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 plus some or thinking about traveling to the state over the holiday weekend, these spots are ideal.
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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 The Lodge at Sunspot, right on the slopes of Mary Jane and Winter Park. It’s served buffet-style and includes all the favorites, like chef-carved turkey and prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, herbed stuffing, green beans and sautéed baby carrots. For dessert, you’ll have your pick of pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate trilogy and a variety of mousses. 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 in Colorado Springs offers the whole package for the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner, with an option for a luxurious overnight or weekend stay. You’ll have multiple great picks at this iconic historic landmark that sits along the shores of Cheyenne Lake dates back to the late 19th-century. Choose from the Lake Terrace Dining Room with its fabulous Champagne Thanksgiving brunch paired with live entertainment to a Champagne Thanksgiving buffet where you can take in jaw-dropping views from atop Broadmoor South, and numerous other options in between. If you decide to spend the night, you can also take advantage of the outdoor infinity pool or the large indoor pool, a spa, three championship golf courses and all sorts of other outdoor activities.
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 organic turkey and all the gourmet trimmings. If you can swing it, book a room in what’s considered to be Aspen’s best address.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort will offer its annual Thanksgiving buffet, featuring items like Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry Chutney, Brown Sugar Glazed Spiral Ham and Lemon & Herb Baked Cod, along with all the usual side dishes and then some, including Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole and pumpkin pie for dessert. 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.
Spencer’s at 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, including meat-carving stations, smoke seafood, a salad station, and all of those delicious traditional side dishes and desserts. 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 Hotel hosts the Fire restaurant, an ideal spot for those who are looking for an earlier holiday meal with a Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet served from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the past, it’s included traditional dishes with turkey with sage stuffing, whipped potatoes and candied yams, butternut squash soup and roasted baby carrot salad along with a variety of Thanksgiving-themed desserts. 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 offers a famously 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, like Chef-Carved Whole Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish and House-Made Sage Gravy; Chef-Carved Whole Pork Steamship Roast; Stuffing with Forest Mushroom Blend, Rubbed Sage, Fresh Herbs and Water Chestnuts; Gold Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk and White Cheddar Cheese; and House-made Green Bean Casserole. It also features Shrimp & Crab Cocktail Claws, fruit and cheese platters, and desserts like Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Sweet Cream, Flourless Chocolate Lava Cake and Bourbon Pecan Pie. While you’re here you can enjoy a luxurious hotel stay that’s like a trip back in time, as well as all the city’s popular attractions and outdoor adventures.
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 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.