Ever think of going somewhere other than “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house” for the Thanksgiving holiday? While over a third of Americans will be traveling somewhere for Thanksgiving, the majority of those people will be staying with family or friends. For those of you who might be thinking of using the long weekend for a family vacation, here are some excellent places that know how to do Thanksgiving right – you can enjoy the spirit of the season AND have an amazing vacation at the same time…
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee: You won’t miss your home cooking here – voted “#1 Resort for Food Lovers” by Bon Appetit, Blackberry Farm, in the Great Smoky Mountains, is known for it’s excellent farm to table cuisine and luxurious accommodations. For the holidays, they pull out all the stops for families with carriage rides, pumpkin hunts and cookie baking. Children can go to Camp Blackberry while the adults go horseback riding, fly fishing, skeet shooting, take culinary lessons or just relax in the country. Don’t miss the famous Thanksgiving Turkey Fry or the multi-course Thanksgiving feast.
St. Regis, Aspen, Colorado: For those of you who want to kick off the holiday season by hitting the slopes, there is no better place to do that than at the St. Regis in Aspen. Lifts open at 9am on Thanksgiving Day so you can get in a few runs before the hotel’s Thanksgiving buffet or the unique epicurean experience presented at the Food & Wine Chef’s Club. Don’t miss the nightly champagne sabering ritual or the annual tree lighting which takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They are currently offering some excellent deals for the fall, including Thanksgiving weekend.
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, California: Where can you ice skate on the beach? The Hotel Del, of course! Enjoy their many Thanksgiving dining options from oceanfront brunch to elegant dining with views of the Pacific. The resort’s holiday programs are kicked off on Thanksgiving weekend, including seaside ice skating against the backdrop of 100,000 white lights.
It would be fabulous to experience any of these hotels during the holiday season, not just at Thanksgiving. Do you have a favorite place you love to visit during the holiday season?
Each of these luxury properties is part of the Virtuoso network…if you book your vacation through me you will also have access to many additional privileges and amenities!