Thanksgiving Meals Worth Traveling For This Year

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From a couple hours drive to a flight across the pond, we’ve rounded up the best Thanksgiving meals at hotels that will make you rethink the holiday and do something less traditional this year. Take a look below and get started with your reservations!

The Copper Grouse at Kimpton Taconic | Manchester, VT

Located adjacent to the Taconic hotel, The Copper Grouse celebrates the bounty of Vermont’s four seasons and culinary heritage. This Thanksgiving, Executive Chef Michael Bates-Walsh has crafted the quintessential Vermont Thanksgiving dinner. For $59 per person, start off with Butternut Squash and Apple Cider Soup, New England Clam Chowder, or Sea Salt Roasted Beets complete with Vermont goat cheese. Indulge in the classic Roasted All Natural Vermont Turkey Breast or opt for a Boyden Valley Beef Tenderloin. Save room for dessert with a choice of Pumpkin Creme Brulee an Apple Crisp or a Vermont Goat Cheese Cheesecake. With a multitude of things to be thankful for, TCG has partnered with No Kid Hungry for a Friendsgiving celebration, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the organization.

Indigo at One Aldwych | London, UK

This Thanksgiving holiday, take advantage of the cheaper flights and book a trip across the pond to the British capital. Guests who find themselves far away from home and locals fancying a slightly different celebration, can indulge in a Thanksgiving menu at Indigo at One Aldwych to celebrate the American tradition in the heart of London. On Thursday, November 22nd, Executive Chef Dominic Teague and his Indigo team are offering an indulgent Thanksgiving spread complete with delicious dishes such as Pumpkin velouté, Roast Rhug Estate organic turkey and an irresistible Valrhona chocolate and pecan pie. Those looking for a more intimate space to gather their friends and family, can celebrate Thanksgiving in the comfort of one of the private dining rooms. Guests can make reservations by emailing or calling +44 (0)20 7300 0400 and the full menu may be viewed here.

Red Rooster Shoreditch at The Curtain Hotel & Members Club | London, UK

For American expats in London, or any locals looking for an excuse not to cook November 22, Red Rooster Shoreditch is going big in the spirit of its American roots! Head to The Curtain Hotel & Members Club for a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu crafted by Chef Marcus Samuelsson at the London outpost of his Harlem restaurant. For £55 per person, choose from classics like Roast Turkey, Sammy’s Chicken ’n’ Waffles, Deviled Eggs and Beef Kifto Tartare, then finish with Pumpkin Pie and a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini. Pair the American staples with live NOLA-style brass beats for an extra dose of Americana.

Sea Island Resort | Sea Island, Georgia

In a resort with 90 years of history, Sea Island delivers one of the most delectable and historical Thanksgiving feasts in all of Georgia. With beautiful temperatures year-round and incomparable hospitality, the Forbes Five-Star resort is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday. With extravagant feasts available throughout the resort including a Thanksgiving brunch at The Lodge (from 11am-2:30pm), buffet dinner at The Cloister (from 11am-4pm) and a four-course meal in The Georgian Room (from 3pm-9pm), guests will never be without a turkey and all of its fixin’s this year. Special this year, guests can participate in Sea Island’s first ever Gran-Con on November 23–24, 2018 to support the bridge of dialogue between these generations for years to come. For more information on Sea Island’s Thanksgiving festivities check out the Thanksgiving Planning Guide.

Parker & Quinn at Refinery Hotel | New York City

This Thanksgiving, let NYC’s Refinery Hotel take away the stress of holiday entertaining. Instead of trying to cram a turkey into the oven or fit your family and friends in your tiny apartment, make a reservation at Refinery Hotel’s signature restaurant, Parker & Quinn, where you can enjoy their specialize Thanksgiving menu surrounded by family and friends. From 12pm until 10pm, enjoy a comfort-food feast complete with fall squash soup, apple cider-brined turkey and pumpkin pie tart. And for the perfect holiday nightcap, head to the hotel prohibition style bar, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, for an after-dinner “Black Dirt Apple Jack” cocktail or a classic “Black Manhattan.”

Dirty French at The Ludlow Hotel | New York City

Modern bistro Dirty French is perfect for those looking to spice up their Thanksgiving dinner in a New Orleans/French-inspired atmosphere. For $98 per person, start the meal with Chèvre, Verte, Tartare, or Millefeuille. Fill up with Roasted Turkey Breast with Braised Leg Blanquette, Dirty Stuffing, Brussel sprouts, Cranberry sauce and Pommes puree. Then finish up with Pecan pie and an Apple tart. Full menu available here and reservations here.

Gemma at The Bowery Hotel | New York City

At Italian trattoria Gemma, guests can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast with an Italian twist from Executive Chef Carlo Bigi. For $71 per person, menu highlights include Uovo D’oca e Castelmagno (Salt baked potato, Duck egg, Black trumpet mushroom, Truffle pecorino fondue), Tacchino al Forno (Slow roasted goffle farm turkey, Apple chestnut stuffing, Mashed sweet potatoes and brown butter, Brussels sprouts, Cranberry sauce, Gravy) and Torta al Olio e Frutta Secca (Olive oil and dry fruits cake with crème fraiche gelato). Full menu available here and reservations at 212.505.7300.

Old Rose at The Jane Hotel | New York City

Overlooking the Hudson River, café restaurant Old Rose is offering a classic Thanksgiving menu using only local and/or organic produce and dairy products. For $65 per person, indulge in entrees including Turkey, Gravy, Mashed potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry sauce, Creamed kale with crispy shallots and Cornbread with lemon honey-butter. Finally, cap the meal off with a decadent Pumpkin pie.

The Round Table (The Algonquin Hotel)

With an ideal location on West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and beautiful holiday decor that matches the historical look and feel of the property, Thanksgiving at The Round Table features a $75 Prix-Fixe menu by Executive Chef Henderson Catlyn. Selections include:

  • Roasted Turkey served with traditional stuffing, cranberry sauce, braised collard greens, fresh baby carrots, candied roasted sweet potatoes and black garlic yukon mashed potatoes
  • Pan Seared Fillet of Salmon on a bed of braised fennel and granny smith apples and dressed with a cabernet reduction syrup
  • Traditional Pot Roast topped with a red eye sauce with garlic mashed potatoes and shoestring vegetables
  • Desserts, such as an Apple Tart topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled caramel sauce; Pumpkin Pie topped with fresh whipped cream; New York Cheesecake; or Homemade Chocolate Bread Pudding topped with creme anglaise and white whiskey

The View (New York Marriott Marquis)

New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant pairs culinary excellence with breathtaking views this Thanksgiving with a full $98 buffet menu, including:

  • Charcuterie selections like speck, bresaola, soppressata and chorizo with marinated olives, pickled cornichons, vegetables and cipollini onions
  • Other cold selections such as Murray’s Artisanal Cheeses; Butternut Squash Salad with a maple sherry vinaigrette; Roasted Beet Salad with lemon oil, chives and goat cheese; and Lobster Mojito Shooters with fragrant mint and lime
  • A carving station and countless other hot selections like a Roasted Turkey Breast with cranberry chutney and giblet gravy; Roasted Striploin with cabernet rosemary jus and horseradish cream; and Mushroom Ravioli with roasted butternut squash and parmesan cream
  • A full range of dessert options, such as Washington State Apple Pie with nutmeg anglaise, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Apple Cranberry Strudel

The buffet will be available from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. More information can be found online, and reservations can be made by calling 212–704–8900. Nightly rates at New York Marriott Marquis start at $341 Thanksgiving weekend.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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