Over the years, the motivation behind Thanksgiving has evolved into being as much about the indulgence of dinner as it has about giving thanks and sharing a day with friends and family. With that said, a host of leading hotels across the country have decided to feed into our feasting desires by offering lavish buffet-style or à la carte spreads on and around the big day. Many properties even provide overnight room packages to help you sleep off that tryptophan-induced food coma. And for that alone, we are extremely thankful.
Wynn Las Vegas
In true Sin City fashion, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Wynn is helping you celebrate on November 27 through special menus at all of its restaurants. From a transformed buffet full of holiday favorites and fine à la carte options (Lakeside), to opulent five-course meals (Four-Star Bartolotta), you’ll find something for every palate. The most appetizing selections this year include a brown-sugar-brined pork chop doused in fig-bourbon barbecue sauce at Four-Star The Country Club; Cinderella pumpkin soup with amaretto cream, and turkey Milanese at Four-Star Sinatra; and a spiced pumpkin tart with pecan crust at Four-Star SW Steak. Rest overnight in one of the Wynn Dream Beds so you’ll be primed for your Black Friday shopping at Fashion Show mall across the street the next morning.
Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown
Savor your turkey at The Grill Room, this hotel’s stylish signature eatery. Menus for brunch and dinner will be loaded with classics (heritage turkey, cornbread-stuffed quail) and tasty new twists (Maine lobster panzanella). There’s even a dessert trolley filled with goodies like peach baked Alaska. Extend the stay with an overnight deal that includes a welcome cocktail, dinner and brunch for two and take-home treats. When you upgrade to the presidential suite, you’re afforded added indulgences such as in-room dinner with a customized menu, a chauffeured Black Friday shopping tour in a Bentley and, of course, on-the-go hot toddies to keep you warm during the four-hour excursion.
Take in New York City’s iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the Four-Star hotel’s ideal perch along Sixth Avenue near Central Park. By booking the Gratitude in View package, you’ll secure a room with unobstructed looks and have the option of taking in the complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby. Want to up the Turkey Day ante? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade package, which requires a three-night stay, also includes access to a VIP balloon-inflating event on Wednesday night. Either route you go, continue the celebration long after Snoopy has floated away with dinner at the hotel’s elegant The Wayfarer.
The Captain Lord Mansion
Maine’s famous Kennebunkport calls to mind lazy summer days on the water, but it’s also the perfect place for a traditional New England Thanksgiving. See the area in all its November splendor by booking the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel’s Three for Two special — you pay for just two nights during your Tuesday-to-Friday stay. On top of all that fun at the 20-bedroom escape, you also get three full country breakfasts, complimentary afternoon refreshments and a special Thanksgiving Eve food basket. Another plus: When it’s dinnertime, all you’ll need to do is make the four-minute drive to beloved On The Marsh for roasted turkey, center-cut beef tenderloin or seared scallops.
Indulge in classic Southern style at this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel sitting at the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The 3,300-acre property more than an hour north of Atlanta is offering a host of new and old traditions this holiday, including an official lighting of the resort the night before Thanksgiving where the English-style village will unveil its seasonal décor with the help of an appearance from Santa and his reindeer. (Come back to Barnsley between November 30 and December 30 for the Light Up The Holidays promotion — accommodations, a keepsake ornament and a $50 resort credit are included — to truly get into the Christmas spirit.) On Thanksgiving, enjoy a family-style buffet at The Pavilion, partake in an extravagant feast at Rice House or nosh on holiday-inspired dishes all day at The Woodlands Grill. For something more casual, the Beer Garden will pour more than 60 varieties (including Barnsley Resort’s own Godfrey’s Pale Ale) and serve timely treats like mac and cheese croquettes.