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Thanksgiving Getaways

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Preparing a bounty of food. Hosting a house full of family. Hustling and bustling all weekend long.

It's can also be a huge pain in derriere. If you'll pardon my French. Preparing a bounty of food. Hosting a house full of family. Hustling and bustling all weekend long. .

The problem is that with all the work that has to be done and all the stress on making Norman Rockwell proud, it can be easy to forget the meaning of the holiday in the first place - being thankful for our lives and the people in them,

Resorts all around the world have gotten wise to the fact that people still want to celebrate with family, they just would prefer to do it without all the stress, without the mess, and without having to take out a second mortgage on the house.

Here's a sampling of Thanksgiving get-a-ways that you won't want to get-a-away from.

Where: Eagle Island Lodge, Private Islands of Georgia

When: Weekly rental, November 21 - 26

Why: If you've ever wanted to have a private island all to yourself, now's your chance. Eagle Island offers modern day glamping that luxury hounds and outdoor gurus alike will love. Spend your days hiking and kayaking and your nights enjoying a low-country boil prepared by pros. Relax in the hot tub on the wrap around, screened-in porch and luxuriate in the outdoor shower while still being steps away from trails to hike and an outdoor fire pit piled high and ready for s'mores! 

Deal: $2,500 for 2 people or $2,790 for 3-10 people and includes a bushel of oysters; 3 pounds of fresh, wild-caught Georgia shrimp; Boston Butt; Eagle Island cooler tote; and a turkey from Honey Baked Ham. 

Get info: www.privateislandsofgeorgia.com


Where: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

When: November 14, 2010 through January 5, 2011

Why: Because being there is like enjoying your very own waterfront getaway. Something about the design and décor makes it feel like home, but better. The spa is award winning. (Don't miss their five part Gifts of the Garden treatment.) They offer classes all day long from Nia to watercolors to Tai Chi and you can play on the river in kayaks or water bikes all day long. Of course, you can also simply curl up with a good book in any number of the resort cozy corners. And the food... Let's just say, all of your senses will be delighted.

Deal: Receive 30% off a Resort or Spa Refresher package when you stay three nights or longer 


Get info: http://www.lakeaustin.com


Where: CuisinArt, Anguilla

When: October 30 - December 17, 2010

Why: Panoramic views of a sugar-white beach. Whitewashed Grecian style architecture.   An onsite hydroponic farm (unprecedented in the Caribbean, or any other resort known to date) that sources the resort's produce, herbs, and spa treatments. The only aquatherapy pool in the Caribbean. Swank. Relaxing. And revolutionary.

Deal: Buy 5 nights, get two more free. Plus, get a $100 food and beverage credit per day (for a total of $700 on a 7 night stay) 


Get info: http://www.cuisinartresort.com/


Where: The Tilghman Island Inn

When: November 25-28, 2010

Why: For one, it's the only property in Talbot County with a view of the Chesapeake Bay flowing to the Atlantic. It's as quiet and as peaceful as it gets. And there's also something amazing about the light at the Inn - no matter what time of day or night - it's strangely magical. Plus, many of the guestrooms boast fireplaces as does the lounge, where guest have been known to lounge the night away.

Deal: The 2010 Thanksgiving Package includes 4 days and 3 nights accommodation for 2 as well as a five-course dinner on Thanksgiving Day, continental breakfast, and Sunday Brunch. Rates range from $630 to $730 per room, double occupancy (excluding taxes and gratuities), depending on guestroom location. Plus, an extra night lodging at $150.

Get info: http://www.tilghmanislandinn.com/


Where: The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD  

When: Arrive on either November 24 or November 25, 2010 (Minimum two-night stay.)

Why: Aside from the ridiculously relaxing atmosphere. Insiders also choose the Inn because it's an Orient-Express property once owned by Laura Ashley, which means luxury from tip to toe. They have a killer spa and Wedding Crashers was filmed there, which means you'll have great photo opps when you're there and stories to tell when you get home!

Deal: Rates for the package, which do not include taxes or gratuities, begin at $470 per room, per night. Plus, the Thanksgiving Feast Package includes daily à la carte breakfast for two; five course Thanksgiving lunch, or dinner, for two, (excluding beverages); access to the Linden Spa; complimentary high speed internet access; and a daily newspaper.


Get info: http://www.perrycabin.com


That's just a handful, of course. Hit the web for all sorts of deals. And, remember, Thanksgiving is about enjoying time together, not making the perfect gravy or going crazy from all of the stress. That's reserved for the rest of the year!