Culinary Delights of Vermont Resorts
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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 and produce 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.
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 & 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.
Burke Mountain Resort
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. http://skiburke.com/the-mountain/around-the-mountain/eats/
Jay Peak Resort
Eight restaurants and pubs offering everything from fine dining to pizza to Mexican fare guarantees that no two nights at Jay Peak Resort will be the same (unless that’s what you want).
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
Mount Snow’s culinary offerings are as diverse as the mountain’s terrain and focus on using as many fresh and local products as possible. New this year, 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 and grab a sandwich at the newly renovated Bullwheel Tavern. Harriman’s Farm to Table in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel is a part of the Vermont Fresh Network and you will find exciting chefs dinner specials in a casual fine dining environment.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort offers 13 culinary options across the Resort. The most notable are the Jackson Gore Inn’s Coleman Brook Tavern, Epic and Siena.
- Coleman Brook Tavern is a family favorite for its farm-to-table cuisine and Tavern S’mores – a build-your-own-treat served with a tabletop campfire and skewers for achieving toasted-marshmallow perfection. Coleman Brook Tavern’s Wine Room offers a unique enclave for adult diners and the restaurant is the recipient of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.
- EPIC is Okemo’s eclectic, whimsical and sophisticated lunch spot, located in the Solitude base area.
- Named for Italy’s famous Palio di Siena horse race, Jackson Gore’s Siena is no dark horse when it comes to stone-baked pizzas, fresh salads and pasta.
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.
Rikert Nordic Center
Rikert provides a variety of soups and light fare for hungry skiers and snowshoers. The Middlebury area is full of excellent restaurants for après- skiing meals and drinks. Visit our website at www.rikertnordic.com or go to www.addisoncounty.com/winter for listings and links.
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 also 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)
Timbers Restaurant is the signature dining establishment of Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT. Timbers' menu features dry aged beef, locally raised meats and fresh seafood, along with locally-grown vegetables and artisanal cheeses. The restaurant was fashioned after a 19th-century round dairy barn with post and beam construction and 45 foot vaulted ceilings.
Castlerock Pub is the perfect place to take a break during a day of skiing and warm up with Sugarbush Executive Chef Gerry Nooney and his acclaimed Ski Vermont Farmhouse Chowder. Featuring a great vibe and good people, Castlerock’s better-than-bar-food menu features locally produced Neill Farm Burgers, Hungarian Goulash, and local craft brews.
Ride the Lincoln Limo to the top of Gadd Peak for a candle-lit gourmet feast in Allyn’s Lodge. The hearty meal includes appetizers, entree, wine, and coffee with a heavy emphasis on local food. Following the dinner, guests have the option to ski down under the moonlight taking in the commanding views, or ride in the cat back to the base.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Visit Stowe Mountain Lodge this year to celebrate ingredients that allow them to create brilliant dishes to delight and inspire. “The Study Of” culinary series features an in-depth exploration of ingredients with Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Executive Chef, Josh Berry. Throughout the year, Chef Berry will unveil a new gastronomic topic for our chefs to examine through cooking demonstrations, educational lectures, innovative recipes and sumptuous tastings on our seasonal menus.
The first two items in “The Study Of” series: Salmon and Duck, with many other local ingredients to follow in the coming year.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Guests will immediately notice the investment in on-mountain dining with a focus on mid-mountain lodge, a popular gathering place with spacious deck and quick access to the Ursa Express upper mountain six-passsenger lift. Kelly McNabb, a classically trained chef who honed her skills in France and Switzerland, takes the helm and designed new menus with an eye on fresh, local, healthy fare served up fast to fuel the ski day.
The Mill House on the Commons pours the world’s best hot chocolate - Laura Cianci’s secret recipe. Espresso, coffee drinks, pastry, salads and sandwiches are enjoyed in front of the woodstove as skaters glide by along the Mill Pond. Bentley’s at the Inn offers a fresh new menu with a French Moroccan flair and secret family recipes. Also new in Stratton Village is the Firetower Tavern, built with locally milled post and beam timber to set the stage for a Vermont artisan inspired menu.
Suicide Six and Woodstock Inn & Resort
The Red Rooster, opened in August 2008, offers a AAA Four Diamond dining experience. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus that draw from the best purveyors in New England, emphasizing fresh, local ingredients - including specialty cheeses, shellfish, and heirloom fruits and vegetables - that are perfectly prepared.
Richardson’s Tavern is located in The Tavern Wing and is named after the original owner of The Woodstock Inn - Captain Richardson. Richardson’s Tavern features live music, a light menu, and a fireplace to provide guests with a warm ambiance.
Out of Bounds, during the winter months, provides savory homemade soups, hearty sandwiches, and fresh salads slope-side at Suicide-Six Ski Area. An indoor/outdoor fireplace and a full bar make this the perfect place to kick back après ski.
Topnotch Resort & Spa
Two new restaurants at Topnotch Resort, Flannel and The Roost, are helmed by Executive Chef Steve Sicinski, who is classically trained and has a strong background in luxury resort dining. The new Flannel will serve the ultimate in creative comfort food complemented by what is often regarded as the best views of Mt. Mansfield in all of Stowe. The Roost takes its name from Topnotch’s spectacular setting and proximity to nature and wildlife. Elevating creativity as well in a menu punctuated by nibbles, bits & binges, and accompanied by local craft beer, Sicinski’s take on small plates allow an ample runway for his own gastronomical predilections.
Trapp Family Lodge
Our 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.
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