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elcome to Daysieland! For the 2019 Seven Daysies, we’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole — à la Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — to discover the wonders of Vermont. These awards, selected by Seven Days readers, provide a guide to much of what’s great about this state. As the Cheshire Cat said, “We’re all mad here” — about food, drink, arts and entertainment, shopping, services, and outdoors and recreation, that is. So, which locals and landmarks are the queens of your hearts? This year, 24,937 discerning Vermonters cast 530,031 total votes to determine the Daysies winners within these pages. First, they submitted nominations during a write-in voting round. Then we narrowed it down to the top finalists in each category — when possible, dividing them into “inside Chittenden County” and “outside Chittenden

County” — and invited readers to vote again. Here we present their top picks, from murals, museums and mountaintops to barbershops, blues singers and beyond. The people and places represented here make Vermont feel like home. The Daysies are our way of saying thanks. Best part? After reading this, you can embark on your own adventures in Daysieland. Stop and smell the red-painted roses, and enjoy these experiences for yourself. Follow the King of Hearts’ advice: “Begin at the beginning and go on ’til you come to the end; then stop.” Be prepared for things to get curiouser and curiouser — Vermonters are a quirky bunch, and some of the hidden gems in this guide are no exception. Vermont sure is some kind of wonderful.

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Vermonters know great food when they taste it. Honey Road, a hot-spot Middle Eastern eatery on Burlington’s Church Street, is this year’s new Daysies winner for best restaurant inside Chittenden County — and we’re not the only ones who can’t get enough of its housemade pita and harissa wings. In 2019, the 2-year-old bistro earned its third prestigious James Beard Award nomination. “Chefs have a lot of ego,” Honey Road chef-owner Cara Chigazola Tobin admitted to Seven Days earlier this year — so no doubt all the recognition feels good. “But at the end of the day, we’re in the entertainment business,” * = New category in 2019

she continued. “I’m here to provide you with an experience that makes you forget about the troubles in your life.” Her words underline what dining out in Vermont is really all about: community. “Everyone’s a friend when they walk through,” Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery co-owner Karen Zecchinelli told Seven Days when the Montpelier biz — which tied Blue Paddle Bistro for best breakfast/brunch outside Chittenden County — turned 100 last year. At the birthday celebration, Gov. Phil Scott called the Wayside “an institution,” noting that “it’s part of the social fabric of central Vermont.”

We can’t overlook another important ingredient in the state’s restaurant scene: farmers! As a popular bumper sticker points out: “No farms, no food.” This year, Daysies voters recognized the Intervale Community Farm and all the vendors of the Burlington Farmers Market, which has been thriving in its new Pine Street summer location. New food truck winner Farmers & Foragers went so far as to name itself after the people who provide its locally sourced fare. Our hardworking local food systems bring so much to the table. Give thanks, and dig in!


BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Hen of the Wood

The Friendly Toast

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. (Burlington, Waterbury • henofthewood.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Honey Road: Burlington • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: Winooski • waterworksvt.com • The Windjammer: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

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BEST RESTAURANT SERVICE

Part of a New England chain that launched nearly 20 years ago, the new Burlington location of the Friendly Toast features retro furnishings and a fun menu of all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are six types of eggs Benedict. Don’t miss the cocktail flights. (Burlington • thefriendlytoast.com)

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Pizza 44: Burlington • pizza44vt.com Poco: Burlington • restaurantpoco.com Taco Gordo: Burlington • tacogordovt.com Willow’s Bagels: Burlington • willowsbagels.com

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Philadelphia created the cheesesteak; New Orleans, the po’boy; Saigon, the banh mi. Farmers & Foragers brings all three into the Vermont canon with a locavore spin, using ingredients both farmed and — you guessed it — foraged near its Burlington base. The Vermont Cheesesteak, which uses beef from Boyden Farm, is a crowd favorite. Stop by Foam Brewers on Wednesday or ArtsRiot on Friday, and you’ll see co-chef/owners Lauren Johnson and Solomon Bayer-Pacht hand off loads of those bad boys through the vehicle’s windows. When not parked at truck stops and festivals, Farmers & Foragers caters events, offering a bar replete with Vermont brews and ferments. Just don’t get too attached to any one menu item: Dishes rotate according to their seasonality and local availability, guaranteeing yummy, fresh goodness whatever the weather.

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FOOD BEST RESTAURANT

Honey Road

Three James Beard Award nominations distinguish Church Street’s busy Middle Eastern bistro. The masterful mezze include baba ghanoush and braised lamb. (Burlington • honeyroadrestaurant.com)

Other finalists:

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• Hen of the Wood: Burlington, Waterbury • henofthewood.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: Jericho • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Burlington • leunigsbistro.com • The Windjammer: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Blue Paddle Bistro

Near the shores of Keeler Bay, chef Phoebe Bright serves crowd-pleasing plates amid artsy décor — there’s a wooden canoe suspended over the bar. (South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com)

Other finalists: • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge: Stowe • piecasso.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

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. (Burlington, Middlebury, Waitsfield • americanflatbread.com)

Other finalists: • Jericho Café & Tavern: Jericho • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Papa Nick’s Restaurant & Pizza: Hinesburg • papanicksvt.com • Vermont Tap House: Williston • vermonttaphouse.com • The Windjammer: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

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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 there’s never a dull moment. (Stowe • piecasso.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.com • Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery: Montpelier • waysiderestaurant.com

BEST COOKING CLASS*

Baking School at King Arthur Flour Home bakers inspired by “The Great British Baking Show” and professionals alike make pilgrimages to King Arthur Flour. Why? America’s oldest flour company offers a robust roster of highly regarded, hands-on baking courses. Patient and expert instructors guide students through the secrets of a perfect Victoria Sponge and other British classics, the challenges of yeasted gluten-free breads, and the rewards of wood-fired baking. There are classes just for kids on monkey bread and homemade pop tarts, as well as multiday workshops taught by master bakers on the intricacies of sourdough cultures and finicky laminated pastries. The Baking School has been so successful that the company opened a second location in Washington State in 2016. Norwich • kingarthurflour.com

BEST CHEF

BEST BREAKFAST/BRUNCH

Cara Chigazola Tobin (Honey Road)

Penny Cluse Café

In 2019, the chef and co-owner earned her second James Beard Award nomination for best chef. The recognition feels good, she told Seven Days, but “when I walk through the restaurant and I see happy people, that’s the most important thing.” (Burlington • honeyroadrestaurant.com)

Other finalists: • Chelsea Morgan (Sorriso Bistro): South Burlington • sorrisovt.com • Jonathan Nelson (Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge): Stowe • piecasso.com • Phoebe Bright (Blue Paddle Bistro): South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Shawn Careau (Bella Luna): Shelburne • bellalunavt.com

Vice president Joe Biden ate blueberry pancakes at Penny Cluse in 2016 — joining the ranks of countless Burlingtonians who have been happily eating at this café for 21 years. (Burlington • pennycluse.com)

Other finalists: • The Friendly Toast: Burlington • thefriendlytoast.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: Jericho • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Sneakers Bistro: Winooski • sneakersbistro.com • The Swingin’ Pinwheel Café and Bakery: Burlington • theswinginpinwheel.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. (South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com)

It’s a tie!

Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery

Breakfast is served all day, until 9:30 p.m. — just one of the reasons the Wayside has been in business for 101 years. Go for a Benedict or a buttermilk doughnut. (Montpelier • waysiderestaurant.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Bike Café: Montgomery Center • thebluebikecafe.com • Green Goddess Café: Stowe • greengoddessvt.com • Soulfully Good Café: Woodstock • soulfullygood.com


BEST OUTDOOR DINING

Leunig’s Bistro & Café

The Spot on the Dock

Other finalists:

Other finalists:

• Jericho Café & Tavern: Jericho • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Knead Bakery: Burlington • kneadvt.com • The Scale: Williston • thescalevt.com • The Windjammer: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

• Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Burlington • leunigsbistro.com • Sweetwaters: Burlington • sweetwatersvt.com • The Skinny Pancake: Burlington; Hanover, N.H.; Montpelier; Stowe; Quechee; Warren • skinnypancake.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: Winooski • waterworksvt.com

At the classy Church Street bistro and its nearby Leunig’s Petit Bijou kiosk, take a midday seat for memorable, French-inflected fare — think croque monsieur, white truffle frites and beignets. (Burlington • leunigsbistro.com)

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge

Conveniently located on Stowe’s Mountain Road, Piecasso serves tasty thin-crust pizzas, pastas and sandwiches — the perfect fuel for a day of outdoor adventures. (Stowe • piecasso.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Green Goddess Café: Stowe • greengoddessvt.com • Morse Block Deli & Taps: Barre • morseblockdeli.com • Soulfully Good Café: Woodstock • soulfullygood.com

BEST PLACE TO GET LATE-NIGHT FOOD

Kountry Kart Deli

In the mood for a midnight Shiner — hash browns, egg and American cheese on a bulkie roll? This Queen City institution serves sandwiches, wraps and munchies until 3 a.m. (Burlington • kountrykartdeli.com)

Other finalists:

BEST RESTAURANT FOR DESSERT

Mirabelles Café

Since 1990, confection-loving crowds have come to Mirabelles on Main Street for decadent sweets such as crème brûlée cake and cream puffs. (Burlington • mirabellescafe.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: Jericho • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: Burlington • monarchandthemilkweed.com • Sweet Babu: Winooski • sweetbabuvt.com

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. (Burlington • spotonthedock.com)

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Idletyme Brewing Co.

Specializing in seasonal comfort food and small-batch craft beer, this dog- and familyfriendly brewpub comes with perks: an outdoor biergarten, Treehouse Bar and lawn games just steps from the Stowe Recreation Path. (Stowe • idletymebrewing.com)

Other finalists: • 242 Texas BBQ Company: Montgomery Center • 242texasbbq.com • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge: Stowe • piecasso.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST PLACE TO GRAB A QUICK MEAL

Al’s French Frys

The retro décor and fast burgers are a throwback to the 1950s. This spot has been named one of “America’s Classics” by the James Beard Foundation. (South Burlington • alsfrenchfrys.com)

Other finalists: • Bliss Bee: Williston • getblissbee.com • City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop • The Guilty Plate Diner: Colchester • Facebook • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: Burlington • stonesoupvt.com

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• Al’s French Frys: South Burlington • alsfrenchfrys.com • El Cortijo Taqueria: Burlington, Winooski • cortijovt.com • Mr. Mikes Pizza: Burlington • Facebook • Nectar’s: Burlington • liveatnectars.com

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BEST LUNCH

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. (Burlington • citymarket.coop)

Other finalists: • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Burlington • leunigsbistro.com • New Moon Café: Burlington • newmoonvt.com • Upper Deck Pub: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com • Vermont Comedy Club: Burlington • vermontcomedyclub.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: Burlington • stonesoupvt.com

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FOOD BEST GLOBAL-FOODS MARKET*

Thai Phat

Thai Phat opened in the 1990s as Burlington’s first Asian grocery. Today it supplies local restaurants, home cooks and the city’s immigrant population with fresh fish, meats, fruits and vegetables, as well as nonperishable spices, sauces and snacks. (Burlington • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Central Market: Taste of Asia: Burlington • Facebook • Everest Asian Market: Essex Junction • everestasianmarket.com • Mawuhi African Market: Burlington • Facebook • Sagarmatha Grocery Store:: Winooski • sagarmatha grocerystore. business.site

BEST LOCALLY OWNED GROCERY STORE

City Market, Onion River Co-op

BEST CSA*

Intervale Community Farm

With two locations, Burlington’s grocery cooperative has it all: fresh produce, local meats, a robust bulk section and tasty café cuisine. Sign up for a cooking class, herb walk or Pennywise Pantry Tour. (Burlington • citymarket.coop)

With summer and winter shares, the Intervale Community Farm keeps customers in local veggies all year round. It also partners with producers to provide supplemental foods such as eggs, bread and goat cheese. (Burlington • intervalecommunityfarm.com)

Other finalists:

Other finalists:

• Everest Asian Market: Essex Junction • everestasianmarket.com • Healthy Living Market & Café: South Burlington • healthylivingmarket.com • Lantman’s Market: Hinesburg • lantmans.com • Sweet Clover Market: Essex • sweetclovermarket.com

• Full Moon Farm: Hinesburg • fullmoonfarminc.com • Jericho Settlers Farm: Jericho • jerichosettlersfarm.com • Paul Mazza Fresh Fruit & Vegetables: Colchester, Essex • paulmazzas.com • Pete’s Greens: Craftsbury • petesgreens.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

BEST FARMERS MARKET

Hunger Mountain Co-op Co-op shoppers fuel up with natural, healthy dishes fresh from the deli, hot bar or salad bar. Take your ginger-garlic tofu outside, or enjoy river views from the café. (Montpelier • hungermountain.coop)

Other finalists: • Georgia Market Market: Georgia • Facebook • Keeler’s Bay Variety Variety: South Hero • kbvstore.com • Rail City Market Market: St. Albans • Facebook

Burlington Farmers Market

Farmers market Saturdays have been a Burlington tradition since 1980. The summer market, now held on Pine Street, feels like a festival. The winter market at UVM’s Davis Center is a much-needed cold-weather gathering spot. (Burlington • burlingtonfarmersmarket.org)

Other finalists: • Capital City Farmers Market: Montpelier • capitalcityfarmersmarket.com • Northwest Farmers Market: St. Albans • Facebook

• Shelburne Farmers Market: Shelburne • Facebook • Stowe Farmers Market: Stowe • stowefarmersmarket.com • Winooski Farmers Market: Winooski • Facebook

BEST FARMERS MARKET VENDOR

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! (Burlington • Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • •

Ardelia Farm & Co.: Irasburg • ardeliafarm.com Does’ Leap: East Fairfield • doesleap.com Half Pint Farm: Burlington • Facebook Sherpa Foods: South Burlington • sherpafoodsusa.com

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Farmers & Foragers

Chef-owners Solomon Bayer-Pacht and Lauren Johnson spin organic local meats and produce into fanciful fare such as pork belly banh mi, perch po’boy, and honey-pepper chicken and biscuits. (vtfarmersandforagers.com)

Other finalists: • 242 Texas BBQ Company: 242texasbbq.com • Baba’s Tacos: Facebook • Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co.: pioneerfoodvt.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: trailbreakwrj.com

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FOOD BEST BREAD BAKERY

August First Bakery

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Phil Merrick and Jodi Whalen opened shop on August 1, 2009, with the goal of nourishing their community. From seven grain to seeded baguette to country French sourdough, these European-style loaves are baked with love. (Burlington • augustfirstvt.com)

Other finalists: • Great Harvest Bread Co.: Burlington • greatharvestburlington.com • Klinger’s Bread Company: South Burlington • klingersbread.com • Knead Bakery: Burlington • kneadvt.com • O Bread Bakery: Shelburne • obread.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Red Hen Baking Co.

