Holiday season 2020 will be a little more distanced this year. While spikes in Covid-19 are on the rise, traditional Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings are being given a second look. Sadly, some families have decided not to gather for the holidays this year. Others simply can’t imagine the thought of missing the traditional family get-together. Whether it’s an escape from the politics of family gatherings or a safe place to go for your Thanksgiving stays, the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE) can offer a refuge for the holidays. Their smaller size and laser focus of owners on premise make the 10 Distinctive Inns of New England a place you can feel good about staying over the holidays. In some cases, leave the muss and fuss of cooking and clean up to DINE inns with restaurants, and you can even take home leftovers! With an acronym like DINE, you better bet that the ten member inns, located throughout New England, will be the ideal place to enjoy a delicious and safe holiday.
This year, rather than crowding Mom and Dad’s home, and worse yet, sleeping on the sofa bed, keep your social distance by choosing one of the inns in DINE country that are close by. You’ll return to your own space to decompress and “full down” from big family meals in front of a flickering fire or in a bubbly whirlpool tub, then be treated to a delicious breakfast the next morning with no clean up!
For those who dread the stress of the “holidaze”, any one of the ten DINE inns make the ideal retreat. A number of the member inns will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on premise and/or offering take-out options so you can bring that special side dish to your Thanksgiving dinner without having to fix it yourself. Here are some options for Thanksgiving. In all cases, reservations are required as seating is limited. The earlier you make reservations, the better the availability might be.
Champney’s Restaurant & Tavern will be serving an eat-in Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00am-6:00pm. Alternatively, an extensive take-out menu will be available. Take-out orders must be received by November 19, 2020 and picked up November 25th or on Thanksgiving, November 26th. You can even order an extra turkey dinner to have as leftovers! For complete menus, click here.
Rabbit Hill Inn:
Rabbit Hill Inn will invite its in-house guests to enjoy a special multi-course Thanksgiving menu featuring Chef Andrew’s take on the traditional offering of turkey and dressing along with other gastronomic delights. With COVID-10 restrictions and physical distancing requirements, dining is limited to in-house guests only . Vermont quarantine and travel restrictions apply.
On November 26,the Grafton Inn will offer a safely distanced seated three-course Thanksgiving dinner for guests. Reservations are required in advance and can be made on the half hour from 3 – 5 PM. You are requested to complete the online reservation form to make your reservation request and the inn will call to confirm. Dinner is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity, $29.95 + for kids 10 and older. For children under 10, the Kids Menu can be offered. Stay tuned for a takeout option being developed. Vermont quarantine and travel restrictions also apply here.
Manor on Golden Pond:
The Manor on Golden Pond will serve a three-course dinner prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving including a choice of appetizer, entrees and dessert. There’s even a children’s Thanksgiving menu this year too. Of course all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings are available, but in addition, choose from duck, salmon, lamb or tenderloin steak. Dinner is $55 per person for adults and $35 per child (when ordering from the children’s menu for ages 10-15). For a sneak peek at the menu, click here.
Whether you stay at an inn with in-house dining or visit an inn with many restaurants nearby, DINE inns are a safe and comfortable home away from home for the upcoming holiday season. Please be sure to book directly with the inns instead of through a third party.
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