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It's no surprise that the holidays are going to look a little different this year. Big get-togethers will be replaced by more intimate meals, which might leave some yearning for a bit more seasonal cheer. Plus, after the stressful year it's already been, who wants to spend hours cooking in the kitchen? Well, several luxury hotels across the country are here to help by offering up their own Thanksgiving feasts. Here are 10 of the best ones.
Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut
Just two hours north of New York City, the Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection is the perfect setting for a quiet holiday meal. Set of 58-acres of lush gardens and recently debuted a full redesign by Celerie Kemble, the intimate hotel has April Bloomfield preparing its Thanksgiving meal. The famous chef got back to her country roots to oversee all culinary operations at the historic property as their newest chef-in-residence. And for a special Thanksgiving dinner—served in the newly redesigned main dining room—she will be cooking up roasted heritage turkey breast with a stuffed turkey leg and brown buttered pumpkin. Of course, pumpkin pie with whipped creme fraiche is available for dessert. “For Thanksgiving, we wanted to create a menu that is both comforting and elegant, where hotel guests and local residents alike would want to spend the holiday, using fresh produce and ingredients from surrounding farms and purveyors to elevate hearty holiday dishes with seasonal flavors and pairings,” Bloomfield told Departures.
Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia
How about an incredible view with your side of Turkey? That's what the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is serving up this Thanksgiving. As the skyline's tallest tower, you'll get to enjoy butternut squash soup, grilled wagyu beef, silken parsnips, roasted Brussel sprouts, and pumpkin pie 60-stories up at JG SkyHigh that boasts an incredible view of Center City. If you feel more comfortable dining in your room or at home, the hotel offers a takeaway option for the delectable meal. Oh, JG stands for Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who helped curate the meal for the incredible lounge area.
Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Palm Beach, Florida
If there was ever a Thanksgiving that called for a secluded private beach, it's this year's. And Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, another American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is here to help. The property is hosting a five-course Thanksgiving Day dinner in the Ocean Ballroom, complete with a champagne toast upon arrival. Two additional dinners will be offered at both on-property restaurants; Angle restaurant will serve a four-course meal while Temple Orange will have a three-course option. And if you want to dine away from others safely, there's a private oceanfront cabana dinner option for up to six guests who can enjoy a five-course meal as well.
Cafe Boulud at Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts
Why cook Thanksgiving dinner when Daniel Boulud can do it for you? The American Express Global Dining Collection French chef's pop-up at the Berkshires' luxury property was due to end this month, but it has been extended through to February 2021. So, that means he's crafted a Thanksgiving menu complete with pumpkin soup, mushroom, and sage risotto, Berkshire turkey, sweet potatoes with candied pecans, and apple tart tatin. It's a first-of-its-kind venture for the region, utilizing fresh and local ingredients to French classics with a regional twist. And it's all within a Tudor-style mansion and estate built in 1902, set amidst 110 acres of lush lawns and woodlands.
Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana
Looking for some time away from noisy kid-filled holidays this year? The all-inclusive Relais & Châteaux resort, Triple Creek Ranch, has your back. The adults-only retreat perched on over 28,000 acres in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is hosting one of its signature Vintner Weekends with Chappellet Winery over Thanksgiving weekend. The weekend-long event is a holiday-twist on the traditional wine-filled weekends with guided wine tastings of exclusive vintages led by Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet, aroma bar sessions, and a chef-curated Thanksgiving dinner with classic and modern dishes paired with select Chappellet varietals. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite Ranch activities ranging from fly-fishing and horseback riding to hiking and guided nature tours, often enjoyed alongside the guest winemakers.
Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, New York
This country-style bistro located on the grounds of the Relais & Chateaux classified Inn and helmed by executive chef Roxanne Spruance (of Kingsley and Blue Hill at Stone Barns) will be featuring two special take-home Thanksgiving feasts. There will be enough Heirloom Bronze Turkey, Parkerhouse rolls, and choice of pies for your family/pod gathering. And of course, plenty of leftovers. Spruance also grew her own pumpkin patch onsite this year, staying true to her commitment to fresh, seasonal produce. Inclusive of an instruction booklet and enclosed thermometer, this option has everything you need to have your very own restaurant quality Thanksgiving.
Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills is an extraordinary city all year round, but it abounds with festive cheer during the holiday season. At Dorchester Collection's The Beverly Hills Hotel, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, they are pulling out all the stops to ensure this festive season is one to remember. The legendary hotel offers a three-course Thanksgiving brunch at The Polo Lounge to kick off the holidays. You can also plan your own "Pink Palace" party at home with the chef's signature dishes to take away.
The Lytle Park Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio
Spend Thanksgiving at Cincinnati's newest luxury hotel, The Lytle Park Hotel. Located in downtown Cincinnati, the property's restaurant Subito will be serving up a Northern Italian inspired Thanksgiving dinner, served family-style. Indulge in turkey alla porchetta, Italian sausage stuffing, ricotta whipped potatoes, and pumpkin cannolis (and a whole lot more). After dinner, head upstairs to the property's enclosed all seasons rooftop, vista for stunning views of queen city and specialty cocktails.
The Mark Hotel in New York City
Make this year's Thanksgiving meal Michelin star worthy. The Mark Hotel's Michelin starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, created an incredible menu that will be served in the property's indoors and outdoors (thanks to winterized and heated tents) dining areas. As far as food goes, expect butternut squash soup with black trumpet mushrooms, roasted organic turkey, foie gras and chestnut stuffing mashed potatoes, and spiced pumpkin pie. It can also be ordered and picked up or sent to your home with Caviar. "This year's Thanksgiving may be a bit different as some people may not be able to travel to see family, so we wanted to help to make it as special as can be, and crafted a family-style Thanksgiving meal for 6, that can be enjoyed in the safety of your hotel suite, or picked up at the curb, or delivered with Caviar for our friends and neighbors," Vongerichten told Departures.
Ritz-Carlton Denver in Denver, Colorado
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, has long been the Mile High City's top destination for family-style meals. So, it's no surprise they'd host a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal. Available at ELWAY'S Downtown, the in-house culinary team curated a menu featuring roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, sweet cranberry sauce, and more. You can round out the perfect meal with a choice of house-made pecan or pumpkin pie. And while there, check out the redesigned lobby that incorporates elements of Colorado's natural surroundings.