Best Hotels for a Family Thanksgiving Feast

4th November 2019
Thinking about taking the family on a vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday, but don’t want to miss everyone’s favorite meal of the year? Not to worry: You can have your turkey and eat it, too! These hotels not only offer a fantastic destination to explore, but they also whip up a family Thanksgiving feast.

The Milestone, London

The Milestone Hotel & Residences in London, the five-star mansion hotel located across from Kensington Gardens, offers guests staying in one of the hotel’s six residences a full Thanksgiving feast to enjoy in the comfort of their “home” in London. These residences, including both two- and three-bedroom accommodations, were recently redesigned and now offer the perfect accommodations for families looking to enjoy London like a local, while also enjoying all the amenities that come with a 5-star hotel. Each of the Milestone’s residences is individually designed, complete with its own theme, often dedicated to the British royals, such as “The Victoria and Albert,” “The Prince of Wales,” and the “William and Kate.” The Thanksgiving dinner menu includes a traditional Norfolk Bronze Turkey served with an apricot and sage sausage meat stuffing, and sweet potato gnocchi served with pickled cranberries. Save room for dessert! Guests can enjoy a spiced pumpkin cheesecake or a caramelized apple tartlet with crème anglaise and bourbon ice cream.

Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Utah

Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in an unmatched setting surrounded by dramatic red-rock mesas in Moab, Utah at Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa. Start your turkey holiday right and work up an appetite with a complimentary guided hike to Fisher’s Towers, a maze of soaring fins, pinnacles, minarets, gargoyles, spires, and strangely shaped rock formations east of Moab. For the main event, their mouth-watering Thanksgiving Buffet runs from noon through 8pm on Thanksgiving day and is prepared by the ranch’s superb executive chef and includes carved turkey and prime rib. Sports lovers can catch the big games in the NFL Game-Zone, complete with holiday-themed snacks. For dessert, get cozy by the outdoor fire pits for pumpkin and white chocolate s’mores, offered all weekend. The resort also serves up Thanksgiving-themed saddlebag lunches for all their adventure activities Friday-Sunday. The plethora of kid-friendly offerings for the weekend go above and beyond, including Western movie nights, complimentary horse-painting and rides for kids, a magic show and a special jewelry craft activity. After a day spent exploring the otherworldly area on hikes, horseback or by Jeep (it’s the Jeeping capital of the world!), end your day under a blanket of stars with a complimentary astronomy class.

Baur au Lac, Zurich

In 2014, Zurich’s iconic Baur au Lac hotel (where Daniel Humm trained at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred Pavillon) prepared a Thanksgiving meal as a special treat for a group of American guests. When word got out locally about the hotel’s traditional Thanksgiving meal and the Head Chef’s golden turkey, the orders came flooding in. For the fifth year now, the hotel will prepare its Thanksgiving dinner, available for pick up at the hotel or as room service, complete with the Chef’s own special stuffing, cranberry jelly, red cabbage and chestnuts.

Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Those families looking for a luxurious, traditional Thanksgiving can find the perfect experience at Ashford Castle, five-star component of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. For Thanksgiving, guests are invited for a two-night stay full of true Irish-American hospitality. The package includes a full Irish Breakfast each morning and a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the elegant George V Dining Room. After dinner, guests can entertainment in the drawing room or watch the football game in the billiard room. On the second day, enjoy a history talk with Ashford Castle’s resident Historian, a one-hour falconry lesson or a casual dinner in the dungeon. In addition to the Thanksgiving Package offerings, guests can enjoy all the offerings on the Estate during their stay as well. A range of complimentary estate activities including tennis, golf, cycling, billiards, meeting Irish Wolfhounds when they come to visit the hotel every morning, access to Solarium and more.

The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

Bountiful feasts are no strangers to Paws Up, and Thanksgiving is surely no exception. This year, families can escape their crowded kitchens and take advantage of the resort’s Thanksgiving Weekend Package. While eagerly awaiting a mouthwatering Thanksgiving meal prepared by Executive Chef Sunny Jin and award-winning Georgia BBQ legend Sam Huff, families can enjoy an array of crowd-pleasing activities, including hayrides, crafts, football, and wine pairings for mom and dad. After building up an appetite, feast in the festive fine dining restaurant, Pomp, or in the intimate dining room of their luxury vacation home, all before satisfying their sweet tooth with fireside s’mores.

