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New York’s Best Thanksgiving Destinations

New York’s Best Thanksgiving Destinations

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to visit New York City. It’s not too cold yet, autumn is in full bloom, and there’s a great parade to watch. But tourists in town for the holiday have to miss out on one crucial part of Thanksgiving: a home-cooked meal. It’s not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving trip to New York, and we’d recommend the following restaurants to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at:

The Sea Grill
Located right in the heart of Rockefeller Center (you can actually look out onto the ice-skating rink from your table), The Sea Grill serves a quality meal. For $89 (as of last year), you can go for the turkey with stuffing and a cranberry-kumquat relish, or take your pick from a wide variety of seafood.

Picholine
In Columbus Circle just steps from the parade route, chef Terrance Brennan pulls out all the stops at his flagship restaurant. As of last year, the restaurant’s $115 prix fixe menu offered four courses, including Amish farm turkey, beef, salmon, sole, or wild mushroom risotto, as well as pumpkin bisque with black truffle foam, a lobster and sweet potato appetizer, and cheeses. A children's three-course menu was also available for $65 per person.

Sylvia’s
Head up to Harlem for a soul food-inspired Thanksgiving with all the fixins. Roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, macaroni, collard greens, and candied yams were on the menu last year, all for $24.95 per person ($14.95 for kids 10 and under) if it’s a group of five or more. They start serving at 11 a.m.

Balthazar
This traditional French bistro also happens to be one of the city’s best restaurants. On Thanksgiving last year they served their traditional Saturday brunch menu in the morning and afternoon, then for dinner they served light and dark meat turkey, baked sweet potato purée, cranberry sauce, and Brussels sprouts, for $39.

Bar Americain
Bobby Flay’s cavernous Midtown restaurant served an $80 prix fixe menu last year, and it sounds like it was pretty outrageous. Onion soup, Gulf shrimp, roasted turkey with all the fixins, lamb chops, and prime rib were all on the menu.


How to Eat Your Way Through New York's Hudson Valley in a Day

A whirlwind exploration of one of North America's most exciting food and drink destinations right now.

Long before the West Coast grew to become the food and drink producing powerhouse it is today, New York&aposs Hudson Valley was a driving force in American agriculture. Beginning just north of New York City, and stretching all the way to the state capital at Albany, the region was always one of the better places to forage (and feed) on the East Coast, years before going local (or to the source) once again became fashionable. Since the turn of the century, a new generation of growers and producers have livened things up around here rather significantly, leading to a heightened awareness of the area&aposs beauty, its bounty, the relaxed pace of life, and all-around irresistibility. It is safe to say that the Hudson Valley is now, after years of relative quiet, a rather happening spot.

Make that spots𠅊 region this vast is hard to explore in a very short period of time, often to the puzzlement of the casual visitors looking to see (and taste) the best of its produce. Whatever you&aposre thinking of is probably being made or grown somewhere around here, somewhere charming, no doubt, all within an easy ride from the city. But where, exactly? You can&apost do it all without weeks to explore, but to help smooth the introduction, we&aposve mapped out the ultimate day trip, not only for forager types looking to go beyond their local farmer&aposs market and straight to the source, but also for people who just like to eat and drink, generally speaking. What we cannot do, however, is stop winter from coming𠅏or best results, head north now. Step by step, here&aposs how you spend the ultimate day, sampling the some of the best the Hudson Valley has to offer.

First, get acclimated. If you&aposre coming from New York City, stay on your side of the river, at least for now—just a short drive north from the tip of Manhattan, you&aposll find the legendary Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture, located on an idyllic patch of Westchester County, right at the edge of the village of Pocantico Hills. Open Wednesday-Sunday, this 80-acre teaching farm, famously home to Chef Dan Barber&aposs Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant, used to be part of the rather extensive Rockefeller estate lands in the area. Today, Stone Barns is a destination for food and food lovers, not to mention a terrific introduction to the Hudson Valley region and its agricultural-but-also-civilized ethic. Stop by Blue Hill&aposs casual café, located in the old stone barn, for fresh-baked pastries, coffees, salads and other light snacks.

