8 Easy Thanksgiving Getaways (All Right Outside Of NYC)

For most of us, Thanksgiving is eagerly anticipated family time—an all-too-brief moment to gather 'round a cooked bird, some cranberry sauce, and a boatload of mashed potatoes. For others, home may be too far, that turkey may not be vegan enough, or the settlers of Plymouth Rock may seem more like villains than heroes. Whatever the case may be, we've got some easy escapes to make your extra two-and-half days off a little less annoying cousins and a little more om. With that in mind, we turned to Juliet Kinsman, editor-in-chief of expert travel service Mr & Mrs Smith, to outline eight Turkey Day itineraries—all five hours away or less—for those looking for a day of thanks that’s not so traditional, but still nothing short of special. Her options range from a Berkshires mansion fit for American royalty to a romantic Hamptons hideaway straight out of Revenge. Really, with options like these, who's to say the pilgrims wouldn't have ditched the cranberry sauce, too?
Check out NYC's best Thanksgiving getaways (without the airport mess!).
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Winvian , Litchfield Hills, CT
Idiosyncratic rural retreat amid wild woodland and perfect pastures

Eat: The Winvian Restaurant serves up delicious Italian- and French-inspired cuisine against a traditional fine-dining backdrop of white tablecloths and fresh flowers. Chef Chris Eddy learnt his trade under Alain Ducasse.

Sleep: Cottages from $1,250 in this wonderfully off-the-wall, 113-acre boutique resort in Connecticut. And there’s not a hint of tweeness in sight. The 18 self-contained cottages surround the antique-filled, colonial-style farmhouse all have their own individual design scheme – from fairytale woodland to whimsical helicopter interior.

Be merry: Sneak off to the spa for some pampering and prettifying in one of six roomy treatment rooms. While your pals are between bickering in-laws or regretting eating too much at grandma’s you could be enjoying an anti-stress stone therapy treatment or an age-busting REN Facial.

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Forty 1° North Newport, RI

Cosmopolitan clapboard cottages on a modish marina

Eat: The grown-up Grill has a raw bar, thick steaks and a buzzy lounge. Take a secluded table in the dining room or sample inventive small plates and cool cocktails in Christie’s deco dining room. Dockside is the place to be, with the marina stretching out before you. If it’s balmy enough sit outside, or grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows: it may not be breezy, but you still have the views.

Sleep: Stylish suites from $342 come in muted hues and are kitted out with wicker headboards, oversize chairs and vast windows overlooking Newport Harbor in Rhode Island. Steering clear of kitsch, Forty 1° North lets the mega-yachts docked in its private marina remind you you're on the water's edge.

Be merry: Sip a spicy red in the sea air or in the Pavilion Bar, sip a Starry Night – a vodka infused with ginger syrups and flecks of vanilla bean – as you gaze out over the shimmering harbour. A DJ spins on weekends, when the bar is most happening.

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Wheatleigh Berkshires, MA

Refined Florentine palazzo bucolic Berkshires hilltop

Eat: Lavishly decorated with antique mirrors, crystal-dripping candelabra and a marble fireplace, the Dining Room offers chef Jeffrey Thompson’s contemporary take on classic French dishes: sign us up for hot Maine Lobster, organic Pennsylvania turkey and warm pumpkin tart, please. Or maybe cider doughnuts with apple, chestnut and buttermilk ice-cream…

Sleep: Rooms in this late-19th century mansion are from $715. Perched on a grand, green knoll in Massachusetts’ beautiful Berkshire Hills, Wheatleigh blends the ornate grandeur of a 16th-century Florentine palazzo with every modern comfort you’d expect amid lush landscaped grounds.

Be merry: The hotel’s location in the Berkshire hills means that rural diversions such as golf, horse riding, biking, fishing, hot-air ballooning and, in winter, skiing can all be arranged via the Wheatleigh’s concierge. If you feel like toasting the occasion, head to the Library for a full bar service – although you can enjoy a drink anywhere in the hotel.

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Ames Hotel, Boston MA

Restyled Romanesque retreat in the towering Financial District

Eat: Plot up at one of the Windsor chairs in the hotel’s restaurant Woodward and enjoy New England comfort food with French and Mediterranean zing in this modern tavern. For a more intimate meal in this high-gloss hotspot on Boston’s hipster scene, book a table upstairs.

Sleep: Double rooms from $195. It may be a former company HQ but this 13-storey, 19th-century building with ravishing Romanesque windows, high ceilings, stripped oak floors, and understated colour palettes of greys and purples should ensure work is the last thing on your mind.

