Two for Thanksgiving: Destinations 2014

Thanksgiving is noted as one of the biggest travel days of the year – much of this travel is undoubtedly family traveling to visit family. However, some choose to vacation during the holiday and let someone else handle the turkey et al. The Victor crew found a couple places worth visiting during the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Ashville, North Carolina
Ashville has become a hip destination for both travelers and people looking to relocate some place laid back and little eccentric. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains Ashville has no shortage of natural beauty and nature activities—though the animals slow down and hiking requires a jacket and gloves around Thanksgiving. Though North Carolina’s climate is normally considered subtropic, the elevation leads to cooler temperatures.

In Ashville, the beautiful cobble stone Omni Grove Park Inn offers a fantastic Thanksgiving package that includes lodging in the luxurious rooms of the Inn as well as daily breakfast and either a Grand Buffet or banquet meal on Thanksgiving for dinner.

Guests are encouraged to try the newly opened Edison Craft Ales & Kitchen restaurant which will be featuring holiday specials. Additionally the National Gingerbread House Competition Display will be open for viewing.

Source: http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/articles/stress-free-thanksgiving-trips

Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore is a city rich with history and tradition and has plenty on the table to offer travelers year round; it might, however, make an interesting Thanksgiving destination. Bring your winter clothes, but don’t worry there will be plenty of great food and exciting activities to keep you warm.

For one, you’ll want to check out the German Christmas Village—which offers traditional German food as well as holiday crafts. Modeled after the famous Nuremberg Christkindlmarket. There is a lot to see, a lot to eat and traditional holiday music to listen to. More info here: http://www.baltimore-christmas.com/25-0-History.html

You’ll also want to check out the so-called “Miracle on 34th Street,” literally on 34th street in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. Here you will find two blocks of row houses done up in thousands of twinkle lights and other decorations. More information can be found here: http://www.christmasstreet.com/

Baltimore also offers plenty of historic and museum type activities, but be advised that they may have special holiday hours. Check ahead of time with an museums or guided tours!

While either of these destinations would make a fabulous out-of-town holiday for the family on Thanksgiving, many of us will enjoy a traditional family gathering at home – whatever our traditions

Jody Victor