November has arrived in all of its stunning leaf-changing glory, and that has long been the official signal that it’s time to get ready for the busy holiday season ahead. Thanksgiving comes first, and that wonderful American holiday brings families and friends together for a dinner of epic proportions and time spent watching football, playing with the children and sitting back to relax and enjoy the company of one another. However, Thanksgiving may be difficult to enjoy if you’re the one who is tasked with getting the house in order for all of those guests and doing the shopping and cooking for that incredible dinner. This year, we invite you to come spend Thanksgiving with us here in our lovely mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, where you’ll be able to fully enjoy the holiday experience without having to do a single thing other than relax and spend time with those who you love best.
Updated November 2018
Your Thanksgiving Feast Awaits
We have several restaurants in both Telluride and nearby Mountain Village that go all out on the Thanksgiving dinner feast for our visitors each year. These are just a few that are sure to please everyone in your group.
Altezza at the Peaks
This Telluride restaurant is lovely and offers a comfortable, casual atmosphere and a stunning panoramic view of Telluride and the surrounding mountains from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Executive Chef Matt Janney and Sous Chef Brendan Moloney are known for their incredible cuisine that always features fresh, local ingredients, and they’re once again creating an amazing Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 8 p.m. All of the traditional Thanksgiving fare will be available along with tasty plant-based dishes for the vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free people in your group, and the price is $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Reservations are a must, and you may call 970-728-2525 to reserve a table for your preferred time.
Since Thanksgiving falls on the opening day of the Telluride ski season, you have the option of skiing right into this restaurant’s convenient ski-in/ski-out area, or you may arrive on the gondola. Here’s a look at a few of the more than two dozen menu items that you may expect to enjoy at this spectacular all-you-care-to-eat Thanksgiving buffet.
- Butternut Bisque Soup
- Artisanal Salami and Cheese Platter
- Grilled Vegetable Antipasto
- Four Varieties of Salad
- Roast Turkey (Gluten-Free Gravy)
- Cedar-Planked Salmon
- Rainbow Quinoa Pilaf
- Confit of Duck Leg
- Candied Yams
- Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
- Sage Sausage Stuffing
- Cranberry Relish
- Tuscan Roasted Vegetables
- Roasted Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts
- Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Crumb Pie
- Flourless Chocolate Torte
Perched high in the mountains at over 10,000 feet and designed with huge floor-to-ceiling windows, Allred’s Restaurant offers the most amazing mountain views in all of Telluride. It’s easily accessible by way of the gondola, and there will be a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner available again this year. You may expect to enjoy a sit-down meal made up of all of your traditional Thanksgiving favorites as well as popular local dishes with excellent wine pairings. Reservations may be made by calling 970-728-7474.
The View Bar and Grill
If 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the San Sophia Ridge sound good to you, then you should plan to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the View Bar and Grill. The dining room boasts vaulted timber ceilings and a massive stone fireplace, and a special Thanksgiving meal has been planned from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Prices are $45 for adults and $25 for children, and you may reserve a table by calling 970-369-5000. These are a few of the items that you’ll find on the special holiday menu.
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Winter Greens Salad
- Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
- Burgundy Braised Turkey Legs
- Gingersnap Gravy
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Buttered Mashed Potatoes
- Cornbread Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Warm Bread
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
Baked in Telluride
This popular restaurant is known for its fresh-baked bakery goods and breads, deli sandwiches and pizzas all year around, but you can expect something extra special on Thanksgiving. The dinner comes with roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade stuffing, a variety of veggies and a delicious freshly prepared honey-cranberry sauce. Of course, homemade pumpkin pies will be baked that morning in preparation for your dessert. If you don’t want the entire dinner experience, then you may like to opt for the open-face turkey sandwich.
Crazy Elk Pizza
If you don’t want to take a lot of time away from the ski slopes for the full Thanksgiving meal experience, then you’ll be glad to know that Crazy Elk Pizza will be open for business. It’s conveniently located right in the Mountain Village core, so you can drop in and warm up for a bit. The service is quick and friendly, and you’ll discover fresh handmade pizzas, subs and salad as well as pizza by the slice. There’s also a bar with wine by the glass and local craft beers, and you’re welcome to stay awhile and enjoy a game of darts or foosball along with the nice selection of child-friendly video games. It’s open from noon to 9 p.m., so drop in any time.
Situated right next to Crazy Elk Pizza in Mountain Village, Tomboy Tavern will also be open on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Come have a seat at the huge wraparound bar and check out the game on the big-screen televisions. You may order from a menu that offers casual American cuisine as well as craft beers and incredible cocktails.
Private Dining at Your Vacation Rental
Here at Exceptional Stays, we offer a wonderful selection of luxury vacation properties that come with a full staff. This includes a private chef who is ready to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for your entire group, and the housekeeper will clean up afterwards so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. Even if you choose a vacation residence that doesn’t include a staff, you may still benefit from the local private chef services that may be available to come to your vacation home to prepare your holiday meal.
If you still want to make your own Thanksgiving dinner, then you’re sure to adore the gourmet kitchen that comes with almost all of our rentals. You’ll have all of the best appliances to make meal preparation a breeze, and we can have your kitchen stocked with everything that you need to prepare your favorite holiday recipes when you arrive.
Make Your Thanksgiving Plans Today
There is still time to plan a Thanksgiving stay in beautiful Telluride, and you can contact us here at Exceptional Stays to lock in your luxury vacation rental. We’ll be happy to make the reservations for your holiday meal at any of the above restaurants, and we can also see about bringing in a private chef to cook for you. Just let us know how we can help make your Thanksgiving experience better, and we’ll get right to work in assisting you in creating the perfect Telluride Thanksgiving holiday.