Historic Anderson’s Cabin located at Beaver Creek
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Arriving at Anderson’s Cabin is much like stumbling upon a fairytale cabin in a mountain forest, inviting your intrigue with streams of smoke rising from its chimney. Let the rich and nostalgic smell of a wood burning fireplace welcome you from the porch into the quaint building that was once the home of John Anderson, one of the seven bachelors that first settled in the area.
This historic venue is operated by The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and located just a few moments up the road from the resort. This is the first season visitors can partake in dinners at Anderson’s Cabin without reserving the entire cabin. Seating for this social dining experience is limited and EAT2018-AndersonsCabin-VDW-012618can be individually booked on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Start with a festive flute of Champagne. Happy bubbles rise to the surface of the long cylinder glass and are a lively reminder to celebrate each sip. Just as this liquid gold doesn’t last forever, neither do the most special of dinners, and this is one you’ll want to savor until the very last moment.
After the meet-and-greet of hors d’oeuvres such as cheese and charcuterie, alpine cheese fondue and artisanal bread, diners get settled in and can warm up with a bowl of bison chili, followed by a palate-refreshing seasonal salad.
“We want to bring in that homey feel, kind of like Grandma’s kitchen,” says Joseph Tiano, Executive Chef for The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. “It’s rustic food in a fine, elevated atmosphere.”
For the main portion of the meal, sides of sauteed mushrooms, potato gratin, grilled asparagus and macaroni and cheese are passed around while cuts of meat and fish are portioned on to each plate.
The pace is leisurely and the service is dialed, so guests have the time and space to enjoy their food, drinks and interactions with one another.
For Tiano, the offering is reminiscent of a very special winter dinner he had as a child with his family in Aspen. They took a sleigh ride through the snow, and enjoyed a hearty and warming dinner in a quaint mountain cabin. He says it’s something he’ll never forget.
“People really make memories when it’s something unique like this; it’s different than just a restaurant,” he muses.
For dessert, decadent spreads of molten chocolate cake, chocolate crumble and vanilla ice cream are passed as the finale starts to sink in. After the meal at the table, however, everyone can head outside to the fire pit for one more sweet treat: s’mores.
By reservation only, social dining at Anderson’s Cabin is priced at $150 for adults including Champagne, and $75 per child up to 12 years old (not inclusive of gratuity and taxes).
Tourism and outdoor recreation employ a lot of people, but those workers’ wages are below county and regional averages.