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Summer Sustenance: Dining and Drinking at Vermont’s Resorts

Enjoy a freshly grilled MRG burger at General Stark's Pub this summer.
Indulge in fresh lobster and corn on the cob at Sugarbush Resort.
Chloe Elliott, chloe@skivermont.com 802-223-2439 Montpelier, VT

After a long day of work, play or a mix of both, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing in the great outdoors with a delectable meal, good company, and great drinks. This summer, travelers who visit Vermont’s mountains will find farm fresh foods that run the gamut from fine dining to adventurous fare on the go, and of course, Vermont craft brews, local liquors and wine to pair. Traveling with children? Vermont’s family friendly resorts have a wide array of foods that will please even the pickiest of palates. Explore the dining options below to find the ultimate summer bucket list spots.

Bolton Valley
Fireside Flatbread at Bolton Valley is open on Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer. The restaurant features a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for families and kids. The delicious flatbread is complimented with beers on tap and a projection screen television where you can relax and watch the game while you dine. There are also other games and activities to entertain everyone from kids to adults.

Burke Mountain Resort
Looking for great food and beautiful views? Then the all-new View Pub in the Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center is the perfect dining option.  Located mid-mountain on the 2nd floor of the Hotel, the View Pub has indoor and outdoor dining on the picturesque deck overlooking the Willoughby Gap.  During the summer months join them for lobster bakes on the deck and BBQ & Bluegrass on select Fridays and Saturdays. 

Jay Peak Resort
The High Country Barbeques are back. Soak up the sun and mountain air on the deck outside of Alice’s Table while feasting on some of the best barbeque in Vermont. Enjoy a complimentary tram ride with your meal purchase. Dinners are every Friday beginning June 16.

Killington Resort
There's something unique about every spot on the mountain – and the goal at Killington is to make dining as much of an experience as going there to ski or mountain bike. From seasonal farm-to-table fare at Preston’s restaurant and bar at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel to made-from-scratch daily specials at the Peak Lodge, The Beast caters to discerning tastes. Vermont’s highest elevation restaurant and bar, the Killington Peak Lodge, is accessible from mountain trails and the K-1 Express Gondola. Hikers, mountain bikers and sightseers converge here to witness the Green Mountain State from above during the lush summer and fall foliage seasons. Diners can take their pick of chef-served stations including but not limited to pasta, in-house carving station and deli with signature Boar’s Head Meat.

Mad River Glen
General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen is famous for being one of the world’s best après-ski destinations and now it is now open during the summer. Visitors can take a magnificent hike up Mad River Glen’s legendary trails and then watch the sunset on the pub’s deck as they enjoy a memorable meal and libations.  It’s a great spot for families as youngsters can play outside on the lawn or explore the streams and slopes. The food is best described as down home with the “Best Fish Fry this side of the pond” highlighting the Summer Pub Menu. General Stark’s Pub is open for dinner every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 PM from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

Magic Mountain
Magic’s cozy Black Line Tavern offers incredible mountain views and both inside and on the deck during the summer with Thursday through Saturday openings. Enjoy great American food, craft beers, live music and a warm, welcoming local crowd.

Mount Snow Resort
Summers at Mount Snow mean dining options everywhere, from Fairways located right off the links at The Mount Snow Golf Club, to The Bullwheel with its scenic deck located at the summit of Mount Snow, and everything in between. Looking to sample Vermont’s farm-to-table fair? Then look no further than Harriman’s in The Grand Summit Hotel. Got a hankering for some smokehouse style BBQ? Then head to Ruben’s for a plate for smoked brisket or their famous ribs. 

Okemo Mountain Resort
Summer means dining al fresco. At Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn, Coleman Brook Tavern is as popular for its farm-to-table offerings as its colorful summer blooms. An outdoor summer music series brings live bands to the courtyard Friday evenings – a bonus for al fresco diners. Coleman Brook Tavern boasts a full bar, an impressive selection of craft beers and a wine list that has earned it the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The fieldstone patio at nearby Willie Dunn’s Grille provides diners with lovely views of Okemo Mountain and the Resort’s fairways and greens. Golfers making the turn often stop for a cold beer, or end their round with a cocktail. But Willies isn’t just for golfers; it’s a locals’ favorite for fresh salads, grilled paninis, signature sandwiches and delicious daily specials. 

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ geographic position is perfect for not only access to the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont but also many of the most sought-after breweries and distilleries in the east. Smugglers’ Notch Winery, 10 Bends Beer, Lost Nation Brewery, Rock Art Brewery, Stowe Cider, Eden Ice Cider, Idletyme Brewing Company, von Trapp Brewery and more, are all within 30 minutes of the resort.

Stratton Mountain Resort
Savor the flavors of Vermont fresh fare throughout the resort, where this summer guests can enjoy tasty meals created with locally sourced ingredients and crafted by Stratton’s executive chef and culinary team. Enjoy farm-to-table meals and Vermont craft brews after a round of golf at the course’s Green Apron. For a quick bite, visit the Stratton Mountain Deli, serving made-to-order deli sandwiches, snacks and hydration essentials. Taste artfully crafted cocktails and delectable dishes at Bar 802, Mulligans and Firetower Restaurant & Tavern and satisfy your sweet tooth with candy and gelato from Mountain Sweets.

Sugarbush Resort
Timbers Restaurant will have a new operating schedule this summer and will take over as the main on-mountain dining establishment. Timbers offers a fun and casual atmosphere with beautiful mountain views right at the base of Lincoln Peak. Hogan’s Pub at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains along with lunch, a full bar and special events. The Sugarbush Brew-Grass Festival on June 10th is the only all-VT beer festival around and features close to 30 brewers.

Trapp Family Lodge
Located on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge, the von Trapp Brewing Bierhall is open for its first summer. The Bierhall is a gathering place for friends to enjoy “a little of Austria, a lot of Vermont,” serving fresh lager beers and a selection of freshly prepared Austrian lunch and dinner selections. Many of the menu items are prepared on the wood-fired Parrilla grill that is the showcase feature of the Bierhall.

Woodstock Inn & Resort
New this year at the Woodstock Inn & Resort they’re offering Vermont Micro Brew Events all summer long. In May, they will begin the Tap Takeover where they will pair up with local Vermont Brewers for tastings on Friday’s from 4-6 pm in Richardson’s Tavern. In June, they will be teaming up with Long Trail Brewing Co to showcase their extensive beer folio, give guests the chance to meet the brewers on Friday afternoons and of course, enjoy some of New England’s best brews while discussing the history of Long Trail. In July, the Inn & Resort will be hosting a Harpoon/UFO Beer Garden with live entertainment on the Woodstock Green. Draft brews and summer seasonal brews will be offered with brats and burgers. Lastly, in August they will feature some of Vermont’s top IPA’s and Double IPA’s on all four draft lines. Guests can meet these Vermont brewers on Fridays in the Conservatory.