Next, tackle the Taconic. Before America had 16-lane superhighways, the Northeast had its lovably antiquated parkway system. The Taconic, stretching roughly 100 miles north of New York City, all through the Hudson Valley, was dreamed up by native son Franklin D. Roosevelt, back in the early heyday of the automobile. Love or hate its winding curves and narrow lanes, the parkway is a beautiful drive through the woods� minutes later, you&aposll exit at Noxon Road for your first foraging destination, the humble but welcoming Sprout Creek Farm. Its mission is similar to that of Stone Barns, but the cast of characters (the farm is operated by some pretty hip nuns) and the vibe (down home, country) are completely different. While their educational programs are renowned, most people drop by for giant hunks of Sprout Creek&aposs highly-regarded cheeses, much of it made from raw cow&aposs milk. When available, the on-site market sells eggs and meat, too.

Drop by the farm stand of your dreams. On a grand, riverfront estate, Talia and Doug Fincke have operated Montgomery Place Orchards for decades, now—the orchard farm stand, located at the corner of 9G and Route 199 between the towns of Red Hook and Rhinebeck, isn&apost just one of the best for apples, thanks to their passion for reviving antique, or heirloom varietals that haven&apost been widely available on the market for centuries now this is also one of the most painstakingly-curated farm markets you&aposll find anywhere the valley, with carefully chosen produce from other top-of-their-game growers and producers in the immediate area. Also, there are some of the best cider donuts $1 can buy, anywhere. One of the saddest days on the Valley calendar is when this stand closes up for the winter one of the happiest is when it opens back up again.

Drink some of the best beer being produced on the East Coast right now. Dan Suarez has one heck of a resume (Hill Farmstead, Sixpoint), so beer lovers were probably always going to follow him to the Hudson Valley and his latest venture, Suarez Family Brewery. Even before the end of their first year, the brewery was receiving awards, getting incredible press, and seeing a line of hop heads beat a path to their property, by the side of Route 9, just north of the whistlestop village of Clermont. Go simple (and perfect) with their Crispy Little pale ale, an exemplary Pils, or dive deep into their funkier country beer series—just go. Thirsty for more? Five minutes away, on an orchard that&aposs been in the same family for generations, Sloop Brewing is the birthplace of the Juice Bomb, an unfiltered, citrus-y IPA that&aposs far from just another West Coast knockoff.

Buy all of the bread. Long before everyone in food&aposs second most-used word was artisanal, Daniel Leader ditched the rat race and moved up to this part of the world to bake bread (real bread, European-style bread) in a wood-fired brick oven. He called his business Bread Alone, worked his contacts, and became a massive success. After years of being headquartered at their original site in the Catskills, the company&aposs sparkling new hub is now just across the Hudson River, on the suburban fringe of the very old city of Kingston. Ignore the uninspired surroundings and make a beeline for Bread Alone&aposs appealing bakery/café. (They do a very good light lunch.)

Check out the coolest vending machines, ever. Joshua and Jessica Applestone were pioneers on the now-ubiquitous Butcher 2.0 scene, selling grass-fed and organic meats, along with other quality comestibles, from an informal shop𠅏leisher&aposs, it was called—in Kingston&aposs Stockade District. From humble beginnings, the brand went on to great things, both in New York City and beyond the Applestones are still in the Hudson Valley, where they now operate the Applestone Meat Company. Their product is as terrific as ever, but the operation has been significantly streamlined𠅏rom two shops, one quite close to Kingston, along Route 209 in the charming village of Stone Ridge, they sell their meat (beef, lamb and pork, in a wide range of cuts) from modern, automat-style vending machines, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (At the Stone Ridge location, you can chat with the staff working the service window that&aposs open during the day—they&aposre only too happy to help.) Bring a cooler. Bring a lot of coolers. Celebrate your haul with a perfect cortado just a few doors down, at the new Carthaigh Coffee.

Stop for a wee dram at one of America&aposs top distilleries. It wasn&apost so long ago that Tuthilltown was truly a (if not the) pioneer—these days, the producer of one of North America&aposs finest rye whiskeys (not to mention a slew of other spirits) is owned by William Grant & Sons (Glenfiddich, Hendrick&aposs Gin, The Balvenie), and its products rest comfortably behind some of the best bars in the world. That does not, not even for a moment, diminish the potent contribution made to the American cocktail revival by this terrific distillery, located next door to a 1700&aposs mill, near the tiny town of Gardiner. Stop by for a taste, to snag as many bottles as you can comfortably afford, or even just for a well-made cocktail at the Tuthill House bar.


