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About Me & My Family

My family and I love road trips. In fact, our annual road trip miles amount to at least 10,000 per year! We love National Parks and any place that is off the beaten path.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
The road (wherever it takes us), of course!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
National Parks
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
There are so many to name. We love Alta Ranch Montana. We have so many fun memories of just staying at the ranch. We never left the place and we were never bored!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My daughter got car sick on the way to New Mexico. She puked in every state on the way. I sat in the back and caught the puke in a Ziploc bag for about 8 hours. Once we got to our destination, she was just fine and happy to be there.
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Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Utah

Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner at one of these restaurants in Utah.  These restaurants are open on Thanksgiving (with the exception of Thanksgiving Point), serving all of the traditional fare.  Make reservations early and enjoy your stress-free holiday.


555 S Main St
Salt Lake City, Utah

The 5-star, Grand America Hotel hosts three Thanksgiving dining options as follows: 1) Thanksgiving Day "Grand" Brunch in the Grand Ballroom at 10:30 am - 2:30 pm (Last Seating) Charge: $49.00 Adults; $24.50 Children 5 - 12;Children 4 and under complimentary; Reservations are required and booked through the reservations line at 801-258-6707 2)Thanksgiving Day Breakfast in the Garden Cafe at 6:30 am - 10:00 am, standard breakfast menu available, buffet opens at 7:00 am; Charge: $15.00 Breakfast Buffet Open Seating Only: No Reservations Required 3)Thanksgiving Day Garden Cafe Buffet at the Garden Cafe at 11:00 am - 7:00 pm; Charge: $45.00 Adults; $22.50 Children 5 - 12; Children 4 and under complimentary Ala carte menu available after 7:00 pm Reservations required and handled through the Garden Cafe Reservations Line 801-258-6708


784 W. Resort Drive
Midway, Utah

Grand Thanksgiving Buffet served from 11am-4pm. Reservations are required to enjoy the Zermatt Resort's carving stations, traditional favorites and sweet treats. $42/adults, $19/children ages 5-11; free for children under 4. Consider the resort's Thanksgiving Overnight Package starting at $235

reviewed on: January 11 2011

"Family Fun Resort"
The Zermatt Resort is a great family friendly resort in an amazingly beautiful setting.  The resort is located in the quaint town of Midway, Utah.  Our family likes to go to this resort in the summer and fall so we can enjoy all of the outdoor activities such as the family friendly pool (most of it is only 2-3 feet deep - perfect for little ones), miniature golf, feeding the goats and the carousal.  We rent a one bedroom suite that has a fully stocked kitchen.  This room is a perfect way to save on meals.  The rooms are immaculate and the beds are comfortable.  The Zermatt Resort is a great place for a fun family getaway.

Midway, Utah

Reservations are required to enjoy the Homestead Resort's Grand Thanksgiving Buffet from 11am-4pm with prices at: $35/adults, $19/children ages 5-11; free for children under 4. Consider the resort's Thanksgiving Overnight Packages starting at $199

reviewed on: January 10 2011

"Unique Resort Experience"
The Homestead is a unique resort experience and perfect for families.  This resort is in Midway - a quaint swiss town nestled against the Wasatch mountains.  My family loves to visit this resort in the summer for all of the outdoor activies.  We could spend hours just playing all of the yard games provided for free at the outdoor center.  You can also rent bikes and ride around the great bike trails in the area.  Some of the rooms can be a little dark and are a bit old. That is why I deducted 1-star.  However, we prefer to stay in the cottages which are larger and more quaint. They are a little more expensive but definately worth it.  The Homestead is a great resort destination for families.


Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
Highway 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon Sandy, Utah

Snowbird is offering three Thanksgiving Dinner options this year: 1) The Golden Cliff: Thanksgiving Buffet Menu at Noon – 8:00 p.m. Price: Adults $33.95; Children (6-12) $17.95 2) The Atrium buffet: Thanksgiving Buffet Menu at Noon – 8:00 p.m. Price: Adults $33.95; Children (6-12) $17.95 The Lodge Bistro: Full-service menu at 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended: (801) 933-2181

reviewed on: August 23 2011

"Summer Fun"
When 600-plus inches of powder snow melts from Snowbird Ski Resort’s Hidden Peak, the resort transforms into a high elevation family adventure park with activities such as an alpine slide, tram and lift rides, bungee trampoline, bounce house, mechanical bull, ropes course, climbing wall and zip-line.  Each of these activities can be purchased separately, for a completely customized day of activities.  However, Snowbird offers an all-day activity pass that includes unlimited use of each of the activities at a reasonable price ($39 adults, $24 child).  I can attest that the all-day pass is definitely worth the price as one-time individual activity price averages approximately $10 per activity.  

