning out nationally recognized locavore cuisine, the

restaurant has become a training ground for some of the state’s most talented and ambitious chefs. Hen’s Stowe venture, Doc Ponds, scored a Daysie this year for its elevated après-ski lunches. Allison Gibson, co-owner of Honey Road (best new restaurant), also hails from Hen — as does Andrew LeStourgeon, chef-owner of Monarch & the Milkweed (best place to get a CBD edible). Despite their close proximity, we doubt any of these fine cooks considers the others competition. As Hen’s Daysie-winning chef Jordan Ware told Seven Days last year, he views his restaurant’s success as a chance to put the whole area on the map as a dining destination. That spirit of working together for the greater good makes Vermont more delicious. From sourcing produce through Burlington Farmers Market vendors to parking side by side at ArtsRiot’s Truck Stop, chefs here collaborate to make the food scene filling — and fulfilling — for all.

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Honey Road

Masterful eastern Mediterranean mezze garnered the restaurant two James Beard Award nominations in its first year. Plates include baba ghanoush, braised lamb, grilled octopus and harissa-glazed chicken wings. (156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com)

Other finalists: • Agave Taco and Tequila Casa: 28 Walnut St., Williston, 876-7129 • agavevt.com • Knead Bakery: 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 540-6852 • kneadvt.com • La Casa Burrito: 30 S. Main St., St. Albans, 528-5944 • lacasaburrito.com • Trail Break Taps + Tacos: 129 S. Main St., White River Junction, 281-3208 • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST RESTAURANT

Hen of the Wood

Other finalists: • Honey Road: 156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: 30 Route 15, Jericho, 899-2223 • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Misery Loves Co.: 46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Blue Paddle Bistro

Artsy décor at this longtime locals’ favorite includes a wooden canoe suspended over the bar. Chef Phoebe Bright’s food is inventive — think coffee-crusted pork tenderloin and crab ravioli. (316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com)

Other finalists: • Kismet: 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646 • kismetkitchens.com • Trail Break Taps + Tacos: 129 S. Main St., White River Junction, 281-3208 • trailbreakwrj.com • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com

BEST BURGER OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

WORTHY BURGER Worthy Burger serves up specialty beef patties topped with bacon and smoked Gouda, and ground turkey ones with Korean-style barbecue sauce and kimchi. But the South Royalton restaurant built its reputation on a mix-and-match ordering format that allowed diners to pick a protein and add cheeses, veggies and sauces to their heart’s content, and that option is still available. So when you’re inevitably hit with a craving for a juicy poultry patty with Nordic-style Swiss cheese, habañero-pickled pineapple, caramelized onions and Asian pear slaw, you know where to go. (And this summer brings a Waitsfield location, too!) Don’t forget about the beer list — one of Vermont’s finest — and the beef-tallow fries. They alone are worth the trip.

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Rustic charm, locavore cuisine and a legendary wine list distinguish this award-winning restaurant with locations in a former grist mill and in the elegant Hotel Vermont. (55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com)

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American Flatbread

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 • 137 Maple St., Middlebury, 388-3300 • 46 Lareau Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8856 • americanflatbread.com)

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OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

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 • Positive Pie: 22 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453 • 65-69 Main St., Plainfield, 454-0133 • 219 N. Main St., Barre, 622-8051 • 87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 472-7126 • positivepie.com • Trail Break Taps + Tacos: 129 S. Main St., White River Junction, 281-3208 • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST CHEF

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Jordan Ware (Hen of the Wood)

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A 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef in the Northeast, Ware joined Hen’s team in 2009 and has been making his mark on its famous fare ever since. (55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com)

Other finalists: • Cara Chigazola-Tobin (Honey Road): 156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com • George Lambertson (ArtsRiot): 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Justin Bigelow (the Daily Planet): 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • Phoebe Bright (Blue Paddle Bistro): 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com

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• The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: 30 Route 15, Jericho, 899-2223 • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Papa Frank’s: 13 W. Center St., Winooski, 655-2423 • papa-franks.com • The Skinny Pancake: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188 • 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 • 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Museum • 633 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington • 1200 Airport Dr., Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, 752-6761 • 7416 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Resort, 760-6501 • 102 Forest Dr., Sugarbush Resort, Warren • skinnypancake.com

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

THE SPOT ON THE DOCK Queen City residents have long lamented the shortage of true waterfront dining locales. Most “lakefront” eateries are at least a few minutes’ walk from the water’s edge, with views interrupted by buildings or trees. Enter the Spot on the Dock, which last summer took over the former Breakwater Café & Grill location at the King Street Dock and transformed it into a beach-house-style paradise with teak boardwalk floors, low-slung couches, tilted umbrellas and a bar scene — with great tropical cocktails — that’s so lively it borders on raucous on weekend nights. Oh, and the fresh Cobb salads, salmon poke and pork potstickers are worth a visit, too. 1 King St., Burlington, 540-0480 • spotonthedock.com

BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE

BEST BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Hen of the Wood

Penny Cluse Café

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)

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)

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Other finalists:

• Blue Paddle Bistro: 316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com • Honey Road: 156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • The Windjammer: 1076 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-6585 • windjammerrestaurant.com

• Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 310-7828 • monarchandthemilkweed.com • The Skinny Pancake: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188 • 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 • 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Museum • 633 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington • 1200 Airport Dr., Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, 752-6761 • 7416 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Resort, 760-6501 • 102 Forest Dr., Sugarbush Resort, Warren • skinnypancake.com • Sneakers Bistro: 28 Main St., Winooski, 655-9081 • sneakersbistro.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Blue Paddle Bistro

Monthly Sunday brunches at this Champlain Islands bistro are a big hit. Make reservations early to score a seat. (316 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4814 • bluepaddlebistro.com)

Other finalists: • 158 Main Restaurant & Bakery: 158 Main St., Jeffersonville, 644-8100 • 158main.com • Down Home Kitchen: 100 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6665 • downhomekitchenvt.com • Kismet: 52 State St., Montpelier, 223-8646 • kismetkitchens.com • Maxi’s Restaurant: 47 N. Main St., Waterbury, 244-0910 • maxisrestaurant.com


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August First Bakery & Café

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 neighborhood rounds. (149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 5400060 • augustfirstvt.com)

Other finalists: • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Penny Cluse Café: 169 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-8834 • pennycluse.com • The Skinny Pancake: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188 • 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 • 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Museum • 633 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington • 1200 Airport Dr., Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, 752-6761 • 7416 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Resort, 760-6501 • 102 Forest Dr., Sugarbush Resort, Warren • skinnypancake.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Doc Ponds

The celebrated team behind Hen of the Wood cooks up elevated pub grub. Refuel during an active day in Stowe with craft beer and a burger — or perhaps smoked chicken and a saltedcaramel milkshake? (294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6066 • docponds.com)

Other finalists: • Green Goddess Café: 618 S. Main St., Stowe, 253-5255 • greengoddessvt.com • La Casa Burrito: 30 S. Main St., St. Albans, 528-5944 • lacasaburrito.com • Soulfully Good Café: 67 Central St., Woodstock, 457-7395 • soulfullygood.com • Thompson’s Flour Shop: 7 Main St., Morrisville, 888-2106 • Facebook

BEST PLACE TO GET LATE-NIGHT FOOD 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: • The Daily Planet: 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • ¡Duino! (Duende): 10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.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 brownbutter tarts, cream puffs and more. (198 Main St., Burlington, 658-3074 • mirabellescafe.com)

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BEST OUTDOOR DINING

The Spot on the Dock

When the weather’s warm, patrons chill out in the windswept waterfront bar with salmon poke, Cobb salads and veggie burgers. Mango margaritas and blue Hawaiians mirror the colors of the sunset. (1 King St., Burlington, 540-0480 • spotonthedock.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 • 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Museum • 633 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington • 7416 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Resort, 760-6501 • 102 Forest Dr., Sugarbush Resort, Warren • skinnypancake.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com

BEST PLACE TO GRAB A QUICK MEAL

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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. Don’t miss the seasonal creemees. (1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-9203 • alsfrenchfrys.com)

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Other finalists: • Beansie’s Bus: Battery Park, Burlington, 343-7181 • beansies.com • City Market, Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 540-6400 • citymarket.coop • New World Tortilla: 696 Pine St., Burlington, 865-1058 • 590 Main St., Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington • newworldtortilla.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

Hand-rolled, Honey-boiled, Wood-fired….Nothing Better!

BEST PLACE TO EAT ALONE

City Market, Onion River Co-op

Feast on your sandwich, salad or sushi 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 • 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 540-6400 • citymarket.coop)

Other finalists: • The Daily Planet: 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Pingala Café: 1 Mill St., Burlington, 540-0110 • pingalacafe.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

Open at 4am, Myer’s Bagels offers Vermont’s best bagels….take a bunch to go or enjoy some of our amazing sandwiches, salads, and baked goods! Check us out at www.myersbagels.com or see our episode on Man vs. Food on travelchannel.com.

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• Hen of the Wood: 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com

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• Jericho Café & Tavern: 30 Route 15, Jericho, 899-2223 • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 310-7828 • monarchandthemilkweed.com

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City Market, Onion River Co-op

People of all stripes converge at Burlington’s grocery cooperative — now with two locations. 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 • 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 540-6400 • citymarket.coop)

Other finalists: • Commodities Natural Market: 65 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-0433 • 512 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4464 • commoditiesnaturalmarket.com • Healthy Living Market & Café: 222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 • healthylivingmarket.com • Jericho Market: 364 Route 15, Jericho, 858-6300 • Facebook • Sweet Clover Market: 21 Essex Way, Suite 418, Essex, 872-8288 • sweetclovermarket.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Hunger Mountain Co-op 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)

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Other finalists: • Capital City Farmers Market: 793-8347 • capitalcityfarmersmarket.com • Norwich Farmers Market: 384-7447 • norwichfarmersmarket.org • Shelburne Farmers Market: 482-4279 • Facebook • Waitsfield Farmers Market: waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com

• Georgia Market: 962 Route 7, Georgia, 527-1100 • Facebook • Johnson’s Sterling Market: 131 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-9000 • johnsonssterlingmarket.com • Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op: 9 Washington St., Middlebury, 388-7276 • middlebury.coop

BEST FARMERS MARKET VENDOR

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Burlington Farmers Market

• Does’ Leap: 1703 Route 108, East Fairfield, 827-3046 • doesleap.com • Half Pint Farm: 214 Intervale Rd., Burlington, 316-6073 • halfpintfarm.com • Sherpa Foods:: South Burlington, 347-400-1836 • sherpafoodsusa.com

Farmers market Saturdays have been a Burlington tradition since 1980. More than 90 vendors make the summer market, held in City Hall Park, feel like a festival. During the cooler months, the winter market at UVM’s Davis Center is a much-needed indoor gathering spot. (burlingtonfarmersmarket.org)

Rookie’s Root Beer

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 • Facebook)

BEST FOOD TRUCK

A Single Pebble Food Truck

A Single Pebble owner Chiuho Duval dishes elegant dumplings, noodles and other Chinese street eats from her new rolling kitchen. (133 Bank St., Burlington, 865-5200 • asinglepebble.com)

Other finalists:

• ArtsRiot Food Truck: 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Beansie’s Bus: Battery Park, Burlington, 343-7181 • beansies.com • Farmers & Foragers: Burlington, 238-0144 • vtfarmersandforagers.com • Green Mtn Grill Billies: Jeffersonville, 373-1350 • Facebook

BEST FOOD CART

Shy Guy Gelato

At a South End storefront and a popular mobile cart, gelato makers dish out delicious flavors. Find the cart on the Church Street Marketplace whenever weather permits. (457 St. Paul St., Burlington, 518-951-0442 • shyguygelato.com)

Other finalists: • The Broccoli Bar: 1 Mill St., Burlington, 540-0110 • pingalacafe.com • Maudite Poutine: Church & College St., Burlington • vtpoutine.com • South End Sliders: Church St., Burlington, 349-0085 • southendsliders.com • The Skinny Pancake: Burlington, 540-0188 • skinnypancake.com

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FOOD BEST BREAD BAKERY

• East West Café: 2 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 540-8145 • eastwestcafeburlington.com • Sukhothai of Essex: 21 Essex Way, Essex, 878-2788 • sukhothaivt.com • Thai House Restaurant: 333 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 524-0999 • Facebook • Wilaiwan’s Kitchen: 34 State St., Montpelier, 505-8111 • Facebook

Red Hen Baking Co.

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

Nibble a flaky croissant while watching bakers work, or sit down with soup and a sandwich. Breads and pastries are made with grains sourced from within 150 miles of the bakery. (961 Route 2, Suite B, Middlesex, 223-5200 • redhenbaking.com)

Other finalists: • August First Bakery & Café: 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060 • augustfirstvt.com • Klinger’s Bread Company: 10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 860-6322 • klingersbread.com • Knead Bakery: 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 540-6852 • kneadvt.com • O Bread Bakery: 352 Farm Barn Ln., Shelburne Farms, 985-8771 • obread.com

BEST SWEETS BAKERY Homemade pastries, cookies, cakes and pies, as well as daily breakfast and lunch specials, distinguish this bakery and café. The croissants are truly French style; the flourless chocolate cakes, to die for. (198 Main St., Burlington, 6583074 • mirabellescafe.com)

Other finalists: • Jones the Boy Baking Company: Burlington • Facebook • Matryoshka’s Bakery: 153 Leeway Cir., Williston • Facebook • Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 310-7828 • monarchandthemilkweed.com • Sweet Simone’s: 40 Bridge St., Richmond, 336-2126 • sweetsimones.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Red House Sweets

In the back of Catalyst Coffee Bar, FrenchCanadian baker Caroline Demers serves sweet and savory croissants as well as éclairs, fruit tarts and cream puffs that are lovely to behold. (22 N. Main St., St. Albans, 393-8036 • redhousesweetsvt.com)

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• Birchgrove Baking: 279 Elm St., Montpelier, 223-0200 • birchgrovebaking.com • Bohemian Bakery: 78 Barre St., Montpelier, 461-8119 • bohemianbakeryvt.com • Eastman’s Bakery: 997 Main St., Fairfax, 849-9741 • Facebook • Hender’s Bake Shop & Café: 22 N. Main St., Waterbury, 560-7110 • hendersbakeshop.com

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

Tiny Thai Restaurant

Tom kha, satay, stir-fries and curries take their cues from food carts and family tables across Thailand. Ask for the authentic Thai menu. (24 Main St., Winooski, 655-4888 • tinythairestaurant.net)

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: • Eastern Dragon: 16 S. Main St., St. Albans, 527-9800, 527-9811 • easterndragonvt.com • Jin Chinese Restaurant: 135 E. Allen St., Winooski, 861-3338 • jinvt.com • Joyce’s Noodle House: 5 Carmichael St., Suite 102, Essex Junction, 288-9828 • Facebook • Silver Palace: 1216 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 864-0125 • silverpalaceofvt.com

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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: • Agave Taco and Tequila Casa: 28 Walnut St., Williston, 876-7129 • agavevt.com • 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 • Tres Amigos: 1190 Mountain Rd., Suite 1, Stowe, 253-6245 • tresamigosvt.com

BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

Pho Hong

Lan Hong opened Pho Hong in a former bus station in the Old North End a decade ago. Sit by 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: • Pho Capital: 107 State St., Montpelier, 225-6183 • Facebook • Pho Dang Vietnamese Café: 347 Main St., Winooski, 655-0707 • Facebook • Pho Dang Vietnamese Restaurant: 9 Park St., Essex Junction, 878-6699 • Facebook • Viet Thai: 118 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 288-1688 • vietthaiessex.com

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Trattoria Delia

A romantic, firelit grotto setting and awardwinning wine list are hallmarks of “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: 18 Edson Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-5677 • juniorsatstowe.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 & Bar: 3 Main St., Montpelier, 223-0229 • sarduccis.com

BEST VEGETARIAN FARE

Pingala Café

Vegan eats come with a stellar view of the Winooski River. Choose from gluten-free pastries, salads, veggie burgers and breakfast plates featuring eggplant “bacon.” (1 Mill St., Burlington, 540-0110 • pingalacafe.com)

Other finalists: • Honey Road: 156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Knead Bakery: 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 540-6852 • kneadvt.com • Revolution Kitchen: 9 Center St., Burlington, 448-3657 • revolutionkitchen.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: 211 College St., Burlington, 862-7616 • stonesoupvt.com

BEST BARBECUE*

Bluebird Barbecue

Diners “meat here” for smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs and 24 beers on tap. The Food Network has named Bluebird one of the 45 top barbecue spots in the country. (317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 448-3070 • bluebirdbbq.com)

