Thanksgiving In Jackson Hole

Thanksgiving starts off a busy holiday season in Jackson Hole! Beginning early Thanksgiving Day, take part in the 20th Annual Turkey Trot, a 5K race hosted by the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Center. Get some fresh air, burn some extra calories, and be home well before the feasting begins.

So, what’s for dinner? Whether you’re planning on a meal at home with friends and family, or heading out to a local restaurant, the options for Turkey Day deliciousness are endless. My family has always gone the stay-at-home route, hosting or joining our friends and other family members in a huge traditional feast. A table set for 25+ people, football on in the background, and a massive spread of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, the list goes on. (Is your mouth watering yet?)

I’ve always been curious about the local buffets in town, but I only get a spread like this once a year (which I start craving about mid-October) so I’ve been reluctant to veer from my usual Thanksgiving dinner. From what I’ve heard, and read in their advertisements, The Wort Hotel and Snow King Resort offer excellent options. This year, The Wort’s buffet will be from 11am-4pm, and it includes Mesquite prime rib of beef with caramelized onions and herbed au jus, Purdue turkey with cranberry candied orange zest marmalade, Caribbean Jerk-Marinated pork loin with Mango Chutney, Cajun shrimp, Alaskan King Crab legs, breakfast bar, and countless side dishes. Snow King’s buffet goes from 11am-3pm, and it offers roasted prime rib with red wine au jus and house-made horseradish sauce, roasted turkey with house-made cranberry sauce and turkey gravy, shrimp creole served over red beans and rice, jumbo shrimp,crab claws, and other tasty side dishes…..Okay, now I’m starving. I’m sure there are other amazing buffet options, but I can’t read about anymore food, it all sounds so delicious! I’m definitely committed to my home cooked meal for this year, but these buffets are tempting.

If you can tear yourself  away from the table after your Thanksgiving feast, there is more fun to be had around the Valley this weekend. Friday night is the annual Town Square Lighting Ceremony from 5-7pm. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, music, and a visit from Santa as the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce lights the Town Square. They are also doing a special promotion at this year’s ceremony to encourage people to shop locally Saturday November, 24th. Two hundred people at the Jackson Town Square Lighting Ceremony will have the chance to win $25 gift cards that can be used at any business in Teton County over the weekend, but they encourage winners to use them on “Small Business Saturday.” Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and urges people to shop small and invest in their local community. While you’re out shopping locally, remember that Saturday is also opening day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and lucky winners can use their gift cards at any business in Teton County!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at the Virginian Lodge! May it be filled with friends, family, and great food :)


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