8 Stress-Free Thanksgiving Getaways (with Turkey!)


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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Thanksgiving on the Mountain at Wintergreen Resort—Wintergreen

Thanksgiving at Wintergreen resort

Plan a stay at Wintergreen Resort over Thanksgiving for a customizable getaway filled with endless activities. Bring the entire family to stay in one of the resort condos where you can get an entire turkey delivered, as well as all the seasonal sides and desserts you could possibly want. Looking for a smaller, more romantic retreat? Book a room at the Mountain Inn and eat dinner at one of the resort’s on-site restaurants, which will be serving up classic Thanksgiving dishes all day long. Then, spend Black Friday shopping the Wintergreen Ski Swap, where you can get new and used equipment at a fraction of the price while also supporting a good cause; 20% of the proceeds go to supporting the Wintergreen Ski Patrol. Additionally, there are several other events happening at the resort over the course of the weekend, from a Thanksgiving 5K to the annual Wintergreen Grand Illumination.

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Thanksgiving Buffet & Stay at Graves Mountain Lodge—Syria

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Stay Wednesday evening at Graves Mountain Lodge and wake up to a wonderful (and effortless!) Thanksgiving meal. The buffet runs most of the day and features delicious seasonal favorites like roast turkey, country ham, fried oysters, and so much more. While the meal is included with an overnight stay, you can also purchase tickets for just the meal at $40 for adults and half price for kids. Schedule horseback rides with the lodge to see the beauty of Graves Mountain and the valley of Syria, or explore on your own with a hike through the mountain trails. Want even more outdoor adventure? Skyline Drive is just 30 minutes away, and the famous Luray Caverns are also within a short drive.

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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 starts on Thanksgiving Day and runs to November 25th. 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 Craft Beer & Wine Festival—Tysons

It may not be on Thanksgiving day, but fans of Virginia’s adult beverages will love the Thanksgiving Craft Beer & Wine Festival in Northern Virginia, held on Saturday, November 25th from 1pm-6pm at the Tysons’ Biergarten. This pet-friendly event brings together a wide array of breweries and wineries, featuring over 50 Virginia craft beers and wines for you to sample, as well as live music performances, seasonal foods, contests, games for the kids, and giveaways.

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

The Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center

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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