Other finalists: • Black Diamond Barbecue: 639 Morristown Corners Rd., Morrisville, 888-2275 • blackdiamondbarbeque.com • Green Mtn Grill Billies: Jeffersonville, 373-1350 • Facebook • Prohibition Pig: 23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com • Still Smok’n VT BBQ: 94 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 324-2681 • Facebook

BEST GELATO/ BEST FOOD CART

SHY GUY GELATO Vermonters aren’t shy about their love of Shy Guy Gelato, an Italian-inspired gelateria with a local twist. Cofounder Paul Sansone (pictured) spent time perfecting his gelatomaking technique in Italy, but he and partner Tim Elliott take their flavor inspiration from the Green Mountain State, developing daily menus based on customer suggestions and farmers market fruits. The Shy Guys first dipped into the ice cream business in 2014; now their kiddie-cup-size Burlington empire includes a cheery blue St. Paul Street storefront and a Church Street cart. If a cup of dark chocolate sorbet, fior di latte, creamy plum or lemongrass Thai basil isn’t enough, not to worry: Shy Guy packs pints to take home. 457 St. Paul St., Burlington, 518-951-0442 • shyguygelato.com


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Our House Bistro

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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: • Butch + Babe’s: 258 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 495-0716 • butchandbabes.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Prohibition Pig: 23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com • Sherpa Foods: South Burlington, 347-400-1836 • sherpafoodsusa.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 • Malletts Bay Diner & Bakery: 824 W. Lakeshore Dr., Suite 1, Colchester, 448-3290 • mallettsbaydiner.com

Whether you choose a Shiner, a Morning Riser or one of the 21 variations thereof, chowing down on these greasy treats is a Burlington rite of passage. (155 Main St., Burlington, 864-4408 • kountrykartdeli.com)

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• The Bagel Place: 1166 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 497-2058 • thebagelplacevt.com • The Chubby Muffin: 88 Oak St., Burlington, 540-0050 • chubbymuffin.com • Henry Street Deli: 11 Henry St., Burlington, 864-1754 • Facebook • Myer’s Bagels: 377 Pine St., Burlington, 863-5013 • myersbagels.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. (1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com)

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THE MAD TACO Any nonnative Vermonter will tell you that when it comes to good, authentic-style Mexican food, the Green Mountains are no destination. But that broad view overlooks the mad-good eats at the Mad Taco. Co-owners Joey Nagy and Wes Hamilton stuff tortillas with everything from smoked pork shoulder to fried fish to achiote chicken, then top them with salsa verde or kimchi. And it’s all done while keeping food miles to a minimum: Much of the meat and veggies sold across all three locations (including a brand-new Chittenden County spot at the Essex Shoppes & Cinema) hails from Nagy’s 300-acre farm in Fayston. Diners can go south of the border without leaving home. 5101 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-3832 • 72 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6038 • 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex Junction, 876-7152 • themadtaco.com

• The Blue Stone: 15 Stowe St., Waterbury, 882-8185 • 5351 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-3499 • 83 Main St., Montpelier, 613-3061 • bluestonevermont.com • The Parker Pie Co.: 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366 • parkerpie.com • Pie in the Sky: 267 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 524-5442 • pieintheskystalbans.com • Positive Pie: 22 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453 • 65-69 Main St., Plainfield, 454-0133 • 219 N. Main St., Barre, 622-8051 • 87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 472-7126 • positivepie.com

BEST PIZZA DELIVERY

Leonardo’s

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)

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BEST BAGEL

Myer’s Bagels

A wood-fired oven turns out hundreds of Montréal-style bagels daily. Grab a dozen, or try a sandwich made with locally produced cold cuts. (377 Pine St., Burlington, 863-5013 • myersbagels.com)

Other finalists: • Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café: 28 Main St., Montpelier, 229-9212 • bagitos.com • K.C.’s Bagel Café: 17 Stowe St., Suite 1, Waterbury, 244-1740 • kcbagelcafewaterburyvt.com • Maria’s Bagels: 162 N. Main St., Suite 101, Barre, 622-8100 • mariasbagels.com

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BEST PIZZA RESTAURANT

• The Bagel Café & Deli: 1127 North Ave., Burlington, 660-9693 • bagel.cafe • The Bagel Place: 1166 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 497-2058 • thebagelplacevt.com • Burlington Bagel Bakery: 922 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 864-0236 • burlingtonbagelbakery.com • Feldman’s Bagels: 660 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0474 • feldmans-bagels.com

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Wally’s Place

Named for longtime South Hero citizen Walter “Wally” Niebling, this café brings the community together over bagels. Fifteen signature flavors range from rosemary olive oil to cranberry sunflower. (260 Route 2, South Hero, 372-4666 • wallysplacevt.com)

There’s usually a line, but these flatbreads — topped with gourmet local and organic ingredients and cooked before your eyes in an open, wood-fired oven — are worth the wait. (115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • 137 Maple St., Middlebury, 388-3300 • 46 Lareau Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8856 • americanflatbread.com)

Other finalists: • Folino’s: 6305 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 881-8822 • 71 S. Union St., Suite 1, Burlington, 448-3110 • folinopizza.com • Junior’s Italian: Colchester and Burlington locations now closed. • Pizzeria Verità: 156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5644 • pizzeriaverita.com • Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza: 18 Taft Corners Shopping Pl., Williston, 879-1000 • 519 Main St., Bennington, 442-6622 • 1111 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, 579-1226 • ramuntos.com

• Big Daddy’s Pizza: 177 Church St., Burlington, 863-0000 • bigdaddysdelivers.com • Junior’s: Colchester and Burlington locations now closed. • Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza: 18 Taft Corners Shopping Pl., Williston, 879-1000 • 23 Grove St., Brandon, 465-8154 • 6800 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, 295-6883 • 519 Main St., Bennington, 442-6622 • 111 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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Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge

Get your Tree Hugger or Carcass pie for takeout or delivery. Travel + Leisure magazine has named Piecasso’s slices among the top 11 in the country. (1899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 • piecasso.com)

Other finalists: • Jimmz Pizza: 70 McNeil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7911 • jimmzpizza.com • Positive Pie: 22 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453 • 65-69 Main St., Plainfield, 454-0133 • 219 N. Main St., Barre, 622-8051 • 87 S. Main St., Hardwick, 472-7126 • positivepie.com


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BEST SANDWICHES

Martone’s Market & Café

The Essex Junction deli and market is popular for its high-piled 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)

BEST BURGER

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

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The Farmhouse Group’s award-winning gastropub offers six local burgers, from the American Flexitarian (a 100 percent plant-based patty) to the Baller Burger, with local beef, foie gras and black truffle aioli. (160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com) • Archie’s 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 • 133 N. Main St., Suite 7, 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans City, 782-8703 • grazersvt.com • The Shopping Bag: 166 North St., Burlington, 658-4790 • Facebook

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Worthy Burger

Burgers of all kinds are flame-kissed on a wood-fired grill — top ’em with bacon, cheese or kimchi. Hopheads trek from afar for the craft beers on draft. (56 Rainbow St., South Royalton, 763-2575 • 114 Mad River Green, Waitsfield • worthyvermont.com)

Other finalists: • Buddy’s Famous: 15 Barre St., Montpelier, 225-6400 • buddysfamous.com • Burger Barn: Cambridge, 730-3441 • Facebook • Doc Ponds: 294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6066 • docponds.com • Prohibition Pig: 23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com

BEST STEAK

OLIVER PARINI

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• 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 • Hen of the Wood: 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com • The Windjammer: 1076 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-6585 • windjammerrestaurant.com

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Noonie’s Deli

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In Middlebury’s historic Marble Works district, Noonie’s serves some of the best and biggest sandwiches around. All of the stackers are made with house-baked bread. (137 Maple St., Middlebury, 388-0014 • nooniesdeli.com)

In its first year in business, Honey Road garnered two James Beard Award nominations — one for best new restaurant in the Northeast and one for the region’s best chef. And that elite culinary foundation isn’t the only one taking note of Cara Chigazola-Tobin and Allison Gibson’s Burlington eatery. The Church Street spot has drawn internationally recognized cookbook authors for special cookthe-book tasting suppers and plucked no fewer than six Daysies nominations from a field of hundreds of local restaurants. Why? The food, which includes elegant but unshowy Mediterranean mezze and sweet-and-savory wings glistening with harissa glaze, is that good. Also: The cheap buckets of Miller High Life are cold, cold, cold, and the service is professional but friendly. Pretty sweet for Honey’s freshman showing!

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156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com

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Guild Tavern

Guild’s wood-fired grill cooks Vermont-raised dry-aged steaks and other local meats. Don’t miss housemade sauces such as blue-cheese butter and horseradish crème fraîche. (1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 497-1207 • guildtavern.com)

• City Market, Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 540-6400 • citymarket.coop • Four Corners of the Earth: 310 Pine St., Burlington, 657-3869 • fourcornersdeli.com • Henry Street Deli: 11 Henry St., Burlington, 864-1754 • Facebook • The Red Onion: 140 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-2563 • redonioncafe.org

BEST FRENCH FRIES

BEST WINGS

Al’s French Frys

Wings Over Burlington

Like everything else about this place, the “frys” here 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: • Beansie’s Bus: Battery Park, Burlington, 343-7181 • beansies.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: 160 Bank St., Burlington, 859-0888 • farmhousetg.com • Mule Bar: 38 Main St., Winooski, 399-2020 • mulebarvt.com • The Skinny Pancake: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188 • 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 • 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Museum • 633 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington • 1200 Airport Dr., Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, 752-6761 • 7416 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Resort, 760-6501 • 102 Forest Dr., Sugarbush Resort, Warren • skinnypancake.com

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)

Other finalists: • Honey Road: 156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: 30 Route 15, Jericho, 899-2223 • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com • The Tavern at the Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex, 764-1489 • essexresort.com

• Morse Block Deli & Taps: 260 N. Main St., Suite 19, Barre, 476-2131 • morseblockdeli.com • Tatro’s Gourmet Soup & Sandwich: 14 Kingman St., St. Albans, 524-7444 • tatrosgourmetsoupandsandwich.com

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 • asianahouse.com) • Asian Bistro: 121 Connor Way, Williston, 878-8878 • 25 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 112, Winooski • asianbistrovt.com • 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

BEST DUMPLINGS*

Hong’s Chinese Dumplings

After 17 years of running a Daysies-winning food cart on the Church Street Marketplace, Hong Yu opened a restaurant last year. It’s no surprise that her signature dumplings are still a hit. (77 Pearl St., Burlington, 660-6688 • hongsdumplings.com)

Other finalists: • A Single Pebble: 133 Bank St., Burlington, 865-5200 • asinglepebble.com • Sherpa Foods: South Burlington, 347-400-1836 • sherpafoodsusa.com • Sherpa Kitchen: 119 College St., Burlington, 881-0550 • sherpakitchenrestaurant.com


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El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina

The Farmhouse Group’s hip taqueria tops its signature nachos with queso fundido, black beans, salsa taquera, olives, scallions, jalapeños, sour cream and cilantro. (189 Bank St., Burlington, 497-1668 • cortijovt.com)

Other finalists: • Agave Taco and Tequila Casa: 28 Walnut St., Williston, 876-7129 • agavevt.com • Sweetwaters: 120 Church St., Burlington, 864-9800 • sweetwatersvt.com • Upper Deck Pub: 1076 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-6585 • windjammerrestaurant.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com

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Tres Amigos

Next to the Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe’s new Mexican spot serves up live music, dozens of tequilas, and loaded nachos that can be topped with chicken or brisket. (1190 Mountain Rd., Suite 1, Stowe, 253-6245 • tresamigosvt.com)

Other finalists: • Blackback Pub: 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-0123 • theblackbackpub.com • The Bench: 492 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5100 • benchvt.com • Julio’s Cantina: 54 State St., Montpelier, 229-9348 • julioscantina.com • Trail Break Taps + Tacos: 129 S. Main St., White River Junction, 281-3208 • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST TACO

El Cortijo Taqueria y Cantina

In the historic space that once housed Oasis Diner, this cantina now serves up seasonally inspired tacos. Get yours filled with diverse ingredients such as quinoa, beef tongue, sweet potato or chorizo, then topped with add-ons like pickled jalapeños, queso fundido and vegan cheese. (189 Bank St., Burlington, 497-1668 • cortijovt.com)

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• Agave Taco and Tequila Casa: 28 Walnut St., Williston, 876-7129 • agavevt.com • El Gato Cantina: 169 Church St., Burlington, 540-3095 • 4 Park St., Essex Junction, 662-4334 • elgatocantina.com • Taco Gordo: 208 N. Winooski Ave. (new location, opening soon), Burlington, 881-1691 • tacogordovt.dudaone.com

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The Mad Taco

Customers go mad for Mexican dishes made with local, farm-fresh ingredients — now available at three locations. Don’t miss the craft beers and legendary homemade hot sauces. (5101 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-3832 • 72 Main St., Montpelier, 225-6038 • 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex Junction, 876-7152 • themadtaco.com)

Other finalists: • Caja Madera: Hardwick, 607-765-6576 • cajamaderafoodtrucks.com • deMena’s: 44 Main St., Montpelier, 613-3172 • demenasvt.com • Prohibition Pig Brewery: 2 Elm St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com • Trail Break Taps + Tacos: 129 S. Main St., White River Junction, 281-3208 • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST DOUGHNUTS

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

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)

Other finalists: • Madeleine’s Bakery: 380 Route 7, Milton, 891-6954 • Facebook • Miss Weinerz: 497-7647 • missweinerz.com • Red Sky Trading: 2894 Glover St., Glover, 525-4736 • redskytrading.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 • Papa Nick’s Restaurant & Pizza: 10997 Route 116, Hinesburg, 482-6050 • papanicksvt.com • The Village Scoop: 419 Main St., Colchester, 999-6962 • Facebook

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Vermont Cookie Love

The sweet-toothed swing by the “Love Shack” 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 • Canteen Creemee Company: 5121 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-6003 • canteencreemee.com • Dairy Creme: 320 State St., Montpelier, 223-5802 • dairycreme.com • Goodies Snack Bar: 6035 Route 17, Vergennes, 759-2276

BEST HOUSEMADE ICE CREAM

Lake Champlain Chocolates

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: • Hen of the Wood: 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 310-7828 • 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

BEST VERMONT CHEESE BRAND

Cabot Creamery

The prolific cheesemaker took home nine awards from the World Championship Cheese Contest in 2018 alone. Try the clothbound cheddar or one flavored with Buffalo wing sauce. (2878 Main St., Cabot, 800-837-4261 • 2657 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 244-6334 • 5573 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, 295-1180 • cabotcheese.coop)

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• Grafton Village Cheese: 400 Linden St., Brattleboro, 800-472-3866 • 533 Townshend Rd., Grafton • graftonvillagecheese.com • Jasper Hill Farm: 884 Garven Hill Rd., Greensboro Bend, 533-2566 • jasperhillfarm.com • Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org • Vermont Creamery: 20 Pitman Rd., Websterville, 479-9371 • vermontcreamery.com

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Based in Grand Isle, this small-batch biz creates classic flavors such as French vanilla as well as quirkier ones like maple-bacon and mojito sorbet. (64 W. Shore Rd., Grand Isle, 372-6266 • islandhomemadeicecream.com) • Lu•lu: 185 Main St., Vergennes, 318-0883 • luluvt.com • Stowe Ice Cream: 112 Main St., Stowe, 253-0995 • stoweicecream.com • The Sweet Spot: 40 Bridge St., Waitsfield, 496-9199 • thesweetspotvermont.com

BEST FROZEN YOGURT

SoYo Frozen Yogurt

Vermont dairy, berries and chocolate shine in small batches of frozen yogurt made daily. (696 Pine St., Suite 4, Burlington, 540-0851 • soyobtv.com)

Monarch & the Milkweed

The popular restaurant and pastry stop crafts Milkweed-branded CBD sweets and treats. Truffles come in flavors such as Andy’s Mints (liquid mint fondant encased in dark chocolate) and Strawberry Blonde (smooth strawberry fondant in a white chocolate shell). (111 St. Paul St., Burlington, 310-7828 • monarchandthemilkweed.com)

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• The Frozen Ogre: 46 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-1200 • thefrozenogre.com • Yogurt City: 63 Main St., Middlebury, 398-2001 • 34 Rutland Pl., Rutland, 747-5960 • 321 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 528-5785 • 121 Connor Way, Suite 110, Williston, 876-7207 • yogurtcity.com

• Ceres Natural Remedies: 190 College St., Burlington, 844-789-9333 • 1222 Putney Rd., Suite 106A, Brattleboro • ceresremedies.com • Healthy Living Market & Café: 222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 • healthylivingmarket.com • Muddy Waters: 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466 • Facebook • Nutty Steph’s: 961 Route 2, Middlesex, 229-2090 • nuttystephs.com

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Shy Guy Gelato

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• Chill Vermont Gelato: 32 State St., Montpelier, 223-2445 • Facebook • Gusto Gelato: 3762 Shelburne Rd., Suite 6, Shelburne, 238-0452 • gustogelatovt.com • Leonardo’s Italian Gelato & Sorbet: 131 S. Main St., Barre, 279-2893 • leonardosgelateria.com • The Vermont Gelato Company: 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, 254-4456 • vermontgelato.com

• Burlington Wine & Food Festival: Burlington • burlingtonwineandfoodfestival.com • Oktoberfest Vermont: Waterfront Park, Burlington • oktoberfestvermont.com • Vermont Brewers Festival: Waterfront Park, Burlington • vtbrewfest.com • Vermont Restaurant Week: statewide, 864-5684 • vermontrestaurantweek.com

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Crafted by a gelato maker who perfected his technique in Italy, these Sicilian-style scoops come in flavors such as fior di latte, honey-seasalt-Toblerone and lemon-thyme. (457 St. Paul St., Burlington, 518-951-0442 • shyguygelato.com)

The big-city food-truck trend is alive and well in small 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)


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Craft drinks of all kinds flow freely in Vermont: beers, wines, meads, juices, ciders, spirits, cocktails, coffees and kombuchas. Did we miss any? They’re all here, and now the challenge many beverage makers face is ensuring that everyone gets to sample these sought-after but often limited-edition liquids. To that end, this year saw several expansions in the state’s sipping scene. The Vermont Brewers Festival on Burlington’s waterfront hit the quartercentury mark last summer and celebrated by adding a Killington offshoot in March. It enabled even more hopheads to taste and toast our famous breweries, such as Prohibition Pig and Hill Farmstead Brewery. Speaking of, Hill was once again named RateBeer’s top brewery in the world last year, and its Edward American pale ale is the favorite among Vermonters.

