Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving: Six Magical Places to Celebrate
Thanksgiving Lunch or Dinner at Timberlake’s Restaurant, Chetola Resort / Blowing Rock
Thanksgiving at Blowing Rock’s Chetola Resort is special indeed, served either buffet-style or as a four-course plated meal and featuring such specialty items as grilled salmon with roasted red pepper beurre blanc, roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney, and – of course – roast turkey breast. After dinner, take a stroll around the resort’s picturesque 87-acre grounds; quaint Blowing Rock is also within walking distance. Over the holiday weekend, Santa visits the famed hotel and festive horse and carriage rides are offered around the scenic lake.
Thanksgiving Brunch at Carolina Inn / Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill’s historic Carolina Inn offers a family-oriented Thanksgiving brunch featuring locally sourced ingredients and a menu highlighted by progressive American dishes. Guests will enjoy smoked salmon and crab claws, couscous and kale salads, prime rib and roast turkey breast, and a full selection of sweets (butterscotch panna cotta, pumpkin cheesecake, sweet potato casserole bread pudding), “minis” (apple cider macarons, caramel truffles, tiramisu cannoli) and traditional “holiday bounty” (green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, spiced carrot soup).
The Pine Crest Inn’s Thanksgiving Dinner, Pinehurst
Pinecrest’s homey Pine Crest Inn welcomes Thanksgiving guests into a world of understated charm, southern elegance and holiday warmth. Built over a century ago, the Inn has always been a favorite of golfers and visitors alike to North Carolina’s famous “home of golf.” Thanksgiving Dinner features glazed ham, prime rib, roast turkey and Atlantic salmon followed by all our favorite sides (cornbread dressing, roasted brussels sprouts and green bean casserole) as well as white chocolate cheesecake and a smorgasbord of pies. A special “Pilgrim Express” takeout menu is also available!
Thanksgiving at The Fearrington House Restaurant, Fearrington Village / Pittsboro
The Fearrington House Restaurant at the English-inspired Fearrington Village offers a gourmet Thanksgiving meal that is fitting for one of the Triangle’s most elegant dining venues – four full courses featuring crispy smoked ricotta with medjool dates; seared beef strip loin with parsnip or smoked ocean trout; roasted turkey with cranberry and orange sauce and brussels sprouts with bacon jam; and chocolate souffle or maple & chestnut tart. Thanksgiving bounty, indeed.
Thanksgiving at Old Edwards Inn & Spa / Highlands
Highlands’ Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Old Edwards Inn & Spa offers a variety of packages and activities for the holiday weekend, including local Christmas tree cutting and a very special Thanksgiving Dinner at Madison’s Restaurant. There’s something for everyone on this menu featuring a first course of truffle-stuffed, bacon-wrapped quail or roasted pear and butternut tart; second course of beef short ribs, seared scallops, and oven-roasted turkey breast; and desserts including spiced pavlova, chai crème brûlée or dark chocolate torte. After the meal, enjoy bocce ball on the front lawn, Christmas movies by the fire, and complimentary elf tuck-ins for your smallest children, for those lucky enough to be spending the night or holiday weekend at this beautiful mountain inn.
Thanksgiving at Sanderling Resort, Duck, Outer Banks
The Outer Banks’ luxurious, recently renovated Sanderling Resort offers a holiday menu at the Lifesaving Station Restaurant complete with baked Carolina crab seafood dip, filet of beef, fried oysters, slow roasted free-range turkey, and a variety of desserts including chocolate crème brûlée, pumpkin spiced Swiss roll, and chocolate torte with berry compote. The afternoon meal might be followed up by a stroll along one of the prettiest stretches of beachfront along the Carolina coast.
Helping Others Give Thanks
Should you prefer offering your energies this Thanksgiving to those whose circumstances or pocketbooks might not allow them to enjoy gourmet feasts surrounded by loved ones, you can help make their holiday special by volunteering at various charitable organizations throughout the area, including the following.
- Raleigh Rescue Mission
- Durham Rescue Mission
- Helping Hand Mission
- Durham Social Services
- Wilmington Hope Center
- First Fruit Ministries
- Good Shepherd Center
- Charlotte Rescue Mission
- Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
- Samaritan Ministries