Turkey Day, Tofurky Day or whatever your cuisine of choice may be, Thanksgiving is an excuse to eat yourself silly and give thanks for what you’ve got. Families and couples looking for an escape from decorating the dining room, broiling the bird and entertaining droves of in-laws, might consider leaving the planning to someone else this year.
With these seven all-inclusive Thanksgiving getaways covering the cooking, cleaning, calorie-burning activities, and afternoon tea, stressful holidays are a thing of the past, at least until next month.
Mohonk Mountain House | New Paltz, NY
The Main Course: New Paltz’s picturesque Mohonk Mountain House is the resort to visit at any time of year, and is especially inviting around the holidays. Book the Take the Train package, enjoy all meals, and burn off the turkey with a guided tour of the grounds and a nature walk, rock climbing, yoga, or laps in the indoor heated pool.
The Trimmings: Double room with double occupancy, bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets, and a delicious dinner, along with afternoon tea and cookies, and most resort activities. $297/pp per night
How to get there: Take Metro North to the Poughkeepsie station. Call the hotel’s Transportation Department 844.993.9833 at least 24 hours in advance to arrange for a pick up.
Omni Mount Washington Resort | Bretton Woods, NH
The Main Course: Have your Thanksgiving and ski it off, too.
The Trimmings: Luxurious accommodations for two, plus complimentary ski lift tickets per night. Daily meal options for an additional charge. $259 per night.
How to get there: Consult oM’s guide to renting a hybrid car in Manhattan.
Honor’s Haven | Ellenville, NY
The Main Course: Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa is one of the best-kept secrets of the Catskills, located in the middle of the Shawangunk Wine Trail and surrounded by fall foliage to make the most cynical New Yorker gasp. However, with their affordable and activity-packed Thanksgiving getaway offer, keeping a low profile will be impossible. For $109 per night, enjoy two meals a day, complimentary wine and cheese, guided outdoor hikes and nature walks, and, most importantly, a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner in their elegant dining room. Use your Thanksgiving recovery time to visit the Monticello Racetrack or, for serious shoppers only, try your hand at Black Friday shopping at the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall.
The Trimmings: Deluxe room for two nights, two meals per day, Thanksgiving dinner, wine & cheese service, yoga and wellness classes, usage of indoor pool and tennis facilities, spa, fitness center, complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions: $109 per night. Available November 26-30.
How to get there: Take the Metro-North Port Jervis line to Campbell Hall Station. Take a taxi the remaining 45 minutes to Honor’s Haven or consult oM’s guide to renting Hybrids in NYC.
Green Mountain Inn | Stowe, VT
The Main Course: Head out to coffee country (and potentially ski or snowboard country) for Thanksgiving at the Green Mountain Inn. Your day will begin with a full country breakfast accompanied by those delicious Vermont syrups. After fueling up, find some serenity with a nature walk around Mount Mansfield, participate in some winter sports, weather permitting, or meet fellow vacationers at the Inn’s 4:00pm tea time, in the Main Street Dining Room. Thanksgiving Dinner will include traditional turkey and Fall-inspired fare, from dishes like pumpkin seed seared salmon to maple glazed pork chop. For some palette cleansing, and a reminder of Vermont’s many delicious offerings, enjoy Ben & Jerry’s sorbet.
The Trimmings: Double occupancy room, two nights lodging, Thanksgiving dinner and daily breakfast: From $191/pp per night. Valid November 26-27.
How to get there: Take the Amtrak Vermonter to Waterbury. Take a taxi for the remaining 10 minute travel.
The Pitcher Inn | Warren, VT
The Main Course: If fresh powder and slicing through moguls will help you get into the Thanksgiving spirit, Sugarbush’s slopes are the place to be and the Ski Free Package at The Pitcher Inn is the deal to book. Or consider the Gourmet Package, and enjoy a taste of turkey and an early Winter courtesy of Warren, VT. The Pitcher Inn and Sugarbush have your edible and adventure needs covered.
The Trimmings: The Gourmet Package starts at $1120 and includes deluxe king bed accommodations, full daily breakfast and afternoon tea, plus dinner with wine pairings at 275 Main Restaurant for up to two guests.
How to get there: Take the Amtrak Vermonter to Waterbury. Take a taxi the remaining 10 minute ride to Pitcher Inn.
The Meadowmere Resort | Ogunquit, ME
The Main Course: Escape the cooking, cleaning and preparation of Thanksgiving with a trip to Maine. Your hours in travel time will be rewarded with a sumptuous feast, oceanfront views, and a special coupon book for the Kittery and Freeport outlets to make your Black Friday shopping easy and unforgettable. Begin your days with a continental breakfast and head our for a walk on the beach along Oarweed Cove. The Meadowmere’s Gobbler Getaway package recognizes the importance of tucking into a Thanksgiving dinner, as well as stocking up on some creature comforts at L.L. Bean, and gives visitors the flexibility to stay as many as four nights or a quick two night trip. Remember to pack some reusable bags to stuff your Black Friday finds in.
The Trimmings: Double occupancy room for two visitors for two nights, Thanksgiving dinner, Kittery Outlets passbook, Freeport Outlets coupons: From $349 (usually $698) per night for a resort room from November 26-30.
How to get there: Take the Amtrak Downeaster line to Wells, ME. Take a taxi for the remaining 10 minute travel.
Cranwell Resort | Lenox, MA
The Main Course: Feast your eyes on the rolling hills of the Berkshires and fill your stomach with the bountiful offerings of Cornish game hen, leg of lamb and more at the regal Cranwell Resort. Set on 380 well-manicured acres, the historic red-brick resort is your escape to fall foliage and babbling brooks, situated just over the New York to Massachusetts border in Lenox. The Romance Package is a guide to the perfect getaway; from all-inclusive access to the Resort’s award-winning spa, to a chef-attended buffet boasting Berkshire-grown good eats, enjoy some full-body relaxation at this renowned resort.
The Trimmings: Double occupancy room, overnight accommodations, $50 dining credit at any Cranwell restaurant, complimentary bottle of Cranwell’s Private Reserve red or white wine with dinner, full use of the Spa at Cranwell with heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and fitness center, breakfast buffet. For $295 on November 26, 2014. Check for package rates on other nights (exluding Thanksgiving day).
How to get there: Take Amtrak to Pittsfield, MA. From there, take a Berkshire Regional transit bus to Lenox.