The Valley's Guide to Thanksgiving
Maya at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
1 to 8 p.m., Avon
Views of Beaver Creek from within Maya's Mexican-inspired dining space should be plenty to give thanks to, but we're guessing dishes off Maya's special Thanksgiving menu—which has everything from a full turkey dinner to porchetta and Colorado beef tenderloin plus plenty of fixings—won't hurt either. Ask for wine pairings to elevate the experience ($48 for adults, $25 for wine pairings, $20 for kids). richardsandoval.com/maya-bc/
Leonora at The Sebastian
12 to 8 p.m., Vail Village
Leonora's serving a four-course Thanksgiving feast this Thursday, complete with an herb-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Don't miss the wine pairings to go along with every bite ($68 per adult, $38 for wine pairings, $30 for kids). sebastianvail.com
5:30, Beaver Creek
Master Chef Daniel Joly is cooking up a full turkey dinner this Thanksgiving, with à la carte options available to anyone who can't get enough of Mirabelle classics like Dover sole meunière and Colorado rack of lamb ($65 for adults, $30 for kids). mirabelle1.com
The Fitz at Manor Vail
3 to 10 p.m., Golden Peak
Opt for a seat at The Fitz's slopeside locale in Manor Vail for a special Thanksgiving menu, so you can savor the food while you take in views of the downhill race course at Golden Peak ($45 for adults, $25 for kids). manorvail.com
12-9 p.m., Vail Village
Vail Village's La Tour is dishing up three courses of Thanksgiving goodness this Thursday (including a pecan pie tartlet topped with pumpkin ice cream and a cinnamon crème anglaise)—although, you can cut to the chase and order La Tour's turkey entrèe à la carte for $25 and pair it with 25 percent discounts on select bottles of wine ($51 per person for three courses). latour-vail.com
Gessner at Hotel Talisa
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Vail
Gessner's creekside Thanksgiving buffet at Hotel Talisa (the space formerly known as the Cascade that underwent a glitzy, $60 million makeover and opened last year) features all the traditional fare—plus, a seafood station with oysters and snow crab claws, and a mountain-sized dessert station complete with everything from pumpkin and pecan pie to root beer floats ($20 for kids, $60 for adults). hoteltalisa.com
And if you'd rather enjoy your turkey from the comforts of home ...
The Four Seasons's steakhouse Flame might already be booked for Thanksgiving night dinner service, but you can still opt for to-go servings of everything from whole roasted turkey to sweet potato souflé courtesy of Flame's culinary team, with $35 from each order going to local nonprofit Vail Valley Salvation Army ($275 per order, serves 4 to 6 people, fourseasons.com ).
And if you need to feel the burn before you cook the bird ...
Eagle-Vail's annual 5k Turkey Trot (November 22, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; youthpower365.org) is welcome to all ages (and dogs, too!), and starts and finishes at the Eagle-Vail pool. Be sure to bring a few nonperishable items to donate to the Eagle River Valley Food Bank, and arrive a little early so you can join in on the pre-run group stretch—or opt for a Bloody Mary if you plan on simply spectating ($10 per person). Eagle's Brush Creek Elementary School will also be hosting a 5k Thanksgiving day race, which starts and finishes at the school (November 22, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., memberplanet.com), with a 1-mile option available, too ($25 per person, $65 per family).