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. (Middlesex • redhenbaking.com)

Other finalists: • Elmore Mountain Bread: Elmore • elmoremountainbread.com • Red House Sweets: St. Albans • redhousesweetsvt.com • Rupert Rising Breads: West Rupert • Facebook • Slowfire Bakery: Cambridge • Facebook

BEST SWEETS BAKERY

Mirabelles Café

Homemade pastries, pies, cookies and cakes distinguish this bakery and café, also serving breakfast and lunch. The croissants are truly French style; the flourless chocolate cakes, to die for. (Burlington • mirabellescafe.com)

Other finalists: • Matryoshka’s Bakery: Williston • matryoshkasbakery.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: Burlington • monarchandthemilkweed.com • Sweet Babu: Winooski • sweetbabuvt.com • Sweet Simone’s: Richmond • sweetsimones.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

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BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

El Cortijo Taqueria

Now with locations in Burlington and Winooski, the Farmhouse Group taqueria keeps things fresh and fun with tacos, burritos and killer margaritas. (Burlington, Winooski • cortijovt.com)

Other finalists: • Agave Taco and Tequila Casa: Williston • agavevt.com • El Gato Cantina: Burlington, Essex Junction • elgatocantina.com • The Mad Taco: Essex, Montpelier, Waitsfield • themadtaco.com • Taco Gordo: Burlington • tacogordovt.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Tres Amigos

The Mexican fare includes hibiscus-glazed chicken and ancho-rubbed steak, along with enchiladas and tacos. Find dozens of tequilas at the bar — and bands on the Rusty Nail Stage several nights a week. (Stowe • tresamigosvt.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

El Toro: Morrisville • Facebook Julio’s Cantina: Montpelier • julioscantina.com La Casa Bar & Grill: St. Albans • lacasavt.com TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST FOOD CART

Customers follow the bakery on social media for news of its cupcake flavor of the week — will it be vanilla chai or strawberry tiramisu?! Other sweet treats here include cinnamon rolls, cake pops and candy-colored macarons. (Fairfax • Facebook)

Shy Guy Gelato

Other finalists:

Other finalists:

• Birchgrove Baking: Montpelier • birchgrovebaking.com • Bohemian Bakery: Montpelier • bohemianbakeryvt.com • Evelyne’s on Center: St. Albans • Facebook • Red House Sweets: St. Albans • redhousesweetsvt.com

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At a popular South End storefront and Church Street cart, gelato makers dish out delicious flavors, from maple bacon to matcha mint. (shyguygelato.com) The Broccoli Bar: pingalacafe.com Maudite Poutine: vermontpoutine.com The Skinny Pancake: skinnypancake.com South End Sliders: southendsliders.com

BEST CSA*

Intervale Community Farm CSA stands for “Community Supported Awesome,” right? If you’re talking about the Intervale Community Farm’s CSA, it sure does. The oldest and largest farm in Burlington’s Intervale has been filling the produce drawers of its member-owners for 30 years. With shares available in both winter and summer — and three summer share sizes to fit a variety of households, diets and budgets — this CSA supplies fresh, local, certified-organic produce 12 months of the year. Pickup nights on the farm provide a great excuse to hang out in one of Burlington’s most beautiful locales and lean into the “community” part of CSA. You’ll even have a chance to get your hands dirty: Crops such as berries, cherry tomatoes, herbs and cut flowers are pick-your-own during the high summer months. Hot tip: Sign up early, because shares usually sell out. Burlington • intervalecommunityfarm.com

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

A Single Pebble

Tiny Thai Restaurant

Other finalists:

Other finalists:

• Eastern Dragon: St. Albans • easterndragonvt.com • Joyce’s Noodle House: Essex Junction • Facebook • Mandarin: Winooski • mandarinvt.com • Silver Palace: South Burlington • silverpalaceofvt.com

• East West Café: Burlington • eastwestcafeburlington.com • Royal Orchid Thai Restaurant: Montpelier • royalorchidthaivt.com • Thai House Restaurant: St. Albans • Facebook • Wilaiwan’s Kitchen: Montpelier • Facebook

There’s no sign of General Tso in this authentic Asian eatery. Chef-owner Chiuho Duval’s tasting menu is the best deal in town. (Burlington • asinglepebble.com)

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


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Fresh, Affordable, Authentic Thai Food!

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FOOD BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

Pho Hong

Lan Hong opened Pho Hong in a former bus station in the Old North End more than a decade ago. Sit by floor-to-ceiling windows and dig into a menu of curries, noodle soups and Thai offerings. (Burlington • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Pho Dang Vietnamese Café: Winooski • Facebook • Pho Dang Vietnamese Restaurant: Essex Junction • Facebook • Pho K&K: Williston • Facebook • Viet Thai: Essex • vietthaiessex.com

BEST NEPALI RESTAURANT*

Sherpa Kitchen Restaurant

Visitors slide into booths for classic Himalayan momos, curries, thali platters and stews, best enjoyed with a mango lassi. (Burlington • sherpakitchenrestaurant.com)

Other finalists:

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A BURLINGTON LANDMARK

since 1980, serving you with the panache of Paris and the value of Vermont, right in the center of town.

Local food prepared and served with style Gluten-free and vegetarian options Burlington’s best wine list & creative cocktails Patio seating in the Church Street Marketplace The most congenial and professional staff in Vermont Live jazz with dinner Sunday brunch; lunch and dinner served daily

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• Everest Indian-Nepali Restaurant: South Burlington • Facebook • Friend’s Nepali Restaurant: Winooski • Facebook • Nepali Kitchen: Essex Junction • nepalikitchenvt.com • Riverbend Market: Morrisville • Facebook

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. (Burlington • trattoriadelia.com)

Other finalists: • Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant: Essex, St. Albans • mimmositalian.com • Papa Frank’s Italian Restaurant: Winooski • papa-franks.com • Pascolo Ristorante: Burlington • pascolovt.com • Sarducci’s Restaurant & Bar: Montpelier • sarduccis.com

BEST VEGETARIAN FARE

Honey Road

Many of the tastiest options at this Middle Eastern restaurant are vegetarian, including new takes on kale and king oyster mushrooms. When Vermont’s harvest is in full force, chef Cara Chigazola Tobin expands the meat-free options to highlight local produce. (Burlington • honeyroadrestaurant.com)

Other finalists:

CHURCH & COLLEGE • BURLINGTON 863-3759 • www.leunigsbistro.com

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• Knead Bakery: Burlington • kneadvt.com • Pingala Café: Burlington • pingalacafe.com • Revolution Kitchen: Burlington • revolutionkitchen.com • Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup: Burlington • stonesoupvt.com

BEST GLUTEN-FREE MENU OPTIONS*

Revolution Kitchen

Burlington’s first all-vegetarian restaurant prepares international cuisine with fresh, local and organic ingredients. Dishes such as warm chickpea salad and mushroom risotto are diligently marked “GF” on the menu. (Burlington • revolutionkitchen.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Drifter’s: Burlington • driftersvt.com Jules on the Green: Essex • julesvt.com The Scale: Williston • thescalevt.com Sweet Alchemy Bakery and Café: Essex Junction • Facebook

BEST PLACE TO GET A CBD EDIBLE

Monarch & the Milkweed

The restaurant and pastry stop crafts Milkweed-branded CBD sweets and treats. Truffles come in flavors such as Whistling Piglet (butterscotch and WhistlePig Farmstock Rye) and the s’mores-inspired Tonka Puff. (Burlington • monarchandthemilkweed.com)

Other finalists: • BTVLocal420: South Burlington • btvlocal420.com • Ceres Natural Remedies: Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury • ceresremedies.com • City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop

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. (Burlington • bluebirdbbq.com)

Other finalists: • 242 Texas BBQ Company: Montgomery Center • 242texasbbq.com • Mark BBQ: Essex Junction • Facebook • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • Still Smok’n VT BBQ: Essex Junction • Facebook

BEST COMFORT FOOD

Our House Bistro

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.” (Winooski • ourhousebistro.com)

Other finalists: • Bluebird Barbecue: Burlington • bluebirdbbq.com • Drifter’s: Burlington • driftersvt.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: Burlington • farmhousetg.com • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com


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local, fresh, original

JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR

since 1978

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

862.6585 | 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington www.windjammerrestaurant.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Idletyme Brewing Co.

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BEST AUTHENTIC

A good beer is a good beer, no matter where you drink it. But sometimes, special surroundings elevate a brew to greatness. Will Gilson, brewmaster at Stowe’s Idletyme Brewing Co., concocts some damn good beer. But his ace in the hole is the brewpub’s remarkable backyard. Something magical happens when you grab a crisp Helles Brook Lager or juicy Idletyme double IPA from the outdoor Treehouse Bar and then camp out in the biergarten, lounge on the patio with some upscale pub grub, or get in a few rounds of cornhole on the spacious lawn. Bonus: It’s just steps from the Stowe Recreation Path. So, the next time you’re out for a jog or bike ride and need a quick break — or a long one — just look for the arrow that reads: “You know you want a beer.”

MEXICAN FOOD IN VT STREET TACOS • POZOLE TAMALES • CHILE RELLENOS

BEST EGGS BENEDICT

BEST BREAKFAST SANDWICH

Sneakers Bistro

Kountry Kart Deli

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. (Winooski • sneakersbistro.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. (Burlington • kountrykartdeli.com)

Other finalists:

Other finalists:

• Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Chef’s Corner Café & Bakery: Williston • chefscornervermont.com • The Guilty Plate Diner: Colchester • Facebook • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Burlington • leunigsbistro.com • Rustic Roots: Shelburne • rusticrootsvt.com

• City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop • Henry Street Deli: Burlington • Facebook • Knead Bakery: Burlington • kneadvt.com • Willow’s Bagels: Burlington • willowsbagels.com

BIGGEST

TEQUILA BAR IN VT

Over 30 Margaritas Made Fresh from Scratch

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FOOD BEST BAGEL

Myer’s Bagels

The Scale

373 Blair Park Rd #101 Williston Online Ordering @ TheScaleVT.com

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Finalists for Best Lunch & Best GlutenFree Menu

Local Beer, Cider & Wine

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Romance on the Rails of Vermont

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience on the Champlain Valley Dinner Train! Savor a

three course meal and signature drinks as you take a relaxing round-trip train ride through the Champlain Valley. For a special date night try Lounge 91, a journey in a vintage lounge car with live music and craft cocktails, or one of our Murder Mystery dinner trains where you’ll enjoy interactive comedy as you figure out “whodunnit”. Departs Burlington Union Station Friday and Saturday evenings through October. For information and reservations visit:

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Founder Lloyd Squires learned his craft at Montréal’s famed St-Viateur Bagel. The wood-fired oven has been turning out hundreds of hand-rolled bagels daily since 1996. (Burlington • myersbagels.com)

Other finalists: • The Bagel Place: South Burlington • thebagelplacevt.com • Burlington Bagel Bakery: Burlington, South Burlington • burlingtonbagelbakery.com • Feldman’s Bagels: Burlington, Shelburne, St. Albans • feldmans-bagels.com • Willow’s Bagels: Burlington • willowsbagels.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

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. (South Hero • wallysplacevt.com)

Other finalists: • K.C.’s Bagel Café: Waterbury • kcsbagelcafe.com • Maria’s Bagels: Barre • mariasbagels.com • Middlebury Bagel & Deli: Middlebury • Facebook • Red House Sweets: St. Albans • redhousesweetsvt.com

BEST PIZZA (RESTAURANT)

Pizzeria Verità

Co-owner John Rao spent years perfecting the Neapolitan-style preparation of his paper-thin pies, which come topped with San Marzano tomatoes and housemade fior di latte. (Burlington • pizzeriaverita.com)

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We think you’re the best, too! Thanks VT for your Best Comfort Food votes. You are the reason we do what we do!

• American Flatbread: Burlington, Middlebury, Waitsfield • americanflatbread.com • Folino’s: Burlington, Shelburne • folinopizza.com • Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza: Bennington, Brandon, Brattleboro, Chester, Quechee, Rutland, Williston • ramuntos.com • Vermont Tap House: Williston • vermonttaphouse.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

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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. (Stowe • piecasso.com)

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BEST PIZZA (DELIVERY)

Leonardo’s

Think beyond basic cheese and pepperoni. Pies such as the LA Meets Brussels and Goat Cheese Honey are available on white, whole-wheat or gluten-free crusts. (Burlington, South Burlington • leonardosonline.com)

Other finalists: • Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza: Bennington, Brandon, Brattleboro, Chester, Quechee, Rutland, Williston • ramuntos.com • Three Brothers Pizza & Grill: Colchester • threebrotherspizzavt.com • Vespa’s Pizza, Pasta & Deli: Essex Junction • vespaspizza.com • Zachary’s Pizza: Colchester, Milton, South Burlington, Waterbury • zacharyspizzavt.com, zacharyspizzavermont.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Positive Pie

The Montpelier and Barre branches of this pizzeria deliver hand-tossed pies to clearly appreciative central Vermonters. Go ahead, order the Old School Supreme. (Barre, Montpelier • positivepie.com)

Other finalists: • Jimmz Pizza: Waterbury Center • jimmzpizza.com • Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge: Stowe • piecasso.com

BEST BURGER

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

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. (Burlington • farmhousetg.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Archie’s Grill: Shelburne • archiesgrill.com ArtsRiot: Burlington • artsriot.com Grazers: St. Albans, Williston • grazersvt.com The Shopping Bag: Burlington • shoppingbagvt.com

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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. (South Royalton, Waitsfield • worthyvermont.com)

Other finalists: • Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • Burger Barn: Jeffersonville • Facebook • Doc Ponds: Stowe • docponds.com

Other finalists:

BEST STEAK

• Pie in the Sky: St. Albans • pieintheskystalbans.com • Positive Pie: Hardwick, Montpelier, Plainfield • positivepie.com • Stone’s Throw Pizza: Fairfax • stonesthrowpizzavt.com • Tim’s Place: St. Albans • timsplacevt.com

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. (South Burlington • guildtavern.com)


• Blue Paddle Bistro: South Hero • bluepaddlebistro.com • EB Strong’s Prime Steakhouse: Burlington • ebstrongs.com • Hen of the Wood: Burlington, Waterbury • henofthewood.com • The Windjammer: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

BEST FRENCH FRIES

Al’s French Frys

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. (South Burlington • alsfrenchfrys.com)

Other finalists: • Beansie’s Bus: Burlington • beansies.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: Burlington • farmhousetg.com • Leunig’s Bistro & Café: Burlington • leunigsbistro.com • Mule Bar: Winooski • mulebarvt.com

BEST WINGS

Wings Over Burlington Late-night hours and delivery options make this wings place soar. The chicken comes in 25 flavors, from Wimpy to Red Alert. (Burlington • wingsover.com)

Other finalists: • Honey Road: Burlington • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Jericho Café & Tavern: Jericho • jerichocafeandtavern.com • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • The Tavern at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa: Essex • essexresort.com

BEST SANDWICHES

Martone’s Market & Café

Other finalists: • Big Apple Deli: Colchester • bigappledelivt.com • City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop • Four Corners of the Earth: Burlington • fourcornersdeli.com • The Red Onion: Burlington • redonioncafe.org

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Noonie’s Deli

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. (Middlebury • nooniesdeli.com)

Other finalists: • Morse Block Deli & Taps: Barre • morseblockdeli.com • Soulfully Good Café: Woodstock • soulfullygood.com • Tatro’s Gourmet Soup & Sandwich: St. Albans • Facebook

Asiana House

From Rainbow Maki to Red Sox Maki, this fusion-style Japanese restaurant is known for its creative, expertly rolled combinations. (Burlington, Montpelier • asianahouse.com)

Other finalists: • Asiana Noodle Shop: Burlington • asiananoodle.com • Hana Japanese Restaurant: South Burlington • hanavermont.com • Koto Japanese Steak House: South Burlington • kotovt.com • Shinjuku Station: Burlington • shinjukustationvt.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 in 2017. Her signature dumplings are still a hit. (Burlington • hongsdumplings.com)

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Other finalists: • A Single Pebble: Burlington • asinglepebble.com • Mandarin: Winooski • mandarinvt.com • Sherpa Foods: South Burlington • sherpafoodsusa.com • Sherpa Kitchen Restaurant: Burlington • sherpakitchenrestaurant.com

