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Blog :: 09-2014

Vermont Pizza: The 5 Best Pizza Shops Near Wilmington VT

Pizzapalooza Wilmington Vermont Pizza

It's time to put the myth to rest: in spite of New Yorkers' loyalty to their home city ovens, pizza in Vermont can be pretty darn tasty, and it's a staple in the Wilmington restaurant scene. Whether you're a thin crust connoisseur or a deep-dish diehard, a lover of plain cheese or piled vegetables, these five Vermont pizza shops slice some of the best pies in the Green Mountain State.

La Toscanella 

La Toscanella Pizza VT

Just a few miles north of Wilmington, La Toscanella is not just a great pizza place in southern Vermont – it's a great pizza place, period. No matter where you're from, you'll enjoy their signature brick-oven fired thin crust pizzas, including classic Margherita pizza, delicious chicken pesto pizza, and the ever-popular option to create your own. They also have an extensive menu of other options including panini, salads, subs, and pasta dinners, and they're one of the few pizza places in the area that delivers. 

Little Anthony's Pizzeria

Though it's a few miles up Route 100, Little Anthony's Pizzeria in West Dover, VT is well worth the drive. Their delicious menu of pizzas and sandwiches will satisfy even the largest appetite and they offer good gluten-free options. Feel free to build your own pizza out of their selection of more than 30 toppings, or try one of their specialty pizzas, such as the Classic White, the Farmer's Market, or the Vermonter, which features maple pulled pork, smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese and homemade BBQ sauce. 

Pizzapalooza Micropub

If you're in the mood to soak in a little atmosphere while you enjoy your pie, you should check out Pizzapalooza in downtown Wilmington. Great pizzas, great drinks, and great live music combine to make this one of the best spots to hang out and enjoy some delicious food in town. Pizzas, salads, wings, and a wide selection of wines, beers, and cocktails are all highlights here. Live music acts take the stage most Friday and Saturday nights, so make sure to stop in and see who's playing while you feast on some delicious eats!

Pizzapalooza Wilmington Vermont

Wilmington House of Pizza

Looking for some classic, old-school pizza with no muss and no fuss? The Wilmington House of Pizza is the place for you. There's plenty of gooey, cheesy goodness to be found under this roof, along with lots of delicious subs, salads, appetizers, and pasta dinners. You can even get their homemade dough to go for a little head start on your own homemade pizza.

Marigold Kitchen

Even though it's a bit of a trip from Wilmington, Marigold Kitchen in Bennington is one of the best places in the area to get a quality pizza. Organic and vegan ingredients like arugula, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, soppressata and vegan cheese make Marigold Kitchen's pizzas a delicious and nutritious treat. You can choose from regular, whole-wheat, or gluten-free vegan crust, too. 

A day topped off with Vermont pizza is no day to spend hours on a car ride home — if you're looking for a place to stay for your next trip to the Wilmington area, imagine kicking back in the private comfort of your very own Vermont rental home at Chimney Hill.

Where to Get Discount Ski and Snowboard Gear in Vermont

Skis & ski equipment

There are many reasons to love skiing & snowboarding -- our favorite winter sports are fun, active, they get you outside, and can be just as fun on your own as with friends. One thing they aren't, though, is cheap. The cost of boots, boards, skis, and layers upon layers of clothes adds up quickly, even before tacking on your season pass or lift ticket. For savvy skiers and riders, we've put together some of the best places to find discount ski gear and snowboard equipment in Vermont. 

Ski Shop Tent Sales

Ski and snowboard shops that offer demos often have a stock of lightly-used gear at the end of each season that needs to go. As these shops make way for next year's crop of skis and boards, they often offer last year's fleet of demos at great prices. The same is true of their unsold stock, and many ski shops hold massive tent sales during the fall to sell older inventory, one of the best places to find ski gear for cheap.

When the leaves start changing, check out Stratton Mountain and Equipe Sport for news on their sales and specials throughout the fall. Aside from skis & snowboards, you'll likely find unbeatable deals on clothing, from base layers to shells, helmets, goggles and other winter sports goods like snowshoes and poles. If you do go hunting for discount gear at fall tent sales, try to get there early to beat the crowds -- the good stuff goes fast!

Ski Swaps

Another way to save some dough is at a ski swap or sale. Many of Vermont's ski sales are run by skiing academies like the Stratton Mountain School or Okemo Mountain School as a fundraiser (some are even run on a commission-style basis). The gear at these swaps is used, but often is very high-quality and in good condition at great prices.

Keep your eyes peeled in November for these sales, and the dates during which they accept drop-offs if you want to sell some gear of your own. And don't worry - just because it's called a ski swap doesn't mean snowboards aren't welcome. You'll find just as much cheap snowboarding equipment at these sales.

Skiing in glades

Ski and Snowboard Leases

A final way to get a good deal on ski gear is to lease it seasonally rather than buying outright. Typically, the gear is "yours" for the season -- you keep it at your house, take it wherever you want to ski, and return it at the end of the winter. Popular with parents for children will who outgrow equipment quickly, a lease is also a good option for adults who are still deciding how much they want to commit to the sport. Some ski shops offer special perks for leasing such as free waxing, edging, and maintenance. If you're interested in leasing in the Mount Snow area, inquire at Equipe and First Trax Sports Shop.

No matter where you end up getting your discount ski gear, fall is the time to go deal-hunting in southern Vermont. While you're planning your winter season, consider making your home base a winter seasonal rental at Chimney Hill. You'll have space and flexibility to enjoy the season to the fullest!

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