Why not shake up the status quo and celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving this year on 27 November? From a romantic weekend away to a far-flung family adventure, here are some suggestions from DialAFlight of where to start a new Thanksgiving tradition:
Head to Boston and be entertained by costumed performers on the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the original Mayflower, then explore the town of Plimoth Plantation to learn how the early colonists lived in an 17th-century English village. Stay at the five-star central Fairmont Copley Plaza and enjoy the city’s annual three-day celebration of the history of Thanksgiving, complete with concerts and waterfront activities (22 to 24 November).
Try something a little different and enjoy sunshine and snorkelling in Jamaica over the Thanksgiving holiday. Climb to Negril Point Lighthouse, visit Mayfield Falls, or swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove. Stay at the romantic Couples Negril and enjoy a Thanksgiving party right on the beach complete with dancing, a bonfire, and a traditional turkey dinner as well as Caribbean-inspired dishes.
With tours, parades, events and fantastic dining, Washington DC is a great Thanksgiving destination. The official ceremony of the pardoning of a turkey by President Obama at Mount Vernon is a must-see for anyone coming to Washington DC over Thanksgiving weekend. Explore the museums and historic monuments before putting your feet up at the four-star Helix Hotel, a stone’s throw from The White House.
Experience a Thanksgiving holiday in San Francisco - take a ride on a trolley, visit the sea lions at Pier 39, or do some shopping and take in the views at Fisherman’s Wharf. Head downtown to the Moscone Center for the annual Auto Show, which opens on Thanksgiving Day. Then unwind and taste classic Thanksgiving fare at the stylish five-star Ritz Carlton hotel.
Before the pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock they spent eleven years in Holland. Enjoy the annual Thanksgiving Day service at the renowned Pieterskerk Church in Leiden and explore the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum to find out about the pilgrims that fled from England to Holland. Afterwards take the train to nearby Amsterdam for a Thanksgiving feast at one of the world-class restaurants.
NEW YORK CITY
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ushers in the holiday season with giant balloons, high-kicking Rockette dancers and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Beginning at West 77th St and Central Park West, don’t miss this spectacular event in the heart of New York. Book a room at the boutique W Times Square hotel with dazzling views of the surrounding skyscrapers and spend the Thanksgiving holiday in style.