Thanksgiving Travel Destinations

thanksgiving travel destinations

I have often thought of ditching some of the traditions associated with Thanksgiving. In lieu of spending the  day slaving away in the kitchen to prepare a delicious high calorie meal to be enjoyed by 2, I would love to take a mini vacation and let someone else worry about the cooking for a change.

Here are the top 3 places I would choose to escape to if I could go anywhere to celebrate

Thanksgiving in the United States this year. 

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1. This is a no brainer- New York City! I would love to finally see the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade in person. I would also like to dress up and head out for Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings at one of the city’s top restaurants such as Craft New York. Let’s not forget this is the city never sleeps. That means there will be a plethora of patisseries such as the Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery and Dominique Ansel Bakery open long enough for us to grab some delicious pastries before hopping on the subway and making my way to the SoHo boutiques for a little late night shopping  to work off all those calories. Hey if the city doesn’t sleep then why should we?

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2. The Smoky mountains of Tennessee – Gatlinburg, TN to be exact. This travel destination would be great for families and couples who would still like to cook and gather together for a traditional Thanksgiving meal in a different location. I would check into a beautiful cabin in the area and get lost in the beauty of nature. The color of changing leaves, the feel of the brisk Autumn air, and the smell and taste of some good ole Southern soul food would be tantalizing to my senses. My goal is to get away from cooking altogether on Thanksgiving so I would opt to go somewhere like the Seasons of Ober at Ober Gatlinburg for a delicious home cooked meal. The menu sounds divine and the price of this dinner can not be beat at less than $20 per person. After dinner, we could head to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN for some fun. It’s important to start working off those calories before the tryptophan from the turkey starts to set in otherwise it’s a one way trip to a food induced coma for me.

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3. San Francisco & Napa Valley, CA. If you are chasing the perfect Thanksgiving dinner, I think it can be found in the bay area. The Food Network and Food & Wine magazine were actually the inspiration behind me choosing these 2 travel destinations. They are approximately 1 hr apart which means you could easily choose to visit one or both locations in the same day! There are many award-winning chefs and restaurants in the area. This means that you are bound to stumble upon a delicious Thanksgiving meal somewhere in the city or the countryside. Besides the food, you could take a train through the wine country and enjoy the beauty of nature. You could also enjoy some premier wines if you are into that. In San Francisco, you could take a Bridge to Bridge cruise on the Bay, enjoy some shopping in Ghirardelli Square or Union Square, or even take a waterfront segway tour with the Electric Tour Company before dinner.

The possibilities are endless! Where would you choose to go? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. frugalnev

    San Francisco IS an amazing city. I am glad you have it on your list! I would choose New York City, Honolulu for the weather, and Miami just because I have never been!

    1. Brittany

      Ooh Miami sounds nice. It’s on my bucket list as I haven’t visited yet either. Honolulu is beautiful with amazing weather. I was just visited there for the first time in August. 🙂

  2. Veronica Lee

    Great choices! Yep, I would love, love, love to go to New York City.

    1. Brittany

      Thanks! NYC looks like it may be #1 on a lot of people’s list.

  3. mlevel06

    We love San Fan and I ask my hubby frequently to move there:) I love this idea of doing Thanksgiving somewhere else since we don’t get to go home often for the holidays!!!

    1. Brittany

      I feel you. We are usually at home for Thanksgiving but try to go home for Christmas when we can. You guys should definitely go to San Francisco if you can. Make sure you tell me all about it 🙂


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