It's hard to decide which is better, the food, the views or the setting. Luckily, there's no need to choose at Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, all three are incredible. You start out at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at the base of Ski Cooper in Leadville, Colorado. They will set you up with snowshoes or cross-country skis, but you can also hike since the trail is so well groomed. It's a one-mile trip to the cookhouse - uphill on the way there, but thankfully downhill on the way back with a full belly! They'll even bring you back on a snowmobile if you want.
The cookhouse is in a yurt, with a deck overlooking some of the most beautiful mountains in the West. Inside, it's a fairy-tale setting, with beautifully set wooden tables lit by candlelight. I had a chicken and wild rice soup, with sweet potatoes in a coconut curry base, that was so good I could have just eaten that all night long. I chose the cedar plank Alaskan salmon, served with asparagus and baby carrots on wild rice. Dessert: homemade pie! The wine and craft beer lists are wonderful as well.
This is one you should not miss if you're in the Leadville/Summit/Vail area.
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