Thanksgiving 2017 Weekend Getaways and Deals

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    Where to Go for the Long Holiday Weekend

    As one of the longest weekends in the fall school calendar, Thanksgiving break offers a stellar opportunity for families to snag a break for four or five days. Here are fantastic places where you can get away and still have turkey and all the trimmings. 

    Click through for suggestions from coast to coast.

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    Consider the Top 10 Thanksgiving Destinations

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    Looking for Thanksgiving getaway ideas? Consider the 10 destinations that are the most sought-after by vacation home renters on HomeAway.com for Thanksgiving weekend. Surprisingly, a whopping nine out of 10 are mountain towns and only one is in the US West.

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    Celebrate Thanksgiving in a Big City

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    Celebrate Thanksgiving on a Disney Vacation

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    If you're going to spend Thanksgiving at Disney World and want to enjoy a traditional feast with all the fixings, you've got oodles of options. You'll find Thanksgiving spreads at the restaurants of many Disney resorts, inside the theme parks, and also at Downtown Disney.

    Very Merrytime Cruises take place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships starting in late November. Thanksgiving sailings range in length from three to seven nights with itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas, including to Castaway Cay, Disney's private island.

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    Party Like a Pilgrim in Plymouth

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    Celebrate Thanksgiving where the first historic gathering happened, in Plymouth, about 45 minute drive south of Boston. Anytime of year, you can explore Plimoth Plantation and explore the Mayflower II, but November is special thanks to an annual extended Thanksgiving celebration that brings history to life.

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    Kick Off Ski Season

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    For many snow-loving families, Thanksgiving means the start of ski season. One mountain that opens by Thanksgiving is Keystone Resort in Colorado, where kids ski free all season long.

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    Escape to Sunny Florida

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    Are you already ready to escape cooler temperatures? Take the family to a resort in the sun that celebrates Thanksgiving weekend in style.

    South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida
    Spanning two and a half miles of pristine white-sand beaches framing the Gulf of Mexico, South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island hosts its annual Thanksgiving weekend featuring a traditional holiday buffet with local island fare and special events, including a dolphin appreciation event, “Turkey Trot” beach walk, ocean view “Turkey Bowl” challenge at the resort’s King’s Crown Lawn, and a Thanksgiving buffet. 

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    Watercolor Inn & Resort: Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
    Do you prefer the privacy of a vacation rental but love the services of a hotel? On the panhandle, bike-friendly Watercolor Inn & Resort offers the best of both worlds. For families looking for a no-fuss Thanksgiving, WaterColor Inn & Resort’s Gathering Spot restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving...MORE take-away dinner that is exclusive to guests staying in the resort's vacation rentals. The fully loaded meal makes it even easier to celebrate Turkey Day outside instead of cooking all day inside.

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    Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort, Singer Island, Florida
    Newly renovated suites providing all of the comforts of home, holiday feasts featuring new twists on traditional favorites, and a sunny spot on the resort’s private, palm-fringed white sand beach make for the perfect excuse to get away this Thanksgiving. What you won't do is slave over preparing a meal in a kitchen this year, thanks to both a Thanksgiving breakfast buffet and a Thanksgiving dinner feast.

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    Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Florida
    The iconic pink Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in South Florida, offers themed Thanksgiving dinner offerings, an annual holiday tree-lighting event, and the chance to try the resort’s Flowrider surfing simulator. The Boca Raton Resort is offering both buffet and a la carte Thanksgiving dinner options including stone crabs and jumbo shrimp at the oceanfront Boca Beach Club, and a New Traditions Thanksgiving buffet at the blue, located 27 floors high in the resort’s pink tower. 

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    Casa Marina, Key West, Florida
    Nestled on the largest private beach on Key West, Casa Marina plays host to six world-renowned sand sculptors this Thanksgiving weekend in the inaugural International Sand Art Competition. In addition to the annual Thanksgiving buffet, the weekend features a special “Wild Game” culinary presentation with a four-course tasting meal. From beaches to water sports, families can spend the day kayaking, parasailing, scuba diving, lounging by two oceanfront pools, and exploring America’s only living barrier reef. 

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    Spend Thanksgiving at a Rocky Mountain Icon

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    Give thanks in the Rocky Mountains at The Broadmoor, a historic and oh-so-grand property that really delivers for families. The Thanksgiving package starts at $145 per person, per night—which is a 25-percent discount on suites—plus a discount on tickets to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The weekend also promises a traditional Thanksgiving buffet and holiday movies in the resort's movie theater, along with dozens of other resort activities.

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    Keep it Active and Affordable at the YMCA

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    Active families will find plenty to be thankful for at beautiful Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside Winter Park, Colorado. This affordable YMCA of the Rockies family property always offers a slew of ways to have outdoorsy fun, from hiking, rafting, and mountain biking to zip lining and horseback riding.

    Thanksgiving weekend brings an extra layer of special activities for all ages, from movie nights including “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” a traditional Thanksgiving Day feast, and an impressive roster of holiday-themed activities including a Turkey Trot, game of Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, turkey calling competition, tug of war, and pin the tail on the turkey.

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    Go on a Thanksgiving Safari in a Wildlife Preserve

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    Looking for a Thanksgiving getaway that's exotic yet close to home? Consider heading to Safari West, a wildlife preserve in northern California known as the "Sonoma Serengeti." On Thanksgiving, you can dine on a sumptuous feast served with a touch of Africa, set among the giraffes, playful lemurs, graceful cheetahs, and lumbering rhinos.

    Spend the night in luxury tents that have been imported from Africa and built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks. These digs feature plush beds, hot showers and rustic but elegant trappings such as polished wood floors, gleaming copper sinks and one-of-a kind hand hewn furniture. Seasonal rates range from $200 to $315 a night for two people, with each additional guest costing $25 more. A continental breakfast is included.

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    Bask in the Glow of the North Carolina Coast

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    A Thanksgiving tradition in coastal North Carolina for more than 30 years, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla offers a full weekend of family fun in Wilmington Beach, culminating on Saturday evening with a maritime parade featuring illuminated holiday-themed power yacht and sailboat floats.

    On Thanksgiving Day, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort hosts a gala and Thanksgiving Day feast, while Cape Fear Naturalist Captain Joe Abbate offers sunset cruises for the family. On Friday, Santa Claus arrives for the annual tree-lighting ceremony at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall Park. 

    On Saturday, the Festival in the Park attracts families with bouncy houses, slides, climbing walls, the Arab Choo Choo, live blue-grass music, an antique auto show, and, an estimated 100 booths featuring local merchants and arts and crafts vendors. Children can decorate and submit entries in the flotilla boat-coloring contest.

    The flotilla gets underway on Saturday evening at 6pm, weaving a four-mile route through Motts...MORE Channel, Banks Channel, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Immediately following the flotilla, a 4,000-round fireworks display illuminates the night sky, showering the waterway with sound and color. 

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    Save Money By Traveling During Dead Week

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    In the travel biz, dead week refers to the window immediately after a peak period. During a major holiday, airfares and hotel prices are at their highest. But right afterward, popular destinations and resorts empty out and prices plummet. That's why you can land a dead week getaway for a fraction of what it would cost just weeks earlier or later.