With such great lodging deals in November, now is definitely the time to book your Thanksgiving getaway. So what if you don’t feel like cooking a feast during your vacation? Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who feels this way! Luckily, many local restauranteurs always come to the rescue with beautiful and tasty Thanksgiving fare throughout the day, or if Thanksgiving food isn’t your thing, you can order off their regular menus. We went ahead and compiled a list of a few of our favorite spots.

Deno’s Mountain Bistro – A longtime favorite among visitors and locals alike, Deno’s has the type of atmosphere perfect for family memories. Cozy and charming décor with expertly-crafted cocktails and a vast wine selection, plus a thoughtful and delicious menu featuring a delectable Greek Fusion theme. Check back on their facebook page for more information on their Thanksgiving specials.

DaVinci – This “Modern European” Restaurant is both chic and classic, with dishes to satisfy the traditional eater, as well as a selection of delicious treats for the foodie in your group. The atmosphere is comfortable and the staff are friendly, definitely an elegant way to spend the holiday. Check their website for more information and specials.

Hernando’s Pizza Pub – This family-friendly restaurant makes the best pies around! Try putting honey on your crusts, you’ll never go back. The atmosphere is quaint and cool, and you’ll sure grow to appreciate the American dollar in this joint! If dining out isn’t your thing, consider carry-out for a delicious night in. Check their facebook page for more information and specials. 

Tabernash Tavern – This is one of our favorite places for a date! Even more special on Thanksgiving, the high-end rustic charm of the Tavern is the perfect romantic compliment to a delicious dinner for two. A great beer selection and marvelously opulent and delicious food pairings make for an experience you will definitely crave again! Check out their facebook page for more information and specials.

Volario’s – The signature restaurant at the Vasquez Creek Inn, Volario’s is an exquisite blend of Spanish and Northern Italian fare. The fresh and vibrant atmosphere will make your group feel right at home.You’ll love the meatballs or the pizzetas, and be sure to check back on their facebook page to see what Thanksgiving offerings are in store for you!

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving in the mountains, and if you have any other suggestions for a fabulous Turkey Day restaurant, let us know on our facebook page!


We hope to see you soon! If you are planning a Thanksgiving getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

August 28th, 2015

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Where to Watch the Game

Even in Colorado’s favorite playground, we know that the occasion arises where you simply need to watch the game. That time of year is certainly upon us! Maybe you’re in a fantasy league, or maybe you’re just a die-hard fan of your alma mater. Pro or college, there are several spots to watch the game in town. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Crooked Creek Saloon

With a full bar and restaurant, this Fraser spot has delicious home-cooked food and a laid-back local atmosphere, perfect for hanging out with your buddies and sharing some wings. (Website)

The Library

This space is an equal-opportunity venue, with flags from every college team decorating the walls. An fan is likely to feel right at home here, with a selection of locally-brewed beers on tap and a full menu, plus tons of televisions to make sure your team is showing. (Website)

The Winter Park Pub

Great food, great beers and a mellow atmosphere make for the ideal place to watch the game and socialize. During halftime, you can enjoy a round of skee-ball! (facebook)

The Foundry

This is a really cool way to enjoy a game and bowl a few rounds with friends. The enormous screens project the game while you (hopefully) throw a few strikes. Delicious food- trust us, you should try the drummettes! In years past they’ve allowed patrons to view the games in the movie theatre—and we sure hope they bring that back this year! (Website)


We hope you have fun this fall watching your team, and good luck!


Make sure to bring your favorite team shirt,  hope to see you soon! If you are planning your fall or winter vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

August 28th, 2015

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interiorcharliesWinter Park’s newest gyro spot, Opa! Charlie’s Gyros, is just the atmosphere and taste to leave any party satisfied. With ample indoor seating and an outdoor patio, this space can seat large groups and is family-friendly.


The new restaurant, owned by Charlie Alley and Fernan DeLeon (of Winter Park Sushi Bar and Pepe Osaka fame), has an airy and open feel and features a menu with Greek
and Mediterranean fusion. Opa! Charlie’s Gyros is open from 11AM-3PM for lunch,
with dinner hours starting tonight!

Guests can seat themselves and enjoy the abstract art and blue-and-white details
reminiscent of Greece itself. Large windows and a friendly staff make the restaurant a
bright and comfortable hangout, whether you’d like to sit at one of the three bars or
grab a table, all of which feature fresh flowers. The delicious food speaks for itself
(we tried the traditional gyro with sweet potato fries, SO good!).

