Stress-Free Thanksgiving Getaways (with Turkey!)

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Nov 9, 2017 | Updated: Nov 5, 2019

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and with this family-focused holiday comes a lot of extra responsibilities, from the panic of cooking for more than a dozen people to the seemingly never-ending cleaning to make the house presentable. This year, consider skipping the stress of prepping for Thanksgiving and instead using the long break as a relaxing getaway. Whether you are dreaming of a romantic vacation for two or a full family feast without any of the cooking and cleaning, there is a Virginia Thanksgiving getaway for you!


Cooper’s Landing Inn Decadent Thanksgiving Feast—Clarksville

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Reserve seats for the Thanksgiving Feast at Cooper’s Landing Inn, or book their special Thanksgiving package for the complete holiday getaway. This seasonal special includes two nights stay at the inn with homemade pumpkin bread and warm apple cider upon arrival, a complimentary bottle of chilled wine in your room, breakfast both mornings, and the four-course Thanksgiving meal for two. The Thanksgiving dinner is only $20 for kids and $45 for adults, while the full Thanksgiving package starts at $440.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Belle Grove Plantation—King George

Eat your Thanksgiving dinner at Belle Grove Plantation, a historic plantation home that dates to 1790. The bed and breakfast decorates for the occasion with tasteful table settings and elegant Thanksgiving touches, and the menu includes all your favorite holiday dishes like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, French green beans, sweet potato soufflé, and several pies for dessert. Tickets for the event are $60 per person and must be purchased before November 11th. While the website does not allow for booking online for a Thanksgiving getaway, rooms may still be available to book for a complete stay; call to check availability.

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Traditional Founders Thanksgiving Buffet at the Founders Inn & Spa—Virginia Beach

Virginia’s mountains may be a favorite destination for many during the fall and winter, but the beach offers its own charms during the off-season. Experience the charms of the Virginia coast this Thanksgiving with a trip to Founders Inn & Spa in Virginia Beach. Their award-winning culinary team designs a delicious menu featuring traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, and Smithfield Ham. Reservations are required for the meal, which runs $49.95 per adult, $24.95 for children five to twelve, and is free for children four and under. Bring the entire family, including your four-legged friends, for an overnight stay as the inn is pet-friendly and even has a fenced dog park on-site. For a truly relaxing Thanksgiving getaway, book a few services in the inn’s luxurious spa.

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Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia at Jamestown Settlement—Williamsburg

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Savor the Thanksgiving holiday at Yorktown’s “Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia”, a special event that explores centuries-old cooking and preservation methods. Held at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum, this food-focused event runs from November 28th – 30th. You’ll learn how food was gathered, preserved, and prepared by both the Indigenous peoples and the early English Colonists at the Jamestown Settlement, then head to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to discover how Revolutionary War soldiers and civilians prepared their food from the rations supplied by the farms around Virginia.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Berry Hill Resort—South Boston

Hosted annually in the ballroom of the sensational Berry Hill Resort, Thanksgiving Dinner features all of the usual Thanksgiving favorites such as Butternut Squash Soup, Honey Glazed Ham, Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Bourbon Pecan Pie and more with a few tasty twists by Berry Hill’s Chef Mitchell. Three seating times are available but the event sells out every year. Be sure to book your reservations early!

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Homestyle Thanksgiving Day Lunch at Natural Bridge Historic Hotel—Natural Bridge

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Pack up the family and head to the Natural Bridge Historic Hotel for a Homestyle Thanksgiving Day Lunch. The seasonal menu includes an array of both seasonal favorites and unique Virginia dishes, like a Brandy Sugar Pumpkin Bisque with Baby Shrimp, Southern Fried Tom Turkey, Cornbread and Oyster Stuffed Trout Fillet, and Cinnamon Apple Cake. Reservations are required for this event, which costs $29.95 for adults, $14 for children under twelve, and free for children younger than five.

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