BEST NACHOS

El Cortijo Taqueria

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

Locally owned & operated for over 27 years! www.KissTheCook.net 72 Church Street • Burlington, VT • 863-4226 16 Merchants Row • Middlebury, VT • 349-8803

Other finalists: • El Gato Cantina: Burlington, Essex Junction • elgatocantina.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.com • Upper Deck Pub: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: Winooski • waterworksvt.com

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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. (Waterbury Center • coldhollow.com)

Other finalists: • Madeleine’s Bakery: Milton • madeleinesbakery.com • Miss Weinerz: Burlington • missweinerz.com • North Country Cakes: Morrisville • northcountrycakes.com • Quality Bake Shop: Essex Junction • Facebook

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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. (Essex Junction • martonesmarket.com)

BEST SUSHI

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FOOD BEST TACO

The Mad Taco

Customers go mad for these tacos filled with local, farm-fresh ingredients — now available at three locations. Don’t miss the legendary homemade hot sauces. (Essex, Montpelier, Waitsfield • themadtaco.com)

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• Baba’s Tacos: Hinesburg • Facebook • El Cortijo Taqueria: Burlington, Winooski • cortijovt.com • El Gato Cantina: Burlington, Essex Junction • elgatocantina.com • Taco Gordo: Burlington • tacogordovt.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

La Casa Bar & Grill

For fresh south-of-the-border fare, Vermonters can head north — to St. Albans. Get soft or hard tacos filled with veggies, chicken, beef, steak or pork. They’re $2 on Tuesdays. (St. Albans • lacasavt.com)

Other finalists: • Caja Madera: Hardwick • Facebook • Green Mtn Grill Billies: Jeffersonville • Facebook • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.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. (Burlington • burlingtonbaycafe.com)

Other finalists: • Al’s French Frys: South Burlington • alsfrenchfrys.com • Palmer Lane Maple: Jericho • palmerlanemaple.mybigcommerce.com • Papa Nick’s Restaurant & Pizza: Hinesburg • papanicksvt.com • The Village Scoop: Colchester • Facebook

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Vermont Cookie Love

SEVEN DAYSIES 2019-20

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. (North Ferrisburgh • vermontcookielove.com)

Other finalists:

Smokin' for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. 7 Fayette Drive, South Burlington, Vermont (off of Rt. 7/Shelburne rd, behind McDonald’s)

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• Bragg Farm Sugarhouse & Gift Shop: East Montpelier • braggfarm.com • Canteen Creemee Company: Waitsfield • canteencreemee.com • Dairy Creme: Montpelier • dairycreme.com • Goodies Snack Bar: Vergennes

BEST HOUSEMADE ICE CREAM

Island Homemade Ice Cream

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. (Grand Isle • islandhomemadeicecream.com)

Other finalists: • Lake Champlain Chocolates: Burlington, Waterbury Center • lakechamplainchocolates.com • Lu•lu: Vergennes • luluvt.com • The Scoop: Shelburne • thescoopvt.com • Scout & Co.: Burlington, Winooski • scoutandcompanyvt.com

BEST GELATO

Shy Guy Gelato

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

Other finalists: • Chill Vermont Gelato: Montpelier • chillvermontgelato.comcastbiz.net • Gusto Gelato: Shelburne • gustogelatovt.com • Leonardo’s Italian Gelato & Sorbet: Barre • Facebook • Quarry Hill Farm: Jeffersonville • quarryhillfarmmaple.com

BEST VERMONT CHEESE BRAND

Cabot Creamery

The prolific cheesemaker took home 12 awards from the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in 2019 alone. Try the clothbound cheddar or one flavored with Buffalo wing sauce. (Cabot, Quechee, Waterbury Center • cabotcheese.coop)

Other finalists: • Grafton Village Cheese: Brattleboro, Grafton • graftonvillagecheese.com • Jasper Hill Farm: Greensboro • jasperhillfarm.com • Shelburne Farms: Shelburne • shelburnefarms.org • Vermont Creamery: Websterville • vermontcreamery.com

BEST COOKING CLASS*

Baking School at King Arthur Flour

Head to the flour company’s flagship campus for delicious lessons in baking. World-class instructors will school you on everything from mastering French pastries to discovering the magic of wild yeast. (Norwich • kingarthurflour.com)

Other finalists: • City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop • Cook Academy at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa: Essex • essexresort.com • Inn at Baldwin Creek: Bristol • baldwincreek.net • Mark BBQ: Essex Junction • Facebook • Richmond Community Kitchen: Richmond • richmondcommunitykitchen.com


FOOD

The Taps are here! Celebrating local farmers and brewers, with 36 brews on tap, craft cocktails, and a menu featuring wood-fired pizzas, small plates, salads and sandwiches – made with the freshest ingredients available. Come in today!

Trivia

OLIVER PARINI

Every Monday 7-9pm!

BEST GLOBAL-FOODS MARKET*

Thai Phat A slightly sweet, exotic scent greets customers of Thai Phat — Burlington’s “oriental food market,” as the sign over the door proclaims. The source? Tiny mangoes, spices such as star anise and cardamom pods, huge sacks of rice. When it opened in the mid-1990s, Thai Phat was the first Asian food market in the area, catering largely to the Vietnamese community. Gradually, America’s expanded global palate has brought locals of all backgrounds to the warren of aisles overflowing with a continent’s worth of ingredients — from long beans to banana blossoms and frozen dumplings to whole fresh fish.

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ArtsRiot Truck Stop

Get Malaysian street food, southern barbecue, wood-fired pizza or a frosty local beer — all in one parking lot. The lively block parties also feature free music on the ArtsRiot stage. (Burlington • artsriot.com)

Celebrating our 30th year in business!

Other finalists: • Burlington Farmers Market: Burlington • burlingtonfarmersmarket.org • Burlington Wine & Food: Burlington • burlingtonwineandfood.com • Vermont Cheesemakers Festival: Shelburne • vtcheesefest.com • Vermont Fresh Network Annual Forum: Shelburne • vermontfresh.net • Vermont Restaurant Week: statewide • vermontrestaurantweek.com

Thanks for your support and Daysies votes! Finalist-Best place to get late night food Best breakfast sandwich Best place to get late-night food 2010-2018 Best breakfast sandwich 2014-2018

155 Main St., Burlington | kountrykartdeli.com 802-864-4408 | Fax Orders 802-864-4488 | Catering 802-863-0204

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DRINK

JEFF DREW

Something exciting has been bubbling up on Burlington’s Pine Street: The early 20th-century bottling plant for Venetian Ginger Ale, dubbed the Soda Plant, was reinvented this year as the home of more than 25 small businesses, a fraction of them fittingly beverage-related. “I feel very strongly that those buildings should be supporting innovation and entrepreneurship,” owner Steve Conant told Seven Days before the March grand opening. And now they are. Many of the Soda Plant’s new tenants earned * = New category in 2019

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Daysies nods, including winner Tomgirl Juice Co. and finalists Brio Coffeeworks and Shacksbury Cider. Cheers to new beginnings! Speaking of, in late June, Montpelier toasted Caledonia Spirits. The four-time Daysies winner expanded from Hardwick into a nearly 30,000-square-foot, $10 million distillery and bar, bringing 50 well-paying jobs to the city, according to the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. It’s an appropriately sweet move by the distillery best known for its use of raw honey. And let’s not forget another

innovation in Vermont’s drinking scene this year: sheep. More specifically, sheep grazing at Shelburne Vineyard. Inspired by New Zealand wine-growing practices, the partnership with Charlotte’s Greylaine Farm and University of Vermont researchers aims to improve soil health. Said winemaker Ethan Joseph: “This is a good example of how two different agricultural businesses can come together.” We’ll raise a glass to that.


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. (Greensboro Bend • hillfarmstead.com)

Other finalists:

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. (Greensboro Bend • hillfarmstead.com)

Other finalists: • Fiddlehead IPA (Fiddlehead Brewing Company): Shelburne • fiddleheadbrewing.com • Heady Topper (the Alchemist): Stowe • alchemistbeer.com • Sip of Sunshine IPA (Lawson’s Finest Liquids): Waitsfield • lawsonsfinest.com • Switchback Ale (Switchback Brewing Company): Burlington • switchbackvt.com

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Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co. Order an espresso or a drip coffee to go at the roaster’s Waterbury Center coffee bar, and you’ll start your day satisfied and energized, no question. But to have your caffeine-lovin’ mind blown, and to buy more time to chat with the café’s affable baristas, opt for one of the artisanal specials. The Iced Maple Mazza, for example, is made from espresso, maple syrup, lemon and mint, shaken with ice and poured over sparkling water in a Belgian beer glass. Thirsty for more? Peek through the windows into the roastery, tour the facilities or enroll in a course at the School of Coffee. Alternatively, should you prefer DIY coffee, grab a bag of beans in store or online. Blends range from Artisan Dark to Mayan Decaf to a Colombian variety aged in WhistlePig whiskey barrels, for the daring. Waterbury Center • vtartisan.com

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Prohibition Pig

Barbecue and comfort food meet one of New England’s largest craft beer selections at the restaurant and adjacent brewery tasting room. Drafts include Sugarshack Brown and Toasted Coconut Porter. (Waterbury • prohibitionpig.com)

Other finalists: • 14th Star Brewing Co./Grazers: St. Albans • 14thstarbrewing.com • Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse: St. Albans • millriverbrewing.com • Vermont Pub & Brewery: Burlington • vermontbrewery.com • Zero Gravity Craft Brewery/American Flatbread Burlington Hearth: Burlington • zerogravitybeer.com

BEST DRAFT BEER LIST

JAMES BUCK

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. (Burlington • farmhousetg.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: Burlington • thearchivesbar.com • Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Burlington • manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com • McGillicuddy’s: Colchester, Essex Junction, Williston • mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com, mcgillicuddysirishalehouse.com, mcgillicuddysfivecorners.com, • Mule Bar: Winooski • mulebarvt.com • Vermont Tap House: Williston • vermonttaphouse.com

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Three Penny Taproom

Twenty-three taps ensure there’s a craft brew for every palate. Sip one between bites of imaginative pub fare — think soba noodle salads and falafel wraps. (Montpelier • threepennytaproom.com)

Other finalists: • The Blackback Pub: Waterbury • theblackbackpub.com • TRAIL BREAK taps + tacos: White River Junction • trailbreakwrj.com

BEST CRAFT BREW SELECTION

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Vermont’s largest craft beer, wine and liquor store goes above and beyond to keep its 13,000plus Facebook fans in the loop on beer deliveries and free tastings. There’s a growler bar, too! (Winooski • beveragewarehousevt.com)

Other finalists: • 802 bws: Burlington • 802bws.com • City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop • Craft Beer Cellar: Waterbury • waterbury. craftbeercellar.com • Pearl Street Beverage: Burlington • pearlstreetbeverage.com • Route 7 Liquor & Deli: Shelburne • rt7liquoranddeli.com

BEST BEER FESTIVAL

BEST WINE LIST

Vermont Brewers Festival

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar

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

Other finalists:

Next to its carefully curated wine market, Dedalus’ European-inspired bar and bistro pours more than a dozen wines by the glass. Design your own flight, or let the wine director pour you what she’s loving lately. (Burlington • dedaluswine.com)

Other finalists:

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

• Hen of the Wood: Burlington, Waterbury • henofthewood.com • Honey Road: Burlington • honeyroadrestaurant.com • Trattoria Delia: Burlington • trattoriadelia.com • Windjammer Restaurant: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

BEST WINERY

BEST WINE SHOP

Shelburne Vineyard

Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar

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. (Shelburne • shelburnevineyard.com)

Other finalists: • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits: Cambridge • boydenvalley.com • La Garagista Farm + Winery: Barnard • lagaragista.com • Lincoln Peak Vineyard: New Haven • lincolnpeakvineyard.com • Snow Farm Vineyard: South Hero • snowfarm.com

For many Burlington oenophiles, Dedalus is the place to buy wine; the purchasing team only stocks bottles it stands behind 100 percent. Select a perfect pairing at the cheese counter. (Burlington • dedaluswine.com)

Other finalists: • Beverage Warehouse: Winooski • beveragewarehousevt.com • Cheese & Wine Traders: South Burlington • cheeseandwinetraders.com • Cork Wine Bar & Market: Stowe • corkvt.com • Village Wine and Coffee: Shelburne • Facebook

BEST TEAHOUSE

Dobrá Tea

At Dobrá Tea in Burlington, tea isn’t just “that hot drink that offers a mellower buzz than coffee.” It’s a way of life, with its own relics and rituals and new worlds to explore. Part of a group of tearooms that was founded in Prague just after the fall of communism, Dobrá combines old-world ambience with green consciousness: The tea vessels are handmade ceramics; the seats are cushions and rattan chairs; the lighting is atmospheric. And the tea varieties are mind-bending, ranging from smoky Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (lapsang souchong) to a silvery-coated green tea from China’s Anhui Province to herbal tisanes such as spicy rooibos masala. Whether you’re relaxing over a cold matcha shake and a mezze plate or picking up a pound to brew at home, this is the place to nurture your tea obsession. Burlington • dobrateavt.com


BEST BARTENDER

Citizen Cider

Emily Morton (Deli 126)

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. (Burlington • citizencider.com)

Other finalists: • Eden Specialty Ciders: Newport • edenciders.com • Shacksbury: Burlington, Vergennes • shacksbury.com • Stowe Cider: Stowe • stowecider.com • Woodchuck Hard Cider: Middlebury • woodchuck.com

BEST CIDERY (NONALCOHOLIC)

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. (Waterbury Center • coldhollow.com)

Other finalists: • All Times Sparkling Cider: Burlington • alltimescider.com • Champlain Orchards: Shoreham • champlainorchards.com

The general manager and bartender of this sleek speakeasy has crafted an enviable cocktail program, highlighting local spirits and those popular during Prohibition. (Burlington • deli126vt.com)

Other finalists: • Maddy McKenna (Drifter’s): Burlington • driftersvt.com • Melissa Jayne (T. Rugg’s Tavern): Burlington • Facebook • Michael Malinowski (Upper Deck Pub): South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com • Sevie Cartularo (the Old Post): South Burlington • oldpostvt.com

BEST PICKUP BAR

Three Needs Brewery & Taproom

Caledonia Spirits

BEST DIVE BAR

• Mad River Distillers: Burlington, Waitsfield • madriverdistillers.com • SILO Distillery: Windsor • silodistillery.com • Smugglers’ Notch Distillery: Jeffersonville • smugglersnotchdistillery.com • Stonecutter Spirits: Burlington, Middlebury • stonecutterspirits.com

Waterworks Food + Drink

Sip a Winooski Falls Sangria while enjoying a stellar view of the river. The spacious bar seating accommodates the crowds that pile in for Monday cocktail specials and Tuesday trivia. (Winooski • waterworksvt.com)

Other finalists: • Deli 126: Burlington • deli126vt.com • Last Stop Sports Bar: Winooski • Facebook • Mule Bar: Winooski • mulebarvt.com • The Old Post: South Burlington • oldpostvt.com

The Other Place

The front wall of this friendly neighborhood institution is a garage door that opens up in the summer, blurring the line between saloon and sidewalk and encouraging merrymaking on both sides. (Burlington • Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • • •

Esox: Burlington • Facebook JP’s Pub: Burlington • Facebook Last Stop Sports Bar: Winooski • Facebook Olde Northender Pub: Burlington • Facebook T. Rugg’s Tavern: Burlington • Facebook

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. (Colchester, Essex Junction, Williston • mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com, mcgillicuddysirishalehouse.com, mcgillicuddysfivecorners.com,)

