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vacation areas of the U.S. Though the inn has been open for more than a decade, innkeeper Amy Jordan decided several years ago to add culinary getaways to her offerings. “When I go on vacation, I go out of my way to experience the local food,” she says. “I got to the point where I was planning whole vacations around the culinary experience.” Jordan knew there were plenty of


Fes Cooking Adventure participants can learn to make traditional Moroccan foods, such as tagines (above). Fes cooking classes are taught by local chef Lachen Beqqi (top).


other travelers just like her, and she decided to take advantage of both vacationers’ desire to experience local culture through their palates and the varied culinary offerings of the mountain village of Stowe. As a result, she instituted Stone Hill Inn’s “Fun for Foodies” vacations, a variety of package getaways centering on food — touring, cooking, preparing, and, of course, eating it. Among the inn’s culinary pack- ages is a visit to Vermont Maple Sug- arhouse, where travelers experience fresh-made maple cream at nearby Bragg Farm (operated by an eighth- generation sugar maker), test various grades of maple syrup and see how it’s produced, and take home a maple cookbook. Inn guests also can be- come a chocolatier for a day by join- ing Laughing Moon Chocolates for a customized, intensive workshop on chocolate dipping and cooking. Seri- ous food enthusiasts can take cook- ing classes at Michael’s on the Hill, where they can learn how to prepare a meal based on locally produced ingredients, create a gourmet lunch, or make a three-course dessert menu with Swiss-born chef Michael Kloeti. For those who want to do a foodie tour on their own, Stone Hill Inn also offers a list of “everyday bites,” local culinary destinations you can visit without an appointment. Desti- nations include a local microbrewery and the original Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. For more information: (802) 253- 6282, www.stonehillinn.com


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