Enjoy your holiday, and let some else do the cooking, at these vacation spots. 

Thanksgiving is a time of family, food, and feasting until you can’t fit in your sweatpants. It can also be a time of stress, stress, and did we mention stress (a lot due to all that family, food, and feasting)? This year, if you want to take a load off, let someone else do the cooking, and enjoy something unique, why not check out these destinations across the state for a Thanksgiving you won’t forget!

Don’t wait to book your getaway this Thanksgiving, as many of the meals and lodging options on the list are subject to availability and can fill up quickly.

Brown Palace Hotel and The Grand Illumination, Denver

Brown Palace Holidays Courtesy of the Brown Palace Hotel.

Denver residents don’t need to go far to enjoy a destination Thanksgiving. The Brown Palace is known for its Thanksgiving day feasts with several offerings and live entertainment throughout the day. What’s even better is you can make a small vacation of it by enjoying the meal, taking advantage of all the Brown Palace has to offer and its luxurious rooms, and then head downtown for The Grand Illumination on November 23. The event features beautiful lighting displays in the LoDo District and Denver Union Station. Downtown's holiday atmosphere will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.

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Devil's Thumb Ranch, Tabernash

This popular guest resort draws people in all year round thanks to its outdoor activities, accommodations, and Colorado scenery. And Thanksgiving is no exception. The resort is excited to be continuing the tradition of having Thanksgiving dinner served at both Heck's Tavern & Ranch House Restaurant, with several seatings and unbelievable menu options at both (carved turkey or prime rib, anyone)? Make a vacation of it by booking a room and taking advantage of all the activities the resort has to offer like hiking, horseback ride, yoga, spa relaxation, and other seasonal to-dos. Stick around until through Nov. 24 for a stargazing party.   

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Estes Park and the Stanley Hotel

Catch the Glow Parade

Catch the Glow Parade, Estes Park. Courtesy of Colorado.gov.

Indulge in a wonderful vacation at the ever-popular Stanley Hotel. The grand old lodging will host a mouthwatering Thanksgiving brunch, and afterward, you can stay in the historic rooms surrounded by old-world charm. Don’t forget to stick around until November 23 to catch a day full hay-rides, Santa visits, and the fun Catch the Glow Holiday Celebration and Evening Parade. It’s a fun way to kick-off the holidays!

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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop

Dine and de-stress at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. The resort will offer its annual Thanksgiving buffet, and before and after dining, you can take a soak in the soothing hot springs, set within natural, rocky surroundings, as well as man-made pools. All pools are heated by geothermal water. Stick around and stay at the lodge to indulge in a massage or a variety of treatments at the spa. It’s the ultimate relaxation Thanksgiving vacation.

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Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge

Ski and sip at Spencer’s at Beaver Run Resort this Thanksgiving. Dine on a holiday mountain meal right at the base of the Beaver Run SuperChair on Peak 9. The meal offers the full decadence that you want on the holiday. And, Beaver Creek is supposed to open in November this year, so you can ski down the slopes and work off all that pie.

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat should be open in November, making it a great time to ski and snowboard before and after a big holiday meal. There are tons of restaurants that host holiday meals, and there is also a community full-course traditional meal that you can enjoy, as well. Start your day with a jog in the town’s Turkey Trot 5K, then refuel with all the cranberries and turkey you can handle, and finish out the day with a soothing soak in Strawberry Park Hot Springs or Old Town Hot Springs.

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The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

Broadmoor lights

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The Broadmoor has a whole package for a fabulous Thanksgiving vacation. From a decadent Thanksgiving feast to a Champagne Thanksgiving brunch paired with live entertainment to a Champagne Thanksgiving buffet, you certainly won’t miss out on the flavors of the holiday. In addition, the hotel says its Thanksgiving package includes family activities and discounts for adult Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tickets, in case you need to work off all that turkey.

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What are your Thanksgiving plans? Will you make a getaway of it this year? Let us know in the comments below.