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From Patios to Farms: Where to Dine Outside in Ski Country

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There's something about ski town summers that make outdoor dining (and drinking) an essential part of the experience. The heady combination of alpine scenery, bluebird skies or monsoonal electrical storms (from a safe distance, natch), and wildflowers and wildlife can elevate a cheap bottle of beer and half-assed hamburger to greatness. Curbed Ski has upped the ante, providing you with memorable patios, decks, farms, gardens, and sidewalks that have both stellar views and legitimately delish food and drink. You're welcome.


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· All Outdoors Week 2014 Coverage [Curbed Ski]

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1. Araxi Restaurant + Bar

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4222 Village Sq., Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 932-4540
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Executive Chef James Walt was an early adopter of the farm-to-table movement, and Araxi’s summer longtable series celebrates the seasonal produce from nearby Pemberton Valley family farms and ranches. The restaurant itself is in Whistler Village’s main square, but the dinners are held at North Arm Farm in Pemberton, Lost Lake, in Whistler, and Vancouver. Guests get to tour the farms and meet the growers before sitting down to a feast with stunning views of the Coastal Mountains. Be sure to book well ahead; the last dinner for the year will be August 30.

2. Cavell's Restaurant & Terrace

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1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper
AB T0E 1E0, Canada
(780) 852-6052
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3. Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

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10142 Rue Hilltop
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-5711
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4. Squaw Valley Farm-to-Table Dinners

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1960 Squaw Valley Rd
Squaw Valley, CA 96146
(530) 583-6955
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New this year are Squaw’s August Farm-to-Table Dinners, located at Cushing Pond (at the base of KT-22), and in the revamped garden at Olympic Valley Lodge (where the views include aspen groves and the main ski mountain). For just $35, these “open-air, upscale picnic dinners” will feature tables bedecked with wildflower bouquets and “locally and sustainably sourced food” such as peach and arugula salad, wild salmon, and grilled local flank steak.” The appetizers will come from Squaw’s new Mtn Roots food truck. Paired beer and wine is available for separate purchase. Reservations required, call Chef Tiffany Swan at 530-452-6081 or email farmtotable@squaw.com.

5. Chamber's Landing Restaurant

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6300 W Lake Blvd
Tahoma, CA 96142
(530) 525-7262
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6. Rickshaw

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460 Washington Ave N
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 726-8481
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7. The Butcher & Baker Cafe

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217 E. Colorado St.
Telluride, CO 81435
Voyage Vixens

8. Carbondale Beer Works

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647 Main St
Carbondale, CO 81623
(970) 704-1216
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Carbondale Beerworks- Formerly best-known as a divey nano-brewery/wienery (you read that right, not a winery), new chef Mark Hardin has revamped the limited menu and is now sourcing almost everything locally. From the housemade, hops flower-infused pickles to heritage pork belly “BLTs” with rhubarb jam and bombtastic sweet potato fries, the food rocks, and even Aspenites are trekking down-valley for a taste. Hardin even built the new bar on the back patio from wood salavaged from “Bonedale’s” original Satank Bridge. As for the beer, it’s brewed up small-batch and seasonal by Jeff Dahl, and he and Hardin will happily put together a pairing or tasting for you. Hit the patio (especially when there’s a band playing inside), breathe in the meaty aromas emanating from the smoker every First Friday (when Carbondale shops and galleries stay open late), and get your grub on. This is the place for people-watching, but the views of Mt. Sopris aren’t too shabby, either.

9. Prospect, Hotel Jerome

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330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-1000
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After the historic, 19th century hotel underwent a multi-million-dollar remodel in 2012, Prospect became the new on-site fine dining venue. In summer, eschew the stuffy dining room and get a table in the well-manicured garden, amongst the flowers. Executive chef Rob Zack features seasonal, often local ingredients in his modern bistro fare; the justifiably famous J-Bar burger (also on the menu at the hotel’s bar of the same name) can be had here as well- don’t miss it in all its plump, succulent, sloppy, fully-loaded glory.

