Many of our wonderful local eateries are still finding ways to cook for you. Check our advertisers and visit their websites to find out who’s got what and when. Eateries have been formulating safety plans to offer more than takeout and delivery: lowered occupancy, enhanced safety protocols, and heated outdoor dining will all be on the menu in various locations. Some will offer the option of reserving an entire room for your family or pod’s holiday feasting.
In any case, there is a lot to be said for picking up some piping-hot takeout to bring home after a brisk winter hike and sharing it together. Don’t forget a jug of ale or a fine bottle of red—our wineries and breweries are still at your service.
outdoor heated tents
Local restaurants are doing all they can to safely treat you right in these times. In addition to spacing out their tables, some eateries are going all out and installing outdoor tents, complete with heating, to provide more space and airflow. Dress warm and be merry with your pod. It’s a whole new dining world out there, but that makes for good memories to share in the years to come.
Gather together, while being safely apart, around a fire. On a frosty night it’s a cozy way to get fresh air, a glance of the stars, and spend quality time with the people you love most. Many of our local hotels, restaurants, and breweries boast outdoor fire pits, so take advantage—meet up for a hot toddy, some hearty apps, and good conversation. Or bring the good drink and prepared food home to host a simple winter family gathering.
When going out for dinner, make it a special meal that might prove more challenging to make at home. Go for dishes that require a lot of prep or are from a culture that uses spices that may not be stocked in your cupboard. Sure, we can try to make our own osso bucco or lamb curry, but with all the talented chefs in the region just waiting for us to taste their perfected cuisine, why not give theirs a try?