Thanksgiving is a time to reunite with family, to love, laugh, eat, and of course, to give thanks. If you’re hosting, avoid all the stress of an overcrowded home by picking a meeting site that brings everyone together for a relaxing holiday. One easy solution? Rent a vacation home large enough to house everyone under one roof, with a kitchen that’s up to the sizable task of turning out Thanksgiving dinner. From coast to coast, here are our top picks.
Villa Bellevue in Lake Tahoe, CA
Spending Thanksgiving with extended family? Villa Bellevue in South Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to host your holiday away from home. Why? There’s two kitchens. The main large kitchen has expansive marble countertops, with providing plenty of space to prepare and serve a feast; a second kitchenette comes in handy for prepping side dishes or desserts—plus, you’ll avoid the too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen chaos. A formal dining table seats 12 adults, while additional seating at the bar can serve as a kids’ table. Plus, large glass doors and ample windows invite the sun into the living spaces, and provide wonderful views of the lake and the mountains.
Autumn in Tahoe has a relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful combination of fall foliage and snow-capped mountains. Temperatures can dip below freezing this time of year, and that calls for a soak in the home’s hot tub (head there post-feast!). Comfortable patio furniture surrounding an outdoor fireplace also provides an inviting perch to cozy up and combat the cold. A second fireplace warms up the living room, a third illuminates the home’s master bedroom.
Bonus: With luck and the right weather, many of Tahoe’s ski resorts open their runs just in time for Thanksgiving weekend. And this rustic ski chalet-style villa is the perfect place to retreat back to after a run on the slopes.
Equinox in Deer Valley, UT
Equinox’s fully-equipped kitchen is a total showstopper. A stunning marble backsplash draws the eye, and its state-of-the-art appliances will satisfy even the most discerning chef. But there’s much more to this villa beyond the perfect place to whip up pumpkin pie that’ll make Thanksgiving at Equinox a hit with your whole family. To wit, the villa is a children’s paradise: It sports a playroom with incredible built-in forts (really!) that’ll make even the grown-ups wish they were children again. Plus the home’s dedicated kids’ room boasts a king bed, two bunk beds, and one twin—can you say sleepover? In nearby Deer Valley, there’s an arena where families can go skating, and in Park City, the Utah Olympic Park offers exhilarating bobsled rides.
Of course, there’s plenty of fun to be had for the adults in your party too, starting with the large media room with a massive TV screen and stadium seating—not with theater-style seats, but with couches. It’s safe to say you’ve never watched a Thanksgiving football game like this before. And while your party works up an appetite cheering for the games, we’re betting that anyone in charge of whipping up a Thanksgiving meal will salivate at the opportunity to cook in the statement kitchen.
Cedar Street in The Hamptons, NY
Cedar Street is a classic Hamptons home in East Hampton that’s perfect for a group of friends that wants their “Friendsgiving” weekend served with a side of competition. The backyard provides plenty of greenspace to host a Turkey Day touch football game, but there’s so much more to it than that. Once the teams have been selected, let the games continue with pickup basketball at the outdoor hoop, or take the action inside where an air hockey table and a ping pong table await. Everyone can work up a sweat because come dinner time, Luxury Retreats offers guests the option to hire a chef for the duration of their stay. So, enjoying one of the best meals of the year is as easy as (apple) pie. PS, when guests awake from their turkey and gravy-induced food comas, in-home spa services are available to rejuvenate achy muscles… and help work up an appetite to polish off any leftovers.
Open Meadow in Jackson Hole, WY
Open Meadow is a dream for a multi-generational family holiday. With 25 acres of land (ideal for a family football game), and three properties (a main house, guest house, and cottage), it affords guests plenty of privacy and room for exploration. The ranch has its own private pond, tennis courts, and basketball courts, while you can hike or kayak right on the property to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. Afterward, save room for marshmallows which you can roast over the fire pit, while wrapped in a warm blanket.
The estate has 11 cozy bedrooms, each with its own sensational mountain views. And by the way, this villa is called “Open Meadow” for a big reason; the sprawling landmass provides stunning Wyoming views right into the Grand Teton region. With the sunsets you can catch here, you’ll find yourself adding the al fresco dining and the wraparound deck to the list of things you’re most thankful for.
Hawks Hideaway in Breckenridge, CO
Escape from busy lives for an extended holiday weekend at Hawks Hideaway, a classic American ski lodge at one of the country’s top ski locales: Breckenridge, Colorado. Conceptualized by a California design studio, this chalet melds a laid-back, West Coast-cool vibe with an authentic Rocky Mountain lodge feel… yet the private deck emulates a Texas ranch hangout. The open-plan great room is the focal point of the home, and provides ample seating for even large groups to enjoy amazing views of the mountains. This is where you can feast on Thanksgiving dinner for up to 18 people—sit 12 at the formal dining table and six more at the kitchen table lined with low-backed counter stools.
Hawks Hideaway is ideal for multiple families with young children, and if the region gets good snowfall in time for Thanksgiving, sledding and tubing hills are only a short drive away. And FYI, Breckenridge Ski Resort has scheduled the 2018 season’s Opening Day for November 9, so the mountains should be in full swing by the holiday weekend.
Pebble Beach Manor in Pebble Beach, CA
Heading west for Thanksgiving this year? The Monterey Peninsula has lots to offer: A holiday spent here offers up world-class golf, scenic drives, and oceanside community living. For a small, single family celebration, Pebble Beach Manor is a marvelous choice. Quaint outdoor living spaces adorned with a BBQ and wood-burning fireplace take advantage of the location steps from the Pacific Ocean, and the villa’s French-inspired interiors—stone floors and exposed wood beams that create an old-world ambiance—are sure to delight guests.
Pebble Beach Manor sits between the Cypress Point Club and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, and as November temperatures still reach the 60s, golfing conditions are still excellent. The coastal Monterey region is legendary in the golf world for its plethora of pro courses, including Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill, Poppy Hills, and of course, the home of the 2019 U.S. Open, Pebble Beach. The peninsula’s picturesque 17-Mile Drive winds through these courses, peppering scenic vista points along the way, including the famed Lone Cypress tree…and a vacation home called Pebble Beach Manor.