Home to Blue Mountain and 6 private clubs along the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario’s skiers and snowboarders know that hitting the Grey County slopes is a must. For us, though, we’re all about the apres-ski. It’s a lifestyle – one we’re totally down to indulge in, whether we hit the slops are not.
Grey County is home to some really amazing apres-ski experiences. So whether you’re picking up a restaurant meal kit to make back at your chalet or indulging in a cocktail fireside – these winter experiences are a must for anyone visiting Grey County this winter.
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Of course, there’s no shortage of spots in The Village for those at Blue Mountain looking to stay super close to the slopes, but may we suggest venturing a little further afield? Here are our suggestions of where to go.
Apres-ski has never looked so good as when it’s served at the newly opened Heart’s Tavern in Kimberley. They’ve got firepits going on the patio, complete with shrimp cocktails, cheese fondue and plenty of natural wine options. Inside, book a table to enjoy seafood towers, classic French bistro fare like the roast chicken with braised kale and frites (pictured above).
Meanwhile, the folks at Still Fields Brewery outside of Meaford have apres-ski down to a science. They’re got firepits on the go on the four-season field patio. You can enjoy a taster of anything on offer in the bottle shop. They’re open Monday to Thursday 2pm to 6pm and Friday to Sunday 11am to 7pm. – no reservations needed. On some Saturdays, they also host pop-up markets with other artisans for the region.
Speaking of tastings, the folks at Thornbury Village Cider House in Thornbury have erected a set of domes to help cider lovers indulge in their award-winning ciders all season long! Stop by after a day on the slopes for a flight of seasonal ciders and some snacks – like locally cured charcuterie and Ontario cheese.
If you’re looking to build your own apres-ski experience for those waiting at the chalet, Bruce Wine Bar has you covered. They’re offering a rotating selection of wood-fired pizzas, craft cocktails, snacks and a curated list of really excellent wines in their Bodega. Keep an eye on their social for reopening news as their dining room is currently closed.
Feeling a little too sore from all that time in the snow? Head for Scandinave Spa outside of Collingwood for a dip in the hot pools or to relax by the fire. Take the relaxation up a notch in their cozy bistro, where they offer locally blended teas and snacks.