Truly Giving Thanks–Enjoy Thanksgiving at a Bed and Breakfast Inn Welcomes the Holidays with Gratitude

By Shirley Anitra Swagerty

The holiday season begins with the approach of Thanksgiving, which usually means a downhill gallop through New Year’s Eve. With all the consumerism and stress that surrounds the holidays it’s easy to forget the true significance of Thanksgiving: gratitude. Avoid the hassle of cleaning, cooking and entertaining this year. Pause, take time to relax, enjoy your family and make reservations at a bed and breakfast inn for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Invite friends and relatives to join you, and consider giving them a gift certificate for a night’s stay as an early Christmas gift. Welcome the holidays at these B&B inns, compiled by, which offer special promotions to make holiday travel affordable.

Historic Thanksgiving
cannonSteep yourself in the re-creation of American history at Colonial Williamsburg, a reconstructed historic capitol completely populated by historians and actors in full period attire recreating 18th century daily life. Only two miles from this popular educational attraction, The Williamsburg Sampler Bed and Breakfast is itself a convincing replica of an 18th century plantation-style colonial inn. Stay two nights and get the third night free until the end of 2009.

His_Rest_Bed_At a true log cabin in the woods just one-half hour from St. Louis, innkeepers take full advantage of the ambiance of His Rest Bed and Breakfast. In period clothing, they serve a colonial candlelight dinner, “Foods of our Forefathers,” every Thursday in November (except Thanksgiving). Christmas Memories by Candlelight Dinners begin December 3 sharing the true meaning of Christmas while chestnuts roast by the open fire.  Cozy up together for a weekend in the private cabin or upper room honeymoon suite in the main cabin which comes with an antique clawfoot tub. Real wood-burning fireplaces and a redwood cedar hot tub on the back patio add a touch of the past to this country experience.

New England Thanksgiving
mountaintopinnfoodfireplaceThe Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, Vermont (11 miles from Killington) offers an idyllic escape from city life. This traditional mountain lodge sits on 345 acres of high meadow hilltop and offers breathtaking views overlooking a lake. This inn has 30 rooms, including five pet-friendly mountain chalets, and is perfect for the outdoorsy family. Thanksgiving Escape Package includes:
• 3 nights in a Classic Lodge Room for Two
• Vermont Country Breakfast each morning
• Traditional Vermont Thanksgiving Dinner for 2
• Use of the Resort’s Facilities – xc ski trails, sledding hill
• & ice skating rink (weather permitting)
• Tax and Resort Charges

Thanksgive turkey (200 x 160)Revel in the Victorian splendor of The Arlington Inn in Arlington, Vermont. This inn is decorated with beautiful antiques. Many of the guest rooms feature four-poster, canopy, or sleigh beds and clawfoot tubs. The inn also has a full-service tavern and extensive wine list. On Thanksgiving, decide between the Traditional Roasted Turkey, Roast Leg of Lamb and Grilled Sea Scallops and try the other entrees on a different night (like New England Lobster Pie). The Thanksgiving package includes two nights’ accommodation, Thanksgiving dinner, and a country breakfast each morning. The package price varies according to the room you select.

Affordable Thanksgiving
Innkeepers Layne and Peggy Frehner have special reason to celebrate this year; it’s their very first Thanksgiving at
 Inn at Rooster Hill. Located in Port Angeles Washington  on the Olympic Peninsula, this French country-style bed and breakfast is a perfect base to explore Olympic National Rainforest. The Frehners have pulled together an appealing Thanksgiving holiday package, stay three days and receive a 60.00 G.C. to Joys Bistro for Thanksgiving dinner.  Or you could option to take a 15% off your 3 days stay. If you can’t go for a proper hike, there’s always the exercise room and hot tub.

countryinnThe Country Inn in the heart of Fort Bragg, California, is ideally located by redwood forest and Pacific Ocean, yet it remains affordable. During the week, a room can be had for $55! Their Thanksgiving package is equally reasonable: three nights with a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal and two tickets to the Mendocino Botanical Gardens for $340. Eat your fill, then walk to the Skunk Train and ride through the coastal redwoods or walk part (or all!) of the Ten Mile Coastal Trail. Rose gardens, hot tub, bountiful breakfasts and locally roasted organic coffee are more things to be grateful for.