We asked owner Charlie Alley for a recipe from their menu, and he was generous enough to share with us their signature watermelon salad, a perfect summer treat for
you to recreate when you’ve returned home from your vacation.

Opa! Charlie’s Watermelon Salad: 


  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Feta Crumbles
  • Sliced Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemon Spritz

Simply combine the ingredients to taste, garnish with fresh
mint leaves and enjoy!



Planning your next summer trip to Colorado? click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park, and a grab a delicious gyro while you’re here!

July 2nd, 2015

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Hitting ‘The Spot’

snack shops in winter parkFor all those night owls looking for some tasty sustenance in the wee small hours in Winter Park, The Spot is the place to go for a belly-full of fresh cooked yumminess.

This small, unassuming food stop serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and a homemade tomato bisque soup Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 pm – 2.30 pm.

Not your ordinary greasy-spoon, The Spot uses quality ingredients like fresh basil, smoked gouda, caramelized onions and sliced apple to elevate the traditional grilled cheese sandwich to a whole other level.

Multi-tasking owner and operator, Cody Martin, saw a gap in the market for a late night snack shack when the local 24 hour convenience store closed down last year.    Without the 7-Eleven, Winter Park became a bit of a food desert after the local restaurants took their last food order, generally around 9 pm.

Gourmet grilled cheese in winter parkAs the sole food truck operator in town, The Spot has become a little beacon of light, an oasis if you will, for the hungry hoards late at night.

While Winter Park isn’t best known for a wild party scene, when bars and clubs like Ullrs and The Basement close the doors around 1 am, there’s one topic on the minds of ex-patrons ….’Time to hit The Spot’.

Located next to The Local Experience, at the west end of Downtown Winter Park, The Spot is in the perfect place to net this appreciative crowd.

The price is also right.  Winter 2015 prices range from $3 to $7, with meat additions available for a small up-charge.

For those that aren’t anticipating any late night adventures, keep your eyes open for The Spot dishing out the goods in the daylight hours this summer.

With a thriving music scene throughout the warmer months, Martin is excited by the prospect of moving his portable work place to a location closer to Hideaway Park where he is sure to find some famished families in need of a feed.

For more information on The Spot, become a Facebook friend by clicking here.

February 28th, 2015

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Winter Park has an abundance of restaurants, offering everything from sushi, to Mexican, to traditional steak house favorites.

Being a local company, our employees have sampled the menus from lots of local eateries, and were very willing to share their thoughts on their favorite filling-stations to compile our Full Belly Awards below.

WPLCO’s 2015 Full Belly Awards

Breakfast restaurant in winte rpark review for Mountain Rose Cafe

Best Sit-Down Breakfast

The Mountain Rose
Downtown Winter Park

Sharky’s Eatery

Downtown Winter Park

Best Breakfast On-The-Go
Winter Park take out breakfast review for Goody’s Creperie

Goodys Mountain Creperie
Winter Park Resort Village

Rise & Shine Bakery
Downtown Winter Park

Winter Perk Expresso
Downtown Winter Park
303- 587-1746

Best Sit-Down Lunch
Back Bowl Soup Co Review review for Back Bowl Soup & Bistro

The Back Bowl Soup & Bistro
Winter Park Resort

New Hong Kong
Downtown Winter Park

Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Best Lunch On The Go


Rudis Deli Review review for Rudi’s Deli

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Fraser Valley Hot Dog
Downtown Winter Park

casa mexico review review for Casa Mexico

Elevation Pizza

Best Sit Down Apres Nosh

Casa Mexico
Downtown Winter Park

Pepe Osakas Fish Taco
Downtown Winter Park

pizza pedalr review review for Pizza Pedal’r

Vertical Bistro & Tap
Winter Park Resort Village

Best Apres Nosh On The Go

Pizza Pedal’r
Winter Park Resort Village

hernandos pizza pub review review for Hernando’s Pizza Pub

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Julio’s Mexican Grill

Best Family Dinner

Hernando’s Pizza Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Volarios review review for Volario’s

Randi’s Irish Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Best Special Occasion Dinner

Downtown Winter Park

Lodge At Sunspot
Winter Park Resort Village

winter park pub review review for the Winter Park Pub

Tabernash Tavern

Best Spot To Rub Shoulders With The Locals

Winter Park Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Crooked Creek Saloon

January 2nd, 2015

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Things to do in winter park coloradoGet A Taste For Cooper Creek Square This Summer

Many of you will be familiar with quality shops and restuarants in Downtown Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Square.

For those who have yet to discover its charms, you’ll find a great mix of artisan crafts, souveniers, coffee shops and fine dining options, plus a selection of free events throughout the year.

