Not interested in being home for the Thanksgiving holiday? Plenty of hoteliers and inns have whipped together Thanksgiving stay-and-play packages for those who want to turn the holiday into a long weekend getaway. Some even include a full Thanksgiving dinner, lest you have a guilty conscience about sidestepping tradition. Among the options:
The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek has a three-acre lazy river pool and six on-site restaurants. Over Thanksgiving, families may opt for its "Wandering Wizards" package, from $164 a night, which includes accommodations, breakfast for two adults and two children, plus late checkout. The resort is within view of Disney parks and offers free shuttle service.
INFO 407-597-3600, hilton.com
2. LAKE GEORGE
The Sagamore is a grand historic hotel situated on its own island on Lake George, one hour north of Albany. Its Thanksgiving package, from $846, includes a three-night stay between Nov. 24 and 28, daily breakfast for two and Thanksgiving dinner.
INFO 866-385-6221, thesagamore.com
The Brits, of course, don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but fall can be a lovely time to explore London, nonetheless. Virgin Vacations' six-night Thanksgiving week getaway includes round-trip economy airfare from New York and accommodations at the three-star Bayswater Inn downtown. Priced at $699 a person (plus about $185 in taxes and fees) with departure dates Nov. 22-24.
INFO 888-937-8474, virgin-vacations.com