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Other finalists: • • • •

Last Stop Sports Bar: Winooski • Facebook Ruben James: Burlington • rjsburlington.com T. Rugg’s Tavern: Burlington • Facebook Upper Deck Pub: South Burlington • windjammerrestaurant.com

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Three Needs is an excellent place for meeting and mingling: Bargoers bond over craft beers, pizza, pool and arcade games. Night owls can stay ’til 2 a.m. (Burlington • Facebook) • Drink: Burlington • Facebook • Last Stop Sports Bar: Winooski • Facebook • Red Square: Burlington • Facebook

In Caledonia Spirits’ brand-new, $10 million distillery and bar, sippers can sample award-winning Barr Hill vodkas and gins, unique for their use of raw honey. (Montpelier • caledoniaspirits.com)

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Light Club Lamp Shop

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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 events such as the Proud AF Pride Ball. (Burlington • radiobean.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Drink: Burlington • Facebook Half Lounge: Burlington • halflounge.com Red Square: Burlington • Facebook Vermont Comedy Club: Burlington • vermontcomedyclub.com

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. (Burlington • thearchivesbar.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Deli 126: Burlington • deli126vt.com The Old Post: South Burlington • oldpostvt.com T. Rugg’s Tavern: Burlington • Facebook Vermont Comedy Club: Burlington • vermontcomedyclub.com

BEST COCKTAILS

BEST SPIRITS DISTILLER

Caledonia Spirits Caledonia Spirits was founded to highlight the critical and threatened role of bees as agricultural pollinators by popularizing honey-based beverages. A decade and tons of regional honey later, the company’s muchlauded, honeyed Barr Hill gin, barrel-aged Tom Cat gin and vodka have powered the distillery’s recent expansion from its original Hardwick location to Montpelier. The industrial-chic building hosts a roomful of glowing copper and stainless distilling equipment, a retail store, and a large bar with a riverside patio. The menu of classic and innovative cocktails might include a frothy-topped Ramos Gin Fizz or a rosy-hued, bittersweet creation garnished with local strawberries called the Hiking Club. Guided tours explain the company’s mission and history and offer behind-the-scenes peeks through large windows. It’s the Ben & Jerry’s tour of adult beverages. Montpelier • caledoniaspirits.com

Waterworks Food + Drink

It’s only logical that the Daysies winner for best bar also serves up the state’s best cocktails. Let a bartender mix you up an original such as the River Zombie. (Winooski • waterworksvt.com)

BEST SMOOTHIES/JUICES

BEST PLACE TO GET A CBD DRINK

Other finalists:

Tomgirl Juice Co.

In the Soda Plant, Tomgirl’s juice makers cold-press local produce into raw, organic, seasonal sips — options include beet-apple-lime with cayenne. Get yours in a mason jar to go. (Burlington • tomgirl.co)

Healthy Living Market & Café

• Deli 126: Burlington • deli126vt.com • Juniper: Burlington • hotelvt.com • Monarch & the Milkweed: Burlington • monarchandthemilkweed.com • Pizzeria Verità: Burlington • pizzeriaverita.com • Stonecutter Spirits: Burlington, Middlebury • stonecutterspirits.com

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BEST BLOODY MARY

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Misery Loves Co.

The chef-owners dish out imaginative farm-totable food that has nabbed them multiple James Beard Award nominations. Try it with a welldressed Bloody Mary at Sunday’s Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell. (Winooski • mlcvt.com)

Other finalists: • American Flatbread:: Burlington, Middlebury, Waitsfield • americanflatbread.com • The Farmhouse Tap & Grill: Burlington • farmhousetg.com • Waterworks Food + Drink: Winooski • waterworksvt.com

Other finalists: • Eco Bean + Greens/Eco Bean Café Express:: Burlington, South Burlington • ecobeanandgreens.com, ecobeancafe.com • Healthy Living Market & Café Café: South Burlington • healthylivingmarket.com • Muddy Waters: Burlington • Facebook • The Vermont Juice Company: Burlington • vtjuiceco.com

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 CBD retail selection. (South Burlington • healthylivingmarket.com)

Other finalists: • The Archives: Burlington • thearchivesbar.com • Ceres Natural Remedies: Burlington • ceresremedies.com • Cosmic Grind Coffee Shop: Burlington • Facebook • Zenbarn: Waterbury • zenbarnvt.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. (Burlington • ugvermont.com)

Other finalists: • Kestrel Coffee Roasters: South Burlington • kestrelcoffees.com • Muddy Waters: Burlington • Facebook • Scout & Co.: Burlington, Winooski • scoutandcompanyvt.com • Speeder & Earl’s Coffee: Burlington • speederandearls.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.

Visit the roaster’s European-style coffee bar for its specialty drinks: cortados, espressos, maple lattes and pour-overs. Go on a Saturday for a tour and a $5 tasting. (Waterbury Center • vtartisan.com)

Other finalists: • Catalyst Coffee Bar: St. Albans • catalystcoffeebar.com • Royal Oak Coffee: Middlebury • royaloakcoffee.com • Soulfully Good Café: Woodstock • soulfullygood.com • The Traveled Cup: St. Albans • traveledcup.com


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BEST COFFEE ROASTER

Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.

The company’s state-of-the-art roastery “receives green coffee beans from around the world,” then roasts and packs them. Try the Catamount Blend, a lively, bold tribute to the Green Mountain State. (Waterbury Center • vtartisan.com)

Other finalists: • Big Gear Coffee Roasters: Montpelier • biggearcoffee.com • Brio Coffeeworks: Burlington • briocoffeeworks.com • Kestrel Coffee Roasters: South Burlington • kestrelcoffees.com • Vivid Coffee Roasters: Winooski • vividcoffee.com

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Shawn Corey (Uncommon Grounds Coffee and Tea)

Chittenden County’s favorite coffee shop calls barista Shawn Corey its “shining light.” Stop by for an expertly brewed, ethical cup of coffee, made from high-quality, responsibly grown beans. (Burlington • ugvermont.com)

Other finalists: • Alice Johnson (Catalyst Coffee Bar): St. Albans • catalystcoffeebar.com • Ethan Craighead (Kestrel Coffee Roasters): South Burlington • kestrelcoffees.com • Jason Gonzalez (Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee): Burlington • onyxtonics.com • Tom Green (Scout & Co.): Burlington, Winooski • scoutandcompanyvt.com

BEST TEAHOUSE

Dobrá Tea

Guests sit on bohemian floor pillows and ring a bell to order from a menu of more than 100 varieties of direct-sourced loose-leaf tea from around the globe. (Burlington • dobrateavt.com)

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Other finalists: • The North Branch Café: Montpelier • thenorth-branch.com • Stone Leaf Teahouse: Middlebury • stoneleaftea.com

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Somebody’s going to need a bigger trophy shelf. Emily Morton, general manager and bartender at Deli 126, is on a winning streak: She took home top honors in the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild Vermont Bartender of the Year Competition earlier this year. The bar at Deli 126 may be a speakeasy, but Morton’s love for historic spirits, and for educating her customers and staff, is hardly a secret. When she’s not developing new drinks for the bar’s extensive and creative cocktail list — featuring plenty of Vermont products, of course — Morton spearheads a program for USBG members focused on physical and mental health in the service industry. Cheers to that! Burlington • deli126vt.com


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The A&E section of the Daysies never fails to entertain us. We had a fun time deciphering your write-in nominations for the new category of best mural/public art. Did you know both Mary Lacy and the Milton Artists’ Guild have featured hummingbirds in their largescale murals? The former’s iconic avian soared to the top this time, meaning it’s about to get even more Instagrammable. Another takeaway from this category? Not everyone loves a * = New category in 2019

parade. The controversial Church Street Marketplace mural portraying 400 years of predominantly Caucasian Vermont history failed to even make it into the finals. Some might consider that a win! Higher Ground, winner of best large live music venue, has also been a hot topic of late. A change in Burlington zoning regulations will allow Burton Snowboards to move forward with a conceptual plan to build out its Industrial Parkway facility with Higher Ground as an

anchor tenant, Seven Days reported in June. Stay tuned as that situation plays out. In the meantime, let’s hear it for the storied local nightclub, which turned 21 this year and continues to showcase the talent in our own backyard. A warm round of applause to all the local artists and entertainers recognized here, from sculptor Clay Mohrman to standup comedian Tina Friml and printmaker Sabra Field to pop singer Isaac French. Welcome to the winners’ club.


BEST LARGE LIVE MUSIC VENUE

BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Higher Ground

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Other finalists: • Champlain Valley Exposition: Essex Junction • cvexpo.org • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts: Burlington • flynncenter.org • Paramount Theatre: Rutland • paramountvt.org • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center: Stowe • sprucepeakarts.org

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 • discoverjazz.com)

Other finalists: • Grand Point North: Burlington • grandpointnorth.com • Roots on the River: Bellows Falls • vermontfestivalsllc.com • Tumble Down: Burlington • twiddlemusic.com • Waking Windows: Winooski • wakingwindows.com

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BEST BLUEGRASS ARTIST OR GROUP

The Tenderbellies

& ENTERTAINMENT

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. (tenderbellies.com)

BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE

Other finalists:

Waterfront Park

• Beg, Steal or Borrow: begstealorborrowvt.com • Hard Scrabble: Facebook • Papa’s Porch: Facebook MATTHEW THORSEN

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. (Burlington • enjoyburlington.com)

Other finalists: • Battery Park: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com • Champlain Valley Exposition: Essex Junction • cvexpo.org • Shelburne Farms: Shelburne • shelburnefarms.org • Shelburne Museum: Shelburne • shelburnemuseum.org

BEST STANDUP COMIC

Tina Friml

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Snow Farm Vineyard

Tina Friml is hilarious, and Seven Days readers aren’t the only ones who think so. The 25-year-old Burlington standup, who has cerebral palsy, won the 2018 Vermont’s Funniest Comedian competition. She followed that up this year by appearing in the New Faces showcase at the acclaimed Montréal comedy festival Just for Laughs. She also recently caught the attention of one of her idols, comedian Maria Bamford, who subsequently sang — er, tweeted — Friml’s praises. “A clever and charming comic,” wrote Bamford, “very well constructed jokes & can’t wait to see what she does next — YouTube her!” Fortunately, Vermonters don’t have to. We can see Friml live, where she challenges audiences’ preconceptions about living, and laughing, with disabilities. “I’m doing comedy about disability,” she told Seven Days in 2017, “just in a way that is not demeaning to me or to other disabled people.”

Tunes, vines and wines — what’s not to love? Snow Farm’s Thursday night summer concert series draws crowds for a diverse lineup of local jazz, swing, bluegrass and rock. (South Hero • snowfarm.com)

Other finalists: • Dog Mountain: St. Johnsbury • dogmt.com • Jay Peak Resort: Jay • jaypeakresort.com • Trapp Family Lodge: Stowe • trappfamily.com

BEST SMALL LIVE MUSIC HOT SPOT

ArtsRiot

On a mission to “destroy apathy,” this South End restaurant and event space lines up eclectic local, national and international musicians multiple nights a week. (Burlington • artsriot.com)

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OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

Rusty Nail Stage

SEVEN DAYSIES 2019-20

This rock-and-roll club has hosted music legends from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Muddy Waters since its 1969 inception. The stage still lights up several times a week — and now it shares space with Tres Amigos restaurant. (Stowe • tresamigosvt.com/ rustynailstage)

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Other finalists: • Rick & Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse: Rutland • Facebook • Stage 33 Live: Bellows Falls • stage33live.com • Sweet Melissa’s: Montpelier • Facebook • Zenbarn: Waterbury • zenbarnvt.com

BEST VOCALIST

BEST FOLK ARTIST OR GROUP

Kat Wright

Cricket Blue

With a sound that’s been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse,” Wright is a major player in the local scene — and beyond. (katwright.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

AliT (Alison Turner): sheisalit.com Mariko Raymond: raizedonradio.com Reid Parsons: reidreidreid.com Sabrina Comellas: sabrinacomellas.com

BEST INSTRUMENTALIST

Paul Asbell

The Burlington guitarist’s recent jazz LP, Burmese Panther, showcased the bandleader’s creative arrangements and fierce licks, inspiring one Seven Days critic to dub him “a state treasure.” (paulasbell.com)

Other finalists: • Bob Wagner: Facebook • Cole Davidson: coledavidsonmusic.com • David Warren: Facebook

The Starline Rhythm Boys

Audience members have been kicking up their heels to Danny Coane, “Big” Al Lemery and Billy Bratcher’s vintage country, honkytonk and rockabilly music since 1988. (starlinerhythmboys.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Brett Hughes: Facebook Chris & Erica: Facebook Ponyhustle: radiobean.com Wild Leek River: wildleekriver.com

BEST JAZZ ARTIST OR GROUP

Ray Vega

Onstage and on air — as the host of Vermont Public Radio’s “Friday Night Jazz” — trumpeter Ray Vega gets everyone grooving. He’s performed with some of the most famous Latin-jazz musicians of all time, from Mongo Santamaría to Tito Puente. (rayvegamusic.com)

Other finalists: • Maple Jam: maplejam.com • Paul Asbell: paulasbell.com

BEST BLUES ARTIST OR GROUP

Other finalists: • Light Club Lamp Shop: Burlington • radiobean.com • Monkey House: Winooski • monkeyhousevt.com • Nectar’s: Burlington • liveatnectars.com • Radio Bean: Burlington • radiobean.com

BEST COUNTRY ARTIST OR GROUP

Sophisticated musicianship is the hallmark of Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith’s indie-folk duo. In May 2019, the pair released a debut LP, Serotinalia. (cricketbluemusic.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Bishop LaVey: Bandcamp Cole Davidson: coledavidsonmusic.com Eric George: eric-george.com Troy Millette: troymillettemusic.com

Seth Yacovone

Howling vocals and bluesy guitar licks define Yacovone’s sound, which can be heard at Nectar’s Friday-night happy hour — a slot he’s held for more than a decade — as well as on his most recent album, Welcome. (Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • • •

Blues for Breakfast: bluesforbreakfast.com Dave Keller: davekeller.com Left Eye Jump: lefteyejump.com Nina’s Brew: ninasbrew.com Nobby Reed Project: nobbyreed.com

BEST SOUL/FUNK/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP

Kat Wright

What started as the house band for a weekly soul night at Radio Bean has grown into one of the region’s most dynamic bands. Touring wide and far continues to gain the group new and adoring fans. (katwright.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

DIGGS: getwiththecrew.com Grippo Funk Band: grippofunkband.com JUPTR: Bandcamp The Renegade Groove: therenegadegroove.com


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8084

This charismatic rock band was born in the 1980s and played its final Vermont show in May 2019. Its legacy includes five albums, more than 4,000 live shows, and stages shared with the likes of Toto and Blue Öyster Cult. (8084rocks.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

The Devon McGarry Band: devonmcgarry.com The Dirty Looks Band: dirtylooksband.com The Lemon Flyers: Bandcamp Raized on Radio: raizedonradio.com

BEST POP ARTIST OR GROUP

Isaac French

Hip-hop and R&B flavor the infectious pop songs on this singer-songwriter’s recent debut solo album, Human Being. It’s the kind of music you can sing along to. (Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • •

AliT (Alison Turner): sheisalit.com Shake: shaketheband.com The Smittens: smittens.com Yestrogen: yestrogenband.com

BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST OR GROUP

99 Neighbors

Other finalists: • • • • •

A2VT: a2vt.com D.French: Facebook DIGGS: getwiththecrew.com Jarv: Bandcamp Learic: Facebook

BEST CLUB DJ

Craig Mitchell

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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. (Facebook)

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Andy Kershaw: Facebook DJ Loud: Soundcloud DJ Svpply: Facebook DJ Taka: Facebook

