West Shore Café and Inn: New menu, bar, cocktails & s’mores

FOR YEARS, the West Shore Café and Inn in Homewood has been a magical summer destination, complete with boat valets.

Now the café is becoming a popular spot for après ski. You can ski Homewood, walk across the street and enjoy lakefront après in style.

Look out the floor-to-ceiling windows while you sip a winter cocktail, such as the Gingerbread Hot Buttered Rum. You can roast complimentary s’mores around the café’s lakeside patio fire pits. Après ski includes house wine and beer for $5, $3 off specialty cocktails and après specials.

The handsome, dark-wood bar has been extended to offer a better view of the lake, and the bar menu is imaginative. It includes New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp, Beef Short Ribs n’ Frites, Creole Gumbo, a Caesar and a West Shore Burger.

We’ve eaten lunch and dinner at the West Shore Café for years. The menus are creative, approachable, and draw from from fresh, regional ingredients whenever possible.

Executive Chef Mike Davis, who joined last spring, has further improved the dining experience. Inspired by Julia Child, Davis has worked at top establishments, including The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge, the Salish Lodge and Spa in Washington; and fine-dining restaurants in Seattle and the Bay Area.

Our recent dinner at the West Shore was exceptional. Davis has added a larger selection of fresh seafood items, including seasonal Dungeness crab.

We enjoyed the Maine Diver’s Sea Scallops and Pork Osso Bucco, along with a Farmhouse Chowder (with root vegetables).

For dessert, the traditional New Orleans Beignets with warm chocolate dipping sauce are perfect on a wintry night.

The intimate inn at the West Shore Café offers six luxurious, lodge-inspired guest rooms and suites, offering lake and mountain views, and daily house baked continental breakfast and door-to-door shuttle services.

(Photos: Homewood Mountain Resort)

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