New York is home to some of the top mountains on the East Coast—such as Whiteface, Hunter, Holiday Valley, and Windham—and it’s also home to plenty of post-run places to get a good bite and a cocktail. From pubs and watering holes to boutique hotels, lodges, resorts, and spas, you’re in for an epic day (and night) of eating and drinking whether or not you even step into a pair of ski boots.
John Harvard's Brew House, Holiday Valley
If you’re all about the charm when it comes to a ski holiday, look no further than the village of Ellicottville, NY for their Holiday Valley Ski Area and numerous lodging and dining offerings. Know a beer aficionado? Bring them to John Harvard’s Brew House for comfort food and 24 tap selections from Ellicottville Brewing Company, Southern Tier Brewery, and their very own John Harvard's microbrews, which are believed to be brewed according to the recipes of William Shakespeare. And once you tire of slopeside imbibing, you can crawl the town, hopping into Balloons on Monroe for artisanal sandwiches and wings, Gin Mill for epic onion rings, Silver Fox for their extensive wine list, Villagio for Italian specialties, or Madigans for homemade lunches, plus live entertainment.
Spending the day at Windham? You’re in luck, après wise, since they have multiple places to choose from to quench your thirst. Hit up BBQ & Bar on the patio for pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, The Waffle Cabin on D-Lift for Belgian waffles and warm apple cider, Wheelhouse Mountain Lodge at the top of D-Lift for hot soups, cold beer, and awesome views, or Seasons on the 3rd floor of Base Lodge for a more upscale dining experience. There’s also Rock’n Mexicana Cantina & Grill over at the Winwood Inn, where you can chow down on border favorites like arepas, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Also worth mentioning: Their happy hour special with $4 margaritas, draft beers, and sangria from 4-6pm daily.
Located minutes from Belleayre Mountain, Emerson Resort & Spa is where you should not only stay, but play. After a day of skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing just outside of Woodstock, head back to the recently renovated property for toasty tipples at Woodnotes Grille. You'll find handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits, bitters, and fresh-squeezed juices. More reasons to venture over? They offer “Happier Hour,” Monday to Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., and 3 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. Plus, they have one of the area’s best pre-fixe deals, a full-service spa (because who doesn’t like relaxing after shredding) and full-day local wine excursions including accommodations, a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, transportation to and from the wineries, and a picnic lunch.
Walking into Scribner’s is like walking into a cool hipster lodge in Brooklyn. They boast curated finds and a vast collection of library reads, only instead of Brooklyn, it’s planted in the Catskills, right at the foot of Hunter Mountain. Saddle up to the bar or outdoor fire pit for their “Mountain Social” après with a good libation to watch the sunset. Then, stay for an alpine dinner at the Prospect, where you can expect to refuel from the day’s adventures with Hudson Valley-sourced ingredients and signatures like chicken liver mousse, bucatini with English peas and ricotta, pork schnitzel, and one damn good burger. Wash it down with one of their refreshing ales or ciders, or a Burn’t Maple Old Fashioned.
At 3,430 feet, Whiteface Mountain has the longest vertical drop of any ski mountain on the East coast. Ask anyone where to go to get a good post-slopes beverage and they’ll tell you Maggie’s. It may be situated inside a stunning Relais & Chateaux lodge (which is worth a look around and an Instagram or two itself), but make no mistake—this wood-paneled pub is still casual enough for drinks (and sharing powder stories) with your fellow snow bunnies next to the outdoor fireplace on the terrace. They also do the best classic fare reimagined here, so arrive hungry and order snacks like truffled deviled eggs with caviar, duck poutine, mini lobster sliders, and charcuterie and cheese boards, while sipping on delish cocktails such as their Gun Runner (Jameson, Bailey’s and coffee) or Baked Whiteface (vodka, Bailey’s, and Kahlua, topped with a snowy peak).