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Boston Restaurant Blog -- July, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Restaurants With a View

photo of Silvermine Tavern, Norwalk, CTAs I get ready to head up to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the weekend, I have started to think about some of the restaurants up there that are set in spectacular locations. A couple that come to mind right off the bat are the Stonehurst Manor in North Conway and the restaurants at the Mount Washington Hotel, but there are many more in that particularly scenic part of New England. And there are a lot of other restaurants throughout New England that also have memorable settings, whether it is stunning mountain scenery, breathtaking ocean views, placid scenes of farmland, or peaceful lakeside locations.

A good number of restaurants featured or blogged on this site just happen to be in scenic locations. One of my personal favorites is shown here--the Silvermine Tavern in Norwalk, Connecticut. This restaurant is set in the middle of what can only be termed Currier and Ives country, with rolling hills, rivers and waterfalls, towering trees, and winding lanes. (If you would like to read more about the Silvermine Tavern, including a larger view of this photo, go to the Silvermine Tavern review.)

Below I have listed some other restaurants in scenic locations (some of which are mentioned on this site). The ones I have listed are all places that I consider to have good food, so certain unnamed restaurants did not make these lists. I have broken them down into specific categories, so if you have a favorite type of scenery, hopefully this will help:

For restaurants in scenic mountain settings, you might want to check out the aforementioned Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, NH, the Austrian Tea Room at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, and the Pilsen Pub in North Hatley, Quebec (not New England, but a short trip over the Vermont border).

For restaurants with terrific ocean views, look into going to Eastwind Lobster in Buzzards Bay, The Barnacle in Marblehead, the Lobster Pool in Rockport, the Dock and Dine in Old Saybrook, CT, Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit, ME, Quito's in Bristol, RI, Tony's Clam Shop in Quincy, the Mill Wharf Tavern in Scituate, and Eastern Pier II in Boston.

For restaurants in rural settings (woods, farmland, fields, and so on), consider checking out Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, NH, the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, the Foxfire Inn in Stowe, VT, Eaton's Sugar House in Royalton, VT, and the Wayside Inn in Sudbury.

For restaurants in lakeside or riverside settings, a few options include the Old Mill in Westminster, Lake Pearl in Wrentham, Lady Killigrew Cafe in Montague, the Pattaconk 1850 Bar and Grille in Chester, CT, the Pilsen Pub in North Hatley, Quebec, the Loaf and Ladle in Exeter, NH, and Salvatore's (Sal's) in Lawrence.

If you can think of other New England restaurants that fit into any of these categories, please don't hesitate to post a comment here. I'm looking forward to adding onto this list!

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The Roys said:
One of the best harbor views is Atlantica on Cohasset Harbor, with the Salt House restaurant outdoor patio seating right on the harbor from Memorial Day to Columbus Day!
Posted on 10/18/07

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