No day on the slopes would be complete without a good place to après, and if the food is good enough, it may even be tempting to skip the middleman. In that spirit, we've compiled a list of some of the top spots in Vermont to whet your appetite for the upcoming season.
Jay Peak Resort
At Alice's Table, Jay Peak's executive chef is putting kids on the menu -- goats, that is. Animals for the new menu are locally sourced from the surrounding Green Mountains.
For locavores, the Black Line Tavern offers Vermont farm-to-table fare. The cuisine focuses on comfort food favorites, including wings, steaks, steaks, burgers, shrimp, chicken pot pie and fresh salads.
Mount Snow Resort
At Mount Snow, Harriman’s Farm to Table in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel is a part of the Vermont Fresh Network, which spotlights eateries that specialize in locally-sourced ingredients. For dessert, Sweet Stash offers Vermont-made sweets, bulk candy and specialty hot chocolates.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
For craft-brew fans, the newly renovated Mountain Top Tavern offers one of the largest Vermont-made tap selections in the state, as well as a selection of wines and specialty drinks. For food, the tavern serves lighter fare, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and small plates.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Under the leadership of Executive Chef Scot Emerson and Executive Sous Chef Jason Tostrup, the resort's more than a dozen dining venues work with local farmers and food producers to bring guests a cuisine that evinces a philosophy of respect for the land, the animals, and the food produced by them.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
The Hearth & Candle offers fine dining showcasing local ingredients in a seasonal menu. Adults-only dining is available in addition to casual seating for families. For more adventurous foodies, The Hearth caters the weekly Snowshoe Adventure Dinner, transporting delicious entrees such as salmon with tarragon cream sauce and pork loin with apple white wine glaze to the warming cabin on Sterling summit for a weekly dinner by candlelight.
Stowe Mountain Resort
At Stowe Mountain Lodge, Executive Chef Josh Berry celebrates local ingredients at Solstice Restaurant and Hourglass Lounge. The two venues offer cooking demonstrations, beer and wine pairings, innovative recipes and sumptuous tastings based on nostalgic New England cuisine.