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Even though some (outrageous) people have already started listening to Christmas music and putting up the Christmas decorations, it is nearly time for Thanksgiving! Texas is known for great food and football and any Texan knows that combination of these two equals an amazing Thanksgiving weekend. If you traditionally have the celebration at home, why not spice things up a bit and go somewhere new or visit a city you haven’t been to in a while?

This Thanksgiving, enjoy your favorite roast turkey and pumpkin pie while watching a game of football at a luxurious hotel or cozy vacation rental. Go ahead and explore Texas with your family and closest friends this Thanksgiving weekend! Here are some ideas for your weekend escapades:

Commodore Perry Estate

This ten-acre picturesque retreat combines whimsy and glamour. Located in Austin, it is a popular destination for families who want to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast amidst nature.

On Thanksgiving D ay, you and your loved ones can watch the parade on a large screen while eating pastries. Football games are on from 8 AM to 6 PM. Then , you can have a scrumptious four-course meal for lunch. Finally, you can end the day with hot chocolate, scotch, and s’mores around the fire.

Where: Commodore Perry Estate,  4100 Red River St, Austin, TX 78751

When: November 25

reservations: You can book a reservation here

More Info: For more details, visit their official site here .

Commodore Perry Estate front view

Moody Gardens

Located on Galveston Island, the Moody Gardens is the ideal getaway for people who want to take a break from preparing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

Here, you can feast on different types of seafood, ribs, breads, cheeses, pies, and desserts . Of course, the good ol ’ turkey will always be present this time of the year. There will also be an assortment of cocktails you can choose from. You and your family will surely be stuffed and satisfied. Furthermore, you can enjoy the various attractions provided by Moody Gardens including Holiday in the Gardens, an aquarium, the Rainforest Pyramid, Moody Mansion, and more!

Where: Moody Gardens, Seven Hope Blvd. Galveston, TX 77554

Reservations: You can book a reservation here .

Thanksgiving table feast and food carved in the shape of a turkey

Blair House Inn

There’s so much to be thankful for in Fredericksburg. After all, it is considered as Texas’ wine gem, wherein lush vineyards and wineries can be found. So, why don’t you head to the Texas Hill Country and spend the weekend there?

Here, you can find a lot of hotels, cabins, vacation rental homes, guesthouses, RV parks, and bed and breakfasts. There are also museums, historical sites, as well as cycling and hiking sites that you can enjoy. You can stay at the casually elegant Blair House Inn and savor a five-course gourmet dinner . They also have a day spa , where you can rejuvenate and relax.

Where: Blair House Inn, 100 West Spoke Hill Drive Wimberley, TX 78676

Reservations: You can book a reservation here

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Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston is known for its annual Thanksgiving night festivities, including seasonal cocktails and free slices of pumpkin pie. Whether you decide to stop by on Thanksgiving evening or the night before, you're sure to find a fun, casual atmosphere with good people and great food.

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How many of these top 10 Texas Thanksgiving traditions do you follow?

I’m sure you have your favorite Thanksgiving menu you serve every year and loads of memories to go with it. This year, I’m changing things by making a Thanksgiving rosemary wreath. But first, let’s talk about the top 10 Texas Thanksgiving traditions that Texans live by!

See below my recipe for a Thanksgiving Wreath using fresh Rosemary sprigs.

Top 10 Texas Thanksgiving Traditions

We all have traditions, especially during a holiday. I’m curious to know what are your Texas Thanksgiving traditions. Are they similar to the ones below or way off?

Whether it’s your first Thanksgiving to celebrate or your 20th and beyond, Texas traditions are deep in the Lone Star State, and pecan pie and pumpkin pie are the centers of it all. Well, it is for my family. Whatever the case, it’s a national holiday we all celebrate (usually) with family members and sometimes friends. What’s yours?

My Family’s Thanksgiving Tradition

Our annual tradition for Thanksgiving for many years was taking a road trip to my great-aunt’s home in Houston. Every year, as a family, we would drive down to her house, spend a couple of nights, and help her prepare for the day of Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving dinner table was set with her best china. I don’t think she ever used it, but once a year.

Then, that Friday, we would all go to the mall and take pictures with Santa Claus. Oh, how I love the Christmas shopping season – then and now!

10 Traditions For A Texas Thanksgiving

  • Spend it with family.
  • Eat a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
  • Eat it all again for a Thanksgiving dinner
  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Use the best serving ware – China if you have it
  • Watch the Dallas Cowboys play football
  • Go to the movies
  • Take a walk
  • Run a turkey trot – this must be a Texas thing
  • Go hunting the day before/come back in time for the meal or the football game!

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A Texas Thanksgiving Traditional Menu

I’m sure you have your favorite Thanksgiving menu you serve every year and loads of memories to go with it. This year, I’m changing things by making a Thanksgiving rosemary wreath. I made it years ago, and it went over very well, so I will make it again as one of the many appetizers served.

Reminiscing about Thanksgiving’s past is my favorite thing to do as we gather around the table to eat our meal. We talked about how funny my dad was when asking one of us to “pull his finger,” and I’m sure you know what happens after that. We would fall for it every time! And when he and my cousin would shake our hands and say, “How you doing?” Those were the best of times.

My dad is gone now, and he is missed, especially because he was the one who always said the blessing.

We always serve a medley of olives, tomatoes, & marinated mozzarella cheese in a bowl drenched in extra virgin olive oil. But I’m making the dish more festive by making it into a Thanksgiving Rosemary Wreath. See below.

Before I share how I made the rosemary wreath, I’d like to share what’s on our favorite Thanksgiving meal.

Cooking is a family affair in our house. Whether we spend it at my MIL’s house or how we used to celebrate with my relatives in Houston. This is our usual Thanksgiving meal.

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A Traditional Texas Thanksgiving Meal

  • Smoke turkey
  • Honey-baked ham
  • Cornbread dressing (my mom would always use too much sage)
  • Green beans or the traditional green bean casserole (all depends on who’s making it)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potatoes or as a sweet potato casserole (again, it depends on who makes it)
  • Broccoli cheese caserole
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rolls (lots of rolls)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Pumpkin pie

And we always have Thanksgiving day meals for weeks because we make so much.

So much time has passed since we all gathered at my great-aunt’s house in Houston. When the fourth Thursday of November rolls around, we celebrate the holiday AND my grandson’s birthday on the 29th. Our traditional ways are a little different now, but what remains the same is that big fat turkey!

Here is an easy idea for a beautiful Thanksgiving dish using fresh rosemary.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone from my Texas home to yours (wherever you reside).

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My Thanksgiving Rosemary Wreath

First, I grow rosemary in my garden, which I use. You’ll need many sprigs of fresh rosemary about 6-8 inches long. Arrange the rosemary springs in a circle for the wreath (on a platter), bending the springs as needed.

Mix a small amount of basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt, and pepper in extra-virgin olive oil.

Arrange these foods on top of the rosemary wreath:

  • Mozzarella balls (marinated in the above for 20 minutes)
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Cherry tomatoes (marinated in the olive oil mixture if desired)
  • Serve with crackers in a bowl and place in the middle of the wreath.

Now that we got our Texas Thanksgiving Traditions out of the way, what will you be doing for the rest of the weekend? Here are some ideas on things to do during the week of Thanksgiving in Texas.

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Last year, we spent Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country. We had a 5-day road trip from Dallas during Thanksgiving Break, and it was lots of fun!

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As you know, my family and I love a road trip from Dallas to Texas Hill Country. We never get tired exploring Fredericksburg and the surrounding area.

There are so many places to visit and things to do there, and we’re still not done with our exploration in Texas Hill Country. 

This road trip from Dallas to Texas Hill Country wasn’t our first during Thanksgiving Break, but it’s the longest as we stayed 5 days in the region.

It meant we got to see new places and crossed out things from our Texas Hill Country bucket list. Also, to revisit our favorite places around the area. 

Here I’m sharing with you our itinerary when spending Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country. This itinerary will work fine even though your starting point is not from Dallas. You just need to modify it a bit, and I’m more than happy to help you. Just send me a message.

Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country

Day 1 – dallas to kerrville, stops: – inks lake state park in burnet – llano – mason.

Usually, we stayed in Fredericksburg. But we couldn’t get a spot for our tiny travel trailer on this trip. Either the RV Park was full, or we had to move to another RV Park after one or two nights. That’s not comfortable at all. 

After looking at the Texa s Hill Country map , I decided to stay in Kerrville. It is about 35 minutes drive southwest of Fredericksburg. We still had to move on the third night, though. Fortunately, it’s just a few campsites away.

We liked to take the backroad rather than a major highway. We drove through Cleburne, Glen Rose, Llano, and other small towns. It’s not just a beautiful road, but there are so many cool stops that you can make along the way.

Our first stop on this trip was Inks Lake State Park in Burnet. Devil’s Hole is one of the spots in the park that you shouldn’t miss. In fact, if you only have a short visit in this park, this is the area you want to go.

There weren’t too many people around Devil’s Hole that day. It was weird because we thought about staying in this state park, but all campsites were fully-booked.

People like to camp at Inks Lake State Park during Thanksgiving Break.

From Inks Lake State Park, we took TX-29 W to Llano. It’s only about a 30 minutes drive.

About 10 minutes after we left Inks Lake, I saw a lighthouse on the right. I asked my husband to stop and turn around because I wanted to take pictures.

It’s around the Buchanan Dam area.

If you want to do the same thing, I have to tell you that it’s a bit tricky and dangerous. Traffic on TX-29 W is busy, and everyone moves fast. It’s a 70 mph area, but most people drive fast than that.

The lighthouse is on private property. You can only take pictures from a subdivision across the river. It’s too dangerous to take photos from the side of the road. I strongly do not recommend it.

In Llano, we stopped at Grenwelge Park. It is on the left side, after you cross the Roy B. Inks Bridge. We had stopped at Llano several times, but it’s our first stop at Grenwelge Park.

We took a leisurely stroll along the river and found a few sculptures and rock arts. The Red Top Jail is a few yards away, but it was closed the day we were there.

We didn’t stay long in the city as we had visited several times before. Here’s the link if you want to know more about things to do in Llano .

Continuing on TX-29 W, we arrived in Mason 30 minutes later. We only drove around as it got dark in the Hill Country. We don’t like setting up our campsite at night. 

Mason is the Gem of the Hill country. It’s the only place in Texas where you can mine topaz in nature. That’s what I want to do next time we go to Mason.

An hour and a half later, we arrived at Kerrville-Schreiner Park . It was our accommodation for the next five days. It’s a city park with sites for RV and tent and has cabins and ranch houses, too.

A lighthouse near Buchanan Dam in Texas Hill Country. (Two Worlds Treasures)

Day 2 – Kerrville to Castroville

Stops: – camp verde – bandera – castroville – boerne – comfort – ingram.

On the second day of our Thanksgiving holiday in Texas Hill Country, we headed south towards Castroville. We drove on TX-173 S before we turned to US-90 E in Hondo. That way we could pass Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World.

Just 10 minutes after we left the campsite, we saw a sign to Camp Verde with a camel image. I told my husband that the name was familiar so we made a stop. 

Apparently, Camp Verde is a cute General Store and Restaurant. They have a variety of stuff, from kitchenware to jewelry, baby items to Texas souvenirs, and more. Even though it’s not Thanksgiving Day yet, they already put out their Christmas merchandise and they were so pretty!

Camp Verde General Store was first established in 1857. It offered goods and services to the soldiers stationed at Fort Verde, a mile to the west. By the time the US army deactivated the Fort, the Camp Verde General Store and Post Office continued to serve the growing number of pioneer ranches in the area. 

The present day two story stone structure was constructed after a flood swept away the original building around 1900. 

When you walk around the store, you will see the old post office boxes in different sizes. I really like the store. It’s like finding a surprise gem on a road trip as I never heard about the store before. 

Too bad we just had a full breakfast, so we didn’t get to taste the food in the restaurant. Later I heard from a friend who lives in Boerne that the food in the restaurant is delicious!

Camp Verde General Store & Restaurant is located by the banks of Verde Creek. Bald cypress trees along the creek turned to orange yellow in the fall. So, it’s really beautiful out there.   

Address: 285 Camp Verde Road East, Camp Verde, Texas 78010. Ph.: (830) 634-7722.

Then we left for Bandera, which was a 15 minutes drive away to the south. We didn’t stay long here, just made a quick stop in front of the Bandera County Courthouse. The city already put up the Christmas nativity and instead of three wisemen, they had a cowboy kneeling.  

About 40 minutes later, we arrived in Castroville, the Little Alsace of Texas. 

The town was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro together with the first European immigrant settlers in the area, from the Alsace region in France. 

When you walk (or drive) around the downtown area, you will get to see historic homes and commercial structures that were originally built in the mid to late 1800s in Castroville. 

One structure that you shouldn’t miss is the Alsatian Steinbach Haus. An original house built in Walbach, France between 1618 and 1684. It was a gift from the citizens of Alsace, France for the City of Castroville. Definitely the most attractive architecture in the city. The Castroville Visitor Center is housed inside Alsatian Steinbach Haus, as well as a small museum.

When we were there, the Steinbach Haus was closed because of Covid. So, I must make another trip to Castroville.

Another must stop is the Haby’s Alsatian Bakery. When we were there customers were lining up to pick up their pie orders. I think it’s a thing for celebrating Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country in this part of the region. 

