Last month I reported on great après-ski traditions at resorts out West. Don't worry, East Coasters, here are four top-notch resorts closer to home, each with an après-ski scene to rival anything in the Rockies.
In the Adirondack region of New York, Whiteface Lodge's signature après-ski drink is the Campfire, a soothing blend of bourbon, local apple cider, scotch, and sage. Where better to enjoy a liquid Campfire than by an actual campfire? The Lodge agrees, and has built two large lean-tos around a fire pit. Cushy seating, blankets, and mountain views allow guests to relax under the stars while still enjoying the comforts of resort life. And a direct phone line to the hotel concierge means that a Campfire by the campfire need never be far away.
And in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, skiers staying at the Omni Mount Washington Resort return from the slopes to the Slopeside Pub. The bar offers an array of wintry cocktails, but the Winter Cookie takes the cake. A concoction of Bailey's, butterscotch liquor, cinnamon schnapps, and hot chocolate served with whipped cream, this sweet beverage is basically dessert in a cup. And at the Omni anyone under 12 can attend their own après-ski parties in the Kids' Alpine Club. Storytellers and musicians entertain the little ones after an action-packed day.
In Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge gives Sound of Music lovers cause for celebration. Most everyone knows the story of Maria von Trapp leading her family to safety during World War II. But not many people know that she eventually led them to the New England ski town of Stowe, Vermont, where she opened a mountain resort. Still run by members of the family, the Trapp Family Lodge offers access to some of the finest skiing around. Surprisingly, given that its founder spent several years in a convent, the hotel also boasts a lively après-ski scene. Guests can try home-brewed Trapp Lagers while relaxing in the resort's Main Lodge.
The nearby Stowe Mountain Lodge also treats guests to local beer. Its Hourglass bar serves Hourglass Ale, an exclusive brew made by Vermon's Rock Art Brewery. Anyone bringing their four-legged friends along for the ski holiday congregates in the Lodge's upper lobby, where both man and beast can enjoy the comfortable atmosphere – complete with two large fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the slopes.
And we can't forget about Canada. In Quebec, Le Massif de Charlevoix's Hotel La Ferme continues the East coast après-ski beer trend. Le Massif, a new $350 million mountain resort by Cirque du Soleil cofounder Daniel Gauthier, boasts Canada's highest vertical drop east of the Rockies. After skiing the 2,526 ft. slopes (which look straight out onto the St. Lawrence River), guests at La Ferme congregate at Le Bercail bistro lounge and wind down with beers from the local Microbrasserie de Charlevoix.