Culinary Delights of Vermont Ski Resorts
The Vermont landscape is spotted with quintessential farms, and it’s our connection to this landscape that sets us apart as a culinary destination. Vermont is home to some of the best dairy, produce and libations in the country, and nothing fulfills a hungry skier better than a meal made of locally raised meats combined with artisanal cheeses, and sides of local vegetables –all topped off with a pint of locally brewed beer.
For those interested in sampling some of Vermont’s finest foods, like Cabot cheese and local maple syrup, they can find us on tour. The Ski Vermont Specialty Food Day tour begins late January and travels around the state through March.
2015 Ski Vermont Specialty Food Day schedule:
- Tuesday, January 27 - Roll Back the Clock Day at Mad River Glen
- Friday, January 30 - Farmer Appreciation Day at Jay Peak Resort
- Saturday, February 7 at Bromley Mountain
- Sunday, February 8 at Magic Mountain
- Saturday, February 14 - Winter Carnival at Middlebury College Snow Bowl
- Tuesday, February 17 at Smugglers’ Notch Resort - Courtyard
- Saturday, February 21 at Quechee Ski Area
- Sunday, February 22 at Pico Mountain at Killington
- Saturday, February 28 at Sugarbush Resort
- Saturday, March 14 at Killington Resort
- Sunday, March 15 - Skier & Rider Appreciation Day at Bolton Valley
- Saturday, March 21 at Okemo Mountain Resort
- Sunday, March 29 at Stratton Mountain Resort
The James Moore Tavern is a cozy pub with a great view, a warm fireplace, and live entertainment. The bar serves a variety of 18 beers on tap consisting of mostly local brews. Try one of the signature soups, in-demand VT local beef burger, or any of the ever evolving specials. Stop into Fireside Flatbread for lunch after a morning of hard skiing and watch your specially-prepared pizza cook inside the giant clay oven. Last minute supplies, cold beer and tasty sandwiches are just a few of the items available at The Deli. All the resort’s restaurants are located in the slopeside village. Learn more at http://www.boltonvalley.com/things-to-do/dining
Variety? Bromley’s got it. From the classic cafeteria to the Wild Boar Tavern, they can satisfy every hungry skier and boarder. Highlights include the roast of the day, offered weekends and holidays in the Cafeteria; enjoy a full dinner plate, or a made to order sandwich with still warm slices. The Upstairs Alley features made-to-order Panini style sandwiches - the Cuban is fantastic. Or head to the Wild Boar Tavern for a sit down lunch & and a pint with great slopeside views.
The Hermitage Club
The Hermitage Inn is a culinary experience to relish, featuring exceptional ingredients in the chef’s savory and refined cuisine. Start your evening with a cocktail in the Pub, where you may enjoy lighter offerings for lunch or dinner. Fine dining in the Main Dining Room provides the foundation for a memorable evening.
Jay Peak Resort
Have you ever heard of a state selling out of goat? Bet not…that is until Jay Peak’s Executive Chef threw some kids on the menu at Alice’s Table. The subsequent billie blowout caused the resort to buy up every slice of chevon in the Green Mountains. No one will ever call the place ‘trendy’ (and they don’t particularly care for that adjective), but something chimering up in the Northeast Kingdom.
Whether you’re in the mood for an après burger and beer, a gourmet meal or just a place to put your feet up and take it all in, you’ll find it at one of over 50 restaurants and bars in the Killington region including the local fare at the Killington Peak Lodge. Fantastic on-mountain dining adventures include lunch and dinner at the Ledgewood Yurt and happy hour excursions to the Motor Room Bar. After all, it’s only a great day if it’s followed by an awesome evening.
Mad River Glen
Great home-style food and the famous Mad River conviviality are among the hallmarks of the Mad River Glen ski experience. General Stark’s Pub, ranked as one of the top 5 après ski bars in the world is located in The Basebox Lodge, the hub of activity on the mountain. There you'll also find the legendary cafeteria long famous for amazing burgers; hand-made and always cooked to order. The cafeteria also serves up the usual favorites along with surprises like a salad bar and a yogurt bar in the mornings.
The Black Line Tavern features Vermont farm-to-table dining in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere at the top of Magic’s ski lodge. The menu features the area’s tastiest plump wings along with thick juicy steaks, burgers, shrimp, chicken pot pie and fresh salads and plenty of offerings to please the kids. The warm and friendly atmosphere is like having a meal with your extended family and many Magic weekenders hold off dinners on the road on Friday nights until they arrive “home” at the Black Line Tavern.
Mount Snow Resort
With 15 different eating and drinking establishments to choose from, Mount Snow’s diverse culinary offerings focus on sourcing fresh, local products as much as possible. Harriman’s Farm to Table in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel is a part of the Vermont Fresh Network and you will find exciting chef’s dinner specials in a casual fine dining environment. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sweet Stash featuring Vermont-made goodies, bulk candy and specialty hot chocolates. Choose from one of the mouthwatering options at 1900’ Burger or head to the summit for a sandwich and craft beer at The Bullwheel.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Highlands Dining Room at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort specializes in unique, chef inspired dishes from Meyer Lemon and Arugula Stuffed Ravioli to Brown Sugar Elk Medallions. The Mountain Top Tavern serves a lighter fare menu including appetizers, salads, sandwiches and small plates. The newly renovated tavern also features a wide selection of wines and specialty drinks and, with 12 options, one of the largest Vermont-made tap selections in the State. For reservations call 802.483.2311 or to view a sample menu visit www.mountaintopinn.com
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo’s culinary program continues to excel under the partnership of Executive Chef Scot Emerson and Executive Sous Chef Jason Tostrup. Their combined experience and creativity is setting Okemo apart from other mountain resorts by providing guests with a more diverse, quality dining experience. Both chefs share a philosophy of respect for the land, the animals, and the food produced by them. They work with local farmers and top food producers to bring the freshest ingredients to diners visiting more than a dozen venues across the Resort.