We spent about two hours in Castroville, but we got to see and do all the fun things in Castroville in just a short visit . 

Then we drove back to the north, to the germantown Boerne. We have spent a long weekend in Boerne before and we fell in love with this small town. Stores and restaurants occupied historic buildings along the Hill Country Mile, which is the 1.1 mile stretch of Main Street (Hauptstrasse) in historic downtown Boerne.

I’ve been to Boerne the weekend before Thanksgiving before, but I wanted to see it again. Sure enough, the historic downtown looked even more beautiful with Christmas decorations popping up almost in every building. Visiting at this time around is also a perfect time for Christmas shopping.

Our next stop was Comfort, around 20 minutes drive to the north from Boerne. 

Comfort’s historic downtown is much smaller than Boerne. Not too many stores and restaurants here like in Boerne. If you like elephants, then you must visit The Elephant Story in town. You can find almost everything with an elephant theme here. The Elephant Story is a not-for-profit organization to promote elephant conservation in Asian elephant countries.

Since it wasn’t dark yet, we decided to drive to Ingram to see the Stonehenge II and the Easter Island torso. Yes! In case you didn’t know, you can see Easter Island and England in Texas Hill Country . Not just Germany and France. And they are located just a few steps away from each other. Cool, right?

From Comfort to Ingram is around 30 minutes drive to the northwest direction. You will drive on I-10 W.

Then we went back to our accommodation in Kerrville-Schreiner Park. We drove through downtown Kerrville and the Christmas nativity set and Christmas lights were already decorating the Kerr County Courthouse.              

The Steinbach Haus from Walbach, the Alsace region in France that was gifted to the City of Castroville in Texas. (Two Worlds Treasures)

Day 3 – Kerrville to Garner State Park

Stops: – concan – uvalde – leakey.

Today we started our Thanksgiving road trip in the Texas Hill Country with a trip to Garner State Park. Lately, I’ve been eyeing this park with its spectacular view from the summit of the Old Baldy.

Garner State Park is located near Concan, to the west of Kerrville. Not too far from the park is Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. One of the best state parks in Texas for fall foliage viewing. Too bad the park’s day passes were sold out for the whole week of Thanksgiving.

A road trip to this part of Texas Hill Country was also our first. So, we were excited about what we’re going to see.

From the park we took TX-173 S like when we went to Castroville yesterday. A few miles after Camp Verde General Store & Restaurant we made a right to RR 2828. Then we veered right onto TX-16 towards Medina. When we got to Medina, we turned to RR 337. 

On RR 337 we started to see fall foliage in the distance, and I read that this is part of a scenic road in Texas Hill Country. Too bad we had to turn around because there was road construction.

From Medina we continued on TX-16 S. Then turned to RR 470 towards Tarpley. Once we got to RR 187, we made a left towards Utopia. From Utopia we turned to RR 1050 and drove several miles until we arrived at Garner State Park entrance on the left.

At that time, the view between Utopia and Garner State Park was so pretty. There’s a part on RR 1050 where we went down hill and drove like a half circle shape that was exceptionally beautiful. I saw a space for making a stop, but the rock formation and trees were so high that we couldn’t see anything. It would be great if we had a drone. So, bring a drone if you have one for your trip in this area.

The distance from Kerrville to Garner State Park is 69 miles. You will drive around one hour and 20 minutes without any stops.

We were surprised to see all campsites fully booked at Garner State Park. Just like in Inks Lake State Park in Burnet. I guess more and more people prefer to celebrate Thanksgiving Day outdoors and away from home.

As planned, we went straight to hike the Old Baldy in Garner State Park . It was a short hike but very steep and rocky. Once we got to the summit, we were rewarded with a spectacular view. You must do this trail when in Garner SP.

Before leaving the park, we stopped at the Frio River that runs through the park. The weather was nice so people were still swimming and playing in the water. Some were paddling, and some were fishing. Everyone had a good time.

From the park we continued on RR 1050 then made a left to US-83 S all the way to Uvalde. Since we’re already in the area, then why not visit Uvalde, right? It’s only a 30 minutes drive.

Uvalde is known as the Honey Capital of the World for production of huajillo (guajillo) honey, a mild, light-colored honey, dating back to the 1870s. We didn’t get to see or buy the honey while there though. 

I wanted to see the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House with a dragon on its cupola. The Grand Opera is located at the corner of the neoclassical style Uvalde County Courthouse, so I got to see both. I took a walk around the courthouse area and took pictures of the courthouse that was adorned with Christmas decorations already.

Uvalde was the home of John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner, former Speaker of the House and Vice President of the United States. Maybe most of you never heard about him, but I’m sure you know the actor Matthew McConaughey. He was born in this town, too. 

Also, Uvalde is located at the crossroads of the nation’s two longest highways, U.S. 90 and U.S. 83. It is usually considered the southern limit of the Texas Hill Country or the most northerly part of South Texas. It’s less than one hour and thirty minutes drive from the border.

On the way back to Kerrville, we took TX-55 N towards Camp Wood. Then turned east on RR 337 W to Leakey (pronounced Lay-key.) The drive was about 40 minutes.

We saw a family swimming in the Nueces River along TX-55 N. When we turned to RR 337 N from Camp Wood, the road turned to a hilly drive that reminded me of the drive inside the Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. It was really pretty and part of the scenic drive in the Hill Country. 

In Leakey, we only made a short stop at the Real County Courthouse. It’s almost 6, and we didn’t want to drive in the dark to our campsite.

During spring and summer, visitors to Leakey enjoy tubing on the Frio River. In the fall, the tree-covered Leakey hills are covered with red and gold hues.   

Vanderpool is only 16 miles to the east of Leaky and I could imagine how beautiful the drive was. If only there’s no road construction, we would continue on RR 337 W to Vanderpool. 

So, we took US-83 N instead. The drive up north offers the incredible view of the Texas Hill Country from the higher ground. We weren’t disappointed.

Then we turned east on TX-41 until we got to I-10 E and continued to Kerrville. The drive from Leakey to Kerrville-Schreiner Park was slightly above one hour. With a few stops, we made it to one and a half hours.                                  

The Frio River in Garner State Park. (Two Worlds Treasures)

Day 4 – Kerrville to Fredericksburg

Happy Thanksgiving!

As planned, we visited Enchanted Rock in the morning. We wanted to hike the Summit Trail on this special day, and explore more of the trails in the park. 

A visit to Enchanted Rock is a must when in Fredericksburg. A few years ago we came here and hiked the Summit Trail during our Spring Break trip to several state parks in Texas Hill Country .

After we hit the summit, we went down a different path and continued on Echo Canyon Trail to Loop Trail. We still saw signs of fall around the Loop Trail, especially behind the pink dome.  

When I made an itinerary for our Thanksgiving trip in Texas Hill Country, the plan was to have Thanksgiving lunch in Fredericksburg. Well, not too many restaurants opened and I wasn’t sure what time we would arrive in the city from the Enchanted Rock. We decided to drive to town and if there’s no restaurant open, we could always have sandwiches. Haha..     

So, after the hike we drove slowly on Fredericksburg’s Main Street, looking for a restaurant. And aren’t we lucky? There’s one restaurant open and it’s dog-friendly. Our dog Snoopy could sit with us. Yay!! 

For our Thanksgiving lunch I ordered pork schnitzel, a chicken fried steak for my husband, and a cheese burger for our son. No turkey, stuffing, and the trimmings. 

After lunch we walked around town. All stores were closed. Then we went to see the German Christmas Pyramid before we headed back to Kerrville. One of the reasons to visit Fredericksburg during Christmas time . 

But first, we made a quick stop at the Coming King Sculpture Prayer Gardens in Kerrville.

Then we just relaxed by the campsite. We talked with our neighbor who towed their big trailer. A neighbor across the street was cleaning up their deep fryer . Yes! They had their Thanksgiving Dinner in the park and brought along their deep fryer. Another neighbor packed up and left because it was supposed to be raining overnight.   

Enchanted Rock in the fall. (Two Worlds Treasures)

Day 5 – Kerrville to Dallas

Stops: – luckenbach – johnson city – pedernales falls state park.

No rain overnight – which was good – but it started to drop as we packed our trailer.

Our Thanksgiving holiday in the Texas Hill Country hasn’t ended though. We made a stop at L uckenbach , where everybody is somebody. It’s not even 10 when we got there. They were about to open. So, if you like taking pictures without other people in your frame, this is the perfect time. 

From Luckenbach we stopped at Sauer-Beckmann Farm and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City. It’s not our first, but our dog Snoopy’s first time in both places.

Originally, we would boondock for a night at the rest area near LBJ National Historical Park. I wanted to see the lighting of Christmas Lights in Johnson City that Friday night. But, the radar showed a 70% chance of rain, so we decided to go home instead.

Still, we made another stop before we left Texas Hill Country. Pedernales Falls State Park, also in Johnson City. What’s unique about this park is the potholes around the Pedernales River. That year Texas Hill Country didn’t get a lot of rain, so the falls weren’t heavy when falling into the pool. 

Pedernales Falls State Park was the last place we visited during our Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country. It’s slightly after 5 when we left the park, so no more stopping as we drove in the dark all the way to Dallas.

Luckenbach Texas where everybody is somebody. (Two Worlds Treasures)

Things to know before leaving for Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country

We visited in November 2020 when vaccines were not an option yet. I couldn’t make an itinerary long before we left because we didn’t know what would happen during Thanksgiving Break. Well, even until today, you can’t predict the situation, in my opinion. You just take your own risk.

So, here’s what you need to know before leaving for the trip:

– State Parks still required visitors to make online reservations for day passes in advance. All the state parks we visited during the trip are some of the favorite parks in Texas Hill Country. You must make reservations ahead.

– State Parks have opened limited campsites. If you plan to camp (tent, trailer, or cabin) reserve your spot today. We didn’t get any sites during the trip.

– Some State Parks are open in full capacity, so expect to see a lot of visitors.

– Google what restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day and make a reservation.

– Bring enough drinks and food as groceries and stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

– Check the weather before you leave. You might still be able to jump into the water. Who knows!

– If you feel a bit under the weather on the day you are supposed to leave, you might cancel the trip.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving in Texas Hill Country!

(Here’s a link to more ideas for road tripping in the Texas Hill Country .)

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Umiko Buhl is a travel blogger and the founder of Two Worlds Treasures. She travels around Texas to neighboring states and around the country with her family and dog from their family home in the south of Dallas/Fort Worth. Originally from Indonesia, she tries to go home every 2-3 years to spend time with her families and friends while exploring Indonesia. Her mission is to share her honest reviews of places she visited.

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This is a nice idea! We still don’t have plans for the break and a road trip sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s nice that you were able to visit the Enchanted Rock.

Such a beautifully detailed post for someone who might want to replicate the trip. I love such roadtrips, driving through the Texas Hill country and it’s amazing landscapes would be a bucket list for me if I ever make it to Texas.

Oh my God this is surely not what I thought Texas to be. This is such a beautiful piece of the country. I am surely adding Texas Hill Country and the small towns in them. They have so much character and stunning landscapes. Its awesome that you made good use of the Thanksgiving holiday.

5 days in the region sounds cool. Congratulations on striking off a few things from your wishlist. That always calls for a celebration. Camp verde is a general store that’s more than a century old? Wow, that itself is a tourist attraction then. Boerne sounds interesting, being a little German town. Hiking to Enchanted Rock on thanksgiving morning? That’s super cool.

I have never thought to take a trip for Thanksgiving as we always have celebrated at home, but now a road trip might be in my future plans. This looks such a great time. I have not heard of several of these small little towns before but they are all adorable. Thanks for sharing!

An interesting trip with such pretty towns on the way. You definitely made the most of your stops. In fact, these places do not even feel like Texas. They give it a very different imagery. Good tips you have shared here like the limited campsites. I am glad that you had a good Thanksgiving.

You are right! Texas Hill Country is not the image what people have about Texas.

You had a beautiful Thanksgiving trip! The Texas Hill Country seems perfect for a trip. I would like to visit Inks Lake State Park in Burnet, as the Devil’s Hole is an exciting spot. I would also like to visit Boerne as I love such kind of small and charming towns. Summit Trail for sure is a great hike. I add to my list also Pedernales Falls State Park, as I love camping in state parks. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you Agnes! Hope one day you can come to Texas!

By reading this post, I feel like I’ve experienced a slice of what it’s like to be in Texas Hill Country during Thanksgiving in a pandemic situation. But, I guess it’s not the same kind of celebration as before. There were certain hiccups for you but I’m sure a scenic drive around while enjoying the crisp autumn air made them all worth it.

I can imagine that due to the pandemic, it was a bit more difficult, however, you seem to have had a fantastic road trip – I’m very happy for you. The places you’ve visited seem so beautiful and full of history – totally fascinating. If only travelling the US by public transportation was a teeny bit easier 😉

We did have a great trip. It’s just too bad all the visitor center were closed. And yeah. Too bad we don’t have a good public transportation here in the U.S.

Texas Hill Country is such a beautiful place with so much to explore.It looks like a fun trip to spend in Thanksgiving holiday.

Lived in Temple, Texas for 2 years near Hill Country. But didn’t explore it as much. Beautiful. Especially around Christmas I heard!

Too bad you didn’t get to explore the area when you lived in Temple. Hope one day you can come back.

