Holidays

Stress-Free Thanksgiving Trips

It may be one of the most stressful holidays to plan but Thanksgiving doesn't always have to be a hair-pulling, aspirin-popping affair. Several hotels and resorts around the US make the long turkey weekend completely streamlined and easy, so you can actually sit back and enjoy the holiday with the rest of your family. We rounded up our favorite Thanksgiving packages where you don't have to lift a finger. Best of all: There's no mess in the kitchen!

Omni Grove Park Inn
Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, North Carolina
Take the family to the newly restored Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, for a memorable Thanksgiving vacation. This historic hotel has plenty of food around the clock. This Inn’s holiday package starts at $390.50 a night. It includes daily breakfast and a Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet.

We’re not exactly sure what holiday surprise they are preparing, but guests also get a Grove Park Inn keepsake. While you’re there -- check out the new Edison Craft Ales & Kitchens restaurant, which will offer Thanksgiving treats. And during the holidays, culinary masterpieces -- made of sugar and spice and everything nice -- will be on display during the annual National Gingerbread House Competition Display.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
St. Regis Aspen Resort
Aspen, Colorado
A skiing adventure is great for the whole family. St. Regis Aspen Resort makes the holidays unforgettable with butler service, a myriad amenities and unparalleled skiing that makes Aspen the perfect winter getaway for avid skiers.

From 12 pm to 5 pm on Thanksgiving, Trecento Quindici Decano will offer a Thanksgiving display, including a carving station, porchetta, pan-seared Colorado bass, pumpkin cheesecake lollipops and other traditional turkey day favorites. On November 30, The St. Regis will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony with carolers, a Christmas cookie display, hot chocolate and hot spiced wine. The real deal is that from now until November 30; guests can enjoy preferred room rates starting at $299 per night. Reserve a room and ring in the holidays at St. Regis. Aspen Resort.
Crystal Cruises
Crystal Symphony Cruise
Caribbean and Brazil
Spend Thanksgiving at sea! Hop aboard Crystal Cruises' Symphony for the fall Crystal Wine & Food Festival-themed voyage from Miami to Rio and sets sail on Saturday, Nov. 23. The exotic, 16-day cruise features hands-on cooking classes with Portugal’s Michelin-starred 2012 Chef of the Year Hans Neuner.

Guests have an opportunity to interact with award-winning wine experts and mixologists during special dinners and tastings. This cruise makes stops at ports of calls in the Caribbean and Brazil, providing foodies and gourmands alike a fix for tasty Latin, Caribbean and South American cuisine. This all-inclusive cruise starts at $3,990 per person.
Fifteen Beacon
XV Beacon Hotel
Boston
At the well-appointed landmark XV Beacon Hotel in Boston, guests can give back to the community. Fifteen percent of the room rate is donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank, so everyone eats this Thanksgiving. The “ThanksforGiving” package includes complimentary airport transfer and a welcome amenity. This hotel package starts at $895 for a 2-night minimum stay. While in Boston, take a day trip to Plimoth Plantation, home to what history marks as the first Thanksgiving.
Montage Deer Valley
Montage Deer Valley
Park City, Utah
Have a big family? Take them to Montage Deer Valley, one of the larger resorts in Park City, UT. Montage Deer Valley, a 220-room luxury resort with 35,000-square-foot spa, is known for their ski valet that handles all your skiing needs. In addition to great activities to keep the kids busy, the resort’s staff is also equipped to fire up the fire pits to make s'mores for children. Thanksgiving is chockfull of events, including a Thanksgiving Day buffet and bowling, billiards and arcade games in Daly's Pub & Rec. Don’t miss out on the fun with family photos and cookie decorating classes.

On Friday following Thanksgiving, the resort provides guests complimentary transportation to go shopping on "Black Friday" at the Tanger Outlets. If shopping isn’t your thing, families can have fun on an obstacle course; decorate the Montage family tree with Christmas ornaments; and witness the annual lighting of the tree.
The Greenbrier
The Greenbrier
White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia
This National Historic landmark from 1778 is a fine example of a classic American resort, and Thanksgiving is one of the resort’s favorite celebrated holidays. The 710-room property -- spanning a whopping 10,000 acres -- hosts scavenger hunts, afternoon tea, fashion shows and even a gala dinner party and dance for the holiday.

It’s a perfect stay for any age group. Thanks to executive chef Bryan Skelding, the winner of the 2012 Bocuse d'Or USA championship, guests can be assured a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Rates are $400 per night, Nov. 27- Dec. 1, with a 2-night minimum stay required.

About the Author

Jimmy Im is NYC-based travel writer, TV host and instructor, as well as the cofounder of OutEscapes.com. As an avid traveler, Jimmy has trekked the globe for exciting adventures, from taking a cargo vessel to the Marquesa Islands to bullfighting in Spain (seriously!). If he's not discovering new territory, Jimmy can be found in the comfort of his Lower East Side neighborhood.

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