The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel

by Marla on January 20, 2014 · 16 comments

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Pork Belly Cobb Salad | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Sometimes a mountain girl needs to touch base with her wanderlust side. She needs to leave her mountain town & explore others…what she might find is something very unique & special.

Last week I was invited to tour & learn about beautiful Beaver Creek, CO. What did I find there? Perhaps another mountain town to fall in love with.

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Through research and some amazing folks I found myself staying at The Osprey at Beaver Creek.

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My guest room was of generous size & very well appointed. This is a RockResorts boutique hotel, with 45 rooms it is very possible to make yourself right at home!

I was obsessed with my fireplace ~ whenever I was in my room it was glowing brightly.

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The staff was more than helpful with any question I had. For me it is of upmost importance to be greeted with a smile & to be surrounded by happy people.

The staff at The Osprey was courteous, professional, informative & a very fun bunch!

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The skiing at Beaver Creek? Well let’s just say it’s AMAZING!

The Osprey Hotel is perfectly situated on the ski mountain with Strawberry Park chairlift at the ready, just a few steps away from the back door.

This is true ski-in, ski-out access. I took some amazing turns all over this mountain. There had just been a snow storm & the powder was brilliant. Plenty of bluebird skies too!

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The location & amenities of The Osprey make it perfect for families with children of any age & for couples looking for the ultimate getaway.

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There is a chapel a few steps up the road where many couples marry & the Osprey can be your destination for an iconic mountain wedding!

Ready to talk food? Great! Let’s go…this is Butternut Squash Ravioli with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds & Sage Pesto.

Butternut Squash Ravioli | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

A highlight of my stay was spending time in the kitchen with Executive Chef David Burton Sanchez.

Executive Chef David Burton Sanchez | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | FamilyFreshCooking.com

He shared many of his signature recipes with me & I got to sample (dive into!) everything you see here. I know, tough job I have eh?!

Executive Chef David Burton Sanchez | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | FamilyFreshCooking.com

His full flavored dishes can best be described as Elegant Comfort Food Re-Imagined.

What does that mean? It means he takes classic comfort food dishes like Buffalo Chicken Wings & reinvents them…

Bacon Wrapped Quail Drummettes | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chef David prepared these Quail Drumettes which are Oven Roasted Bandera Quail Wrapped in Smoked Bacon with a Bulleit Bourbon Maple Glaze. Instead of a tradition carrots, celery & bleu cheese side.

He serves the drumettes with a Rainbow Radish Slaw delicately flavored with bleu cheese & a light dressing.

Bacon Wrapped Quail Drummettes | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Look at the sauce on this quail. The caramelization on the pan was stunning!

Next up…Poutine Re-Defined….with Foie Gras!

Foie Gras Poutine  | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Check out how Chef David reinvents the classic Canadian dish of french fries & gravy. This is Seared A Hudson Valley Fois Gras with Potato Frites, Cojita & Maple Demi Gravy.

A delightful sweet/savory blend of flavors.

Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet Corn Risotto | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Above is Pan Seared Scallops with Sweet Corn Risotto, Bacon Jam Agrodulce & Voodoo Sauce. Yes. Yes. More please.

Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Sweet Corn Risotto | The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Love the look of that risotto in the hot pan! Such a pretty color.

Bet you are curious about that salad in the first photo? Well that my friends is a must have Pork Belly Cobb Salad.

Heaven in a bowl, especially for a gal who loves her pig!

Turtle Pots de Creme dessert. A reinterpretation of Turtle chocolates. So fun! | The Osprey at Beaver Creek Hotel FamilyFreshCooking.com

Check out this Turtle Pots de Creme dessert. A reinterpretation of Turtle chocolates. So fun! Vanilla Creamy Custard is topped with Valrhona dark chocolate, Walnuts and Swiss Caramel Topping. There is plenty to share, but why do that when you can order two!

This is rustic mountain/ski food extraordinaire.

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I enjoyed spending time in the beautiful Osprey Lounge, both for hanging out & dining.

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I love the chic, rustic, modern yet comfortable decor.

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The Osprey at Beaver Creek | Colorado Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Don’t forget to hang out by the pool & hot tub…

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There are many unique experiences one can have on the mountain including Cookie TimeCocoa & Corduroy (first tracks with a splendid cocoa break.) Great dining options including Beano’s CabinAllie’s CabinTalons & more. The resort is known for its Ivy League of Ski Schools & excellent Family Programming. Click here for a full list of upcoming events at Beaver Creek & stay tuned for my live coverage of the Food & Wine Weekend.

Thank you to the wonderful folks at The Osprey at Beaver Creek for such an amazing adventure! Hope to see y’all real soon. If you would like more information on the hotel & Beaver Creek please click on the links below.

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Disclosure: I am working with Vail Resorts / RockResorts to bring you the best in travel experiences. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather Christo January 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

Just beauuuuutiful Marla! I would love to spend a long weekend there.

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2 Marla January 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

Thank you Heather! It certainly was hard to leave ;)

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3 Maria January 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

I know I would love this place!

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4 Marla January 21, 2014 at 5:03 am

Yes you would Maria! And Caleb & Josh as well ;)

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5 Julie @ Table for Two January 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Oh my goodness, how STUNNING is this place?! I want to LIVE there!! Take me with you next time :)

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6 Marla January 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Ha! I want to live there too :) Sure you can join in!

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7 Kirsten | My Kitchen in the Rockies January 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Beaver Creek. Our favorite!! I so am lucky that we have this mountain gem in driving distance. The Osprey looks wonderful and I will definitely keep it in mind for an overnight stay. Thanks, Marla!

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8 Marla January 21, 2014 at 5:02 am

That is so great to hear Kirsten ~ I found Beaver Creek to be such an easy place to stay, wonderful skiing, great people & the natural beauty astounding! Hopefully you & the family can check into The Osprey sometime real soon :)

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9 Jenny Flake January 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

What a gorgeous stay! I need to check in asap :)

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10 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective January 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

What a beautiful place to relax! The food looks amazing!

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11 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 22, 2014 at 3:53 am

I dont even eat meat and that pork belly is seared to perfection! And that caramelization pan shot/drizzling whoa, I want that on everything :)

What stunning photos, Marla! That blue blue blue! sky! The food, the mood, the whole thing makes me want to take a trip!

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12 Marla January 22, 2014 at 4:33 am

Ha! Averie we might just transform you to be a meat eater ;) Thanks for stopping by. Take a trip girl!

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13 Meg Merkley January 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

That food looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your trip! Bet you have tons of tips to share with us from the chef!

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14 Marla January 26, 2014 at 6:22 am

I do!! More to come soon :) Glad you enjoyed the post!

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15 Micheline @ The Miniature Moose January 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the quick vacation! Looks so cozy and warm up there in the mountains.

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16 Marla January 26, 2014 at 5:33 pm

So glad I could take you all on a virtual journey to Beaver Creek ~ it’s so wonderful I’m back again this week!

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