Aspen restaurants open for Turkey Day
Thanksgiving in a ski town is celebrated a little bit differently. While Americans across the country are waking up early to get their birds in the oven, most Aspen locals and visitors are suiting up to go skiing and snowboarding.
Whether you get out for some Turkey Day uphilling, snow-shoeing, Nordic skiing or regular old downhill fun, there are plenty of ways to burn some calories today before indulging later.
Here’s a list of restaurants with Thanksgiving specials, courtesy of the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, in case you decide to stay on the mountain a bit longer and forego the cooking.
Acquolina Trattoria & Pizzeria
Open at 11:30 a.m. http://www.acquolina aspen.com
Casual dinner option from 6 to 9 p.m. with traditional Thanksgiving menu items available on an a la carte basis. Three-course prix fixe dinner menu of traditional holiday items also available. http://www.thelittlenell.com/dining
Serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner — three courses — in addition to a bar menu, from 6 p.m. to close. Cost: $68 per person plus tax and gratuity. http://www.casatualife style.com
Serving up Thanksgiving specials, winter bar menu, $3 Colorado craft beers, $6 Patron cocktails and football in surround sound today through Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. http://www.thelittlenell.com
Three-course traditional Thanksgiving menu with roasted organic turkey and all the gourmet trimmings. 3 to 9 p.m., $99 per guest with a $65 wine pairing option, $47 per child. http://www.thelittlenell.com/dining
Thanksgiving Day meal benefiting Asendigo Autism Services. Noon. Cost: $10 suggested donation. http://www.hickoryhouseribs.com
Three-course dinner. Also offering pick-up. Open from 3 to 10 p.m. Cost: $48. http://www.jimmysaspen.com
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Cost: $32. Pumpkin Pie dessert for $10. Also offering pick-up. Open from 3:30 to 10 p.m. http://www.jimmysbodega.com
Buffet dinner. Seatings at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Cost: $55 per person, $35 for kids 10 and under. http://www.justicesnows.com.
Thanksgiving catering and meals to go. $349 serves 4 to 6 guests. http://www.mawaskitchen.com
Prospect at Hotel Jerome
Thanksgiving Day buffet from 1 to 8 p.m. Cost: Adults for $105, children under 10 for $35. http://www.hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com/dining
Trecento Quindici Decano
Thanksgiving Day buffet from 1 to 7 p.m. Reservations highly recommended. Cost: Adults for $85, children for $35. http://www.stregisaspen.com/dining
Willow Creek Bistro — The Ritz-Carlton Club
Thanksgiving dinner with buffets, carving station and more. Reservations recommended. Cost: $79 per person, children under 14 pay their age. 970-429-2322.
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Kevin Warner started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a wilderness ranger in 2001. Now he’s taking over the key position as Aspen-Sopris District Ranger.