Take a sleigh ride across a snow covered valley to a dinner that you will never forget inside a recreated homestead. All 3 hours for the full experience.
I think we all begin fantasizing about sleigh rides the first time we ever hear “Jingle Bells”. Dashing with across a snow covered valley, snuggled up with someone you love is both romantic and idyllic. At Keystone, your family’s sleigh riding fantasies can become a reality with their Sleigh Ride dinner. After meeting at the Adventure Center and taking a short bus ride out of town, two draft horses take guests on a ride through a moonlit snow-covered valley to a special dinner inside the recreated homestead of one of the original settlers in the area. Thick blankets help guests take their focus off the freezing temperatures and on to the fresh elk tracks in the snow, shadows cast by the bare bones of an aspen lit by a full moon, and a coyote trotting 50 yards of the sleigh on his nightly quest for a meal. A husband and wife cowboy team tells stories about the area, cracks cheesy jokes, and gets people excited about the meal they are about to enjoy inside the cabin.
The cabin’s atmosphere is as warm as the toasty baked biscuits waiting at picnic bench tables for each family/group. Steaming cast iron kettles full of the best barley beef stew you will ever have are accompanied by the songs of a cowgirl and her guitar. My daughter thought the singing cowgirl was the highlight of the experience and swooned when she agreed to play her request; “Jingle Bells”. The complimentary shot of peppermint schnapps (adults only!) kicks up a cup of hot chocolate quite nicely. The entrée choices are grilled chicken, grilled, steak, grilled salmon, and a vegetarian option with heaping portions of potatoes and veggies. The food was plentiful, fresh, and tasty. Just when we thought we would burst from all the good food, apple pie and vanilla ice cream appeared before us, and of course we all suddenly had enough room left to squeeze in a few bites.
The only drawback to this adventure is the lack of indoor plumbing. This means that when you need to use the facilities, you need to bundle up and head to the outhouse! While it was freezing outside, modern bathrooms really would have taken away from the ambiance so they weren’t missed too much.
Prices are $49.50 per adult, $45 for children 4-12 and $10 for children 3 and under. While $45 does seem like a ton to spend on dinner for a child, this experience is much more than just dinner. The entire sleigh ride excursion takes about 3 hours and the meal, entertainment, and unique opportunity are well worth the cost.
Disclosure: My family was hosted by Keystone Resort. All opinions are my own.
The dinner sleigh ride allowed us to see a part of Keystone we otherwise would have missed. I loved the peaceful sleigh ride (about 15 minutes) through near empty wilderness to the historic homestead ranch. The wranglers were fun, entertaining, and well-informed, and the sleigh with blankets was cozy.
While you do get a great dinner, it's not really about that. Consider the price per person to be an entry fee for an experience, not the meal. During dinner, you'll be serenaded by a cowboy guitar player, and get to sing along. The ride back was very cold, but that just added to the experience.
This is a very kid-friendly event, but keep in mind that the sleigh ride requires kids sit still, and the experience does require a shuttle to Lakeside Village (unless you're staying there), then a 15 minute bus ride, then the 15 minute sleigh ride (and back). Very young kids may get tired.
We were hosted by Keystone Resort during our stay. All opinions are our own.