10. HOPS Culture

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414 E Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-4677
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Since opening in May on the Hyman Ave. pedestrian mall, Aspen's only beer garden has been killing it. There's also an alleyway side patio and downstairs bar, but wherever you park yourself, prepare to sit a spell, because there’s 30 beers on tap, 200 different bottled offerings, 15 wines by the glass, and 12 craft spirits. Line your stomach with upscale pub fare and the signature “little piggies,” pretzel dough-wrapped house sausages served with grainy mustard.

11. The Little Nell

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675 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-4600
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This summer's new bike-to-farm dinners involve pedaling 20 miles down valley, mostly along the Rio Grande Trail, with its to-die-for views of river, forest, and snowy peaks. After selecting your wine (the Nell's cellar holds 2,200 bottles), ride with Wine Director/MS Carlton McCoy and Assistant F & B Director Csaba Oveges to historic Emma Farms, a sustainable Wagyu cattle ranch. Feast family-style in the hay barn, on various Wagyu dishes prepared by the Nell's Element 47 restaurant team. Reserve now for the Aug. 14 dinner.

12. Beano's Cabin

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Beaver Creek Mountain
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 754-3463
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Fine dining, in a historic cabin reached by horseback (you also can take a shuttle or tractor-pulled wagon). Better yet, many of the ingredients used by Executive chef Bill Greenwood are ones he forages or grows himself on-site. The summer Garden Dinner series, held every Sunday through September, offers eight-course meals (for $150, with wine or whiskey pairing) in a stunning alpine setting. Reservations required; transportation is included.

13. Sandiwood Farm Farm Dinners, Stowe region

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1665 Town Hill Road
Wolcott, VT 05680

This diversified, sustainable family farm is less than half an hour from Stowe. Its farm dinners (running through early October) are well-known locally (at just $65 a pop, they’re less than a night out in town), and feature Sandiwood’s own produce, meat, and cut flowers. Vegetarian and special dietary needs can be met, and beer and wine are sold separately on-site, reservations required. The Northeast Kingdom scenery is more pastoral than alpine, but who doesn’t love forest, fertile fields, and animals?

1. Araxi Restaurant + Bar

4222 Village Sq., Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

Executive Chef James Walt was an early adopter of the farm-to-table movement, and Araxi’s summer longtable series celebrates the seasonal produce from nearby Pemberton Valley family farms and ranches. The restaurant itself is in Whistler Village’s main square, but the dinners are held at North Arm Farm in Pemberton, Lost Lake, in Whistler, and Vancouver. Guests get to tour the farms and meet the growers before sitting down to a feast with stunning views of the Coastal Mountains. Be sure to book well ahead; the last dinner for the year will be August 30.

4222 Village Sq., Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada

2. Cavell's Restaurant & Terrace

1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada
Savoir faire luxe
1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper
AB T0E 1E0, Canada

3. Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

10142 Rue Hilltop, Truckee, CA 96161
Wine Biz News
10142 Rue Hilltop
Truckee, CA 96161

4. Squaw Valley Farm-to-Table Dinners

1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Squaw Valley, CA 96146

New this year are Squaw’s August Farm-to-Table Dinners, located at Cushing Pond (at the base of KT-22), and in the revamped garden at Olympic Valley Lodge (where the views include aspen groves and the main ski mountain). For just $35, these “open-air, upscale picnic dinners” will feature tables bedecked with wildflower bouquets and “locally and sustainably sourced food” such as peach and arugula salad, wild salmon, and grilled local flank steak.” The appetizers will come from Squaw’s new Mtn Roots food truck. Paired beer and wine is available for separate purchase. Reservations required, call Chef Tiffany Swan at 530-452-6081 or email farmtotable@squaw.com.