The best Thanksgiving leftover recipes you’ve never thought of

Let’s be honest, people: When it comes to Thanksgiving, the best part is the after-party — enjoying the leftover bounty on Friday. You don’t have to dress up, wait hours to eat or endure awkward conversations with distant relatives. Instead, you can throw on your comfy pants, put on some Netflix and enjoy all the fixings any way you please.

Plus, nearly everything — from that turkey that was a bit overcooked to the cloyingly sweet yams — tastes better a day or two later, especially if it’s repurposed deliciously and creatively.

From Black Friday brunch ideas to a surprisingly tasty salad, here are some Thanksgiving leftover ideas from the city’s top chefs and food pros.

Sweet potato casserole croissants

Chef Jesus Nuñez makes sweet potato casserole bread pudding at The Sea Fire Grill, 158 East 48th Street. Zandy Mangold

Chef Jesus Nuñez of Midtown’s Sea Fire Grill, likes to turn Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole into a decadent bread pudding. It’s the “perfect brunch item to serve my family the day after Thanksgiving and keep the holiday spirit going!” he says.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut two store-bought croissants in half. On each half, spread a heaping spoonful of leftover mashed sweet potatoes. Place croissants at the bottom of a small baking dish, sweet-potato side up. In a separate bowl beat together 1 cup heavy cream or milk, 3 eggs, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over the croissants. Top with Swiss and red pepper flakes, if you like. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. At the very end, remove foil and bake until the top gets crispy.

Leftover turkey hash

Chef Michael Lomonaco creates turkey hash out of Thanksgiving leftovers at Porterhouse Bar and Grill, 10 Columbus Circle. Zandy Mangold

Michael Lomonaco, chef and owner of Porter House at Columbus Circle, loves whipping up a savory hash from any remaining turkey and veggies.

“[It] incorporates all of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes into one harmonious bite,” he says. “It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory with a lot of fun textures and flavors.”

To make the hash, roughly dice up any leftover turkey. In a large pan over medium heat, melt a pat of butter, then saute turkey with cubed sweet potatoes and other roasted veggies. Pull apart Brussels sprouts and add the leaves to the saute, along with a splash of cream. Let cook, undisturbed, until the bottom is brown and crispy, then flip to crisp up the other side. Serve with fried eggs and toasted bread.

“The yolk creates a silky sauce that brings everything together nicely,” says Lomonaco.

Peter Lipson, from the West Village’s La Ventura, also likes to cook up a hash — “an easy one-pan dish,” he says. He likes to top his off with gravy.

Turkey pot pie with leftovers

“[Making a pot pie] is the ideal way to revive turkey meat and veggies without drying them out,” says Bill Yosses, the former White House pastry chef who opened Palais by Perfect Pie in Lenox Hill.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Shred leftover turkey by hand and add in diced or shredded vegetables — carrots, Brussels sprouts, onions, celery, kale, whatever’s handy. Then spoon the mixture into a casserole dish or individual ramekins, drizzle with some broth (about 3 tablespoons per ramekin, or ¾ cup for an 8-inch casserole dish) and top with store-bought puff pastry. Brush the pastry with a beaten egg and sprinkle with flaky salt, then poke a hole in the top to vent. Bake until crust is golden brown. Serve hot out of the oven.

Glenn Rolnick, director of culinary operations at Carmine’s and Virgil’s Real BBQ, also loves whipping up a pot pie, but he suggests mixing in some gravy with the turkey and veggies and topping it off with stuffing instead of pastry. Doing so, he says, makes for a crust that’s “nice and crispy.” Add in some leftover herbs “to kick it up a bit.”

Pumpkin pie risotto

“By adding leftover pumpkin” — any of the canned stuff that didn’t go into your pies — “to a quick risotto, you get a sweet and creamy dish that’s enhanced by the addition of savory taleggio cheese,” says Stefano Lorenzini, chef at Feroce in Flatiron.

Make risotto as you usually would, with 4 ounces of short-grain rice and vegetable stock. Just before rice is done cooking, add 2 ounces unsweetened pumpkin pie filling. Cook a few minutes more, until rice is done. Stir in some taleggio cheese and/or butter, if you like, then top with grated Parmesan.


20 Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving in America

These towns may be small, but they're big on holiday charm.

