Celebrate a Scenic, Outdoorsy Thanksgiving at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa (Gateway, CO)

Fall is finally here, and this year the award-winning Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the American West, will be hosting a cornucopia of fantastic Thanksgiving events and offerings. Edging the Colorado/Utah border and cradled in the shadow of a Palisade rock formation, Gateway Canyons is the ideal destination for fall travel set against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa


Throughout the month of November, the Spa at Gateway Canyons invites guests to indulge in two special treatments – the Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice and the Chai Spice Warming Body Ritual:


Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

(50 minutes) $150

A gentle but effective nourishing body treatment that will immerse your senses and smooth your skin. This seasonal ritual commences with an organic pumpkin and sweet orange body scrub, combining pure cane sugar infused with emollient botanicals to exfoliate the skin leaving it soft as satin. Amber and citrus body butter are then applied throughout a full body balancing massage allowing for a hydrating finish.


Chai Spice Warming Body Ritual

(80 minutes) $225

This organic chai spice warming body treatment will leave your system stimulated yet relaxed and your skin refreshed and hydrated. The seasonal journey begins with an exfoliating sugar polish, scented with organic vanilla, cardamom, and black pepper to refresh the complexion and stimulate circulation. A luxurious application of chai spice shea butter cream is then combined with an aromatic full body massage leaving the skin nourished. To conclude this ritual, chai spice & vanilla mango butter foot balm are lathered onto the feet and incorporate a pressure point massage for the reflex zones leaving the body feeling grounded.


On Thanksgiving night, Gateway Canyons will host an extravagant Thanksgiving Feast with festive dishes such as Carved Herb Roasted Turkey, Crispy Smoked Ham, Corn Bread & Sausage Stuffing, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Apple Crumble & Mixed Berry Cheesecake. Special shuttle transportation will be offered from Grand Junction, CO at 11:30 a.m. and will return by 4:30 p.m. The full Thanksgiving menu can be found here.

Cost for Thanksgiving Feast: $45 per person

Cost for Shuttle: $100 per person (includes dinner, shuttle, and Gateway Canyons Auto Museum entry)


The day after Thanksgiving, the resort will host a special Black Friday Wine Tour with a scenic trip through the Unaweep Canyon and Grand Valley in Western Colorado. Guests will visit three of the region’s best wineries and enjoy a scenic tour of the area—complete with exciting stories about bears, outlaws, and dynamite. The tour departs from the resort at 10 a.m. for a duration of approximately five hours.

Cost: $150 per person (plus taxes and a 20% chauffeur’s fee) with a two person minimum


Finally, for guests staying at the resort, there will be complimentary tours with the resort’s Curator of Curiosity to the Hanging Flume and Dinosaur Tracks area on November 24 and 25.

Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed.,  The Epicurean Explorer

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