New England’s 5 Best-Kept Winter Secrets

New England’s slew of mountains run the gamut between commercial relevance and true hidden gems. While it isn’t particularly difficult for a snowsports enthusiast to find that perfectly manicured slope or uncharted slalom, knowing what to do after dark sets in can be a head scratcher. Fret not, ski bums and vacationing brahmins, the crew over at Alps & Meters located at 1369 Boylston Street, Boston, MA have you covered.

Speaking of, be sure to stop by Alps & Meters on December 1st for its annual Winter Warmer Party. Catered by Fenway favorite Sweet Cheeks with refreshing winter drinks, it promises to be a phenomenal evening. Enjoy delicious food, unique brews, and enter for a chance to win lift tickets to Sugarbush!

Without further ado, The Fenway’s go-to experts on all things alpine have curated a list of New England’s five best-kept winter secrets so you can end your next trip with one of the north’s lesser-known nightcaps.

 

1. Casey's Caboose 
Killington, Vermont 
Re-opening in December and a gem that rests just minutes from The Beast of the East, Casey’s Caboose offers carefully selected craft beers, gourmet burgers, perfectly seared steaks, gin and tonics and a phenomenal namesake. The restaurant is named after a railroad engineer who died in 1900 after heroically saving the passengers on his train. The mountain regularly draws more than 60,000 skiers and snowboarders on winter weekends, avoid the throngs by hitting this returning regional favorite after an exhausting day on the slopes.

 


2. Stone Hut 
Stowe, Vermont
Built in 1935 by the same crews who carved the first ski trails into the side of Mt. Mansfield, the aptly named Stone Hut has been a destination for Stowe’s skiers for nearly a century. The bad news? The famous pebble-bound chalet caught fire last winter when a family left a pile of wet brush too close to the woodstove. The good? Sizeable donations should ensure that one of New England’s most unique summit domiciles is accessible again this season, replete with all of its rustic charm.

 


3. Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery
North Woodstock, New Hampshire
The perfect place to stop for a beer after hitting the slopes of the White Mountains. Housed in an original train depot, the Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery pairs a robust selection of comfort food staples and agrarian chic digs with a 30-barrel production brewery. The nachos are the size of your face and, throughout of season, the lemon blueberry pale ale is the best fruity beer on the continent.
 

 
4. Red Parka 
Glen, New Hampshire 
Located just outside of Conway, nestled deep within New Hampshire's White Mountains, the Red Parka offers weary skiers free popcorn, tons of craft beer on tap, and classic pub fare. Still yearning for the mountain while your boots are by the fire? They’ve got a section of seating made from old ski-lift chairs. It’s the perfect place to post up with friends and trade stories from the slopes over frothing mugs.
 

Photo by: MacGregor Photography

5. The Rack 
Carrabassett Valley, Maine
This brewpub meets BBQ joint is just a mile away from Sugarloaf. The Rack is the place for skiers looking to connect with their inner carnivore. While the menu is chock full of tantalizing cuts of beef (32 oz. ribeye, anyone?), nothing beats $2.50 PBRs and a mountain of smoked ribs. Oh, and if the food doesn’t have you sold already, the raucous barn’s got live music almost every night of the week.

Looking for more alpine insights? Stop by the new pop-up workshop sandwiched between some of The Fenway’s other booming local businesses to trade stories, ski spots, and meet the the folks behind forged performance. They’re located at 1369 Boylston Street Boston, MA and are open Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm. Scheduling a private fitting appointment on a weekend is also an option.

Starting November 23rd, Alps & Meters will be hosting a weekly happy hour. Yes, the guys will be around during regular business hours, but if you swing by on Thursday evenings before December 31st you can sip craft brews and catch classic ski flicks with the innovators behind the world’s only sartorial ski apparel. You’re also welcome to join the Winter Warmer party on December 1st from 6-9pm for Sweet Cheeks BBQ and craft beer!

 

 

 

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