Be merry: Two bars form part of the restaurant, with an upmarket sports-style bar downstairs and a sleeker cocktail bar upstairs. A DJ at weekends helps get the party started.

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1770 House, Hamptons NY

Clapboard colonial villa in by-the-beach Hamptons village

Eat: Chef Kevin Penner serves refined Modern American cuisine in a candlelit 12-table dining room with resplendent oriental rugs, rattan chairs and floral seat cushions. As pleasant as Thanksgiving at your auntie’s, but with a chef-inspired menu featuring dishes such as roasted Iowa pork loin and pan-fried diver scallops, and ingredients that are seasonal and local wherever possible. Take it onto the terrace and dine around the fountain on starlit summer nights. Ask for table 10 for whisper-in-the-corner romance; table six to overlook the twinkling garden lights; table seven to seat a crowd in the bay window.

Sleep: Rooms from $395 decked out in antique furnishings , primly pastel wallpaper, swags and valances. Wifi, iPod docks and flatscreen TVs keep its homey nostalgia in check.

Be merry: Historic speakeasy, the Tavern is a small, dimly lit bar in the basement with bench seating, stained glass windows and exposed brickwork. Here, you can dine informally on burgers, oysters, clams and the like. A cosier spot for a glass of cabernet is the library in the main house, which has fireside sofas.

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Bungalow Hotel, New Jersey Shore, NJ

Surfer’s paradise steps from the seafront

Eat: There is no restaurant, but as the hotel is part of Pier Village there are cafés and restaurants galore on your doorstep; Avenue is two minutes’ walk away where a three-course prix-fixe turkey dinner with all the stuffing and cranberry trims.

Sleep: Rooms start at $417 in this pier-perched and art-filled bunk-ups created by interior-designer owners who you may know from the TV show ‘Home by Novogratz’. With its fresh East Coast vibe, it sure shows. It’s a wave-rider’s paradise, as shown by the room names (Aloha, Hang Loose, Lil’ Pipeline and the like), and quirky artworks abound: a huge Queen Elizabeth stamp, ‘Vive La France’ flag and a denim Stars and Stripes.

Be merry: Bungalow Bar, with its mix of driftwood photo frames and Philippe Starck cowhide furniture, is an inviting place to perch with a cocktail or two. The bar is open from 4pm until midnight with a soothing soundtrack of lounge music. Enjoy a drink in the outdoor lounge area beside a beautiful glass-fronted garage-style door.

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The Inn at Perry Cabin, Chesapeake Bay, MD
Refined riverside retreat in maritime Maryland

Eat: In this bayside boutique hotel and spa, Sherwood’s Landing is the refined-but-relaxed riverfront dining room, with a neutral palette, old-school linen-dressed tables and garden views framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. Here, the roaring fireplace makes the surrounding tables romantic hotspots for four-course meals laced with seasonal autumnal ingredients such as pumpkin and organic turkey. Or order fried duck drumsticks and crab, spinach and artichoke dip in the snug, laid-back Pursers Pub.

Sleep: Rooms in this clapboard colonial darling in storied St Michaels start from $392 and decorated with fresh, gently nautical modern interiors and smatterings of antiquity.

Be merry: Choose your favourite poison from the wall of spirits or celebrate with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever cocktail: herb-infused vodka, orange juice and grenadine. For a more genteel tipple, between 3pm and 5pm each day, a trad English afternoon tea is on offer in the drawing room. The gardens – 200 years old and containing Maryland's oldest holly tree – are a vision of leafy loveliness and the inn’s Linden Spa alone is a reason to visit.

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St. Regis, Washington DC

Old-world wow right by the White House

Eat: Where better to toast America’s forefathers than with a slap-up Michelin-approved meal a skip from the President's office. In Adour, megachef Alain Ducasse pairs seasonal French and American cuisine with an impeccable wine list, in a smart environment of black, white and silver tones. Snaffle a window seat for lobster- and foie gras-enhanced dishes or a fine dining take on roasted Amish golden turkey watch Washingtonian life walk by, or, if there’s a few of you, ask for the semi-private dining room at the back of the restaurant.

Sleep: Neighbour to the White House, rooms from $365 abound with vintage glamour and old-world grandeur. Built in 1926, this hotel has been brought bang up to date with a multi-million dollar refurb, a Claridge’s-inspired lobby makeover all a stroll from the attractions of the US capital.

Be merry: The hotel’s famous Bloody Marys are poured until well past midnight. Cosy up in a clubby wood-panelled corner of Ardour: it’s the kind of place you can just imagine sharp-suited politicos exchanging secret information.

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