For a magical dinner, head to the hilltops.
Some of the best menus in Vermont these days are prepared on mountaintops. Intimate, book-ahead, prix-fixe affairs, they feature many of the state’s top chefs and showcase Vermont’s small farms and craft spirits
This December, Killington’s Ledgewood Yurt has a week of dinners scheduled from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 and then on weekends through the rest of the season. It also serves lunch each day with dishes such as carmel whiskey and butternut bisque, and lobster salad. Prices range from $65 per person for the special “Family Nights” dinners to $129 for New Year’s Eve. www.killington.com.
On Dec. 28 and 29, chef Jason Tostrup kicks off his season of special dinners where snowcats transport guests up Okemo Mountain to Epic. The menu changes frequently, but might include Vermont Wagyu beef carpaccio and Cavendish Farms quail and finish up with mini maple pot de crème. Fireside dinners are served at Epic each Saturday with special pairing dinners on Sunday, Jan. 17 and on Sunday, Feb. 14. www.okemo.com.
On December 28, for a novel night out, ride Sugarbush’s Cabin Cat to the top of Gadd Peak for a candle-lit wine-pairing feast in Allyn’s Lodge. The hearty meal includes hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, entree, dessert, wine and coffee. There, chef Gerry Noonan prepares roast lamb, chicken and other meats over the open fireplace. Allyn’s Lodge can be booked for dinner on other nights too. “We just need a minimum of 10 people to book,” he says. “One of the best parts of the evening,” Noonan adds, “is after dinner, if the conditions are good, you can ski down by headlamp or moonlight.” Cost is $200 per person, all-inclusive. www.sugarbush.com.
A gondola ride away, the Cliff House at Stowe hosts select weekend dinners over the winter. In the past, its Summit Series Farmhouse Dinner series has featured the state’s exceptional cheese or small batch distillers, pairing their spirits with each course. The format and schedule had not been finalized at press time, but look for more details at www.stowe.com.