My husband and I have been living in Beaver Creek part time for many years and have gone up to Beano's Cabin several times at all different times of the year. We went up again last night in temperatures hovering around 4°. In the winter, the conveyance to Beano's is via sleigh pulled by a SnowCat. It has several rows of benches and you are given a fleece lined poncho to wear for the trip. WEAR IT!!! Also - add a layer to whatever you would normally wear in whatever conditions you are having on the night you go up. There is usually a wind chill to factor in and if there is any fresh snow at all, it will be blowing up from the Snow Cat and all over you. Hint: Sit in the benches closest to and facing away from the SnowCat so that all that blowing snow doesn't go straight into your face. This also gives you an awesome view down into the Vail Valley as you go up and the starry night sky and moon-lit ski runs as you go down. Wearing a coat with a hood is much better protection than just a hat - no snow down your neck. The poncho if you wear it instead of using it as a blanket will give you that protection as well. In the winter, there is no other option transportation wise. Even the waiters go down on the cat after their shift. Since they arrive during the day, many of them ski or snowboard in - fun! The restaurant is toasty warm and there is a roaring fire in the bar that you can snuggle up to when you first arrive. And there are boxes of tissue all over the place to stop the cold weather sniffles. In the snow-free months you can go up via a shuttle van or on horseback. We love going up on horseback. Go ahead and wear jeans - you won't be out of place with the other diners at Beano's Cabin. If you are horribly afraid of heights or a bit afraid of horses, riding the horse up is not for you. There is a short period of time where the trail is very narrow and drops off rather precipitously on one side. You also ford a creek which requires a rather steep descent into the water where if you are not used to riding, you may feel as if you are going to tumble forward off your mount. But we think it's a great way to go up and have been taking our kids up that way since they were small. It's super safe and lots of fun. Your ride down will be in the shuttle van. You will smell like horse after your ride so if you don't like that idea, bring a fresh pair of pants in a back-pack. There are nice washrooms at the restaurant with plenty of room to change and freshen up. The dress is Mountain Casual - pretty much anything goes. I've gone up wearing my jeans, riding boots and a fleece and I've gone up wearing a fancy top and slacks. You will fit in no matter what. In the winter, boiled wool slippers are available in just about every size if you want to remove your cold, snowy footwear but you are not required to do so. Beano's serves a prix fixe meal with five courses. At the time of this posting the cost was $112 per person not including drinks or tip (there is a special price for kids before 6pm). The first three courses are kept to tasting size which I really appreciate because you don't want to be over-stuffed for the main course. I felt the servings were still really generous. Last night we started with a really tasty potato leek soup drizzled with a bit of truffle oil and served in a copper dipper. It was the tiniest bit on the salty side but super delicious. A great selection of baked on the premises bread comes out with your first course. For our second course, my husband and I both chose the wedge salad - a quarter of a head of iceberg with Maytag blue cheese, bacon, tomato, etc - very tasty (and yes - this is kind of a typical appetizer/salad course at many restaurants currently so not super special). The other salad choice is a red kurri squash served with a walnut vinaigrette which we did not try. For his appetizer, my husband chose the rabbit which comes in croquette form and is served with a sweet/spicy aioli. I tried a bite and it was hefty and delicious - loved the sauce. I had the Elk tartare which comes out looking like a thin raw hamburger patty and is unbelievably tasty with wonderful layers of flavor. It's served with home made potato chips (again a bit salty), pickled radish and creme freiche. A great choice! My husband had the Wood Grilled Elk Chop for his entrée - super delicious and not a bit gamey. It was served with squash and a pork belly hash (the new chef loves his pork belly and uses it in many mouth watering forms). I had the Whiskey Glazed Berkshire Porterhouse which was a gigantic bone-in pork chop cooked for hours so that the glaze is carmelized and sweet. Amazing flavor. The chef leaves a great deal of fat on the chop which just adds to the juicy deliciousness. I could only manage half of it and had the other half for lunch today and it was just as amazing. The chop is served with retro grits (ask your waiter to explain) and squash. For dessert my husband had a layered chocolate mousse which was quite tasty and I had this amazing lemon dessert - lemon mousse with a raspberry gelee center served wedged between a delicious lemon bar and a crispy, buttery bit of carmelized sugar. Since it was my birthday, the dessert chef had piped Happy Birthday around the sides of my plate in chocolate and topped it all with a candle. We enjoyed wine by the glass with our dinner but Beano's has a very nice extensive wine list to choose from as well as drinks from the bar. Port, Scotch, Whiskey etc. are available as well. Special thanks to our 'head' waiter Jeff, his co-hort Chris and a couple of additional servers that never hovered but were right there as soon as we finished a dish. Timing between courses was really nice - not too long or short. As we finished our dessert, the hostess dropped by to alert us to the sled schedule going down. We had two different departure times available and didn't feel the slightest bit rushed. Obviously, you can stay longer and enjoy after-dinner drinks at the bar and take a later sled. Last night, we chose to dine early and there were a number of families with kids but it was still quiet and ambient. The restaurant is warmly decorated and beautiful and a table for two by the windows feels quite romantic. In the warmer months, you are likely to see deer grazing in the meadow just outside Beano's Cabin. And you may be lucky enough to get a visit from Priscilla, the porcupine. I think there have probably been a couple generations of Priscillas for us but it's such a delight - especially for the kids. She will waddle onto the restaurant porch and wander about from person to person sniffing shoes and just enjoying the attention. Quite the photo op! All in all, a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion or no occasion at all. We love Beano's Cabin and highly recommend it for a special mountain dining experience. During ski season, you will want to book your visit long before you arrive in the Vail Valley. If you want to dine during Christmas break make your reservations as soon as the winter reservations open for the season - usually in mid-November. Enjoy!!!
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