Thanksgiving in Ridgway

The long weekend offered a perfect opportunity to escape from Boulder for a few days. Jason and I are extremely fortunately to be friends with a fantastically lovely couple – Cindy and Matthew – who invited us to join their family Thanksgiving in Ridgway, CO. (and are also letting us get married at their beautiful home in September!)

Ridgway is known as the “Gateway to the San Juans” and is the Northern Entrance to the San Juan Skyway. The view here is from a lookout over the Peaceful Valley.

Founded back in 1891 and named after the railroad superintendent Robert M. Ridgway, this town has a special little place in my heart. The city park and it’s surroundings were used in the original film “True Grit” and “How the West Was Won.”

If you happen to be in Ridgway for a weekend, then here are some of my favorite things to do:

Brunch at Kate’s Place: Kate must be a pancake genius. I had the pumpkin pancake special when I was there and they were seriously the best pancakes I’ve EVER had. Fluffy. Cakey. Heaven. I’m sure their other food is good too.

Hike Mt. Sneffels: There is a class 2 and a class 3 route to the top of Sneffels. Neither are for the faint of heart – I say as someone who has never climbed Sneffels – but as someone who is not a huge fan of exposure. (In this case, exposure means proximity to very steep cliffs and drop offs. You know, cliff where say if the wind were to come up, and you were blown off, you would not survive) Both routes are around 6-6.5 miles round trip and have an elevation gain of about 2,900 feet. Best of luck to you.

If you spend your morning hiking Sneffels, you will definitely earn a massage, soak, or, at the very least a margarita on the rooftop of the Chipeta Solar Springs Resort. This adorable adobe-style hotel has private hot tubs, solar pools, steam room and sauna. Perfect for aching muscles. And awesome margaritas, perfect for surviving harrowing climbs!

Last but not least, the True Grit would be a great alternative for drinks and dinner. They serve “cowboy cuisine” in a relaxed, western environment with friendly staff and a newly remodeled second floor… oh, and they are going to be my rehearsal dinner venue when Jason and I get married in Ridgway this coming fall. I recommend their vegge chile fries and a pitcher of the Ouray Brewery’s “Camp Bird Blonde.”

Thanksgiving in Ridgway

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