That beer honors the man who once owned the brewery’s land. Inquiring minds want to know: Is there something in that well water? After years of steady growth — remember when it was just a tiny tasting room in Essex’s Fort Ethan Allen? — Citizen Cider was #excidered to open a fruit processing and storage facility on Burlington’s Flynn Avenue this spring. South Enders got a little applesauced welcoming it to the neighborhood at a lively block-party launch. And just up the street, Burlington’s Soda Plant is undergoing a retro-cool renovation that will bring a slew of bevvie businesses to the erstwhile soda factory. This includes Daysies winner Tomgirl Juice Co. and finalists Shacksbury and Brio Coffeeworks. So, drink up! Vermont has much more on tap.

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BEST CRAFT 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: • 14th Star Brewing Co.: 133 N. Main St., Suite 7, St. Albans, 528-5988 • 14thstarbrewing.com • Foam Brewers: 112 Lake St., Burlington, 399-2511 • foambrewers.com • Kickback Brewery: 934 Osgood Hill Rd., Westford, 999-4997 • kickbackbrewery.com • Zero Gravity Craft Brewery: 716 Pine St., Burlington, 497-0054 • 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • zerogravitybeer.com

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Edward (Hill Farmstead Brewery)

The widest available release in Hill Farmstead’s Ancestral Series, Edward is an award-winning American pale ale crafted with water from the namesake’s own well. (403 Hill Rd., Greensboro Bend, 533-7450 • hillfarmstead.com)

Other finalists: • Conehead (Zero Gravity Craft Brewery): 716 Pine St., Burlington, 497-0054 • 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • zerogravitybeer.com • Fiddlehead IPA (Fiddlehead Brewing Company): 6305 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 399-2994 • fiddleheadbrewing.com • Heady Topper (the Alchemist): 100 Cottage Club Rd., Stowe, 882-8165 • alchemistbeer.com • Sip of Sunshine IPA (Lawson’s Finest Liquids): Warren, 496-4677 • lawsonsfinest.com

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DRINK 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 Raspberry Swine Cooler. (23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-4120 • prohibitionpig.com)

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• Foam Brewers: 112 Lake St., Burlington, 399-2511 • foambrewers.com • Lost Nation Brewing: 87B Old Creamery Rd., Morrisville, 851-8041 • lostnationbrewing.com • Vermont Pub & Brewery: 144 College St., Burlington, 231-2037 • 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

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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

You’d never guess this hot-spot gastropub used to be a McDonald’s. Farm-to-table comforts and rare brews from Vermont and beyond draw daily crowds. (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 • 4 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 857-5940 • 28 Walnut St., Williston, 857-5908 • mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com • Mule Bar: 38 Main St., Winooski, 399-2020 • mulebarvt.com

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Three Penny Taproom

Twenty-three taps ensure that there’s a craft brew for every palate. Sip one between bites of imaginative pub fare — think patatas bravas and chorizo piquillo peppers. (108 Main St., Montpelier, 223-8277 • threepennytaproom.com)

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• Blackback Pub: 1 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-0123 • theblackbackpub.com • Doc Ponds: 294 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6066 • docponds.com • The Reservoir Restaurant & Taproom: 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827 • waterburyreservoir.com • Trail Break Taps + Tacos: 129 S. Main St., White River Junction, 281-3208 • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST CRAFT BREW SELECTION

Beverage Warehouse

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

Other finalists: • City Market, Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 540-6400 • 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 • Stowe Public House & Bottle Shop: 109 Main St., Stowe, 585-5785 • stowepublichouse.com

BEST BEER FESTIVAL*

Vermont Brewers Festival

At a long-standing July festival in Burlington and a brand-new March one at Killington Resort, beer lovers from near and far raise a tasting glass to the state’s robust brewing scene. (Burlington, Killington • vermontbrewers.com)

Other finalists: • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits: 64 Route 104, Cambridge, 644-8151 • boydenvalley.com • La Garagista Farm + Winery: 1834 Mt. 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 & Wine Bar

Dedalus’ purchasing team only stocks bottles it stands behind 100 percent. The shop pours dozens of its carefully curated wines by the glass in its charming, low-lit wine bar. (388 Pine St., Burlington, 865-2368 • dedaluswine.com)

Other finalists: • Hen of the Wood: 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com • Honey Road: 156 Church St., Burlington, 497-2145 • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Trattoria Delia: 152 St. Paul St., Burlington, 864-5253 • trattoriadelia.com

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• Brew-Grass Festival: Warren • sugarbush.com • Oktoberfest Vermont: Burlington • oktoberfestvermont.com • SIPtemberfest: Waitsfield • siptemberfest.com • Stowe Brewers Festival: Stowe • stowebrewersfestival.com

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• Beverage Warehouse: 1 East St., Winooski, 655-2620 • beveragewarehousevt.com • Cork Wine Bar & Market: 35 School St., Stowe, 760-6143 • 40 Foundry St., Waterbury, 882-8227 • corkvt.com • Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar: 388 Pine St., Burlington, 865-2368 • dedaluswine.com • Village Wine and Coffee: 5288 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8922 • villagewineandcoffee.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. (6308 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-8222 • shelburnevineyard.com)

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

BEST CIDERY (NONALCOHOLIC)/ BEST DOUGHNUTS

COLD HOLLOW CIDER MILL Waterbury Center’s Cold Hollow Cider Mill is famous for its apple-cider doughnuts — Gourmet magazine once ranked them among the top four in the country. The warm, wafting smell of these buttery treats greets visitors to the mill’s front counter. If you’re wondering what makes these doughnuts so divine, head to the vintage 1920s apple press in the back to see where the cider starts. The mill began in 1974 when Eric and Francine Chittenden started selling cider to their friends from their farm at the base of northern Vermont’s Cold Hollow Mountains. Warm or cold, their cider recipe still delights tourists and locals alike, all these years later. 3600 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 800-327-7537 • coldhollow.com


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Citizen Cider

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A lively tasting room brings cider to the citizens — straight from the tap or mixed into original cocktails. Stay for the tasty bar snacks, or go home with a growler. (316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 497-1987 • citizencider.com)

Other finalists: • Cold Hollow Cider Mill: 3600 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 800-327-7537 • coldhollow.com • Shacksbury: 11 Main St., Vergennes, 458-0530 • 266 Pine St., Burlington (opening soon) • shacksbury.com • Stowe Cider: 17 Town Farm Ln., Stowe, 253-2065 • stowecider.com • Woodchuck Hard Cider: 1321 Exchange St., Middlebury, 385-3656 • woodchuck.com

BEST NONALCOHOLIC CIDERY

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

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

Other finalists: • All Times Sparkling Ciders: 316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, 448-3278 • alltimescider.com • Champlain Orchards: 3597 Route 74, Shoreham, 897-2777 • champlainorchards.com • Hackett’s Orchard: 86 South St., South Hero, 372-4848 • hackettsorchard.com • Shelburne Orchards: 216 Orchard Rd., Shelburne, 985-2753 • shelburneorchards.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)

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BEST BAR

Mule Bar

Hang your hat at “Winooski’s craft beer hitchin’ post” and stay a while, pardner. There’s elevated pub fare, a thoughtfully curated tap list 16 beers long, original and classic cocktails, and housemade sodas, tonics and shrubs. What more do you want? (38 Main St., Winooski, 3992020 • mulebarvt.com)

From Solstice Sangrias to Filthy Pickle martinis, bartender Ashley McGinn mixes up inventive cocktails that are as delicious as they are Instagrammable. (15 Center St., Burlington, 8629647 • dailyplanetvt.com)

Other finalists: • Kiley Bourdeau (Last Stop Sports Bar): 12 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, 871-9883 • laststopvt.com • Mel Jayne (T. Rugg’s Tavern): 49 Elmwood Ave., Burlington, 658-0456 • Facebook • Renee Denison (Ruben James): 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com

BEST PICKUP BAR

Red Square

Cozy and convivial, this hip downtown club is a great place to see and be seen. Belly up to the bar, check out live music in the alley, bust a move on the dance floor or sit at a sidewalk table. (136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909 • Facebook)

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Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.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)

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BEST SPORTS BAR

McGillicuddy’s

TV sports entertain diners as they nosh on burgers or corned beef and cabbage. Draft beers and top-shelf whiskeys keep ’em happy no matter who’s winning the game. (18 Severence Rd., Colchester, 871-5480 • 4 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 857-5940 • 28 Walnut St., Williston, 857-5908 • mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com)

Other finalists: • Finnigan’s Pub: 205 College St., Burlington, 864-8209 • finnigansvt.com • Last Stop Sports Bar: 12 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, 871-9883 • Facebook • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • The Daily Planet: 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • Last Stop Sports Bar: 12 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, 871-9883 • laststopvt.com • Three Needs Brewery & Taproom: 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 497-0119 • Facebook

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• Mad River Distillers: 8 Route 17, Waitsfield, 496-6973 • 137 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5501 • Mad River Taste Place, 89 Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 496-3165 • 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 • 71 S. Union St., Burlington • stonecutterspirits.com

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Light Club Lamp Shop

An exceptionally decorated vintage lamp lounge pours craft cocktails and fosters both quiet conversations and disco dance parties. Check in throughout the year for LGBTQ-friendly events such as the Proud AF Pride Ball. (12 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com) • Drink: 135 St. Paul St., Burlington, 860-9463 • Facebook • Half Lounge: 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington • halflounge.com • 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 Archives

Drinking solo? You’ll find ample entertainment at Burlington’s downtown arcade, which serves up everything from sour beers to sake to Street Fighter II. (191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com)

Other finalists: • The Daily Planet: 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • The Other Place: 4 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 1, Burlington, 863-5803 • Facebook • Radio Bean: 8 N. Winooski, Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • Vermont Comedy Club: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com

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If you’ve ever set foot in a Burlington bar or club, you’ve likely encountered Mikey van Gulden. He spent two decades working crowds and spotting fake IDs at Queen City hot spots before founding Chocolate Thunder Security. (Burlington, 7778448 • chocolatethundersecurity.com)

Other finalists: • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • 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

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Waterworks Food + Drink

Some of the most spacious bar seating around meets stellar views of the Winooski River. Take a seat and let a bartender mix you an original cocktail such as the River Zombie. (20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525 • waterworksvt.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • The Daily Planet: 15 Center St., Burlington, 862-9647 • dailyplanetvt.com • Deli 126: 126 College St., Suite 40, Burlington, 399-2661 • Facebook • Hen of the Wood: 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534 • 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300 • henofthewood.com

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CHOCOLATE THUNDER SECURITY At many major events in the area, you’re likely to see security personnel conspicuously clad in bright yellow polo shirts. These folks represent Chocolate Thunder Security — the brainchild of scene veteran Mikey van Gulden (pictured), who served as Higher Ground’s security manager for more than a decade. Chocolate Thunder Security is approaching its 10th year of operation and has become a go-to contractor for live events in the area. Its bouncers carry on van Gulden’s signature style: friendly but firm. Whether they’re helping festival attendees cross a busy intersection or, if need be, removing rule-breakers from the premises, these security professionals are, bar none, the best. Burlington, 777-8448 • chocolatethundersecurity.com

Misery Loves Co.

The chef-owners dish out imaginative farmto-table food that has nabbed them multiple James Beard Award nominations. Try it with a well-dressed Bloody Mary at Sunday’s Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell. (46 Main St., Winooski, 497-3989 • miserylovescovt.com)

Other finalists: • American Flatbread: 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999 • 137 Maple St., Middlebury, 388-3300 • 46 Lareau Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8856 • americanflatbread.com • The Gryphon: 131 Main St., Burlington, 489-5699 • gryphonvt.com • Rustic Roots: 195 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-9511 • rusticrootsvt.com • The Skinny Pancake: 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188 • 89 Main St., Montpelier, 262-2253 • 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne Museum • 633 Main St., University of Vermont, Burlington • 1200 Airport Dr., Burlington

International Airport, South Burlington, 752-6761 • 7416 Mountain Rd., Stowe Mountain Resort, 760-6501 • 102 Forest Dr., Sugarbush Resort, Warren • skinnypancake.com

BEST SMOOTHIES/JUICES

Tomgirl Juice Co.

In a 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 (relocating fall 2018 to 266 Pine St., Burlington), 540-0337 • tomgirljuice.com)

Other finalists: • Café Pine & eco bean + greens: 688 Pine St., Burlington, 497-2075 • 150 Dorset St., South Burlington, 497-0510 • cafepine.com • Juice for the People: 207 Flynn Ave. (inside City Market, Onion River Co-op), Burlington • Facebook • Juicebox: 194 College St., Burlington, 658-7433 • juiceboxvt.com • The Vermont Juice Company: 77 Main St., Burlington, 651-7070 • vtjuiceco.com


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Healthy Living Market & Café

Market goers can visit the café to get a shot of CBD in their drink of choice, then stroll on over to the Wellness Department to peruse the Daysie award-winning CBD retail selection. (222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 • healthylivingmarket.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com • Green Goddess Café: 618 S. Main St., Stowe, 253-5255 • greengoddessvt.com • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com

BEST TEAHOUSE

Dobrá Tea

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Guests can sit on bohemian floor pillows and ring a bell to order from more than 100 varieties of direct-sourced, international loose-leaf tea. (80 Church St. (entrance on Bank St.), Burlington, 951-2424 • 106 E. Allen St., Winooski, 540-0865 • dobrateavt.com)

Other finalists: • Fledermaus Teahouse: 579 Plot Rd., Johnson, 635-7408 • fledermausteahouse.com • Muddy Waters: 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466 • Facebook • The North Branch Café: 41 State St., Montpelier, 552-8105 • thenorth-branch.com • Stone Leaf Teahouse: 111 Maple St., Middlebury, 458-0460 • stoneleaftea.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP

Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea

The in-house roasting, speedy service and seasonal outdoor seating make Uncommon Grounds an uncommonly popular stop on the Church Street Marketplace. (42 Church St., Burlington, 865-6227 • ugvermont.com)

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• Maglianero Café: 47 Maple St., Burlington, 861-3155 • maglianero.com • Muddy Waters: 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466 • Facebook • Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee: 126 College St., Suite 120, Burlington, 777-2583 • 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

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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, 2237800 • capitolgrounds.com)

Other finalists: • Catalyst Coffee Bar: 22 N. Main St., St. Albans, 393-9808 • catalystcoffeebar.com • The Grind: 34 S. Main St., St. Albans, 393-8205 • roastedvt.cafe • PK Coffee: 1880 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 760-6151 • pkcoffee.com • Stowe Street Café: 29 Stowe St., Suite 1, Waterbury, 882-8229 • stowestreetcafe.com