At this point in 2020, we all have a serious case of wanderlust. Many of us will forgo the annual trip to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of traveling to some picturesque destinations! Whether small town charm, big city lights, or something in between are your thing, we've rounded up a list of locations for everyone. If you can't get home this year or you and your immediate family need some time to decompress outside of the same four walls, there's a spot for you on this list. Sure, you don't want to miss the Thanksgiving menu with Grandma's pumpkin pie recipes and all the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, but a short road trip, when done safely, could be just what you need to clear your head. And if you rent a house or condo, you can stop at a local grocery store and cook up your own feast. Treat your family to a brief escape as an early Christmas gift, or sneak off with your sweetie for some quiet time. Seeing someplace new often gives you perspective and helps you reconsider all the blessings you do enjoy in your life. We promise you'll be grateful you explored one of these charming Thanksgiving towns. If you do decide to travel, we suggest you make note of your destination's cancellation policy, just in case something unexpected arises. Here are our top picks for quick getaways this Thanksgiving.

Lake Placid isn't just picturesque, idyllic, and peaceful (hence the name!) it's also a lot of fun around the holidays. Fish, hike, bike, or camp in the area, or visit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum (the Winter Olympics were held here in 1932 and 1980). While snow isn't a given, it is a possibility here this time of year, so pack your winter coat and gloves!.

It's not exactly a tiny town, but Park City still boasts all the appeal of a town half its size&mdashand the Utah city is where it's at come Thanksgiving time. Take a bobsled ride, enjoy window shopping, or curl up by the fire at one of the town's amazing resorts.

It may be known as the "Christmas Capital of Texas," but it's also a heck of a lot of fun around Thanksgiving. Grapevine offers beautiful holiday decorations and a Light Show Spectacular for kids of all ages.

Learn the history of this working seaport, explore the local boutiques, or visit Strawbery Banke Museum, which covers 300 years of American history on ten acres. Don't forget a lobster dinner while you're in town!

How does a tropical paradise sound for Thanksgiving this year? The temperatures have settled down so it's balmy and lovely this time of year. Go diving and snorkeling, kayaking, swim with the dolphins, or just walk around and enjoy the ambience of this charming town.

Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a stunning destination! With pretty beaches, mountains, and nearby vineyards (yes, please!), it has everything you need for a relaxing, romantic weekend getaway, any time of year.

This scenic valley has plenty to offer every member of the family: Cavern tours, historic attractions, museums, and antiquing. If you're in the mood for pampering yourself, stay at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs for the ultimate luxury experience. They've been welcoming guests to this mountain retreat since 1778.

Don't discount it based on size: There's always something going on in this town with German roots. Visit the local distilleries and breweries, check out one of the more than a dozen art galleries, or tour (and do a tasting!) at one of the nearby 100 wineries in the Hill Country.

This beautiful coastal town is delightful in fall when the sultry summer temperatures have faded. There's plenty of hospitality, too, amid the history of this southern lady. Visit Old Fort Jackson, window shop one of the many boutiques or art galleries, and stroll through the historic Bonaventure Cemetery.

You've probably used one or two of Pioneer Woman's recipes for holiday meals in the past. Why not trek to her hometown for a truly tasty Thanksgiving? While you're there, check out The Pioneer Woman Mercantile and stay at The Boarding House (a cowboy-luxury hotel!). There's also beautiful wildlife nearby at the the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and Osage Hills State Park.

Winterset is the Covered Bridge Capital of Iowa. Meander through the countryside to see these historic gems (which inspired the book and movie, The Bridges of Madison County with Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep), and don't miss the Iowa Quilt Museum. The town's other claim to fame is being the birthplace of John Wayne, with the only museum in the world here dedicated to this Hollywood icon.

Maine is gorgeous in the summer, but it's even better in the fall and early winter. The weather's still mild, and it's far less crowded-- so you won't have to wait in line for another lobster roll or cup of chowder! Kennebunkport has tons of cute shops lining the walkable downtown area, or drive by the Bush estate and beautiful St. Ann's Historic Church. No visit's complete without a stroll on lovely Goose Rocks beach. For a cozy stay, book a room at the charming Inn at English Meadows Inn, just a few blocks from the center of everything.

Known as "The Folk Music Capital of the World," the town is bordered by the Blue Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains. Mountain View boasts beautiful B&Bs, live folk music, and the incredible Blanchard Springs Caverns.

What better time to experience the small-town setting of HGTV's Home Town in real life than during the holiday season? Take a stroll downtown, on charming brick streets beneath string lights, stopping at storefronts, including show hosts Erin and Ben Napier's Laurel Mercantile, for Small Business Saturday (held the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year).

