10 Easy Thanksgiving Getaways Slideshow
November 12, 2010
Put a sexier spin on Thanksgiving by taking a long weekend in Miami. Stay three nights and get a fourth free at the South Beach luxury boutique hotel, The Setai. The kitchen, manned by Chef David Werly, will serve a traditional American Thanksgiving feast or an Asian-inspired one for the more adventurous.
Santa Fe, N.M.
In Santa Fe “Christmas-style” doesn’t have anything to do with the holidays, but the lovely little oasis of a town is the perfect getaway from the big city. Don’t spoil your appetite on the town’s green and red salsa covered enchiladas – La Posada is planning a gourmet Thanksgiving feast at Fuego with turkeys carved tableside. Plus, a four night stay will only cost you three nights.
As close as you’ll be to all of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, you can have an opulent Thanksgiving of your own at the waterfront Hyatt Regency. Both kids and parents get to have fun with a wide range of family-friendly activities. On Turkey Day, the hotel’s Windward Restaurant serves up turkey with all the trimmings plus a raw bar full of New England favorites.
New Orleans, La.
A holiday that celebrates food in the most festive city which in itself is a constant celebration of food? Seems like a good fit. The Windsor Court, a five-diamond AAA property, is one of the city’s most beautiful hotels and The Grill Room’s Executive Chef Drew Dzejak is sure to please with a grand Thanksgiving feast.
Hot Springs, Va.
Spend a cozy fall weekend in the mountains at the historic Homestead, where Thanksgiving is such a big deal that they have designed a special four-day program with events like a tree-lighting ceremony, fly-casting clinic, magic show and wine tasting. On the big day, opt for a special brunch and/or dinner with some Southern classics.
There is no shortage of amazing restaurants to eat at in Napa, many of which are surely planning elaborate Thanksgiving Day meals. At Milliken Creek Inn, guests booked in on November 26 will get a free 75-minute aromatherapy massage during their weekend stay – what better way to free your body of food-overload toxins and relax at the same time?
Delray Beach, Fla.
Just north of Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach is a little slice of South Florida sunshine, and The Seagate is a stunning new boutique resort putting the beach town on the map. Their restaurant, Atlantic Grille, offers an all-day Thanksgiving feast with a roast turkey with giblet gravy as well as a steamship round of beef and poached Atlantic salmon with cucumber and dill sauce.
The ultimate New England summer destination, Nantucket can be just as charming in the off-season, when the crowds have dispersed. Then again, The White Elephant is an amazing experience to be had any time of year. Start off your Thanksgiving with New England clam chowder and then continue on to the roast turkey and leg of lamb.
Willamette Valley, Ore.
Oregon’s wine country, the Willamette Valley, not only produces some fantastic Pinot Noirs, it’s also becoming a relaxing spot for travelers who want to get off the beaten path. Reminiscent of a Tuscan villa, the Black Walnut Inn is celebrating their 6th Thanksgiving with a family dinner and a “day of leftovers” on Black Friday.
The Penobscot bayside resort is a gorgeous away-from-it-all setting for an idyllic family-friendly holiday. Daytime activities like a scavenger hunt and cookie decorating fill the hours until guests get seated for Thanksgiving brunch or dinner at Marcel’s, a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant.