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     ROCK OF THE IRISH IN VERMONT whitw logo
BY JOHN H. WEST - PHOTOGRAPHY BY NANCY WEST

In the  season of St. Patty’s day, the most inspiring Irish tavern I have ever visited, and believe me that is more than a few, is in a location that most people would never associate with such of a gem of a bar, Sherburne Pass, Vermont.  McGRATH'S IRISH PUB is a prominent feature of the INN AT LONG TRAIL, both of which are owned and operated by the McGrath family since 1977. The Pub and Inn are located almost directly across the road from Pico Peak.  Also, the Appalachian Trail, known as the Long Trail, passes within steps of the Inn.

sign of Mc Grath's Pub and Inn at Long Trail in Killington, VT as seen in American Public House Review


My friends and I, many from the Jersey Shore in the Atlantic City area, have been visiting the Pico Peak area since the early seventies.  Pico had been owned by a number of families that had invested in the ski area and then built homes alongside the slope.  We spent great weekends in the area and McGRATH'S PUB has long been on my radar.  However, it has taken years of acquired experiences and wisdom to realize how special the INN AND McGRATH'S are.  It is the ultimate Irish Pub experience with an added benefit -- only a flight of Adirondack timber steps to climb to safe, warm and comfortable beds.  No need to drive the mountainous and dark, icy roads when you visit this tavern.

McGRATH'S has some notable distinctions.  Among them, the Pub is proud of the fact that they have one of the largest selections of Irish Whiskey in Vermont.  To compliment the whiskey, McGRATH'S was the first to serve Guinness in Vermont and to this day, they serve more Guinness than any other bar in the state.  Neither of these facts comes as a surprise when you visit the Pub, because everything about this establishment is special.  From the great bartender, Owen to the back of the house where Patrick, a superb chef, performs his creative magic, everyone and everything you encounter is memorable and enjoyable.


Irish Whiskies at McGrath's Pub in Killington, VT as seen in American Public House Review
AN EXCELLENT SELECTION OF IRISH WHISKIES

This is no ordinary commonplace wooden bar, but rather a very wide center cut timber with the bark still attached.  In fact, the entire room is built with local timber.  The support beams are trees with bark.  To suggest that McGRATH'S has an “Adirondack” feel would be an understatement equivalent to stating that the Irish like their beer! 

The most impressive aspect of this bar and dining room is that they were literally built around massive boulders.  There is a huge steel grey rock at the far end of the bar.  The rock is actually at the base of a cliff that soars skyward from the back wall of the Inn and Pub.  There is also another rock that serves as a table.  The bar floor is actually built around the rock.  The sensation is one of being outside on the mountain while you are enjoying a Pub that could be in Ireland.

So, there may be a night when you are sitting in McGRATH'S and outside, high up in the mountains of Vermont, the wind is howling and the snow blowing, when the front door swings open ushering in a blast of frigid air.  Soon the tavern is warmed as members of “The Sandpipers” pipe band from Atlantic City, hero’s all, and members of police and fire departments and most of them can honestly, maybe with some embellishment, claim that they come from the sturdiest stock, the Irish.  As they play their magical instruments, McGrath’s feels like home to one and all.


Picture at McGrath's Irish Pub in Killington, VT as seen in American Public House Review

leprechaun at McGrath's Irish Pub in Killington VT as seen in American Public House Review
IRISH TRADITION ALONG WITH A BIT O' KITSCH ABOUNDS

Whether we come from New Jersey, New York, Boston or beyond, McGRATH'S PUB welcomes you as if you have been there every day of your life.  A perfect place to congregate in this spot to revel in our Irish heritage, to remember those that came before us, and to experience the joy of being in a place that bestows fulfilling peace.  Any trip to Vermont should include a visit to this beautiful place.





Mc Grath's Pub in Inn at Long Trail in Killington, Vermont as seen in American Public House Review
McGRATH'S PUB AND INN AT LONG TRAIL IN KILLINGTON, VERMONT




the bar at Mc Grath's Pub and Inn at Long Trail in Killington, Vermont as seen in American Public House Review
THE BACKBAR IS A WALL FULL OF OF TASTY "EYE COCKTAILS"



wood stove at Mc Grath's Pub in Killington, Vermont as seen in American Public House Review
THE AMBIANCE IS "ADIRONDACK," YET WARM



The slab bar at McGrath's Irish Pub in Killington, Vermont as seen in American Public House Review
THE DISTINCTIVE BAR IS A SLAB OF TIMBER COMPLETE WITH BARK



"the rock" at McGrath's Irish Pub in Killinton, VT as seen in American Public House Review
THE ROCK




Guinness brilliant guys at McGrath's Irish Pub in Killington, VT as seen in American Public House Review
WE' RE GOING TO McGRATH'S?
. . . BRILLIANT!


McGRATH'S IRISH PUB ~ INN AT LONG TRAIL


709 ROUTE 4, SHERBURNE PASS
KILLINGTON, VERMONT 05751

(800) 325-2540


www.innatlongtrail.com


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