I don't know about you, but as much as I love Thanksgiving, I hate how much time I spend preparing for the holiday, cooking and cleaning, and then cooking and cleaning again. These days, hotels aren't just places to stay en route to grandma's house for the holidays. They are also destinations to gather around the table for a Thanksgiving feast. Here are 14 hotels that will do all the work while you enjoy a holiday getaway.
1. The Greenbrier, West Virginia
If any hotel knows how to do Thanksgiving right, it's the The Greenbrier in West Virginia, where the holiday is celebrated for several days. Before guests even get to Thanksgiving dinner, they'll have the chance to take a dining etiquette class, sit "under the stars" in an indoor planetarium and sip on afternoon tea. Following a lavish Thanksgiving meal, guests can watch "A Musical Merry Christmas from The Greenbrier" at the hotel's theater. At 11 p.m., mom and dad will enjoy a special Greenbrier Waltz and Champagne Toast with live entertainment at the Casino Club. Rates start at $400 per night with the Thanksgiving Package, which requires a two-night minimum stay.
2. Woodloch Pines, Pennsylvania
Stay at the all-inclusive Woodloch Pines in the Poconos and enjoy family-style meals every night of your stay, as well as a traditional Thanksgiving Feast. Packages for the weekend start at $223 per adult and include the feast and all meals, family-friendly nightly entertainment, activities to entertain kids all weekend, and accommodations. For the holiday, the resort is also providing scenic hayrides and its first Festival of Lights hayride.
3. Grove Park Inn, North Carolina
We love how Asheville, N.C.'s, Grove Park Inn celebrates the holiday season, and the hotel kicks it off with its lavish Thanksgiving buffet. Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and football on the big screen, enjoy live music throughout the hotel, and then dig into a delectable buffet. The weekend will then kick into holiday spirits with the launch of its renowned National Gingerbread House Competition display and its annual tree-lighting ceremony. Packages for three or four nights accommodate four and include breakfast daily and Thanksgiving buffet starting at $999, with additional charges per child.
Grove Park Inn
4. Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin
Head to the Wisconsin Dells and immerse the kids in a wet and wild weekend at the Water Capital of the World. At the Chula Vista Resort, the hotel offers a Thanksgiving brunch, Thanksgiving dinner, and a breakfast buffet, keeping your family full from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving activities take place all weekend, including wagon rides, storytime by the fireplace, S'mores, Thanksgiving Creation Station arts and crafts, a turkey trot, and holiday drink demos and samplings for adults. Dinner is $25 for adults, $11 for children 6 to 11, and $8 for children 2 to 5. Brunch is $22 for adults, %2411 for children 6 to 11, and $7 for children 2 to 5. Breakfast buffet is $13 for adults, $9 for children 6 to 11, $4 for children 2 to 5. All children 2 and under eat free.
Chula Vista Resort
5. Sheraton Princess Kaiulani, Hawaii
Enjoy tropical breezes and warm waters for a Thanksgiving getaway to Hawaii, where the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani provides a Thanksgiving lunch and dinner. From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., a three-course lunch featuring turkey, gravy, apple stuffing, ham, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bisque and more is offered for $26.50 per adult and $13.25 per child 5 to 12. For dinner, enjoy a room service delivery for $35 per adult and $17.75 per child, 5 to 12, or join the entire hotel for a buffet at Pikake Terrace from 5 to 0:30 p.m. The brunch, which is $46 for adults and $23 for child, 5 to 12, includes a carving station, festive cakes and traditional desserts, salads, appetizers and a number of hot entrees.
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
6. Kingsmill Resort, Virginia
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Williamsburg, which offers its own first-feast fun in Colonial Williamsburg and the Jamestown Settlement. Dinner at the Kingsmill Resort is served in the Bray Dining Room from noon to 7 p.m., and in the James River Grand Ballroom from noon to 5:30 p.m., both featuring a selection of cold and hot dishes and Virginia bourbon glazed ham, roast Tom Turkey and prime rib au jus, not to mention an array of rich desserts like sweet potato bread pudding, apple cranberry crumb tarts, and pecan pie.
