St Albans Bed and Breakfast – St Albans, Vermont
The first few weeks of this new leg of our North American Road trip was planned to revisit the places we missed when we first started traveling in June. We really fell in love with Vermont and always wanted to return so we could explore more of this beautiful state. Planning this next journey also led us to realize that we wanted to use this way of traveling as a means of seeking out and learning from vegan entrepreneurs in hopes of building a network and promoting people doing great things for the plant-based community, be it in restaurants, product development, tourism or activism. We want to showcase the work of these chefs, innovators and volunteers to help support the amazing people that are working hard towards new and interesting strides in veganism.
Knowing we’d have some time in Vermont, we reached out to the Vegan Vermont Facebook page for recommendations and through it connected with Dara and Ric of the St. Albans Main Street B & B. St. Albans is a pretty town with a green mountain backdrop, cute shops and a phenomenal off-leash dog park called Marc’s Barc Parc in the Hard’ Ack Recreational Area. After taking our pups for a good long run, we headed over to the B & B for a tour and visit with its lovely and welcoming hosts. Dara, a vegan for over 10 years now, has an impressive resume working in the culinary industry for over 19 years. She has a Masters in Education and attended the Cordon Bleu in London. She’s worked in some of the top kitchens in Los Angeles and owned her own restaurant in Ohio called Caproni’s. After watching ‘Meet Your Meat’ a decade ago, she decided she couldn’t continue cooking in meat-focused restaurants and decided to leave the hospitality industry and focus on teaching. She spent the next few years teaching culinary arts to high school students, even showing them that same documentary that convinced her to go vegan. Her husband Ric is a paramedic, and former restaurant owner himself. While not vegan (as we joked with him, he’s just not vegan YET!), he’s found the switch to a mainly plant-based diet has made huge improvements on his health and he’s actually come to prefer vegan food, simply emphasizing that instead of labeling it, it’s simply delicious food that just happens to be meat-free. Looking for a change a few years back, they decided to move to St. Albans and open up the Main Street Bed & Breakfast.
Dara truly spoiled us, having prepared an incredible spread for us to snack on while we visited. She prides herself on creating everything from scratch and has spent a lot of time developing some absolutely delicious homemade dairy-free cheeses. Her lasagna was one of the best we’ve had (vegan or otherwise) and her pastry wrapped brie was sublime! We spent the next couple of hours snacking and having a wonderful visit, touring the accommodations (which lookouts onto Downtown St. Albans) and meeting their three dogs and two cats, all rescues with stories of their own.
Dara and Ric are now in the process of trying to expand to increase the number of rooms available and are working hard to renovate the next section of rooms.
We can’t wait to visit again and see how all their hard work comes together. In the meantime, if you live near St. Albans or are visiting the area, be sure to look up the St. Albans Main Street B & B. Book your stay through AirBnB
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