Regular Events At Cooper Creek Square

Music On The Mall…And A Little Something On The Side
Every Friday (through August 29th), 6pm – 8pm

New this year, Cooper Creek Square is offering a tasty addition its Music On The Mall free music series: free courtyard table service from any Cooper Creek Square restaurant!   Simply grab a table around the stage & fountain, and an onsite server will offer you a special Music on the Mall menu with tasty offerings from Casa Mexico, DaVinci, New Hong Kong, Mountain Grind, Smokin’ Moes, Star of India & The Sushi Bar.

We LOVE this concept, because each table of diners can order from multiple retaurants at once, avoiding the ‘where shall we go’ discussion.   Add some cracking live music, and we have ourselves a winner!

Live Music, Face Painting, Bouncy House & Balloons
family mountain vacation
Every Saturday (through August 9th), 1pm – 4pm

 A little something for all the family; enjoy an afternoon of live music, face painting, crafts, a bouncy house, kids play area and a balloon artist.

Free Carriage Rides
Every Saturday (through September 13th), 3pm – 7pm

Clippety-clop, take a ride round the block!  A free horse-drawn carraige ride is the perfect accompaniment to dinner on ‘Restaurant Row’.


Looking for more ways to have fun on your family vacation to Winter Park? 

CLICK HERE to check out our Winter Park Resort summer activity guide.

CLICK HERE for our latest lodging deals in Winter Park, Colorado.


July 3rd, 2014

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Night Skiing & Events At Granby Ranch

night skiing at winter parkSometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to satisfy your ski addiction.   If you’ve never tried night skiing, March is the month to do it.  Warmer evening temperatures make for comfortable lift rides, and snow conditions are prime for slicing up the lit groomers.

Night skiing is offered at Granby Ranch, another local ski resort, 20 miles west of Winter Park.  Offered on Fridays & Saturdays, from 5pm-8pm, at the bargain rate of just $14 per person, night skiing is a seriously good deal and a whole lotta fun when the sun goes down.

Our thought is, if you going to head that way, why not make a night of it?  Granby Ranch is home of the The Grill, which is currently hosting a week long Tuscan cuisine series.

Celebrity Chef Tuscan Week

Tuscan Week, Grnaby RanchThis special event, March 4th through March 10th, will welcome Italian guest chef Sergio Lorenzi to take the helm of the Grill at Granby Ranch.  Internationally recognized as one of the top 50 European Master Chefs by the International Academy of Gastronomy, Sergio has shared his knowledge Italian food magazines, written a culinary book, and held a Michelin star at his restaurant, ‘SERGIO’.

Each day in the Granby Ranch Tuscan series will feature a multi-course dinner for under $45, as well as a la carte options for antipasti, primi, secondi & dolci courses.

Seating is limited, so we highly recommend reserving your table by calling 970-887-5200.

If you’d rather sample more local flavors, check out Brickhouse 40 in central downtown Granby.  Open daily, and serving up a mixed Mediterranean affair from their open kitchen, Brickhouse 40 is widely acclaimed for their Greek specialty dishes.

The Tabernash Tavern is also conveniently located by the highway in the tiny town of Tabernash (halfway between Granby & Winter Park) and is one of the areas premiere eating spots.  This little oasis of deliciousness books out in seconds, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time (970-726-4430).

March 6th, 2014

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Ticklin’ The Taste Buds

In this month’s Ticklin’ The Taste Buds, we take a look at three new eateries opening their doors in Winter Park, Colorado.

La Collina Kitchen & Wine Bar
Call 970-726-2332 (reservations recommended)

la collinaDiscover this little treasure of a restaurant tucked away in the quiet confines of the Iron Horse Resort.  Perfectly appointed for Base Camp guests in particular, La Collina is part Italian kitchen, part wine bar, with an effortlessly cool vibe, and a menu that will keep you coming back for more.

Chef Federico Fassola and owner/sommelier John Benson, aim to provide their guests with an authentic Italian dining experience, in an unpretentious and welcoming environment.  With a priority on fresh, seasonally available ingredients, they offer a daily happy hours (4pm-6pm), followed by a full evening menu of antipasta, cicchetti (small plates), house made pastas, and gourmet entrees.

Wine and specialty beer connoisseurs will not be left disappointed either.  Nightly 3 course tasting menus are available with wine and beer pairings; and for those who prefer to make their own selections, over 25 carefully selected Italian wines are available by the glass.

Located in the Iron Horse Resort main building, La Collina is a 3 minute stroll from Winter Park Lodging Company’s Base Camp properties, and approximately 1/4 mile on the free winter shuttle route from Winter Park Resort Base Village.