BEST BOUNCERS

BEST KARAOKE

Sticks and Stones

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JP’s Pub

At clubs, private parties and lively events around the state, this high-energy band covers all the hits — from rock to pop to country — prompting audiences to hit the dance floor. (sticksandstonesbandvt.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Duroc: Facebook Lazer Dad: lazerdad.com Raized on Radio: raizedonradio.com University of Vermont Pep Band: Facebook

BEST TRIBUTE BAND

Purple: A Tribute to Prince featuring Craig Mitchell

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. (chocolatethundersecurity.com)

Other finalists: • Higher Ground: South Burlington • highergroundmusic.com • Red Square: Burlington • Facebook • Three Needs Brewery & Taproom: Burlington • Facebook

This classic dive serves up wannabe rock stardom every Wednesday through Saturday. Writes one Yelp reviewer: “Omg it was good, it was bad, it was ugly. It was the best combination of songs I’ve ever heard.” (Burlington • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Manhattan Pizza & Pub: Burlington • manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com • Park Place Tavern: Essex Junction • Facebook • Ruben James: Burlington • rjsburlington.com • St. John’s Club: Burlington • stjohnsclub.com • Sweet Melissa’s: Montpelier • Facebook

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. (Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • •

BON/FIRE: Facebook Burning Monk: burningmonkband.com Dead Sessions: deadsessions.com Heartless: heartlessvt.com

BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP OR ENSEMBLE*

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. (vso.org)

Other finalists: • • • •

Scrag Mountain Music: scragmountainmusic.org Solaris Vocal Ensemble: solarisensemble.org TURNmusic: turnmusic.org University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra: uvm.edu

BEST CHORAL ENSEMBLE

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont

The state’s premier women’s chorus is composed of 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. (bellavocevt.org)

Other finalists: • • • •

Counterpoint: counterpointchorus.org Solaris Vocal Ensemble: solarisensemble.org The Vermont Choral Union: vtchoralunion.org Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus: vso.org

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Hip-hop collective 99 Neighbors formed in 2017 and has grown to nearly a dozen members. The group is known for its triumphant debut release, Television — and for delivering some of the most outrageously energetic performances in the area. (99nbrs.com)

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BEST MURAL/PUBLIC ART

Mary Lacy’s Hummingbird In a photo on Mary Lacy’s website, the artist is dwarfed by her giant hummingbird mural on the corner of College and St. Paul streets in Burlington. One eye of the ruby-throated avian wonder is bigger than Lacy’s head, and if its blue-green iridescent wings were in motion, they’d generate a minor windstorm. Commissioned in 2015 by American Flatbread, the mural reminds viewers of the beauty, power and fragility of nature. “I’m really passionate about environmental messaging,” said the artist in a 2016 interview with Seven Days. From elephants and crocodiles to fish and butterflies, Lacy’s signature fractured-style murals capture the eye and the imagination. In real life, the diminutive hummingbird can migrate across the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. Lacy’s mural makes one ponder, What amazing feats might humans accomplish to protect that journey? Burlington • marylacyart.com


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Vermont International Film Festival

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The Vermont International Film Festival has used the cinematic arts to spark community conversation for more than three decades. Its annual lineup showcases films from all over the world that address hard-hitting, timely subjects. (Burlington • vtiff.org) COURTESY OF NICK LANE

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL

Three Needs Brewery & Taproom

When it comes to nightspots for pool, Three Needs Brewery & Taproom is running the table. The competition here is always fierce; the craft brews and atmosphere, always chill. (Burlington • Facebook)

BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

• Monkey House: Winooski • monkeyhousevt.com • The Old Post: South Burlington • oldpostvt.com • T. Rugg’s Tavern: Burlington • Facebook

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BEST TRIVIA NIGHT

Waterworks Food + Drink

Pop-culture know-it-alls geek out over fun facts at the riverside restaurant’s Trivia Tuesday. There’s something for everyone; past themes include “Seinfeld,” “Gilmore Girls” and the 1980s. (Winooski • waterworksvt.com)

Snow Farm Vineyard’s name references the challenges of growing wine grapes in Vermont’s cold climate. But all that hard work pays off in the summertime, when the vines grow heavy with more than 30 varieties of the fruit — and visitors stream in for sips and idyllic sights of nearby Lake Champlain. The Lane family’s Thursday night summer concerts are an island tradition, dating back nearly as far as the vineyard’s 1996 founding. Picnickers tune in for freshly fired flatbreads from Pizza Papillo and a diverse lineup of local talent — from Josh Panda to Carol Ann Jones to the Starline Rhythm Boys. Between the wines, the vines and the stellar sonic vibes, we’re honestly surprised this is Snow Farm’s first Daysie.

Other finalists: • ArtsRiot: Burlington • artsriot.com • Marquis Theatre & Southwest Café: Middlebury • middleburymarquis.com • Nectar’s: Burlington • liveatnectars.com • On Tap Bar & Grill: Essex Junction • ontapvt.com

BEST PLACE TO DANCE

South Hero • snowfarm.com

Club Metronome

Other finalists: • Half Lounge Speakeasy: Burlington • halflounge.com • Light Club Lamp Shop: Burlington • radiobean.com • On Tap Bar & Grill: Essex Junction • ontapvt.com • Red Square: Burlington • Facebook

BEST STANDUP COMIC

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Voted Vermont’s Funniest Comedian of 2018 by the Vermont Comedy Club, Friml is on a winning streak. The Vermont native uses her stage time to bring “comedy and disability together, with the belief that both would greatly benefit with representation from the other.” (tinafriml.com)

Other finalists: • • • •

Caleb Teske: Facebook Jared Hall: Facebook Lindsey Jane Haddad: Facebook Tim Bridge: Facebook

• Green Mountain Film Festival: Essex Junction, Montpelier • gmffestival.org • Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival: Middlebury • middfilmfest.org

BEST LOCAL THEATER COMPANY

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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. (Burlington • clubmetronome.com)

Other finalists:

Lyric Theatre Company Formed in 1973, 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 The Addams Family and Matilda: The Musical. (Burlington • lyrictheatrevt.org)

Other finalists: • Green Mountain Cabaret: greenmountaincabaret.com • Lost Nation Theater: Montpelier • lostnationtheater.org • Neat, With a Twist: neatwithatwist.com • Vermont Stage: Burlington • vermontstage.org

BEST ACTOR

Serena Magnan O’Connell

Talk about stage presence: The longtime actress has graced the Flynn MainStage more than a dozen times with Lyric Theatre — this year, she played the “mamma” in Mamma Mia! Her past shows include Les Misérables, Annie: The Musical and 9 to 5. (Facebook)

Other finalists:

BEST COMEDY TROUPE

Stealing From Work

The Burlington sketch-comedy troupe, founded in 2001, earns major LOLs for its Vermont-centric topics and pitch-perfect blend of satire and silliness. Catch it at the Vermont Comedy Club, the FlynnSpace and Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, among other venues. (Facebook)

Other finalists: • • • •

Anxiety Pals Boom City: boomcityimprov.com The Unmentionables: Facebook Vermont Comedy Outlaws: Facebook

BEST MOVIE THEATER

Majestic 10

A massive sound system and stadium seating have established Williston’s mainstream movie house as a fun place to view your favorite blockbusters. It’s open for biz 365 days a year. (Williston • majestic10.com)

Other finalists: • Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Theater: Essex Junction • essexcinemas.com • Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas: Burlington • merrilltheatres.net • Palace 9 Cinemas: South Burlington • palace9.com • Sunset Drive-In: Colchester • sunsetdrivein.com

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY

The Savoy Theater

Montpelier’s beloved theater is no Cineplex — it has just two small screening rooms, and the films skew toward art-house, indie and subtitled fare. It’s also got great local popcorn and craft beer. (Montpelier • savoytheater.com)

Other finalists: • Bellows Falls Opera House: Bellows Falls • Facebook • The Big Picture Theater & Café: Waitsfield • bigpicturetheater.info • Marquis Theatre & Southwest Café: Middlebury • middleburymarquis.com

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Bob Bolyard: Facebook Jayden Choquette: Facebook Kaitie Bessette: Facebook Kim Anderson: Facebook

BEST DRAG PERFORMER OR GROUP*

The House of LeMay

Hailing from “the Hot Dam Trailer Park in Beaver Pond, Vt.,” the House of LeMay is among New England’s most established and long-standing drag entertainment troupes. Find them at the annual Winter Is a Drag Ball and many other charitable parties throughout the year. (Facebook)

Other finalists: • Giardia B • NIGHTPAGNE (Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne): nightpagne.com • Persephone Pétrin (Pickle): Facebook • Shani: Facebook


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Frog Hollow Vermont Craft 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. (Burlington • froghollow.org)

Other finalists: • Artist in Residence Gallery: St. Albans • artistinresidencecoop.com • BCA Center: Burlington • burlingtoncityarts.org • Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery: Milton • miltonartistsguild.org • The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery: Burlington • spacegalleryvt.com

BEST MUSEUM

Shelburne Museum

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. (Shelburne • shelburnemuseum.org)

Other finalists: • ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: Burlington • echovermont.org • Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium: St. Johnsbury • fairbanksmuseum.org • Fleming Museum of Art: Burlington • uvm.edu/fleming • Montshire Museum of Science: Norwich • montshire.org

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BEST PAINTER*

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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 • seaba.com)

Other finalists: • Big Pond Improv Festival: Burlington • bigpondimprov.com • Festival of Fools: Burlington • vermontfestivaloffools.com • Vermont Burlesque Festival: Barre, Burlington • vermontburlesque festival.com

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. (Burlington • flynncenter.org)

Other finalists: • ArtsRiot: Burlington • artsriot.com • Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center: Burlington • mainstreetlanding.com • Off Center for the Dramatic Arts: Burlington • offcentervt.com • Vermont Comedy Club: Burlington • vermontcomedyclub.com

BEST MURAL/PUBLIC ART*

Hummingbird mural by Mary Lacy

This 28-foot-tall ruby-throated hummingbird in Lacy’s signature geometric style spreads its wings just across the street from City Hall Park. After painting it for American Flatbread in 2015, Lacy embarked on a cross-country mural tour, bringing a bit of the natural world to other urban environs. (Burlington • marylacyart.com)

Other finalists: • City Market South End murals by Tara Goreau: Burlington • walltonic.com • Gardener’s Supply warehouse mural by Milton Artists’ Guild: Milton • miltonartistsguild.org • “Our Mountains, Our Home” mural by Jess Graham: Burlington • jessgrahamstudio.com • “The Silo Project” murals by Sarah C. Rutherford: Jeffersonville • Facebook

BEST ILLUSTRATOR*

Jess Polanshek

Since Montstream’s first solo show at the Daily Planet in 1988, her landscape paintings in oils and watercolors have captured iconic Burlington scenery as well as the hearts of local art enthusiasts. (kmmstudio.com)

Polanshek’s whimsical illustrations of the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it adorn prints, greeting cards and even beer cans — the artist won Magic Hat Brewing Company’s 2017 Labels for Libations competition. (ofthehills.com)

Other finalists:

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Amanda Brunell: kitchentableartstudios.com David Zacharis: zacharis.com Emily Rhain Andrews: eraillustration.com Sarah Letteney: sarahletteney.com


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The Savoy Theater Movie lovers who grew up in central Vermont are almost certain to remember the Savoy Theater as the place where they discovered Spike Lee or Jim Jarmusch or Jane Campion. Established as an art-house cinema in 1981 (the theater itself dates back more than a century), Montpelier’s Savoy underwent major renovations in the past decade and acquired digital projection and a second screening room styled as a cozy lounge. Today, the companion video store is gone. But the Savoy is still the place in the area to catch the latest Jarmusch flick, up-and-coming indie, or homegrown Vermont film — accompanied by a craft beer (if you’re in the lounge) and organic popcorn with brewer’s yeast, of course.

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BEST CARTOONIST

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

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BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Hillary Dubie

Burlington-based photographer Hillary Dubie captures life’s most momentous occasions with an artful eye and perfect focus. She does everything from weddings to boudoir shoots to babies’ first birthdays. (hdubiephoto.com)

Other finalists: • Anne Mientka: annemientkaphotography.com • Heather Glenn: heatherglennphotography. squarespace.com • Jake and Julie Ann Held (Held in the Moment Photography): heldinthemoment. photography • Julia Luckett: julialuckett.com

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BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR

Chris Bohjalian

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)

Other finalists: • • • •

Jeremy Holt: jeremyholtbooks.com Jess and Keith Flaherty: demonsrunlit.com Lauren Courcelle: Facebook Thea Lewis: thealewis.com

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Vermonters tend to be careful consumers. For many, “shop local” is more than a mantra; it’s a way of life. Investing dollars in Vermont’s downtowns — rather than, say, giving in to the convenience of one-click ordering on Amazon — helps keep our communities vibrant. This year, the state legislature also turned its attention to consumer culture, passing what National Geographic called “the most comprehensive plastics ban in the U.S.” But why wait ’til the law goes into effect in July 2020 to BYOB — bring your own bag, that is? You * = New category in 2019

can start choosing the planet over plastics now. A number of Daysies-winning retailers are also focused on sustainability. Old Gold, Battery Street Jeans and Once Upon a Child all buck fast fashion and instead embrace recycled wearables. Pure Pop Records keeps old-school cassettes and vinyl alive and rockin’. ReSOURCE and Barge Canal Market take drastically different approaches to upcycled furniture, each preventing hidden gems from landing in the landfill. And Outdoor Gear Exchange’s

consignment program channels money into its Charitable Grant Fund. Since 2013, the outdoor outfitter has awarded more than $48,000 to local nonprofits aligned with its belief that “access to and conservation of our natural landscapes is critical to the health of Vermont’s communities.” Spring 2019 recipients included Cochran’s Ski Area, the Green Mountain Club and Mad River Riders. Kudos to all.