With its perfectly preserved 19th-century buildings, this Midwestern hamlet looks as if it's frozen in time. About 85 percent of the town is a national historic district. Fall brings an explosion of colors to the surrounding rolling hills and valleys. Visit the historic attractions, browse one-of-a-kind boutiques on Main Street, and save enough time for a stop at the local watering hole, Blaum Bros. Distilling Co .

Known for its iconic holiday celebrations, this West Coast town kicks off the festivities Thanksgiving weekend with Christkindlmarkt, a Bavarian-style Christmas Market. Visit the town's distilleries and breweries or the wineries and cideries, or check out the shopping full of unique boutiques full of cuckoo clocks, music boxes, beer steins and other Bavarian treasures.

Situated on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this small Southern destination is a picturesque place to celebrate your favorite fall holiday. Hole up in a cozy log cabin, chalet, or historic bed and breakfast. Burn off that turkey and stuffing by hiking to waterfalls, horseback-riding through wooded trails, or taking the aerial tramway to Ober Gatlinburg for ice skating, skiing, or snow tubing. Finally, cheers to another year of gratitude at one of the area wineries, breweries, and distilleries.

Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of the original 17th Century colony, is the ultimate Thanksgiving destination. Walk around the English Village, the Plimoth Grist Mill, the Wampanoag Homesite, and more. You'll have a new appreciation for our history.

If you're thankful for nature, why not spend Thanksgiving in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park? There's nothing more awe-inspiring than the grandeur of these mountains. If hiking's not your thing, there's also fishing, wildlife watching tours, and an aerial tramway.

This area has more than four centuries of history to explore! In the greater Williamsburg region, you'll find colonial-era town of Williamsburg, the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, and the Historic Jamestowne. Plenty of great eateries and wineries abound in the region as well.


Caramelized Pumpkin Ice-Cream Pie

  • 1 sleeve (about 1 ½ cups) graham crackers, crushed
  • 6 tbsp. butter, very soft
  • 4 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or ½ tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream, softened

Thoroughly combine the crushed graham cracker, butter and half the brown sugar in a bowl. Transfer to a pie plate and press mixture evenly along the bottom and sides. Freeze for at least one hour. (Or, skip this part and buy a completed graham cracker shell.)

Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Cook pumpkin with spices and remaining brown sugar, stirring constantly, until it’s glossy and smooth, about eight to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cool until just warm. (You can avoid cooking, but you’ll lose depth of flavor.)

Fold together ice cream and pumpkin mixture just enough to see streaks of each, but not completely combined. Gently pour into the pie crust, smooth top, and freeze until set, at least 4 hours. Allow to soften several minutes before serving.


11 Places to Spend Thanksgiving

You'll be grateful you don't have to cook, that's for sure.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for gatherings at home. You spend the day cooking the turkey, baking the pies, and watching football, then convene around the dining table with family and friends to express gratitude by way of overindulgence. But after eight months of sheltering at home&mdashand making most of your own meals&mdashwhy not let someone else do all the work for a change? Traveling for Thanksgiving doesn't mean giving up all of its treasured traditions. You can still have the all-American feast, play flag football, and do the turkey trot, but from a luxurious destination, be it snowy Aspen or tropical Maldives. Here are 10 of our favorite Thanksgiving weekend escapes.

Holding court for over a century on picturesque Lake George in the Adirondacks, the 137-year old Sagamore Resort offers guests an 18-hole golf course, hiking, tennis, and spa. So rather than spending an entire day in the kitchen, you can partake in one of the many activities available at the hotel (there is also a well-equipped rec center to keep the kids occupied) before indulging in a Thanksgiving feast.

The famed Blackberry Farm retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee (which is much-beloved by everyone at T&C) is quintessential Americana, making it a perfect place to celebrate the most American of holidays. You'll get a delicious Thanksgiving feast, of course, plus all the season-appropriate activities, from flag football games to hiking amidst stunning fall foliage.

Along with the seasonal activities and the charms of being in Cape May in the off season, Congress Hall will provide a good history lesson, too. It was established in 1816, making America's oldest seaside resort. Today, it's still as stately and grand as it was more than 200 years ago (its nickname was the "Summer White House"), but updated with modern amenities. Thanksgiving dinners traditionally take place at the hotel's Blue Pig Tavern, a Cape May institution.