I’ve never been to Texas when in America, so reading about Texas Hill Country was interesting. It sounds like you had a great road trip and Thanksgiving too. The Elephant Story would be wonderful to see. I like that your meal wasn’t the classic turkey either!

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Texas Hill Country and we always had a great time when visiting during Thanksgiving. You are right about The Elephant Story. It’s a neat store.

Whenever I hear the word Texas, the first image that comes to the mind is ranches and horses. But your post has changed all that. I could iimagine driving through a rustic landscape and seeing the lesser crowded places. Camping in the state parks is exciting too. But I would really like to see those old post office boxes and the lighthouse.

Haha.. That’s what a lot of people heard about Texas. Ranches, horses, dust. But of course we are more than that. I’m glad you could learn about Texas from my post.

How fun to do a 5 day road trip over Thanksgiving and visit Texax Hill Country. I love the interesting variety of things you found when you stopped. Even if some of the stops were a bit tricky and dangerous. Strange to find the three wise men replaced by kneeling cowboys in the nativity scene. But I understand wanting to see the dragon on the cupola of the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House. A fun trip over the holidays.

Yes! It was really a fun trip, Linda.

Thanks for the Boerne Love! 🙂

All the time! We love Boerne!

What a great thanksgiving trip you had in Texas Hill Country! I have never heard of all theses small towns like Castrovile, Boerne and Comfort. But they all look very charming to me! Good to know, that it pays to make reservatioins quite in advance.

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Spend your Texas Thanksgiving at Willow Point Resort. Enjoy a Texas Hill Country Thanksgiving at the lake.

Thanksgiving Away from Home

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and with it the endless to-do list of party prep, invitations, recipe planning, and one too many grocery store trips. After you’ve smashed enough potatoes to feed a whole village and scrubbed the cranberry stains out of the carpet, you might be feeling most thankful that the holiday is over. But what if you could trade meal prep for paddle boarding? Stain scrubbing for sunbathing? Here at Cedar Lodge , this is what our Texas Thanksgiving looks like. And it’s exactly the dream we bring to our guests.

When you’re searching for things to do over Thanksgiving Break, Cedar Lodge has got you covered in the realms of relaxation, quality family time, and memorable experiences. We do the hard work for you, so you can sit back, unwind and feel thankful for what really matters.

The following benefits of spending the holidays away from home will have you ditching the grocery list and packing your suitcase instead.

Enjoy holiday convenience

It’s not every day you find the words holiday and convenience used in the same sentence. But yes, it’s possible!

The key to enjoying a relaxing holiday without the stress is to get out of your home. By spending your Texas Thanksgiving at Cedar Lodge, you get to enjoy the following holiday conveniences:

1)    Easy drive from Austin

At just over an hour’s drive from Austin, Cedar Lodge Texas is an easy trip . We know you’ll appreciate this with how hectic traveling around the holidays can be.

Throughout Thanksgiving week, the costs of flights increase, the airport turns into a madhouse, and organizing the whole family to make a flight on time can be an arduous task. When your only commute is one hour in the car, you can organize the family to leave the house whenever is most convenient for you. You avoid the cost of rising flight tickets. And, best of all, you don’t have to wait in any lines at the airport and further delay your holiday. Your vacation begins from the moment you pull out of the driveway.

As if those points weren’t enticing enough, the drive to Cedar Lodge from Austin is very scenic. Around the end of November, you’ll catch the last of the leaves changing into their beautiful autumnal colors. The festive Thanksgiving mood will be set as you pull up to Cedar Lodge Texas.

2)    No need to spend hours cooking or cleaning

Now imagine enjoying all these delectable dishes and rolling straight into bed afterward. No need to clean. Just you, your full stomach, and your soft sheets. What a dream!

How do you make this happen? Make a reservation for a Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant instead of cooking at home.

At Cedar Lodge Texas, our guests are just a short drive from many small towns with wonderful dining options. In nearby Llano, world-class barbecue, Mexican, and traditional Texan restaurants attract people from across the state. The cute town is located on the Llano River and is ideal for a large Thanksgiving meal followed by a riverside stroll.

More so, Burnet and Marble Falls are also home to a selection of restaurants, ranging from cafes to fine dining. You’re guaranteed to find one that suits your Thanksgiving needs. Many locations offer special holiday menus around Thanksgiving as well, so you’ll likely find a big turkey feast on the menu.

Enjoying your Texas Thanksgiving at Cedar Lodge not only means that nobody needs to clean the dishes, but no one needs to fight over who is stuck in the kitchen cooking. Instead, all the family can sit together and enjoy each other’s company. Rather than spend all morning with the oven, you can spend it with your in-laws.

3)    Keep your home clean and tidy

Everyone knows that no matter how many tablecloths you put down, plastic cups you use, or guest rules you set, the carpet still gets stained, a glass dish breaks or a troublemaker eats his melting cone of ice cream on the new coach. It’s nearly impossible to avoid these messes around the holidays.

Treating yourself to a Thanksgiving away from home means you find your house exactly how you left it. When you return from the vacation, you can immediately get back into the groove of day-to-day life instead of scrubbing the carpets for a whole week.

At Cedar Lodge Texas, we take care of the mess so that you can focus on quality family time.

Gather the entire family at the peaceful lakeside

Thanksgiving is often associated with food, football and family gatherings. The family gets together at someone’s home, the parents catch up over wine and the kids escape to someone’s room to play the newest release of Madden NFL. No one sees them again until someone calls out “who wants pumpkin pie?”. If this sounds a lot like your Thanksgiving, then you’ll appreciate how Cedar Lodge can change this tradition.

Cedar Lodge is located on the beautiful Lake Buchanan. This 22,000-acre body of water is the largest in the Texas Hill Country and offers an array of activities to visitors.

A few of the most popular ones include fishing, boating, jet skiing, canoeing, and kayaking.  Cedar Lodge rents a wide range of equipment so that guests can enjoy all that Lake Buchanan has to offer.

If you’re searching for things to do over your Texas Thanksgiving Break, instead of sitting inside all day, get the whole family around a peaceful lake where you can take advantage of the following benefits:

1)    Enjoy quality time

It’s easy to get stuck in front of the TV on Thanksgiving. Not only are the football games exciting, but the post-turkey-coma has got you curled up in a ball on the couch. Maybe it feels like there’s just nothing better to do around the house. Regardless of the reasoning, you miss out on quality time that could be spent getting active with the family.

You need a change of setting. By spending your Texas Thanksgiving Break on a peaceful lake, you open yourself up to countless activities that will get you off the couch and out laughing with your family.

Whether it’s a father-son fishing date, a sibling canoe race around the lake, or a sharing of stories around the campfire, we provide numerous settings that foster deep connections with your loved ones.

2)    Kids can play outside instead of using technology

With all the options, no one will be asking where their cellphone or game console is. Instead of staring at a screen all week, the family will be outside playing together and making lasting memories.

Start of new traditions

Most of us have many traditions we associate with Thanksgiving. Whether its driving the whole family to Grandma’s house for a big feast, watching the Dallas Cowboys beat their competition, or making that world-famous pecan pie, it can feel weird to make other plans.

However, starting new traditions allows your family to strengthen their bond in different ways. Out with the old, in with the new. These fresh experiences will stand out in your memory and offer your family something to reminisce on and laugh about for years to come.

Plus, if you love the sound of zero dishes, no cooking, and paddle boarding with your family every morning, you’ve got to let go of certain traditions and make room for new (even better) ones.

When you can’t fathom Thanksgiving without your homemade turkey dinner…

Our Meeting Hall offers the same amenities of a home, and provides the ideal space for up to 40 Thanksgiving dinner guests. It comes fully equipped to cook dinner with a stove/oven, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, sharp knives, cooking utensils, dishes, and tableware. More so, each of our lake cabin rentals comes with a refrigerator and charcoal grill out front with the necessary BBQ tools.

If your Texas Thanksgiving plans include a [really] big family reunion, our Great Hall is also available to rent and seats up to 110 people. The Hall includes two fully-equipped kitchens, a chest freezer, private bathroom, and AC/heat. You can cook your Grandma’s famous turkey recipe for all the in-laws, and then some, while enjoying Texas Hill Country peace too.

How to book your Thanksgiving away from home

Give us a call at (512) 793-2820 or use our online booking system to reserve your spot at Cedar Lodge Texas.

We look forward to celebrating a perfect Texas Thanksgiving with you soon!

Sincerely, Gwen & Bryan Carpenter Owners

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Escape the holiday hoopla, and be grateful for a far-from-home getaway.

Ah, Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie, roasted turkey, football games and time with friends and family are top draws for celebrating the time-honored holiday at home. But if the prospect of navigating crowded airport terminals and bumper-to-bumper traffic to spend time with extended family and engaging in contentious political discussions (or cooking the bird and all the trimmings) has you pining for an alternative escape, fret not. With some help from seasoned travel pros, we've pinpointed unexpected places to spend a stress-free Thanksgiving. So ditch the turkey, gravy and green bean casserole for a sunny locale, urban retreat or snowy getaway over the long weekend.

St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest, Hungary

For deal-chasers, "Europe is the place to go over Thanksgiving," says Wendy Perrin, founder and editor of travel-planning site WendyPerrin.com. Autumn marks a low season, yet the weather is still comfortable and rates are relatively less expensive compared to spring and summer. And in Budapest , you can admire striking architecture, soak in heated thermal baths and embrace European charm and Hungarian culinary specialties at charming cafes around Castle Hill. Best of all, in Budapest, you can start your holiday shopping early at brightly lit Christmas markets. Pick up a few gifts and admire the dazzling light displays at the Christmas Fair at Basilica (beginning on Black Friday), and the Christmas Market on Vorosmarty Square.

Long exposure of cars driving down Main St. in Park City, Utah.

Park City, Utah

If you're longing for a winter wonderland, consider forgoing apple pie this Thanksgiving for some quality time on the slopes and around a roaring fire in Park City's snow-globe-like setting. Over the holiday weekend, there are plenty of festive, kid-friendly traditions at top resorts in the area, from cookie decorating to tree-lighting ceremonies. And with ski season beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 22, powder seekers can tackle well-groomed trails at Park City Mountain Resort before checking out the charming shops and eateries in Canyons Village and strolling along Main Street. Thrill-seekers can also enjoy exhilarating bends and curves on a toboggan-style bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park.

Sunset on palm fringed beach, Costa Rica

Itching for a warm-weather escape? If you're looking for a mix of adventure and relaxation – from wildlife-viewing to an adrenaline-pumping zip line above Monteverde's Cloud Rainforest to lounging in a hammock beneath swaying palms – Costa Rica is an ideal escape. While you'll be visiting at the tail end of rainy season, you can take advantage of a few off-season benefits. Aside from fewer tourist crowds and verdant landscapes, you can also secure discounted lodging rates and flights. Plus, you can swap stuffing and mashed potatoes for fresh fruit and morning yoga sessions, and embrace Costa Rica's "pura vida" (pure life) philosophy with wellness-minded activities and nutritious cuisine.

Dunn's River Fall, in Ocho Rios Jamaica, Waterfall

Whether you want to lounge on golden sands, hike along the Blue Mountains or climb the legendary Dunn's River Falls waterfall, there are plenty of ways to embrace Jamaica's picturesque Caribbean scenery and laid-back vibes. "Hurricane season officially ends November 30, so traveling on or before Thanksgiving means you'll be catching the final low rates of the Caribbean's shoulder season before the snowbirds arrive," says Lindsey Olander, editor at travel site Jetsetter.com. Even better, in November and December, temperatures hover in the 70s and mid-80s, and you can secure discounted resort rates. "For sun-seekers, I'd recommend Jamaica in November, which was (thankfully) spared from recent hurricanes," Olander adds.

Old Quebec City at dawn.

Quebec City

If you can't make it to France this fall, you can still enjoy a European-inspired setting and plenty of charm in Quebec City , Perrin says. Francophiles and foodies alike can delight in French-inspired gastronomy at top dining institutions. Plus, the centuries-old structures and quaint cobblestone streets and bistros add to the city's enchanting atmosphere. History buffs can check out Battlefields Park, the Citadel and the Notre-Dame Basilica, while nature lovers can stroll along the serene Terrasse Dufferin. And although temperatures dip into the 30s and 50s at this time of year, you can still admire brilliant maple trees and seize upon shoulder-season discounts.

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Asheville, North Carolina

While Asheville may conjure images of microbreweries and the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Parkway, there's much more to experience over Thanksgiving. Along with temperatures hovering in the mid-50s and 70s, "you've got the fall foliage," Perrin says, with peak leaf-peeping opportunities in early November. Plus, there's the 8,000-acre, decked-out Biltmore Estate, which has a unique history and elaborate holiday displays. Perrin suggests checking out the dazzling wreaths, lights and decorated evergreens at the annual Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration. What's more, you can check out the intricate winning entries from a national gingerbread competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Perrin adds.

Beautiful sunrise over Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with flowers and bicycles on the bridge in spring.

For a winning mix of culture, history and modern allures, set your sights on Amsterdam for the holiday weekend. You can brush up on the past at the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation in Leiden, Holland, located near the Dutch capital. After getting a history lesson, visit world-class museums throughout Amsterdam, from the Van Gogh Museum to the Anne Frank House. If you don't mind chilly temperatures in the 40s, November also marks an enticing time to visit, given reduced crowds and plenty of flight and accommodation deals. Make the most of your trip by enjoying a canal-lined stroll and carving out some time to unwind in Vondelpark.