BEST BRIDAL SHOP

Fiori Bridal Boutique

Ready to say “yes” to the dress? Attentive consultants and an elegant collection of designer gowns set this bridal boutique apart from the pack. (Essex Junction • fioribridal.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. (Burlington • eccoclothesboutique.com)

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Other finalists: • Everywear for Everybody: Vergennes • everywearforeverybody.com • Jess Boutique: Burlington • jessboutique.com • Monelle Vermont: Burlington • monellevermont.com • Northern Elegance: St. Albans • northerneleganceformalwear.com

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• Everthine Bridal Boutique: Burlington • shopeverthine.com • Needleman’s Bridal & Formal: South Burlington • needlemansbridal.com • Northern Elegance: St. Albans • northerneleganceformalwear.com

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Ceres Natural Remedies Cannabidiol, aka CBD, has come a long way since its discovery in 1940 — and so, too, have the means of delivering this healing compound. At Ceres Natural Remedies, consumers will find a wide array of CBDinfused products to boost their wellness. Born from the Champlain Valley Dispensary, Ceres offers a professional environment and knowledgeable staff, while also cleaving to the cannabis plant’s rich alternative past. Here, framed testimonials from CBD patients share wall and shelf space with oils, tinctures, and wake-and-bake coffee mugs. Kudos to the staffer who routinely advises Canadians about the risks of crossing the international border with cannabis products. A willingness to sacrifice a sale in order to protect the consumer is the sign of a retailer who truly cares. Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury • ceresremedies.com

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Outdoor Gear Exchange

In Vermont, “casual” is clearly synonymous with “active.” Find durable, everyday apparel at OGE — from pants and pullovers to dresses and skirts — and get on with your outdoor adventures already. (Burlington • gearx.com)

Other finalists: • ECCO: Burlington • eccoclothesboutique.com • Green Envy: Burlington, Stowe • vermontenvy.com • SidePony Boutique: Hinesburg • sideponyboutique.com • Stella Mae: Burlington • stella-mae.com

BEST WOMEN’S SHOE STORE

Danform Shoes

Comfort and style aren’t mutually exclusive. Danform’s fitting experts help customers of all ages attire their unique feet, specializing in high-quality brands from Frye to Dansko. (Burlington, Colchester, Shelburne, St. Albans • danformshoesvt.com)

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Vermont men tend to be practical dressers — more Black Diamond than Brooks Brothers — and OGE keeps them covered in plaid buttondowns, cargo shorts and quilted vests. Don’t forget to stock up on Vermont’s own Darn Tough socks. (Burlington • gearx.com)

Other finalists: • Michael Kehoe: Burlington • mkltd.com • Patagonia Burlington: Burlington • patagoniaburlington.com • Skirack: Burlington • skirack.com • Warner Supply: Burlington • Facebook

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What’s the “Danform difference”? A better fit for your feet. Browse the high-quality brands sold here, then get an Aetrex Foot Analysis before you buy. (Burlington, Colchester, Shelburne, St. Albans • danformshoesvt.com)

Other finalists: • Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel: Barre, St. Albans, Williston • lennyshoe.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Vermont Gear/Farm-Way: Bradford • vermontgear.com • Warner Supply: Burlington • Facebook

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• Dear Lucy: Burlington • dearlucy.com • Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel: Barre, St. Albans, Williston • lennyshoe.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Stella Mae: Burlington • stella-mae.com

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE

Old Gold

A staple of Burlington fashionistas since 1973, Old Gold specializes in old sartorial treasures. The vintage clothing store and costume shop relocated to Cherry Street this year. (Burlington • Facebook)

Other finalists: • Billie Jean Vintage: Burlington • billiejeanvintage.com • Downtown Threads: Burlington • Facebook • The Getup Vintage: Montpelier • Facebook • The Vault Collective: Burlington • thevaultcollective.com

BEST SECONDHAND CLOTHING STORE

Battery Street Jeans

Shoppers are sure to find a hidden gem or two on Battery Street Jeans’ jam-packed racks. Enjoy local art and a quirky atmosphere while browsing the recycled clothes here. (Burlington • Facebook)

BEST RECORD STORE*

Pure Pop Records Since 1980, Burlington’s Pure Pop Records has reigned supreme as the city’s foremost place to acquire new music. Tucked away in a funky, subterranean spot, the shop feels almost trapped in time, like it was lifted out of a cult ’80s comedy. Customers love digging through its bountiful selection of the latest vinyl. If it’s a new release, Pure Pop is bound to have it in stock. Ditto for CDs and cassettes. Beyond fresh titles, you’ll find plenty of classic, used records, plus DVDs, Blu-rays, posters, pins, magazines and other music-related merch. Occasionally, the shop hosts listening parties for new releases and even DIY concerts. Don’t miss ’em. Burlington • purepoprecords.com

Other finalists: • Dirt Chic: Burlington • dirtchicvt.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Plato’s Closet: Williston • platosclosetwilliston.com • Style Encore: Williston • style-encorewilliston.com

BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

Once Upon a Child

Kids grow up so quickly! Once Upon a Child’s gently used clothes, toys, furniture and baby gear are friendly on your wallet — and the planet. (Williston • onceuponachildwilliston.com)

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SHOPPING 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 timeless children’s gift items. (Shelburne • Facebook)

Other finalists: • ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: Burlington • echovermont.org • Homeport: Burlington • homeportonline.com • Turner Toys & Hobbies: Essex Junction • turnertoys.com • Woodbury Mountain Toys: Montpelier • woodburymountaintoys.com

BEST EYEGLASSES STORE

EyeCare of Vermont

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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. (Burlington, Essex • eyecareofvermont.com)

Other finalists: • 802 Eye Care: South Burlington • 802eyecare.com • Chroma Optics: Burlington • chromaoptics.com • Eyes of the World: Burlington • eyesoftheworldvt.com • The Optical Center: Burlington • 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. (Burlington • perrywinkles.com)

Other finalists: • After Midnight Jewelers: South Burlington • aftermidnightjewelers.com • Tick Tock Jewelers: Burlington • ticktockjewelers.com • Von Bargen’s: Burlington, Springfield, Stowe, Stratton • vonbargensjewelry.com • Zinnia: Burlington • zinniastores.com

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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. (Burlington • mirrormirrorvt.com)

Other finalists: • be. Skin Clinic: Shelburne • vtskinclinic.com • BelleRose Organic Body Nourishments: Georgia • belleroseorganicbodynourishments.com • La Bella Derma: Winooski • labelladermavt.com • Lunaroma: Burlington • lunaroma.com • Pure Energy Apothecary: Williston • pureenergybody.com

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Battery Street Jeans In an age of curated vintage shops and apps for secondhand selling, it’s easy to forget the purest joy of thrift shopping: sifting through piles of junk, searching for treasure. At Battery Street Jeans — a Burlington staple since 1991, though no longer on Battery Street — the treasure outnumbers the junk, but the spirit of the hunt lives on. Among the traditional stock of mom jeans, worn-in flannels and denim jackets, Battery Street Jeans has one-of-a-kind wearables from local artists, as well as crystals, art prints, records and a huge stockpile of used movies. Drop off your used duds for store credit, check out the art gallery in the basement, and attend one of the shop’s art openings or DJ nights. Our reporter walked in for research and walked out the new owner of a bolo tie adorned with a miniature Etch A Sketch. It’s just that kind of place. Burlington • Facebook

BEST PET SUPPLY STORE

Pet Food Warehouse

Find some of the friendliest customer service around at Vermont’s long-standing animal emporium. Since 1983, the warehouse has pleased pets and their owners with healthy dog foods, kitty toys, leashes and more. (Shelburne, South Burlington • pfwvt.com)

Other finalists: • The Dog and Cat: Essex, Stowe • thedogandcatatstowe.com • Guy’s Farm & Yard: Morrisville, Montpelier, St. Albans, Williston • guysfarmandyard.com • One Stop Country Pet Supply: Barre, Brattleboro • onestopcountrypet.com • The Pet Advantage: South Burlington • thepetadvantage.com

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT STORE

Advance Music Center

Ask any musician in the Burlington area where to get the best gear, and they’ll likely direct you to Advance Music Center. The onestop shop for musical accoutrements has been rockin’ out for more than 30 years. (Burlington • advancemusicvt.com)

Other finalists: • Ellis Music: Royalton • ellismusic.com • GuitarSam: Montpelier • guitarsam.com • Randolin Music Instruments: Burlington • randolin.com • Vermont Violins: Burlington, Montpelier • vermontviolins.com

BEST RECORD STORE*

Pure Pop Records

Just walking down the record store’s posterlined staircase below street level feels a little punk, and the selection of vinyl, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and candy cigarettes doesn’t disappoint. (Burlington • purepoprecords.com)

Other finalists: • Autumn Records: Winooski • autumnrecordsvt.com • Buch Spieler Records: Montpelier • buchspielerrecords.com • Burlington Records: Burlington • burlingtonrecords.com • Rick & Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse: Rutland • Facebook


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SHOPPING BEST BOOKSTORE

Phoenix Books

Who says bookstores are passé? Owners Mike DeSanto and Renee Reiner have been successfully plying Vermonters with sweet, sweet paper pages for years. Of course, they offer thousands of titles for your e-reader, too. (Burlington, Essex, Rutland • phoenixbooks.biz)

Other finalists: • Bear Pond Books: Montpelier • bearpondbooks.com • Crow Bookshop: Burlington • crowbooks.com • The Eloquent Page: St. Albans • theeloquentpage.com • The Flying Pig Bookstore: Shelburne • flyingpigbooks.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY A UNIQUE GIFT

Common Deer

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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 commandeer something special for yourself. (Burlington • commondeer.com)

Other finalists: • Birdfolk Collective: Winooski, Waterbury Center • birdfolkcollective.com • Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery: Milton • miltonartistsguild.org • Thirty-odd: Burlington • thirtyodd.com • Vermont Gift Barn: South Burlington • vermontgiftbarn.com

BEST CBD RETAIL SHOP Helping customers on their journey toward health and wellness, Ceres stocks New England’s largest selection of CBD products for people and pets. Hemp-infused honey, anyone? (Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury • ceresremedies.com)

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The Lighting House There’s something refreshing and, well, illuminating about walking into the Lighting House. This is no big-box store of snooze-worthy light fixtures and run-of-the-mill porch and patio furniture. At the Lighting House, you can poke around two floors of nooks and crannies and gasp, “Holy crap! That’s a super-cool lamp!” Whether you’re on a lean budget or looking to splurge on a special artsy fixture that pulls the entire room together, the knowledgeable staff here have plenty of ideas to offer. Must be all those light bulbs going on above their heads.

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BEST LIGHTING STORE

Homeport

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.” (Burlington • homeportonline.com)

Other finalists: • As the Crow Flies: St. Albans • Facebook • Kiss the Cook: Burlington, Middlebury • kissthecook.net • Slate: Burlington • slatehome.co • Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens: Stowe • stowekitchen.net

BEST PLACE TO BUY A PIPE

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’. (Burlington • berngallery.com)

Other finalists: • Garcia’s Tobacco Shop: Burlington • garciastobaccoshop.com • Good Stuff: Burlington, Derby, Essex Junction, Rutland, St. Albans • goodstuff.xxx • Full Tank: Burlington • Facebook • Northern Lights: Burlington • northernlightspipes.com • Stash N’ Stowe: Waterbury • stashnstowe.com

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. (Burlington, Barre, Hyde Park, Williston • resourcevt.org)

Other finalists: • Anjou & the Little Pear: Burlington • anjouvt.com • Barge Canal Market: Burlington • Facebook • Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Milton, Williston • vermonthabitat.org • The Green Closet: Waitsfield • thegreenclosetvt.com

BEST ANTIQUE STORE

Barge Canal Market

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

Other finalists: • Anjou & the Little Pear: Burlington • anjouvt.com • Five Corners Antiques: Essex Junction • 5cornersantiques.com • Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace: Burlington • vintageinspired.net • Willow House: Shelburne • willowhousevt.com


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SHOPPING BEST FURNITURE STORE

Burlington Furniture

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. (Burlington • burlingtonfurniture.us)

Other finalists: • Homeport: Burlington • homeportonline.com • Modern Design: Shelburne • moderndesignvt.com • The SuperStore: Williston • superstorevt.com • Wendell’s Furniture: Colchester, South Burlington • wendellsfurniture.com

BEST KITCHEN STORE

Kiss the Cook

Since the 1990s, Kiss the Cook has been a destination for quality kitchenware. Foodies dig the colorful selection of Le Creuset items and the on-site knife sharpening. (Burlington, Middlebury • kissthecook.net)

Other finalists: • As the Crow Flies: St. Albans • Facebook • Capital Kitchen: Montpelier • capitalkitchenvt.com • Homeport: Burlington • homeportonline.com • Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens: Stowe • stowekitchen.net

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The Lighting House

Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness

The lights have been on in Vermont’s premier lighting showroom since 1977. Find chandeliers, shades, sconces and more — plus a selection of quality outdoor furniture. (Shelburne • vermontlightinghouse.com)

Named one of the top 100 bike dealers in America, Earl’s has been keeping locals in shape for 65 years. Improve your cycling skills and make friends on regular Tuesday night group rides, departing at 6 p.m. sharp. (South Burlington • earlsbikes.com)

Other finalists: • Barre Electric & Lighting Supply: Barre • barreelectric.com • Burlington Furniture: Burlington • burlingtonfurniture.us • Conant Metal & Light: Burlington • conantmetalandlight.com • The Lamp Shop: Burlington • shopthelamp.com • Light Club Lamp Shop: Burlington • radiobean.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 two locations. (Burlington, Williston • gardeners.com)

Other finalists: • Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse & Perennial Farm: Colchester • claussens.com • H & B Greenhouse & Nursery: Highgate Center • hbgreenhouse.com • Paquette Full of Posies: Williston • vermontnursery.com • Red Wagon Plants: Hinesburg • redwagonplants.com

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BEST AUTO DEALER

The Automaster

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

• North Star Sports: Burlington • northstarsportsvt.com • Old Spokes Home: Burlington • oldspokeshome.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Skirack: Burlington • skirack.com

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• Burlington Subaru: Burlington • subaruvt.com • Handy Toyota: St. Albans • handytoyota.com • Heritage Toyota: South Burlington • heritagetoyotacars.com • Shearer VW of South Burlington: South Burlington • shearervw.com

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Burton Snowboards

Founded in a Vermont barn in 1977, Burton has become one of the world’s most influential snowboard manufacturers over the years. The flagship store in Burlington’s South End is the first stop on any savvy boarder’s quest for pow. (Burlington • burton.com)

“Great gear at great prices” is the mission here — because everyone should be able to enjoy the great outdoors. Since 1995, OGE has been selling apparel and equipment, and helping to preserve our planet. (Burlington • gearx.com) • Alpine Shop: South Burlington • alpineshopvt.com • Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel: Barre, St. Albans, Williston • lennyshoe.com • Patagonia Burlington: Burlington • patagoniaburlington.com • Skirack: Burlington • skirack.com

Other finalists: • Alpine Shop: South Burlington • alpineshopvt.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Pinnacle Ski & Sports: Stowe • pinnacleskisports.com • Skirack: Burlington • skirack.com

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At a time when few Vermonters keep a phone book in the house, consider this Services section of the Daysies your curated yellow pages. Who you gonna call … when your dog eats cannabis-laced poop on Mount Philo? Perhaps Green Mountain Animal Hospital. What about when all that winter shoveling gives you a literal pain in the neck? Try Drs. Marko Family Chiropractors. And when you pop a tire on one of our many pothole-riddled * = New category in 2019

thoroughfares? Ring up Girlington Garage or Vermont Tire & Service. Living in Vermont ain’t always easy, but the service providers included here can help. Most of them have been successfully defending their Daysies for years — a sure sign of a satisfied customer base. But there are some newcomers on the scene, including Onyx Ink, In Full Bloom and the Inn at Shelburne Farms. The most notable may be Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, which earned

the title of best nonprofit. This year, Ta-Kum-Ta took steps to make its South Hero summer camp for kids with cancer even more accessible: In January, it began offering virtualreality headsets loaded with joyous scenes of swimming and zip-lining to young oncology patients at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. On the scale of five-star service, we’d call that a six.