The Doyle Collection, London

The Doyle Collection welcomes its American guests to give thanks at its London properties with special menus to celebrate the holiday. 108 Brasserie, set on the cobbles below The Marylebone, will serve free-range bronze turkey from Worcestershire accompanied by pumpkin pie with cinnamon cream. Traditional dishes—such as chestnut risotto, roast turkey with apricot stuffing and pecan tart—are included at the menu at Town House, The Kensington’s cozy restaurant with intimate porticos overlooking South Kensington’s tree-lined avenues.

The Grand House, Rome

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal in your home-away-from-home in The Eternal City. To make Thanksgiving extra special, let The Grand House do all the work. Cristina Bowerman, the only Italian female chef who’s received a Michelin Star since 2010, will arrive at your residence to cook a full-course Thanksgiving dinner in the privacy of your own kitchen. Guests will have plenty of entertainment for the extra days they decide to spend in Rome: from a private oboe and violoncello concert and before-and-after hours tours of the most sought-after monuments and museums to a helicopter ride to the Bolgheri Vineyards in Tuscany for a private wine tasting with the owners of Bolgheri castle. 

Royal Mansour, Marrakech

As the only all-riad property in Marrakech, Royal Mansour was created under the discerning eye of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Set your Thanksgiving dinner table at the Grand Riad—the most palatial of the accommodations. At nearly 20,000 square feet, the home can accommodate up to 14 people with food prepared by a personal chef. Among the amenities at the Grand Riad is a two-level roof terrace, two swimming pools—one in the garden and one on the roof—a home cinema and gym.

Island Outpost, Jamaica

If your extended family is Jamaican you crazy, escape to Island Outpost in Jamaica for a turkey dinner, complete with side dishes like callaloo, string beans and sweet potato that are sourced from owner Chris Blackwell’s farm, Pantrepant. But a stay will satisfy more than your hunger cravings—it’ll also give you a reason to give back. Blackwell founded the Oracabessa Foundation in 1997 to improve the lives of the local community through a variety of initiatives. Guests of GoldenEye are able to get involved by planting a tree on the property and making a donation to the Foundation.

The Chatwal, New York City

Located in the heart of New York’s theater district, The Chatwal’s penthouse suites, the Producer Suite and Director Suite are designed with entertaining in mind, with a separate dining area and outdoor balcony access. The two suites can also be connected for larger families traveling together. For an intimate Thanksgiving dinner, guests of the penthouse suites can enjoy all of the holiday fixings without any of the hassle courtesy of the dedicated butler service and the renowned Lambs Club by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas, Tanzania

The Great Migration takes place each year when over two million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 500,000 gazelles migrate from the Serengeti National park in Tanzania to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Late fall is a fantastic time to witness this wildlife spectacle in the Serengeti, and andBeyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas, a mobile campsite that tracks the migration within the Serengeti National Park, provides the ultimate viewpoint. If you are willing to forgo the traditional turkey and stuffing for a bush meal cooked on an open fire, Serengeti Under Canvas is the way to have a Thanksgiving your family will never forget.

The Whitby Hotel, New York City

Celebrate Thanksgiving in festive New York with family and friends. In the heart of midtown, The Whitby Hotel is just blocks away from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Warm up in the Drawing Room with a delicious hot chocolate before enjoying the spectacle, or watch the parade from the private terrace of your One Bedroom Terrace Suite. After a day of celebrations, settle in at The Whitby Bar for a delicious five-course feast.

Antlers at Vail, Colorado

Vail Chef Barry Robinson has cooked for Hollywood actors and rock stars, Wall Street magnates and Vegas casino owners in his time working for the private Game Creek Club on Vail Mountain. Now, as November brings the opening of Vail ski season, Antlers at Vail hotel is offering his annual “Early Bird Gets the Bird” Thanksgiving dinners, which have become legendary for those who want to combine turkey-and-stuffing tradition with the luxury of spending the holiday on the slopes.

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