dining high at the Ski Tip Lodge

14 Apr

“All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level.”

Chicago has taught me many important lessons. Top five being…

  1. Rats are not rodents, they could easily be considered small dogs
  2. Running the Lakefront Trail in the January should only be conquered with a good pair of spikes.
  3. There’s nothing like a 7am Saturday morning run to the Green City Market; breathing in the scent of fresh brewed coffee as it permeates the dewy air.
  4. There is an indescribable moment when snow is falling at dusk on a Sunday; when it seems that the entire city retreats back into itself.
  5. More often than not, the experience of eating at a particular restaurant has more to with the likelihood of you returning to said establishment, than the food being served.

I spent Friday night noshing on opulent Colorado delicacies at the Ski Tip Lodge and was floored once again by the offerings of this little mountain town. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am by no means a foodie; however, I do love a good meal and the enlightening experience of visiting a hip new restaurant. Now the Ski Tip Lodge may not be hip or new (the restaurant is housed in a stagecoach stop from the 1800s), but the cozy atmosphere that envelopes guests as they enter through the original front door, feels as though they are going back to a time in which the the Montezuma mining district was harsh and the surrounding environment even harsher. Today, however, the low ceilings, exposed wood beams, and large stone fireplaces are the only aspects of the experience that hint at the building’s rugged past. Featuring a four-course menu of “Colorado cuisine”, the Ski Tip Lodge has done well to utilize the space to allow for an intimate dining experience. Upon your arrival, you are ushered into a quaint sitting room to await your table. A large stone fireplace is the focal point of the room, warming you inside and out despite the bitter cold that is so often waiting for you just outside the door. From there, you are escorted into the dining room, which features large windows boasting a beautiful garden during the summer months. Our server, Christine, was knowledgeable about the history of the building and the menu items, and made an effort to understand each of our needs and expectations. I was in the mood for some authentic Colorado game and was not disappointed with the savory, sweet flavors of the Mixed Game soup and the Black Garlic Braised and Glazed Lamb Shank, served with King Trumpet Mushroom (and I don’t even like mushrooms!) and Asiago Risotto. As always, the wine pairings with Ski Tip sommelier Megan Morgan were spot on. We sampled a Viognier which was crisp enough to complement the flavor of the lighter meats and vegetables, while full enough to hold its own against the heavy creams and denser meats.

As I mentioned above, for me, the experience of eating out is just as important, if not more important, than the food itself. In this case the Ski Tip Lodge did not disappoint. An old-world feel and a savory menu that is capped off with sumptious desserts and delectable after dinner drinks, the Ski Tip allows for guests to enjoy that sensation of an experience of a lifetime, one that many patrons come back to enjoy year after year.

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**my camera died before we sat down so sadly, these were the only photos I shot during the evening. Great shot of Shay and Harriett though!

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