You’re a New Englander, so you either love the cold or appreciate a solid apres-ski. Make an escape to snowy Vermont where mountain fun is now rivaled by a stellar locavore dining scene.
The mountain got a new lodge; check it out over a pint of Wolaver’s organic pale ale at Great Room Bar & Grill, then trudge over to Solstice at the Stowe Mountain Lodge for a locally focused meal from chef Sean Buchanan, who sources his beef, cheese, and butter from Vermont farms. Or head down the hill for a fresh-brewed pint at The Alchemist in Waterbury followed by a bite from the ever-changing, local menu at Hen of the Wood.
Sugarbush/Mad River Glen
Exit 9 off I-89 gets you to one 50-year-old mountain resort and another totally low-key one, but first load up on on fresh bread, cheeses, and bottles of vino from Red Hen Baking Company. At Michael’s Good to Go (Village Square Shopping Center, Waitsfield; 802-496-3832) Mikey’s BBQ Fat Wrap made with Vermont chicken or pork is can’t miss. Wash it down at newly remodeled Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden in Windsor.
Fuel up on locally cured bacon and farm-fresh eggs at The Farmers Diner. After the slopes, inhale breath-killing pastas and small plates at The Garlic. Or avoid the outdoors altogether with a lesson in ecobrewing at the Long Trail Brewing Company.
Just another reason they call them the Green Mountains.