Pennsylvania may be known for its Hershey chocolate, Liberty Bell, and weather forecasting Punxsutawney Phil groundhog, but it's also known for some major mountains: Blue, Camelback, Tussey, Montage, and yes, Liberty, among them. Whether you’re looking to rip runs, cross-country ski, or simply sip libations by firelight, there’s an option—ranging from casual to upscale places to stay—for anyone traveling to the Keystone State.
After hitting one of the 39 trails on Pennsylvania’s highest vertical, head over to Skytop Lodge for crafted cocktails in cozy club chairs in the adults-only Library Lounge, international and local craft beers, rare cognacs, and single malt scotches in the Taproom, and beverages with killer views at Fairview Bar. When you’re ready to eat, Lakeview Restaurant is the place to go for regionally-inspired dishes such as peppered lamb shank, basil spaetzle, and roasted porchetta with acorn squash, in a stunning setting. For a more experimental après ski, there’s also Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, where you can sip moonshines and flavored vodkas, while learning about their eco-friendly techniques.
There’s no need to ever leave the mountain at Camelback, when there are tons of perfect places to après slope-side. Warm up with hot tipples at the Cameltop Mountain Lodge; ski-in/ski-out of Glen Lodge Smoke House for good BBQ and brews, acoustic Entertainment, and a bloody Mary buffet on Saturdays; pop into the Thirsty Camel for chili served piping-hot in a bread bowl and a serious bar party; and refuel and reheat at the Snowtubing Lodge, where comfort foods like chicken fingers, pizza, burgers, and alcoholic and non-alcohoic beverages are ready for the taking.
They call this area “Happy Valley” for a reason and we’re pretty sure it has everything to do with their best-kept secret, Edges Pub. Open during the winter season only, this is where you’ll find awesome food, live music, and anyone looking to have a good time after a day of shredding. Pub classics include: nachos supreme, crabby cheese tater tots, cheddar jalapeño poppers, and “Utah fries” loaded with bacon, cheddar and onion, but the real draw is the tunes. Locals love kicking back with a cold one to Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Biscuit Jam, and Andy Tolins Haystack Lightning.
With some of the East Coast’s best and most diverse ski runs, you can expect plenty of snowy fun skiing, snowboarding, and airboarding at Montage Mountain. They also have a “First Timer Fridays” skier and rider program that includes: a free lift ticket, free rental, and free “first timer” lesson from certified Ski School instructors. Once you get your powder fill, venture into Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant to sample their 22 draft beer options and American bistro cuisine, with favorites like creamy tomato bisque, chicken pot pie, and their very own ode to Thanksgiving—"winter, winter, turkey dinner", which consists of turkey breast, fig compote, brie, cranberry sauce, fresh mozzarella, stuffing, and gravy on toasted multigrain bread. You won’t go hungry here.
Liberty Mountain, located in Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads region, features more than 100 acres of terrain prime for skis, boards, and tubes, so plan a day or weekend getaway here, but be sure to include an après stop at Wyndridge Farm on your itin. The 120-year-old barn in York County is where to go to get your cozy on, while you sip their apple ciders and ales and indulge in a nature-inspired menu in a rustic atmosphere. Another reason to visit? Their happy hour special (taking place Tuesday-Friday from 4-6:00 p.m.), which offers $2 off beer, cider, wine and crafty beverages, and light bites like cheese-burger sliders, pancetta mac-n-cheese balls, and a jumbo lump crab cocktail in a bloody Mary sauce, for $6.50 each.