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By Emily Bach
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, now seems to be the best time of any to take a trip to somewhere new. For some that may look like a family member’s home, but for others it could be the spot of ultimate relaxation. Here are a few of our favorite places to spend for spending this Thanksgiving in bliss.
Hilton Head, SC
This booming island has quickly become a huge hit for the holiday times. Their laid-back and beachy vibes make it the perfect place to sit back, grab a pina colada and enjoy the sound of the waves. For dinner, there are a number of nicer restaurants, from Truffles, with a family-style menu, to Topside, known for their high quality seafood. But, the most notable of restaurants is The Salty Dog, a Hilton Head classic that’s quickly taken over the Atlantic region.
For a bit of a chillier escape, consider trying out a vacation in Utah. The destination is known for it’s insane ski-slopes, but contains far more beneath the surface. Complete with a cute city center and scads of adorable cabins, the city is the perfect place to go for a Thanksgiving getaway.
If you’re looking to explore and adventure, DC is the place to go. As the nation’s capital, it contains some of the US’ top dining locations and most carefully curated museums. If you’re not an art person, check out the Air and Space Museum, Spy Museum or Bible Museum for a fun, but informative, day. And while you’re there, make sure you don’t miss out on the Washington Monument, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime sight.
Thanksgiving is the time of the year where you surround yourselves with the ones you love. This Thanksgiving, why not surround yourselves with the ones you love and a bottle of these wines to share with the table? Not sure what to drink or how to pair it with? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with a food and wine guide is guaranteed to make your guests think you’re secretly a sommelier.
For Those Drinking White
Enjoy a glass of fruity Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Cloudy Bay, produced in the Marlborough region which produces wines with an extra fruity aroma and flavor. If you enjoy the taste of lime, grapefruit, and nectarine, you'll definitely enjoy sharing a glass with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. We suggest pairing this with your sides like scallops and green beans.
Made from the best varieties of white grapes in the Bordeaux region 2016 Mouton Cadet Blanc will fill the room with a wonderfully fruity smell. Meanwhile, it will fill your tastebuds with a delicious blend of grapefruit and lemon flavors. Since white bordeaux is rare, you may not want to miss out on your chance to share a bottle around your Thanksgiving table this year. This too will pair well with scallops with citrus fruit, oysters, seafood linguine.
For Those Drinking Red
Bonterra Grenache 2015 will give you the taste of Thanksgiving dinner all on its own. The grapes used in this wine were grown on a previous cherry farm, so keeping with history, this wine features black cherries. You'll also enjoy the taste of sage, rosemary, and cracked black pepper, which is perfect to go along with your turkey this year. They even have a whole list of recipes you can find here.
The Château Couronneau 2015, Sainte-Foy Côtes de Bordeaux ($19) is biodynamic wine from Côtes de Bordeaux’s newest and smallest appellation. This Merlot-forward red has a bouquet of ripe plums, blackberries, dark cherries and violet. This stunning wine enhances any dish with a fruit component such as duck with cherry chutney or a pork roast with winter fruit and Port sauce.
The Elysian Merlot, the debut wine in Bonterra Organic Vineyards’ Elysian Collection, plays off the bucolic ideals and pastoral tranquility of northern California’s organic farmland, highlighting the diverse natural elements that create unique environments for grape cultivation, handpicked from plots teeming with life and biodiversity. The Elysian Merlot embodies the essence of a wine vinified from organically grown grapes, with a harmonious chorus of black plum, carob, raspberries and soulful minerality. This will pair perfect with any red meat you may be eating.
For those who can’t resist dessert this Thanksgiving, Spoken Barrel's Cabernet Sauvignon gives off the aromas of cherry, black currant, dark chocolate, and roasted oak, which are all symbolic scents of fall. This wine also tastes of blackberry, cherry, and vanilla. Whatever dessert you plan on serving this Thanksgiving, consider serving a glass to your guests with their dessert. Will be using the recipe below for the perfect tart,
Spoken Barrel Apple, Shallot and Blue Cheese Tart
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 ½ cups shallots, thinly sliced, (about 3 large shallots)
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
1 small pink lady apple, thinly sliced and seeds removed
1 ½ tsp thyme leaves, roughly chopped
4 oz mild blue cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp honey
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Over medium high heat, sauté shallots with 1 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt until soft and starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool slightly
3. Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry until 12x12”, dusting your work surface with flour as needed.
4. Assemble the tart by evenly spreading the shallots over the pastry, followed by the apples, thyme and blue cheese allowing a ½“ border.
5. Bake the tart for 20 minutes or until golden brown, puffed and crisp. Drizzle over the honey and serve warm or at room temperature with Spoken Barrel wine.
One of the biggest events of the year is finally approaching! New York’s annual Thanksgiving Parade. For those of you who have never been or are looking for a new place to set up and watch, here are the top spots around the city that will give you the best view as well as places you might want to avoid. The parade takes place from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
72nd Street/Central Park West and 61st Street
Here you will be close to central park and have the most perfect view of the parade’s beginning. Central park west will allow you to have a more spacious viewing point and you can set up chairs if you get to the event early.
34th Street and 38th Street on 6th Avenue, and 34th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.
These areas you should avoid all together because they will be closed for broadcasting crews to show the parade.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade official viewing area on 34th Street
Depending on how you want your experience at the parade to be, you can either choose this destination or completely avoid it. The official viewing area is found on 34th street is the most congested viewing area at the parade. You can camp out a day in advance to try and score a good view or you can avoid the huge crowd and choose a different location such as the corner of Bryant Park.
Wherever you choose to enjoy the parade, make sure to stay warm, be safe, and have fun!