The Beazley House, offers elegant lodgings even more affordable than usual: during the entire month of November, rates are discounted up to 1/3rd off last year’s rack rates! Just check the availability calendar to see each days discounted rate. After wine tasting, enjoy top-of-the-line amenities in every room, lush gardens and grounds. Jim and Carol Beazley and staff will direct you to fabulous local restaurants and wineries for your stay in the Napa Valley!

More Thanksgiving Specials


Pre-thanksgiving Special
Albemarle Inn – Ashelleville, NC

Come and enjoy a relaxing retreat before the holiday season begins! Buy 1 night, get the second night free on most rooms Sunday through Thursday November 1-19!  – Not applicable to reservations made prior to October 16, 2009  – May not be combined with any other specials, promotions, or discounts
Valid from 10/16/2009 through 11/19/2009.

Thanksgiving At The Inn
The Inn at Starlight Lake – Starlight, PA

Your Thanksgiving Dinner is on us* when you spend 2 or 3 night at the Inn. Includes Queen Accomodations, and Full American breakfast Daily.  *Plated meal complimentary(Family Style meal available at an additional cost)Stay 2 nights for $260  Stay 3 nights for $390  Prices based on double occupancy and will be subject to 9% tax and 15% service charge in lieu or gratuities
Valid from 10/14/2009 through 11/29/2009.

Thanksgiving Thank You Special

1847 Blake House Inn Bed & Breakfast – Asheville, NC

Stay 4 nights including Thanksgiving and get the 4th night for HALF price/stay 5 nights including Thanksgiving and your 5th night is FREE.
Valid from 09/28/2009 through 11/28/2009.

You’re Invited! The Annual Thanksgiving Feast!
Holladay House Bed & Breakfast – Orange, VA

For the fourth year, we welcome guests to join our family for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We are happy to serve turkey and all the traditional side dishes along with some friendly conversation! We are able to only serve inn guests, so please check availability and make a reservation. Dinner is $45/person, all inclusive.    Stay extra and holiday shop at unique stores and wineries: 25% off your second nite, 50% off your third nite (both offers cannot be combined).
Valid from 09/15/2009 through 11/28/2009.

Pamper Yourself This November & Save $100
The Glynn House Inn – Ashland, NH

Stay any 3 nights throughout November and experience NH’s winter delights. You’ll save $100 too! Your package includes a $50 restaurant voucher, a bottle of Chandon Brut, 2 delicious pumpkin tiramisus and 2 Glynn House mugs. Conditions may apply.  
Valid from 09/20/2009 through 11/30/2009.

Blackberry River Inn – Norfolk, CT

Spend Thanksgiving at the Blackberry River Inn in Norfolk, CT and enjoy homemade pastries from our afternoon buffet in the library.    Stay 3 nights from Thursday to Sunday and save 50% on Thanksgiving.    Stay 4 nights from Thursday to Monday and Thanksgiving is FREE!    Please call us at 860-542-5100 to book this special offer!
Valid from 08/27/2009 through 11/27/2009.

Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package
The Rosewood Country Inn – Bradford, NH

Let our home be your home this holiday! Package inclues 4 nights lodging(Wed-Sun), hearty breakfast each morning before a crackling fireplace, Thanksgiving dinner at the Millstone Restaurant, tax-free outlet shopping and wrapping party with hors d’oeuvres, Saturday afternoon lunch while tree trimming and decorating, and relaxing Saturday evening fireside supper.  Std rooms from $516 per couple, fireplace rooms from $676, and luxury fireplace and Jacuzzi suites from $796 per couple.
Valid from 07/16/2009 through 11/28/2009.
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