Category: Featured Menu Items at The Fort

Fifty-Five Years and Counting

In 1961, Sam’l and Bay Arnold had a dream to build an adobe home outside of Denver so their family could grow up surrounded by fresh air, horseback riding and fishing. While Bay was reading a book about Bent’s Old Fort, she was inspired to create a similar adobe castle in Morrison, Colo.

The Arnolds hired William Lumpkins, a top architect in adobe construction, as well as a contractor from New Mexico. The Fort was first authentic replica of Bent’s … Read the entire post >

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A Colorado Tradition: National Western Stock Show

For the past 112 years, people have anxiously awaited the arrival of the annual National Western Stock Show. One of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions, the show is the nation’s premier livestock, rodeo and horse show. Held each January for 16 days, the event features one of the world’s richest professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show. Each year, the show attracts more than 650,000 visitors (via National Western).

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Holiday Traditions at The Fort

‘Tis the season for making memories with family, catching up with friends and enjoying festive food. This holiday season, create new traditions – or celebrate existing ones – with us at The Fort.

Christmas Eve

While our Christmas Eve dinner is sold out this year, be sure to join us from 4-5:30 p.m. for Tesoro Cultural Center’s annual Las Posadas celebration in our courtyard and throughout our grounds. The special holiday event commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to … Read the entire post >

Kids in the Kitchen

Holly Arnold Kinney, Proprietress of The Fort, credits her mother for igniting her passion for food and cooking at a young age. Kinney spent much of her childhood in the kitchen with her mother, testing out new recipes and flavors for the family to enjoy.

As Kinney’s career in the food industry developed, she maintained a spot in her heart for children in the kitchen. Seen as an opportunity to empower and educate those of a young age, Kinney developed … Read the entire post >

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The Little Vegetable that Conquered the World

Chile peppers are native to South America, where they have been domesticated for more than 6,000 years, but made their way across the world when Christopher Columbus crossed the sea in hopes of finding the “Spice Islands.” The chile pepper spiced up the western world and is now one of the most prominent flavors in cuisine around the globe.

Is it chile or chili? The word “chili” is derived from the Aztec dialect and refers to plans known as capsicum. … Read the entire post >

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Unique Twists to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Today we celebrate one of the most popular tequila cocktails, the margarita. While the history of the margarita has many differing claims and its official origin is unknown, it is thought that the margarita may have been created in 1938 by Carlos Herrera, a restaurant owner who created the cocktail for a guest who was allergic to most liquors, but not tequila.

The simple drink comes in many different varieties. Whether you’re in the mood for a simple, classic drink … Read the entire post >

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Celebrate the Day of Love with a Sweet Deal at The Fort

Looking to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember? Treat your sweetheart to a night at The Fort and enjoy a romantic atmosphere with dinner for two, accompanied by live music*.

(Photo: John E Poplin Photography)

Enjoy our crackling adobe fires and relish in our three-course Valentine’s dinner special, featuring a Fort salad with freshly baked breads, followed by a six-ounce Buffalo Filet Mignon seasoned with ancho chiles, au gratin potatoes and fresh vegetables. For dessert, delight in a special … Read the entire post >

2016: A Year to Remember

As we enter 2017, we’re taking time to look back on what a great year we had at The Fort in 2016. From eating like frontiersman Hugh Glass in “The Revenant,” to notable awards and more, it was a year to remember. Here are some of our favorite memories!

For a limited time, in honor of the 2016 Oscars and actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s first win, guests were able to eat like his character, Hugh Glass, and delight in raw … Read the entire post >

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Recipes for Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you committed to clean eating in 2017? The key to sticking to your healthy New Year’s resolutions is to switch things up, rather than getting caught up in a routine that will quickly bore your taste buds. This year, try making new recipes each week to keep your interest peaked and the momentum going. Pair our Minted Trout recipe with a side of our Chayote Squash for a tasty and nutritious dinner.


Chayote Squash

This unique squash was … Read the entire post >

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Warm Up This Winter with The Fort’s Historic Cocktails

Winter has arrived in Colorado and is here to stay for a while. With forecasts below freezing and snow storms in the near future, keep cozy by enjoying some of our favorite warm cocktails.

Trader’s Whiskey

By the time quality whiskey made its way west in the 1860s, the American Indians resisted it and instead preferred the flavor of the liquor they had become accustomed to. When whiskey was brought to be traded at the camps, the chief would sample … Read the entire post >

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