BEST COFFEE ROASTER

Vermont Coffee Company

All the blends from this Middlebury roaster are organic and fair trade. Perk up with a hot cup of espresso or drip coffee in the café while watching workers roast the beans. (1197 Exchange St., Suite 3, Middlebury, 398-2038 • vermontcoffeecompany.com)

Other finalists: • Brio Coffeeworks: 696 Pine St., Suite 4B, Burlington (moving to 266 Pine St. late summer 2018), 777-6641 • briocoffeeworks.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 • Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.: 11 Cabin Ln., Waterbury Center, 244-8338 • vtartisan.com • Vivid Coffee Roasters: 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150 • vividcoffee.com

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THE ARCHIVES With apologies to “Cheers,” sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name — or at least where you can have a cocktail or three in relative peace all by your lonesome. It might seem counterintuitive that a lively vintage arcade bar is Seven Days readers’ go-to spot. But while gaming can be a social activity, burning through a roll of quarters on classics like Ms. Pac-Man or NBA Jam is also a fine and time-honored way to zone out. Add a dynamite draft list and hypercreative cocktails, and the Archives single-handedly checks all the boxes for singletons. Ready player one, indeed. 191 College St., Burlington, 448-4333 • thearchivesbar.com

BEST BARISTA

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

Other finalists: • Alice Johnson (Catalyst Coffee Bar): 22 N. Main St., St. Albans, 393-9808 • catalystcoffeebar.com • Eddie Woods (the Grind): 34 S. Main St., St. Albans, 393-8205 • roastedvt.cafe • Grace Cenedella (Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea): 42 Church St., Burlington, 865-6227 • ugvermont.com • Jason Gonzalez (Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee): 126 College St., Suite 120, Burlington, 777-2583 • onyxtonics.com


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Spring and summer in Vermont play out like one long open-air music festival. Autumn ushers in the performing arts season, and stages around the state light up with world-class theater, dance and storytelling. The cold months could be a good excuse to stay home and hibernate, but clubs near and far keep us coming out for karaoke, comedy and trivial pursuits. They say the show must go on. Whatever the weather, Vermont entertainers certainly take that directive to heart. So, who stars in this year’s A&E Daysies awards? The Starline Rhythm Boys, of course. Together, “Big Al” Lemery, Danny Coane and Billy Bratcher earned the title of Vermont’s favorite country group, thanks to their spirited vintage twang and tireless work

ethic — the band’s been busily gigging since 1998. Happy 20th, fellas! The Rusty Nail in Stowe has been around even longer — since 1969, to be exact. After a few rocky years of closing and reopening, the venue reinvented itself last fall with the addition of Tres Amigos restaurant. Live music and Mexican food have proved to be a winning combo platter: The stage nabbed a Daysie for best small live music hot spot. And there are plenty of breakout Daysies performances this year, thanks to the addition of 13 lucky categories. To trumpeter Ray Vega, rapper Jarv, cartoonist Alison Bechdel, comedy troupe Vermont Vaudeville and all the rest: Take a muchdeserved bow. * = New category in 2018


BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE*

Waterfront Park

Other finalists: • Battery Park: Battery St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com • Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8498 • shelburnefarms.org • Shelburne Museum: 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3346 • shelburnemuseum.org • Champlain Valley Exposition: 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-5545 • cvexpo.org

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Trapp Family Lodge

Trapp’s Concert Meadow is alive with mountain views, epic sunsets and, yes, music! The sloped terrain allows everyone a view of the stage. (700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-8511 • trappfamily.com)

• Dog Mountain: 143 Parks Rd., St. Johnsbury, 800-449-2580 • dogmt.com • Jay Peak Resort: 830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com • Snow Farm Vineyard: 190 W. Shore Rd., South Hero, 372-9463 • snowfarm.com

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The crown jewel of Burlington’s shoreline, Waterfront Park is a sprawling, grassy destination for major bands, which headline tented concerts from spring to fall. (Lake St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com)

Other finalists:

BEST LARGE LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Higher Ground

The region’s marquee rock club boasts a constant stream of big-name musical touring acts on its palatial Ballroom stage. The adjacent Showcase Lounge features rising stars. (1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 652-0777 • highergroundmusic.com)

Other finalists: • Champlain Valley Exposition: 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-5545 • cvexpo.org • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts: 153 Main St., Burlington, 863-5966 • flynncenter.org • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center: 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe, 760-4634 • sprucepeakarts.org

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VERMONT VAUDEVILLE Buster Keaton, Bob Hope, and Abbott and Costello are among the big-time comics who got their start in vaudeville. The Green Mountain State has its own stars of the variety-show stage with Greensboro’s Vermont Vaudeville. Formed in 2009, this grassroots theater company presents an original show each spring and fall at the Hardwick Town House and embarks on occasional outings around the state. These gut-busting spectaculars have been known to touch on timely topics and include singing, dancing, juggling, storytelling, sword swallowing and plenty of local humor. Cofounders Rose Friedman, Justin Lander, and Maya and Brent McCoy are among the core cast members, along with a costumed character known simply as Gorilla. Anything goes!

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BEST INSTRUMENTALIST

Seth Yacovone

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

Other finalists:

BEST SMALL LIVE MUSIC HOT SPOT

ArtsRiot

Other finalists: • Light Club Lamp Shop: 12 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • The 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

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Rusty Nail Stage

With a Stowe history dating back to 1969, this rock-and-roll club has hosted music legends from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Muddy Waters over the years. The stage still lights up several times a week — but now it shares space with Tres Amigos restaurant. (1190 Mountain Rd., Suite 1, Stowe, 253-6245 • tresamigosvt.com)

Other finalists: • Billsville House Concerts: Manchester Center • billsvillehouseconcerts.com • City Limits Night Club: 14 Green St., Vergennes, 877-6919 • Facebook • Sweet Melissa’s: 4 Langdon St., Montpelier, 225-6012 • Facebook • Zenbarn: 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134 • zenbarnvt.com

BEST VOCALIST

Kat Wright

As the front woman of an on-the-rise eight-piece soul band and the co-owner of Burlington’s Radio Bean, Kat Wright is a major player in the local scene. She’s got the sultry, powerful pipes to prove it. (katwright.com)

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AliT (Alison Turner): sheisalit.com Devon McGarry: Bandcamp Francesca Blanchard: francescablanchard.com Mariko Gilman-Raymond: Facebook Stephanie Heaghney: Facebook

Bob Wagner: SoundCloud Dylan Berno: Facebook Paul Asbell: paulasbell.com Steve Simollardes: Facebook

BEST FOLK ARTIST OR GROUP

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

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The DuPont Brothers/ SoundBrother

Thanks to their shared DNA, brothers Zack and Sam DuPont produce gorgeously intertwined harmonies and a contemporary twist on traditional folk in two separate outfits: the DuPont Brothers and SoundBrother. (dupontbrothersmusic.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Bishop LaVey: Facebook Cole Davidson: coledavidsonmusic.com Eric George: egeorgemusic.com Troy Millette & Dylan Gombas: Facebook

BEST COUNTRY ARTIST OR 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)

Other finalists: • • • •

Brett Hughes: Facebook Kelly Ravin: kellyravinmusic.com Old Sky: Bandcamp Wild Leek River: Facebook

BEST BLUEGRASS ARTIST OR GROUP

The Tenderbellies

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)

BEST JAZZ ARTIST OR GROUP

Ray Vega

Onstage and on air — as the new host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Friday Night Jazz” — trumpeter Ray Vega gets everyone grooving. Over his decades-long career, he’s performed with some of the most famous Latin-jazz musicians of all time. (rayvegamusic.com)

Other finalists: • • • • •

Brian McCarthy: brianmccarthyjazz.com Dan Ryan Express: Facebook George Walker Petit: Bandcamp Paul Asbell: paulasbell.com Rose Street Collective: Facebook

BEST BLUES ARTIST OR GROUP

Dwight & Nicole

Burlington’s Nicole Nelson performed on Season 3 of NBC’s “The Voice,” but local fans are happy she’s here. Along with guitarist Dwight Ritcher and drummer Ezra Oklan, the group adds a soulful, modern twist to classic blues and roots music. (dwightandnicole.com)

Other finalists: • • • • •

Al Moore Blues Band: Facebook Blues for Breakfast: bluesforbreakfast.com Dave Keller Band: davekeller.com Nina’s Brew: Facebook Seth Yacovone: Facebook

Other finalists:

BEST ROCK ARTIST OR GROUP

• Beg, Steal or Borrow: begstealorborrowvt.com • Eric George: egeorgemusic.com • Hard Scrabble: Facebook

Rough Francis

BEST SOUL/FUNK/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP

Kat Wright

Front woman Kat Wright leads her indomitable soul band with a croon. What started as the house band for a weekly soul night at Radio Bean has grown into one of the region’s most dynamic and popular groups. (katwright.com)

Other finalists: • Funkwagon: Facebook • JUPTR: Facebook • The Renegade Groove: Facebook

One of the loudest and rowdiest bands in Burlington, garage-rock group Rough Francis imbue their live performances with a riotous spirit. The scene staple just released its longawaited third album, MSP3: Counter Attack. (roughfrancis.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

The Devon McGarry Band: Bandcamp Justice: Facebook Raized on Radio: Facebook Strange Purple Jelly: Facebook

BEST SMALL LIVE MUSIC HOT SPOT OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

RUSTY NAIL STAGE

Stowe’s Rusty Nail nightclub recently transitioned from a stand-alone music and events venue to its current form: Tres Amigos Mexican eatery in the front and an intimate concert hall in the rear. After an invigorating day on the slopes or an afternoon of sightseeing, many visitors to the area cap off their evenings in the club. The spot is a staple for locals, too. Jam bands, Americana artists and tribute acts might be the stage’s bread and butter, but its booking agents aim to please everyone with an eclectic entertainment lineup. From local reggae DJs to on-the-rise indie acts to one-of-a-kind supergroup performances, the Rusty Nail has something for every music lover. 1190 Mountain Rd., Suite 1, Stowe, 253-6245 • tresamigosvt.com


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BEST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE*

Madaila

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Other finalists: • • • •

AliT (Alison Turner): sheisalit.com Josh Panda: joshpanda.com Shake: shaketheband.wixsite.com/shake The Smittens: smittens.com

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST OR GROUP

Jarv

Windsor rapper Jarv — aka Nathan Jarvis — delivers incendiary live shows. His 40,000plus Facebook followers suggest he’s poised to become Vermont’s next breakout rap star. (Bandcamp)

Other finalists: • 99 Neighbors: 99neighbors.club • Chyse (Charlie Atkins): Facebook • Colby Stiltz: Facebook

BEST ELECTRONIC ARTIST OR GROUP*

Loupo

Known for his futuristic, boundary-pushing production, Loupo is an expert craftsman and a sought-after collaborator in Burlington. With ties to the hip-hop and neo-soul scenes, he makes the smoothest grooves in town. (SoundCloud)

Other finalists: • MadMan & Me: madmanandmevt.com • Nechromancer: Bandcamp • Night Protocol: Facebook

BEST CLUB DJ*

Craig Mitchell

Other finalists: • • • •

Crusty Cuts: SoundCloud D Fuego: Facebook DJ Svpply: Facebook DJ Taka: Facebook

BEST TRIBUTE BAND*

Purple: A Tribute to Prince featuring Craig Mitchell

Renowned house DJ Craig Mitchell is also a singer and arguably the biggest Prince fan in Vermont — or maybe anywhere. For proof, seek out his killer tribute act. (churchstreetdjs.com/ craigmitchell)

Other finalists: • • • •

Heartless: heartlessvt.com Mellow Yellow: mellowyellowband.com The Full Cleveland: thefullclevelandvt.com Zach Nugent’s Dead All-Stars: zachnugent.com

Other finalists: • Craftsbury Chamber Players: Craftsbury, 800-639-3443 • craftsburychamberplayers.org • TURNmusic: Waterbury Center, 578-5028 • turnmusic.org

BEST ORCHESTRA*

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Bringing music to Vermont’s biggest concert halls as well as its school gymnasiums and scenic hillsides, the VSO is the country’s oldest state-assisted orchestra, with a history dating back more than 80 years. (Burlington, 864-5741 • vso.org)

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Other finalists: • Burlington Chamber Orchestra: Burlington, 893-4082 • bcovt.org • Me2/Orchestra: Burlington, 238-8369 • me2orchestra.org • University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra: Burlington, 656-7767 • uvm.edu • Vermont Youth Orchestra Association: Colchester, 655-5030 • vyo.org

BEST CHORAL ENSEMBLE*

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont

The state’s premier women’s chorus is composed of 40 auditioned members who sing at concerts across Vermont and have toured around the Northeast and in Europe. Bella Voce’s smaller ensemble, Cantiamo, brings a cappella choral selections to smaller venues. (Essex Junction • bellavocevt.org)

Other finalists: • Counterpoint: Montpelier, 540-1784 • counterpointchorus.org • Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: Montpelier, 778-0881 • vtgospel.com • Rock City: Barre • Facebook

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BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

In Burlington, June is synonymous with jazz, thanks to this annual 10-day festival. It fills venues from the Flynn Center to Waterfront Park with music from world-class headliners and locals alike. (Burlington, 863-7992 • discoverjazz.com)

Other finalists: • Frendly Gathering: Mount Ellen, Sugarbush Resort, Waitsfield • frendlygathering.com • Grand Point North: Waterfront Park, Burlington • grandpointnorth.com • Tumble Down: Waterfront Park, Burlington • twiddlemusic.com • Waking Windows: Winooski • wakingwindows.com

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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’. Wherever he goes, he brings the party. (churchstreetdjs.com/craigmitchell)

A professional orchestra with a community focus, this talented ensemble has been a bright light in Burlington’s classical music scene since 2007. Concerts are held several times a year at the University of Vermont Recital Hall. (Burlington, 893-4082 • bcovt.org)

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Few local bands have enjoyed such a meteoric rise as Madaila. In just a few short years, the psych-pop five-piece has become an institution, selling out shows at Burlington City Hall, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain and its annual block party, Madaila on Main. (musicofmadaila.com)

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JP’s Pub

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

BEST FILM FESTIVAL*

Waterworks Food + Drink

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Vermont International Film Festival

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, 4973525 • waterworksvt.com)

Other finalists: • ArtsRiot: 400 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0406 • artsriot.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • On Tap Bar & Grill: 4 Park St., Essex Junction, 878-3309 • ontapvt.com • Ruben James: 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744 • rjsburlington.com

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL

Three Needs Brewery & Taproom

A beautifully appointed bar provides 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: • Monkey House: 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563 • monkeyhousevt.com • Nectar’s: 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771 • liveatnectars.com • The Other Place: 4 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 863-5803 • Facebook • Vermont Pool & Bar: 35 San Remo Dr., South Burlington, 651-0111 • vtpoolandbar.com

Other finalists: • Green Mountain Film Festival: Montpelier & Essex Junction, 917-1225 • gmffestival.org • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival: Middlebury, 247-4650 • middfilmfest.org

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Caleb Teske: Facebook Kyle Gadapee: Facebook Tim Bridge: Facebook Xavier Berry: Facebook

Vermont Vaudeville

Bringing old-school variety shows back into style, Hardwick’s hometown favorites sing, dance, unicycle, juggle and more — and get all the laughs. Since 2009, the grassroots company has staged 17 original productions. (472-1387 • vermontvaudeville.com)

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• DsantosVT: 294 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 112, Burlington, 227-2572 • dsantosvt.com • 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

• Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Theater: 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 878-7231 • essexcinemas.com • Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas: 222 College St., Burlington, 864-4742 • merrilltheatres.net • Palace 9 Cinemas: 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610 • palace9.com • The Savoy Theater: 26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598 • savoytheater.com

From solo standup to group showcases to sketch comedy, the Vermont funnyman performs impressions and observational humor at venues all over the state. (Facebook)

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

A massive sound system and stadium seating have established Williston’s mainstream movie house a fun place to view your favorite blockbusters. It’s open for biz 365 days a year, including holidays. (190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010 • majestic10.com)

BEST STANDUP COMIC

• Backstage Pub & Restaurant: 60 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-5494 • backstagevt.com • SideBar: 202 Main St., Burlington • Facebook • St. John’s Club: 9 Central Ave., Burlington, 864-9778 • stjohnsclub.com • Sweet Melissa’s: 4 Langdon St., Montpelier, 225-6012 • Facebook

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Boom City: Facebook Matt & Steve: MIB: Facebook She Thicc: Facebook The Unmentionables: Facebook

BEST COMEDY SERIES*

Tinder Nightmares

Should’ve swiped left? At this series hosted by Vermont Comedy Club, skilled improv troupes such as the Unmentionables and Napoleon make online-dating horror stories something to laugh about. (101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com)