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The Big Island, Hawaii

"Hawaii is usually a really great deal in the fall," Perrin says. You can spend your days trekking through tropical rainforests, lounging on black sands at Punaluu Beach, exploring state parks and hiking captivating volcanoes. Catching sight of the fiery lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must, as is checking out a quintessential luau, snorkeling and admiring the views from Mauna Kea. With daytime temperatures in the high 60s to low 80s and low-priced accommodations (including resorts with kid-friendly amenities), November marks an ideal time to visit. Even better, you can feast on traditional Thanksgiving culinary offerings at resorts throughout the island.

Whistler ski resort.

Whistler, Canada

Whether you want to enjoy the early ski season – along with enticing gear and accommodation deals as well as faster lift lines – or you're looking to embrace Whistler 's still-pleasant temperatures in the 40s and 50s, you won't mind forgoing turkey for days on the slopes. The official ski season kicks off Nov. 23, and since Thanksgiving in Canada takes place in October, you won't have to worry about battling heavy crowds. Check out the charming pedestrian-only Village Stroll in Whistler Village, and pop into galleries, shops and restaurants to charge up for more adventurous cold-weather activities. When you're ready to get your heart racing, enjoy snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and other active pursuits.

Houses of Arlington Row in the village of Bibury, England

The Cotswolds, England

"The Cotswolds region in south-central England is beautiful any time of year, but arguably it's most picturesque in the fall, when the ivy blanketing its tiny towns and cottages turns brilliant red and yellow hues, and residents begin throwing logs in their stone fireplaces," Olander says. You won't miss home as you explore the area's striking walking trails, like the 102-mile long Cotswold Way National Trail, which weaves past beautiful hills, quaint villages and storied churches. "Restaurants here may not serve your family’s traditional Thanksgiving spread, but their home-cooked, often farm-to-table dishes hit the spot," Olander adds. What's more, there are plenty of affordable inns to pick from, making it easy to keep your budget intact.

Nauset Lighthouse in Cape Cod-Massachusetts at sunset

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Picture the Cape, and serene sands, clam shacks and shingled cottages likely come to mind. But while the warmer months offer an enticing beach break for East Coasters, the shoulder season offers its own draws: reduced crowds and attractive packages. If you can brave the crisp temperatures, with daytime highs in the 40s and 50s, you can enjoy a historic setting and traditional Thanksgiving meal, Perrin says. The peak foliage season will have wrapped up, but you can embrace peaceful surroundings. Immerse yourself in nature on one of the Cape's scenic trails along the Cape Cod National Seashore before refueling with clam chowder and unwinding in a budget-friendly bed-and-breakfast or inn.

Arizona Canal running through Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scottsdale, Arizona

For a warm-weather holiday break with desert scenery, high-end resorts and postcard-worthy landscapes, consider Scottsdale. You can indulge at a decadent spa (think: prickly pear and honey-infused body treatments), kick back in a poolside cabana or commune with nature and enjoy mountain biking and hiking at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. For more recreation, check out the nearby Camelback Mountain. After getting your adrenaline fix, refuel with a memorable meal at an acclaimed restaurant such as Virtù or Roaring Fork. Best of all, in late November, you'll avoid summer's scorching triple-digit temperatures and likely land a reasonably priced rate at a top resort before the peak winter season.

Ice cave is in the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull in Iceland.

"A trip to Iceland might not seem so practical in November, but if you don't mind being a bit cold, it's a perfect place to get away," Olander says. The low season ushers in dwindling crowds, discounted accommodation rates and the opportunity to explore Iceland's can't-miss cold-weather attractions, she explains. Highlights include soaking in the otherworldly Blue Lagoon, exploring icy glaciers and bar-hopping in Reykjavik. "And what could be more magical than catching the northern lights?" she adds, emphasizing that the winter months mark an ideal time to catch the natural phenomenon, as the skies are darkest and clearest. For more adventure, join the Golden Circle tour.

Colonial carriage at Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Make the pilgrimage to Colonial Williamsburg, and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time, Perrin says. Learn about the country's revolutionary heritage with the "Come, Ye Thankful People Come" event at the Hennage Auditorium, when Cliff Williams and John Turner re-enactors recite Thanksgiving songs and hymns the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. If you have a sweet tooth, don't forget to pick up a pecan, apple, pumpkin, rum cream or apple-cranberry pie at Raleigh Tavern Bakery. For more of a history lesson, make your way to Jamestown to delight in Foods and Feasts of Colonial Virginia – a three-day extravaganza that recounts how traditional Revolution-era meals were prepped and other historical details.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA in the French Quarter.

Charleston, South Carolina

For a fun holiday weekend, flee to Charleston for an old-fashioned, all-American atmosphere, Perrin says. Temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s, ideal conditions for exploring can't-miss attractions and antebellum architecture throughout the city, from the Nathaniel Russell House to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. Plus, you can delight in a memorable Thanksgiving meal at one of the city's acclaimed restaurants, she adds. When you're not enjoying a Spanish moss-canopied stroll or taking a horse-drawn carriage in the Historic District, you can pop into charming boutiques along King Street. Best of all, there are plenty of holiday happenings, including the annual Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park and the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K.

Potted plants in balcony of building at French Quarter, New Orleans

New Orleans

The Big Easy delivers more than jazz, blues, beignets, Sazeracs and stellar po'boys. You can join the fray in the French Quarter before feasting on a Cajun-inspired turkey day staple: turducken (a turkey stuffed with chicken and duck), typically paired with cornbread and gravy. For more holiday festivities, attend the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And when you need a respite, meander through the Garden District. Already dreaming of a white Christmas? Admire the dazzling displays during the annual Celebration in the Oaks in City Park, when bright lights adorn hundreds of oaks throughout the park, beginning Nov. 24.

Skyscrapers of San Diego skyline with reflections and cloudscape.

Gorgeous weather year-round makes San Diego an alluring beach break at any time, Perrin says, but in autumn, tourist crowds and accommodation rates drop. And while the Southern Californian retreat may be more renowned as a microbrewery mecca and low-key surf town, it's easy to pull off a family-friendly holiday getaway – complete with beachside lounging, hiking at Torrey Pines and exploring Balboa Park – without busting your budget. For those looking to get into the Thanksgiving spirit, there are a variety of turkey trot 5K races and feasts throughout the city. At the famous Hotel del Coronado, for example, you can enjoy a pre-fixe Thanksgiving meal with live music.

The Duomo of Florence at Sunset - Italy

Florence, Italy

With low-season crowds (and prices), Europe's cultural meccas beckon to those looking for a world-class weekend getaway over the holiday, Perrin says. In Florence, you can check out world-renowned art institutions like the Uffizi Gallery without battling swarms of tourists. Plus, you can score tickets to top theater and opera performances. Even better, when you're not admiring iconic art, you can escape to the enchanting hills of Tuscany, leisurely sip distinguished bottles of Chianti and soak in the city's sophisticated restaurant and shopping scenes. And though you can expect chillier temperatures in the 40s and 50s, if you don't mind the crisp weather, you'll be rewarded with off-season hotel rates and shorter attraction lines.

Fountain in Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia.

Savannah, Georgia

With antebellum architecture, horse-drawn carriages, Spanish moss-lined streets and historical treasures, Savannah delivers on Southern charm. And in mid-November, you can take advantage of shoulder-season discounts, pleasant temperatures in the 50s to 70s and even a twinkling tree-lighting ceremony followed by the Boat Parade of Lights on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Take in more of the city's genteel charms on Black Friday as you explore the City Market, check out River Street or people-watch in photogenic Forsyth Park in the Historic District. What's more, over the long weekend, you can count on mouthwatering low country cuisine, from shrimp and grits at Cotton & Rye to biscuit buns and scones at Back in the Day Bakery.

Joshua Tree National Park in Palm Springs, California just before sunset.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

If you're itching to embrace the great outdoors over the holiday break, Joshua Tree National Park packs plenty of dry air, desert scenery and spectacular hikes, Perrin says. For postcard-worthy views, make your way to Keys View lookout. Fuss-free, frugal-minded vacationers seeking cost-effective accommodations may consider an Airstream (via Airbnb) at Kate's Lazy Desert near the park entrance, while campers can stake out a spot at one of the 44 sites at Hidden Valley Campground, which offers easy access to top trails. Best of all, the park's striking desert landscapes and two distinct ecosystems – the Colorado and the Mojave – are 140 miles west of Los Angeles. Skip shopping on Black Friday to join a ranger-led program or take a hike.

Two women stand on a pier in Santa Barbara, California next to a pair of bikes.

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Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara's consistently pleasant temperatures in the mid-50s and upper 60s, reduced nightly room rates and mix of fashionable boutiques and acclaimed restaurants appeal to those craving an escape-it-all getaway far from the holiday stress back home. Grape-seekers can enjoy leisurely wine tastings and gallery-hopping at the Funk Zone, while shoppers stroll along State Street to stock up on holiday presents. When you're not attending a yoga class, you can enjoy strolls along the harbor in the dubbed "American Riviera" before delighting in a farm-to-table meal at an acclaimed dining institution such as Brophy Bros, The Lark or Opal Restaurant & Bar.

Rathaus Vienna

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Whether you want to explore ornate palaces, catch an opera or peruse an elaborate Christmas market, Austria's cosmopolitan capital is a great choice for the holiday weekend, Perrin says. After all, you won't miss stuffing or Black Friday shopping as you savor roasted chestnuts, seasonal delights and handcrafted goods beneath twinkling lights at the Viennese Christmas Market outside City Hall. A number of Christmas markets and cultural happenings take place throughout Thanksgiving weekend, Perrin adds. The Viennnese Christmas market begins on Nov. 18, and the Christmas Village Belvedere Palace begins on Nov. 24. And while temperatures dip, if you can brave the 30- and 40-degree temperatures, you can score reasonably priced accommodations in November.

Portas do Sol in Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon, Portugal

While Lisbon lures travelers with its bargain-friendly rates and affordable attractions year-round, in fall you can embrace thinning crowds and comfortable temperatures lingering in the 50s and 70s through the end of November. Visit Alfalma to admire in the city's elaborate tile-laden sidewalks. Next, make the pilgrimage to postcard-worthy Sintra to admire picturesque villas and palaces along the hilly cobblestone streets. When you're ready to refuel, savor an authentic Portuguese meal followed by a pasteis de nata – a sweet custard pastry and an enticing alternative to pumpkin pie. At the end of the day, retire to one of Lisbon's affordable boutique hotels or take in iconic fado music in the Alfalma district.

Along the cliff walk in Newport, RI, there are some spectacular residential buildings open for the public to enjoy.

Newport, Rhode Island

For an idyllic New England getaway with coastal scenery and fall colors, plan your escape to Newport. While temperatures can dip into the 30s, you can take advantage of thinning tourist crowds and plenty of pampering. At the enchanting Castle Hill Inn, there's an elaborate Thanksgiving spread – complete with littleneck clams, turkey and pie. Plus, with the Thanksgiving Package promotion, you can enjoy a two-night stay, a Thanksgiving feast, breakfast and afternoon tea – along with a half bottle of Cabernet – at a fixed rate. For more activity, check out the shops along Thames Street and take a brisk stroll along the Cliff Walk trail before warming up by a crackling fire at The Chanler.

Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach

Celebrate the long weekend with some quality time catching up on R & R by the pool, the beach or at top shopping meccas on a sunny escape to Miami Beach. Thanks to swift recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma, major hotels, resorts, museums, nightlife venues and shops are open for business. Whether you want to check out striking art deco buildings on Ocean Drive, rent a beach chair on South Beach or simply stay put in a cabana at your hotel, there are plenty of ways to unwind and dodge the holiday routine (and countless hours of meal prep). What's more, you can embrace an American feast and celebrate the holiday at acclaimed restaurants without lifting a finger. At StripSteak by Michael Mina at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, for example, you can enjoy holiday staples such as glazed carrots and roasted turkey.

USA, Virginia, Richmond, Cityscape at evening

Richmond, Virginia

With its storied sites, Southern charm and burgeoning culinary scene, Richmond is an enticing Thanksgiving escape for foodies, culture vultures, history lovers and outdoorsy types alike. Along with trendy art- and design-centric hotels like the Quirk Hotel, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace the great outdoors. Cross the James River to Belle Isle for a memorable bike ride or picnic, or enjoy blazing fall colors in Shenandoah National Park (about 90 miles west of Richmond off Interstate 64). And if you opt for a history-filled vacation, get a sense of Richmond's genteel attractions like the Jefferson Hotel and the Valentine Museum. When you're ready to refuel, enjoy traditional Southern cuisine – including fried chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy – at The Roosevelt.

Portland Head lighthouse on the rocky coastline of Maine at sunrise,

Portland, Maine

For a mix of requisite New England charm and history, it's hard to match Portland. You can admire the area's craggy coastlines, Victorian homes and picturesque Portland Head Light before retracing pilgrims' footsteps and heading to Popham Colony, an early American settlement that some believe was formed in 1607, before Plymouth Rock in 1620. Set along the Kennebunk River, approximately 25 miles northeast of Portland, the colony features a boulder with the sign "Popham Rock." For modern allures, base yourself in Portland and retreat to the Press Hotel before enjoying a leisurely meal. The Holy Donut and the Highroller Lobster Co. are a couple of must-visit eateries. Cap off your feast with a pub crawl in the East Bayside neighborhood.

