OFF THE BEATEN PATH: JACKSON, NH

JACKSON, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hidden in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a world-class dining destination that you won’t find in the pages of Gourmet or Food & Wine— at least not yet. Over the last two years, the Thompson House Eatery in Jackson has quietly earned a reputation among foodies for farm-to-table perfection. The talented husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Kate Fournier are on a mission to create a five-star restaurant in a converted barn in the sleepy ski town.

Once named Best Chef in Boston by Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe and the Improper Bostonian, Jeff Fournier came up the ranks working alongside such culinary legends as Lydia Shire before opening two award-winning restaurants of his own in Massachusetts. But after years in the grind, Fournier decided to trade his celebrity chef status in the city for a quieter life in the mountains where he and his wife now grow all their own produce right behind the restaurant.

To work up an appetite for the Fournier’s hard-to-find food, you can hit the slopes fifteen minutes up the street at Wildcat Mountain, which was just acquired by Vail Resorts this September. Injecting more than $10 million into old school resorts like Wildcat, Vail will now be bringing a five-star après ski experience to this quiet corner of the White Mountains.

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