Whether you’re a certified ski bunny or just down to get cozy, New York State’s Catskill Mountains have what you need to après-ski. If you’re not familiar with the French term, it translates to “after ski” and describes all the fun social activities that take place after hitting the slopes. From refueling at a farm-to-table restaurant to celebrating the number of runs you crushed that day at a local pub to unwinding with a soothing massage, there’s no wrong way to après-ski.
With daily specials like 50-cent wings, $12 burger & brew, $2 pints, and a Bloody Mary bar, it’s no surprise that Taphouse Grille has become a hotspot amongst millennial shredders. New York-style ales, stouts, and seasonal brews are on tap, and there’s a full bar as well as gastropub-style food on offer. One of the Taphouse’s main attractions is something of a secret:, knock on the bookcase located in the bar and you’ll find yourself in a Gatsby-style speakeasy lounge. The leather sofas and relaxing atmosphere pair perfectly with that well-deserved nightcap.
Sip a crispy beverage brewed in the heart of the Catskills while catching killer mountain views at West Kill Brewing, just 30 minutes from Hunter, Windham, and Belleayre. This cozy taproom is known for its funky ales, lagers, and hoppy IPAs made with locally grown and foraged ingredients. The clever brewers incorporate freshly tapped maple sap, honey harvested from local hives, and pristine mountain water. There are plenty of games and puzzles to keep the little ones busy, while food trucks and a mobile pizza oven are on hand for low-frills bites.
Head to Jägerberg Beer Hall & Alpine Tavern at the base of Hunter Mountain to feel transported to a European ski chalet nestled in the Alps—it doesn’t get much more après than that! Indulge in daily specials like “après-ski and dinner” or enjoy lighter fare like soft baked pretzels and homemade spaetzles with a rotation of German-style beers made in New York State.
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Positioned in the quant hillside of Windham, NY, you’ll find the East Wind Hotel & Bar, a luxurious boutique hotel offering gorgeous views, mid-century modern decor, glamping, hiking trails, board games, and a top-notch bar. The bar and lounge area not only serves up delicious craft cocktails but it’s also a great place to meet other hotel guests and locals looking to unwind.
If you’re torn between a glass of fine wine or a well crafted cocktail, head to Ze Windham Wine Bar located on Main Street in Windham, for all the options matched with delicious tapas. With an in-house sommelier and culinary aficionado, you won’t be disappointed. The wine bar hosts weekly classes to learn the fermentation process, wine storage, wine etiquette, and wine and food pairings. Weather permitting, head outside and enjoy wine, cocktails, or beer in their unique Swedish-German Biergarten. Nothing beats a glass of your favorite beverage with a side of crisp mountain air. As a plus, pups are welcome!
Taste the local flavors of the Catskills at Hudson-Chatham Winery, a quaint wine bar located in Tannersville, NY with award-winning wines and delicious tapas. A member of the Catskills Beverage Trail, Hudson-Chatham’s wines are produced using New York State grapes from area vineyards. You’ll also find local farm-fresh cheeses, homemade maple syrups, hot sauce, and BBQ sauce available for purchase.
Millrock Restaurant, located on Main Street in Windham, NY has quickly become a go-to for the après-ski crowd. Hearty pastas, fresh seafood, savory meats, and locally sourced ingredients are on the menu. The brick-oven fire and open-air kitchen allow you to witness the art of cooking, though you may be distracted by the striking mountain views just outside the window. Whether you’re having a romantic date night, a family celebration, or refueling with your ski pals, you can’t go wrong with Millrock.
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The restaurant in this thoughtfully renovated lodge stands at the forefront of the upsurging Catskills-chic dining scene, which includes standouts such as The DeBruce and Brushland Eating House, which require a more dedicated culinary road trip. Prospect at Scribner’s features a dining room with floor-to-ceiling picture windows, sleek wood-hued design and a fire pit on the adjoining cedar deck for cozy winter nightcaps. The menu features hearty yet creative dishes with locally sourced ingredients from vegetables to chicken, pork and beef.
If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal after working out on the slopes, head to Vesuvio Restaurant, an authentic family-owned Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of the Catskills. Known for the romantic ambiance, delicious cocktails, and homemade pasta dishes, you’ll leave with a full belly and happy heart. Make sure to try the clams casino and the rigatoni with Vesuvio’s special Sunday gravy.
For homemade comfort food served in a rustic log cabin restaurant, head to Chicken Run in Windham. Cozy up by the fire while sipping a craft cocktail or one of your favorite beers on tap, all while taking in the views of Ski Windham. As its name suggests, Chicken Run serves mouth-watering fried chicken, and for those who prefer a beefier option, try the meatloaf platter. There’s live music on most evenings for a more festive après-ski experience.
Alpine Spa at Windham Mountain allows you to go from slopes to massage table in no time. And speaking of time, you won’t have to miss out on many runs if you select an express spa treatment, such as a 30-minute massage or facial. There’s also a sauna, steam room and yoga classes.
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Sometimes you need a break from all that skiing and snowboarding--not to mention eating and drinking! To unwind and soothe those ski legs, head to Windham Spa in the shadow of Windham Mountain. It offers Catskills-appropriate treatments such as a spiced cider massage and pumpkin latte facials, as well as an array of services to help revive your body and your spirit.
Whether you’re staying at the Hunter Mountain Club Resort or just stopping in for a treatment, Mountain Club Spa allows visitors the chance for a relaxing massage, restorative facials and other services available within view of the slopes. The resort’s pool, meanwhile, is great for family fun or a calming post-shredding dip.
If your crew is finished skiing but wants to stay in the fresh mountain air, there are plenty of options to continue the winter fun right at the ski resorts you’re visiting. At its Adventure Park, Windham has six lanes of snowtubing (until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and until 4 pm on Sundays), ice skating (until 8 pm), and a kids snowmobile experience where they can drive their own vehicle around an oval track.
Hunter Mountain is home to the state’s largest snowtubing park (until 8 pm on Saturdays and until 5 pm on Sundays). On Friday and Saturday evenings at Hunter, you can schedule a tour to ride along on a Snowcat as you learn about grooming and snowmaking (ages 13+). For something a little less traditional in the winter, try the largest, fastest, and highest zipline in North America at New York Zipline Canopy Tours.
Mama’s Boys Burgers & More
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Mama’s Boys Burgers is a casual burger joint less than 20 minutes from both Windham and Hunter. The burgers are made from grass-fed beef that’s just about as local as you can get, from a farm 1.5 miles down the road. If you’re already chilly from the slopes, you may as well lean into it with some ice cream, custard, yogurt, or a sundae—they have 26 (!) flavors.
Kids love diners and one of the state’s most beloved is Phoenicia Diner, about 20 minutes from Hunter. Everything on the kids menu is $7, from grilled cheese to waffles + a scrambled egg. If you’re in the area, stop by the world’s largest kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper (just 2 more miles down the road) for a quick show before dinner (open until 6 pm on Saturdays, 5 pm rest of week).