Other finalists: • The Daily Grind: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com • Comedy Thunderdome!: Facebook • March Madness Two-Prov Tournament: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com

BEST TRIBUTE BAND

PURPLE: A TRIBUTE TO PRINCE FEATURING CRAIG MITCHELL Many people know Craig Mitchell as one of Burlington’s top club DJs. In fact, he’s a multiple Daysies victor for best club DJ. In addition to dropping hot beats on the ones and twos, Mitchell is one of the biggest Prince fans in town — and he takes his love for the dearly departed Purple One to the next level. Mitchell fronts Purple: A Tribute to Prince, for which he enlists some of the finest musical talent in the area as his backing band. Together, they bring to life sizzling renditions of the artist’s megahits, such as “Purple Rain,” “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Little Red Corvette.” Not only does Mitchell embody Prince’s onstage charisma, he’s got the pipes to back it up. churchstreetdjs.com/craigmitchell


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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)

& ENTERTAINMENT BEST LOCAL THEATER COMPANY

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Lyric Theatre Company

Formed more than four decades ago, Lyric is one of the largest community theater groups in the region. With local casts and hundreds of volunteers, the nonprofit stages musicals such as Annie, The Producers and Legally Blonde. (Flynn MainStage, 153 Main St., Burlington, 6581484 • lyrictheatrevt.org)

Other finalists: • Green Mountain Cabaret: Burlington • greenmountaincabaret.com • Lost Nation Theater: Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 39 State St., Montpelier, 229-0492 • lostnationtheater.org • Neat, With a Twist: neatwithatwist.com • Very Merry Theatre: 20 Allen St., Burlington, 355-1461 • verymerrytheatre.org

BEST ACTOR

Kim Anderson

Whether she’s performing with Lyric Theatre Company, Ladies Who Laugh, the Middlebury Community Players or the Stowe Theatre Guild, Kim Anderson steals the stage every time. (Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • • • •

Bob Bolyard: Facebook Chris Caswell: Facebook Don Patrick O’Connell Jayden Choquette: Facebook Jon van Luling: Twitter Sabrina Leal: Facebook

BEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

The Flynn’s Main Street marquee is a beacon for fans of music, theater and dance. The lovingly restored 1930s art-deco movie house draws nearly 200,000 individuals each year to experience world-class showmanship. (153 Main St., Burlington, 863-5966 • flynncenter.org)

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• 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

BEST CHORAL ENSEMBLE

BELLA VOCE WOMEN’S CHORUS OF VERMONT In March 2004, artistic director Dawn O. Willis founded the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont. A mere two months later, the choir gave its first concert. Since then, the Essex Junction-based ensemble has been delighting music lovers with its varied repertoire of existing and newly commissioned sacred and secular works. Composed of 40 auditioned members ranging from music educators and choir directors to college students and hobbyists, the songstresses serve up two major recitals each December and May, as well as additional community performances. Care for a preview? Check out any of the choir’s five commercial CDs, such as 2017’s Heart Songs: Music of the World, a collection of dance numbers, lullabies and songs of praise from around the globe. Essex Junction • bellavocevt.org

BEST MUSEUM

Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery

Shelburne Museum

Other finalists: • BCA Center: 135 Church St., Burlington, 865-7166 • burlingtoncityarts.org • Bern Gallery: 135 Main St., Burlington, 865-0994 • 135main.wixsite.com/new-berngallery • Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery: 199 Route 7, Milton, 355-6583 • miltonartistsguild.org • The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery: 266 Pine St., Burlington, 578-2512 • spacegalleryvt.com

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)

Other finalists: • Anthill Collective: 343-0666 • anthillcollective.com • Jon Young: 8 Hodges Ct., St. Albans, 752-7573 • jonyoungartworks.com • Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.: Facebook • Will “Kasso” Condry: Middlebury • willkasso.com

BEST SCULPTOR

Kate Pond

The Burlington sculptor has installed metal works internationally and sprinkled some of them around the state: “Kiss II” stands outside Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, and her five “Steelhead” trout sculptures have made a splash along the Winooski River. (Burlington, 233-1457 • vermontsculpture.com)

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BEST ART GALLERY

Vermont’s strong craft traditions are on full display at Frog Hollow, where 200-plus artisans show hand-dyed silks, molded-glass ornaments and more, all in one room. The nonprofit organization has been providing education and opportunities to artists for 40 years. (85 Church St., Burlington, 863-6458 • froghollow.org)

• “The Art Show” at RLPhoto: 27 Sears Ln., Burlington, 540-3081 • rlphoto.com • Above the Radar: Burlington • Facebook • The Pipe Classic: 135 Main St., Burlington, 865-0994 • 135main.wixsite.com/ new-pipeclassic • Vermont Artists Week: 80 Pearl St., Johnson, 635-2727 • vermontstudiocenter.org

Founded in 1947 by prolific collector Electra Havemeyer Webb, Shelburne Museum has more than 150,000 items in its permanent collection and connects past to present in compelling special exhibitions. View the art in 39 different structures, from the Ticonderoga steamboat to the contemporary Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. (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 • Fleming Museum of Art: 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington, 656-0750 • flemingmuseum.org • Montshire Museum of Science: 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich, 649-2200 • montshire.org

• Clark Derbes: Burlington • Facebook • Clay Mohr: 41 Sears Ln., Burlington, 781-249-6985 • claymohrlighting.com • Gerald K. Stoner: 185 River Rd., Underhill, 324-3897 • geraldkstoner.com • Leslie Fry: 999-5313 • lesliefry.com • Ross Sheehan: 37 Green St., Vergennes, 775-303-8863 • rosssheehanart.com

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Hillary Dubie

From weddings to boudoir shoots to baby’s first birthdays, Burlington-based photographer Hillary Dubie captures life’s most momentous occasions with an artful eye and perfect focus. (Winooski, 777-1726 • hillarydubie.com)

Other finalists: • Arielle Thomas: Burlington • ariellelovesphotography.com • Daniel Schechner: Burlington • danielschechner.com, @lifeintheboonies • John Rovnak: Essex Junction • johnrovnak.com • Phin Totten: Burlington • Facebook


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Chris Bohjalian

Other finalists: • Harry Bliss: harrybliss.com • Rachel Lindsay: Burlington • rachellivesherenow.com • Robert Waldo Brunelle Jr.: Facebook

A New York Times best-selling author, Bohjalian has written 20 novels — three of which have been adapted into movies. USA Today dubbed his latest book, 2018’s The Flight Attendant, “an expertly turned thriller.” (chrisbohjalian.com)

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Other finalists: • Lisa Kusel: lisakusel.wordpress.com • Taraleigh Weathers: taraleighlovesyou.com • Thea Lewis: thealewis.com

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From her long-running comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” to her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic — later adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical — the current cartoonist laureate of Vermont has an impressive oeuvre. (dykestowatchoutfor.com)

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KATE POND “It wasn’t my real choice to be a sculptor,” says Burlington artist Kate Pond in the pilot episode of Vermont PBS’ “The Frog Hollow Green Mountain Artisans.” “It’s something that I think just came naturally to me.” Raised in Vermont, Pond has followed her creative instincts to forge a career that now spans nearly five decades and multiple mediums, from monumental works of Corten steel to breezy, joyful art kites. Her longtime fascination with light, nature and the cosmos may be best embodied by what Pond has described as her “life’s work”: the World Sculpture Project. That initiative has brought sculptural sundials and accompanying time capsules to sites across the globe. If you’re ready to connect to time and space closer to home, head to Pond’s “Come Light, Visit Me” at Champlain College.

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Across the country, retail is under siege. While Americans may be buying more than ever before, they increasingly do so with a few clicks of the mouse — and our bricks-and-mortar businesses are taking the hit. We saw that battle play out close to home when longtime Daysies finalist Onion River Sports turned off its lights in Montpelier at the end of 2017, citing financial difficulties after 43 years in business. But the sad chapter turned into an unlikely success story: The community rallied, contributing to an Indiegogo campaign that allowed former employees to reopen the retail outlet as Onion River Outdoors a mere five months later. Needless to say, the rebranded biz made it to the Daysies finals for best outdoor outfitter — though it couldn’t quite top the votes for perennial winner Outdoor Gear Exchange. That Burlington biz had a banner year of its own, expanding into the former Panera Bread space on the Church Street Marketplace. Nothing like blowing national competition out of the water. Next time you’re looking to shop ’til you drop, consider doing so IRL. The Daysies faves that follow — from Salaam to Skirack, Ecco to Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness — have our backs covered. Let’s make sure we’ve got theirs.

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BEST WOMEN’S CASUAL CLOTHING STORE

Outdoor Gear Exchange

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, 860-0190 • gearx.com) • ECCO: 81 Church St., Burlington, 860-2220 • eccoclothesboutique.com • Stella Mae: 96 Church St., Burlington, 864-2800 • stella-mae.com • Tangerine: 126 College St., Suite 110, Burlington, 495-5645 • tangerinebtv.net • Whim Boutique: 62 Church St., Burlington, 658-6496 • whimboutique.com

Salaam

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 • BunyaBunya: 1799 Mountain Rd., Suite 1, Stowe, 435-640-1259 • Facebook • Green Envy: 1800 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-2661 • vermontenvy.com

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BEST CAMERA STORE

GREEN MOUNTAIN CAMERA Say cheese! (Or, Di whiskey!) Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro, in need of passport pics or just hoping to print out some family photos, Green Mountain Camera can help. The South Burlington shop has a selection of new and used digital and film cameras, from medium format to 35mm. Looking for an easy-peasy Nikon to learn on? Check. What about the coveted Rolleiflex? Double check. To top it all off, the knowledgeable sales team can school you on everything from camera straps to bags to filters, so you’ll be out on the streets snapping your best-yet images stat. Cheers to that. 861 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 651-4100 • gmcamera.com

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ECCO

Designer-chic in a Church Street boutique — that’s ECCO in a nutshell. Since 1992, Lara Heath Allen’s shop has set the trend for everyday-luxury and special-occasion looks. (81 Church St., Burlington, 860-2220 • eccoclothesboutique.com)

Other finalists: • 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 Ready to say “yes” to the dress? Attentive consultants and an elegant collection of designer gowns set this bridal boutique apart from the pack. (18 Main St., Essex Junction, 8729663 • fioribridal.com)

Other finalists: • Cult of Flowers Bridal (Nectar & Root): 7 West Canal St., Winooski, 203-451-3781 • cultofflowersbridal.com • Everthine Bride: 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 • Shaline Bridal Boutique & Sewing Studio: 80 Carleton Blvd., East Montpelier, 223-4777 • shalinebridal.com

BEST WOMEN’S SHOE STORE

Danform Shoes

Danform Shoes carries footwear for all ages, specializing in high-quality brands from Frye to Dansko. 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, 9853483 • 150 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0916 • danformshoesvt.com)

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• 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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BEST MENSWEAR STORE

Outdoor Gear Exchange Vermont men are practical dressers — more Black Diamond than Brooks Brothers — and OGE 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 • Michael Kehoe: 117 Church St., Burlington, 863-3550 • mkltd.com • Patagonia Burlington: 191 College St., Burlington, 923-2910 • patagoniaburlington.com • Warner Supply: 96 Church St., Burlington, 495-0771 • Facebook

BEST MEN’S SHOE STORE

LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL Lenny’s official slogan is “We fit you right,” but it could just as easily be “Well-heeled and plenty of sole.” Since 1990, the family-owned and -operated stores in Williston, St. Albans, Barre and Plattsburgh, N.Y., have been go-to destinations for fellas’ footwear ranging from sandals to sneakers and slippers to muck boots. Then, in 2011, Lenny’s employees took to the streets of central Vermont and handed out free sweatshirts and pairs of Carhartt pants to flood victims of Tropical Storm Irene. Not surprisingly, they’ve been a Daysies “shoe-in” for best men’s shoe store for four years running. Talk about toeing the line. 2121 Essex Rd., Williston, 879-6640 • 295 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0532 • 54 N. Main St., Barre, 476-9107 • 359 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7446 • 285 Tom Miller Rd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-7400 • lennyshoe.com

BEST MEN’S SHOE STORE

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel

This outdoor apparel store sells quality work boots, sandals, sneakers and slippers from brands such as Timberland and KEEN. (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)

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 • Old Gold: 180 Main St., Burlington, 864-7786 • oldgoldvermont.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com • Warner Supply: 96 Church St., Burlington, 495-0771 • Facebook

BEST SECONDHAND CLOTHING STORE

Outdoor Gear Exchange

Looking for a cheap camping tent and alreadybroken-in hiking boots at the same time? Browse OGE’s well-vetted basement bargains. 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 • Plato’s Closet: 34 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 878-0001 • platosclosetwilliston.com • Style Encore: 31 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 876-7113 • style-encorewilliston.com

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE*

Old Gold

A staple of Burlington’s fashionistas since it opened in 1973, Old Gold specializes in old sartorial treasures. It’s a destination for everything from prom gowns to paisley pants to pinstripe suits. (180 Main St., Burlington, 8647786 • oldgoldvermont.com)

Other finalists: • Battery Street Jeans: 115 College St., Burlington, 865-6223 • Facebook • Billie Jean Vintage: 152 Battery St., Burlington, 860-6152 • billiejeanvintage.com • Downtown Threads: 108 Church St., Burlington, 399-2070 • Facebook • The Vault Collective: 145 Cherry St., Burlington, 448-0651 • thevaultcollective.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 quickly! Find toys, furniture and baby gear here, too. (38 Taft Corners Shopping Ctr., Williston, 8785434 • onceuponachildwilliston.com)

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BEST CHILDREN’S TOY STORE

Jamie Two Coats’ Toy Shop

For more than 20 years, Jamie Two Coats has been rescuing parents from the hassles of big-box shopping by stocking an impressive array of children’s gift items — without making them feel like they’re shilling for the latest Disney blockbuster. (54 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-3221 • Facebook)

BEST BEAUTY-PRODUCT PURVEYOR

Mirror Mirror

The Burlington beauty-supply store’s highquality makeup and skin-care products help customers feel like the fairest of them all. Dayspa services include facials, massage, spray tans and waxing. (3 Main St., Burlington, 861-7500 • mirrormirrorvt.com)

Other finalists: • be. Skin Clinic: 77 Falls Rd., Suite 1, Shelburne, 495-0819 • vtskinclinic.com • Flourish Beauty Lab: 4 N. Main St., White River Junction, 457-4208 • flourishbodycare.com • La Bella Derma: 25 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 108, Winooski, 735-3031 • labelladermavt.com • Splash Naturals: 67 Main St., Montpelier, 223-7752 • splashnaturals.com

Other finalists:

BEST PET SUPPLY STORE

• Homeport: 52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com • Turner Toys & Hobbies: 21 Essex Way, Suite 116, Essex Junction, 233-6102 • turnertoys.com • Vermont Teddy Bear: 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 800-988-8277 • vermontteddybear.com • Woodbury Mountain Toys: 24 State St., Montpelier, 223-4272 • woodburymountaintoys.com

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BEST EYEGLASSES STORE

EyeCare of Vermont

Other finalists: • 802 Eye Care: 4 Laurel Hill Dr., South Burlington, 862-0023 • 802eyecare.com • 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

Jewelers, diamond setters, designers, handengravers and gemologists source stones from around the world for Perrywinkle’s original jewelry. The Burlington boutique also carries many national brands. (227 Main St., Burlington, 865-2624 • 75 Smithfield Blvd., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-562-2328 • perrywinkles.com)

Other finalists: • After Midnight Jewelers: 155 Dorset St., South Burlington, 862-3608 • aftermidnightjewelers.com

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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 Junction, 872-8900 • 1056 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9995 • thedogandcatatstowe.com • Guy’s Farm and 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 • The Pet Advantage: 350 Dorset St. Suite 1, South Burlington, 860-1714 • thepetadvantage.com • The Quirky Pet: 5 State St., Montpelier, 229-1211 • thequirkypet.com

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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. The one-stop shop for musical accoutrements has been rockin’ out for more than 30 years. (75 Maple St., Burlington, 863-8652 • advancemusicvt.com)

Other finalists: • Ellis Music: 1709 Route 107, Bethel, 234-6400 • ellismusic.com • GuitarSam: 71 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0295 • guitarsam.com • Randolin Music Instruments: 215 College St., 2nd floor, Burlington, 865-3890 • randolin.com • Vermont Violins: 23 Church St., Burlington, 862-0349 • 24 Main St., Montpelier, 229-4503 • 8 Glen Rd., Powerhouse Mall, West Lebanon, N.H., 603-298-7198 • vermontviolins.com

BURLINGTON, VT

Pick Your Own

Fresh Cut Flowers

By appointment only. Call 802-578-5558 Thank you Seven Days readers for supporting local growers!

