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4 Hotels Perfect for Celebrating Thanksgiving

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | November 18, 2015

4 Hotels Perfect for Celebrating Thanksgiving

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If you're traveling this Thanksgiving, you're not alone. But being away from home doesn't have to mean a lackluster holiday. Here are four hotels perfect for travelers looking to celebrate Turkey Day somewhere new this year.

JW Marriott Essex House New York

Where: New York

Key Amenities: Full service spa, fitness center and shoeshine stand

Situated along Central Park South, New York's JW Marriott Essex House property is the ideal location for anyone hoping to get a front row seat to the Big Apple's iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Here, guests will be able to view the parade from their rooms. A special parade package is even offered for guests looking to enjoy the parade in private with a bottle of champagne. But if that's not enough, the hotel also offers parade viewing parties on its second floor. The event space there features tremendous views of the parade route on the street below.

After the parade, guests can continue the celebration with a Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the hotel's SOUTHGATE bar and restaurant. Prices for the event start at $125 per adult (includes a welcome cocktail) and $60 per kid. 

San Deigo Marriott Del Mar

Where: San Diego

Key Amenities: Fitness center, outdoor pool and 24-hour room service

Anyone lacking Thanksgiving Day plans is welcome at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar.

Like the JW Marriott Essex House New York, the hotel's Arterra restaurant will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet this holiday.

Guests can make reservations for the Nov. 26 event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The buffet will include Thanksgiving must-haves and favorites like turkey, honey-baked ham, sweet potatoes and homemade pie. The buffet is available for the entire family and costs $49 for adults and $15 for children aged four to 11.

In addition to the Thanksgiving buffet, the hotel is offering an "Our Holiday Gift to You" package this holiday season. Guests making reservations by Dec. 30 for a minimum two-night weekend stay (Thursday through Sunday) by Jan. 18, 2016, will recieve deluxe accommodations as well as a $25 hotel credit. 

The credit can be exchanged for dining, movies and other amenities.

Meadowood Napa Valley

Where: St. Helena, California

Key Amenities: Spa and sports (tennis, golf, croquet, hiking, etc.)

California's four-star Meadowood Napa Valley luxury resort is an ideal getaway for travelers on the West Coast this Thanksgiving.

The resort offers a seasonal "Great Thanksgiving Escape" package that includes Thanksgiving dinner and breakfast for two, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, a $150 spa credit and unlimited tennis, golf and croquet.

A minimum three-night stay is required but you'll want to stay longer. The package starts at $2,175 per couple.

It's worth noting that Meadowood Napa Valley was recently recognized by Travel + Leisure, earning one of the travel magazine's World’s Best Awards for 2015.

The Jefferson

Where: Washington, D.C.

Key Amenities: Private art and historic document collection, spa and car services 

Travelers passing through the nation's capital this Thanksgiving can celebrate in delicious fashion at the Jefferson Hotel's signature restaurant, Plume.

This fall, the hotel's five-star restaurant is offering a three course meal prepared by executive chef Ralf Schlegel on Thanksgiving Day. Dishes will include an organic turkey, apple chestnut bread stuffing and maple gravy, among others.

Seating times for the meals will run from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The three course offering is available for $102 for adults and $48 for children aged 12 and under.

After you've had your fill, head back to your room or suite to spend Thanksgiving night with the family, enjoying luxury amenities and views of downtown Washington, D.C.

Keep in mind that this hotel underwent an extensive top-to-bottom renovation as recently as 2009. The efforts included upgraded rooms, two new specialty suites and the uncovering of the 1923 skylight in the hotel's lobby.

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