The inside of the Riverview Cafe was warm and spacious. We found a booth where we could look out over the frozen river and watch the snow continue to fall. The menu was diverse, with lots of different choices in beverages and hot items.
I had an "adult soda," a lemon soda that was refreshing but not really sweet. I also had the creamy ale cheddar soup (packed with lots of carrot and celery). It was something perfect and warm on such a chilly day. I also had a hummus sandwich. That's right -- a hummus sandwich, with hummus, tomato, lettuce, red onion, cucumber, all on ten-grain bread with big handcut chunky French fries. It was really good, but I couldn't do it justice.
The Riverview Cafe also boasts an impressive beer and wine list -- several offerings from local microbreweries and inexpensive wines paired with your food. You can find out more about the Riverview Cafe by checking out their website or calling (802)254-9841. It's located at 36 Bridge Street.
UPDATE: The restaurant is now Whetstone Station Brewery, Restaurant and Bier Garden, and it's known for being located on the New Hampshire/Vermont state line.
There's this great Indian shop, Adivasi, with all sorts of great home furnishings and stuff. We perused the wares, and I went home with plenty of neat stuff, like saris and incense. When we stepped back out, the snow was still falling heavily.
UPDATE: Adivasi closed in 2013.
Windham Art Gallery. It features a lot of unusual and varied works by local artists. The first Friday of each month, this gallery and several others in the area host receptions for folks to come in and enjoy hor d'oeurves and art together.
The gallery is open from noon to five, Thursday through Sunday, and is operated by the Arts Council of Windham County. Find out more at their website or call (802) 257-1881.
And they have pizza -- big, oven baked beauties browned with love and topped with fresh cheese. They also offer a wide selection of coffee and tea options, with organic raw sugar cubes and cream to add in.
While I was there, I had a cafe au lait that came with its own good head of foam, and a large blueberry lemon turnover -- neither of which made it on camera.
Despite having recently dined at the Riverview Cafe, it was impossible not to inhale the delicate pastry and warming coffee drink right then and there. Maybe it was the snow.
UPDATE: Amy's is still open!
The hotel was built in 1938. It was dedicated to the memory of Demetrius P. Latchis, a Greek immigrant who started out with a fruit stand and ended up opening a chain of 14 theaters in New England. His sons named the complex after him.
The hotel is neat. It hasn't been extensively reconstructed, just renovated enough to keep up with the times. Each of the hotel's 30 rooms comes with cable TV, phone, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker. They're spacious, and adorned with artwork from local artists. You can purchase these paintings to take home.
Folks who stay here can also take advantage of breakfast in the lobby and WiFi throughout the hotel.
And you have to check out the old fashioned elevator -- where you push the button, wait for the external door to close, and then close the internal door. I'd never seen anything like it.
The hotel still sports a lot of period furnishings and light fixtures. But the bathrooms have been updated to modern standards. This is a really neat place. A good number of the rooms overlook Main Street and the Connecticut River, and the others look out over Flat Street.
UPDATE: The Latchis Hotel is doing quite well. I'd like to go back.
Hotel Pharmacy, located inside a former Methodist Church built in the 1880s. The pharmacy (that part of the name is correct; it isn't a hotel) meets the street level on the north side at Elliot. Underneath is a three story basement that faces onto Flat Street.
different options for eating, shopping, and enjoying oneself.
The friends who brought me to this place come up here each year for holiday shopping. I can see why this would be preferable to the hustle and bustle of a major retail development in a big city!
UPDATE 9/8/2017. It's been some time since I made this journey, and I still want to go back. I had no idea how much farm-to-fork like what Riverview Cafe exercised would become part of my life, or how I'd end up covering one old theater after another (like the Royal Theater in Danville, Indiana and the Scott Theater in Waldron, Arkansas) or how my experience guides like this would become part of my own personal history. It's lovely to look back - and now that I have a better grasp on photography and storytelling, I want to go again.