Family-friendly dining in Stowe, Vermont

One of the reasons I like to rent a condo when I ski is that it means I can cook some of our meals. This is especially key for breakfast; my family likes to waste as little time as possible in the morning so that we can be there when the lifts open.

But I often find by the end of the day that I’ve lost my motivation to make even a simple meal. That’s why I love Stowe, which has such great dining options for families. Here are a few of my favorites for dinner:

The Blue Donkey - If you’ve skied hard all day, then just maybe you’ve earned one of the huge burgers from the Blue Donkey. If you haven’t, just be sure to bring your appetite because the food here is not for amateurs. Burgers are made fresh to order and come with plenty of toppings like Vermont cheddar cheese and grilled mushrooms. If you don’t do beef, try the pulled pork sandwich. The hand cut fries and onion rings are also delicious. Skiing leave you thirsty? The bar serves local beers and house-made infused vodka drinks.

blue donkey in stowe, Vermont

blue donkey restaurant

Crop Bistro - Just a few doors up the Mountain Road from The Blue Donkey you’ll find this comfortable, stylish restaurant. Although I wouldn’t call the dining room fancy, if you’re there with kids you might want to eat in the tavern, which is decorated with historic skiing pictures taken by iconic local photographer Peter Miller. All of the food is here is fresh, seasonal, and absolutely delicious. We especially love to graze from the appetizers. Try the Rip and Dip – freshly baked focaccia served with yummy dunking options like cheddar beer fondue that vary daily. There’s an ample beer menu featuring both local and European brews. Visiting on a weekend or holiday? Definitely make a reservation.

Frida’s Taqueria and GrillYou may not expect to find good south-of-the-border food in Central Vermont, but that’s just what you’ll eat at this cozy local favorite, which is right on Stowe’s village Main Street. Guacamole is made tableside with huge mortars and pestles. Kids will love the mix-and-match soft taco menu with fillings like slow-roasted pork, crispy shrimp, and fried oysters. They also serve a killer weekend brunch.

As you can see, there’s no need to worry about those vacation days when you just don’t feel like cooking. And if you’d rather dine in than out, try ordering a pizza for takeout from the family favorite Piecasso.

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Mara Gorman has been skiing at Mad River Glen in Vermont since she was twelve years old. Although she lives at sea level in Delaware, she and her family head for the mountains whenever they can to ski, snowshoe, hike, and bike. An award-winning freelance writer, Mara blogs about her family’s many adventures at TheMotherofallTripscom. Mara is also an ambassador and contributor to Mountain Reservations.

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