If you're like me, traveling anywhere for any holiday is my preferred place to be. So that you don't ignore Thanksgiving, you might want to consider some of these places where celebrations happen, but not in the traditional turkey sense.
The New York Hilton Midtown, located directly on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route, is creating an all-chocolate suite featuring delicacies like truffles, beignets and macarons by the hotel’s pastry chef as well as master chocolatier, Jacques Torres. The hotel is also offering packages with premier vantage points of the world-famous floats, classic holiday movie screenings in the ballroom and a photo booth complete with holiday themed props. this is still a Thanksgiving celebration, but it definitely surpasses having dinner at home with the 'rents.
How about a boat trip? Another way to see the sites of New York City and hold onto holiday traditions, the Spirit of New York has lunch and dinner cruises with live entertainment and a buffet of holiday favorites. Guests can indulge afloat with views of the Statue of Liberty. For a more European-inspired holiday on the water, Bateaux New York cruises offers an all-glass enclosed ship and allows diners to view New York’s skyline while enjoying creative takes on traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.
In Beverly Hills, New York City and Washington, DC, AKA hotels have launched in-suite Thanksgiving meals for that “home away from home” feeling. AKA’s dedicated Resident Services team will arrange "bespoke" meals for guests, such as dishes from iconic food hall Chelsea Market for New York City guests, from the International Cookbook Library at AKA White House for recipes with a global flair, and from Wolfgang Puck’s acclaimed Spago for travelers to Los Angeles.
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Key West is hosting the International Sand Art Competition during Thanksgiving weekend where six of the world’s best sand sculptors will create in larger-than-life masterpieces. Guests will enjoy a Tito’s hosted bar and a treasure dig where they'll search for a certified silver coin from the 1966 wreck of the Spanish galleon near Key West, valued at $1000.
Vacationers looking to ditch the dining room table and give thanks Caribbean style can book a stay at the new Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort for a Thanksgiving picnic at one of the island’s many iconic locations. Guests can feast on turkey sandwiches, rich cheese spreads, stuffed croissants, fresh fruit cocktails, and more at their preferred destination – choosing from mangrove-filled beaches, a historic lighthouse, old Dutch windmills, natural pools or glittering lagoons.
Seafood lovers who don't want to cook their own meal can take advantage of Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica’s “You Hook It, We Cook It” program in lieu of a traditional turkey meal. A top destination for sport fishing, the resort is located on Costa Rica’s fishing capital, Herradura Beach, and will cook up any catch of the day. The culinary team then prepares a spread with a variety of local flavors and side dishes to accompany it.