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Summer Dining And Libations At Vermont Resorts

Okemo-al-fresco Okemo's Jackson Gore Summer Music Series brings live bands to the courtyard Friday evenings – a bonus for al fresco diners. (Okemo)

Imagine eating a farm-to-table burger with local cheese and an artisan bread bun atop one of Vermont’s iconic Green Mountains, or a refreshing cocktail or craft brew on a deck overlooking the rolling fairways of Vermont’s many golf courses. Vermont’s resorts understand the important role that the culinary experience plays during a summer vacation, and offer visitors delectable and healthy meals sourced from local ingredients, served up with the atmosphere only Vermont can offer.

The von Trapp Brewing Bierhall is the place to a gather with friends for “a little of Austria, a lot of Vermont.” (Von Trapp Brewery)

Smugglers’ geographic position is perfect for not only access to the beautiful of mountains in Vermont, but also many of the most sought-after breweries and distilleries in the east. Get access to Smugglers’ Notch Distillery, Caledonia Spirits, 14th Star Brewery, Alchemist Brewery, Boyden Valley Winery, 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, all within 30 minutes of the resort. Plus, let them do the driving; with Smugglers’ new brew tours to many of these premier breweries. 

Eat it if you can at Mad River Glen's General Stark Pub. (Ski Vermont)

General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen is now open during the summer. Watch the sunset on the pub’s deck and enjoy a memorable meal and libations. Youngsters can play outside on the lawn or explore the streams and slopes. 

Peak Lodge diners can take their pick of chef-served stations including pasta, in-house carving station and deli. (Killington)

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. 

Summertime is al fresco time, and Okemo serves up a selection of restaurants that features outdoor as well as indoor seating. Coleman Brook Tavern is as popular for its farm-to-table freshness as its picturesque setting. The fieldstone patio at nearby Willie Dunn’s Grille provides views of Okemo Mountain and the Resort’s fairways and greens. But Willies isn’t just for golfers; it’s a locals’ favorite for fresh salads, grilled paninis, signature sandwiches and daily specials. 

The Better Burger at Stratton's Green Apron. (Stratton)

From the Green Apron at the golf course, with views of the 18th green and the mountain beyond, to patio dining throughout the Village, Stratton offers fine dining to family-friendly fare, with a focus on farm-to-table fresh selections, Vermont craft brews and signature cocktails.

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