Thanksgiving is a wildly popular holiday on Kiawah Island, the most luxurious of the small islands dotting the coastal South. Spend the long weekend at the island's grande dame hotel, the five-star Sanctuary, or opt for one of the many private villas and homes around the island. There are five different options to choose from when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. A lavish menu at the Ocean Room at the Sanctuary, for instance, includes ribeye and quail, along with the traditional turkey. More of a pescatarian? Then make reservations at the Atlantic Room instead, which will feature a raw bar and seasonal catches. Or, if you'd prefer a private family-only meal in your villa, get an entire Thanksgiving meal prepared to-go.

This Thanksgiving will also mark the start of Aspen's ski season so you can be one of the first to carve those powdery slopes. Plus, a warm Thanksgiving meal is all the more enticing after a long day of sport. Then burn it off at the Silver Circle Ice Rink, the town's only outdoor ice rink. The luxe St. Regis Aspen is the best place to stay, not least of all for a treatment (or two) at its award-winning spa.

The Rosewood resort in Mexico is helping Americans give thanks this year with a Thanksgiving in Baja package, which includes accommodations in a signature villa or residence (which start at 4,500 square feet and are equipped with a fire pit, infinity pool, and dedicated 24-hour villa host). Thanksgiving dinner will be served in-house and holiday-appropriate activities include a pie-making masterclass and a turkey trot&mdashbe sure to save room for the tequila-infused pumpkin pie. Feel iffy about getting on a plane? Go private with LVP Wings, the hotel's new private charter service.

Nearly every room at the Montage Deer Valley boasts stunning views of the snowy peaks, but this Thanksgiving, go for the splurge and book one of the luxe residences, which are outfitted with private balconies, fireplaces, and fully-equipped kitchens. Cooking is totally optional, of course: the hotel will prepare a turkey dinner to be enjoyed in the privacy of your home-away-from-home.

Why not take this opportunity to go all out for Thanksgiving 2020 and get a head start on the winter holiday season? Go off the grid in the Maldives&mdashall tourists are welcome with proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken at least 72 hours before departure. Stay at the incredibly luxurious Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, where all accommodations are private, palatial villas with huge infinity pools, plenty of outdoor space, and panoramic ocean views. You can choose between one situated on the beach, on a reef, or over the ocean on stilts. You'll be made to feel like you're the only ones on the entire island (with five-star service)&mdashif that's not the most ideal vacation in a pandemic world, what is?

Set on 40 acres in Newport, Rhode Island, Castle Hill Inn makes for a classic New England Thanksgiving. Originally built in the 19th century as a summer residence for a noted Harvard marine biologist, the Relais & Châteaux property has 33 charming rooms and cottages&mdashbook one with a soaking tub and fireplace&mdashand a prime perch that commands great views of Narragansett Bay. On the day after Thanksgiving, be sure to catch Newport's Illuminated Boat Parade, which officially kicks off the season.

Auberge Resorts' two properties in Los Cabos, Esperanza and Chileno Bay, are collaborating this Thanksgiving season on a unique five-day culinary offering with chef Mads Refslund, cofounder of Copenhagen's cult restaurant Noma. Expect a masterful, modern interpretation of Baja California cuisine presented over several dinners between November 24-28, and a Thanksgiving feast you'll surely never forget. And don't worry, the resorts' plethora of activities&mdashhorseback riding on the beach, yoga, snorkeling, paddle boarding, ATV riding&mdashwill easily cure the food comas.

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In early November, the sister property of Nantucket's White Elephant Resort opens its doors in Florida. Now in the former Bradley Park Hotel, a 1924 architectural gem, the White Elephant Palm Beach has kept the original bones but completely refurbished everything else, creating a modern upgrade to Palm Beach's quintessential Mediterranean style. There are 32 rooms, the beach is just two blocks away, and the hotel provides exclusive access to Barton & Gray yachts for a Thanksgiving day cruise on the ocean.


Our Favorite Thanksgiving Corn Recipes

Whether you prefer it creamed, baked into a savory pudding or topped with a cheesy crust in a casserole, no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without corn — so we’ve rounded up some of the most delicious ways to enjoy this buttery, golden favorite.

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Charred Creamed Corn

Creamed corn gets a smoky upgrade when you char the corn kernels in a cast iron skillet. The creamy, cheesy side makes a great accompaniment to grilled or deep-fried turkey.

The Best Corn Casserole

We added Cheddar and chives to this classic and quick side that goes from mixing bowl to oven in less than 10 minutes. It bakes up golden brown and puffy &mdash perfect for a potluck or holiday gathering.