Q Burke Mountain
A comfortable, casual place to grab a bite after a long day on the mountain, or lunch before you head back out, the Tamarack Grill serves new American fare with a hint of Vermont. Whether you’re in the dining room, with its open kitchen and view of the slopes, or sit bar-side and watch a game, the Burke Bleu Chips (house-made potato chips smothered with melted bleu cheese) are a must. No matter your selection, after a day on the mountain, you’ll find the perfect accompaniment from the large selection of local draft beers or the impressive wine list.
Quechee Ski Area
Quechee Ski Area has informal lodge dining available to skiers in the Base Lodge. For a more upscale dining experience check out the Enclosed Deck and Grille Room.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers a wide range of dining choices in the Resort Village and at the Base Lodge on Madonna Mountain. Fine dining at The Hearth & Candle showcases local products in an innovative seasonal menu; adults-only dining is available in addition to casual seating for families. 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. The Mountain Grille in the resort Village incorporates Vermont specialty food products into its menu, and showcases the state’s wine and beer with samplers of three specialties by local breweries or wineries. Ice cream lovers flock to the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop at Smugglers’ to savor cones, shakes and sundaes. For quick meal options, visitors can select from the Base Lodge cafeteria or a deli and pizzeria in the Resort Village. (www.smuggs.com)
Stowe Mountain Resort
Visit Stowe Mountain Lodge to celebrate local ingredients with a world-class culinary team. Executive Chef Josh Berry will continue to unveil new gastronomic surprises at Solstice Restaurant and Hourglass Lounge, which combine the traditions of New England and the innovations of a modern, upscale mountain lodge.
Through cooking demonstrations, beer and wine pairings, innovative recipes and sumptuous tastings, Chef Berry creates seasonal dishes that delight and inspire while maintaining the nostalgia of New England cuisine. Dining at Stowe Mountain Lodge is an experience; one that brings guests closer to the Vermont way of life, in a luxurious and unforgettable setting.
Stratton Mountain Resort
At the Sun Bowl, it’s mountain dining with a TexMex twist. Menu includes tacos, fajitas, salads… the whole enchilada. The Mid-Mountain Lodge includes extra outdoor seating and new big windows for watching all the action on Frank’s Fall Line. Green Apron, located at the Golf Course, will be open for an elevated après scene, featuring tapas and signature cocktails that highlight local ingredients. Park there in the morning for a short shuttle to the slopes and back.
This is all in addition to Village restaurants, where it’s easy to grab a pizza or sit down to elegant, farm-fresh fare.
Timbers Restaurant is the signature dining establishment of Sugarbush Resort. The menu focuses on showcasing local farms and includes dishes like Wood Mountain Fish Seared Ahi, Fried Misty Knoll Chicken Caesar Salad, Vermont Family Farm Pork Cut, and Kohlrabi and Artichoke Salad, in addition to a selection of dry-aged steaks. The restaurant was fashioned after a 19th-century round dairy barn with post and beam construction and is just steps away from the chairlift.
Castlerock Pub is the perfect place to take a break during a day of skiing and warm up with one of the best beer selections a ski resort can offer. Beers on tap include local favorites like Heady Topper, Fiddlehead, 14th Star, and many others. The better-than-bar-food menu features Vermont Farm-Raised Burgers with Cabot cheddar cheese, Kale Caesar Salads, and Spicy Catfish Tacos.
Allyn’s Lodge provides the perfect venue for a candle-lit gourmet feast right on the mountain. The menu might include Vermont cheese fondue and house-made patè followed by a butternut squash bisque studded with toasted pumpkin seeds, and pork shoulder with herbed-butter asparagus and roasted-red-pepper gnocchi.Following dinner, guests can ski down under the moonlight taking in the commanding views, or ride the cabin cat back to the base.
Topnotch Resort’s award-winning bistro, Flannel, is driven by creativity and inspired by comfort. Executive Chef Cortney Quinn has created an imaginative menu that pays homage to Vermont fresh ingredients. The Roost, Topnotch’s new lobby bar and restaurant, brings the outdoors in and the indoors out. The Roost is focused on Food + Fun, showcasing a menu of “Nibbles, bites and binge.” It is a great place to meet for craft beer, creative cocktail and a competitive game of Shuffleboard.
Trapp Family Lodge
The Main Dining Room serves breakfast and dinner daily where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Green Mountains. Trapp’s Executive Chef presents innovative cuisine inspired by both Austrian and contemporary American influences. For a more casual setting featuring a lighter fare for lunch and dinner daily visit the Lounge. The DeliBakery & Brewery offers a variety of house-made baked goods, pastries, soups, salads, specialty sandwiches and fresh authentic Austrian-style lagers from Trapp Lager Brewery.
The Woodstock Inn & Resort
The four-diamond culinary team at The Woodstock Inn & Resort specializes in regional recipes using locally grown food and fresh ingredients. Savory side dishes, artisan breads and decadent desserts complement our full menus. For the younger ones, our children's menu offers fun, family favorites. Here, great food, good company and a talented culinary team ensure a delectable dining experience.