St. George Alternatives to Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast

For many people, Thanksgiving is a day to come together with friends and family, reflect upon their blessings, and enjoy a delicious bounty of food. However, if you’re the one in charge of preparing said feast, Thanksgiving means planning, shopping, cooking, and baking days ahead of the celebration. If you’re looking to enjoy Turkey Day rather than spend it in your kitchen, here are two alternatives.

Zion National Park is one of the most breathtaking sights in St. George, Utah, and being able to see its towering red cliffs and pristine pools while enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner with your family would be an unforgettable experience. Zion National Park Lodge makes this possible with their annual Thanksgiving Buffet. The event is held at the Lodge’s Red Rock Grill, which overlooks Zion Canyon. The buffet spread includes delights such as winter squash soup, free-range turkey, Southwest quinoa salad, roast beef, glazed ham, green bean casserole, candied yams, cream puffs, and pumpkin pie. Diners can eat from late morning until 8:30 pm.


The restaurant accommodates families and groups of all sizes, including large ones, with reservations. The cost per person is $13.50 for children 12 and under, and $26.50 for anyone over 12 years old. The scenic views, unlimited buffet, and the fact that you won’t have a prepare a thing or do the clean-up make these prices a bargain.

Another option in the area is having Thanksgiving dinner at the cozy Black Bear Diner, located on South Main Street in St. George. The Diner operates 24 hours — even on Thanksgiving Day.  This is a great option for families with kids, those who want good food at an affordable price, and groups who want something other than traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The Black Bear Diner offers an impressive variety of entrees, sides, drinks, and desserts, including huge Black Bear omelettes, steak, smoked ham, homemade corned beef hash, hot sandwiches and burgers, BBQ ribs, pecan-crusted trout, berry cobbler, banana cream pie, bread pudding, and much more. Ultimately, there is something for everyone!

Convincing your family to try something new for Thanksgiving will be easy once you show them the delectable fare that awaits them at these dining options. Present it as a mini-vacation: you can gather at Coral Springs Resort, enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway in gorgeous surroundings, and still get a fabulous meal on Thanksgiving Day.

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Weston Sill

I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, I have been traveling to the St. George area for work and vacation. It is only a 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City and makes for an easy fun weekend trip. I love to travel, hike, mountain bike, ATV, wake-board, water ski, golf and play sports. My active lifestyle and family situation has really drawn me to Southern Utah. This blog will give you amazing ideas for travel in Southern Utah and other adventurous parts of the world. My hope is that after reading this blog you will call Southern Utah home. You will know the best places to eat, places to play and things to do in the area. Plan your next adventure today!

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