We stayed at the Black Bear Inn in Bolton Valley, VT--a 4 mile drive up a mountain. The inn needs a little bit of updating decor-wise, but it was clean, the innkeepers were extremely friendly and accommodating and the food was outstanding.
Our family package included dinner (app, entree & dessert for all 3 of us--including a large children's menu), a full breakfast each morning and passes to 3 of the attractions that we were going to visit anyway. (More about that later.)
We settled into our room--with a beautiful mountain view--and had dinner at the inn that night. I must admit, the menu and the quality of the food wasn't what I was expecting. It was exceptional. I had Wild Mushroom Soup, Orange/Nutmeg Marinated Duck Breast with Honey/Maple Glaze (even Jake tried and liked this) and Apple Caramel Torte. MB had a nice Caesar Salad, Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce & Mountain Berry Tart. Jake chose plain fettuccine (big surprise there) and since the veggies of the night weren't to his liking, they cut up some raw carrot for him. He finished with Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. Wine was not part of our package, but we still got a glass from a list of about 10 or so.
Jill, one of the innkeepers, told us how there was a bullfrog pond nearby where moose often drank. We found the pond and the frogs, but no moose, unfortunately. And no, frog legs weren't on the menu. Still, we had a nice walk and then turned in to go to bed (and watch the Flyers game).
Next time...ice cream, teddy bears, crepes and a great hike.