Creamed Corn

Traditional creamed corn gets its luscious richness not from cream or milk, but from the milky juice of the corn kernels and cob. Here, frozen corn steps in during the off-season and holiday months. It's simmered until tender, partially pureed and then thickened with a slurry of flour and water. You'll be surprised at the velvety soft texture and we'll be surprised if this isn't your new go-to creamed corn recipe.

Corn Spoonbread

This savory spoonbread is like the marriage cornbread and a souffle. Although it doesn&rsquot call for any fresh kernels (just cornmeal), it still has all the sweet-and-buttery flavor you&rsquod expect from a side dish made with corn.

Corn Fritters

If you&rsquore planning to smoke your turkey or season it with a blend of spices that includes chipotle, these corn fritters will make the perfect side. They&rsquore studded with fresh cilantro, scallion and jalapeno.

Creamed Corn

Comforting, traditional and easy to make, this 20-minute creamed corn fits all the criteria for a successful, crowd-pleasing side. You may want to make a double (or even a triple) batch if you're hosting a large group for Thanksgiving &mdash this dish goes quickly!

Creamed Corn Bread Pudding

Fluffy brioche bread pudding gets a savory twist! Nancy adds creamed corn for a two-in-one side dish that will be right at home alongside your Thanksgiving turkey.

Scalloped Corn

White Cheddar cheese and buttery cracker crumbs top this classic side made from frozen sweet corn and creamy half-and-half.

Grandma Moore's Creamed Corn

There are only two ingredients in this recipe: fresh corn and bacon. They come together beautifully as the starchy corn cooks up into a creamy mixture and the bacon on top adds crispy, salty bites of goodness.

Creamed Corn Cornbread

Sure, you can serve creamed corn as a Thanksgiving side dish &mdash but you can also bake it into cornbread for an extra rich and delicious take on the classic recipe.

Corn Pudding

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this cheesy side dish. The secret to the corn pudding&rsquos extra creamy texture? A little bit of cream cheese.

Skillet Corn Casserole

Simplicity is the name of the game with this quick and easy side. Ree uses just five ingredients (corn, butter, heavy cream, salt and pepper) to whip up a dish that&rsquos perfect for any Thanksgiving feast.

Dump-and-Bake Corn Casserole

This Thanksgiving side dish couldn't be easier. Part cornbread, part corn pudding, it is moist and decadent. Perfect for when you're hosting, but also travels well for when you're bringing a dish as a guest.

Coconut Creamed Corn

If this year&rsquos feast is all about twists on the classics, then this creamed corn is for you. It&rsquos made extra rich with creamy coconut milk. Crushed red pepper flakes and fresh cilantro add a little spice and freshness, respectively, to round out the natural sweetness.

Sweet Corn Risotto with Herbes de Provence

This Thanksgiving-worthy recipe only relies on a few ingredients so use best-quality wherever you can. If you have homemade stock and true Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this is the perfect time to cook with them.

Corn and Cauliflower Sauteed in Bourbon Butter

Valerie knows that there&rsquos no better time than Thanksgiving to take your veggie side dish to the next level. She infuses butter with bourbon and then uses it to sauté her corn and cauliflower. Talk about an easy (and delicious) upgrade!


11 Regional Thanksgiving Recipes That Food Bloggers Swear By

Turkey may be the quintessential Thanksgiving dish, but it’s not the only attraction feasters look forward to on this food coma-inducing holiday. Families nationwide anticipate the annual spread of grandma’s best stuffing or dad’s secret sweet potato recipe. What many Americans don’t realize, though, is these staples can vary drastically by location.

In some regions, families pack extra cream in their potatoes. In others, Thanksgiving sides come with an extra dash (or three) of spice. General Mills tracks Thanksgiving-timed search traffic every year to determine which dishes are most popular in each state. Some findings — such as Colorado’s love for all things cranberry sauce — are hardly a surprise for locals. Colorado-based food blogger Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest offers multiple spins on her state’s favorite dish, including cranberry brie pastry tarts that her readers describe as “almost too pretty to eat.” Equally interesting is Minnesota’s enthusiasm for all things stuffing this Midwestern state has America’s most stuffing searches per capita, while places like Wyoming and New Hampshire are hyperfocused on their sweet potatoes.

To sprinkle new flair into this year’s holiday spread, we’ve compiled 11 regional Thanksgiving recipes from food bloggers across the country. Some recipes offer small adaptations to popular staples like sweet potatoes, while others turn Thanksgiving on its head with entirely new dishes you’d never think of. No matter the region, all recipes have one thing in common: They’re downright delicious.

