When you start to add up your blessings this year, will you be counting your unbelievably beautiful escape to Estes Park as one of them? Maybe this is the year you decide to run away from home, enjoying the holiday with only your closest family members, (your spouse and kids) eschewing the traditions that leave you exhausted and broke, and reveling in the new no rules Thanksgiving you so richly deserve. Say goodbye to cranky Aunt Ethel, leave your turkey baster in the drawer it always gets lost in, and find your way to Estes Park, Colorado for a warm and welcoming stay in our Mountain Villages at Lake Estes holiday hideaway! This guide to everything Turkey will ensure that every minute of your escape will be filled with fun, laughter, and all the rest and relaxation your tired soul needs!

The Magick Show, November 13, The Stanley Hotel

If you aren’t quite ready to throw traditions to the wind, you can ease into the idea with a mid-November journey to Colorado, sampling the early days of the season! The Stanley Hotel has been host to many a nightmare, as it was the star of one of Stephen King’s most spooktacular of books, The Shining, and the subterranean theater under the hotel may haunt your nightmares in the most exciting of ways! Fate & Futility; a Night of Magick awaits you as Alden Sinclair introduces you to tarot cards and other haunted items, giving visitors the thrill of a lifetime. And although it isn’t quite Thanksgiving-like, this fun event is sure to become one of the best memories of your Colorado vacation.

A Taste of the Town

The best part of running away for the Thanksgiving holiday is letting someone else do all the cooking, cleaning, and serving! Many of our local restaurants will be offering Thanksgiving meals, including Hunter’s Chophouse located at 1690 Big Thompson Avenue. Featuring your traditional favorites as well as their standard menu, there is guaranteed to be a meal that will be loved by every member of your family! For those who have fallen for the charms of the Stanley Hotel, a Thanksgiving Buffet is an annual event that has been sold out for as many years as it has been offered, so be sure to make your reservations SOON!

YMCA Annual 5K Turkey Trot, November 25

The last six weeks of the year are destined to be the most calorie-ridden ones, and if you want to help keep a check on your clothing sizes, the YMCA Annual 5K Turkey Trot is the best way to do so! The starting pistol will be shot at 9 AM on the dot and prizes will be given to the best runners in a variety of categories. The best part of this annual event, however, is the run counteracts all those extra calories you will ingest, so you are free to enjoy another piece of pumpkin pie or an extra serving of stuffing; you deserve it!

Keeping Your Traditions Close

Of course, just because you aren’t cooking for 50 of your closest friends and family, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on all your favorite dishes. Thanksgiving is much more manageable when it is just you, your spouse, and kiddos enjoying the feast, so create a modified meal in our fully equipped kitchens during your stay! High-end appliances are a joy to use and every aspiring chef knows that cooking with gas is the only way to ensure your food is prepared properly. Teach your children the secrets of your family recipes, allowing them to join in the fun while also preparing them for the day when you throw in your apron for good! As you and your family gather round the dining room table in our Mountain Village at Lake Estes escapes, the food tastes even better because you made it with love and you know that your children and spouse will be the ones on kitchen patrol, clearing away the table and cleaning the kitchen when the meal is done!

Catch the Glow Parade, November 26, Elkhorn Avenue

As everyone knows, the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the official start to the Christmas season and the Catch the Glow Parade is our first Christmas event! Offering the charm of a small parade and containing over 40 floats, police cars and fire trucks, the marching bands will offer the first glimpse of Christmas as they play your favorite carols! Santa will be there as well and as the parade meanders along its route, visitors can take some time to begin their own Black Friday shopping, picking up the first of what we are sure will be many to come!

Contact us to reserve your favorite Mountain Village at Lake Estes holiday hideaway today!