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Scones and Coffee in the High Country

7 mountain-town bakeries and hot-beverage depots



Photo courtesy of Purebread/Evaan Kheraj

This winter, stomp off your boots, head indoors, and bask in the warmth of fresh-baked pastries and, perhaps, a hot cappuccino. We’ve compiled a sampling of delectable bakeries in ski towns around the mountain west—the perfect escape from your romp in the snow.

1. THE GUILD CAFE
Crested Butte, Colorado


Photo courtesy of The Guild Cafe

Photo courtesy of The Guild Cafe


Photo courtesy of The Guild Cafe

At the top of famed Elk Avenue in Crested Butte, Colorado, The Guild Café is home to both Mountain Oven Organic Bakery and First Ascent Coffee Roasters. That means that under one warm roof—a newly renovated historic miners’ cabin, no less—you can find all kinds of organic breakfasts, lunches, sourdough breads, and single-origin coffees. Venture upstairs or to the deck for extra privacy and mountain vistas.

 

2. PERSEPHONE BAKERY
Jackson, Wyoming


Photo courtesy of Persephone Bakery

Photo courtesy of Persephone Bakery

Photo courtesy of Persephone Bakery

This French-inspired boulangerie and café located just steps from Jackson’s town square boasts a chic and airy design and, most importantly, an array of delicious treats—sweets, kouing aman, cupcakes, tarts, and sandwiches crafted from their artisanal breads and French croissants. Persephone also adds Intelligentsia Coffee, a Chicago-based artisanal roaster, and European hot chocolate to the mix.

 

3. THE BUTCHER & THE BAKER
Telluride, Colorado


Photo courtesy of The Butcher & The Baker

Photo courtesy of The Butcher & The Baker

Photo courtesy of The Butcher & The Baker

When in Telluride, one must stop by The Butcher & The Baker for handmade, local, and organic food—day or night (they even have a full bar with spirits, wine, and beer). On the full-service menu are to-order items incorporating homemade bread, bagels and English muffins, as well as handcrafted artisan pastries. And the design is elegant, cozy, and inviting.

 

4. WILD CRUMB
Bozeman, Montana


Photo courtesy of The Wild Crumb

Photo courtesy of The Wild Crumb

Photo courtesy of The Wild Crumb

Yeast, flour, and butter are the name of the game at Wild Crumb in Bozeman, Montana. Nestled into a corner shop with sleek and trendy minimalism, the shop offers artisanal baked goods in style. All breads are baked fresh daily and made with organic flour from central milling. All (save one) of their stone-hearth breads are naturally leavened with their own sourdough starters. Pastries, rotators, and breads dominate the menu—mouthwatering fare for the carb-lover at heart.

 

 5. SMELL THAT BREAD BAKERY
Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Photo courtesy of Smell That Bread Bakery

Photo courtesy of Smell That Bread Bakery

Photo courtesy of Smell That Bread Bakery

Smell That Bread Bakery is an appropriately named boulangerie/patisserie known for selling sourdough breads and assorted pastries to Steamboat Springs patrons out of a Dutch door attached to their kitchen—luring customers with the sweet aromas of their daily fresh-baked loaves and goodies. They outfit many foodie spots around town—Cafe Diva, Low Country Kitchen, The Laundry, to name a few—and are currently undergoing an expansion to become a full-blown retail operation, slated for the first half of 2017.

 

6. PUREBREAD
Whistler, British Columbia


Photo courtesy of Purebread/Evaan Kheraj 

Photo courtesy of Purebread/Evaan Kheraj

Photo courtesy of Purebread/Evaan Kheraj

What started off as baking bread at home for friends and family turned into Purebread Bakery, with three Canadian locations: Whistler, Whistler Village, and Vancouver. With bakers working round-the-clock, Purebread-goers can delight in freshly prepared granola or an almond croissant for breakfast, a hot "Pudgie Pie" (with goat cheese, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions & chives) for lunch, and a slice of raspberry riot topped with hot pink raspberry lemon drizzle for an afternoon pick-me-up.

 

7. POLEBRIDGE MERCANTILE BAKERY
Polebridge, Montana


Photo courtesy of Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery/Steven Gnam

Photo courtesy of Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery/Steven Gnam

Photo courtesy of Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery/Steven Gnam

If you’re in Montana and want to get extra-rustic with your hunt for baked goods, travel the dusty North Fork Road to the historic Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery, located 26 miles from West Glacier and 45 miles from Whitefish. The mercantile was built in 1914 by a couple that ran the store and lived in the homestead cabin, which is now the nearby Northern Lights Saloon. The barn-red shop—which offers breads and pastries, as well as a selection of Montana crafts and keepsakes—is quite off the grid, generating over 75 percent of its electricity from renewable, solar energy. An adventure, indeed!

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