Nov. 14, 2013 -- Who wants to slave over a hot stove, when one can book Thanksgiving at a hotel and let the in-house chef do all of the heavy lifting? Luxury properties across the country--and even abroad--are offering up lavish feasts for Turkey Day. Here are a few of the most over-the-top options.
Send it to the Room, Please!
At the Gramercy Park Hotel, guests can give thanks in the privacy of their one-of-a-kind guest room. Chef de Cuisine Jean Paul Bourgeois has created a Southern Home Style Thanksgiving in-room meal for the holiday that includes an herb-rubbed roasted turkey, honey-roasted carrots, and cornbread dressing paired with two seasonal craft brews.
"The menu was inspired by memories of years of family gatherings for the holidays," said chef de cuisine, Jean-Paul Bourgeois. "I wanted to bring that sense of warmth and belonging using the in-room dining experience."
The one-night package is available Nov. 24-28, 2013. Rates begin at $450 per night and include Thanksgiving dinner.
Across the country at Hotel Madeline Telluride, a luxury ski-in/ski-out property set in the heart of Telluride, Colo., the REV Thanksgiving Dinner 2013 also provides guests and locals with the option of dining in their suite, condo or their own home for a private celebration.
The farm-to-table Thanksgiving Day menu features choices such as roasted parsnip and caramelized apple soup, autumn cornbread panzanella salad, and an entrée composed of traditional roasted turkey with all the fixings plus desserts. The cost is $55 per person on top of the $171 a night.
Send it to the House, Please!
Staying home in Los Angeles but still don't feel like cooking? Lucky for you, the Beverly Hills Hotel, will offer a special Thanksgiving holiday-to-go service. Available for delivery within a five-mile radius of its address on Sunset Boulevard, the menu includes classic dishes, such as a 20-pound roasted free-range organic turkey, whipped yukon gold potato purée, and a classic pumpkin pie with chantilly cream. The dinner serves six to eight people and costs $550 plus an $85 delivery fee.
Last-minute Larries, take note: Orders will only be accepted up to 24 hours in advance.
Thanksgiving the European way
Celebrating Thanksgiving in a foreign country is anything but traditional, though it could be delicious. At iconic London hotel The Dorchester, American guests can indulge in a Thanksgiving lunch and dinner menu that combines classic favorites with an English twist, such as roast turkey with quince and orange stuffing, baked squash, sweet potatoes, and chipolatas wrapped in bacon with cranberry sauce. Pumpkin and pecan pie, eggnog ice cream and roasted marshmallow sauce will satisfy sweet tooths. Thanksgiving lunch and dinner rates are approximately $138 including wines and $48 per child between the ages of 5 and 11.
When in Rome, pay a visit to Michelin star-winning chef Fabio Ciervo's La Terrazza dell'Eden at Hotel Eden. There, a classic Thanksgiving feast awaits featuring roasted turkey breast "aromatized with mixed herbs and filled with wild mushrooms, a caramelized pumpkin terrine and a special sauce flavored with Bas Armagnac," said hotel representatives. And it comes with a view overlooking the city, to boot. Available only on Nov. 28, 2013., room rates begin at approximately $315 per night.
The Neverending Thanksgiving
If you feel like you can't get enough of Thanksgiving, perhaps a weekend getaway is in order. At the 104-year old Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, N.Y., a Thanksgiving family weekend package combines a memorable feast with an an array of complimentary activities. The package includes accommodations, two dinners and two breakfasts per guest, a breakfast-with-Santa event, holiday cooking and cocktail demonstrations, holiday cookie decorating, live music, classic movie screenings and a special Black Friday sale in the resort shops. The offer is available from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec.1, with rates starting at $615 for double occupancy.
Meanwhile, leave it to the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., to combine Thanksgiving with craft classes, bingo and wine tastings, among other activities. The fun begins on Wednesday, Nov. 27, when an "annual tree lighting ceremony in the Great Hall takes place followed by a visit from Santa," said a hotel spokesperson. Then, Thanksgiving day guests can indulge in a brunch or dinner buffet in the Grand Ballroom, which sidelines turkey in favor of a brown sugar and honey glazed Virginia ham, with candied sweet potatoes,and warmed Homestead donut bread pudding. To top things off, take advantage of the magic shows, fly fishing, horseback riding and mini golf available. Rates begin at $352 per night.