To see La Collina’s menu click here.


Winter Perk Espresso

winter perkFor all of those still mourning the departure of the Winter Park Rocky Mountain Roastery, there’s a shiny new hot spot in town that will have you jumping with caffeinated joy.  Located on the main street of downtown Winter Park (where ‘The Shed’ used to be), Winter Perk has already been receiving rave reviews on their specially crafted coffees, service, and funky vibe.

Conscious of the need to accommodate ever increasing allergy restrictions and special diets, the coffee house has a ton of different blending ingredients to choose from (including coconut milk, almond milk, soy, & hemp milk), and uses quality roasted coffee from Rocky Mountain Roasters.  For the non-coffee drinkers, they offer delicious bhakti chai, assorted herbal teas, hot chocolate and caramel apple cider.  Feeling peckish?  Winter Perk has teamed up with local bakery Rise & Shine, to offer a selection of freshly made pastries and cakes, to enjoy with your brew.

There are a number of small, cozy seating areas on offer (with free wi-fi) if you want to stay a while and chill; or if you’re anxious to hit the slopes, you can grab your coffee on the fly via the drive-thru window.

Take a look at the Winter Perk Espresso menu here.


Volario – Vasquez Creek Inn – Coming Soon!

Devils THumb restaurant in winter parkDevil’s Thumb Ranch will soon be expanding its reach to downtown Winter Park, with the eagerly anticipated opening of Vasquez Creek Inn.    Located directly opposite Hideaway Park, in the fully remodeled, former Gasthaus Eichler residence, Vasquez Creek Inn will feature Volario, an Italian inspired eatery with riverside patio.

We don’t have a firm opening date as yet, but when it does, we strongly recommend you pay it a visit.  Devil’s Thumb Ranch does not do things in half measures, so we are expecting great things from this new downtown restaurant.

For updates and information, keep an eye on their Facebook page here.

March 6th, 2014

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Its fair to say that the folks who come to Winter Park are more interested in the skiing than the party scene, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a few friendly establishments where you can toast the day, fill your belly, and blow off a little steam!  

Our Top 10 Apres Ski Favorites Around Winter Park


derailer#1   Derailer Bar At Winter Park Resort
The Derailer Bar is a two-level bar offering a full-service lunch menu featuring pub-style food and a variety of daily drink specials.  When the whistle blows at 2pm, it’s time to start heading to the Derailer bar and watch the end of day skiiers charge down the mountain.

 “Live music by White Water Ramble made the bar more energetic and quite the place to be. A Mardi Gras celebration was happening at the resort and beads were everywhere.  Derailer Bar has great atmosphere, good bar food and excellent service. It keeps me coming back.”

denos#2   Denos
The locals favorite with friendly staff and a great selection of brews and food.  Go fancy or go relaxed, just go to Deno’s Mountain Bistro.

“Jerk Wings. Just get them. SO good.   Otherwise, great atmosphere. Awesome happy hour. Friendly staff and prompt service. Fresh food and good portions for the price.”



DaVinci_EMC#3   Davinci’s
Winter Park’s newest restaurant to open its doors is the Italian fusion inspired Davinci’s, in Cooper Creek Square.  This coming ski season, they will be offering two opportunities to indulge at fraction of the cost, with a 4-6pm happy hour, and a late night happy hour from 10pm – midnight.



Sushi Bar sign#4  Sushi bar
Ultra hip vibe with great happy hour specials on food & drinks between 4pm – 6pm.  Try out the delicious sakitinis and awesome selection of rolls, and ask about their club nights throughout the winter season.

“LOVED IT. Hook yourself up with the Happy Hour 2 for deal. Try the salmon skin too. I have nothing but good things to say about the place.  Groovy decor. Delicious. Just do it.”

the-ditch-on-40-logo#5   The Ditch
Great pub style food & friendly atmosphere to boot in this fun roadside bar.

“The owner is super friendly and talks to everyone. Our waitress has a hidden talent and we found her hula hooping with an led hula hoop in the bar area- wow! 
The bar had a DJ playing techno music and the atmosphere was fun. Great chill place to hang out and grab a burger in Winter Park. See you soon at The Ditch.”



Hecks winter#6   Hecks Tavern At Devils Thumb Ranch

Definitely the place for class not crass.  Devils Thumb Ranch offers happy hour drink and food specials, in its acclaimed Hecks Tavern.  Watch the sun set over the continental divide as you sample their incredible wine list from a plush leather sofa, while the kids amuse themselves toasting smores on the patio.

