California Thanksgiving Getaways

Give yourself a holiday that will really leave you saying "Thanks."

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Give yourself a holiday that will really leave you saying "Thanks."
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The Mission Hill Hotel and Spa in Riverside will kick off the holiday season with its Festival of Lights. The display involves more than 3 million lights and begins at sunset the day after Thanksgiving through January. Check packages and rates.

Enjoy all of the fun and festivities with a one-night stay, Sunday through Thursday that includes a $25 resort gift card for any of the hotels gourmet restaurants or Tuscan-inspired Spa and complimentary valet parking.
John Audley
Enjoy the traditional turkey buffet at LA's Biltmore hotel where the menu includes a Maple & Ginger Infused Bisque for starters, Bing Cherry and Pomegranate Glazed Pit Ham and a cheesecake for dessert. Served 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Greenbriar Ballroom. For reservations call 919-383-8575.
Every shopper's favorite day, Black Friday, made even better with the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. Novices and aficionados can learn about and taste wines of many different varieties and styles crafted from Santa Barbara County’s best vineyards located within blocks of downtown.

Plan ahead with this map.

John Audley
At the Golden Door in Escondido there is a Co-Ed Thanksgiving Week offering seven days (Nov. 18 to 24) of activities.

Check out their website.

Montage Laguna Beach
Enjoy the Hearts of Montage Month package at The Montage in Laguna Beach and your trip to relax will also give back to the community. The hotel donates 10 percent of your room rate to several sponsored charities.
Squaw Valley offers turkey with a lot of exercise this year as the ski resort celebrates Opening Day the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Get more information here.
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In Palm Springs, the Riviera Resort and Spa believes Thanksgiving isn’t just a one-night meal. Make it a getaway weekend. See their special packages here.

Take in the fall colors at Sequoia National Park

but be prepared for truly autumn temperatures. Wuksachi Lodge offers a rustic getaway for those looking to take in the stars and a few trails instead of pumpkin pie and football.
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Spend Turkey Day in Santa Cruz and you'll be in the right place to enjoy the annual tradition of the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Buy advanced tickets online.
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Go central and stop at Yosemite National Park. A Vintner's Holiday is scheduled for the week following Thanksgiving (for those who didn't get enough to eat on the holiday).

Get rates and make reservationshere.

Stefanie Mullen
On Thursday, Nov. 22, the oceanfront Ballroom and magnificent Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado

feature elegant buffet dinners decked with all the trimmings and live musical entertainment from 12pm to 6pm. Cost is $89.50 for adults, $38.50 for children ages 6-10 and free for children 5 and under. Call 619 522-8490 to reserve.
John Audley
You can enjoy more than a bottle of Thanksgiving wine from Napa Valley if you drive there for the holiday weekend. Check out this list of hidden wineries sure to create a new experience for even the most experienced vineyard veteran. Hidden wineries list here.
Jennifer Tyrol
Stay aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach for Thanksgiving. Reserve in advance at Sir Winston's.
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While you're there, inside the Queen Mary Dome, check out "CHILL - a winter wonderland featuring The Ice Kingdom" It begins Nov. 17 and will feature interactive ice carvings up to 24 feet tall using 4,500 blocks of ice weighing over 2 million pounds. Get more information here.
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Enjoy Carmel-by-the-Sea over the holiday weekend with dinner at L'Auberge to kick things off. The Thanksgiving menu will be served from 2 to 9 p.m. Rates begin at $99 per person, with Wine Pairings at $59 per person. Call 831 624 8578 to reserve.

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