Walking west past the end of Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda the large beach ends and we find amazing rock formations with pockets of pink coral sand as seen in this Kite Aerial view.

Pink-hued sands, world-renowned golf courses and captivating oceanfront scenery offer the perfect antidote to the holiday grind. And while the weather in this mid-Atlantic island will be chillier at this time of year, with daytime temperatures hovering in the 60s and 70s, you'll be rewarded with reduced accommodation rates. Whether you want to explore unspoiled coral reefs, hit the links at Port Royal Golf Course or enjoy leisurely strolls in historic St. George – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – you'll be grateful for some time in the sun rather than making the pilgrimage to your in-laws' house. What's more, you can enjoy duty-free shopping or pampering at the spa before savoring a traditional rum-infused cocktail and delicious Bermudian culinary specialties (sampling traditional fish chowder is a must).

The city of London at sunset.

In November, London draws visitors with its festive Christmas markets, mild daytime temperatures, colorful autumn foliage and enticing flight and hotel deals ahead of the peak winter tourist season. If you're a history buff, you can catch the acclaimed hit musical "Hamilton" at Victoria Palace Theatre throughout November. What's more, culture seekers can explore can't-miss institutions such as the National Gallery, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. For more time outdoors, explore lively Borough Market or meander to Notting Hill's Portobello Road Market to pick up vintage gifts and classic English antiques. For more world-class shopping, head to Oxford Street. And if you're feeling nostalgic for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, you'll find quintessential American trimmings like pumpkin pie and roasted turkey at top restaurants throughout the city.

Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland

With striking coastal scenery along the Chesapeake Bay, delicious blue crabs and crisp autumn air, Annapolis offers a refreshing change of scenery. Admire the colonial architecture and cobblestone streets in Historic Annapolis before grabbing a bite at one of the area's fine dining establishments (Cantler's Riverside Inn, O'Learys Seafood Restaurant and Chick & Ruth's Delly are longstanding crowd-pleasers). And on Black Friday, after you stroll along the city's charming brick streets, peruse the boutique shops and galleries along Main Street in Historic Annapolis to pick up a few holiday gifts. Afterward, visit Dock Street in Ego Alley to people-watch on a bench, grab a bite to eat and admire the sailboats bobbing in the water.

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8 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Getaways in the United States

By Lindsay Lambert Day

8 LastMinute Thanksgiving Getaways in the United States

Thinking of hitting the road this year for Thanksgiving? With travel—and dining out—carefully but surely making a comeback, hotels and restaurants around the United States are preparing to serve up special holiday menus and multi-course meals for guests to enjoy in-house or on the go. Here are eight hotels around the United States perfect for a last-minute getaway, plus beloved neighborhood restaurants near each where you can give thanks with family and friends over gourmet fixings. Be sure to check each hotel and restaurant’s website or contact them directly for the most up-to-date safety protocols, dine-in hours, pick-up and delivery options, and more essential info. (And keep an eye on our ongoing coronavirus coverage here .)

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The Dupont Circle Hotel

The Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.

Thanksgiving can be a lavish affair in our country’s capital, especially for guests who book The Dupont Circle hotel’s two-bedroom penthouse suite offer, available November 22-29. Its $10,000 price tag gets four to six guests an in-room bartender and four-course dinner with canapés and wine flights, plus breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, Pembroke. (The restaurant is serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner of its own from noon until 7 p.m. on November 25.) On Okie Street in Ivy City, chef Matt Baker’s Michelin-starred Gravitas is serving a four-course menu with optional wine pairings ( reservations for indoor and outdoor seating are required). And less than a quarter of a mile from the White House, Todd Gray’s Equinox is offering a three-course menu with items ranging from classic (turkey with sausage-and-chestnut stuffing) to Mediterranean (falafel-crusted swordfish with labneh and couscous) and beyond.

White Elephant Palm Beach Hotel

The White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida

Whether you’re a snowbird getting a jump start on the season or you simply want to enjoy Thanksgiving in sunny surroundings, the 32-room White Elephant Palm Beach is a posh place to post up for the holiday. Its restaurant, LoLa 41 , is serving a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner, including citrus grilled boneless turkey with giblet gravy. But travelers who want to rub elbows with well-heeled locals should consider reserving a table at Café Boulud ; in addition to honey-glazed turkey, its three-course prix fixe menu includes dishes such as crab tartlets and pumpkin pie with bourbon ice cream. Want to enjoy your feast in the casual comfort of your own oceanfront rental? Order a Not Yo’ Granny’s Turkey Dinner to-go from Batch Southern Kitchen & Tap in West Palm Beach; you’ll get sweet tea–brined Cajun fried turkey, plus sides like gruyère-and-sage stuffing and buttermilk biscuits with chili-thyme honey.

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Kimpton Armory Hotel, Bozeman, Montana

Travelers who want to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by wide open spaces can do just that in Bozeman, Montana. Downtown, Fielding’s at the Kimpton Armory Hotel will serve a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving menu complete with a hearty turkey plate and pumpkin pie. Local purveyor Main Street Market is taking pre-orders for to-go Thanksgiving dinner bundles, each of which includes a whole smoked turkey, homemade sourdough bread, turkey gravy, and a pecan, pumpkin, or apple pie. For a to-go feast that truly embodies the spirit of the holiday, place an order for take-and-bake Thanksgiving sides and pies from Fork & Spoon , a socially driven pay-what-you-can restaurant in the center of town.

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The Amelia Hotel, Hudson, New York

On November 20, Hudson’s new Amelia Hotel will host a Thanksgiving Open House featuring several local vendors, and guests who stay during the holiday can take advantage of special perks and complimentary experiences around town, such as wreath-making and bourbon tasting. There’s no on-site restaurant, but guests can tuck into a $95 prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner at the equally enchanting Maker Hotel and Restaurant just a few streets over. ( Reservations are available for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. seatings.) Want to host Turkey Day at your Hudson Valley Airbnb? Order a tropical-style to-go feast from Lil' Deb's Oasis , on Columbia Street, or from Saugerties catering company Black-Eyed Suzie’s Upstate (18 miles away). In Kingston, 30 miles from Hudson, sit down for a three-course Thanksgiving meal at Ship to Shore , where asking for seconds and thirds is encouraged.

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Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk, Texas

Opened in February 2021, Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk is celebrating its first Thanksgiving in the city with a special day-after dinner and viewing experience of the 40th annual Ford Holiday River Parade on November 26. The package, which is available for hotel guests and locals alike, includes reserved parade seats along the Riverwalk, a specialty cocktail, and dinner at James Beard Award finalist Steve McHugh’s restaurant, Landrace . Menu items include gnocchi sardi with smoked mushroom Bolognese, brown butter bread pudding, and other options. ( Tickets are required.) Elsewhere around the city, travelers can sit down for four Thanksgiving courses at San Antonio institution Biga on the Banks ; dine in on or order out items like turkey, red-pepper stuffing, and mashed sweet potatoes at Cooper’s Meat Market ; or celebrate at Tex-Mex favorite Mi Tierra Café & Panadería , where past three-course menus have included Mexican-style turkey served with mole poblano and tamale stuffing.

RitzCarlton Chicago Hotel Interior Lobby

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

First opened 45 years ago, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago , recently completed the final phase of a $100 million renovation and is ready to welcome travelers who are spending Thanksgiving in the Windy City. The hotel’s signature Italian steakhouse, Torali, is offering a special Thanksgiving To Go package—a prepared dinner that includes an 18- to 20-pound roasted free-range turkey, and sides such as Yukon Gold parmesan mashed potatoes, truffle mac and cheese, and sage cornbread stuffing. Guests who want to explore Chicago’s restaurant options will be spoiled for choice, with restaurants like Bistronomic , Gene & Georgetti , Chicago Firehouse , and River Roast offering dine-in or to-go Thanksgiving menus.

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Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Napa Valley

Oenophiles who want to pair their Thanksgiving feast with a California wine country getaway can check in at Auberge Resort Collection’s Solage and order a meal to-go from its signature restaurant, Solbar. Its Thanksgiving menu includes roasted sliced turkey, butter-and-chive whipped potatoes, glazed root vegetables, and more. (Order by November 23 at 5 p.m.; pick-up is available November 25 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.) Prefer to enjoy your feast with plenty of outdoor space? Head to nearby Yountville and order a pre-brined, ready-to-roast turkey—plus sides like buttery, Bouchon Bakery pull-apart rolls, bacon-and-leek stuffing, and, of course, bottles of wine—to-go from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc . The city’s Veterans Memorial Park is an ideal spot for an alfresco family feast, with bocce courts, bathrooms, and picnic areas. (Bonus if you want to BYOB: Alcohol is allowed.)

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

Philly’s Four Seasons hotel celebrated its second anniversary in August, and this year it’s welcoming Thanksgiving guests with dinner and weekend brunch at JG SkyHigh . The restaurant’s three-course Thanksgiving dinner will feature chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s take on turkey, side dishes, and seasonal pies. (Locals hosting dinner at home can pre-order pies —including apple, pumpkin, and Vernick Coffee Bar’s popular Carrot Cake Pie—made by the hotel’s pastry team.) Want to venture into the city for Thanksgiving dinner? The Four Seasons concierge team recommends Old City restaurant Fork for oysters, roasted heirloom turkey, and corn-and-walnut stuffing, or Fishtown’s Elwood Restaurant for family-style turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

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20 Thanksgiving Getaways: Fun Alternatives to Grandma’s

Thanksgiving means turkey and pumpkin pie, family Thanksgiving traditions, and early-bird shopping on Black Friday. But it is also a rare break in the school schedule where traditional schooling families find themselves with five or more days off. So if you want to ditch the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s, or just take advantage of a chance to get away without pulling the kids out of school, here are a few Thanksgiving getaways that you can squeeze into a holiday break.

When putting together this list I relied on my own experience and recommendations from others to find destinations, both domestic and international, that met the following criteria:

  • The destination can be explored in five days, including travel time assuming families could depart either the Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving and return by the Sunday night after Thanksgiving.
  • Since many school districts give a full week off and some families are ok with kids missing 1-2 days of school, I’ve also included some destinations that might require a bit more travel time but this is a great time to visit popular international destinations when the airfare is inexpensive and the destinations aren’t crowded since they don’t celebrate this U.S.-based holiday.
  • The weather at the destination is generally pleasant in November. This doesn’t mean laying out on the beach or wearing shorts, but it isn’t too snowy or rainy (no guarantees of course!) I have included some destinations where the weather is colder or possibly snowy, but I’ve noted that as it adds to the charm or the activities at that time of year.
  • Where possible, I tried to include destinations that have special activities or events happening during that time of year.

10 Thanksgiving Getaways in the United States

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While you can often find cheap flights to Europe, or even Asia, during this time of year, depending on where you are traveling from you may prefer to stay domestic for a Thanksgiving getaway.

1. New York City, New York

view from the Empire State Building

If you want to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, you will need to bundle up and stake out a spot along Central Park West or 6th Avenue. However, my favorite thing to do when we spend Thanksgiving in NYC is to head over to the Museum of Natural History in the afternoon before Thanksgiving and watch them inflate the balloons in the late afternoon and evening.

While you are in town, you should plan on catching a Broadway show . Our favorites for younger kids have been the Lion King and Wicked (not a big fan of Alladin but I’d like to see Frozen) and for teens, Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

If you plan on exploring some of the main tourist attractions and museums, like the Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Natural History, I would recommend grabbing a New York CityPASS to save money on these attractions — and get to skip the line at many!

Where to Stay

  • The Knickerbocker Hotel (perfect for Broadway shows)
  • The New York Hilton Midtown (right on the parade route!)
  • Check NYC special hotel offers on TripAdvisor

2. Jamestown & Williamsburg, Virginia

American Revolution Museum at Jamestown making pie crust

Did you know that Virginia lays claim to the first Thanksgiving? There you can celebrate the holiday where Colonists first settled in America and learn a little history at the same time. You can enjoy a Thanksgiving feast the way the original settlers did, at the  Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia  event at the Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

At Jamestown Settlement , kids can learn how food was gathered, preserved, and prepared by Powhatan Indians and English colonists with clay pots and iron kettles. Historical interpreters will bake bread and demonstrate open-hearth cooking of pudding, pies, and pottage, based on historical recipes of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

For those looking for a traditional dinner, Williamsburg has plenty of restaurants at Colonial Williamsburg including Williamsburg Lodge and  Christiana Campbell’s Tavern , where guests can experience historical dining traditions.

While in the area, families can enjoy exploring Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Busch Gardens, and other attractions in nearby Newport News and Hampton. Hamilton fans will also appreciate the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which tells the stories of citizens and soldiers during the nation’s founding with comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history areas.

Where to stay

  • Kingsmill Resort
  • Williamsburg Lodge
  • Hampton Inn and Suites , Williamsburg Historic District

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Lighted walkway and buildings decorated for Christmas at night in Boston

Most people associate the first Thanksgiving with New England. Of course, we now know more about the legends and myths surrounding this holiday, but Boston is still a great spot to celebrate Thanksgiving and learn some real history while you are at it.

