Porto, Balcones del Atlantico, Dominican Republic
As a getaway destination, Balcones del Atlantico’s simple luxury on the Dominican Republic’s Samaná Peninsula could be the ideal spot for a late-fall escape. Porto, the resort’s open-air eatery, is an unorthodox Thanksgiving dinner option that focuses more on surf than turf. Most of the meal’s ingredients come from the markets in the nearby fishing village Las Terrenas, including local seafood, tropical fruits and produce. Served family-style, the menu features mahimahi ceviche, homemade hickory-smoked roasted whole chicken, steamed lobster with passion-fruit hollandaise sauce, whole roasted red snapper and a special pumpkin mousse. Rooms, from $275; Ctra. Las Terrenas, el Limon s/n; 877-412-7625; balconesdelatlantico.rockresorts.com.