If not doing dishes is something you're truly thankful for, consider reserving (trust us, that part's a must) a table at one of the valley's dining rooms this Thanksgiving (Nov 28). Here, we dish on five must-try Turkey Day meals—plus, where to call-in for turkey take-out.

The dining space at The Fitz

Image: Manor Vail

The Fitz, Manor Vail | Vail

5 to 9 p.m., $56 per adult and $22 per child (kids under 5 eat free)

The Fitz's annual Thanksgiving buffet features the bird and all the fixings—plus, a roaring fireplace, and prime views of expanded race terrain on Golden Peak from the eatery's floor to ceilings windows. manorvail.com

The Sonnenalp Hotel | Vail

12 to 7:30 p.m., $78 per adult and $32 per child

You can choose one of two dining rooms at Vail Village's Sonnenalp Hotel to kick back in while you enjoy a Turkey Day feast: the hotel's western-inspired eatery Bully Ranch, or the elegant dining room at Ludwig's. The menu, however, will be the same—soup, salad, charcuterie, and a carving station (plus, gourmet sides like potatoes au gratin and sage apple stuffing) complete with cuts of turkey and sirloin. sonnenalp.com

Gessner, Grand Hyatt Vail | Vail

11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., $65 per adult, $25 per child

Gessner's pulling out all the stops for its annual Turkey Day soiree: oysters on the half shell, snow crab claws, roasted turkey breast and rosemary confit turkey leg, bourbon sweet potato gratin, and chestnut stuffing with sage brown butter (along with a smorgasbord of other drool-worthy buffet items). Prime Gore Creek views from the hotel's dining area will also have you giving thanks for each and every bite. hyatt.com

Maya, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa | Avon

1 to 8 p.m., $48 per adult (with an additional $25 per adult for wine pairings) or $20 for children 12 and under

Turkey (with sausage and apple stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and cider gravy, plus sage, haricot vert and cranberries) is only one option off Maya's Thanksgiving menu—there's also lamb sirloin and beef short rib (both from Colorado) and bass with shrimp risotto—plus, soup, salad, and a cornucopia of after-dinner sweets from Maya's dessert buffet. Also worth mentioning: special Turkey Day fitness classes at The Westin's Athletic Club (our picks are Turkey Burner-HIIT Circuit at 8:30 a.m., "Burn the Bird" Hot Yoga at 9 a.m., free for members, $40 for nonmembers) for guilt-free feasting. richardsandoval.com/maya-bc

Leonora, The Sebastian | Vail

2 to 8 p.m., $68 per adult with an optional $38 upgrade to include wine pairings, $30 per child

The Sebastian's gourmet culinary establishment, Leonora, is serving up four courses for its Thankgiving meal. The main course comes with two options: a traditional turkey assortment that includes cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy, or slow-cooked Sitka salmon with cranberry aioli and lemon confit mash (we're feeling extremely thankful for either). thesebastianvail.com


If you love to host but not to cook, consider carry-out from Blue Plate in Avon. The eatery (which introduced a five-course menu served in vintage gondolas this winter) will be serving up three courses ($32 for adults, $15 for kids from 4 to 10 p.m.) on Thanksgiving, with its regular menu available too. You can order the holiday menu for take-out too, just be sure to order several days in advance. blueplateavon.com

 

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