Unfortunately, you will have just missed the prettiest of the fall foliage and Boston will be starting to settle in for winter. Luckily there are plenty of ways to warm up including the Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum , the Museum of Fine Art, and the New England Aquarium.

While you are there, plan some day trips from Boston including Plymouth to visit Plymouth Rock and maybe even have Thanksgiving Dinner at the Plimoth Patuxet Museums in a recreated 17th Century village. Other popular day trips include Salem and Gloucester .

  • John Carver Inn & Spa, Plymouth
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf , Boston
  • Hyatt Regency , Boston Harbor

4. Hilton Head, South Carolina

Hilton Head sunset

Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is a great family destination at any time of the year, but during Thanksgiving, the heat and humidity have subsided and it is the tail end of hurricane season, making the weather usually delightful.

The live oaks draped in Spanish moss give the island its lush feel. Beneath the trees, vacationers can ride along miles of bike trails, kayak through the marshes and waterways, or go horseback riding. Of course, there are beaches, golf courses — traditional and putt-putt depending on your skill, and the Pinckney Nature Preserve to fill sunny days with fun.

Restaurants on the island specialize in seafood, low-country cuisine, and barbecue. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a traditional Thanksgiving meal. In fact, Hilton Head celebrates the holiday with a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt, a Turkey Trot race, and Caramel Apple Festival. And there is an annual community dinner at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.

  • Vacation homes in Hilton Head
  • Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

5. St. Augustine, Florida

Founding day re-enactment

I know there are many claims to the First Thanksgiving, but St. Augustine , Florida has documented that the first Thanksgiving took place there on September 8, 1565, years before the Pilgrims. Spanish explorer Don Pedro Mendez de Aviles came ashore in 1565 to claim Florida for Spain and established the first St. Augustine settlement along the shores of what is now the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park.  

The land was the home of the Native Timucua Indians in the village they called Seloy. One of the first things the Spanish explorers did was serve a meal of celebration and they invited the Timucua Indians to join them. The adjacent Mission Nombre de Dios, celebrates the landing with a recreation of the formal mass of Thanksgiving.  

During Thanksgiving, St. Augustine also shines brightly with the glow of three million tiny white lights during St. Augustine’s “Nights of Lights” celebration. There are many ways to enjoy the city at this time of year, from Old Town Trolley tours, carriage rides, harbor tours, or guided walks.

  • Casa Monica Resort & Spa , An Autograph Collection Property (so you can use Marriott points!)
  • Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort (breakfast included!)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District

6. Orlando, Florida

Hogwarts castle

I know it seems like theme parks would be overcrowded and crazy during the Thanksgiving Weekend. However, we went to Universal Orlando at Thanksgiving a few years ago and we were surprised that it wasn’t nearly as crowded as we expected, especially on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Even if you aren’t into theme parks, there are plenty of other Orlando attractions (both indoor and outdoor) that can make for a fun vacation. Plus it is nice to visit when the weather isn’t sweltering!

  • Margaritaville Resort Orlando (which has its own H20 Live waterpark )
  • Cabana Bay Resort at Universal Orlando
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando

7. Chicago, Illinois

Millennium Park ice rink

Why head to the Windy City in November? To get into the holiday mood and to explore this dynamic city without the summer crowds or (hopefully) the winter snow. Chicago really does it up big when it comes to Christmas and it all starts in November, giving plenty to do in Chicago at Christmas .

But before Christmas gets into full swing, the Windy City has one of the best Thanksgiving Day parades in the U.S. Be sure to bundle up and stake out a spot along State Street for this three-hour-long spectacle featuring massive balloons, marching bands, equestrian units, drum lines, dance troupes and local and national celebrities.

Chicago lights up for the holidays and you can see Christmas trees from around the world at the Museum of Science and Industry, go ice skating on the Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon, have lunch at the famous Walnut Room at Macy’s, catch a parade, and shop at the Chicago Christmas Market.

There is so much else to see in Chicago that I would recommend grabbing a Chicago CityPASS and maximizing your time . Take in the view from the SkyDeck at the Willis Tower, watch the Beluga whales at the Shedd Aquarium, and check out the dinosaur bones at the Field Museum.

  • Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
  • The Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel
  • Hilton Chicago, Magnificent Mile Suites

8. Western Montana

Paws Up Thanksgiving Feast

If you are looking for a western Thanksgiving with beautiful views under the big skies of Western Montana , The Paws Up Resort has put together a  Thanksgiving Vacation Inclusive Package . The Resort at Paws Up is Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort, set on 37,000 acres in the Blackfoot River Valley.

The Thanksgiving Feast for All Five Senses at The Paws Up Resort includes fireside s’mores, football games, wagon rides, and of course, the grand Thanksgiving feast. Extended families can spread out in a luxury home in the Wilderness Estates with three master suites, a loft game room, a cook’s kitchen, and a natural timber fireplace. 

Family activities include hayrides, horseback riding, ATV tours, laser tag, touch football, hiking, arts and crafts by the fire, and even a petting zoo. Foodies will enjoy wine tasting and the Turkey day cuisine of Executive Chef Sunny Jin and guest chef and BBQ legend Sam Huff.

9. Santa Monica, California

Shangri-La Santa Monica sunset

With sandy beaches, clean outdoor spaces, and temperatures reaching a high of 67 degrees in November, Santa Monica is an ideal family destination for a Thanksgiving break. There is an abundance of activities for families for a Thanksgiving holiday break, including the famous Santa Monica Beach and Pier.

Families with young children will enjoy exploring the Cayton Children’s Museum, splashing around at the Annenberg Community Beach House or Tongva Park, or exploring the Heal the Bay Aquarium. Third Street Promenade features street musicians, dinosaur fountains, shopping, and the Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market.

Older children will enjoy bike riding along the beachfront path and strolling through the art and architecture at the Getty Center. Nearby, thrills await at Disneyland and California Adventure, or Warner Bros. Studio.

  • Hotel Shangri-la , Santa Monica

10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Blue christmas tree and lights in Macy's in Philadelphia

I’ve experienced firsthand how Philadelphia gives New York a run for its money when it comes to Philadelphia at Christmas . But did you know that Philly also has the longest-running Thanksgiving Parade in the country at nearly 100 years?

The 6abc Dunkin’Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard and ends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The parade includes massive floats, choirs, dance groups, marching bands, and more. It finishes off with the arrival of Santa to kick off the holiday season.

While in Philadelphia, you can also soak in all of the historical sites and plan a day trip to Longwood Gardens to see the lights and holiday flower displays.

  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Center City

10 International Thanksgiving Getaways

Thanksgiving week can be an excellent time to take an international vacation, especially if you are able to swing a full week off. Most of these destinations also work well for a five-day trip. This year in particular I’ve seen a ton of excellent flight deals to Europe from major U.S. cities.

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1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam canal

Three to five days is the perfect amount of time for exploring Amsterdam and surrounding towns. Temperatures are usually in the 40s, with a chance of rain, so dress appropriately, but you won’t run into the same crowds at this time of year. Given the over-tourism that is impacting the city, visiting during the low season is much preferred, even if the weather isn’t ideal.

There is plenty to do in and around Amsterdam with teens , but younger kids will also enjoy feasting on pancakes during a canal cruise and exploring the NEMO Science Museum.

  • Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
  • Hampton by Hilton Arena Boulevard
  • Hotel Estherea

View of Palm Beach from the Ritz Carlton Aruba

Last Thanksgiving we had a family vacation in Aruba and it was a perfectly relaxing, tropical getaway and a great way to decompress after a busy fall. With direct flights from many U.S. cities, you can be on the beach in a matter of hours to maximize your vacation time.

The hotels along the two-mile Palm Beach offer beautiful oceanfront beaches and many have water activities like wave runners, windsurfing, parasailing, and paddleboarding. You can also schedule excursions such as snorkeling or scuba diving, or explore the desert side of the island on off-road adventures.

Just avoid leaving on Saturday as you may find long lines at the airport due to the cruise ship schedules. Either way, we recommend being at the airport three hours early as you will clear the U.S. border and passport control in Aruba.

  • Hyatt Regency Aruba Spa and Casino
  • Aruba Marriott Resort and Casino
  • The Ritz-Carlton Aruba

Rainbow over Sao Miguel

Halfway between the U.S.’s East Coast and Portugal, the archipelago of the Azorean Islands is a short direct flight from Boston. The jetstream keeps the waters around the islands temperate, even if the air temperatures are a little cooler. This adventure paradise offers scenic views and a unique version of Portuguese culture.

São Miguel is the largest island and it is easy to spend a full week there, exploring the different regions. If you are really ambitious, you can also spend a day or two on Pico (amazing wines!), São Jorge, and/or Terceira. See my tips about planning a trip to the Azores .

  • Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort
  • Terra Nostra Garden Hotel
  • Sensi Azores Nature and Spa

Horseshoe Beach from above by drone

Bermuda may not offer tropical climates in November, but you can enjoy its beautiful pink sand beaches even when it isn’t sunbathing weather. Plus its location off the coast of North Carolina means you can find short, direct flights from Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Atlanta.

If you stay at a beach resort, you can book excursions to see the historic parts of the island, enjoy the aquarium, visit some of the many caves, or take a guided bike tour. Even though non-residents can’t rent cars, you can rent small little electric vehicles if you need to get around.

  • Fairmont Southampton Beach, Spa, and Golf Resort
  • Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
  • Rosewood Bermuda

5. Dublin & Northern Ireland

Temple Bar in Dublin

Ireland is a short hop from the U.S. east coast and you can usually find affordable flights into Dublin or Shannon. It is easy to do three days in Dublin and then add in a couple of days for a lovely castle or estate stay, such as at the Mount Juliet Estate near Waterford.

Alternatively, you could spend two days in Dublin and then cross over to Northern Ireland (especially great for Game of Thrones fans) and visit Belfast and the beautiful Causeway Coast .

  • Conrad Dublin
  • The Morgan Hotel
  • The Davenport

6. London, England

Kensington Palace London Pass

Five to seven days is a perfect length of time to spend in London . From palaces to museums to all sorts of Harry Potter experiences , themed afternoon teas, and giant toy stores, there is something for everyone.

Late November is a great time to visit London because U.K. schools aren’t on break and hotels will be more affordable. Also, all of London’s holiday festivities are just kicking in, like Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. You get all the advantages of London at Christmas without the crowds.

  • The Royal Garden Hotel
  • Athenaeum Hotel
  • St. Ermin’s Hotel, Autograph Collection

7. Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe

Paris in November is quite lively, with new art exhibits on display and theater performances in the evening. While the days are shorter and it is a little cool, the temperatures are warmer than NYC and there is plenty to do inside.

With direct flights from many U.S. cities, it is the perfect time to enjoy the City of Light when hotel room prices aren’t as outrageous and the streets aren’t swarmed with tourists. And if you get chilly, just pop into Angelina’s for a hot chocolate and explore some of the off-the-beaten-path museums.

  • Hotel Brighton
  • Hotel Relais Saint Germain
  • Citadines Saint Germain des Pres Paris

8. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reynisfjara black sand beach with sea stacks

In November, the days are short in Iceland and the air is cold, but you have a chance to see the Northern Lights. There are still plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy from ATV riding on black sand beaches, to super jeep tours , to glacier hikes and exploring ice caves.

If you visit Iceland in the winter , it is better to base yourself in Reykjavik and take day trips or take guided tours vs. self-driving, as conditions can be extremely unpredictable. Book a group tour with my partner Hidden Iceland and save 10 percent with code WE3TRAVEL.

  • Alda Hotel Reykjavik
  • Fosshotel Reykjavik
  • Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

9. Quebec City, Quebec

10 Things to do in Quebec CIty with Kids, a photo essay exploring Old Quebec City.

You don’t have to cross the pond to get some European flair. Quebec City is a great city for kids because it is so walkable and charming in the Old City. It may be too early for the Ice Hotel , but there are still museums, shops, and waterfalls to explore, all while practicing your French.

Keep in mind that Quebec City can get very cold so be prepared and dress in layers! But you won’t be competing with Canadians on holiday and the prices are to your advantage if you are coming from the United States.

  • Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
  • Hilton Quebec

10. Marrakech, Morocco

Spices at the souk in Marrakech

Morocco might seem far for a Thanksgiving getaway but with direct flights from New York to Casablanca in seven hours, it is closer than you think. From Casablanca, it isn’t far to the cosmopolitan city of Marrakech, where you can soak in Moroccan food and culture.

If you have a week to spend, you can also fit a visit to either Fes or overnight in the desert into your Morocco itinerary . For help planning your trip, contact my partner EPIC Travel and receive a free VIP welcome gift when you mention you were referred by WE3TRAVEL.

  • Four Seasons Marrakech

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20 Thanksgiving getaways for families (both international and domestic).

Tamara Gruber is the Founder and Publisher of We3Travel. A former marketing executive and travel advisor, Tamara is an award-winning travel writer and recognized expert in family travel, named the Media Member of the Year for 2023 by the Family Travel Association. Tamara is a member of SATW, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and the Family Travel Association. She is also the publisher of YourTimetoFly and the co-host of the Vacation Mavens travel podcast.

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8 Cool Things to Do in Dallas This Thanksgiving Weekend

Ymca turkey trot, the nutcracker, "death becomes her" live, and more holiday (or holiday-adjacent) events.

