Vermont's Local Fare: Where to Eat During Your Ski and Snowboard Vacation
Visitors of all palates will be hard pressed to find a state with more robust and delectable culinary offerings than Vermont. The dedication and passion put forth by each resort’s culinary teams is apparent with the vast array of restaurants, pubs, breweries and fine dining establishments found at the base and trail side of each mountain. Not to mention, many resort eateries source their ingredients from the communities in which they reside, making the food not only fresh, but also sustainable as it helps to support the local farm-to-table movement.
Learn more about where to enjoy local food and brews during your next Vermont ski and snowboard vacation:
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. Make sure to swing by The Taproom to sample those hard-to-find craft beers Vermont is so famous for, and then try out the mouthwatering BBQ options at Reuben’s Smokehouse, or head to the summit for lunch complemented by breathtaking views at The Bullwheel. Mac and cheese more your fare? Swing by Vermont Country Deli to sample the ever-changing offerings served piping hot from the skillet. Oh, and don't forget the Waffle Cabin, a favorite for kids and parents alike!
Stratton Mountain Resort
A variety of dining options line Stratton’s Village just steps from the mountain’s lifts, lodging and amenities. Benedicts, the newest Village restaurant, serves breakfast featuring local maple syrup, lunch and cocktails. Hearty and healthy selections from the Base Lodge Market go beyond the traditional fingers and fries fare with hand-carved sandwiches, Asian-inspired noodle bowls and made-to-order salads crafted with locally sourced ingredients as part of the Vermont Fresh Network. Grizzly’s serves a line-up of taps featuring a rotating selection of Vermont craft brews. Restaurants range from family friendly to fine dining, all in the no-car needed resort Village.
The Black Line Tavern at Magic’s base lodge is truly “where Magic happens,” home to one of the liveliest après ski scenes in the area with music until dinner time and great live bands on Saturday nights. The food is authentic hearty American and the craft beer selection is extensive featuring Vermont’s own Fiddlehead, Zero Gravity, Harpoon, Switchback, Shed and others. Black Line Tavern offers great views of the mountain and slopes with kids’ snow-tubing and the terrain park all viewable from the bar and outdoor deck. The Magic ski community is highly social and welcoming, so join them after a great day on the trails and in the glades.
Bromley Mountain Resort
Proud to partner with local Vermont producers Wilcox Dairy for ice cream, Kimball Brook Farms for milk, Havoc Hill Sugarhouse for all things maple and many other local specialty items, Bromley’s four base lodge eateries offer everything from the classic chicken finger and frie basket or New England clam chowder to full service dining in the Wild Boar Tavern for big local beef burgers and specialty items like grilled salmon. An aprés waffle snack and PBR tall-boy (or cocoa!) on the deck round out a day on the hill in a great way.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo serves a veritable buffet of culinary options from cafeterias to fine dining and everything in between - offering choices to suit every palate, lifestyle and budget. Executive Chef Jason Tostrup’s commitment to sourcing local ingredients is realized through his relationship with 60 local farmers and food producers. Okemo welcomed a new culinary director this year; Ashley Elicker oversees all aspects of the resort’s culinary operations.
Originally from New Canaan, CT, Elicker graduated from Middlebury College, earned her MBA from the University of Virginia and completed the French Culinary Institute’s Classic Culinary Arts Program. Three of Okemo’s restaurants are Vermont Fresh Network partners and Coleman Brook Tavern has been the recipient of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 10 years.
The Quechee Club
The Quechee Club is host to two well-known winter dining outlets. Davidson’s, located in the Main Clubhouse, caters to a more refined pallet with fresh seafood and farm raised beef selections inspired by Chef de Cuisine, Tyler Brock. Quechee’s historic Murphy Tavern is a cozy, family friendly tavern that dates back to the 1800’s and offers a rustic, Vermont charm. The tavern offers hearty, home cooked dishes that appeal to children and adults alike. Featuring live entertainment every weekend, Murphy Tavern 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 for guests who need a quick fix between runs at the ski area.
The Woodstock Inn & Suicide Six Ski Area
The Woodstock Inn & Resort’s three distinct restaurants showcase menus that draw from the best purveyors in New England, emphasizing on fresh, local ingredients – all perfectly prepared by their culinary team. And, of course a relaxed atmosphere invites warm conversation and friendly company among friends and family.
Pearly’s Pourhouse, is the slopeside restaurant at Suicide Six, serves lunch daily during the winter season and overlooks the resort’s 24 alpine trails. An indoor/outdoor fireplace invites skiers and non-skiers alike to power up over a nourishing lunch, clasp their hands around a mug of hot chocolate or perk up with a libation from the restaurant’s full bar.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort
At the Mountain Top Inn & Resort, guests are treated to a full country breakfast in the morning and delicious tavern and dining room menus for lunch and dinner. In warmer months sit on their terrace and dine while enjoying the spectacular view. Nearby, guests can also enjoy Vermont’s quintessential diner Sugar & Spice or fine dining at Red Clover Inn in Mendon, Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater, Roots the Restaurant, Table 24 & Southside Steakhouse in Rutland, Sushi Yoshi in Killington and Café Provence in Brandon.
