Going out for Thanksgiving is always a popular option rather than having one family member take on the responsibility of putting on the dinner. A weekend at a hotel or resort is also popular right now given the months spent in quarantine by many families without a break. So it’s not surprising that hotels have come forward with options to spend Thanksgiving together but away from other guests.
Inn at Perry Cabin, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the extremely quaint town of St. Michaels, converted its greenhouses, now known simply as the Houses, into glassed in dining units set to be open year round. Given its Chesapeake Bay location, the local crabs and oysters will figure into the holiday menu (still being formulated) along with the herbs, fruits and vegetables from the inn’s gardens and orchards. The nautical décor in the 19th century inn reflects its setting overlooking the Miles River. Sailing is usually one of its more popular activities but weather permitting, another pastime during that weekend could be 18 holes on the Pete Dye designed Links at Perry Cabin course.
Elsewhere in the region, the restaurant and inn, The Inn at Little Washington, occupies much of the center of the village of Washington, Virginia. Dotted around that stretch surrounding the main building are separate houses such as the 3600 square foot Claiborne House and the 18th century Gamekeepers Cottage, all dating from 1740 to the early 1900’s, designed with traditional English country house decor and containing fireplaces and gardens. And guests in all can receive Thanksgiving dinner prepared by renowned chef/owner Patrick O’Connell including his “spruced up turkey” brined with fresh herbs from the garden along with freshly baked cookies as an additional cottage treat.
Larger family gatherings can take over the 12th floor containing 37 guestrooms and four suites at The Ritz Carlton, Naples in Naples, Florida. Along with the rooms, it includes use of the private function spaces The Port Royal or The Beach House overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for Thanksgiving dinner along with transportation to and from Naples’ private airport, transportation to the golf resort and a private concierge for arrangements. The dinner features a menu including charcuterie produced in house, faro and green apple salad with parmesan, arugula and tarragon dressing, butter and herb basted turkey or roast prime rib of beef, truffle mashed potatoes, artisan cheeses, and ginger and pear upside down cake or pumpkin pie. Violinists and harpists are also on site for musical accompaniment and the hotel photographer can snap family photos.
Another hotel in the company, The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia is offering a holiday dinner served to guests staying in their newly renovated two and three bedroom cottages or the four bedroom, 5,054 square foot Lake House. A cottage concierge is also on call to arrange activities including golf at one of the resort’s five championship courses.
New York master chef Daniel Boulud’s popup restaurant at Blantyre in Massachusetts’ Berkshire region was so popular that it was extended through February. That means that guests who take over one of the cottages on the 110 acre estate of this 1902 Gilded Age Tudor-style mansion can have an elevated version of this traditional dinner served at their cottage. Among the choices: pumpkin soup with gruyere espuma, Scottish sea trout gravlax with marinated beets and horseradish creme fraiche, sauteed Nova Scotia halibut with braised fennel, baby root vegetables, parsley spatzle and sunchoke veloute, mushroom and sage risotto and Northeast Family Farms filet mignon with onion soubise, mushroom duxelles, Pommes Anna and sauce Bordelaise apart from the classic turkey accompanied by apple and chestnut stuffing, orange-cranberry relish and shallot-rosemary gravy. And for dessert: aside from pumpkin pie and molten chocolate cake, there are two international choices in creme brulee and tarte tatin.
Guests of L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona usually dine on the bank of Oak Creek listening to the currents streaming over the rocks. They can do that privately by taking the five bedroom Creekhouse (available by calling the hotel) with views over the creek and Sedona’s Red Rock Country or for more intimate gatherings, one of the Creekside Cottages. A three course dinner featuring classic dishes—turkey with side dishes, a choice of pies—can be delivered.
Cottages at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows are also the featured setting for Thanksgiving dinner at this Santa Monica, California resort; they range from one to three bedrooms and are separated by lush foliage for privacy. The menu to be delivered from the signature FIG restaurant includes creative spins on classics such as Caramelized Onion, Gruyere & Chive Biscuits with Apple-Ginger Butter, and molasses, sage and rosemary brined turkey. Since this is California, a three course vegan menu will also be offered.
The Rittenhouse A Thanksgiving group of up to 10 people can take over the Premier Park Suite Floor as a Park Suite Private Retreat which includes four Park Suites and one guest room in this classic Philadelphia hotel. Thanksgiving dinner will be composed of guest favorites as prepared by the chef of the hotel’s signature restaurant Lacroix and served privately in the P-Suite Foyer. To look their best /feel more relaxed when facing relatives, there’s also a $150 per person credit in the spa/salon.
Outside of the U.S. but still offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, The Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, a Relais & Chateaux member, has set up a week of activities surrounding the holiday for guests in one of its villas. The lineup includes meditation or yoga on the beach, cooking classes for those who want to learn how to cook a turkey or bake a pumpkin pie for future reference, special play or dress up activities for younger children and a classic turkey dinner on the day.