“I live in Tabernash this summer and we are always looking for fun things to do in the afternoons. We have started going to Devils Thumb for their happy hour food and drinks and we are loving it. Good prices, really nice waiters, lots of interesting people.”

Winter Park movie theater and bowling#7   The Foundry
For apres-ski with a family friendly twist, try out the Foundry Cinema & Bowl in downtown Winter Park.  Offering a full bar service, wood fired pizza, billiards, shuffleboard, bowling and the latest movies, The Foundry is well worth a trip to town.

“Went bowling here with the family. It is a gem and super original. The restrooms are funky and fun ha, movie theatre looked pretty comfy. The bowling alley has large leather couches to lounge on between play. Really unique and fun vibe here. Totally recommend this place on a rainy day in winter park. Totally worth a stop!”

The Library Catch Phrase 2#8   The Library Sports Grille & Brewery
Modern sports bar in the center of downtown offers microbrews on tap, pool room, and a fun lively atmosphere.  Offering a late night happy hour between 10pm – 12am, the party kicks off with awesome drink specials and yummy belly filling grub.

“Nice people and GREAT beer. Fun atmosphere with good bar style food. 
The only place I ever found that also has Dales Pale Ale on Tap (very hard to find).
Good meeting place too”



Beer Winter Park Colorado#9   Cheeky Monk

The Cheeky Monk sits in the heart of the Village at Winter Park Resort and prides itself on offering a cozy destination for beer lovers seeking out unusual brands.  The beers are strong and delicious, and perfect accompaniment to the hearty fare of European inspired cuisine on offer.

“If you are a beer connoisseur, especially Belgian beer, this is the spot for you.  Even if you’re not particularly an explorer of the brewing style, you can become a beer adventurer in a cozy, classic bar environment. “

ullrs#10   Ullrs Tavern
The staff of Ullrs strive to create a friendly atmosphere with an intense party vibe for the 21+ crowd.  Easily the liveliest joint in town, Ullrs delivers a full event schedule of DJs, live bands and party nights throughout the year.  Killer drink specials will help you get in the mood, and stay in the mood as you boogie the night away.

“They have the best nightlife in town. You might think that that’s not saying much in a town so small. They try to bring in semi-famous acts on a regular basis to create a great venue. I’ve seen Del da funkee homosapien, collie budz, James and the devil. The best night to go is Wednesday, it’s ladies night, two free drinks for them.”



October 4th, 2013

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You’ll never go hungry in Winter Park with a great selection of steak houses, mexican, italian, sushi, german, chinese, irish and greek restaurants in town.  Check out these new great new additions in downtown Winter Park.

Da Vinci

Located in Cooper Creek Square

Explore exquisite, modern, Northern Italian cuisine in a vibrant, casual atmosphere.  The chef, Leo Shukan, has influences from Greece, France, Italy and other locations.


Yelp Review:
‘I have been tasting the food for the last week and WOW!!!! Chef Brandon has a simply elegant touch on food. Everything is fresh and simple, allowing the food to speak for itself. The dinning room has been updated since the days of Alberto’s, with white trim along the walls, and around all the amazing windows overlooking the city of Winter Park and the Mountains.’
Douglas P, Denver, CO

Casa Mexico

Located in Cooper Creek Square

Fresh Mexican Grill featuring recipes that use the freshest ingredients and capture the authentic flavors of Mexico.  A festive atmosphere and ridiculously tasty margarita’s make it the perfect choice for a spicy night!

WPLCO Review:
casa mexico
‘My husband and I had a wonderful meal at Casa Mexico last night and we can’t wait to plan our next meal there soon.  Casa Mexico claims to be a ‘Fresh Mexican Grill’ and they are right on the mark!  Every element in our carnitas and carne asada was freshly prepared: smokey off-the-grill meat, delicately flavored rough-cut guacamole, mouthwatering salsa and light fluffy rice.  The service was slick and non-evasive and the decor bright and cheerful (with a few outdoor tables available in addition to inside).  And then there are the margaritas….mmmmmm!’
Debs Bridge, Winter Park Lodging Company



pepe osaka'sPepe Osaka’s

Located in Park Plaza, Downtown Winter Park

A Mex-asian fusion that will have you coming back for more time and time again.

After a decade of hiatus, Pepe Osaka’s is back in business, bringing you your old favorite: the mex-asian fish taco along with freshly handcrafted margaritas and a great selection of mexican beers, tequilas and yummie sakes.

Review coming soon…..



August 5th, 2013

Posted In: Dining & Restaurants, Winter Park News


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