Dallas Turkey Trot

Start off Thanksgiving Weekend with the annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. (Courtesy)

Whether your entire family is coming to you to celebrate Thanksgiving this year or you’re keeping it small with a few close friends, there are plenty of things to do in Dallas before and after Turkey Day. From a 5k run/walk to several holiday events, these are the best things to do in Dallas this Thanksgiving weekend.

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

Don’t miss this annual 5k run/walk (or 8-mile run) in downtown Dallas this Thanksgiving morning. You can compete or run for fun dressed in your favorite turkey gear or do the virtual trot on your own. Beginning at 8:30 am, the event starts at Dallas City Hall. Register here .

The Nutcracker Texas Ballet Theater

The Nutcracker by Texas Ballet Theater

Texas Ballet Theater presents  The Nutcracker  beginning this Friday, November 25. Taking place at Winspear Opera House through December 4, the two-hour show features the classic tale told through dance and incredible sets. Find tickets here .

The Nutcracker DSO

The Nutcracker in Concert

Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “The Nutcracker” also takes place this weekend at the Meyerson. Conducted by Maurice Cohn, selections of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score will be performed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Loosely based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, the tale follows how the nutcracker comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the Mouse King. Buy tickets here .

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The world’s largest Christmas light maze and village return to Dallas’ Fair Park on Friday. Presented by Hallmark Channel, the event features an immersive walk-thru light maze made with over four million lights, a 100-foot-tall tree, ice-skating trail, live entertainment, Santa, and holiday shopping. Tickets are available here .

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For King & Country’s “A Drummer Boy Christmas”

This Grammy award-winning pop duo — formerly known as Joel and Luke — is bringing their holiday music magic to American Airlines Center this Sunday night. Featuring Christmas classics and new songs (such as favorite “Little Drummer Boy”), the live experience will kick off the holiday season. Get your tickets here .

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Head to Historic Downtown Mckinney from Friday through Sunday for the annual Home for the Holidays event. The free event features small-town charm, Santa visits, a Yuletide art market, children’s activities, and so much more.

Cirque du Soleil Dallas Thanksgiving Weekend

‘Twas the Night Before… By Cirque du Soleil

Beginning this Friday, Texas Trust CU Theater in Grand Prairie is hosting Cirque du Soleil’s “‘Twas the Night Before…” A modern take on the holiday classic, this show will feature acrobats, hoop diving, dance, and so much more. Performances will take place through December 11. Tickets are here .

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Death Becomes Her + May May’s Nightmares

On Friday at 8:30 pm at Texas Theatre, May May Graves will present a live drag show with her undead former beauty queens for a night of murder and mayhem. Following the spooky show, guests can watch a screening of Robert Zemeckis  Death Becomes Her starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. Buy tickets here .

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Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Enjoy These 22 Things to Do, Activities, & More!

Posted by HOTC Staff | Nov 11, 2023 | Things To Do In Houston , Entertainment | 3

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Enjoy These 22 Things to Do, Activities, & More!

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events

As the holiday season approaches, Houston is gearing up to welcome Thanksgiving 2023 with enthusiasm and a host of celebrations. Whether you’re visiting Houston for Thanksgiving 2023 or are a Houstonian eager to rediscover your city, there’s an abundance of festive joy awaiting you. This year’s Houston Thanksgiving events and activities promise to be spectacular, combining the traditional holiday spirit with the unique cultural flair of Houston.

Thanksgiving in Houston 2023 offers an array of choices to suit all tastes and interests. Enjoy a variety of exciting things to do in Houston during Thanksgiving week!

This list is your gateway to making the most of Houston Thanksgiving 2023. Get ready to explore and celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston style!

Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the latest information. However, all information presented is subject to change. Please confirm before you head out. 

Remember to check out our holiday-related posts including Winter Wonders at Discovery Green , Texas Renaissance Festival , Midtown Houston Restaurants , and Mexican Restaurants in Conroe !

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Things to do in Houston on Monday, November 20

Have a fun turkey time with the kids at the Children’s Museum Houston’s Turkey Jam! There will be a live Turkey DJ, a dance freestyle, and a turkey line dance to look forward to. 

When: Monday, November 20, 2023, 11 am – 3 pm Where: Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004 How Much: Included in general admission

City Lights at Avenida Houston

Watch Avenida Houston come to life with dazzling lights, enchanting songs, and heartwarming performances of “A Happy Houston Holiday” this Thanksgiving weekend! The show will feature world-class performers, local talents, and even community groups with medleys that everyone can sing along to.

When: Monday, November 20 – December 17, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm Where: Avenida Houston, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010 How Much: Free

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Things to do in Houston on Tuesday, November 21

Boogie bash: turkey trot.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Woodlands Children’s Museum! Enjoy fun songs, fingerplays, and creative movement including the “Turkey Pokey” and “Turkey Tango.” 

When: Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 11 am  Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381 How Much: $8

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Things to do in Houston on Wednesday, November 22

10th annual christmas tree lighting and winter carnival.

10th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Carnival

Image credit: Beaumont Animal Care

Welcome the holiday season and enjoy Thanksgiving weekend with the family with the lighting of Alter’s Gem Jewelry’s 45-foot-tall Christmas tree. In addition to that, there will be tons of family-friendly events. This includes cookie decorating, photo ops with Santa Claus, an ice rink, performances, and more. 

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm  Where: Alter’s Gem Jewelry, 3155 Dowlen Rd, Beaumont, TX 77706 How Much: Free

Drinksgiving

Drinksgiving

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events | Image credit: Little Woodrow’s Midtown

Invite your friends and have a Thanksgiving celebration with drinks and play at Little Woodrow’s Midtown. There will be a Turkey Bowling Competition and DJ Gobble Gobble will be playing tunes all night long.

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 7 pm  Where: Little Woodrow’s Midtown, 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006 How Much: No cover

Friendsgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve with a Friendsgiving Feast at Heights & Co. The place will be adding a champagne bar, espresso martinis, fire pits and fixings for s’mores, and a photo wall to their regular menu for the holiday.

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 7 pm  Where: Heights & Co., 1343 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008 How Much: Prices vary | Reservations are required

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Things to do in Houston on Thursday, November 23

15th annual bay area turkey trot.

Start your Thanksgiving day with a family tradition with the 15th Annual Bay Area Turkey Trot! Run through the neighborhoods of Clear Lake for a 10K, 5K, or Kids 1K route. You can take your furry friends with you too. 

Donations of nonperishable food and paper goods are encouraged. 

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 7:15 am  Where: On The Run Clear Lake, 2427 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058 How Much: $35 for the 5K and 10K | $20 for Kids 1K 

38th Annual Sugar Land Turkey Trot

38th Annual Sugar Land Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events | Image credit: Sugar Land Turkey Trot Event

Burn off the calories before you dig into the feast at the Sugar Land Turkey Trot! For its 38th year, the race will be held in the beautiful Sugar Creek neighborhood. 

As tradition, there will be three events: a 1-mile kids run, a 5-mile timed race, and a 2.8-mile family walk or jog. Winners in the Open and Masters categories for the 5-mile race will get a pair of Newton Running Shoes. 

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 7:30 am  Where: 13895 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478 How Much: $40 for the 5-mile run | $35 for the 2.8-mile walk/ jog | $25 for the 1-mile kids run

8th Annual Free Turkey Trot 5K and 10K

8th Annual Free Turkey Trot 5K and 10K

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events | Image credit: Chadwick HW – Houston Striders

Get some miles in before cooking, eating, and snoozing for the rest of Thanksgiving at the Houston Striders’ Turkey Trot! In addition to the run, there will be free handmade Turkey Day costumes for early birds and refreshments afterward.

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 8 am  Where: Memorial Park Eastern Glades, 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007 How Much: Free | RSVP requested

H-E-B Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2023

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Join thousands of Houstonians for one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country this Thanksgiving 2023! The parade will travel over 20 city blocks. Expect to see floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, and other unique Houston entries.

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 9 am  Where: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002 How Much: Free 

Moody Gardens’ Thanksgiving Day Brunch

Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with your family without worrying about the cooking and cleaning up at Moody Gardens’ Thanksgiving Day Brunch. The menus will feature an assortment of breakfast items, salads, antipasti, soups, seafood, pasta, a carving station, an assortment of desserts, and more. 

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 10:30 am –  2:30 pm Where:  Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554 How Much: $36.60 for kids aged 4 – 12 | $85.40 for seniors aged 65+ | $97.60 for adults

Thanksgiving Fall Harvest

This Thanksgiving 2023, The Post Oak Hotel will be transforming into a unique fall wonderland destination! It will feature a bustling market filled with everything delightful about fall including sweets, wines, cheeses, jams, seafood, and more. 

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 11 am –  5 pm Where:  The Post Oak Hotel, 1600 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77027 How Much: Free – $198

The San Luis Resort Thanksgiving Brunch

Enjoy a decadent Thanksgiving Day Brunch feast with your loved ones! This brunch is complete with champagne, a massive selection of traditional and gourmet options, special cocktails, kids options, desserts, live music, and more. 

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 11 am –  1 pm Where:  The San Luis Resort, Spa, & Conference Center, Grand Ballroom, 5222 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 How Much: $199 | $39 for kids aged 6 – 11 | $89 for seniors 65+ | Free for kids aged 5 and under

Thanksgiving Eve 2023 Dance Night

End Thanksgiving Day 2023 with an epic dance party at Metropolis y Extravaganza. Make sure to wear comfy shoes so you can keep on dancing until you’re ready to snooze.

When: Thursday, November 23, 2023, 8 pm –  2 am Where:  Metropolis y Extravaganza, 8925 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77063 How Much: Not stated

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Celebrate Celtic Christmas. Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and all the Christmas elves as the Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes children of all ages to their final three-day celebration of the coming Yuletide season.

The Kingdom will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland and holiday music will fill the lanes. You can also find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list in our over 400 shops.

When:   Friday – Sunday, November 24 – 26, 2023, 9 am – 8 pm Where:  21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, Texas 77363 How Much:  Varies

Grand Galvez Christmas Tree Lighting

Welcome the holiday season this Thanksgiving week with the Grand Galvez’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. It will begin with Santa Claus’ arrival and performances of the Galveston Ballet and Galveston Symphony Brass Ensemble. After that, there will be a countdown until the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree.

When:   Friday, November 24, 2023, 6 pm – 8:30 pm Where:  Grand Galvez, Centennial Green, 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 How Much:  Free

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Things to do in Houston on Saturday, November 25

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Official City of Galveston Tree Lighting

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Join the city of Galveston this Thanksgiving week for the city’s official tree lighting and party! Expect an appearance by Santa, performances by the Galveston Volunteer Bad, vendors in the park, beer and wine sales, and more. 

When:   Saturday, November 25, 2023, 6 pm – 7 pm Where:  Saengerfest Park, 2302 The Strand #000, Galveston, TX 77550 How Much:  Free

Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2023 – Sunday, November 26

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Bikers gather around! Join hands and wheels at Emancipation Park for Thanksgiving weekend for a scenic 10-mile ride. Afterward, dive into a scrumptious potluck feast so don’t forget to make your best dish.

When:   Sunday, November 26, 2023, 10 am Where:  Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004 How Much:  Free

Holiday Tree Lighting at City Place

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Complete your Thanksgiving 2023 weekend with City Place’s annual lighting of their 35-foot Christmas tree! Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be attending the festivities. 

The event will also serve as the debut of City Place’s larger-than-life Gingerbread Village! Its lollipop and candy-cane-lined path is guarded by two giant gingerbread men. This leads to the clearing filled with cookie trees, a 16-foot high gingerbread house, and a 12-foot windmill. It’s surely something you won’t want to miss. 

When:   Sunday, November 26, 2023, 4 pm – 8 pm Where:  City Place, 1700 City Plaza Dr, Spring, TX 77389 How Much:  Free

Thanksgiving 2023 Houston Events – Things to do in Houston on Week & Beyond

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The Most EXCITING, and ELECTRIFYING Light Show South of Katy is here! This has the best, most exciting drive-through light show of the season. Eat, drink, and watch as you travel through the night with millions of Christmas lights and festive music transporting you to a whole new Christmas wonderland. When:  November 3, 2023 – January 1, 2024 Where:  Typhoon Texas (Parking Lot), 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494 How Much : Starts at $39 | Starts at $49 for Thanksgiving weekend

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights & More

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Now through January 6, you can get a load of eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including the Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. It’s a great place to enjoy the best of the holiday season with the whole family. When: November 18, 2023 – January 6, 2024 Where: Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554 How much:   Prices vary for different events and attractions

Santa’s Wonderland in College Station

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It’s a bit of a drive, but it’s totally worth it to visit Santa’s Wonderland in College Station! Immerse yourself in millions of dazzling lights, Texas snow and ice, and tons of cheerful attractions spread throughout the vast winter wonderland. There’s surely something for all ages. Please take note that opening and closing times vary for certain dates so please check their official website before booking going. When: November 10, 2023 – December 30, 2023  Where: 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845 How much: General admission: $44.95 Adult 

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If you go to the Renaissance Festival, I highly recommend you do 2 things. The first is, if someone approaches you selling cinammon almond packets. Buy them! They were the most delicious treat I’ve had in years! Second, is go sit with the harp player. She is amazing, and listening to the harp is truly soothing and relaxing.

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Are the cookies and cocoa free at the four seasons tree lighting.

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Great question! I called and found out the cookies, cocoa and champagne are free, along with free valet parking for the tree lighting!

