In the past few years, more and more travelers seek out farm-to-table restaurants when booking green resort stays. We’re not an exception. When my family and I travel, we like to try local cuisine whenever possible.
Not only is food grown locally eco-friendly, it also enhances our understanding of a place and its agricultural roots. Now it is easier to eat locally while on vacation. Check out these U.S. resorts with farm-to-table restaurants.
Farm-to-Table Restaurants Across the US
Brasada Ranch, Bend, Oregon
Brasada’s ‘farm to fork’ Range Restaurant overlooks the Oregon high desert and Brasada’s stables and ponds. The outdoor seating on the wide deck offers amazing sunset views. The restaurant works with nearly 20 local foragers, purveyors, and farmers to bring you dishes like buffalo carpaccio, oregon lamb osso bucco, and elk tenderloin.
If you’re chilly sitting outdoors, don’t worry: warm blankets are brought to you table side, and a huge communal fire pit beckons. In winter, Range’s fireplace warms you as the snow falls outside. Even the kids’ menu items at Range are innovative and large-portioned. While not dining, there’s plenty of things to do for families at Brasada.
The Canyons, Park City, Utah
Located in the Canyons’ Resort Village, The Farm is an award-winning restaurant serving up mountain cuisine. Adults will find an impressive wine cellar. Appetizers and entrees are created with local, all-natural ingredients.
The menu includes delicious local specialties like rocky mountain lamb, roasted beets, and Grass Valley steelhead. Best of all, the food at The Farm is not just healthy, but rich and filling, too. It is just what you need after a day on the ski slopes or hiking in the mountains.
Lakeway Resort and Spa, Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas is known for their exciting cuisine, and Lakeway doesn’t disappoint. Every Wednesday, Lakeway’s Travis Dining Room offers a full farm-to-table menu for only $25 per person. The meal includes starter, entree, and dessert, and features produce such as locally grown parsnip soup, grilled wild boar, and local greens.
Before dining, Lakeway’s Back Porch offers complimentary beer, wine, and soda as well as light appetizers for resort guests. It’s worth lingering here before heading into the dining room.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
No matter where you eat at Stowe Mountain Lodge, the food will be farm-fresh, thanks to the resort’s dedication to farm-to-table dining and Vermont’s abundance of local farms and dairies. Named the Best of New England for their dining options, Stowe offers casual dining as well as elegant meals in Solstice, a four-diamond restaurant serving breakfast and dinner.
Offerings include Vermont artisan cheeses, truffled beef pot roast, and sautéed seasonal vegetables. Bring the family, as Stowe Mountain Lodge offers innovative dining for little ones, as well as area hiking, skiing, and spa treatments.
The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana
Paws Up offers a luxury Montana ranch experience that extends to their farm-to-table dining in the aptly named Pomp fine dining restaurant. In true local-food style, the menu at Pomp changes with the seasons.
However, diners can always expect meat from local ranches, local greens and produce, and freshly caught Montana fish. For a more casual meal, book an evening with Paws Up’s chuck wagon. When not sampling the Western-style Montana cuisine, guests at the ranch relax in luxury, camping style, surrounded by the outdoors.
Do you know hotels or resorts with fabulous farm-to-table restaurants? It is worth the effort to use a sustainable dining guide for sustainable seafood and local cuisine while you travel. (Photo credit: dinnerseries and Mara Gorman, Mother of All Trips)