Apres-ski in Mt. Washington Valley ranges from hot chocolate menus, to distillery tastings, to breweries, and ski pubs. You’ll find friendly faces, great food, ski culture, and more. So if you want to be in the know on where to go after you take your last run, follow us right this way…
Cathedral Ledge Distillery: A post and beam barn that features stunning views of…you guessed it: Cathedral Ledge! In this barn distillers Traci and Chris Burke, along with their staff are making their own new-make whiskey, rye whiskey, genever, gin, fig-infused vodka, blueberry-infused vodka, ginger-infused vodka, aquavit, horseradish-infused vodka and maple liqueur. Take a tour of the distiller, enjoy a tasting, and browse their retail shop. You can even bring your dog inside for all of the fun! Schedule your tasting online, here.
White Mountain Winery: Wine makers in North Conway; yes you read that right! Located right in North Conway Village, White Mountain Winery crafts a wide variety of wines from Dry red and white wines such as Cabernets, Malbecs, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays, Rieslings, and Pinot Grigios. The owners and wine makers also put their creative spin on their craft by making fruit-flavored wines like Raspberry Dragonfruit, and Acai Raspberry.
Book a private tasting which includes a full menu tasting of White, Red and Fruit Flavored wines as well as 1 Barrel and 1 Dessert tasting. You also receive a souvenir glass, 10% off your wine purchase and a swag bag of WMW goodies. Reservations can be made by emailing the shop.
You’ll also be greeted by the owners’ four pups; Doc, Stella, Lucy, and Scarlett, who are ambassadors of their tipping program, where all tips benefit local non-profits. In this last year White Mountain Winery, and its pups were able to raise $10,000 for local non-profits.
Tuckerman Brewing Co.: An original in the New Hampshire brewing scene, Tuckerman Brewing Co. has been making craft beer for over 25 years. Starting out with its signature beer, Tuckerman Pale Ale, it has evolved to make a variety of styles including stouts, brown ales, kolsch, pilsers, and New England Style IPAs, and hard ciders; as well as a limited food menu.
Featuring an indoor tasting room, and outdoor beer garden, Tuckerman hosts regularly scheduled live entertainment throughout the each season. Live music typically plays Thursday through Sunday at the brewery, and its lineup can be viewed, here. This is a community centered brewery, with something fun always going on.
Saco River Brewing: Just up the road from Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton, Maine, and fifteen minutes over the border from North Conway, New Hampshire Saco River Brewing is offers twelve taps and hard seltzer where you get to customize your flavor with up to three flavor options. With each beer, Mason brings the same attention and dedication to making each beer a great one.
Saco River Brewing hosts musicians, food trucks, and general events to match each season! Join the team at their tasting room, and keep up-to-date with surprise musical guests by following them on Facebook!
Moat Mountain Brewing Co.: Doubles as a smokehouse restaurant as well. Both their beers and their food menu are creative and wildly different than anything else you’ll find in the New Hampshire brewery scene.
Featuring seven flagship beers including the well-known and loved “Miss V’s Blueberry Ale,” and the smooth and crisp Czech Pilsner. The Moat - as it’s called by locals - also puts out seven special releases that are worth keeping on an eye on and planning a trip up to the valley for!
Ledge Brewing Company: The creators of the beer at this brewery are all about outdoor adventure, and they brew beers that pair perfectly with a day playing out in the snow - from skiing to ice climbing to winter hiking and beyond. With ten beers on tap ranging from a cold brew stout to a blood orange hard seltzer to a Belgian Stout and beyond, you’ll love the taste and the vibe that Ledge is pouring all day long.
Live music, Open Mic, Table Tennis, and Trivia all pop up on Ledge Brewing's calendar! Click here for its full schedule.
Sea Dog Brewing Company: Brewing a full line of award-winning handcrafted ales that are brewed in a traditional English style using only the highest quality ingredients like English two-row malted barley and British top-fermenting Ringwood yeast. Their English brewing style results in brews with a distinctive, refreshing taste and crisp finish. Pair that with a full pub menu, and you have a great spot to stop at after a day spent on the slopes.
Sea Dog Brewing also hosts really fun events such as a weekly line dancing series, trivia, paint and sips, live music and more. Keep up with the fun by following them on Facebook!
Of course, if you’ve spent a day on the slopes, why not keep that enthusiasm going and stay at the moment for a bit longer with a drink at the on-slope ski tavern. Many of the ski areas have opened their taverns back up and feature regular entertainment and more.
Black Mountain: The Lostbo Pub features live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, as well as a full bar menu.
Cranmore Mountain: Zip’s Pub, right at the base of the mountain features food and drink, and a regular schedule of live music throughout the season.
King Pine Ski Area: Trails End Tavern features a lineup of live music every Saturday, as well as specialty cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic offerings.
Attitash Mountain Resort: Offers The Den at the Bear Peak Base Lodge, where live music plays every Saturday.
Wildcat Mountain: Open from 11-4pm, The Wildcat Pub is a great stop for a mid-ski break. Enjoy great food, and beverage options, and live music that plays intermittently throughout the season.
Pleasant Mountain: Blizzard’s Pub is the perfect place to catch a late-morning snack, or to have a post-slope pint, as well as chowing down on those most sacred of ski-dom’s culinary delights: chili and nacho’s. And, with regular entertainment, Blizzard’s is a great place to hang out even when you’ve taken your ski boots off.
Bretton Woods: Enjoy apres-ski at the Slopeside Pub & Restaurant in its fun, relaxed atmosphere of in this classic post-and-beam setting. Conveniently located on the upper level of the Base Lodge, this sit-down restaurant offers a seasonal lunch menu, along with large glass windows that make dining a real slopeside experience.
Hoot Night at Wildcat Tavern is an integral part of the valley’s history! A 30 year veteran of the Valley’s music scene, Hoot Night is the longest running open mic night in the area! This weekly open mic night is not to be missed if you’re visiting Mt. Washington Valley! Hoot Night is hosted by accomplished musician, Jonathan Sarty from 7pm to 10pm on Tuesdays at Wildcat Tavern in Jackson, NH. Jonathan helps to create an incredible blend of music as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night. Come as a performer or as a spectator. Either way, just come! You’re guaranteed a great show.
Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub is always living up to its motto “Good Food and Good Times!” The restaurant and bar features live entertainment with a solid line-up of bands and singers ready to jam the night away. Bands play from 8-11, and its favorite "Blue Sundays" event series is back with top notch Blues Bands playing from 5-8 two Sundays a month. Other Sundays Red Parka Pub features terrific solo entertainers from 4-7. An open dance floor exists in the pub for a reason. The bands are so lively, you’ll be on your feet in no time.
For a complete planning guide to visiting Mt Washington Valley, go to www.visitmwv.com. Here you’ll find a complete directory to places to stay, play, dine, shop and more. To learn more about New Hampshire vacations, go to www.VisitNH.gov.