Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Tasty Trip to Bennington

Do you have a hankering for some homemade chocolate chip raspberry pancakes? How ‘bout an omelet with apple and Vermont cheddar? Perhaps an open-faced Reuben with sautéed onions and melted Swiss? The next time you’re staying at the 1896 House, take a scenic drive up to the Blue Benn Diner in Bennington, Vermont to satisfy your appetite!

       The Blue Benn provides that authentic diner experience you’ve been craving. It still operates out of the original diner car that was assembled on-site in the late 1940s. Mini jukeboxes at all the booths add whimsy to your experience. You can sink your teeth into a gooey homemade cinnamon roll while the Andrews Sisters serenade you with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” You can sample a homemade blueberry corn muffin while Billy Joel sings “Only the Good Die Young.” Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit more mellow. Dig into some comforting turkey pot pie while the Beach Boys calm you with “Good Vibrations.” The musical options are almost as limitless as the food selection.

           The front wall of the diner is plastered with colorful pieces of paper advertising additional scrumptious items not listed in the printed menu. I highly recommend the California Benedict, which consists of poached eggs on an English muffin topped with tomato, avocado, sprouts, and a guacamole hollandaise! This fresh twist on a heavy classic is one of the Blue Benn’s many innovative takes on comfort food. The Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwich is not to be missed, either. The Blue Benn cooks liven up a generous portion of sweet pulled pork with melted cheese, roasted red peppers, and hot sauce. Don’t forget to save room for a slice of homemade pie! The assortment includes Blueberry, Raspberry, Coconut Custard, and Vermont Maple Pecan.

          The Blue Benn Diner is open seven days a week, serving breakfast all day. Wednesday through Friday the diner is even open until 8 p.m., providing locals and hungry travelers alike with a satisfying dinner. Check the hours of operation for each day on the Blue Benn’s Facebook page, and don’t forget to bring cash! That’s right, the diner only accepts cash. No credit cards here. And don’t forget the quarters to keep the tunes rolling as you chow down.
          To get to the Blue Benn from the 1896 House, follow signs for US-7 North toward Vermont at the Williamstown traffic circle. The pleasant twenty-five-minute drive will take you through Vermont farmland and historic downtown Bennington. Keep an eye out for the Apple Barn along the way. This large red barn is full of even more delectable goodies! Among the fresh treats to choose from are homemade apple cider donuts, sea salt caramel fudge, and maple soft serve ice cream! The shop also offers a selection of Vermont maple syrup, Vermont cheddar cheese, and Vermont hard cider. In addition to the selection of goodies, the Apple Barn offers apple-picking in the fall and berry-picking in the summer months. The Apple Barn is open daily from 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. during the summer and fall.

     After a day packed with so many Vermont treats, head back to the 1896 House to relax by the brook. Perhaps you should bring back an apple cider donut for a late night snack? Don’t worry, we won’t tell!