Chic Travel Ideas for a Nontraditional Thanksgiving in Coveteur

by Nicole Kliest

Perhaps more than any other holiday, the theme of “returning home” is most closely linked with Thanksgiving. It’s a time of year when relatives near and far gather around the dinner table for a traditional turkey feast (sometimes while avoiding tense political conversations or Aunt Joan’s green bean casserole). But if we’ve learned anything over the last couple of years, the holidays aren’t always—and sometimes can’t be—as they once were. If you’re itching for a change of pace this time of year and aren’t planning to make the trek home, consider the nontraditional approach.

While Friendsgiving is a great place to start for those staying local, an actual vacation to a city (or country) you don’t live in will make your Thanksgiving memorable, exciting, and festive. Whether you’re feeling a tropical climate to escape November’s unforgiving temps or want to cozy up in the woods, the 14 ideas below will send some seasonal wanderlust your way.

The Great Western Catskills, New York

The western Catskills has long served as a respite for those yearning for a bit of natural splendor, making this region a strong pick for a stress-reducing holiday. Kick off the trip by checking in at Bull & Garland located in the village of Hobart. You can stay in one of the five relaxing rooms and enjoy close proximity to the property’s restaurant serving a menu of updated pub classics focusing on seasonal produce and locally sourced meats. Throughout the weekend, enjoy activities like hiking, vintage shopping, and stopping in at local cafés and restaurants for bites and sips (the newly opened Bovina Farm and Fermentory is worth checking out as is Hollow, a minimalist bar pouring organic wine).

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