Thanksgiving Travel Traditions

It’s that time of year. If the idea of participating in another family discussion on who is hosting and who is bringing what leaves you less than enthused, maybe it’s time to develop some new Thanksgiving traditions. Here are some thanksgiving travel ideas that may have you reinventing how you spend your holiday season.

All-Inclusive Poconos Holiday

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Woodlach Resort.

Families who love the outdoors may find the Woodloch Resort to be the perfect all-inclusive destination. Celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving vacation with Woodloch’s Thanksgiving Feast, crackling fires, Walnut Hunt, nightly entertainment, Festival of Lights hayride. woodloch.com. The Split Rock Resort is an all-inclusive family resort that features an indoor water park, view of Lake Harmony and the majesty of the surrounding mountains and forests. A popular Thanksgiving Family Package has deluxe accomodations, Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, daily breakfast, a movie pass and a visit from Santa for the children. splitrockresort.com. For an upscale weekend, the all-inclusive Skytop Lodge has a full agenda of activities for Thanksgiving including ice skating with Santa! www.skytop.com

peekamoose-restaurantFarm to Table Thanksgiving Dinner

Driving into upstate NY, the town of Big Indian is home to Peekamoose, an amazing restaurant and tap room. With a quirky interior decor and former chefs from such noted Manhattan establishments at Le Bernadin, and Gramercy Tavern amongst others. Peekamoose is doing a Farm to Table Thanksgiving as a fundraiser $36/person. 8373 State Route 28 Big Indian, NY 12410-5136 (845) 254-6500. New World Home Cooking is located in between Woodstock and Saugerties on 212. The owner is chef Ric Orlando, Chopped Champion Food Network Star. They are offering a buffet dinner for $34.95 a person. A laid back and jovial atmosphere, where people of all walks, ages and economic circles co-mingle. 1411 New York 212 Saugerties, NY 12477 (845) 246-0900

Rent a Castle

Ireland’s Ashford Castle, which dates back to 1228, welcomes guests this Thanksgiving with a special buy-two, get-a-third-night-free package. The ideal place to spend a cozy Thanksgiving weekend, here, guests can enjoy nights by the fireplace and exceptional service from a staff that feels like family, but without all the drama. The package starts at $890 and includes a full Irish Breakfast for two each morning, dinner in the George V dining room, including a Thanksgiving turkey served  and a complimentary third night bed and breakfast. Ashford Castle www.ashford.ie

Make Your Thanksgiving Magical in NYC

This year marks the 86th for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The procession of Snoopy, Kermit, and company rides a new route in 2012, from 77th and Central Park West and down Sixth Avenue to Macy’s Herald Square. Stay at the Hilton right in the heart of the parade route at 54th and Sixth. Ask for a float-facing room between the seventh and 17th floors. Eat a Thanksgiving Feast at the Sea Grill in Rockefeller Center. Your family can work it off afterwards with an ice skate around the Rock Center Ice Rink.

turkey-plungeCold Turkey Plunge

For an all new Thanksgiving Day tradition, and one that benefits charity to boot, join the hundreds of hearty souls who participate in Nantucket’s annual Cold Turkey Plunge. Swimmers brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning, all while raising money for the Atheneum Weezie Library for Children, the island’s public library. Last-minute plungers are welcome, even encouraged, and are asked to make a $25 donation to the library.  www.nantucketatheneum.org Thanksgiving, November 22, 10:00 am Nantucket, MA.

Thanksgiving Re-enactments

The prime spot for the season, is where it all began, Plymouth, Mass., where at the living-history attraction Plimoth Plantation (plimoth.org) they’re offering a “Harvest Dinner With the Pilgrims” on certain days of the week. It’s a place where the best historical evidence available of what went on at the Pilgrims’ first feast in 1621 often collides with expectations. At Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts (osv.org) an early-19th-century holiday is invoked Thursday through Saturday. Don’t miss Friday’s target shoot. At the Billings Farm and Museum (billingsfarm.org) in Woodstock, Vt., Friday through Sunday it will be Thanksgiving dinner preparation, 1890-style.


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