Settled by European immigrants and populated by Yankees, Stowe has the most eclectic cuisine in New England. Anglophiles should head right to Mr. Pickwick's (433 Mountain Rd.; 802-253-8944), an upscale pub with Vermont’s best selection of single malts, more than 150 ales, and the most authentic bangers and mash this side of Newcastle.
New for this winter is Norma’s at Topnotch, a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, which emphasizes the use of local and organic products like free-range chickens, seasonal veggies, and many of the state’s wonderful artisanal cheeses.
Skiers need a hearty breakfast, and this is where they get it: The Dutch Pancake Café (in the Grey Fox Inn) serves a whopping 80 varieties of the Pennsylvania Dutch treat. The hole-in-the-wall McCarthy’s (454 Mountain Rd.; 802-253-8626), in a little strip mall next to the town’s movie theater, likewise plies locals with piles of pancakes and French toast smothered, of course, in gobs of real Vermont maple syrup.
Après-ski apps and drinks are served all over town, but in-the-know skiers flock to the Matterhorn, which rolls out live bands later in the evening. Wherever you go, carry your I.D.: Stowe is awash in college and high-school students, and barkeeps are notorious for proofing just about everyone.