The boyfriend and I love a good weekend getaway—especially if it involves skiing, and driving. He’s a car guy. So, in the middle of February, we rented a car and headed out to Stratton, Vermont, for a weekend of skiing and playing in the snow. Given that we’re from Australia and Florida, we didn’t know what to expect from a Vermont ski town, but we were pleasantly surprised by everything Stratton has to offer. Here’s why we recommend adding it to your list of weekend ski destinations:
Stratton is the perfect winter road trip from New York. The drive from New York was easy—we left at 4 p.m. and stopped for dinner in the Hudson Valley along the way. We picked up groceries and checked in by 11 p.m. to be up and at ‘em early the next morning to ski. Moreover, the drive is absolutely stunning by day: we drove on a windy, road past beautiful, snowy pastures—horses and cows included—along with frozen waterfalls, rivers, and cliffs. It truly felt like a winter wonderland.
Stratton is an accessible, affordable option for new skiers. While a trip out West can be cost prohibitive for some, Stratton offers high quality skiing on the East Coast. It’s just a drive away from New York—and it’s far more accessible in terms of time and money for a long weekend from Washington and Manhattan. For those that don’t ski and would rather après, there are plenty of activities—dog sledding, tubing, snow shoe hikes, and a spa.
Stratton offers skiing for all levels. The mountain has one of the widest ranges of runs for skiers—with more than 97 runs ranging from blue to green to double black. The mountain top restaurants are accessible by blues and greens, which I appreciated. The skiers were polite and it was really easy to get around the mountain, to locate your friends, and to ski together or separately despite different abilities. This was particularly important to me, as I was skiing with three friends who were out of my league.
The restaurants and bars are cozy, fun and delicious. We were pleasantly surprised by the dining and drinking options at this Vermont ski town. In addition to stocking up on Maple syrup, the food options in and around Stratton are solid. As we stayed in a condo with a full kitchen, we stocked up on groceries, supplemented by fresh produce, meat, cheese and wine from the cute little market in Stratton Village. The restaurant at the top of the mountain had passable BBQ and a good alcohol selection—there were plenty of craft beers for the boys and even mimosas for me. At the foot of the mountain, Grizzly’s provides great pub food—with some killer Vermont mozzarella sticks.
On the mountain itself, you can enjoy piping hot Belgian waffles straight from a little waffle hut—they smell way too divine to resist.
If you’re looking for an upscale dining option, book a reservation at Verde—we enjoyed a great double date there and would highly recommend the food.
Last but not least, a visit to Honeypie on your way out of town is a must-do—it’s the best burger I’ve had in my life.
Bitch Tip: We were devastated that the Snowcat Dinner was sold out on our visit. The event is a culinary experience that begins with a Snowcat ride up the mountain to Mid Mountain Lodge. There, you enjoy a three-course meal of seasonal fare. Book tickets in advance, here.
It’s a great getaway for couples and families. There’s plenty of affordable housing options for groups of all shapes and sizes—dogs and children welcome. We stayed in the Founder’s Lodge, which was comfortable and cozy and had everything we needed, including a fire place, washer dryer, complimentary coffee and board games, ski storage, a gym, and a hot tub.
Stratton has that quintessential Vermont Ski Town Vibe. The vibe in Stratton was incredibly chill—and the locals were the laid-back, plaid-wearing, funk-listening 20-somethings you’d expect at a Vermont ski town—beanies and “hey bros” and all. We had a great night at the Turquaz concert at Grizzly’s—we left as groupies of this Brooklyn-based, female-led funk band, purchasing t-shirts we later wore on the slopes. Get the live music schedule, here.
This post was written in partnership with Visit Stratton, who were kind enough to host us for the weekend.