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New England Thanksgiving Getaway Package

12 New England Thanksgiving Getaways

Ah, Thanksgiving weekend on the East Coast. The air is crisp, there’s the constant scent of turkey and pie in the air and an endless array of football on TV — and there’s one region of the country that does Thanksgiving better than all the rest.

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New England’s picturesque scenery, cozy retreats and abundance of fall fun makes it the perfect destination for a Thanksgiving getaway. Take advantage of the extended break from school and your family’s free schedules and whisk them away on one of these 10 Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving experiences. Who knows — it may just turn into a holiday tradition, or at least a Thanksgiving you’ll talk about for years to come.

1. Lay Back and Relax

Forget the hectic, hurried Thanksgivings of years past. There are no rushed trips to the grocery store for the cranberries you forgot, or accidentally overcooking the green bean casserole, when you enjoy a Thanksgiving Day getaway at Snowvillage Inn in Eaton, New Hampshire. The serene setting is perfect for you to do nothing more than lay back and relax.

The relaxation starts as soon as you arrive, with a welcome cocktail by your in-room fireplace, along with some homemade cookies, of course. Cozy up and sleep as long as you want, before enjoying the magnificent views from the inn itself — or, you can get up close and personal with the great outdoors, with a short hike. The summit of Foss Mountain is just nearby. Grab a hiking map and enjoy the 20-minute stroll to jaw-dropping views.

Afterward, you’ll feast on an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with a menu inspired by true New England classics.

Plus, if you want to bring along the entire extended family for your getaway, Snowvillage Inn’s Chimney House, with its four guestrooms, is perfect for a weekend of reconnecting and recharging.

2. A Thanksgiving for Everyone

Regardless of where you are this holiday season, it’s difficult to please every single person in your family. Dad wants to catch the football game, while Mom wants to head out for some pre-Black Friday sales, and the kids are just happy to have some sugar-fueled fun.

At Meadowmere Resort, the Gobbler Getaway pleases everyone. Mom and Dad can relax in the hot tub or with a Maine craft beer, or even a luxurious spa treatment in the Roman Spa. Meanwhile, the kids can splash around in the heated pool, only after enjoying a holiday kids craft breakfast every morning. Later, the whole family can head out for some shopping at Kittery Outlets, where you’re sure to find holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Don’t forget the turkey! Meadowmere Resort serves up a scrumptious traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Maine Craft Spirits Thanksgiving
Maine Craft Distilling, Portland, Maine.
Credit: Mark Flemming/Maine Office of Tourism

3. Relaxing Romance, After the Fact

Perhaps your family obligations require you to stick around on the day-of. There’s still plenty of fun you can have in New England without sacrificing your beloved family Thanksgiving traditions.

After the hubbub of the holiday is over, get away with your favorite person to DELAMAR West Hartford. The property’s “Spacation” experience is true R&R in a full luxury setting.

A signature DELAMAR massage will relieve all that tension from standing over a stove the day before (as well as the stress of seeing your in-laws!), but the special amenities only start there. You and your significant other will also enjoy Champagne for two and dinner at Artisan Restaurant, as well as breakfast.

When you’re all de-stressed and ready to enjoy the season again, take advantage of your complimentary admission to the New Britain Museum of American Art.

4. A Luxury Thanksgiving

Famous and well-off families have been vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard for decades. Join the elite with a Thanksgiving in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, at a beautiful luxury boutique inn, no less.

Nobnocket Boutique Inn offers a Thanksgiving getaway that’s far from the ordinary. You’ll stay for three nights in an extravagant grand room or suite, with all the high-end amenities you need. As you explore your home for the next three days, enjoy sipping on a welcome glass of Champagne. Gourmet breakfasts and, of course, a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner await.

You’ll never get bored, as there’s plenty to enjoy on the island over Thanksgiving weekend, including the 22nd Annual Vineyard Artisans Festival. Support the small businesses of Martha’s Vineyard with a little shopping!

Thanksgiving New England Style

5. A Taste of Maine

Did Thanksgiving not quite sate your appetite? If you’re still hungry after all that turkey, skip the Black Friday shopping and head to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where Inn By the Sea offers a true Taste of Maine.

