Besides the Super Bowl, there is nothing equally as Americana in experience as the Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes though you want to simplify your holiday celebration, and let someone else do the work. Not just the cooking either, but the hosting of relatives, clean up and entertainment too. Your house is nice and all, but there’s something to be said for a full-service spa. Activities to entertain the kids are run by someone else. And a little luxury to kick off the holidays too, because you’ve earned it. If that’s your thing, these are the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The Hotel: Blackberry Farm
The Destination: Walland, Tennesse
It’s tough to beat Thanksgiving on a farm, especially when that farm is Blackberry Farm. Set in the Great Smoky Mountains, on 4,200 acres, Blackberry Farms is one of the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving. With their culinary program, you also know that they’re going to put together a farm-to-table spread that will be memorable. From special dinners, a Turkey Trot, and family night bingo, it’s as Americana as it gets.
Ojai Valley Inn
The Destination: Ojai, California
You love the Little Nell; it’s your second home in Aspen and on the rotation every winter. So it’s pretty compelling that they have a sister hotel in Ojai, that could become your to-to California retreat. The Ojai Valley Inn is set in a part of California that’s still a bohemian vibe. Chances are a place where the farmer’s market is a big part of social life can put together a back-to-luxurious basics Thanksgiving retreat.
Four Seasons Napa
The Destination: Napa, California
If you want a full-on luxurious Napa holiday, the Four Seasons is one of the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving. Luxury rooms and residences? Check. Gourmet dining and full-service spa? You bet. And all the wine you can possibly want to taste? You’re in Napa in the heart of wine country, so this is a guaranteed slam dunk.
Sensei Porcupine Creek
The Destination: Rancho Mirage, California
There’s something about being in the desert that gives you an Om frame of mind. You also know a hotel that is owned by Larry Ellison is going to be one of the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving. Sensei is an emerging luxury hotel portfolio, but the beauty of it is that it’s elegantly under the radar. With a top spa, golf course (a passion of the hotel’s owner), and ultra-luxurious rooms, Sensei is where you know you’ll get a tranquil and luxurious break.
The Peninsula Chicago
The Destination: Chicago, Illinois
The Midwest is as quintessential as it gets to celebrate the holidays, and the Peninsula is one of the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Peninsula goes all out starting for the Thanksgiving holiday with one of the best brunches in the country. Thanksgiving already is known for food with days, but how about a massive lobby filled with food? Then the next day you can kick off your holiday shopping on the famed Chicago Michigan Avenue, burning calories along with a (little hole) in your wallet.
Sea Island Resort
The Destination: Georgia
Sea Island is all about family time, and they especially excel during the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s one of the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving, as well as the Christmas holiday. The Thanksgiving dinner is a big affair. Alternatively, you can also opt for a private chef in your villa. With golf, water safaris, spa, and pool time, there’s a reason families return year after year.
The Hotel: Mustique
The Destination: Petite St. Vincent + The Grenadines
Mustique may not be one of the best hotels to celebrate Thanksgiving, because actually, it’s not a hotel. Regardless of semantics though, Mustique, a private island in the Grenadines, is one of the best places to celebrate Thanksgiving. Each villa is like a private hotel in itself, where your full staff will be on hand to create one of the best Thanksgivings you’ll ever have. Once you go to Mustique for Thanksgiving, it’s tough to go back. It also doesn’t hurt that you’re on a beautiful tropical island.