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South Hero’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, founded in 1984, works tirelessly so kids with cancer can just be kids experiencing the magic of summer camp. Its offerings have grown from a one-week camp to year-round programming — all tuition-free. (South Hero • takumta.org)

Other finalists: • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity: Burlington • cvoeo.org • Humane Society of Chittenden County: South Burlington • chittendenhumane.org • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington: Burlington • rmhcvt.org • Spectrum Youth & Family Services: Burlington • spectrumvt.org

BEST VETERINARIAN/ ANIMAL HOSPITAL

This animal hospital celebrated 50 years of comprehensive critter care in February 2019. According to its highly trained doctors and technicians, “Your pet is our passion!” (Burlington, South Burlington • greenmountainah.com)

Other finalists: • The Animal Hospital of Hinesburg: Hinesburg • hinesburgbristolvet.com • Malletts Bay Veterinary Hospital: Colchester • mallettsbayvet.com • Milton Veterinary Hospital: Milton • miltonvethospital.com • River Cove Animal Hospital: Williston • rivercove.net

BEST PET DAYCARE

Oh my DOG

Who let the dogs out? Not Oh my DOG — unless we’re talking about its safe, supervised outdoor play spaces. Trained staff make sure your four-legged friend has a doggone good time at daycare. (South Burlington • ohmydogvt.com)

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Doggie Styles Salon

Does your Saint Bernard need a bath and blow-dry? Could your tabby’s nails use a trim? The expert groomers at this Colchester salon, in business since 2003, provide a pawsitive pampering experience. (Colchester • doggiestylesvt.com)

Other finalists: • A Passion for Pets: Colchester • apassionforpetsvt.com • Bow Meow Pet Grooming Boutique: Essex Junction • bowmeowpetgrooming.com • Shed Happens: St. Albans • Facebook • Sit Pretty Grooming Salon: Essex Junction • sitprettysalon.com

• Fetch the Leash Dog Behavior and Training: Burlington • fetchtheleash.biz • Green Mountain Canine Camp: Colchester • Facebook • Show Me the Biscuit: Williston • showmethebiscuit.com • Thin Blue Line K-9: Williston • thinbluelinek9.net

BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION

New England Federal Credit Union

With more than 90,000 members and $1 billion in assets, NEFCU is the state’s largest credit union. It helps members make dollars and sense of their savings through free financial education programs, a full range of products and services, competitive rates, and fewer fees. (multiple locations • nefcu.com)

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Other finalists: • NorthCountry Federal Credit Union: multiple locations • northcountry.org • Northfield Savings Bank: multiple locations • nsbvt.com • Vermont Federal Credit Union: multiple locations • vermontfederal.org • Vermont State Employees Credit Union: multiple locations • vsecu.com

BEST LAW FIRM*

Vermont Cannabis Solutions

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BEST ACCOUNTANT*

Gallagher, Flynn & Company

Got tax troubles? Need accounting answers? Vermont’s largest independent CPA and business consulting firm employs more than 75 full-time individuals who are up to the task. (South Burlington • gfc.com)

Other finalists: • American Tax: South Burlington • americantax.com • McSoley McCoy & Co.: South Burlington • cpavt.com • Michael Ly (Reconciled): Burlington • reconciledit.com • Stephanie Mack (Account Mobility): Essex Junction • accountmobility.com

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• Gulliver’s Doggie Daycare: Williston • doggiedaycare.com • Play Dog Play Canine Care Center: Burlington, South Burlington • playdogvt.com • Sleepydog Kennel: Colchester • sleepydogkennel.com • Vermont Dog Trainer: Hyde Park • vermontdogtrainer.com

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Green Mountain Animal Hospital

Dogs are social creatures, and the boarding and training programs here incorporate a safe, supervised pack to encourage good behaviors, from basic obedience to bark management and beyond. (Hyde Park • vermontdogtrainer.com)

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SERVICES BEST MORTGAGE BROKER

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. Sign up for a free home-buying seminar. (multiple locations • nefcu.com)

Other finalists: • Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation: South Burlington • fairwayindependentmc.com • Spruce Mortgage: Burlington • sprucemortgage.com • Union Bank: multiple locations • ublocal.com • Vermont Mortgage Company: Burlington, Peru • vermontmortgagecompany.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

For more than 60 years, Coldwell Banker has been helping buyers and sellers feel right at home throughout northwestern Vermont. Its savvy fleet of more than 90 Realtors and staff markets properties of all kinds, facilitates relocations and analyzes current trends. (Burlington, St. Albans, Vergennes • hickokandboardman.com)

Other finalists: • Element Real Estate: Burlington • realestatevt.com • Flex Realty: Colchester • flexrealtyvt.com • KW Vermont: South Burlington • vermontkw.com • RE/MAX North Professionals: Colchester • homesvermont.com

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

Michaela Quinlan (Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty)

In a competitive housing market, a great Realtor can make all the difference. Quinlan’s clients praise her prompt communications, knowledge of the local market and advice about pricing, calling her a “go-getter” and “incredibly helpful.” (Burlington • livelocalbtv.com)

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• Jessica Bridge (Element Real Estate): Burlington • realestatevt.com • Joe Villemaire (Rockstar Real Estate Collective at KW Vermont): South Burlington • rockstarhomesvt.com • Lipkin Audette Team (Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty):: Burlington • lipkinaudette.com • Robbi Handy Holmes (Century 21 Jack Associates):: South Burlington • c21jack.com

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Grunts Move Junk

Whether you’re emptying out Grandpa’s cluttered basement or simply spring cleaning, veteran-owned and -operated Grunts Move Junk gets the job done on the double. (St. Albans • gruntsmovejunk.com)

Other finalists: • Booska Worldwide Movers: Burlington • booskaworldwide.com • Local Muscle: Burlington • localmusclemovers.com • Morway’s Moving & Storage: Williston • morwaysmoving.com • Vermont Moving & Storage: Winooski • vtmoving.com

BEST CHIMNEY SWEEP COMPANY

Brickliners Custom Masonry & Chimney Services

Burlington native Jake Loeffler and his team of Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified technicians provide top-notch troubleshooting to keep chimneys, fireplaces and dryer vents safe and sound. (Williston • brickliners.com)

Other finalists: • Artful Chimney Services Services: Burlington • artfulchimney.com • Chimney Savers Savers:: Randolph • chimneysaversvt.com

BEST HOUSEHOLD PLUMBING COMPANY

Benoure Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

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

Other finalists: • Falcon Plumbing & Heating Service: Williston • falconplumbingvt.com • Niquette Brothers Plumbing & Heating: Winooski • niquetteplumbing.com • Yankee Plumbing & Heating: Winooski • yankeeplumbingvt.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. (Burlington • lafayettepainting.net)

Other finalists: • Classic Shades Painting: Burlington • cspvt.com • Generations Painting VT: generationspaintingvt.com

BEST PLACE TO GET BODY ART

Onyx Ink Now this is an upset. This year Onyx Ink, which opened in September 2018, came in as a surprise dark horse to end Yankee Tattoo’s 16-year lock on this category. The new tattoo studio is owned by Alisha Dykema and staffed entirely by women. In June, they held a special sale of feminist flash tattoos and raised $3,500 for the Pride Center of Vermont’s SafeSpace program to support LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence. Onyx’s Instagram feed is updated daily, featuring inked florals, pet portraits, the occasional three-headed llama and plenty of cool piercings. Stop by the shop or drop its tattoo artist team an email to dream your quirkiest, inkiest dreams. Burlington • onyxinkstudio.com


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SERVICES BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY

di Stefano Landscaping

This full-service landscape design, construction and maintenance company has created outdoor oases everywhere from Champlain College to Topnotch Resort. The team of designers, stonemasons and horticulturalists does backyard makeovers, too. (Jericho • distefanolandscaping.com)

Other finalists: • Green Stripes Landscaping: Waterbury Center • greenstripeslandscaping.net • Landshapes: Richmond • landshapes.net • Pinnacle Properties: Williston • pinnaclepropertiesvt.com

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Sugarsnap

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• Bevo: Colchester • bevovt.com • Cloud 9 Caterers: Colchester • cloud9caterers.com • Green Meadows Catering: Essex Junction • Facebook • Let’s Pretend Catering: South Burlington • letspretendcatering.com

• Chappell’s Florist: South Burlington • chappellsflorist.com • Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse & Perennial Farm: Colchester • claussens.com • Kathy & Company Florist: Burlington • kathycoflowers.com • Maplehurst Florist: Essex Junction • maplehurstflorist.com

• Katie Zuanich (KZ Couture): Vergennes • Facebook • Northern Elegance: St. Albans • northerneleganceformalwear.com • S & J Creations Tailoring & Dress Shop: Essex Junction • Facebook • Silver Threads Tailoring: Burlington • Facebook

Winter squash crisp with maple whipped cream, anyone? Ingredients from a three-acre Intervale farm bolster Sugarsnap’s full-service catering for weddings and other special functions. (South Burlington • thesnapvt.com)

A mother-daughter team with a background in horticulture and the fine arts arranges contemporary and traditional floral designs for special and everyday occasions. (Shelburne • infullbloomvt.com)

BEST SALON (UNISEX)

Indigo

BEST LODGING (RESORT/HOTEL)*

Get a hairdo — not a hairdon’t — at this upscale Burlington salon. The extraordinary hair care here goes beyond cuts to include coloring, conditioning, styling and more. (Burlington • indigovt.com)

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. (Burlington • hotelvt.com)

Other finalists: • Persona Salon: Essex Junction • personavt.com • Ringlet Studio Salons: South Burlington • Facebook • Salon Elizabeth: St. Albans • Facebook • Stephen & Burns: Burlington • stephenandburns.com

Other finalists: • The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa: Essex • essexresort.com • The Lodge at Spruce Peak: Stowe • sprucepeak.com • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa: Stowe • stoweflake.com • Topnotch Resort: Stowe • topnotchresort.com

BEST BARBER/MEN’S CUT

Old Soul Barbershop

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. (Winooski • oldsoulvt.com)

BEST LODGING (INN)*

The Inn at Shelburne Farms

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Live like a Vanderbilt: This beautifully restored inn on the shore of Lake Champlain was once the 19th-century manor home of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb. Wander the formal gardens and dine on farm-fresh fare in the restaurant. (Shelburne • shelburnefarms.org)

• The Barbershop: Burlington • thebarbershopvt.com • Essex Barber Shop: Essex Junction • Facebook • LUX Barber Shop: Burlington • barber. luxburlington.com • The Men’s Room: Burlington • mensroomvt.com

Other finalists: • The Green Mountain Inn: Stowe • greenmountaininn.com • Middlebury Inn: Middlebury • middleburyinn.com • The North Hero House: North Hero • northherohouse.com • Willard Street Inn: Burlington • willardstreetinn.com

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From intimate affairs at the historic inn to large parties at the Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms’ locavore cuisine and Lake Champlain view make it a gorgeous place to get hitched. (Shelburne • shelburnefarms.org)

Other finalists: • ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: Burlington • echovermont.org • The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa: Essex • essexresort.com • The Old Lantern Inn and Barn: Charlotte • oldlantern.com • Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center: Huntington • skisleepyhollow.com • UVM Alumni House: Burlington • uvmalumnihouse.com

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. (Burlington • Facebook)

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If you stumbled upon Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, nestled a mile down a dirt road along the shores of Lake Champlain, you might hear the shrieks of zip-lining kids or the thunderous applause of an audience that’s just been treated to a karaoke rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The one thing you probably won’t hear: the word “cancer.” Since 1984, the camp has provided — at no cost to families — a weeklong summer refuge from the physical and emotional challenges of illness for children and adolescents at any stage of the treatment process who either reside or receive medical care in Vermont. Kids and teens — as well as parents and siblings — can also attend weekend retreats at the camp, held throughout the year. Anyone who’s ever set foot on Ta-Kum-Ta’s bosky grounds will tell you that it’s a magical place, impervious to both negativity and cell service, where everyone treats each other with exuberant, genuine kindness. South Hero • takumta.org

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. (Williston • bellavienailspa.com)

Other finalists: • All Star Nail Salon: South Burlington • Facebook • Perfect Nails by Thu: Essex Junction • Facebook • Salon Elizabeth Elizabeth: St. Albans • Facebook • Sofi Nails & Spa: Burlington • Facebook


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BEST HEALTH CLUB/GYM

The EDGE Sports & Fitness

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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. (Essex, South Burlington, Williston • edgevt.com)

Onyx Ink

This female-owned tattoo studio has been inking customers since September 2018. The number of return clients in that time speaks volumes about the quality and creativity of the wearable art. (Burlington • onyxinkstudio.com)

Other finalists: • Duke’s Fitness Center: St. Albans • dukesfitnesscenter.com • Greater Burlington YMCA: Burlington • gbymca.org • Marketplace Fitness: Burlington • marketplacefitness.com

Other finalists: • Fortune Teller Tattoo: Burlington • fortunetellertattoo.com • Kingdom Ink: Craftsbury • kingdom-ink.com • Luminary Ink: St. Albans • luminaryinktattoo.com • Vermont Custom Tattoo and Piercing: Burlington • tattoovt.com • Yankee Tattoo: Burlington • yankeetattoo.net

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BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE

The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa

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 doesn’t hurt. (Essex • essexresort.com)

Other finalists: • Brilliant Massage Therapy: Burlington • jolitabrilliant.com • Planet Massage: Colchester • planetmassagevermont.com • Rod Cain Massage Therapy: Burlington, Essex Junction • rodcainmassage.com • Stephen & Burns: Burlington • stephenandburns.com

BEST DAY SPA

Oasis Day Spa

Care for a pumpkin float? How about a mango body wrap? Oasis offers a long list of delicious-sounding body treatments — plus facials, massages and more. (Williston • oasisdayspavt.com)

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In Full Bloom From traditional bridal boutonnieres to contemporary gallery bouquets, floral arrangements by mother-and-daughter team Kris Engstrom and Britta Johnson reflect years of experience and a flair for design. Engstrom has sold flowers since the early 1980s and plies her horticulture training in prolific organic flower beds on-site. Graphic designer Johnson brings an urban sensibility to compositions to keep them interesting and fresh. Sourced from local organic and socially responsible growers as much as possible, flowers at the shop grace tables and shelves alongside beeswax candles, jewelry and housewares for sale. More than just a flower shop, In Full Bloom is a cornucopia for the senses and, as Engstrom likes to say, “a balm for the soul.” Shelburne • infullbloomvt.com

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Topnotch Resort

Topnotch’s fluffy robes, maple-sugar body smoothies and CBD massages take R&R to the next level. Afterward, laze around the pool and enjoy the mountain view. (Stowe • topnotchresort.com)

Other finalists: • The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa: Essex • essexresort.com • The Spa at Spruce Peak: Stowe • sprucepeak.com • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa: Stowe • stoweflake.com

BEST MEDICAL SPA

BEST CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE

Bare Medical Spa + Laser Center

Drs. Marko Family Chiropractors

Beauty and health are the goals here. Bare’s trained and licensed specialists offer a menu ranging from chemical peels to CoolSculpting and laser hair removal to lash tinting. (Burlington • barevt.com)

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

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Other finalists: • be. Skin Clinic: Shelburne • vtskinclinic.com • Mystic Waters Day Spa: St. Albans • mysticwatersdayspa.com • Stephen & Burns: Burlington • stephenandburns.com • Vermont Salt Cave Spa & Halotherapy Center: Montgomery Center • vtsaltcaves.com

REV Indoor Cycling

Drs. Stephanie Kleinfeld Marko and Richard Marko have been practicing in the Green Mountain State since 1988, helping countless clients to “feel better from the inside out!” (South Burlington • drsmarko.com)

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• GLOWAESTHETICS Medical Spa + Beauty Boutique: South Burlington • glowmedspavt.com • Lumina: South Burlington, Stowe • luminamedspa.com • Radiance Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Spa: Williston • radiancevt.com • Skin Deep Medical Aesthetics: Essex Junction • skindeepvt.com

• The Chiropractic Practice of Laura A. Ramirez: Burlington • Facebook • Epic Wellness: South Burlington • epicwellnessvt.com • Sommers Chiropractic: South Burlington • sommerschiropractic.com • Summit Chiropractic Center: Essex • summitchiropracticvt.com

• Concept Move: South Burlington • concept-move.com • Pure Barre: South Burlington • purebarre.com • Queen City Yoga: South Burlington • queencityogavt.com • Studio SxB: Winooski • suzyshulman.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. (Burlington • sanghastudio.org)

Other finalists: • Evolution Physical Therapy + Yoga Studio: Burlington • evolutionvt.com • Hot Yoga Burlington VT: Burlington • hotyogaburlingtonvt.com • Queen City Yoga: South Burlington • queencityogavt.com • Yoga Roots: Shelburne, Williston • yogarootsvt.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 Best of the ‘90s and (Club) Bangers & Mash(ups). (South Burlington • revindoor.com)

