Feast Your Eyes
Superb scenery is on the menu at these mountain restaurants.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Bird's eye views of the Grand Teton Range and the Jackson Hole Valley floor are the draw at this elegant Spring Creek Ranch restaurant, not to mention local dishes such as elk tenderloin, rainbow trout and rack of lamb by chef Tim Cabradilla. Entrees from $24; 800-443-6139
The Grand Main Dining Room
Bretton Woods, N.H.
Buttoned-down, four-course New England dining is the name of the game at this restaurant in the elegant Mount Washington Hotel, a grande dame in the heart of the White Mountains. Try truffle-seared quail breast or grilled eggplant gateau in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows encasing views of the Presidential range. Prix-fixe dinners from $60; 800-258-0330
Pine Creek Cookhouse
Reincarnated after a fire burned it to the ground last year, this rustic log and timber cabin in an abandoned mining town 11 miles up Castle Creek from Aspen is a must for views of the Elk Mountains and plates of wild game. Entrees from $20; 970-925-1044
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Named after the mahogany speedboats that used to cruise the lake, this nautical-themed eatery in the Ski Run Marina is famous for Wet Woody cocktails (three types of rums, tropical juices and a splash of peach schnapps), sunset views over the lake and baskets of steamed clams. Entrees from $16; 530-542-2600
Long Trail Brewing Company
Bridgewater Corners, Vt.
Watch the Ottauquechee River roll by from a picnic table on the deck while you sample fresh brews (Blackberry Wheat is a summer fave) and munch pub fare, including Woodstock Chili Cookoff- award-winning Double Bag Chili. Entrees from $7; 802-672-5011
Royal Street Café
Deer Valley, Utah
Hike, bike or ride the lift to this midmountain restaurant inside the Silver Lake Lodge, where, during summer, you can hit the deck for shrimp and lobster margaritas, Asian-cured duck confit lettuce wraps, house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches and in-your-face views of snowcapped peaks. Entrees from $10; 435-645-6724