On a bluebird day, you can't miss the people enjoying the sundeck at the end of the day. The scene inside is every bit as festive. The have an impressive line up of live music all season - nearly every Saturday and during most peak periods. The acoustics work well with the timber framings and vaulted ceilings. The beer is flowing and there is a big menu of bar food - burgers, fries, nachos. The downside, this is a "go to" spot and it can be loud and crowded.
This class burger joint does it just right. The burgers (including veggie and lamb options), sausages and shakes are made from organic, local ingredients. This is the casual offshoot of Solo Farm & Table (one of Vermont's finest restaurants). Excellent selection of craft beers and wine. The ambiance is unique - the space has been converted from a gas station and it still looks like one - its easy to pass by the large "EAT" sign - but you don't want to miss this one.
This cozy spot, named for Vermont's area code, is one of our favorites for an afternoon hang. This is the place for watching sports. There are lots of large TVs and comfortable areas to lounge. Its conveniently located in the Base Village with a great selection of craft beers and cocktails. They also offer decent pub food or we like to order pizza from Village Pie next door.
The Fire Tower fits the bill for a nicer après ski and dining experience in the Base Village. The ambiance is warm and inviting, particularly on a cold night. On warmer days, there is outdoor seating. Choose from a good selection of local Vermont beers, wine or craft cocktails. Great appetizers for après ski - ahi nachos, jerk wings, and flatbreads are favorites. Consider staying for dinner - the menu expansive.
No ski trip is complete without something sweet for the kids (and maybe the adults too). This candy shop in the Base Village has a tremendous selection of sweets (think Dylan's Candy Bar but in a smaller space). There is also gelato and locally sourced fudge. Try to come early, or late as the rush right after ski school can be overwhelming.
Stratton Training and Fitness Center, Base Village
If need more exercise, look no further than this modern fitness center, just past the Base Village. It features new Life Fitness Cardio equipment, Peloton Cycles, a full weight room, a yoga studio, two indoor tennis courts and a 75 foot salt water pool. There are more than 60 options for group fitness classes each week. Many of the hotels in the area have privileges here. Residents can join with options for 1, 3, 6 or 12-month memberships. Daily passes are also available for $25 per person with a $15 class fee.