Other finalists: • The EDGE Sports & Fitness: Essex, South Burlington, Williston • edgevt.com • Granite City Group Fitness: Barre • granitecitygroupfitness.com • Ride: Stowe • rideindoorcycling.com


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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. (Essex Junction • 802crossfitvt.com)

Other finalists: • Champlain Valley CrossFit: Williston • champlainvalleycrossfit.com • CrossFit Burlington: Burlington • crossfitburlington.com • CrossFit TT: South Burlington • crossfittt.com • Green Mountain CrossFit: Berlin, Hyde Park • greenmountaincrossfit.com

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BEST DANCE STUDIO

BEST RADIO STATION (MUSIC)

Villari’s Self-Defense & Wellness Center

Studio 3 Dance

The Point FM

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• Dance Works Academy: Milton • dance-works-academy.com • Electric Youth Dance Company: St. Albans • electricyouthdance.com • McFadden Academy of Irish Dance: Colchester • mcfaddenirishdance.com • Up North Dance Studio: Colchester • danceupnorth.com

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

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. (Colchester, Swanton • vtstudio3.com)

Wanna be a black belt? Students have been training at Villari’s for more than 40 years, benefiting from the physical workout as well as the valuable life skills it teaches. (South Burlington • villaricenter.com)

Other finalists: • Combat Fitness MMA: Winooski • combatfitnessmma.com • Martial Way Self-Defense Center: Colchester • martialwayvt.com • R Family Dojo: St. Albans • rfamilydojo.blogspot.com • Yordan’s Black Belt Academy: South Burlington, Underhill • ybba.com

Burlington City Arts

BCA serves the creative needs of the community through dynamic arts education. Classes range from painting to printmaking and darkroom photography to documentary storytelling. (Burlington • burlingtoncityarts.org)

Other finalists: • Burlington Paint & Sip Studio: Burlington • burlingtonpaintandsip.com • Davis Studio: South Burlington • davisstudiovt.com • Milton Artists’ Guild: Milton • miltonartistsguild.org • Vermont Comedy Club: Burlington • vermontcomedyclub.com

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Landscaping can be a difficult service to shop for, but when it’s done exceptionally well, it shines. Beginning with the design process of hardscapes — stone walls, garden paths, light fixtures, patios, planters and pergolas — to the selection of living features such as trees, flowers, evergreens and shrubs, the landscape professionals at di Stefano can help you cover a lot of ground around your home or business. To get a taste of their aesthetic and attention to detail, take a stroll around some of the newest buildings at Champlain College in Burlington. Or check out the outdoor terraces, stone walls and fire pits at Topnotch Resort in Stowe. Yeah, they did that, too. Classy, stylish and rock-solid workmanship. Jericho • distefanolandscaping.com

Girlington Garage

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. (South Burlington • girlingtongarage.com)

Other finalists: • Brian’s North End Automotive: Burlington • briansnorthendautomotive.com • Halford Motors:: Georgia • halfordmotors.com • Jenkins Auto Repair:: Milton • jenkinsautorepair.comcastbiz.net • Nate’s Automotive: Essex • natesautomotivevt.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. (Montpelier, South Burlington • vttireonline.com)

Other finalists: • Brian’s North End Automotive: Burlington • briansnorthendautomotive.com • Halford Motors: Georgia • halfordmotors.com • Jenkins Auto Repair: Milton • jenkinsautorepair.comcastbiz.net • Noyes Automotive & Tire: Burlington • noyesautoandtire.com

Since 1977, this station has been a pioneer in the triple-A (adult album alternative) format. Listeners tune in for its eclectic playlist of new and vintage music, from rock and roll to reggae. (pointfm.com) 98.9 WOKO: woko.com Star 92.9: star929.com VPR Classical: vpr.org WRUV 90.1 FM: wruv.org

BEST RADIO STATION (NEWS)

Vermont Public Radio

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

BEST LOCAL TV NEWS STATION

WCAX

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

Other finalists: • Local ABC 22 & Local Fox 44: mychamplainvalley.com • WPTZ: mynbc5.com


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According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 72 percent of Vermonters participate in outdoor recreation every year. That beats Oregon’s 69 percent, Maine’s 70 percent and even Colorado’s 71 percent. But the figure still seems low to us. If you’re not getting outside for fun in Vermont, what exactly are you doing? For anyone who needs it, here’s one helluva bucket list for exploring our peaks, pathways and natural

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pools. Start easy with a stroll at Mount Philo State Park, then work your way up to an epic day hike on Camel’s Hump. Biking more your speed? Take in the placid waves along the Colchester Causeway Path, or embrace the mud at Kingdom Trails Association. Looking to get wet? Head to Sand Bar State Park — or visit Burlington’s Community Sailing Center. The nonprofit opened a new, stateof-the-art waterfront facility last

summer that offers an expanded roster of rentals, races and lessons. Of course, you don’t have to break a hard-core sweat to have an adventure. (Really.) Play and learn with the kiddos at Shelburne Farms, take a leisurely getaway to scenic Lake Willoughby, or people-watch on the Church Street Marketplace. As long as you’re getting out there, we won’t judge.


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 it the No. 1 kid-friendly ski resort in the East. (Jeffersonville • smuggs.com)

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Other finalists: • Bolton Valley Backcountry & Nordic Sports Center: Bolton Valley • boltonvalley.com • Craftsbury Outdoor Center: Craftsbury Common • craftsbury.com • Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center: Huntington • skisleepyhollow.com • Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Ski Center: Stowe • stowe.com

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BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL NETWORK*

With 95 trails that traverse more than 75 miles of terrain, Kingdom Trails Association has something for just about every mountain biker. Whether you’re looking for a single day of single-track or a weeklong immersion in mud-splattered fun, this cycling network is well maintained, mapped, marked and groomed. Think your littlest ones are too young for it? Family-friendly routes offer beginner riders a chance to build their confidence and advance their skills. Bring your own two-wheelers or rent them on-site. As a volunteer, member-based nonprofit, Kingdom Trails puts all proceeds from the sales of trail permits back into maintaining and expanding the network. Come winter, the trails open up for fat-bike riding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing — all on the same year-round membership fee. Get down and dirty!

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• Bolton Valley Resort: Bolton Valley • boltonvalley.com • Jay Peak Resort: Jay • jaypeakresort.com • Stowe Mountain Resort: Stowe • stowe.com • Sugarbush Resort: Warren • sugarbush.com

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. (Stowe • trappfamily.com)

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& RECREATION BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Rocky Ridge Golf Club Play 18 holes along rolling farmland and rocky ridges at this public course just 20 minutes from downtown Burlington. (St. George • rockyridge.com)

Other finalists: • Arrowhead Golf Course: Milton • arrowheadvt.com • Cedar Knoll Country Club: Hinesburg • cedarknollgolf.com • The Links at Lang Farm: Essex • linksatlangfarm.com • Williston Golf Club: Williston • willistongolfclub.com

BEST FOOT RACE

BEST PLACE TO BIKE

Vermont City Marathon & Relay

Colchester Causeway Path

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

Other finalists: • Covered Bridges Half Marathon: Woodstock • cbhm.com • Island Vines 10K: South Hero • runvermont.org • Leaf Peepers Half Marathon & 5K: Waterbury • leafpeepershalfmarathon.org • Vermont Corporate Cup: Montpelier • vcccsar.org

Part of the Island Line Rail Trail, the Causeway is a beautiful place to bike: The former railway route cuts into Lake Champlain, offering wide-open views of the water on both sides. A seasonal bike ferry bridges the 200-foot gap to the Champlain Islands. (Colchester • colchestervt.gov)

Other finalists: • Burlington Greenway: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com • Island Line Rail Trail: Burlington to Colchester • localmotion.org • Lamoille Valley Rail Trail: St. Johnsbury to Swanton • lvrt.org • Stowe Recreation Path: Stowe • stowerec.org

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL NETWORK*

Kingdom Trails Association

This Northeast Kingdom trail network promises “epic single-track, fast downhills, amazing flow” — not to mention renowned routes with names like Troll Stroll and Coronary Bypass. (East Burke • kingdomtrails.org)

Other finalists: • Catamount Outdoor Family Center: Williston • catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.org • Millstone Trails Association: Websterville • millstonetrails.org • Perry Hill: Waterbury • nemba.org • Saxon Hill: Essex • fotwheel.org

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. (Charlotte • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists: • Grand Isle State Park: Grand Isle • vtstateparks.com • Groton State Forest: Groton • vtstateparks.com • Little River State Park: Waterbury • vtstateparks.com • Sand Bar State Park: Milton • vtstateparks.com • Niquette Bay State Park: Colchester • vtstateparks.com COURTESY OF COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER

BEST DAY HIKE

Camel’s Hump

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. (Duxbury/Huntington • vtstateparks.com)

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• Mount Mansfield: Underhill • vtstateparks.com • Mount Philo State Park: Charlotte • vtstateparks.com • Snake Mountain: Addison • Stowe Pinnacle Trail: Stowe

BEST WATER SPORTS RENTAL*

BEST PUBLIC PLACE TO SWIM

It’s a time-tested local maxim that you’ve gotta have a friend with a boat to get the most out of living in Burlington. For many over the past 20 years, the Community Sailing Center has been that friend — good thing it’s got a lot of boats. From standup paddleboards and kayaks to zippy Laser dinghies and 23-foot Sonar keelboats, the center’s fleet has something to suit sailors of every skill level, and at prices that won’t sink your bank account. Expansive new headquarters, which opened in 2018, will allow the center to keep forging friendships and continue its mission of making the lake accessible to everyone, no matter their age, ability or financial situation.

Sand Bar State Park

Taking a dip is a no-brainer at Sand Bar. Its 15 idyllic island acres contain picnic areas, a bath house, soft and sandy beaches, and shallow water that warms up quickly in the sun. (Milton • vtstateparks.com)

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Leddy Park: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com Maple Street Pool: Essex Junction • ejrp.org North Beach: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com Oakledge Park: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com

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BEST GUIDED OUTDOOR TOUR*

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Local Motion

From its waterfront location, the bike-advocacy nonprofit rents an array of wheels and is an excellent resource for all things cycling in Vermont. Local Motion also operates the Island Line Bike Ferry. (Burlington • localmotion.org)

Other finalists: • Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness: South Burlington • earlsbikes.com • North Star Sports: Burlington • northstarsportsvt.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Skirack: Burlington • skirack.com

BEST PUBLIC PLACE TO ICE SKATE*

C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena

Two National Hockey League-size rinks invite local hockey teams, curling clubs, figure skaters and fun seekers to hit the ice. Rent gear, take a glass and get your slide on! (South Burlington • cairnsarena.com)

Other finalists: • Calahan Park Community Rink: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com • Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center: St. Albans • Facebook • Essex Skating Facility: Essex Junction • Facebook • Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena at Leddy Park: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com • Stowe Mountain Resort: Stowe • stowe.com

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BEST RESORT ADVENTURE CENTER*

BEST PLACE TO KAYAK/CANOE

Whether you’re into skiing, riding, golfing or free-falling down a water slide at the Pump House Indoor Waterpark, Jay Peak Resort is a fun, easy destination for family adventure. (Jay • jaypeakresort.com)

& RECREATION Waterbury Reservoir

Motor-boat traffic is relatively low, making this 850-acre spread of water perfect for paddling. Rentals are available at Waterbury Center State Park and, for campers, Little River State Park. (Waterbury • vtstateparks.com)

Other finalists: • Green River Reservoir State Park: Hyde Park • vtstateparks.com • Indian Brook Reservoir: Essex • essex.org • Lake Willoughby: Westmore • Lamoille River

BEST WATER SPORTS RENTAL*

Community Sailing Center

BEST VERMONT DAY TRIP WITH THE KIDS

Shelburne Farms

Walk the paths, 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. (Shelburne • shelburnefarms.org)

Other finalists:

Other finalists: • Bert’s Boats: Jeffersonville • bertsboats.com • Outdoor Gear Exchange: Burlington • gearx.com • Umiak Outdoor Outfitters: Richmond, Stowe • umiak.com

BEST INDOOR CHILDREN’S PLAY SPACE

BEST GUIDED OUTDOOR TOUR*

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

From bustling Church Street to the highly trafficked waterfront, Burlington is anything but a ghost town — unless Thea Lewis is leading your way. The actor, author and paranormal historian presides over walking tours rife with local history and mystery. (Burlington • queencityghostwalk.com)

Other finalists: • ActiveVT: activevt.org • Bird Diva: birddiva.com • Nature Connection Guide: natureconnectionguide.com • Whistling Man Schooner Company: Burlington • whistlingman.com

BEST IN-STATE WEEKEND GETAWAY

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• Killington Resort: Killington • killington.com • Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Jeffersonville • smuggs.com • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa: Stowe • stoweflake.com • Trapp Family Lodge: Stowe • trappfamily.com

• ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain: Burlington • echovermont.org • Jay Peak Resort: Jay • jaypeakresort.com • Montshire Museum of Science: Norwich • montshire.org • Vermont Renaissance Faire: Stowe • vtgatherings.com

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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)

Other finalists: • Jay Peak Resort: Jay • jaypeakresort.com • Stowe: Stowe • gostowe.com • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa: Stowe • stoweflake.com • Woodstock: Woodstock • woodstockvt.com

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. (Burlington • echovermont.org)

Other finalists: • Bounce Around VT: Highgate Commons • bouncearoundvt.com • Get Air Trampoline Park: Williston • getairsports.com • Wiggle Room: Williston • wiggleroomvermont.com • Wildflowers Studio: Essex Junction • wildflowerstudiobtv.com

BEST PLACE TO TAKE AN OUT-OF-TOWNER

Church Street Marketplace

Flatlanders visiting? To Burlington’s pedestrian mall you go! The Church Street Marketplace is a charming place to shop, dine, and enjoy street vendors and performers. (Burlington • churchstmarketplace.com)

Other finalists: • Ben & Jerry’s Factory: Waterbury • benjerry.com • Shelburne Farms: Shelburne • shelburnefarms.org • Shelburne Museum: Shelburne • shelburnemuseum.org • Stowe: Stowe • gostowe.com

LUKE AWTRY

The recently expanded and remodeled Community Sailing Center offers a variety of dinghies and keelboats for rental, in addition to canoes and paddleboards. Don’t know the difference between a mainsheet and a mainsail? Sign up for a lesson. (Burlington • communitysailingcenter.org)

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BEST PUBLIC PLACE TO ICE SKATE

C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena Cairns Arena is home to both the men’s and women’s Saint Michael’s College hockey teams, the University of Vermont club hockey team, and scads of local high school and junior-league squads. It’s a good bet that many of the players on those teams, not to mention a fair number of local figure and speed skaters, got their first taste of the ice at the two-rink arena. Cairns has been a destination for Burlington-area skaters — and the occasional curling club — since it opened in 1995, thanks to immaculately maintained ice, friendly staff, affordable equipment rentals and, believe it or not, a surprisingly tasty snack bar. South Burlington • cairnsarena.com

BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING PLACE

Church Street Marketplace

Downtown Burlington’s pedestrian promenade is a great place to observe human activity. When the weather’s nice, dine outside and watch the world go by. (Burlington • churchstmarketplace.com)

Other finalists: • Burlington Farmers Market: Burlington • burlingtonfarmersmarket.org • Champlain Valley Exposition: Essex Junction • cvexpo.org • City Market, Onion River Co-op: Burlington • citymarket.coop • Waterfront Park: Burlington • enjoyburlington.com


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