Growing up, Thanksgiving morning meant waking up to the smell of apple pie being baked in the oven and to the sounds of my mom clinking around the kitchen, working tirelessly to make the perfect meal. I’d slowly roll downstairs, grab a donut and curl up in my beanbag chair to watch the MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And of course, no Thanksgiving was complete without watching my home state’s team- the Detroit Lions- play.

But now, Thanksgiving traditions have changed. While I still catch the parade and some football, family is far away and I am not half the cook my mom is, so I’ve found new traditions for the holidays.  In Loudoun, there are great places to make lasting memories this Thanksgiving. From resorts offering an array of activities, to restaurants where you can dine in or buy that perfect meal to bring home, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Stay

Salamander Resort & Spa
Salamander Resort & Spa

Salamander Resort & Spa: This luxury resort in the heart of horse country will be featuring a four-course meal in Harrimans, complete with pumpkin and sage ravioli or a Thanksgiving buffet in the ballroom that includes a build your own mimosa bar. Wake up early for the Turkey Trot on the Grand Lawn or take the children to the family hospitality suite for games and crafts.

Lansdowne Resort & Spa: Book a stay in one of the resort’s newly renovated rooms, then enjoy Thanksgiving with a twist! The menu includes pumpkin waffles and cinnamon butter, a seafood bar and traditional fixings like deep fried turkey, sweet potato mash and pumpkin pie.

 

Dine

Red Fox Inn & Tavern: Take a step back in time to enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at the historic tavern in

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm

Middleburg. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and established in 1728, the tavern has a rich Civil War history and famous guests since have included Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm: Dine in a glass-enclosed atrium overlooking the Potomac while enjoying Thanksgiving classics and farm-to-table delights by Chef Tarver King.

Take it to go

Monks BBQ
Monk's BBQ

If you prefer to have Thanksgiving in your own home, order  a meal from places like Smokehouse Live and Monk's BBQ.  At Smokehouse, try the bourbon sweet potatoes and cranberry orange relish to go along with the turkey. If you are a BBQ fan like me, get a smoked turkey or ham from Monk's in Purcellville.

We hope you make Loudoun part of your holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!