1960 Squaw Valley Rd
Squaw Valley, CA 96146

5. Chamber's Landing Restaurant

6300 W Lake Blvd, Tahoma, CA 96142
Agate Bay Properties
6300 W Lake Blvd
Tahoma, CA 96142

6. Rickshaw

460 Washington Ave N, Ketchum, ID 83340
TripAdvisor
460 Washington Ave N
Ketchum, ID 83340

7. The Butcher & Baker Cafe

217 E. Colorado St., Telluride, CO 81435
Voyage Vixens
217 E. Colorado St.
Telluride, CO 81435

8. Carbondale Beer Works

647 Main St, Carbondale, CO 81623

Carbondale Beerworks- Formerly best-known as a divey nano-brewery/wienery (you read that right, not a winery), new chef Mark Hardin has revamped the limited menu and is now sourcing almost everything locally. From the housemade, hops flower-infused pickles to heritage pork belly “BLTs” with rhubarb jam and bombtastic sweet potato fries, the food rocks, and even Aspenites are trekking down-valley for a taste. Hardin even built the new bar on the back patio from wood salavaged from “Bonedale’s” original Satank Bridge. As for the beer, it’s brewed up small-batch and seasonal by Jeff Dahl, and he and Hardin will happily put together a pairing or tasting for you. Hit the patio (especially when there’s a band playing inside), breathe in the meaty aromas emanating from the smoker every First Friday (when Carbondale shops and galleries stay open late), and get your grub on. This is the place for people-watching, but the views of Mt. Sopris aren’t too shabby, either.

647 Main St
Carbondale, CO 81623

9. Prospect, Hotel Jerome

330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

After the historic, 19th century hotel underwent a multi-million-dollar remodel in 2012, Prospect became the new on-site fine dining venue. In summer, eschew the stuffy dining room and get a table in the well-manicured garden, amongst the flowers. Executive chef Rob Zack features seasonal, often local ingredients in his modern bistro fare; the justifiably famous J-Bar burger (also on the menu at the hotel’s bar of the same name) can be had here as well- don’t miss it in all its plump, succulent, sloppy, fully-loaded glory.

330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611

10. HOPS Culture

414 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Since opening in May on the Hyman Ave. pedestrian mall, Aspen's only beer garden has been killing it. There's also an alleyway side patio and downstairs bar, but wherever you park yourself, prepare to sit a spell, because there’s 30 beers on tap, 200 different bottled offerings, 15 wines by the glass, and 12 craft spirits. Line your stomach with upscale pub fare and the signature “little piggies,” pretzel dough-wrapped house sausages served with grainy mustard.

414 E Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

11. The Little Nell

675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

This summer's new bike-to-farm dinners involve pedaling 20 miles down valley, mostly along the Rio Grande Trail, with its to-die-for views of river, forest, and snowy peaks. After selecting your wine (the Nell's cellar holds 2,200 bottles), ride with Wine Director/MS Carlton McCoy and Assistant F & B Director Csaba Oveges to historic Emma Farms, a sustainable Wagyu cattle ranch. Feast family-style in the hay barn, on various Wagyu dishes prepared by the Nell's Element 47 restaurant team. Reserve now for the Aug. 14 dinner.

675 E Durant Ave
Aspen, CO 81611

12. Beano's Cabin

Beaver Creek Mountain, Avon, CO 81620

Fine dining, in a historic cabin reached by horseback (you also can take a shuttle or tractor-pulled wagon). Better yet, many of the ingredients used by Executive chef Bill Greenwood are ones he forages or grows himself on-site. The summer Garden Dinner series, held every Sunday through September, offers eight-course meals (for $150, with wine or whiskey pairing) in a stunning alpine setting. Reservations required; transportation is included.

Beaver Creek Mountain
Avon, CO 81620

13. Sandiwood Farm Farm Dinners, Stowe region

1665 Town Hill Road, Wolcott, VT 05680

This diversified, sustainable family farm is less than half an hour from Stowe. Its farm dinners (running through early October) are well-known locally (at just $65 a pop, they’re less than a night out in town), and feature Sandiwood’s own produce, meat, and cut flowers. Vegetarian and special dietary needs can be met, and beer and wine are sold separately on-site, reservations required. The Northeast Kingdom scenery is more pastoral than alpine, but who doesn’t love forest, fertile fields, and animals?

1665 Town Hill Road
Wolcott, VT 05680