Killington Resort and Pico Mountain
Choose from trailside dining with chef-made specialties at the Ledgewood Yurt, farm-fresh mountaintop dining at Vermont’s highest elevation restaurant, Killington’s Peak Lodge, the region’s premier steakhouse and nightclub, The Wobbly Barn, and Preston’s, featuring a locally sourced menu in the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. These are just a few of the places to satisfy appetites at The Beast of the East.
Sugarbush has opened a new slopeside restaurant, Rumble’s Kitchen, where the old Timbers Restaurant used to be. Rumble’s serves fresh American cuisine in an approachable fun atmosphere with local meats, cheeses and produce. In addition to Rumble’s Kitchen you can visit Castlerock Pub, après hotspot Wünderbar and classic ski bar Green Mountain Lounge. Sugarbush has partnered with a few local restaurants to offer an even wider variety of options. Skinny Pancake serves up local crepes - both sweet and savory - out of The Farmhouse at Lincoln Peak. Fit to be Thai’d offers authentic Thai food from the Sugarbush Inn, both dine-in and to-go. The Waffle Cabin at Lincoln Peak creates homemade waffles with custom toppings. Sugarbush also offers Allyn’s Lodge Fireside Dining, complete with a candlelit dinner at the top of Gadd Peak accessed via cabin cat. After dinner, guests can enjoy a moonlit ski down to Rumble’s Kitchen for dessert.
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 in the hub of activity on the mountain. There is also the Basebox Lodge where skiers will 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.
Bolton Valley is focused on improving the overall guest experience for skiers and snowboarders who visit their mountain, and they’re doing this by expanding food and beverage options and lightening traffic in their base lodge. The resort recognizes that over-crowding in the base lodge creates a cramped feel for guests and long wait times for a table at the James Moore Tavern are never fun. Seating capacity will be increased in the Tavern, Fireside Flatbread and in the base lodge, simply by re-imagining the current configuration to allow for more tables and seats in all locations.
The mountain will also be opening Bailey’s to the public. Used primarily for private group functions over the past several seasons, the restaurant will be open seven days a week for breakfast and for lunch on the weekends and peak periods.
Trapp Family Lodge
Farm-to-table isn’t a trend at Trapp Family Lodge – it’s a deeply rooted tradition and lifestyle. Since the von Trapp’s settled in Stowe, their dedication to the land and farming traditions goes hand-in-hand with their culinary team’s drive to offer the freshest and most authentic experience possible. Working directly with farmers and gardeners, the chef at Trapp Family Lodge honors the culinary style of Austria and plans menus utilizing the meats and vegetables that are grown on property.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe is one of Vermont’s most celebrated locations for farm fresh meats, cheeses, produce, heirloom grains and local craftsmanship. Praised by Gourmet, Bon Appetit and Wine Spectator, Stowe's creative and eclectic collection of spots to eat span many cultures and dining experiences. From brewery/restaurants like the new von Trapp Bier Hall, to fine dining atop the mountain at the Cliff House, Stowe’s mountain resort and town-wide attention to culinary quality is exceptional.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort offers a 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. The Hearth caters a weekly snowshoe dinner, offering delicious entrees served by candlelight in the warming cabin on Sterling summit. The Mountain Grille incorporates Vermont specialty foods into its menu, and highlights the breweries and wineries with samplers of three specialties. Quick meal options include the Base Lodge cafeteria or a deli and pizzeria in the Resort Village, and ice cream lovers find plenty to love at Smugglers’ Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop. The Resort’s newest eatery is the ReFuel Cafe, offering a full menu from pizza to sandwiches, as well as local beers and wine for the adults.
Burke Mountain Resort
A variety of eating establishments await to satisfy the veracious appetites of Burke Mountain visitors. The Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference center is home to three of Burke’s restaurants; from fresh eats in Willoughby’s restaurant, which provides an alternative to those seeking a menu that appeals to a more refined palette, to the View Pub which holds true to its name and has a setting with some of the best views in Northern Vermont (along with 18 rotating craft brews on tap and a menu designed for all ages), Edmunds Coffee shop for the early risers and those looking for quick grab-and-go bite on their way to first tracks. In the Sherburne Base Lodge skiers and riders will find the Kingdom Cafeteria and the Tamarack Bar and Grille, also great eateries for the family who may be looking to stick to the lower mountain area.
Jay Peak Resort
With seven restaurants all within a lift ride of one another, visitors will have no problem keeping their taste buds happy. They’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 the perfect date-night setting down at the Clubhouse. Of course, there are the other four places to check out, but there just wasn’t enough space in this kit to drool over them.