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Page Title: Winter Park Colorado Dining & Nightlife
Page Synopsis: An overview of dining options, restaurants, and nightlife in and around Winter Park, Colorado.

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Winter Park On-Mountain Dining Options


West Portal Station:
This base facility houses a new coffee bar, the Boxcar Deli; Base Camp 9000 retail shop; West Portal Outfitters; West Portal Rental & Repairs; West Portal Boots & Boards; lost and found; lockers; an indoor climbing wall; and the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

Moffat Market at West Portal Station:
Newly remodeled with a railroad theme, fresh cuisine and specialties reflect the different regions of the country. New storefronts and names identify the different food stations with options such as New York-style pizza at Grand Central Station, Tex-Mex at the Santa Fe Station, Asian cuisine at the Orient Express and more.

The Derailer Bar:
This favorite après ski bar is now larger, with a two-tiered drink and entertainment center. It offers a full-service lunch menu offering pub-style food and a much wider variety of après ski specials.

The Lodge at Sunspot:
A mountaintop lodge with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains. Sunspot features fine dining, a full-service restaurant in The Dining Room and the Provisioner food marketplace, lounge, lockers, The Mercantile accessory and gift shop and the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame. Two distinct dinner options are served in The Dining Room and Provisioner on Saturday nights during the season.

Zephyr Mountain Lodge:
Located at the base of Winter Park mountain, the lodge has 230 condominium units on the upper levels and a variety of shops and restaurants on the ground floor including Kickapoo Tavern, Slopeside Gear & Sport, Trail's End Mercantile, Black Diamond Liquors, Rocky Mountain Eyewear, Grand Elk Alpine Club, Stephen's of Colorado and an ATM.

Snoasis Mid-Mountain Restaurant:
This mountain oasis and market is the place to take in the fun and sun, especially for the young and young-at-heart. Enjoy the great outdoor barbecue or tantalizing soup, salads or pizza.

Mary Jane Center:
Nestled at the base of Mary Jane Mountain, this facility houses The Club Car, a local favorite offering full-service bistro-style dining and bar, Pepperoni's Pizza & Sports Bar, food court, ticket sales, The Jane Shop, Guest Service Center, Ski Patrol/First Aid room, lockers and meeting rooms.

Lunch Rock:
This place rocks out with music, a barbecue deck (weather permitting), snack shop and restrooms.


Sundance Cafe:
Warming hut with vending convenience, picnic deck and restrooms.


Located at the base of the resort is a hydration station serving POWERADE, Dasani and Evian bottled water. For those on the run, hot dog and ice cream carts provide walk-up service.

West Portal Station:
Penguin Pete's serves coffee drinks, tea and ice cream. Visit the sunny decks of Derailer for a relaxing full-service lunch. The menu includes refreshing salads, grilled Summertime favorites, margaritas and daily happy hour specials. Boxcar offers traditional deli sandwiches, snack and drinks.

Balcony House:
Coffee & Tea Market serves breakfast, coffee drinks, pastries, lunch and desserts.

Summit of Winter Park Mountain:
The Lodge at Sunspot, a dramatic log restaurant, offers mountaintop barbecue on the decks with spectacular views of the Continental Divide and the valley below. It also provides a beautiful setting for weddings.

Downtown Winter Park for Off-Slope & Evening Adventures

For most visitors to Winter Park, the primary attraction is winter sports: alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more. But after a full day on the slopes or even a day off the slopes, there is plenty of opportunity for fun and relaxation in downtown Winter Park and Fraser.

For old-fashioned winter fun without strapping on skis, try a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods. Riders snuggle under a blanket while listening to the clopping of hooves and the jingle of bona fide sleigh bells. Local outfitters also offer a selection of winter trail rides for all ages.

To test balance and gliding skills, ice-skating at either Cooper Creek Square or the skating pond near the Fraser Valley Shopping Center guarantees a good workout and rosy cheeks. The Fraser Tubing Hill is a perennial favorite. With a smooth, slippery hillside for achieving top speeds, toe-curling thrills and dramatic spills are inevitable. A mini J-bar pulls tube riders back up the slope. With its nighttime lighting, the giggles and shrieks continue late into the evening.

When it’s time to duck inside, there are plenty of places and options for warming up. Shops at the base of the slopes and in Winter Park and Fraser offer clothing, original art, jewelry, books, sporting goods, t-shirts, chocolates, eclectic gifts, western-style furniture and more. For some pampering or self-indulgence, day spas offer a variety of personal services while massage therapists and yoga classes are easy to find. The chronically energetic can join an aerobics class or visit a fitness center with cardiac training equipment, indoor swimming pool and weights.

Dining, munching, chowing, grazing, eating and nibbling are essential elements on the vacation landscape—for everyone. In Winter Park, national chains are a scarce commodity in a town that is bursting with locally owned and operated restaurants and night spots that specialize in diverse and imaginative menus.

Breakfasts may include beignets, a deep-fried, sugary delight from New Orleans, huevos rancheros, or a fluffy stack of pancakes in the tiny Base Camp Bakery. Espresso and homemade biscotti are the specialty at one of the local coffee bars any time of day. Lunches run the gamut from oversized cheeseburgers at the Crooked Creek Saloon to authentic German spaetzle at Gasthaus Eichler.

For dinner, diners can opt for Southwestern (The Shed), Cajun (Fontenot’s), American (Wildcreek or the Divide Grill), Italian (Hernando’s), Asian (Pepe Osaka’s), barbecue and blues (Smokin’ Moe’s), Chinese (New Hong Kong) or eclectic cutting-edge cuisine and live jazz (Marvin’s Hideaway)—all along a one-mile stretch of downtown Winter Park. From a casual pizza joint to a crowded cantina atmosphere to upscale Continental dining, the choices are diverse and compelling.

Lively nightlife for the “energizer bunnies” can be found throughout town from The Pub at the north side of town to the Higher Grounds Café & Martini Lounge at the south end of town without skipping other local hangouts such as Bucket’s and Deno’s Mountain Bistro.

History buffs can visit the valley’s oldest home and original stage stop at the Cozens Ranch Museum. The Fraser Valley Visitor’s Center has a display of dramatic, turn-of-the-century photos featuring gigantic snowstorms and the characters that populated the Fraser Valley during the heyday of the railroad and ranching eras.

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