My family, with kids aged 10, 7, and 2 enjoyed an active day at Snowbird in August with our all-day activity bands around our wrists (and kiddos slept extremely well that night).  Each member in my family had a delightful time discovering our own favorite activity with my 2 year old preferring the bounce house, my 7 year old mastering the alpine slide, and my 10 year old conquering the ropes course.  Mom and Dad preferred the 10 minute aerial tram ride to the top of Hidden Peak where we hiked a short distance enjoying amazing views and beautiful wildflowers to the Peruvian Express Ski Lift where we walked through a 600 foot mountain tunnel to enjoy awesome views of Mineral Basin.   Our return trip was on the Peruvian chairlift as tickets for the Peruvian chairlift and the aerial tram are interchangeable making it a great option for families to enjoy a loop trip.  Note that even my 2 year old enjoyed the ride down the chairlift although it was a bit nerve-wracking for me to see her hanging from the lift at these heights.  If you have a particularly wiggly toddler, or kiddos afraid of heights, you may want to just stay with the tram ride.

What to know before you go:  Bring plenty of sunscreen and drinking water.  Sunburn and dehydration is eminent at this high elevation.  It is also a good idea to bring a good daypack.  I was happy to be able to safely zip up all my belongings while riding the chairlifts.  There are some good restaurants located at the base of the resort and many of them offer “kids eat free” specials in the summer.  However, you can also pack your own picnic and eat at one of the many picnic tables provided.  Parking is free but can get crowded during peak times.  I would suggest parking at the Snowbird Resort Entrance 4, which is uphill from all of the activities.  This parking is a little less crowded and you can ride the Chickadee chairlift back uphill to entrance 4 when you are departing.   Finally, check out some of Snowbird’s lodging and activity packages deals which include activity passes and lodging at one of their fine resorts.  

In summary my family enjoyed a beautiful summer day enjoying the activities at Snowbird Ski Resort.   This is a five star family fun activity, if you can avoid long lines.  I did deduct one star from my review just for the long lines at some the most popular activities.  However we visited on a busy weekend day, so I would suggest visiting on a weekday if possible in order to avoid long lines.  

Disclosure: Although I received complimentary all-day activity passes, my reviews are always my own opinions and are not influenced by staff or its affiliates.

10230 E. State Hwy. 210
Sandy, Utah

Dinner is served from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. The price is $37 for adults, $16 for children ages 7-12 and $10 for ages 4-6, Reservations are recommended; call 801-742-3500. Consider booking a Thanksgiving family ski vacation package which includes lodging, skiing and dining.


3003 Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, Utah

Restaurants are not open on Thanksgiving. But consider enjoying the "Eat Like A Pilgrim" event, recreating the historic event at the show barn. Dates include: Saturday, November 12, Monday, November 14, Saturday, November 19, Monday, November 21; Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm) Advance ticket prices are: $27/per adult; $17/per child (ages 3-12); 2 and under free.


7700 Stein Way
Park City, Utah

The Glitretind restaurant at Stein Eriksen Lodge hosts a Thanksgiving buffet with a wide variety of salads, carving stations and hearty entrees, as well a grand dessert display. The cost for adults is $65 and $25 for kids. Reservations will be accepted from 11am till 7pm. Contact the Glitretind restaurant at 435-645-6455 to make your reservation.

8841 N. Alpine Loop Road
Provo, Utah

Thanksgiving Buffet in Sundance Resort's Foundry Grill from 10:00am - 5:30pm. Cost for adults is $39.95 and $24.95 for children.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Log Haven serves a four-course plated gourmet luncheon. Reservations available from 1:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. $43.95 for adults, $21.95 for children.

2093 Sidewinder Drive
Park City, Utah

Thanksgiving at Grub Steak for only $24.75 for adults and $13.75 for children. Make sure to call Grub Steak for reservations at 435-649-8060.

6263 S. Holladay Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Fine Dining, four-course holiday feast from 11am-5pm Thanksgiving Day: $45 per person, Children 12yrs and younger $23 per child. Reservations recommended (801-274-6264)

2093 Sidewinder Drive
Park City, Utah

Serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner w/ all the trimmings and dessert. Hours are 3-8pm. Regular dinner menu will be available as well.