7. Disneyland Hotel, California
Spending Thanksgiving at Disneyland? Stay at the Disneyland Hotel and enjoy the traditional Thanksgiving Feast in the Grand Ballroom. Chip, Dale and other Disney characters will make their way around the dining room for photo ops between mouthfuls of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, salads and more -- and kids will have a special buffet made just for them. Pick a dining time between noon and 6 p.m. for $72 for 10 and older and $21 for kids 3 to 9.
8. Wintergreen Resort, Virginia
Head to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for a ski weekend of fun at the 11,00-acre Wintergreen Resort. Work up an appetite at the Turkey Day 5K fundraiser on Devils Knob Golf Course in the morning, and then head to the Copper Mine Bistro will feature a Thanksgiving Buffet from 1:30 to 6 p.m. After feasting, spend the weekend skiing and snowboarding to burn off the calories. Kids will have fun in gingerbread house and ornament workshops.
9. Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky, Ohio
This chain of family-friend resorts offers Thanksgiving fun at its resorts across the country, including Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio. Great Wolf's Camp Critter thanksgiving buffet is open to guests and the public from 3 to 8 p.m. Great Wolf characters, Wilet and Violet the Wolf and Oliver the Raccoon, will be making an appearance, and the resort will feature free activities in the lobby, including story time and a wolf walk. If that's not enough, the hotel features a 34,000-square-foot indoor water park filled with water sprays, slides and a lazy river.
Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky
10. The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
At The Colonnade Hotel in Boston, guests will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Brasserie Jo. They'll also have the option to order a French version of the holiday meal, complete with turkey breast roulade and turkey leg confit. An American or French turkey entree with side dishes costs $19, and soup and dessert are available for additional fees. Hotel rates start at $209 per night, and several packages, which include complimentary breakfast and parking, are available.
The Colonnade Hotel
11. St. Regis Houston
Formerly a Ritz-Carlton hotel, the St. Regis Hotel in Houston will serve an a la carte dinner at Remington Restaurant, where family-style dining will be available for parties of six or more. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Earlier in the day, guests can enjoy a brunch buffet in the Astor Ballroom, along with live entertainment and activities for children. Rates are $75 per adult (which includes sparkling wine) and $35 per child ages 5 to 12. Children 5 and under eat free.
St. Regis Houston
12. Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Florida
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, a champagne buffet with all the fixings for a perfect meal will be served at Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Universal Orlando. Options include rosemary and sage-roasted Carolina turkey, prime rib of beef, pan-seared black grouper and stuffed breast of pheasant. Champagne is included in the $48 rate per adult. Children ages 4 to 12 eat for $24 each, and kids under 3 years eat free. Loews Loves Kids, and at the Royal Pacific, kids will receive Fisher-Price welcome gives, may enjoy a kids' camp and can swim in the resort's lagoon-style swimming pool.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
13. Hyatt Regency Curacao
Just because you've escaped to the Caribbean doesn't mean you can't enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Hyatt Regency Curacao is hosting a special holiday buffet featuring traditional comfort foods at its MEDI exhibition kitchen. Enjoy your traditional feast while sitting outdoors and gazing out at the Caribbean. The buffet will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. and is $29 per adult and $19 per child 4 to 12 (it's free for children 3 and younger). When not stuffing yourself like turkeys, the kids can enjoy Camp Arawak, water sports, three swimming pools and Curacao's perfect weather.
Hyatt Regency Curacao
14. Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Paradise Island's Bahamas is already filled with so many activities and restaurants for families it can make your head spin. But they have even more to offer during Thanksgiving weekend, including their 12th annual Thanksgiving Island Fair, a holiday harvest at Kids Adventures at AKA for kids 6 to 12, and a special CRUSHGIVING party for teens at CRUSH. Pre-Christmas fun includes Mrs. Claus' Cookie Factory for baking and decorating Christmas cookies, a tree lighting ceremony of a 40-foot trees, and an appearance from Santa Claus himself.