It’s almost time for our favorite fall holiday: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving weekend is an ideal time to travel with celebrations happening all over the country, and it’s not too late to plan a getaway with the family. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite festive ideas. Take a look and get packing.
New York City is a classic location to celebrate Thanksgiving. For a stylish (and delicious) Thanksgiving dinner book a table at The Modern. Overlooking MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, this restaurant offers a beautiful view through rows of large windows. Chef Abram Bissell's festive menu will play with old-time favorites. The four-course meal served in the dining room will include options like acorn squash covered in dates and crispy grains, seared scallops with matsutake mushrooms and fennel, turkey stuffed with chestnuts, chanterelles and foie gras sauce, and pumpkin custard and fruit cake with crème fraiche sorbet. Note: there is also a three-course option that will be served in the Bar room.
For those looking to see the 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, we suggest grabbing a festive meal at Quality Italian on W 57th Street. Landmark Events and Joonbug.com are hosting the Thanksgiving Day Parade Brunch, starting at 9 a.m. The brunch will have up-close fabulous views of the parade in a warm, indoor setting. The brunch includes an open bar from 9 a.m until noon and assorted meal options like ricotta crepes and egg frittata. Non-seated tickets start at $259 and seated VIP tickets cost $459. To book, visit www.joonbug.com.
Interested in a winter wonderland type of Thanksgiving? Leave the city and head upstate to Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid. This all-suite resort is decked out in that famous holiday cheer with cozy fireplaces, lighted trees and family time.
The lodge’s restaurant, KANU, will serve up a three-course Thanksgiving meal from 2 to 8 p.m. Included will be oyster and corn chowder, butternut squash from Juniper Hill farm, Vermont, free-range turkey and organic apple tarts. And for families looking to keep the little ones fed and happy there will be a children's option, with pumpkin pancakes and sweet potato home fires served from 7:15 to 11 a.m.
For families that want that stay at home feel without all the cooking, there is an option to have Thanksgiving dinner delivered in-suite. The menu includes all the fixings and sides, along with a roasted Vermont turkey (14 to 16 pounds). The meal serves six and is delivered between noon and 2 p.m.
The festivities continue ... for those looking to escape the cold and head for the sunshine, consider planing that last-minute celebration at El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village, Waldorf Astoria Resorts in Puerto Rico. From November 26 to November 29 there will be holiday-themed fun like a pumpkin toss, camp fires, autumn harvest spa treatments and more. And when it comes time for the big meal, Chops Steakhouse will serve a three-course experience. As an added touch, personal concierges will help plan other details during the stay.