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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)

SHOPPING

• Boho Baby: 43 Upper Main St., Essex Junction, 764-3023 • bohobabyvt.com • Little Citizen: 20 Church St., Burlington, 489-5993 • Facebook • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com • Yellow Turtle: 1799 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4434 • yellow-turtle.com

• Tradewinds Imports: 110 Church St., Burlington, 860-2829 • tradewindsvt.com • Von Bargen’s: 131 Church St., Burlington, 864-0012 • 2 Chester Rd., Suite 5, 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: 57 Church St., Burlington, 864-1700 • zinniastores.com

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SHOPPING BEST LOCAL ART SUPPLY STORE

Vermont Art Supply

Art starts at this South End shop (formerly Black Horse), which carries professional-grade paints, pastels, paper and other supplies. (277 Pine St., Burlington, 860-4972 • vermontartsupply.com)

Other finalists: • Artists’ Mediums Art Shop: 286A Old Route 15, Cambridge, 644-2872 • am-art-shop. myshopify.com • The Drawing Board: 22 Main St., Montpelier, 223-2902 • drawingboardvt.com • The Studio Store: 2 Lower Main St. E., Johnson, 635-2203 • Facebook

BEST CAMERA STORE

Green Mountain Camera Every sales associate at this South Burlington retail shop and photofinishing lab is an avid shutterbug who knows his or her way around a camera. Don’t miss the huge inventory of used gear. (861 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 651-4100 • gmcamera.com)

Other finalists: • LeZot Camera Shop: 49 Church St., CityPlace Burlington, 652-2400 • lezotcameras.com • LeZot’s Complete Camera Center: 8016 Williston Rd., Suite 102, Williston, 662-4932 • lezot.com

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BEST PLACE TO BUY A COMPUTER

Small Dog Electronics

What began in founder Don Mayer’s garage has, over nearly 20 years, grown to two Apple-certified Vermont stores. But Small Dog’s passion for technology — fixing it, selling it, talking about it in excited tones — remains the same. (100 Dorset St., South Burlington, 862-1316 • 1673 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-7171 • smalldog.com)

Other finalists: • Computer Barn Vermont: 921 Route 302, Berlin, 476-6800 • computerbarnltd.net • Computers for Change: 196 College St., Burlington, 578-9687 • computersforchange.com

BEST BOOKSTORE

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Who says bookstores are passé? Owners Mike DeSanto and Renee Reiner have been plying Vermonters with sweet, sweet paper pages since 2007 — and now do so in four locations. Of course, 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, 855-8078 • 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

Common Deer

Shop owner Sharon Beal combs the country for the best small-batch, American-made goods. The ceramics, candles, blankets and jewelry artfully displayed here make very good gifts — or you can commondeer something special for yourself. (210 College St., Suite 101, Burlington, 497-0100 • commondeervt.com)

Other finalists: • A Little Something: 2989 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-9909 • alittlesomethingvt.com • Birdfolk Collective: 17 E. Allen St., Winooski, 497-0582 • 2657 Route 100, Waterbury Center, 882-8543 • birdfolkcollective.com • Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery: 199 Route 7, Milton, 355-6583 • miltonartistsguild.org • Vermont Teddy Bear: 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 800-829-2327 • vermontteddybear.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY A PIPE

BERN GALLERY Years before cannabis consumption was deemed a legal and legit way to while away an afternoon, Bern Gallery was providing Burlington stoners with all the necessary accoutrements — minus the actual bud itself — for opening their minds. Since 2004, owners Tito Bern and his wife, Mikaela, have been blowing and selling locally produced glassware that’s both functional and inspiring. Each fall, their annual Pipe Classic competition brings to town some of North America’s best glass artists. Their finished pieces have later sold at auction for as much as $14,000. The on-site Bern School of Glass gives aspiring glassblowers all the instruction, tools and torch time they need to fire up their own careers making pipes, bongs and bubblers. Feel the Bern! 135 Main St., Burlington, 865-0994 • berngallery.com

BEST CBD RETAIL SHOP*

Healthy Living Market & Café

Self-care through cannabinoids comes in many forms at one of Vermont’s largest independent health food stores. The Wellness Department stocks CBD oils, salves, capsules — even maple candies and chocolate bars. (222 Dorset St., South Burlington, 863-2569 • healthylivingmarket.com)

Other finalists: • AroMed Aromatherapy: 8 State St., Montpelier, 505-1405 • aromedofvt.com • Ceres Natural Remedies: 190 College St., Burlington, 844-789-9333, ext. 732 • 1222 Putney Rd., Unit 106A, Brattleboro, 844-789-9333, ext. 731 • ceresremedies.com • Green Mountain Hemp Company: 81 N. Main St., St. Albans, 309-3697 • greenmountainhempcompany.com • Green State Gardener: 388 Pine St., Burlington, 540-2097 • greenstategardener.com

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Bern Gallery

Every autumn, the Bern Gallery hosts artists from around the world for the Pipe Classic competition. The shop’s on-site glassblowing workstations demonstrate its dedication to the pipe-making craft, and the retail selection is appropriately smokin’. (135 Main St., Burlington, 865-0994 • berngallery.com)

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BEST ADULT TOY STORE

Good Stuff

“Sex, glass, and rock and roll!”: That’s the “good stuff” enthusiastically supported here. The adult toy stores stock hundreds of entertaining items, from lubricants to sexy DVDs to 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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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. (339 Pine St., Burlington, 846-4015 • 329 Harvest Ln., Suite 200, Williston, 857-4361 • 30 Granite St., Barre, 477-7800 • 590 E. Main St., Hyde Park, 8518333 • resourcevt.org)

Other finalists:

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

• Anjou & the Little Pear: 53 Main St., Burlington, 540-0008 • anjouvt.com • Barge Canal Market: 377 Pine St., Burlington, 497-7119 • Facebook • Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore: 528 Essex Rd., Williston, 857-5296 • vermonthabitat.org • Junktiques Collective: 324 N Winooski Ave., Burlington, 865-9983 • junktiques.net

BEST HOUSEWARES STORE

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

Homeport

Barge Canal Market

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• 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 • Northern Lights: 75 Main St., Burlington, 864-6555 • northernlightspipes.com • Stash N’ Stowe: 1024 Route 100, Waterbury, 244-6456 • Facebook

Church Street’s four-level home-goods empire has a wide range of lifestyle and household products — think dishware, furniture, decorative items, and “any kitchen utensil or doodad ever conceived.” (52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com)

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

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 • J. Langdon: 7 Langdon St., Montpelier, 613-3182 • Facebook • Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace: 180 Flynn Ave., Suite 2, Burlington, 488-5766 • vintageinspired.net • Willow House: 11 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 489-5571 • willowhousevt.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY A UNIQUE GIFT

COMMON DEER Don’t let the name fool you; the treasure at Burlington boutique Common Deer is anything but ordinary. Sharon Beal, captain of this retail ship, has a steadfast dedication to stocking American goods handcrafted with care. Proud Vermonters and visitors alike will find something they can’t resist, from Farmhouse Pottery to delicate and delicious Rackk & Ruin jewelry to the be-all and end-all Green Mountain accessory: Darn Tough socks. Finding sweet harmony between the rugged and the luxurious, Beal shows that she knows a thing or two about what makes Vermont so very deer. Er, dear. 210 College St., Suite 101, Burlington, 497-0100 • commondeervt.com

BEST FURNITURE STORE

BEST KITCHEN STORE

Burlington Furniture

Kiss the Cook

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• Homeport: 52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com • Office Furniture Exchange: 230 Battery St., Burlington, 658-6929 • ofevt.com • The SuperStore: 543 Blair Park Rd., Williston, 878-0818 • superstorevt.com • Wendell’s Furniture: 697 Hercules Dr., Colchester, 861-7700 • 4050 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 861-7777 • wendellsfurniture.com

• Capital Kitchen: 18 State St., Montpelier, 229-2305 • capitalkitchenvt.com • Chef Contos Kitchen & Store: 65 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 497-3942 • chefcontos.com • Homeport: 52 Church St., Burlington, 863-4644 • homeportonline.com • Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens: 1813 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8050 • stowekitchen.net

Value, comfort and design are the hallmarks of this locally owned company. Two adjoining stores, Burlington Furniture and Burlington Mattress, feature casual contemporary furniture, mattresses, lighting and interior design services. (747 Pine St., Burlington, 862-5056 • burlingtonfurniturecompany.com)

Since the 1990s, Kiss the Cook has been a Burlington destination for quality kitchenware — and now there’s a Middlebury shop, too. Foodies dig the colorful selection of Le Creuset items and the on-site knife sharpening. (72 Church St., Burlington, 863-4226 • 16 Merchants Row, Middlebury, 349-8803 • kissthecook.net)

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BEST SKI/SNOWBOARD SHOP

Conant Metal & Light

Skirack

Owner Steve Conant and his creative crew craft contemporary lighting options and decorative metalwork. They specialize in turning vintage objects into custom masterpieces. (266 Pine St., Burlington, 658-4482 • conantmetalandlight.com)

Other finalists: • Light Club Lamp Shop: 12 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346 • radiobean.com • The Lamp Shop: 424 Pine St., Burlington, 864-6782 • shopthelamp.com • The Lighting House: 3002 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-2204 • vermontlightinghouse.com • Vermont Lamp & Shade: 79 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 316-3848 • vtlamp.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 multiple locations. (128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, 660-3505 • 472 Marshall Ave., Williston, 658-2433 • 220 Mechanic St., Lebanon, N.H., 603-448-6110 • gardeners.com)

Other finalists: • Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse & Perennial Farm: 187 Main St., Colchester, 878-2361 • claussens.com • Evergreen Gardens of Vermont: 15 Cabin Ln., Waterbury Center, 244-8523 • evergreengardensvt.com • Paquette Full of Posies Nursery: 10236 Williston Rd., Williston, 434-2794 • vermontnursery.com • Red Wagon Plants: 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg, 482-4060 • redwagonplants.com

BEST AUTO DEALER

The Automaster

Other finalists: • Burlington Subaru: 351 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 877-544-2985 • subaruvt.com • Handy Toyota: 701 Highgate Rd., St. Albans, 527-7512 • handytoyota.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

Other finalists: • Alpine Shop: 1184 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 862-2714 • alpineshopvt.com • Burton Snowboards: 162 College St., Burlington, 333-0400 • 80 Industrial Pkwy., Burlington, 660-3200 • burton.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 • gearx.com • Splinters Boardshop: 18 Sugarbush Access Rd., Warren, 496-7441 • splintersboardshop.com

BEST BIKE SHOP

Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness

Earl’s 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 department, 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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BEST OUTDOOR OUTFITTER

Outdoor Gear Exchange Locally owned OGE has been selling outdoor apparel and equipment, and promoting environmental awareness, since 1995. (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 • Onion River Outdoors: 20 Langdon St., Montpelier, 225-6736 • onionriver.com • Patagonia Burlington: 191 College St., Burlington, 923-2910 • patagoniaburlington.com • Skirack: 85 Main St., Burlington, 658-3313 • skirack.com

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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, 877-345-1987 • theautomaster.com)

Since 1969, this sporting store has supported 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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Living in Vermont ain’t always easy. Ever searched for cell service in Strafford? Bid on a home in Burlington? Sacrificed six months of the year to a single season: winter? But Vermonters take perverse pride in toughing it out — and know that the benefits far outweigh the bothers of living here. Besides, when the going gets rough, they know who to call. Consider this section of the Daysies your yellow pages to the state’s outstanding professional services. When you do decide to buy that house in Burlington, you can seek out the experts: real estate agent Jessica Bridge, mortgage broker New England Federal Credit Union and moving company Grunts Move Junk, for example. And when you settle into your home and inevitably adopt a puppy — Vermont is the top pet-owning state in America — you can head to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, followed in quick succession by the Green Mountain Animal Hospital and Doggie Styles Salon. Whatever you need — your tires changed or that old suit tailored; a Laundromat or five-star lodging — the businesses that follow will treat you right.

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BEST NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION

Humane Society of Chittenden County

Serving both animals and people, the humane society takes in as many as 1,200 cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets and rodents each year — and prepares them for adoption. Consider it the best place to meet your new best friend. (142 Kindness Ct., South Burlington, 862-0135 • chittendenhumane.org)

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Green Mountain Animal Hospital

“Your pet is our passion!” That’s the MO at this animal hospital, where highly trained doctors and technicians have been offering a comprehensive menu of critter care since 1969. (1693 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 8627021 • 1372 North Ave., Burlington, 658-3739 • greenmountainah.com)

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Other finalists: • Malletts Bay Veterinary Hospital: 460 Blakely Rd., Colchester, 862-2472 • mallettsbayvet.com • Milton Veterinary Hospital: 2 Chrisemily Ln., Milton, 893-4000 • miltonvethospital.com • Orchard Veterinary Hospital: 1333 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 658-2273 • orchardvetvt.com • River Cove Animal Hospital: 7 River Cove Rd., Williston, 879-7984 • rivercove.net

SERVICES

• Camp Daybreak: 77 Sunset View Rd., South Hero, 223-6263 • campdaybreak.org • Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS): 95 North Ave., Burlington, 864-7402 • cotsonline.org • The DREAM Program: 30 Community Dr., South Burlington, 338-8979 • 22 Willow Brook Dr., Bennington, 681-3982 • 95 Templeton Ct., Suite 17, White River Junction • dreamprogram.org • King Street Center: 87 King St., Burlington, 862-6736 • kingstreetcenter.org

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BEST VETERINARIAN/ ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Esthetic Boutique and Spa

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BEST BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO/ BEST CYCLING STUDIO

REV INDOOR CYCLING

Too often, going to the gym means sweating it out in front of mirrors under fluorescent lighting — and that’s not exactly everyone’s idea of a good time. The spinning masters at REV Indoor Cycling have the solution: dark classrooms, no mirrors and upbeat music for a workout on a weighted indoor bike. The combo makes for empowering exercise that is both incredibly sweaty and incredibly fun. In the words of founder Sarah DeGray, “I no longer exercise to punish myself, I exercise because I love myself. I find daily inspiration in the heart and hard work of all who REV.” Hop on and see where this set of wheels takes you. 10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 497-2737 • revindoor.com

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SERVICES 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: • The Crate Escape: 1108 W. Main St., Richmond, 434-6411 • 1364 Marshall Ave., Williston, 865-3647 • crateescapevt.com • 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 Canine Care Center: 668 Pine St., Burlington, 540-0545 • 1725 Williston Rd., South Burlington • playdogvt.com

BEST PET GROOMER

Doggie Styles Salon

OLIVER PARINI

After a roll in something stinky, a pooch needs more than a squirt with a garden hose. Since 2003, this Colchester salon has been dedicated to providing “a safe, positive and comfortable grooming environment” for your fur babies. (925 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, 654-7387 • doggiestylesvt.com)

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BEST DOG TRAINING COMPANY

• A Passion for Pets: 110 Heineberg Dr., Colchester, 863-0012 • apassionforpetsvt.com • Happy Dog Grooming Shoppe: 364 Essex Rd., Williston, 777-3371 • happydoggroomingshoppe.com • Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa: 1045 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, 489-5496 • happytailsvermont.com • Shed Happens: 555 Fairfax Rd., St. Albans, 503-7951 • Facebook

BEST DOG TRAINING COMPANY*

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

Show Me the Biscuit

Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty

It’s all about paws-itive reinforcement at Amy Haskell’s friendly facility, where seasoned instructors offer expertise in animal training and nutrition — and classes in agility, flyball, tricks and more. (21 Zephyr Rd., Williston, 879-3130 • showmethebiscuit.com)

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• Brick Approved K9 Performance: 85 Prim Rd., Suite 203, Colchester, 734-7273 • brickapprovedk9.com • Fetch the Leash Dog Behavior and Training: 85-87 Pearl St., Burlington, 508-274-0245 • fetchtheleash.biz • Vermont Dog Club: 36 Park St., Essex Junction, 355-2285 • vermontdogclub.com • Vermont Dog Pack: 44 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, 578-2151 • vermontdogpack.com

In biz for 60 years, Coldwell Banker now offers a savvy fleet of more than 90 Realtors and staff. Together, they market properties of all kinds, facilitate relocations, provide rental services to both tenants and landlords, and help buyers feel right at home. (346 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 863-1500 • 112 North Main St., St. Albans • hickokandboardman.com)

