How do you unwind after a day spent riding windy lifts and reaching top speeds on wintry, mountaintop trails? Snow bunnies might think of something fireside, while powder hounds and glade enthusiasts might cheers with a few local beers. But for all winter enthusiasts, it’s easy to agree on one simple thing – half the fun of mountain life is anticipating après ski.

Make the most of your White Mountains après experience with these local stops, and as always, please drink responsibly!

*Please visit the provided links for additional information on operating hours, reservation recommendations, and current COVID-19 protocols. Many NH ski resorts require proof of vaccination to dine indoors for the Winter 2022 season.

 

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 Attitash Mountain Resort Slopeside

             THE DEN (Bartlett, NH)

Post-skiing at Attitash, nothing beats a stop at The Den in the Bear Peak Base Lodge. Enjoy traditional slopeside snacks while you do a few calf stretches, and then start planning for tomorrow’s inevitable, exhilarating runs down the mountain. Featuring après music every Saturday.

Off-Mountain

             CHRISTMAS FARM INN & SPA RESTAURANT (Jackson, NH)

Cozy up at the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa Restaurant for après with a festive feel. This inn boasts an extensive selection of cocktails and whiskey, plus mouthwatering apps and entrees. Even better? It’s only a 10-minute drive from Attitash!

 

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Cannon Mountain Slopeside

            CANNONBALL PUB (Franconia, NH)

After a long day tackling Cannon’s challenging terrain, a drink at this on-slope bar and eatery is downright restorative. In between perusing the full pub menu, take some time to enjoy the local ski photos and ephemera that make up the history of this monumental mountain.

*Cannonball Pub is located in the Peabody Base Lodge.

Off-Mountain

             FRANCONIA INN (Franconia, NH)

If you can’t decide between fine dining and something a bit more casual, check out the Franconia Inn. Located just minutes from Cannon Mountain, this charming spot offers candlelit dinners (typically by reservation), as well as fireside apps at Peaks Pub.

*Live music on occasion.

             REK’-LIS BREWING COMPANY (Bethlehem, NH)

Rek’-Lis Brewing Company is renowned for having experimental, tasty brews and pub fare with a Baja twist. This favorite spot fills up fast, so if you’re feeling like a shorter day a Cannon, top it off with a quick drive over to Bethlehem.

*Live music on occasion.

             SCHILLING BEER CO. (Littleton, NH)

Take a 10-minute drive up I-93 to Littleton, and pull up a chair at Schilling Beer Co. In this 18th-century grist mill turned brewpub, wood-fired pizzas with artisanal ingredients hold their own against an impressive beer list and amenities such as a tasting room and store for brewery aficionados, and views of the icy Ammonoosuc River.

Other Off-Slope Spots

 

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Cranmore Mountain Resort Slopeside

             ALPINE CAFÉ & BAR, ZIP’S PUB, KANDABAR (North Conway, NH)

At Cranmore, there are plenty of après options for the post-skiing set. Zip’s Pub, located in Schneider Square, offers mountain classics like soup, sandwiches, and beer. Craving mac & cheese and fun apps? The Alpine Café & Bar in Artists Falls Lodge is good bet for a hungry crowd. For those just feeling a beverage, you can’t go wrong with Kandabar in the main base lodge.

Off-Mountain

             SETTLERS GREEN (North Conway, NH)

Skiers struggling to make up their minds can find plenty of options at Settlers Green. In addition to legendary tax-free outlet shopping, Settlers Green boasts several sweet spots for après. Feel like sampling an inventive grilled cheese, demolishing a burger and brew, or trying out something a little more upscale? This spot is your best bet.

             WILD ROSE RESTAURANT AT THE STONEHURST MANOR (North Conway, NH)

The Stonehurst Manor is an ode to lavish Victorian living, and that attention to detail extends to their Wild Rose Restaurant and Library Lounge. Try lobster, bouillabaisse, or grilled lack of lamb in the restaurant, or rest in repose on a sweeping velvet couch while sipping an inventive martini.  

*The Stonehurst Manor’s famed Ice Bar is slated to return in January 2023.

 

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Loon Mountain Resort Slopeside

       THE MOUNTAIN CLUB ON LOON'S BLACK DIAMOND PUB (Lincoln, NH)

Too tired to head hope in your car? The Mountain Club on Loon’s Black Diamond Pub has it all; award-winning chefs, extensive beer, wine, and spirit lists, and a menu of soul-warming seasonal favorites.

Off-Mountain

COMMON MAN LINCOLN (Lincoln, NH)

Chances are, if you’ve been coming to the Granite State for a while, you know about the Common Man. With classic American faire on the menu and outstanding service from the front door to dining room floor, this local chain is the perfect spot for a laid back après. 

             SEVEN BIRCHES WINERY  (Lincoln, NH)

Off the slopes a little early? Take a quick trip to Lincoln proper, and visit Seven Birches Winery at the Riverwalk Resort at Loon Mountain. Sample the best of Seven Birches Winery, and learn a bit about the winemaking process as you sip.  Enjoy hard ciders and meads? Check out their sister shop, Rhythm Handcrafted Beverages at Lincoln's Village Shops. 

*For a more in-depth take on all things vine-related, sign up for Seven Birches’ “Meet the Winemakers” winery tour (hosted at the Riverwalk Resort).

             WOODSTOCK INN BREWERY (Woodstock, NH)

As a local institution for over 20 years, the Woodstock Inn Brewery has seen its fair share of thirsty skiers. Take a seat at the lively bar, order some epic pub fare, and take your time trying out the many brews at this mighty fine stop.

*Live music on occasion.

Other Off-Slope Spots

 

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Wildcat Mountain Slopeside

             WILDCAT PUB (Jackson, NH)

If your knees are feeling a bit wobbly after tackling this rugged mountain’s slopes, its best to take a break at the Wildcat Pub. Located on the third floor of Wildcat’s base lodge, this stop features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday during the prime ski season, as well as snacks and sips to help hungry skiers refuel.

*Live music on occasion.

Off-Mountain

              EAGLE MOUNTAIN HOUSE-EAGLE LANDING TAVERN (Jackson Village, NH)

Ready to step back in time? Take a short trip to Jackson Village and pay a visit to the historic Eagle Mountain House. At this grand hotel (one of the few remaining in NH), guests can enjoy panoramic views of the White Mountains from the Eagle Landing Tavern. Seating options include a formal dining room, as well an intimate bar with classic cocktails and comfort foods on the menu.

             THE GLEN HOUSE- NOTCH GRILLE (Gorham, NH)

Post-skiing views don’t get more stunning than this après spot tucked inside The Glen House. Inventive cocktails made with The Notch Grille’s private label vodka (in partnership with famed Tamworth Distilling) are certainly a draw, but our favorite tradition is sitting beside the outdoor firepit, toasting the day in the shadow of Mt. Washington.