Topnotch is tops for dining with kids

Since our stay at Topnotch in 2012, the resort has been renovated and the restaurant has been renamed – see my review from our 2014 stay for an update.

Earlier this week we were lucky enough to stay as guests at the Topnotch Spa and Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The property is beautiful, the pool overlooks Mount Mansfield, and they have a Wii with lots of games that the kids can use. But I think my boys’ favorite part of the stay was getting to eat dinner and breakfast at Norma’s, the resort’s restaurant, which is popular with guests and locals alike. Teddy began his dinner with a small cocktail.

Teddy loved his smoothies at Topnotch

This smoothie was made with strawberries and yogurt and was so delicious that he ordered it again in the morning.

The kids menu at Norma’s has all the regular items you’d expect, but with the restaurant’s focus on fresh, local ingredients you know that your children will actually be eating high-quality food that was prepared just for them. For something a little different, ask for a dipping side of maple sugar with the hand-cut fries (the grown-up version comes with it sprinkled on top). Teddy didn’t care too much for the sugar, but he loved that his kid burger came served on a thick English muffin.

Of course, other kids will find what they like on the regular men. Tommy ordered diver scallops, which came tossed with bacon and corkscrew pasta.

Diver scallops, and, what else? Bacon. At Topnotch Resort and Spa

What he couldn’t finish, Matt did, telling the waitress that the bacony goodness at the bottom of the bowl was his dessert.

The absolute best part of the meal as far as the boys were concerned came at the end when the fire pit was lit and a plate of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers was brought over.

 

Enjoying s'mores for dessert at Topnotch Resort and Spa

What better way to end a meal is there than to have one’s shirt and face covered in melted marshmallow?

I’ll have a full review of our stay at Topnotch Spa and Resort soon, but wanted to share a great promotion they are running from now through September 8, just in time for those of you thinking of a Labor Day getaway. Called the Adventure Vermont Package, it includes your room, breakfast daily, a half-day bike rental daily per person (and the resort is right on the Stowe bike path), a family pass for the toll road that ascends nearby Mount Mansfield, and picnic lunches. Rates start at $251.

Topnotch also offers a separate kids eat free promotion for children 12 and under, which includes breakfast and dinner.

This post is part of my Postcards from the Road, Summer 2012 series, where I’ve been sharing short pictorial posts of our adventures from the road. I also share it as part of Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick, where there’s always lots of yumminess served up by other bloggers.

Disclosure: Although our room at Topnotch Resort and Spa came free of charge, we paid for the two meals we ate there. You can always count on me to share when I’ve gotten something for free – and also, my honest opinion.

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  1. I’m impressed at your kids refined palate! And also I love the fact that they do smores. Sounds like a homerun resort. If I make it to Vermont I’ll be sure to check it out!

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