Other finalists: • Century 21 Jack Associates: Burlington, Enosburg, Middlebury, Milton, Montpelier, Morrisville, St. Albans, South Burlington, Vergennes, Waterbury, 658-5555 • c21jack.com • Element Real Estate VT: 139 Bank St., Burlington, 391-9423 • realestatevt.com • KW Vermont: 68 Randall St., South Burlington, 654-8500 • vermontkw.com • Signature Properties of Vermont: 1 Towne Marketplace, Suite 18, Essex Junction, 872-8881 • signaturepropertiesvt.com

This year, puppy parents across Vermont took paws to give applause to Amy Haskell’s Show Me the Biscuit for its compassionate and safety-first approach to responsible dog training. Haskell, who has years of experience as a dog trainer and American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator, eschews choke chains, shock collars, whips, rolled-up newspapers and other “corrective” training tools. Instead, she and fellow trainer Cassie Lamothe use only positive reinforcement techniques to convince your canine to comply with commands. Whether you’re prepping your pooch for international agility competitions or just trying to get your Pekingese to stop pooping on your Persian rug, the kind folks at Show Me the Biscuit can walk you through the process. Sit, Ubu, sit! Good dog! 21 Zephyr Rd., Williston, 879-3130 • showmethebiscuit.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

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 the client, always. (139 Bank St., Burlington, 233-9817 • realestatevt.com)

Other finalists: • Blair Knowles, KW Vermont: 68 Randall St., South Burlington, 735-7353 • knowlesgroupvt.com • Dora Dernavich, Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty: 346 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 846-9527 • hickokandboardman.com • Elise Polli, KW Vermont: 302 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 399-0134 • elisepolli.kwrealty.com • Robbi Handy Holmes, Century 21 Jack Associates: 1161 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 658-5555, ext. 2128 • c21jack.com


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BEST CHIMNEY SWEEP COMPANY*

The Chimney Sweep Fireplace Shop

BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION

A hearth can make a home — and the Chimney Sweep’s professionals, certified under the Vermont Fire and Building Safety Code, ensure that your fireplace or woodstove keeps you safe and warm. (3113 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 833211-0251 • 1284 Route 302, Berlin, 800-858-0803 • chimneysweepshop.com)

New England Federal Credit Union

With nearly 90,000 members and $1 billion in assets, NEFCU is the state’s largest credit union. It offers convenient Sunday drive-thru hours and an annual Shred Fest for secure disposal of sensitive documents. (141 Harvest Ln., Williston, 879-8790 • nefcu.com)

Other finalists: • Artful Chimney Services: 176 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 658-3253 • artfulchimney.com • Brickliners: Custom Masonry & Chimney Services: 51 Dorset Ln., Williston, 872-0123 • brickliners.com

Other finalists: • NorthCountry Federal Credit Union: 69 Swift St., South Burlington, 657-6847 • northcountry.org • Northfield Savings Bank: 1021 Paine Turnpike N., Berlin, 800-672-2274 • nsbvt.com • Vermont Federal Credit Union: 84 Pine St., Burlington, 658-0225 • vermontfederal.org • Vermont State Employees Credit Union: 1 Bailey Ave., Montpelier, 800-371-5162 • vsecu.com

BEST HOUSEHOLD PLUMBING COMPANY*

Benoure Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

BEST MORTGAGE BROKER

Pipes don’t burst on a 9-to-5 schedule. That’s why Benoure’s plumbing and HVAC technicians are available for 24-7 emergency services. Bonus: All work comes with a one-year parts and labor warranty. (34 Commerce Ave., South Burlington, 864-7156 • benoure.com)

New England Federal Credit Union

Northern Vermont’s No. 1 mortgage provider is known for some of the lowest interest rates around — as well as high customer satisfaction. It also offers free home-buying seminars. (141 Harvest Ln., Williston, 879-8790 • nefcu.com)

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Other finalists: • Kelly Deforge, Union Bank: 30 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, 652-2985 • unionbankvt.com • Spruce Mortgage: 430 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 863-8816 • sprucemortgage.com • The Barb McHenry Team, Fairway Independent Mortgage: 110 Kimball Ave., Suite 120, South Burlington, 489-7170 • barbmchenryvt.com • Vermont Mortgage Company: 77 College St., Suite 3D, Burlington, 863-2020 • vermontmortgagecompany.com

BEST MOVING COMPANY*

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Whether you’re moving into a new house or simply spring cleaning, the military veterans who run this “world’s friendliest junk removal company” will make sure you don’t have to lift a finger. (38 N. Main St., Suite 138, St. Albans, 844464-7868 • gruntsmovejunk.com)

Other finalists: • Booska Worldwide Movers: 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 864-5115 • booskaworldwide.com • Local Muscle: 7 Ambrose Pl., Burlington, 899-0908 • localmusclemovers.com • Morway’s Moving & Storage: 150 Krupp Dr., Williston, 651-0900 • morwaysmoving.com • Vermont Moving & Storage: 276 E. Allen St., Suite 6, Winooski, 655-6683 • vtmoving.com

BEST MOVING COMPANY

GRUNTS MOVE JUNK

As the old U.S. Army recruitment ads used to boast, “We do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day.” Say what you will about the military-industrial complex, but no one has more training or experience than members of the military when it comes to hauling cargo from point A to point B, be it a duffle bag or a convoy of Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Whether you’re emptying out Grandpa’s cluttered basement, sending a recent high school grad off to college or just cleaning out an old retail space, veteran-owned and -operated Grunts Move Junk gets the job done on the double. Plus, the business helps local vets transition from military service to life on the civilian side. Bravo Zulu, grunts! 38 N. Main St., Suite 138, St. Albans, 844-464-7868 • gruntsmovejunk.com

• Laplante’s Plumbing & Heating: Colchester, 992-1477 • laplantesplumbing.com • Niquette Brothers Plumbing & Heating: 14 Whitney St., Winooski, 655-3444 • niquetteplumbing.com

BEST HOUSEHOLD PAINTING COMPANY*

Lafayette Painting

Time for a fresh coat? Working in multi-person crews, Lafayette’s professionals get the job done quickly. Last year they painted more than 600 rooms and 50 decks and exteriors. (392 North Ave., Burlington, 863-5397 • lafayettepainting.net)

Other finalists: • A Blaze of Color Painting Company: 194 West St., Essex Junction, 822-0550 • ablazeofcolor.com • Palardy Painting: 338-5511 • Facebook

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY*

Landshapes

Gardens and patios and water features — oh, my! One of Vermont’s largest companies of horticulturalists, stone masons and equipment operators can whip any landscape into shape. (88 Rogers Ln., Richmond, 434-3500 • landshapes.net)

Other finalists: • Di Stefano Landscaping: Jericho, 279-5900 • distefanolandscaping.com • Pinnacle Properties: 200 Boyer Cir., Williston, 658-0809 • pinnaclepropertiesvt.com


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SERVICES BEST LODGING

Hotel Vermont

Sophisticated rooms, farm-to-table restaurants and a stunning outdoor terrace make Burlington’s independent downtown hotel one of the top 25 in the United States, according to Condé Nast Traveler. (41 Cherry St., Burlington, 651-0080 • hotelvt.com) • The Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex, 878-1100 • essexresortspa.com • Stowe Mountain Lodge: 7412 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 282-4625 • destinationhotels.com/ stowe-mountain-lodge • Topnotch Resort: 4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 800-451-8686 • topnotchresort.com

BEST WEDDING VENUE

Shelburne Farms

From intimate affairs at the historic Inn to large parties at the Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms’ formal gardens, locavore cuisine and Lake Champlain view make it a gorgeous place to get hitched. (1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org)

Other finalists: • The Barn at Boyden Farm: 64 Route 104, Cambridge, 598-5599 • boydenbarn.com • The Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex, 878-1100 • essexresortspa.com • The Mansfield Barn: 3 Irish Farm Rd., Jericho, 899-2823 • mansfieldbarn.com • The Old Lantern Inn & Barn: 3260 Greenbush Rd., Charlotte, 425-2120 • oldlantern.com

BEST CATERER

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Ingredients fresh from an Intervale farm bolster Sugarsnap’s booming business in full-service catering for weddings and other special functions. (30 Community Dr., South Burlington, 861-2951 • thesnapvt.com)

Other finalists: • Bevo: 70 Roosevelt Hwy., Colchester, 448-3230 • bevovt.com • Cloud 9 Caterers: 142 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, 655-7370 • cloud9caterers.com • Farmhouse Group Events: 78 Main St., Burlington, 497-1026 • farmhousegroupevents.com • Love Local Catering: 88 Oak St., Burlington, 540-0131 • haveyourcakecatering.com

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BEST FLORIST

BEST DAY SPA

Stray Cat Flower Farm

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Have you ever dreamed of being wrapped in a pumpkin spice mask and floated on top of a warm, water-filled pillow? If so, consider this Williston day spa your personal oasis. Its Pumpkin Float treatment is just one of many luxurious offerings. There’s also a Cleopatra Milk Float for the regally inclined; a full suite of wax procedures, building up to the bare-naked Brazilian; and facials for a variety of skin needs, from acne to aging. Whether you opt for a seaweed body mask or a more traditional Swedish massage, this three-time Daysies winner will certainly float your boat — and your body.

Hardy perennials, specialty annuals and succession bulbs grown at the Intervale make their way into sweet-smelling bouquets available at local markets — and for weddings. (282 Intervale Rd., Burlington, 578-5558 • straycatflowers.com) • Chappell’s Florist: 1437 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 232-4313 • chappellsflorist.com • In Full Bloom: 5657 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-1410 • infullbloomvt.com • Kathy and Company Florist: 221 Colchester Ave., Burlington, 863-7053 • kathycoflowers.com • Village Green Florist: 60A Pearl St., Essex Junction, 879-7980 • vgfloristvt.com

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BEST TAILOR

Linda’s Sew Unique

Those with clothes in need of a nip and tuck head to this downtown Burlington studio for praise-worthy and professional tailoring at a reasonable price. Bridal alterations are a specialty here. (69 Pearl St., Burlington, 8646608 • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Rigo Brothers Tailor Shop: 108 Church St., Burlington, 658-1619 • Facebook • The Sewing Basket: 325 N. Main St., Suite 4, Barre, 476-8389 • 159 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-7181 • sewingbasketvt.com • Sewly Tailoring: 150 Dorset St., Suite 332, South Burlington, 881-0708 • sewlytailoring.com • Silver Threads Tailoring: 34 Church St., Suite 7, Burlington, 658-8050 • Facebook

BEST SALON (UNISEX)

BEST BARBER/MEN’S CUT

Indigo

Old Soul Barbershop

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• O’Briens Salon: 247 Main St., Burlington, 658-6564 • 155 Dorset St., University Mall, South Burlington, 863-2273 • 93 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-4554 • 57 Main St., Middlebury, 388-2350 • 35 Rutland Shopping Pl., Rutland, 773-7750 • obrienssalons.com • Ringlet Studio Salons: 1 Kennedy Dr., South Burlington, 399-9601 • Facebook • Sequoia Salon: 39 Kilburn St., Burlington, 540-8333 • sequoiasalon.com • Urban Salon Team Beauty Bar: 86 Main St., Burlington, 862-1670 • urbansalonteam.com

• Essex Barber Shop: 38 Park St., Essex Junction, 734-5909 • Facebook • LUX Barber Shop: 159A Cherry St., Burlington, 497-2086 • barber.luxburlington.com • The Men’s Room: 106 Main St., Burlington, 864-2088 • mensroomvt.com • O’Briens Salon & Clip Hair and Skin Care for Men: 247 Main St., Burlington, 658-6564 • clipformen.com

Many well-coiffed men and women say “I ’do” to this upscale salon’s extraordinary hair care, which goes beyond cuts to include coloring, conditioning, styling and more. (189 Battery St., Burlington, 865-2212 • indigovt.com)

In a 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)


BEST MANICURE/PEDICURE

BEST RESORT SPA

Bella Vie Nail Spa

Topnotch Resort

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• Allstar Nail Salon: 22 Patchen Rd., South Burlington, 497-0698 • Facebook • The Mini Spa VT: 166 Battery St., Burlington, 658-6006 • minispavt.com • Perfect Nails by Thu: 1 Market Pl., Suite 21, Essex Junction, 288-8164 • Facebook • Sofi Nails & Spa: 1148 North Ave., Burlington, 862-2222 • Facebook

• The Essex Resort & Spa: 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 764-1452 • essexresortspa.com • Jay Peak Resort: 830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa: 1746 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-7355 • stoweflake.com • Woodstock Inn & Resort: 14 the Green, Woodstock, 332-6853 • woodstockinn.com

BEST PLACE TO GET BODY ART

BEST MEDICAL SPA*

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Lumina

Living up to its name — which translates to “beautiful life” — this nail salon offers a full range of 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)

Other finalists: • Contour Studios: 287 E. Main St., Newport, 334-4655 • contourstudiosvt.com • Epiphany Tattoo Studio & Body Piercing: 30 Fairgrounds Pl., Morrisville, 839-0525 • epiphanytattoovt.com • Fortune Teller Tattoo: 1 Mill St., Suite 250, Burlington, 658-7700 • fortunetellertattoo.com • Kingdom Ink: 25 S. Craftsbury Rd., Craftsbury, 586-2366 • kingdom-ink.com

Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Nancy Carlson founded Lumina in 2009 to meet growing demand for aesthetic services — everything from body sculpting to vein removal. (1775 Williston Rd., Suite 220, South Burlington, 861-0200 • 645 S. Main St., Stowe • luminamedspa.com)

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BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE

• Bare Medical Spa + Laser Center: 95 St. Paul St., Suite 110, Burlington, 861-2273 • barevt.com • Dorset Street Dermatology: 372 Dorset St., South Burlington, 660-8808 • dorsetstreetdermatology.com • Glowaesthetics Medical Spa + Beauty Boutique: 41 IDX Dr., Suite 230, South Burlington, 338-9599 • glowmedspavt.com • Radiance Medical Spa: 354 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 777-7300 • radiancevt.com

The Essex Resort & Spa

BEST CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE*

The resort’s recipe for relaxation includes massages of all kinds: custom, deep tissue, Eastern hand, warm stone and more. Complimentary use of the on-site steam and sauna rooms don’t hurt. (70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, 764-1452 • essexresortspa.com)

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BEST DAY SPA

Oasis Day Spa

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

A crack team provides traditional and sports chiropractic care — paired with massage therapy — to more than 50 companies throughout the state, as well as to patients at its South Burlington clinic. (20 Kimball Ave., Suite 305, South Burlington, 343-3900 • epicwellnessvt.com)

Other finalists: • Balance Chiropractic Care & Active Therapy: 4066 Shelburne Rd., Suite 8, Shelburne, 985-5833 • balancechiropracticvt.com • Elevate Health: 595 Dorset St., Suite 8, South Burlington, 557-8568 • elevatehealthchiropractic.com • Living Well Center for Integrative Health: 3000 Williston Rd., Suite 3, South Burlington, 658-6092 • 1 Market Pl., Suite 27, Essex Junction • livingwellvt.com • Sommers Chiropractic: 4 Market St., Suite 2, South Burlington, 497-2938 • sommerschiropractic.com

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Other finalists: • be. Skin Clinic: 77 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 495-0819 • vtskinclinic.com • La Bella Derma: 25 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 108, Winooski, 735-3031 • labelladermavt.com • Mystic Waters Day Spa: 276 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-5300 • mysticwatersdayspa.com • Vermont Salt Cave Spa & Halotherapy Center: 48 Main St., Montgomery Center, 326-2283 • vtsaltcaves.com

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Got ink? Artist “Bald Bill” Henshaw established this self-described “old-school street shop” in 1996 and, with his son Eric and other tattoists, has been decorating local body parts ever since. (198 Pearl St., Burlington, 862-3328 • yankeetattoo.net)

Fluffy robes, maple-sugar body scrubs and science-y sounding body composition analyses make Topnotch a place of pampering. Afterward, laze around the pool with a mountain view. (4000 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6463 • topnotchresort.com)

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SERVICES 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, 8797734, ext. 1 • 4 Gauthier Dr., Essex, 879-7734, ext. 2 • edgevt.com)

Other finalists: • Greater Burlington YMCA: 266 College St., Burlington, 862-9622 • gbymca.org • Lift VT: 340 Ave. D, Suite 20, Williston, 497-1923 • liftvt.com • Marketplace Fitness: 29 Church St., Burlington, 651-8773 • marketplacefitness.com • Synergy Fitness: 426 Industrial Ave., Suite 180, Williston, 881-0553 • synergyfitnessvt.com

BEST BOUTIQUE FITNESS STUDIO*

REV Indoor Cycling

With a nonjudgmental atmosphere, motivating instructors and killer beats, Sarah DeGray’s premier indoor cycling studio puts a new spin on spin class. (10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 4972737 • revindoor.com)

