“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” John Keats
Many of my guests love to walk downtown to our restaurants and pubs. We are just one block from the Main Street where all of our best restaurants and pubs are. I often find that my guests want to go out for a night on the town and have a light, casual dinner and a few drinks. So here are a few of my suggestions.
Inside this pizza shop, Arizona Pizza, is a very cozy and intimate bar area. If you started there you could order a fancy Cactus Cooler. Of course, why not make it a party? How about a progressive pub crawl, and ordering an appetizer at each little pub? Arizona Nacho’s anyone?
The Morgan House offers another option for a friendly and welcoming tavern. They are famous for the Best Bloody Mary’s in town. In this New England Tavern I would warm up with a delicious soup, and my very favorite Beetroot Salad. Of course, I must say, I am crazy about their hand cut sweet potato fries. The Morgan House has been a much loved Lee landmark since it became a Stage Coach Inn in 1853.
Behind Trader Moe’s Craft Beer Shop is Moe’s Tavern
Next is Moe’s Tavern. Lee is sometimes known as a sleepy little town in the off season, but not at Moe’s Tavern. This pub has some of the best craft beer & whiskey in the area. They pride themselves on offering unique craft beers and being the first to offer some special brews and even some limited editions. They don’t offer any wine but they are very happy to help you choose a fruity craft beer.
Next stop, Sullivan Station. Located behind the Chambery Inn. Another inviting and informal, cozy bar. My favorite aspect of this little place is the authentic charm of the Old Train Station. Ask the bartender to turn on the electric train for you. In the summer they actually have a caboose available for drinks and food too!
The Locker Room Sports Pub is a local favorite you might not want to miss. Watch your favorite sports team on one of their 12 Flat Screen TV’s. They are know for their family friendly meals ~ comfort food. We love their Berkshire Mountain Bakery Pizza Crusts!
Now that Chez Nous has expanded their bar area a bit it is another favorite for locals and tourist alike. If this is the last pub on your crawl, here is my suggestion. Order a delicious after dinner drink from their extensive menu and a very special dessert, how about their signature Blondie Sundae with Sea Salted Caramel, or their savory Cheese Plate. Some of my guests have done this, and let me tell you it is an excellent way to end the evening. Or if you’re still looking for casual and delicious fare, how about a delicious burger at the bar with a fine french wine? I vote for the veggie burger ~ the best in town.
I hope you enjoyed my suggestions for a little pub crawl in Lee. On a cold crisp night we would most likely choose one of these great little places. If on vacation or a weekend get-away perhaps one each night. Maybe two. We also like to cozy up near our fireplace and sip some our favorite specialties. Here a couple of our favorites:
This recipe for limoncello is inspired by Giada De Lauretis, but we like it a little less sweet so we reduced the sugar. We make this every holiday season and we bottle it up for little gifts.
1 bottle of good vodka
10 organic lemons
3 1/2 Cups of water
1 3/4 Cup of organic sugar.
Grate the lemons with a handheld grater with medium holes or a box grater. Place the peels and the vodka in a a large covered pitcher. Steep the peels in the vodka for four days at room temperature.
Make a simple syrup by mixing the water and sugar in a large saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Cool. Pour the simple syrup over the vodka mixture. Strain the limoncello through a mesh strainer and discard the peels. Bottle and refrigerate for up to one month.
A new favorite this year is an Aperol Spritz
Ice cubes, lime slices, 3 parts Champage or Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash clulb soda. Oh La La!
I hope I have introduced you to a casual side of our restaurants and pubs that are just a block or two away from our front door. Thank you for coming by my blog today.
This article was written by Janis