Calling all Connecticut skiers! Your next trip up to Ski Sundown this season has to include a visit to the Town of Canton. Only a 12-minute drive from Ski Sundown in New Hartford, Canton is the perfect place to stop before you hit the slopes or after you’ve finished for the day. If you’re looking to make more of your day trip to Ski Sundown, keep on reading! We’ve put together our recommendations of the best places to get gear, grub and great drinks in Canton.
Pre-Ski in Canton
There’s no shame in not getting to the slopes first thing in the morning. Maybe you’re not a person that rushes to be first one up on the lift or perhaps you’re simply not a morning person. If you’re starting your ski day late, consider stopping in Canton before you hit the mountain.
First thing’s first: Breakfast. You’re going to need energy to take that mountain by storm. We’ve got you covered. If you’re searching for a caffeine fix that is as delicious as it is locally-crafted, look no further than Giv Coffee. Perfect for fans of specialty espresso drinks and sweet treats, Giv is the ideal way to get energized before you hit the slopes. Their coffee beans are roasted in-house so you can expect the freshest-tasting coffee every time. If you’re a lover of something sweet in the morning, don’t leave without trying one of their Belgian Liege Waffles.
If you’re in need of a breakfast that will provide a bit more sustenance, try out the Toasted Oat Cafe. Featuring an eclectic menu of unique breakfast sandwiches, burritos and bowls that are heavy on the protein and flavor, ensuring you get enough energy to last you most of the day on the mountain. They also have an awesome lunch menu with a variety of sandwiches and salads in case you want to take something to go.
Maybe one of the reasons you’re stopping in Canton is because you’ve forgotten some crucial gear you need to ski or snowboard. Luckily for you, Canton is home to an awesome ski and board shop called Fatty’s. Come to Fatty’s for skis, snowboards, winter accessories or even for an equipment tune-up. In need of additional winter gear to keep you warm on the slopes? Stop by Dick’s Sporting Goods, located within The Shops at Farmington Valley.
Aprés-Ski in Canton
Every skier and snowboarder knows that nothing is better than the vibes a good apres-ski excursion serves. Canton is the spot to give you the best in good beer, food and vibes after a long day out in the cold. With several comfort food restaurants and taverns, you’re bound to find something you like.
For classic pub fare, a great beer selection and sometimes live music, turn to Canton staples: 110 Grill, Grindstone Tavern and Crown & Hammer Pub. If you’re with a bigger group of people and are looking for a no-fuss, quick ‘n’ easy meal (think pizza!) Canton's has several options, including American Flatbread, Joe Pizza, Cherrybrook Pizza and ABC Pizza.
If you’ve somehow mustered up enough energy to do something other than eat and drink after a long day in the cold, there’s plenty of shops to visit in the Canton and Collinsville area. Take a walk up Main Street or through the Collinsville Axe Factory to check out the artsy shops and boutiques selling unique gifts & goods.
With the holidays just around the corner, The Shops at Farmington Valley will be buzzing with shoppers. With so many name brand stores to choose from, you’ll be able to squeeze in some last-minute holiday shopping without sacrificing a full ski day, which is win-win.
So next time you’re planning a trip to Ski Sundown, be sure to make Canton a pitstop.