Other finalists: • ATHLETX: 266 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 989-0471 • athletx.co • Studio SxB: 25 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 324-9493 • suzyshulman.com • Studio Zenith: 50 Main St., Montpelier, 598-5876 • studiozenithvt.com • Women’s Room: 1 Mill St., Suite 236, Burlington, 829-0211 • womensroomvt.com

BEST YOGA STUDIO

Sangha Studio

In Sanskrit, “sangha” means “community.” This nonprofit lives up to its name by offering 100 percent donation-based yoga classes at its two studios, as well as at local schools, hospitals and other nonprofits. (120 Pine St., Burlington, 448-4262 • 237 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington • sanghastudio.org)

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• Evolution Physical Therapy + Yoga: 20 Kilburn St., Suite 120, Burlington, 864-9642 • evolutionvt.com • Hot Yoga Burlington VT:: 294 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 212A, Burlington, 999-9963 • hotyogaburlingtonvt.com • Laughing River Yoga: 1 Mill St., Suite 126, Burlington, 343-8119 • laughingriveryoga.com • Women’s Room: 1 Mill St., Suite 236, Burlington, 829-0211 • womensroomvt.com

BEST CYCLING STUDIO

REV Indoor Cycling

Come for the music, stay for the workout. Folks sweat it out while tuning in to cycling sessions such as Today’s Hits, Booty Jamz and ’90s Alternative. (10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 497-2737 • revindoor.com)

Other finalists: • Granite City Group Fitness: 56 Depot Sq., Barre, 461-7379 • 54 Main St., Montpelier • granitecitygroupfitness.com • RIDE: 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 279-0845 • rideindoorcycling.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)

Other finalists: • Champlain Valley CrossFit: 1191 S. Brownell Rd., Suite 10, Williston, 660-3760 • champlainvalleycrossfit.com • CrossFit Burlington: 39 Birchcliff Pkwy., Burlington, 999-3650 • crossfitburlington.com • Green Mountain CrossFit: 654 Granger Rd., Berlin, 229-4131 • 576 E. Main St., Hyde Park, 521-7132 • greenmountaincrossfit.com • Mountain Trail CrossFit: 113 Acorn Ln., Suite C, Colchester, 508-320-6280 • mountaintrailcrossfit.com

BEST DANCE STUDIO*

Studio 3 Dance

Codirectors Michelle Little and Rachel Bilodeau impart their passion for ballet, hip-hop, tap, African and many other movement styles to students at two fitness studios. (65 Creek Farm Pl., Colchester, 343-0451 • 580 St. Albans Rd., Swanton, 782-5163 • vtstudio3.com)

Other finalists: • DsantosVT: 294 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 112A, Burlington, 227-2572 • dsantosvt.com • Swan Dojo: 19 Church St., Suite 1, Burlington • swandojo.com • Up North Dance Studio: 154 Brentwood Dr., Suite 3, Colchester, 893-6000 • danceupnorth.com • Urban Dance Complex: 188 Krupp Dr., Williston, 863-6600 • urbandancecomplex.com

BEST PLACE TO TAKE AN ARTS CLASS*

Burlington City Arts

For more than 30 years, BCA has served the creative needs of the community through dynamic arts education. Classes range from painting to printmaking and darkroom photography to documentary storytelling. (135 Church St., Burlington, 865-7166 • burlingtoncityarts.org)

Other finalists: • Burlington Paint & Sip Studio: 29 Church St., Burlington, 540-2090 • paintandsipstudios.com • Davis Studio: 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 425-2700 • davisstudiovt.com • Roadhouse Studios: 207 Webster Rd., Shelburne, 233-5303 • roadhousestudiosvt.com • Vermont Comedy Club: 101 Main St., Burlington, 859-0100 • vermontcomedyclub.com

BEST CAB COMPANY

Vermont Ride Network/ Green Cab VT This “clean” cab company is committed to using vehicles that run on alternative fuels — think hybrid SUVs, biodiesel vans and even black-car 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: • Capital Car Service VT: Berlin, 505-0316 • capitalcarservicevt.com • Dunwright Taxi Company: Burlington, 557-2461 • Facebook

Other finalists: • Brian’s North End Automotive: 98 North Ave., Burlington, 862-9072 • briansnorthendautomotive.com • E & E Tire Co.: 152 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 864-7759 • eetiresales.com • Halford Motors: 668 Sandy Birch Rd., Georgia, 528-5985 • halfordmotors.com • Noyes Automotive & Tire: 777 Pine St., Burlington, 864-6867 • noyesautoandtire.com

BEST LAUNDROMAT*

Greers Laundromat & Dry Cleaning

There must be something in the water — this locally owned and operated laundromat has been washing, drying and folding since 1948. (27 Sears Ln., Burlington, 862-3707 • 521 Shelburne Rd., Burlington, 951-4247 • 10 Dorset St., South Burlington, 864-7381 • 1127 North Ave., Burlington • 204 Cornerstone Dr., Williston, 8792065 • greersdrycleaning.com)

Other finalists: • Clothes Quarters Laundromat: 32 Normand St., Winooski, 497-0169 • clothesquarterslaundromat.com • Laundromat 99: 99 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, 399-2264 • laundromat99.com • The Wash Spot Laundromat: 207 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 862-6100 • thewashspot.com

BEST MUSIC RADIO STATION

The Point FM

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 reggae. (pointfm.com)

BEST AUTO REPAIR

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Founded in 2009 by female mechanic Demeny Pollitt, Girlington Garage is for anyone who’s ever felt like they got screwed over at an auto shop. It promises high-quality car care with a side of clear communication and honest biz practices. (2 Harbor View Rd., South Burlington, 660-0055 • girlingtongarage.com)

Other finalists: • Brian’s North End Automotive: 98 North Ave., Burlington, 862-9072 • briansnorthendautomotive.com • Halford Motors: 668 Sandy Birch Rd., Georgia, 528-5985 • halfordmotors.com • Nate’s Automotive: 42 River Rd., Essex, 879-0115 • natesautomotivevt.com • New England Automotive: 2071 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 660-9700 • newenglandautomotive.com

BEST PLACE TO GET YOUR TIRES CHANGED*

Vermont Tire & Service

Forget waiting weeks for your auto shop to fit you in — Vermont Tire’s policy of first come, first served makes the busy tire-changeover season easy for early birds. If your treads go bald, you can buy some new ones here, too. (1877 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 6581333 • 90 River St., Montpelier, 229-4941 • vttireonline.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. “Vermont Edition,” its award-winning flagship daily newsmagazine, explores regional issues and culture. (vpr.net)

Other finalists: • 101.3 FM ESPN: 1013espn.com • WDEV: wdevradio.com • WVMT AM 620: newstalk620wvmt.com

BEST LOCAL TV NEWS STATION

WCAX

Award-winning anchors such as Darren Perron, Galen Ettlin and Melissa Sheketoff provide stellar local coverage of the Champlain Valley and surrounding areas. (wcax.com)

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


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“Follow the locals.” It’s the ultimate travel commandment, and it appears that Vermont’s nearly 13 million annual tourists are heeding the wisdom. Every year, visitors from around the world head here to ski down our slopes, hike up our mountains, swim in our lakes and check out our recreational attractions. In other words, they’re doing as we do. That’s because Vermont’s great outdoors are hard for anyone to resist. Whether we’re milking Brown Swiss cows at Shelburne Farms, spinning our wheels along the Burlington Bike Path or angling for fish at Lake Willoughby, Mother Nature is always calling. And you gotta pick up when Mom calls. It can be tough choosing favorites in this Daysies section: Isn’t there room in our lives for more than one lake? You bet. So start with the fantastic winners presented here, then work your way through the finalists, too. From sailing tours to science museums, trampoline parks to teddy-bear factories, you’ll broaden your horizons and have one helluva bucket list.

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BEST SKI/RIDE SLOPE

BEST CROSS-COUNTRY SKI AREA

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

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The locals call it Smuggs, and it offers some of the best tree skiing and riding around — not to mention a great terrain park. Bonus: SKI magazine named this the No. 1 kid-friendly ski resort in the East. (4323 Route 108, Jeffersonville, 332-6854 • smuggs.com)

Other finalists: • 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 • Stowe Mountain Resort: 5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-3000 • stowe.com • Sugarbush Resort: 102 Forest Dr., Warren, 583-6300 • sugarbush.com

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In winter, this 2,400-acre Austrian-style resort is a cross-country ski center — but backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are popular here, too. Trek out to Slayton Pasture Cabin for a warm bowl of soup. (700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe, 2538511 • trappfamily.com)

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 Ski and Bike Center: 427 Ski Lodge Dr., Huntington, 434-2283 • skisleepyhollow.com

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TRAPP FAMILY LODGE At the famed Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, the hills are alive with the sound of music, sure — but also with the huffing and puffing of healthy folks getting in some serious cardio. The luxury mountain getaway’s 2,500 scenic acres include 28 miles of groomed crosscountry skiing trails and 62 miles of ungroomed trails. The resort’s ski center, which opened in 1968, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — in addition to its ninth consecutive Daysies award. After a good day on the trails, we suggest toasting with Austrian-style lagers at the von Trapp Brewing Bierhall Restaurant. 700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe • 253-8511 • trappfamily.com

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Kwiniaska Golf Club

Surrounded by rolling farmland and stunning mountain views, Kwiniaska’s semiprivate, championship-length golf course is as scenic as it is challenging and fun. Hone your skills with lessons from a pro at its Gonzo’s Golf Academy. (5531 Spear St., Shelburne, 985-3672 • kwiniaska.com)

Other finalists: • 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 • West Bolton Golf Club: 3324 Nashville Rd., Jericho, 434-4321 • westboltongolfclub.com • Williston Golf Club: 424 Golf Course Rd., Williston, 878-3747 • willistongolfclub.com

BEST STATE PARK

Mount Philo State Park

The perfect high-altitude locale for picnics with friends, Mount Philo offers big views in exchange for relatively little hiking. The 968-foot peak overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondack Mountains. You can also drive up it. (5425 Mt. Philo Rd., Charlotte, 425-2390 • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists: • Burton Island State Park: 2714 Hathaway Point Rd., St. Albans, 524-6353 • vtstateparks.com • Groton State Forest: 1595 Boulder Beach Rd., Groton, 584-3827 • vtstateparks.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

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Before it was named Camel’s Hump, this distinctive 4,000-foot peak was known as Saddle Mountain, Resting Lion and Camel’s Rump. Whatever you call it, it’s a fantastic place to stretch your legs and see the sights. (8796565 • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists: • Hunger Mountain: Sweet Farm Rd., Waterbury • 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: 2514 Mountain Rd., Addison

BEST FOOT RACE

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. (1 Main St., Suite 304, Burlington, 863-8412 • vermontcitymarathon.org)

Other finalists: • Covered Bridges Half Marathon: Woodstock • cbhalfmarathon.blogspot.com • Leaf Peepers Half Marathon & 5K: Waterbury, 223-6997 • leafpeepershalfmarathon.org • Half Marathon Unplugged: 1 Main St., Suite 304, Burlington, 863-8412 • runvermont.org • Vermont Corporate Cup: Montpelier, 846-7926 • vcccsar.org

BEST DAY HIKE

CAMEL’S HUMP We’re not exactly sure what Ira Allen was drinking — er, thinking — when he coined the term “Camel’s Rump” in reference to Vermont’s most distinctive peak in 1798. And, frankly, even the more sanitized Camel’s Hump, as the mountain became known in 1830, makes us question whether Allen had ever actually seen a camel. Though it really doesn’t resemble a camel, like, at all, the highest undeveloped Green Mountain peak — and third tallest mountain in the state overall — is among Vermont’s natural treasures. From the popular Huntington side, you can hike to the top and back by lunch. More adventurous climbers can take the longer, steeper route on the Duxbury side. 879-6565 • vtstateparks.com

BEST PLACE TO BIKE

Burlington Bike Path

Officially known as the Burlington Greenway, this scenic path for bikers, runners and walkers extends eight miles along the city’s shoreline, from the southern end of Oakledge Park north to the Winooski River. (Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com)

Other finalists: • Colchester Causeway: 264-5500 • colchestervt.gov • Kingdom Trails: 478 Route 114, East Burke, 626-0737 • kingdomtrails.com • Perry Hill Mountain Bike Trail: River Rd., Waterbury • waterburytrails.com • Stowe Recreation Path: Stowe, 253-6148 • stowerec.org

BEST PUBLIC PLACE TO SWIM

BEST PLACE TO KAYAK/CANOE

Waterbury Reservoir

Lake Champlain

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. (177 Reservoir Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-1226 • 3444 Little River Rd., Waterbury, 2447103 • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists: • Leddy Park: 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

As the 13th largest lake in the U.S., Lake Champlain’s sparkling blue waters can accommodate anyone who wants to paddle. It’s easy to push off from a Burlington beach, but many head to the Champlain Islands for seclusion and stunning views.

Other finalists: • Green River Reservoir State Park: 1394 Green River Dam Rd., Hyde Park, 888-1349 • vtstateparks.com • Indian Brook Reservoir: 150 Indian Brook Rd., Essex, 878-1342 • essex.org • Shelburne Bay • Waterbury Reservoir: 177 Reservoir Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-1226 • 3444 Little River Rd., Waterbury, 244-7103 • vtstateparks.com


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OUTDOORS & recreation BEST GUIDED TOUR

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: • Queen City Ghostwalk: Burlington, 351-1313 • queencityghostwalk.com • Spirit of Ethan Allen: 1 College St., Burlington, 862-8300 • soea.com • Vermont Teddy Bear Factory: 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3001 • vermontteddybear.com • Whistling Man Schooner Co.: 1 College St., Burlington, 825-7245 • whistlingman.com

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ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Church Street Marketplace

Devoted to the ecology, culture, history and opportunities for stewardship of Lake Champlain, this waterfront museum offers educational exhibits and interactive activities for all ages. An aquarium houses native fish, frogs, turtles and other creatures, and a National Geographic theater screens 2D and 3D films daily. (1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 • echovermont.org)

Other finalists: • Get Air Vermont: 25 Omega Dr., Williston, 497-5031 • getairvermont.com • Green Mountain Training Center: 260 Ave. D, Suite 30, Williston, 652-2454 • greenmountaintrainingcenter.com • Jay Peak Pump House Indoor Waterpark: 830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com • Pizza Putt: 1205 Airport Parkway, South Burlington, 862-7888 • pizzaputt.com

BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING PLACE

Church Street Marketplace

Flatlanders visiting? Take them to Burlington’s version of a piazza — a pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants, street vendors and performers suitable for all ages. (Church St., Burlington, 8631648 • 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 dine outside and watch the world go by. (Church St., Burlington, 8631648 • churchstmarketplace.com)

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• Ben & Jerry’s Factory: 1281 Route 100, Waterbury, 882-2047 • benjerry.com • Shelburne Farms: 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org • Vermont Teddy Bear Factory: 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3001 • vermontteddybear.com • Waterfront Park: Lake St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com

• Burlington Farmers Market: Burlington • burlingtonfarmersmarket.org • Champlain Valley Exposition: 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction, 878-5545 • cvexpo.org • City Market, Onion River Co-op: 82 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 861-9700 • 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington, 540-6400 • citymarket.coop • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759 • leunigsbistro.com • Waterfront Park: Lake St., Burlington, 864-0123 • enjoyburlington.com

BEST IN-STATE WEEKEND GETAWAY

Lake Willoughby

“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 • Trapp Family Lodge: 700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-8511 • trappfamily.com • Woodstock: Woodstock, 299-7806 • woodstockvt.com

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• ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: 1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 • echovermont.org • Jay Peak Resort: 830 Jay Peak Rd., Jay, 988-2611 • jaypeakresort.com • Montshire Museum of Science: 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich, 649-2200 • montshire.org • Vermont Teddy Bear Factory: 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3001 • vermontteddybear.com

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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 historic inn overlooking Lake Champlain. (1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8686 • shelburnefarms.org)

BEST INDOOR CHILDREN’S PLAY SPACE

ECHO LEAHY CENTER FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN Parents: When you visit public places with your child, do you find yourself repeating the phrase “Don’t touch that!” ad nauseam? At the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington, kiddos are free to get hands-on with interactive exhibits focused on fostering appreciation for the natural environment. Little tykes learn about science using open-ended play scenarios in Champ Lane; teens and adults shape watersheds using an augmented-reality sandbox in the Action Lab; and folks of all ages can view more than 70 species of fish, reptiles and amphibians, and catch educational flicks in the Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater. More than 100 exhibits, some rotating, make for a fresh experience every visit. 1 College St., Burlington • 864-1848 • echovermont.org


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