A passion for food + fashion

Book It to Northshire

In Food, Out of Town on July 12, 2009 at 10:06 am


One of the best independent bookstores in the country has to be Northshire Books in Manchester, Vermont. We made several trips during our stay, including one to outfit Tiny G from the Zutano boutique upstairs in the children’s department. (Zutano is a Vermont company that makes crazy cute baby clothes.) You could lose hours browsing the stacks. And the store itself and gardens couldn’t be more picturesque. Check out some of the flowers in the Northshire garden:


Perhaps my favorite aspect of Northshire Bookstore is the Spiral Press Cafe, located in back of the bookstore. The pastries and cakes are pretty, and pretty delicious.


During our stay, in the mornings I jogged (okay “slogged” – slow jog) several miles into town and Tiny G and his daddy would drive in to pick me up and grab a cup of coffee and one of these maple corn muffins. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is the BEST. MUFFIN. EVER.


  1. Crazy, we were just there! We spent the past few days at our friends’ place nearby at Hebron and spent an afternoon at Northshire. The gardens are amazing. We got tea at Spiral Press but I missed out on the muffins. How sad that I came that close to muffin glory.

    When Tiny G is a little bigger he might enjoy Merck Forest and Farmland Center–hiking, sheep, pigs, chickens, and a vegetable market.

    • When were you there??? Tiny G actually made the trek to Merck Forest and checked out chickens and horses. And by trek – I mean I hauled him in a baby sling. It’s so beautiful there.

  2. We were there last Thursday! How about that. Yes, it’s such a happy place to be, and we got to take home souvenirs–veggies, yarn, maple syrup.

  3. Okay, we were there on the same day!

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