Now that fall has finally arrived, it’s time to start looking ahead and make plans for your Thanksgiving holiday weekend. And with all the stress and busyness the annual get-together can often bring with it, why not change things up this year and plan a relaxing getaway for you and your loved ones? Leave the grocery store lines, the long hours in the kitchen and the endless clean-up for everyone else, while you enjoy one of these amazing Thanksgiving weekend getaways in Virginia.
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Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen (Prices & Photos)
For the perfect, rustic mountain Thanksgiving, check out Wintergreen Resort in the town by the same name. This small town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains primarily revolves around the year-round resort, which offers everything from skiing and ice skating to mountain biking and golfing. Here, you can enjoy beautiful mountain views while you relax in your guest room or condo and then when it’s time to eat, choose from a full Thanksgiving meal at one of the resort’s on-site restaurants or choose to have it delivered right to your room instead!
Shenandoah National Park, Luray (Nearby Hotels)
Another great way to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia over Thanksgiving weekend is to visit the Shenandoah National Park, particularly in the area of Luray. Although there are plenty of things to do here including going for a hike, exploring the Luray Caverns and taking a scenic drive along Skyline Drive, the real trip is Skyland Resort’s annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. This iconic restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over Skyline Drive and the buffet offers everything you could possibly want in a holiday meal and more – including cheeses, soups, salads, turkey, pork loin, fish, ham, lots of delicious side dishes and a selection of desserts like pumpkin pie, carrot cake and bread pudding.
Charles City (Nearby Hotels)
For a historically authentic Thanksgiving weekend, make a visit to the town of Charles City where you can celebrate the first Thanksgiving in the New World at Berkeley Plantation. Although the celebrations begin here weeks before the actual holiday, you can still catch plenty of the festivities over Thanksgiving weekend including tours of the plantation house, live music, traditional arts and crafts, Native American dances and of course, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
Colonial Virginia at Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg (Nearby Hotels)
History buffs may also want to check out the Food & Feasts of Colonial Virginia event, held at the Jamestown Settlement in Colonial Williamsburg. This three-day event begins on Thanksgiving Day and continues all weekend, with live demonstrations of historic cooking and preservation methods. First, costumed living history interpreters will show you how both colonists and Native Americans gathered and prepared their food. And then, you can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe.
Natural Bridge Historic Hotel, Natural Bridge (Nearby Hotels)
Back in the mountains of Virginia, the town of Natural Bridge also offers a unique way to celebrate the holiday. First, you and your family can explore the famous phenomenon of the Natural Bridge – a 215-foot high natural arch, which dates all the way back to the 1700’s and is a Virginia and national landmark. Then, head over to the nearby Natural Bridge Hotel, where you can enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Lunch that includes both traditional favorites and unique local dishes like pumpkin bisque, Southern fried turkey and cornbread stuffed trout.
Tysons Corner (Nearby Hotels)
For a slightly more modern and fast-paced holiday weekend, head off to the busy Virginia city of Tysons Corner, located right outside of Washington, D.C. Here, you can spend the weekend exploring the many shops, restaurants and attractions in the area, including the massive Tysons Corner Center. Enjoy a fresh and delicious Thanksgiving meal at the Founding Farmers restaurant and then on Saturday, hit the Thanksgiving Craft Beer and Wine Festival, held at Tysons Biergarten. There will be more than 50 beers and wines to choose from, as well as live music, food, contests, yard games and more.