places to eat in vermont, places to eat near jay peakVermont is a destination that attracts visitors from far and wide, for its natural scenic beauty, the chance to “get away from it all,” and for the outdoor recreation. While some stay on the more traveled path in Vermont, frequenting eateries that are listed again and again in guidebooks or on websites, venturing outside of your comfort zone can open up some truly unique dining experiences. One opportunity for some home cooking lies in the woods of Lowell, just a little ways outside of the tourist destination area of Jay Peak. Nestled back along a dirt road most frequently stumbled upon by snowmobilers, Hidden Country is a throwback in time.

After parking you’ll walk in past the “original restroom” (an outhouse) and some lawn decorations. The décor once inside is a mix of country and kitsch. Newly expanded in early 2013, leather couches and a woodstove are a homey addition.

The menu covers options from steaks to seafood. Most entrees come with access to the salad bar. The salad bar offers a soup of the day, fresh hot rolls, and a unique selection of salads and veggies. Be sure to try the house pickled beets.

prime rib closeupA solid option on the menu is the trout. Caught on property from a stocked pond, you have a choice of how it’s cooked and can select a potato based side. Seasonal vegetables come family style to each table and have ranged from honeyed carrots to a fantastic blend of root vegetables in the fall. If you like prime rib this is the place to get it. A giant “Caveman” Prime Rib covers most of a dinner plate and yield ample excess for us to bring a doggie bag to…. our dog. Dinners here are like Mom made – ample portions, cooked well with good ingredients. The temptation to stuff yourself will be there but resist. The meals can easily provide your next days lunch to take home and you’ll want to save room for pie.

Trout with potatoesWhile any of the pies are a great choice I would strongly recommend the Maple Pie. It has a great maple flavor while not being overly sweet.

Hidden Country is a cash only business. There is an ATM on site for folks who may not have realized that. Children are welcome and the décor provides a lot for them to look at. There is a children’s menu but adult meals are large enough to share with younger kids. If you are planning on going on a weekend your best bet is to call ahead for a reservation as it can get busy. (802-744-6149)

If you find yourself in Northern Vermont, Hidden Country is worth the drive. It will be a unique experience in a beautiful setting.

Hidden Country is located at 201 Pope Rd off of Rt. 100 in Lowell, VT. It is open seasonally and in 2013 will be closing on October 20th for the season. Stop in and eat a prime rib during foliage.