Create New Traditions with Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa This Thanksgiving Holiday Season

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A Unique Weekend to Kick Off Your Holidays!

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season right around the corner, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is already preparing for another fabulous holiday kick-off. Bring your family and friends to stay for the holiday weekend to experience the amazing food and fun activities, all while creating a new, exciting tradition that only Eagle Ridge can provide.    

Stay at Eagle Ridge over the holiday weekend and have the perfect backdrop for a whimsical holiday family adventure.

“Over the holidays the resort comes alive with extensive holiday décor inside and out, including a 15-foot decorated tree in the main Inn and a child-size 6-foot tall edible ginger bread house that greets guests as they come through our lobby doors,” said the resort’s Executive Chef Randy Hoppman. “The sights and smells of the holidays literally surround you at the resort.”

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is offering two spectacular lodging packages over the holiday weekend. Book the “Turkey Trot Package” to stay four nights in a 1-5 bedroom distinctive home or villa over Thanksgiving Day Weekend and get a complimentary Thanksgiving Day Turkey Dinner delivered by Eagle Ridge Pilgrims right to your resort accommodations on Thursday, Nov. 24. (A $245 value and you don't have to cook a thing! Serves 8 people)

Book the “Gobble-licious Getaway Package” to stay four nights over Thanksgiving Day Weekend in an Inn room and receive two complimentary Thanksgiving Day Feast Dinner Tickets. (A $62 value!)

Plus, book either of these offers and kids can bring their parents to ‘Breakfast with Santa’ on Saturday, November 26 and the parents eat for the same price as the kids! Children: $10 each (inclusive) (Adults normally $20!) Reservations are required for this event: 815-776-5050. (One parent per one child)

Thanksgiving 2011 gets underway on Thursday, November 24 with two fabulous options; either the resort’s lavish Thanksgiving Day Feast in their beautiful Eagle Ballroom or by having a turkey dinner delivery by Eagle Ridge staff dressed as Pilgrims to guests staying at the resort’s rental homes or villas.

•The Thanksgiving Day Feast features a bountiful menu including a Fresh and Savory Salad Station, Appetizer Selections, Charcuoterie and Cured Fish Selections, a Meat Carving Station, a wide variety of entrées, fresh baked breads and rolls and many different delicious desserts. The Thanksgiving Feast will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 815-776-5050. The cost for adults is $31 and children $16, plus tax and gratuity.

•The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Delivery is a unique alternative to attending the Ballroom Feast, with Eagle Ridge’s culinary experts delivering whole turkey dinners to guests staying in the resort’s rental homes or villas. Dressed as Pilgrims, the resort’s staff personally delivers the homemade turkey feasts from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Whole turkey dinners cost $245 inclusive of tax, delivery, and gratuity, and feeds 8 people. (Turkey breast only dinners cost $265 inclusive of tax, delivery, and gratuity.) Reservations for the Pilgrim’s Delivery are required by November 21, 2011.

•The full Thanksgiving menus may be found online at http://www.eagleridge.com. (Special Events)

Friday, November 25 turns into the official kick-off to Christmas at the resort, starting with Santa’s arrival at 4 p.m., with assistance from his elves. Santa reads “T’was the Night Before Christmas” to his audience before joining everyone in “Santa’s Workshop” where he will listen to every child’s wishes. Santa’s Workshop is from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and provides a bundle of children’s activities including a Bear Factory, holiday homemade crafts and reindeer games. Reindeer games consist of candy corn bingo and holiday carol karaoke. Last but not least there will be a festive flick for children and parents to watch! Horse drawn hayrides will be given by the Inn court yard from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eagle Ridge’s famous ‘Movies in Tubies’ night will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the resort pool, featuring the holiday classic “Home Alone.”

Saturday, November 26 starts with “Breakfast with Santa” from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The full “Breakfast with Santa” menu may be found online at http://www.eagleridge.com (Special Events).

Following the “Breakfast with Santa,” there will be second full day of exciting holiday recreation starting with vacation creations, a winter and holiday themed arts and crafts, starting at 10 a.m. Hayrides by the Inn Courtyard will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Bear factory starts at 12 p.m. in the resort pool area. Vacation creations will tart again at 2 p.m., followed by another Bear factory from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will come to an end with S’mores Galore from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (located ?)

Other holiday festivities include ice skating, cross country skiing, and sledding weather permitting. Also available over the holiday weekend is 18-holes of championship golf on the North course weather permitting. Woodlands Lounge provides live music entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening starting at 8 p.m.

For more information or to book any of the holiday lodging specials call 800-892-2269.

About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago in the heart of The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community nestled amid the rolling hills of northwestern Galena, Illinois. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a full-spectrum resort and showcases superior golf with 63 holes on four acclaimed courses which include the North Course; the South Course; the East Course (9-holes); and the resort’s crowning achievement, The General, with over 250 feet of elevation changes throughout the 18 holes.

Lodging accommodations at Eagle Ridge are delightfully unique with 80 quaint Inn rooms and over 250 villas and distinctive homes to choose from throughout the property. For the resort’s corporate clients Eagle Ridge boasts 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, in addition to beautiful conference homes for small, elegant meetings. The entire facility is also the perfect venue for banquets, weddings and theme parties. Eagle Ridge offers three distinctive restaurants that include award-winning Woodlands Restaurant, along with Spikes Bar & Grill and Paisanos. Other amenities include the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, providing ten treatment rooms for a complete sensory experience, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool, sauna and steam room.

The resort lays claim to numerous industry awards and recognition, such as:

•Successful Meetings - Honored Eagle Ridge with the “Pinnacle Award” as voted by readers in the Hotels & Resorts category for 2011. The resort also won the award in 2008 and 2009.

•Golfweek - The General was named as one of the best resort courses in their annual "Best Resort Courses" listing for 2012. The resort laid claim to the ranking in both 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the same magazine named The General second in the state of Illinois for Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play listing.

•Meetings MidAmerica - Eagle Ridge was honored with the "Best of Mid-America" award for outstanding corporate meeting space as voted by readers in 2011. The resort was given the honor in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

•In 2010, Golf Magazine listed The General as the #4 “Best in Illinois” course to play alongside the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” ranking. In 2000, 2008 and 2010, The General was listed as one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in the magazine's ranking.

•In 2009, Golf Digest named The General one of the best golf courses in the state of Illinois for The World’s Greatest Golf rankings, 2009-2010. The General was named #24 in the state of Illinois. The rankings were put out as a supplement to the May 2009 issue of Golf Digest.

•In 2009, Zagat ranked Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s The General, North and South courses in the 2009 America’s Top Golf Courses, sixth edition as ranked and reviewed by players.

The property is the perfect backdrop to an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit http://www.eagleridge.com.

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