Food & Drink

Stay out of kitchen, meet neighbors at mountain Thanksgiving events

Nederland Community Thanksgiving Dinner takes place on Nov. 15, 2015.

Nederland Community Thanksgiving Dinner takes place on Nov. 15, 2015.

Want to avoid spending hours in the kitchen preparing a large meal for Thanksgiving? Then head out and join other mountain residents and visitors for a Thanksgiving dinner at gatherings and restaurants across the Peak to Peak.

Nederland Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Nederland Community Center, 750 N. Hwy. 72
Everyone is welcome, Nov. 15 from noon-3 p.m., at the Nederland Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the Nederland Community Center. Bring a plate, cup and utensils to enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and a roll. Bring a favorite Thanksgiving side dish to share, if you can, or just come and enjoy a dinner. Volunteers to cook a turkey, help set up and clean up or serve are needed. Sign up at

Coal Creek Canyon Community Thanksgiving
CCCIA Hall, 31528 Hwy. 72, Coal Creek Canyon
Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner at the CCCIA Hall., Nov. 26 from noon to 2 p.m., for Coal Creek Canyon residents, friends and family. Turkey, vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread stuffing, salad, relish tray, rolls and pumpkin pie will be served. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the meal including shopping, preparation, carving, table setting, calls and clean up. Call 303-642-0984 or e-mail Reservations are suggested.

Allenspark Thanksgiving Potluck & Sing-along
Old Gallery, 14863 Hwy. 7, Allenspark
Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, Nov. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Old Gallery in Allenspark. Turkey will be provided, just bring a side or dessert and beverages. Dinner is followed by a sing-along of traditional favorites. Table hosts are needed to decorate and set each table for eight to 10. Contact Margie Patterson at 303-747-2089 or with questions or to volunteer. Reservations are helpful, but not required.

Peaceful Valley Thanksgiving Buffet
Peaceful Valley Resort, 475 Peaceful Valley
Road • 303-747-2881
Peaceful Valley Resort invites everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with its buffet, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. All the traditional fixings, created by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and team, will be available. Call to reserve space.

Estes Park Restaurants
Several Estes Park restaurants are hosting their own traditional Thanksgiving dinners for its many out-of-town-guests as well as area residents who would rather stay out of the kitchen on the holiday.

– Nicky’s Steakhouse
1350 Fall River Road, Estes Park • 970-586-5376
Celebrate Thanksgiving at Nicky’s Steakhouse with a traditional Thanksgiving buffet featuring prime rib, turkey, ham and duck, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, soup, salad and pumpkin pie. Seatings are from noon-4 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended.

– The Other Side Restaurant
900 Moraine, Estes Park • 970-586-2171
The Other Side Restaurant offers a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 26. Reservations are recommended.

– Cascades Restaurant at the Stanley Hotel
900 Moraine Ave., Estes Park • 970-586-2171
Cascades Restaurant at the Stanley Hotel offers a traditional Thanksgiving dinner feast, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call to make required reservations.

– The View Restaurant at Historic Crags Lodge
300 Riverside Dr., Estes Park • 970-586-1087
The View Restaurant at the Historic Crags Lodge offers a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, Nov, 26 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., including roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin and apple pie. Call to make required reservations.

– Longians Saloon
110 W Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park • 970-586-4346
Lonigans Saloon invites everyone to join in its annual Thanksgiving potluck, Nov. 26 from 4-7 p.m. Lonigans supplies fried, roasted and smoked turkey, corn pudding, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The rest of the meal is potluck. Potluck providers eat free, others are a suggested donation of $10 for charity. No reservations are required.

– Waterfront Grill at Estes Park Resort
1700 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park • 970-577-6400
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving and Kid’s Only Buffet at the Estes Park Resort, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a live pianist. Call for reservations.

– YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park • 970-586-3341
Reserve a spot on Nov. 26 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the  annual Thanksgiving dinner at the YMCA of the Rockies. There will be gourmet-style buffets with a carving station, omelet and waffle station, seafood, specialty salads, hot entrees and a dessert bar. Reservations are required.

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