Spring Break dining out in Beaver Creek
Our family ski trips are usually spent in a condo preparing the majority of our meals in the provided kitchen. However, spring break of 2015 we found ourselves at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. Our hotel stay meant that we ate out every night, so thank goodness the village has so many options.
Our biggest splurge had to have been our dinner at Beano’s Cabin. What sets this restaurant apart is the unique transportation and location. The only way to get to the mountain top cabin, is a 20 minute OPEN AIR SLEIGH RIDE pulled by a snow cat. Although warm blankets are provided, you will need to dress accordingly. An attendant is on the sleigh to take pictures and provide information about the mountain and Beano’s Cabin. Our boys enjoyed the rocking chairs (complete with provided slippers) in front of the fire, while we had a cocktail. Dinner is a 3 course affair for children under 11, and a 5 course affair for adults. The food and service was good, but not any better than a fancy restaurant back home. The sleigh ride down among the stars was amazing. Overall, I’m glad we took this dinner adventure, but based on the price and experience, I think it is a once in a lifetime thing for me. I actually asked for gift certificates to Beano’s for my birthday earlier in the month from my in-laws and they were waiting at our table. The gift certificates helped me rationalize the expense since we got a little help. I really thing everyone should dine at Beano’s just once if you can.
If you are looking for a little more bang for your buck, I’d go for Toscanini. This Italian restaurant is conveniently located in the village across from the ice skating rink. Reservations are required, however, there is open seating in the bar/lounge area. Our family of 5 ate in the lounge one night and were so glad we did. The food was outstanding. I always like when I can get a really great adult dish and the kids can order an individual pizza just like they want it. The bruschetta appetizer was phenomenal. The next time we head to Beaver Creek, I’ll make sure to get reservations ahead of time for this great restaurant.
Since I seem to be going from most expensive to least expensive in this post, I’ll just keep going. The Dusty Boot is another restaurant within Beaver Creek Village. While they don’t take reservations, we only waited about 45 minutes for a table at 7pm. It’s an easy location to let one parent take kids ice skating while the other waits to be seated. I’d describe this restaurant menu variety like a Chili’s, but with a local independent flare. The food and atmosphere were good, no need to dress up here. I’d eat there again for sure.
On a break from skiing we decided to head down the mountain to Avon to grab some supplies and wander around. We wandered into The Blue Plate for lunch. It’s a small local restaurant that came as a pleasant surprise. The wait staff was particularly attentive, even though the dining room had a large party of locals. I took that as a good sign. The food seemed extra fresh and inventive. Hubby really enjoyed the lamb sandwich, and the fish taco special was out of this world. The outside tables looked especially inviting when the weather was warm enough.
After five nights of eating out, I was at the end of my rope. I didn’t want to figure out what to wear and encounter a wait since we didn’t have reservations anywhere. Hubby had wandered through Beaver Creek Village the day before and found a low cost no wait option. The Market is the expensive (and only) grocery store in the village, but it also has a small sandwich/deli counter tucked into the front corner. I had a perfectly reasonable turkey swiss panini made to order without all the fuss. We ate our sandwiches picnic style on tables scattered throughout the village. It was a much better choice than overpriced room service, and we topped it off with ice cream at another shop. That gave me a lot more time to pack up all the suitcases that night.
While I enjoyed the variety of eating out every night it got a little old. But Beaver Creek has enough variety that you really don’t have to eat at the same place twice. I visited a completely different set of restaurants on a previous trip to Beaver Creek before Christmas. You can read about all of those dining options here. So while our hotel location was fantastic, this mom will go back to condo rental again next year’s ski trip no matter what town we decide on.