Last weekend, my good friends Jim and Diana visited with their nephew Stephen. I played mountain guide on Friday and Saturday, touring with them around the mountain. I even offered a little instruction and videoed them skiing.
They graciously insisted on treating me to the only fine dining experience in Killington - Hemmingway's. The last time I was there, I was still married. Until recently you needed to make reservations at least a week or two in advance to get a table. Now when you drive by the parking lot is hardly ever full. A sad sign of today's economy. I was a little nervous that the quality of food might have suffered from the decline in business. I was happily mistaken.
The restaurant was just as I remembered it. Unlike most Killington restaurants, Hemmingway's is quiet and casually eloquent. An eclectic blend of soft music, and original art in the background. Well seasoned waiters who are polite and attentive.
The food and wine were exquisite. My mouth exploded with joy as I took my first bite of the wild mushroom risotto. Its earthy flavor in harmony with the Pinot Noir. The second course was a wild Atlantic striped bass, Maine lobster, chard, and golden beets was moist and flavorful. The Pinot Noir was versatile enough to compliment both courses.
I passed on dessert, opting instead for a capachino served with a small biscotti and maple candy to end a perfect meal. You might think a meal like this was outrageously expensive, but the quality far exceeds all of the other restaurants in Killington, and the prices are comparable to many.
Thank you Jim and Diana for a wonderful dining experience and an unexpected treat.