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From waterside locales dotted with palm trees to postcard-perfect small towns with amazing leaf peeping , these destinations will make for the best Thanksgiving vacations for 2023. Whether you’re looking for all-inclusive resorts or secluded cabins that’ll fit the whole family, there’s guaranteed to be an idea here that suits your needs. Especially if you’re looking for Thanksgiving vacation ideas for couples or in the South (hello, Texas and Georgia!)—we’ve got those in spades!

So what do you say—why not shake things up and try something a little different this year? From apple picking to pretty porch spotting , embrace all the best things about fall in a new place this holiday. Whether you spend a lot on a luxury resort or a little on a cheap place to visit during Thanksgiving, we guarantee you’ll be grateful for the new perspective, the shared memories, and a delicious slice of pie that you didn’t have to spend hours making yourself. Here’s to wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Home to the University of Virginia, this picturesque college town offers a bucolic blend of historic buildings, rolling pastures, and plenty of wineries and cideries. Leave the cooking to the pros with a pre-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at Keswick Hall or The Quirk , then walk off your meal with a leisurely stroll along the pedestrian-only Downtown Mall.

Hermann, Missouri

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The jewel of the Missouri Rhineland wilkommens fall visitors with wineries, wurst houses, and dozens of other delightful ways to enjoy its German heritage. A self-guided walking tour of the historic downtown (or a bike ride along the 140-mile Katy Trail) is a lovely way to get your heart rate up before the big meal, and you’ll love cozying up in the sleeping quarters outfitted in antiques at the Inn at Hermannhof (pictured).

Lambertville, New Jersey

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Also known as “The Antiques Capital of New Jersey,” this former factory town is now a flourishing country outpost for antiques and the arts—and a postcard-perfect home base for small-town hopping along the Delaware River. Catch an indie flick in an old supermarket at Acme Screening Room , or enjoy aperitifs while wandering Black Shed , a 28-acre destination garden center that is also home to a full bar and 100 free-range show chickens.

Lake Placid, New York

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Lake Placid isn't just picturesque, idyllic, and peaceful, 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!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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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!

Santa Barbara, California

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

Canterbury, New Hampshire

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New Hampshire's famous Hackleboro Orchards stays open through Thanksgiving, so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy apple picking before your holiday dinner. If the weather allows, bring your own blanket and enjoy a picnic before entering the orchards, or cozy up with some warm cider and donuts made fresh at the nearby barn.

Leavenworth, Washington

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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 cider houses , then go shopping at some of the unique boutiques with cuckoo clocks, music boxes, beer steins, and other Bavarian treasures.

Hawley, Pennsylvania

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BOOK NOW Nestled in the Poconos, Hawley is the home to several beloved resorts. From Woodloch to Silver Birches, there are plenty of cozy places to have a Thanksgiving meal. These resorts have a host of holiday activities, including a scavenger hunt , special bingo games, horseback riding , and more.

Park City, Utah

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

Killington, Vermont

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BOOK NOW Why not spend Thanksgiving surrounded by the most gorgeous fall foliage you've ever seen? This Vermont area is known for having the boldest shades of reds, yellows, and oranges in the U.S. While in town, participate in the annual Turkey Trot, or try the famous Chocolate Espresso Bread Pudding Muffins at Sunup Bakery.

Georgetown, Colorado

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BOOK NOW Speaking of fall foliage, for the most mesmerizing post-Thanksgiving hike, head to the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway . Walk through the bright yellow Aspen groves and take in the incredible autumn sights.

New York, New York

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It doesn't get more iconic than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade . Instead of watching the bash on television this year, take your family to see their favorite characters fly through the skies in person. It's sure to be an unforgettable experience—followed by a delicious dinner at one of the city's many, many restaurants.

New Paltz, New York

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BOOK NOW Located in both the Catskills and the Hudson Valley, the Mohonk Mountain House is truly an East Coast treasure every autumn. The resort always has something fun to do, from axe-throwing to board games. For Thanksgiving, you can enjoy a variety of family-friendly holiday activities, as well as a delicious buffet.

Winterset, Iowa

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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 , starring 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 , and it has the only museum in the world dedicated to him.

Long Beach, California

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BOOK NOW If dressing up in costumes with friends and family is your ideal way to celebrate a holiday, the famous Long Beach Turkey Trot will become a favorite tradition. The best part? The event raises money for the nonprofit Community Action Team .

Grapevine, Texas

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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.

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts

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BOOK NOW 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 gain a new appreciation for our history.

Savannah, Georgia

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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 .

St. Louis, Missouri

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Missouri is known for its annual Ameren Thanks-for-Giving Parade . The family-friendly event has it all—music, giant balloons, and even a visit from Santa! Your kids are sure to love every moment of this lively parade.

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So, put away Grandma’s pumpkin pie recipe , break out those weekenders , and fire up your out of office. We’ve combed all of the USA to find 15 of the best places to go for Thanksgiving. Where are you headed?

Bend, Oregon

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300 days of sunshine make this picturesque, small city on the Deschutes River a favorite of outdoor adventure lovers. But aside from exploring the high desert and the Cascades Range, there’s also a dozen craft breweries to sample, plus top-quality art museums and galleries. Hotel Signature Bend is an affordable, yet uber-chic spot to post up for the holiday.

Asheville, North Carolina

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This charming city in the Blue Ridge Mountains has long been known for its bucket-list breweries, thriving art scene, stunning drives, hikes, and Biltmore, America’s largest home , built by George Vanderbilt. The late fall is an ideal time to visit: temperatures are mild, the travel rates are the best of the year, and it’s easier than any other season to land hard-to-get restaurant reservations, with plenty of outdoor seating available for those looking for it. Snag a room at Kimpton’s Hotel Arras , a 128-room boutique hotel that's perfectly located downtown so you can easily stroll to the area's many breweries, but has a romantic outdoor bar with a fire table so couples who prefer cocktails can say in. If you are in town for the microbrews, don't skip the pumpkin ale at Catawba or the taco truck at Rabbit, Rabbit .

Branson, Missouri

If holiday cheer is your thing, there's probably nowhere better in the country to get your fix than Branson. The destination is even known as America’s Christmas Tree City, with over 1,700 trees that are already sparkling starting at the beginning of November. Bring the wilderness indoors with a stay at Big Cedar Lodge , which features on-site fishing and five golf courses. They’ll also be hosting their annual Tom Turkey scavenger hunt the day after Thanksgiving: families get to explore the whole property while hunting for clues.

Texas Hill Country

Texans have a special place in their heart for this region, which stretches over the central and southern portions of the state. It’s not hard to see why: there are beautiful rolling hills, bubbling spring-fed rivers, and of course, some of the best barbecue in the whole country . The entire family will be happy at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa , which is located just 20 minutes outside of Austin. The 4,000 acres are perfect for social distancing, and amenities include seven restaurants, four golf courses (plus mini for the kids!), and s’mores served every night at sunset.

Hudson, New York

Sometimes dubbed “Brooklyn North,” this vibrant city in the state’s Hudson Valley is beloved for its phenomenal farm-to-table restaurants, hip art galleries and furniture stores, and easy access to the region’s many hiking trails, including the 736-acre Greenport Conservation Area . Design-loving couples will dig newly opened The Maker Hotel , which features 11 rooms fitted with velvet throws and local art, as well as a restaurant housed inside a glass conservatory.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

While this town may be best known for its skiing, its close proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks truly makes it ideal for anyone who loves natural beauty. The late-fall “shoulder season” is an ideal time to visit: the weather is dry, the National Parks are still open but without the crowds, and you might even get to see the yearly elk bugling (Google it). Book a stay at The Lodge at Jackson Hole , which boasts an all-season indoor-outdoor pool, plus chic rooms outfitted in a classic Western style.

Palm Springs, California

November is an ideal time to visit this colorful city in the Sonoran Desert, where temperatures hover in the high 70s and there is zero rainfall. Spend your days ogling midcentury modern architecture, hiking in stunning Joshua Tree National Park, or taking a high-flying ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway . For an adults-only escape, look into the affordable and design-forward Villa Royale , but families will love the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells , which includes two new dueling 30-foot waterslides and a 450-foot lazy river.

San Diego, California

Located on the Pacific coast and absolutely crammed with beaches, picture-perfect parks, and some of the best Mexican restaurants north of the border, it’s little wonder this city is popular with everyone from families, to retirees, to honeymooners. After a visit to the world-class San Diego Zoo , catch some zzz's at the eco-friendly Pearl Hotel in Point Loma, or the Pendry San Diego , which boasts five separate dining spaces.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

There is no passport necessary for this Caribbean getaway. While the whole island is full of beautiful beaches, intriguing tropical forests, and historical sites, the perfect base is the capital city of San Juan. There, you can not only explore the romantic streets of Old San Juan, but access the dreamy sands of Condado and Isla Verde beaches. Stay at the centrally located Condado Vanderbilt Hotel , a recently restored resort originally built in 1919. Holiday programming includes gingerbread cookie decorating for the kids, and how to make the island-favorite mojito cocktail for adults.

South County, Rhode Island

Newport may be the most well-known getaway in Rhode Island, but don’t sleep on the South County area. Enclaves like Watch Hill and Weekapaug offer tranquil ocean views, superb seafood (don’t miss the Rhode Island-favorite stuffies ), and plenty of water activities like boating and fishing. Book a stay at the family-friendly Weekapaug Inn or at The Break Hotel in Narragansett for a chic, beach house-vibe. And for a special holiday treat, visit Ocean House’s Fondue Village , which will transport you to Switzerland for an afternoon.

South Walton, Florida

Located on the state’s splendid Gulf Coast, South Walton is a peaceful and relatively under-the-radar locale that’s ideal for Thanksgiving getaways. The area’s 16 beach towns were all purposely built to be less dense than other Floridian beaches, plus 40 percent of the land here is preserved, making for over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. Spend your holiday at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa , which is perched directly on the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. Two pools, family suites with bunk beds, and an affordable rate will make for a (hopefully) stress-free Thanksgiving.

Traverse City, Michigan

The late fall is a wonderful time to visit this city “Up North” on the shores of Lake Michigan: There’s generally enough snow to ski or snowshoe, but it’s also temperate enough to explore the charming town. Visitors can also take advantage of a number of seasonal promotions , which offers discounted rates on hotels, as well as a savings on dining, wineries, and shopping. Spend the night at Tamarack Lodge , which has the feel of an old-school grand lodge and is located right on the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay.

Tucson, Arizona

Another sun-drenched city, Tucson has a whopping 350 days of sunshine a year, not to mention some of the best stargazing in the country and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. But, if nature isn’t your thing, Tucson was also named the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015, which basically means you can’t go wrong with any restaurant in town. There's no shortage of accommodations—rent an Airbnb or heck out newly-opened The Tuxon for your holiday getaway, a modern boutique hotel in the heart of the city.

Litchfield County, Connecticut

There are few places more beautiful in the fall than New England, and none may be as picturesque as this lush area of northwestern Connecticut. Located an easy driving distance from many East Coast cities, it’s famed for its rolling hills, charming towns, and loads of historical sites. Gilmore Girls fans also know it as the bucolic setting for the show, and the Mayflower Inn & Spa as the inspiration for The Independence Inn, where Lorelai worked in early seasons.

Williamsburg, Virginia

This historic pocket of Virginia between the York and James Rivers may be best known for Colonial Williamsburg , but there are plenty of other activities in the area if you’re not a Revolutionary War buff. Artisanal breweries and distilleries abound, the Williamsburg Premium Outlets are a perfect way to jumpstart holiday shopping, and scenic hikes like the Powhatan Creek Trail are peaceful this time of year. The Williamsburg Lodge, Autograph Collection is an ideal place to stay for Thanksgiving.

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Wow...that's a pretty wide open question without a lot of information to go on. Are you talking about a long weekend trip? Is is just you or is it a family with young kids, or a young couple, older couple? What sort of things do you like to do?

Do you like B&B's? You can get into the Christmas spirit early with a visit to Marshall and Jefferson. It's a charming place that time of year with their holiday lights. The lighting festival is the day before Thanksgiving. Kids love the outdoor ice skating rink and adults love the tours of holiday decorated Victorian homes. Everybody loves the lights. I'm not into antique shopping but many like to do that there. We just enjoyed the small town atmosphere and sipping hot chocolate in the old tourist information center.

http://www.holidaytrailoflights.com/marshall.html

Nearby Jefferson has a train ride and the "Enchanted Forest" you can read about on that website by clicking on the Jefferson link.

Caddo Lake is also in that area. You can take a tour during the day or, for something more adventurous, take a night tour and see some alligators. (I'm not sure about that weekend.)

http://www.caddolake.info/

You are right, we are open to options. I must say that we are 4 young families with kids. Cadoo lake might be a good option, or a lake where we could rent a house for that long weekend, where we could go fishing or canoeing. We also thought on going to the beach (Southpadre or something similar), but last year we spent the entire weekend in Southpadre inside the house due to bad weather and cold...

We are looking for anything quiet, with a great view, where we can rent a house and have some BBQ's, fishing, biking or similar..

Maybe there are some great lakes near houston where we could do some of these things without traveling too many miles... But I don't know these places..

thanksgiving trip ideas in texas

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/garner/

Lost Maples is near Garner

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lost_maples/

A visit to Bandera is not too far away for the kiddos.

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