Hawaii: Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaii-based food blogger Jasmine Sanders adds local flair to her Thanksgiving spread with the state’s popular Turkey Day side dish, Hawaiian macaroni salad. This dish is “a perfect balance to a savory main course, like kalua pork or a Thanksgiving turkey,” she told HuffPost.

Get the Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe from More Than You Can Chew.

The Northeast: Chicken Empanadas

While Sanders now spends Thanksgivings in Hawaii, she grew up in New York making Thanksgiving empanadas with her Peruvian grandmother in Brooklyn. “The morning after Thanksgiving we would use leftover turkey in the filling for our empanadas,” she told HuffPost.

Get the chicken empanadas recipe from More Than You Can Chew.

The South: Smoked Gouda Mac And Cheese

Florida food blogger Quin Liburd swears by this rich and gooey Thanksgiving side dish, which makes an appearance on all of her holiday tables.

Get the smoked gouda mac and cheese recipe from Butter Be Ready.

The South: Brown Butter Apple Tart

Amber Wilson, the food blogger behind For the Love of the South, joins her Louisiana roots with her newfound home of Nashville for this sweet, Southern Thanksgiving staple.

Get the brown butter apple tart recipe from For the Love of the South.

The Rocky Mountains: Cranberry Brie Pastry Tart

Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest has a host of cozy Thanksgiving recipes from her home state of Colorado. This recipe dishes out Colorado’s love for cranberries in a beautiful pastry form.

Get the cranberry brie pastry tart recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

The Rocky Mountains: Spiced Pecan Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

The only thing that screams “fall” more than an apple cider doughnut is Gerard’s spiced pecan apple cider doughnut cake. This Thanksgiving dish turns one of Colorado’s favorite fall sweets — apple cider doughnuts — into a holiday dessert.

Get the spiced pecan apple cider doughnut cake recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

West Coast: Delicata Squash Salad

California-based food blogger Gaby Dalkin of What’s Gaby Cooking recommends this fresh and healthy squash for any West Coast Thanksgiving meal.

Get the delicata squash salad recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking.

Idaho: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Natasha Kravchuk, the brain behind Natasha’s Kitchen, swears by her popular creamy mashed potatoes recipe. This dish, which Kravchuk describes as the “king of all mashed potato recipes,” is a staple for the Idaho-based blogger.

Get the creamy mashed potatoes recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.

California: Sweet Potato Casserole With Butter Pecan Crumble Topping

California-based food blogger Averie Sunshine gets rave reviews on her classic sweet potato casserole that’s equal parts side dish and dessert — with preservative-free pecans recommended.

The Midwest: Green Bean Casserole

The Midwest loves its casseroles, and Illinois food blogger Amanda Finks of The Wholesome Dish swears by her three-ingredient green bean casserole. “People from Illinois love this classic recipe of green beans coated in creamy mushroom soup and topped with crunchy fried onions,” she told HuffPost.

Get the green bean casserole recipe from The Wholesome Dish.

The Midwest: Easy Breakfast Casserole

Continuing with the Midwest’s passion for casseroles, Finks also recommends her five-minute easy breakfast casserole. “This simple breakfast casserole is perfect for feeding guests over the holidays,” she told HuffPost.

Get the easy breakfast casserole recipe from The Wholesome Dish.


7 . Bristol Mountain

Where to ski in Western in New York

In the western Finger Lakes region of New York, south of Rochester and east of Buffalo, Bristol Mountain boasts 1,200 ft of vertical descent. That’s the biggest between the Adirondacks (think Lake Placid) and the Rocky Mountains. Yes, those Rocky Mountains! It’s a nice option for those folks from Albany and Syracuse who are looking to get further from it all. The terrain is well suited for beginners and intermediates and the 100% snow-making make up for the lack of natural snowfall. The local area, including the town of Canandaigua, maintains a relaxed, authentic vibe. You can’t go wrong staying there, or you can choose townhouses at the base of the resort for ski-in/ski-out access.


This carb-on-carb rice recipe combines fried rice and cubes of stuffing. Cooked in a skillet with oyster mushrooms and Tuscan kale, this dish is literally two sides in one.

Add crispy sweet potatoes and poached eggs to your leftover stuffing, and you've got a new (and delicious!) way to enjoy it the day after!

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