Great Escapes: Travels with Tom Turkey

Looking for a new twist on tradition? We've gathered a collection of innovative Thanksgiving festivities—from coast to coast. This year, avoid the stress of the holiday season and escape on a mini vacation getaway, where you can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast or celebrate at one of the most spectacular lighting events in the country.

Plimoth Plantation; Plymouth, Massachusetts

Known as the home of the first Thanksgiving feast, this historical park hosts a harvest festival and a Thanksgiving dinner where staff dressed in authentic Victorian fashions transport guests back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The sweet harmonies of period singers add a lyrical memory to this holiday experience. Ticket prices (which include dinner and admission to various museums, including The Carriage House Crafts Center) are $70.95 for adults; $52.95 for kids. For more information: www.plimoth.org.

www.plimoth.org

The Jefferson Hotel; Washington, D.C.

This historic hotel—located just four blocks from the White House—is hosting a "Foyer Football Fiesta" in its fireside lobby. Come on over and watch turkey-day football games on a big screen TV while enjoying drinks and popcorn from the Jefferson Restaurant. The hotel's lobby holds up to 120 guests so there's plenty of room for fun—and it's free! Thanksgiving rates at The Jefferson start at $169/double occupancy. For more information, call 800-368-5966.

Country Club Plaza; Kansas City, Missouri

For over 70 years folks have gathered in Country Club Plaza to see the Plaza Holiday Lighting Ceremony. With a flip of a switch, a 14-square-block area is illuminated with over 280,000 jewel-colored bulbs. As spectators ooh and ahh, carolers dressed in Dickens era finery sing as horse-drawn carriages clip-clop past shop windows aglow with holiday scenes. For more information: www.countryclubplaza.com. Click on the events link.

www.countryclubplaza.com