Acres of Adventure

Luxury accommodations at the Ted Turner Reserves.

Photo by Sean Fitzgerald

Only a four-hour drive but a world away from Denver on the New Mexico-Colorado border, Vermejo offers a Thanksgiving weekend itinerary unsurpassed in the luxury-nature realm. There’s a 5k Turkey Trot, of course, to jog off some calories before the feast, and an autumn scavenger hunt for family-building. But this Ted Turner Reserves property spans more than 550,000 acres ranging from peaks to prairies, so wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, and supreme stargazing come with your all-inclusive, three-meals-a-day ticket. From Nov. 27-Dec. 1, rates for a room in Casa Grande, Turner’s former private quarters, start at $1,400 a night. Or rent the entire 25,000-square-foot mansion with accommodations for 14 at $16,000 nightly.