A Portland tasting tour allows you and your guest to explore the history of the city, while chowing down on deliciously fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses and more. Wash it all down with some handcrafted beer. After your tour, try even more culinary options at the inn’s Sea Glass, an ocean-view eatery serving up three-course dinners. Then, head back to your guestroom for complimentary whoopie pies and a bottle of Maine wine.

6. A Taste of Massachusetts

If Massachusetts is a little more accessible for you than Maine this Thanksgiving weekend, head on over for a two-day stay at The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn in Harwich. Over Friday and Saturday, taste your way through Cape Cod.

It all starts with a gourmet breakfast, followed by a tour of the local coffee roasting plant. Lunch is at the best pizza join on Cape Cod, before you head off to tour a nearby brewery. More stops on your itinerary include a local chocolate shop, Portuguese bakery and lobster roll heaven.

Thanksgiving Classic Lobster Roll
Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

7. Uncovering Your Inner Chef

Maybe you didn’t get the chance to help out in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. If your culinary skills could use a little help, let the Cook Academy at The Essex, Vermont assist. Over two days, you’ll uncover your inner chef with a cooking class for two at the resort and spa, before enjoying an extravagant dinner at the restaurant Junction.

But after all that eating this weekend, you’ll want a way to work it off. Thankfully, Vermont’s ski slopes will be in full swing by your visit. There are quite a few scheduled to open on or before Thanksgiving.

You have an entire host to choose from: Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo Mountain, Stowe Mountain, Sugarbush, Stratton Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch, Bromley Mountain and Jay Peak. Check them out and pick the best one for you based on location and the activities offered.

8. Indoor and Outdoor Fun in New Hampshire

The ski fun continues in New Hampshire, where resorts are likewise opening up in time for post-Thanksgiving travelers. Try Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Canmore Mountain, Mount Sunapee, Cannon Mountain or Waterville Valley.

If Canmore Mountain is your destination of choice, you can stay at Red Jacket Mountain View Resort for double the fun. The resort’s indoor water park means you can have a little fun in the (indoor) sun after a day on the slopes. Book the Bed & Breakfast package for a hearty breakfast each day to fuel your adventures.

New England Thanksgiving Sleigh Ride
New Hampshire - Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Credit: New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development

9. Take the Edge Off

Need to take the edge off after a stressful Thanksgiving? The Newport Inn can help with that. Visit lovely Newport, Rhode Island, following the holiday weekend and enjoy a wine tour and tasting at Newport Vineyards, courtesy of the inn’s special promo. While you’re at it, explore the rest of lovely Newport, including the multitude of shopping opportunities and the Instagram-worthy historic district. Bundle up, though — it’ll be chilly!

10. A Thanksgiving Feast

If your family never fails to somehow burn the turkey, opt for a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner served up in style, at West Hill House Bed & Breakfast in Warren, Vermont. The menu includes mouthwatering roast turkey, farm-fresh mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with local maple syrup, fresh veggies, artisan bread stuffing and more. Don’t forget the drinks! Apple cider and your choice of wine are available.

If you can still move after all this feasting, head over to Sugarbush Resort, the nearby skiing destination, open in time for the holiday and all weekend long.

Thanksgiving Music History
Musicians in Connecticut
Credit: Connecticut Office of Tourism

11. A Different Parade

We all know the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but who wants to deal with all the hassle of attending that major event? You can still watch an amazing Thanksgiving parade, though, when you visit Stamford, Connecticut. The city’s annual UBS Parade Spectacular is one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country.

If you want to attend and easily get to and from the parade on Thanksgiving Day, stay at DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor and take advantage of the property’s Metro-North Package. Along with deluxe overnight accommodations, Champagne, complimentary breakfast and tickets to the Bruce Museum, you’ll also receive transportation to and from the Greenwich Metro-North Train Station and two round-trip train tickets, perfect for whisking you and your loved one quickly to Stamford for the big event.

12. Get into the Holiday Spirit

Are you the type of person who puts their Christmas tree up the day after Halloween? Then a Christmas-themed Thanksgiving getaway might be right up your alley! Providence, Rhode Island, is a great destination if you’re looking to get into the Yuletide spirit. The city’s burgeoning theater scene puts plenty on display during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Snag tickets to John Legend’s Christmas tour, or Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks. Stay at Hotel Providence and book the Backstage Kitchen + Bar Dining Package, for both dinner and a show.

New England Holiday Shopping
Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism