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When you spend all day outside in the fresh air, climbing mountains, swimming in icy cold river water, or riding your bike up and down winding dirt roads, you need to fuel up first with a solid breakfast. (And don’t even get me started about how much my children need to eat before a day on the slopes in the winter.) That’s why summer and winter I’m always sniffing out the best breakfast joints. In Warren, Vermont, which is in the Mad River Valley my new favorite is the Hostel Tevere.
Tevere is set back from the road in a classic white Vermont farmhouse that belies a stylish interior painted bright colors and full of art.
There’s lots of awesomeness here – friendly service and unlimited cups of really good fair-trade coffee for instance. Not to mention local eggs, bread, produce, and meat. And, perhaps most importantly, lots of pitchers of maple syrup.
The regular menu offers all the basic combinations of eggs and pancakes you could desire, breakfast burritos, and yogurt and granola, as well as Tevere Toast, which is stuffed with cream cheese and fresh fruit and then coated with crunchy deliciousness.
On our last visit, Tommy and Matt ordered off the specials menu, enjoying lemon ricotta pancakes and eggs Benedict respectively. The former were a revelation – lighter than any pancake I’ve ever tried, with just the right amount of citrus.
The eggs Benedict was also a riff on tradition, with pesto in the hollandaise sauce and hash in the place of Canadian bacon. Salty goodness.
The dining room is large and light filled, and next to it is a cozy bar with plenty of kitsch that the boys liked looking at. I won’t say the fact that we discovered that Tevere is an “Official Packer Establishment” skewed our view in favor of their food, but it certainly didn’t hurt.
Tevere is also a hostel in the European model, with affordable, dormitory-style rooms that share bathrooms and a couple of suites for up to four people that have private baths. I’ve only seen the common areas, but if the décor in the rooms are as hip as the rest of it, they are both fun and comfortable.
I really like the vibe at Tevere, and especially look forward to checking it out for après-ski drinks and munchies this winter. Starting this week, they will be offering a new and eclectic dinner menu from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday to Saturday nights.
So if you’re in Warren, Vermont on a
weekend Sunday or holiday Monday morning (Labor and Columbus Day) this fall go to Tevere and have some breakfast please. Tell them I sent you. And ask them to open their doors more often! We all need to build up our strength this ski season.
Want to see some more delicious posts? Be sure to check out Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick.
This post was written in conjunction with my relationship with Mountain Reservations as one of its Mountain Ambassadors.