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Don’t want to spend hours cooking up a big Thanksgiving feast this season? Perhaps you want to be able to enjoy a nice dinner without all that work, and maybe a fun getaway too. Whether you’re a Coloradoan looking for that perfect place to dine on turkey and all the usual fixings or you’re thinking about traveling to the state over the holiday weekend, these spots are ideal.
Winter Park Resort, Winter Park
A top spot for sledding and tubing in Colorado, Winter Park Resort offers a Thanksgiving dinner you won’t soon forget. You’ll ride the gondola up the zephyr lift, taking in the panoramic view of the magical snowy wonderland in the Rockies before enjoying dinner at Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge, right on the slopes of Mary Jane and Winter Park. It’s served buffet-style and includes all the Thanksgiving favorites. You can make an entire weekend of it all, skiing, dining and hot tubbing by staying in one of the multiple lodging options too.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is one of the best resorts in Colorado, and their Thanksgiving dinner is always extravagant. You’ll have multiple dining picks at this iconic historic landmark that sits along the shores of Cheyenne Lake, which dates back to the late 19th-century. Some of the feast options feature carving stations, sushi, crab claws and oysters as well as fresh croissants and cinnamon rolls and breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy paired with live entertainment. If you decide to spend the night, you can also take advantage of the outdoor lap pool and whirlpool or the large indoor pool, a spa, two championship golf courses and all sorts of other outdoor activities.
The Little Nell, Aspen
One of Colorado’s most famously beautiful mountain towns is a great place to be at Thanksgiving, surrounded by spectacular scenery. It’s also well-known for attracting the rich and famous, with The Little Nell a celebrity hot spot. If you’re hoping to do a little celebrity-spotting yourself, head to Element 47, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant for an unforgettable holiday dinner. After a day out on the slopes, look forward to ultra-fine dining that includes a traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner with all the gourmet trimmings, or visit Ajax Tavern for its take on Thanksgiving favorites, including roasted organic turkey and pecan pie. If you can swing it, book a room in what’s considered to be one of the world’s best mountain resorts.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort offers its annual Thanksgiving buffet, which is paired with live music from local musicians. Before and after dining, you’ll be able to take advantage of the soothing hot springs, set within natural, rocky surroundings as well as human-made pools, all heated by geothermal water. You may want to stick around to allow for plenty of time to indulge in a massage or a variety of treatments at the spa. On the go? You can also pick up Thanksgiving meals to go, available at the Princeton Club Restaurant.
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge
Beaver Run Resort offers the chance to enjoy your holiday meal on the mountain, located right at the base of the Beaver Run SuperChair on Peak 9. Look forward to a gourmet Thanksgiving Day buffet that’s focused on your home-cooked favorites, in addition to a seafood display with snow crab legs and smoked salmon, chef’s selection of salads and crudités and made-from-scratch soups as well as a carving station. The full holiday pie and cake display is the perfect way to treat anyone’s sweet tooth. While you’re here, you can glide down the slopes and check out the Historic District, one of the state’s largest, filled with magnificent Victorian-era buildings.
The ART, a Hotel, Denver
The ART Hotel is home to Fire restaurant, an ideal spot for those who are looking for a holiday brunch. You’ll find family-style favorites with chef’s canapes in addition to herb-crusted prime rib, oven-roasted turkey. Start with lobster bisque and harvest squash ravioli, then finish up with pumpkin or pecan pie. It makes for a great “staycation” for area residents as well as visitors who can enjoy this boutique hotel’s museum-quality collection of nearly 40 original works and luxurious amenities like rooftop swimming pools.
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder
Hotel Boulderado offers an extensive Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday in a beautiful historic atmosphere. The menu includes a delectable selection of traditional and modern takes on Thanksgiving dishes, with a seasonally prepared buffet and dessert menu. While you’re here, you can enjoy a luxurious hotel stay that’s like a trip back in time, as well as all of Boulder’s popular attractions and outdoor adventures.
Antlers at Vail, Vail
Antlers at Vail offers the opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking setting on Gore Creek, facing Vail Ski Resort only 150 yards from the Lionshead Gondola, and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast without all the work. Chef Barry Robinson will put together a home-cooked holiday meal that includes dishes he’s cooked for his own family for years like roasted turkey breast and slow-cooked giblet gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, green beans with toasted almonds, caramelized butternut squash, and much more. For dessert, it’s classic pumpkin pie with vanilla bean ice cream. The meal will be delivered to your accommodation so that you can enjoy it any time you like after a day out on the slopes.