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 eight 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, but the words “Grand Buffet” make a Thanksgiving visit all the more enticing. The holiday meal is served from 11-3pm and is included in the overnight rate. After the all-day eating event, a guided tour of the grounds and a nature walk, rock climbing, or yoga, will keep the tryptophan effects at bay.
The Trimmings: Double room with double occupancy, Thanksgiving meal, afternoon cookies & tea, most resort activities: $560 per night.
How to get there: Take Adirondack Trailways from Port Authority to the New Paltz Bus Station, in about 90 minutes. Call the hotel’s Transportation Department 845.256.2016 at least 24 hours in advance to arrange for a pick up.
Mount Washington Resort | Bretton Woods, NH
The Main Course: Thanksgiving is not only an annual source of excitement at Mount Washington Resort, it is a five day long affair. Activities include a family turkey-trot, flag football, arts and crafts, and a film screening of Warren Miller’s Flow State.
The Trimmings: Deluxe double occupancy room with breakfast, dinner and Thanksgiving buffet: $467 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 $99 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. With a minimum stay of two nights required, 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: $99 per night.
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 $98 per night.
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. With opening day and Turkey Day coinciding, slurp some gravy, hit the slopes, and enjoy a taste of early Winter courtesy of Warren, VT. The Pitcher Inn is giving Thanksgiving visitors Thanksgiving dinner, a $50 certificate to the fashionable Warren Store on Main Street, tea in the library and more. The Pitcher Inn and Sugarbush have your edible and adventure needs covered.
The Trimmings: Packages start at $425 for travel through November 22 and include deluxe king bed accommodations, dinner at 275 Main Resturant for up to two guests, and full breakfast.
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: $189.95 per night from November 21-25.
How to get there: Take the Amtrak Downeaster line to Wells, ME. Take a taxi for the remaining 10 minute travel.
Emerson Inn by the Sea | Rockport, MA
The Main Course: Forget the poultry dish that Thanksgiving is known for, Cape Ann’s Emerson Inn by the Sea is shaking things up with roast prime rib to please your picky palette, and is offering a lodging and buffet package for only $299 per night. Rockport’s stately, historic inn is known for its beautiful views of the Gloucester Harbor and as a destination for weddings and outdoor events. After enjoying Emerson Inn by the Sea’s bountiful buffet at the Grand Café, take a walk along the water, arriving at landmarks like the Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse. If the weather remains temperate, head out on the high seas, for a schooner ride, whale watching, and more.
The Trimmings: Queen standard room for two night stay, two Thanksgiving buffet diner tickets, breakfast each morning: $299 in total. The feast alone is $49 per adult, $24.50 per child (ages 3-10).
How to get there: Book travel on Megabus.com from the south side of 34th Street between 11th & 12th Avenues to South Station. Take the T Newburyport/Rockbury line to Rockport. From there, take a five minute taxi ride to the hotel or consult oM’s guide to renting Hybrids in NYC.
Cranwell Resort | Lenox, MA
The Main Course: Feast your eyes on the rolling hills of the Berkshires and fill your stomach on 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 New England Thanksgiving 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, Thanksgiving buffet, breakfast buffet, full usage of the spa: $199.50 per person on Wednesday, November 21 or Thursday, November 22. Call 800.272.6935 for reservations.
How to get there: Take Amtrak to Pittsfield, MA. From there, take a Berkshire Regional transit bus to Lenox.