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Local Eats and Spirited Treats: Food and Brew at Vermont Ski and Ride Resorts

Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush Resort.
Cabot cheese sharp cheddar samples at a Specialty Food Day.
Yurt fine dining at Killington Resort.
S'mores for the whole family at Okemo Mountain Resort.

Vermont could be called the birthplace of farm-to-table dining, and it’s a leader in the craft beer, cider and spirits movement, so it isn’t surprising that Vermont is a top destination for foodies and craft beverage hunters alike. Vermont ski and snowboard resorts also have a unique relationship to Vermont food and beverage brands and the working landscape that houses quintessential farms and breweries. It’s our unique community connection and partnerships that sets Vermont apart as a destination – for food and snow sliding alike.

Learn more about great dining options at Vermont ski and snowboard resorts and towns:

Bolton Valley

The James Moore Tavern at Bolton Valley 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.

The new South of Solitude restaurant at Timberline will feature a south of the border menu including burritos and tacos made to order from fresh ingredients. The Poolside Lounge in the Sports Center will serve up wraps, sandwiches, Paninis, beer and wine.

Learn more at http://www.boltonvalley.com/things-to-do/dining.

Bromley Mountain

Variety? Bromley’s got it. From the classic cafeteria to the outdoor Waffle Shack or the bright full service Wild Boar Tavern, Bromley can satisfy every hungry skier & 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.

Jay Peak Resort

With seven restaurants all within a lift ride of one another, you’ll have no problem keeping your taste buds happy. You’ll find some turf and a little bit of surf at Alice’s Table, burgers so big they could choke a horse at the Tower Bar, and Italian fare down at the Clubhouse. Of course, there are the other four places you’ll want to check out. There just wasn’t enough space in this kit to drool over them.

Killington Resort & Pico Mountain

A trailside yurt with chef-made specialties, mountaintop dining at Vermont’s highest elevation restaurant aka the Peak Lodge, Killington’s premier steakhouse and nightclub the Wobbly Barn, and a brand new bar and restaurant in the lower lobby of the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. These are just a few of the reasons you should satisfy your appetite at The Beast of the East.

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.

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.

Okemo Mountain Resort

Among the attributes that keep visitors coming back to Okemo are the culinary surprises and must-have dishes and drinks that can be found from one end of the resort to the other. We’re talking about a summit lodge with a weekend carving station that serves up prime rib and freshly roasted turkey, or a sushi chef in the base lodge cafeteria. How about a snowcat excursion dining adventure or a restaurant with vintages that earned it the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence? Then there are those signature items that are simply Okemo-quintessential: tabletop S’mores, signature martinis or Epic’s Trio – a tasting lunch inspired by locally produced ingredients.

Q Burke Mountain

In the new Q Burke Hotel & Conference Center, there will be a variety of cuisine to satisfy an elephant-sized appetite developed from skiing our 50 trails and glades. Varying from fresh eats in our fine-dining restaurant to the delicious pub fare in the Tamarack Sports Bar and Grille, the efforts of the talented new Food & Beverage Team will surely elevate your dining experience.

The Quechee Club

The Quechee Club is host to two well-known winter dining outlets, all whom offer their own unique charm. Davidson’s, located in the Clubhouse, is well known for cuisine that appeals to a more refined pallet. Serving fresh seafood, farm raised beef and locally sourced greens perfectly paired by Chef Nemat Odeh, C.E.C. Murphy’s Tavern, located on the glistening shores of Lake Pinneo, is a more casual, family friendly venue serving hearty, home cooked offering’s that appeal to children and adults alike. Featuring live entertainment every weekend, this circa 1800’s farmhouse is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of play. In addition to the Club’s eateries, The Base lodge features freshly prepared soups, sandwiches, pizza, salads and more.

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 with delicious entrees such as salmon with tarragon cream sauce and pork loin with apple white wine glaze served by candlelight in the warming cabin on Sterling summit. 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

Stowe Mountain Resort is a foodie’s dream ski destination and one of New England's most celebrated locations for farm fresh meats, cheeses, produce, heirloom grains and local craftsmanship. Never before during the resort’s 75-year history has the level of food service ever been better in Stowe. Mountainside restaurants and eateries include: The Great Room at Spruce Camp, the classic Cliff House restaurant atop Mt. Mansfield, Solstice & Hourglass located in Stowe’s slopeside luxury hotel, Stowe Mountain Lodge, The Pantry gourmet food store and Beanery coffee shop located in the Spruce Peak Plaza. The Mansfield Café and Den, located in the Mansfield base lodge, the Octagon Café, located at the top of the FourRunner Quad and the Midway Café & Barbeque, located in Midway base lodge. Visit http://www.stowe.com/explore/dining/

Stowe Mountain Resort has partnered with the Vermont Fresh Network and Chefs Collaborative. These two non-profit organizations connect the resort’s restaurants with local farmers to create exceptional dining experiences that are unique to the area.

Stratton Mountain Resort

Stratton’s culinary team provides the freshest local and organic Vermont fare throughout the Village. Visit the Village Deli, where you can enjoy fresh made gourmet sandwiches, hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies, and savory cheesy mac’n’cheese. This season at Mulligans Bar & Restaurant, get a taste of Asia and customize your own hot soup bowls with the freshest noodles and vegetables around at the all-new noodle bar. The sweet tooth in the family can visit Mountain Sweets, where you can fill your bag to the brim with sugary sweets and choose your own toppings on your gelato.  www.stratton.com

Sugarbush Resort

Timbers Restaurant is the signature dining establishment of Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT. 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.

For a more casual experience 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, as well as excellent pub fare. The Wunderbar offers another casual dining or après alternative with views of the base area and surrounding slopes.

Suicide Six Ski Area / Woodstock Inn & Resort

The Woodstock Inn & Resort’s three distinct restaurants showcase menus that draw from the best purveyors in New England, emphasizing fresh, local ingredients – including specialty cheeses, beef, and heirloom fruits and vegetables, all perfectly prepared by our team. A relaxed atmosphere invites warm conversation and friendly company among friends and family.

2016 Ski Vermont Specialty Food Day Tour

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 early April. 

2016 Ski Vermont Specialty Food Day schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 26 - Roll Back the Clock Day at Mad River Glen
  • Friday, January 29 - Farmer Appreciation Day at Jay Peak Resort
  • Tuesday, February 16 at Smugglers’ Notch Resort - Courtyard
  • Saturday, February 27 - Winter Carnival at Middlebury College Snow Bowl
  • Saturday, March 5 at Pico Mountain
  • Saturday, February 28 at Sugarbush Resort
  • Saturday, March 12 at Killington Resort
  • Sunday, March 13 - Skier & Rider Appreciation Day at Bolton Valley
  • Sunday, March 19 at Sugarbush Resort
  • Saturday, March 26 at Stratton Mountain Resort
  • Saturday, April 2 at Okemo Mountain Resort

(More locations & dates TBD)

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