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Things to Do for Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving is the time of year when families can come together and enjoy each other’s company, eat some good food and catch up on lost time.

As such a popular American holiday, Thanksgiving celebrations differ for everyone. For some of us, celebrating Thanksgiving means enjoying the holiday in your home with friends and family and cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal. However, some of us choose to celebrate the holiday by enjoying a thanksgiving meal at a restaurant and/or spending the holiday in a hotel. If your Thanksgiving resembles the latter, you’ve come to the right place.

There are hotels and resorts all over New York offering festivities to celebrate Thanksgiving in a safe manner while providing the ultimate holiday experience to its guests. Instead of going away for Thanksgiving, have a stay-cation in New York and explore upstate! It is the perfect option for those who are looking to escape the crowded city and don’t have their own vehicle.  

Mohonk Mountain House
Mohonk Mountain House Fall Foliage

Distance from Poughkeepsie Station (POU): 17.7 miles 

Rent a car from Enterprise! Enterprise picks you up at POU and takes you to your rental car. Use the code, NYTRAIN, for a discount when making your reservation. Click here to reserve your car or call Enterprise’s Poughkeepsie office: +1 845-485-2222

Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz has your Thanksgiving Eve and Day covered with multiple fun events. Starting on Wednesday, November 23, the day is packed with a combination of outdoor activities and shows. Older guests can participate in tomahawk throwing, while the younger crowd can build their own stuffed animals. –


On Thanksgiving Day, you can look forward to scavenger hunts, hiking, tennis, more tomahawk throwing and an indoor heated pool. And, of course, the main attraction at Mohonk Mountain House will be the fantastic three daily meals.

If you would rather do Thanksgiving your own way, guests can go on hikes on the property of the resort and explore the rich nature in New Paltz.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa
Willow by Charlie Palmer

Distance from Rhinecliff-Kingston Station (RHI): 2.2 miles 

Located in the historic and beautiful Rhinebeck and within walking distance of the downtown area full of shops, Mirbeau Inn & Spa is offering a Thanksgiving dinner with seating from 12 – 5 p.m. This decadent three-course meal will be hosted by the resort’s restaurant, Willow by Charlie Palmer.

The menu offers three courses from a traditional turkey to salmon, pork or short rib. The first course includes appetizers like soup, salad and more. For the third course, you’ll want to make sure you’ve saved room for dessert. Enjoy Thanksgiving classics like pumpkin pie, apple cider donuts and chocolate mousse.

Beekman Arms
Beekman Arms

Distance from Rhinecliff-Kingston Station (RHI): 2.3 miles 

Also located in Rhinebeck, Beekman Arms has been operating since 1766. This historical stay is perfect for history buffs or anyone looking to stay in a charming Hudson Valley town. They are offering a Thanksgiving dinner loaded with the traditional turkey dinner fare. If you want to switch it up, Beekman Arms will also be serving country ham, salmon, roasted squash, desserts, starters, cold salad and an array of hot food options.

Hotel Tivoli
Hotel Tivoli

Distance from Rhinecliff-Kingston Station (RHI): 11.5 miles 

Rent a car from Enterprise! Enterprise picks you up at RHI and takes you to your rental car. Use the code, NYTRAIN, for a discount when making your reservation. Click here to reserve your car or call Enterprise’s Kingston office: +1 845-336-4700

Hotel Tivoli is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to those who choose to dine with them at The Corner. Chef Colby Miller offers a classic Thanksgiving meal in two courses. For the first course, enjoy sunchoke and mushroom soup or arugula salad. For the second course, you can look forward to roasted heritage turkey, gravy and oven-roasted squash.

Additionally, sides like mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce will be available, as well as a selection of three different delicious pies.

The menu is set at $90 per adult and $25 per child. Guests must have a reservation to dine. Service for Thanksgiving dinner starts at 2 p.m. and wraps up at 6 p.m. The last seating is at 4:30 p.m.

Adelphi Hotel
The Adelphi Hotel

Distance from Saratoga Springs Station (SAR): 1.5 miles 

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner in the Capital Region? Stay and eat at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs for a three-course Thanksgiving meal! Adults can enjoy this delicious meal at the price of $84.99, while children 12 and under can partake at $29.95. Have children under the age of five? Children five and under can eat for free! Take advantage of this decadent dining experience on Nov. 24 from 12 – 7 p.m.

The Landing Hotel
Visit Rivers Casino Resort

Distance from Schenectady Station (SDY): 0.8 miles 

Directly connected to Rivers Casino & Resort, the Landing Hotel is a prime gaming destination in the Capital Region. If you’re looking for a little fun this Thanksgiving, Rivers Casino and the Landing Hotel are the perfect places for you.

More excited for Thanksgiving Eve than you are for Thanksgiving Day? If you prefer to celebrate the day before, you’ll want to head over to Rivers Casino & Resort. On Thanksgiving Eve, the casino is hosting Thanksgiving Eve with David J at 8 p.m. at Van Slyck’s.

Otesaga Hotel
Otesaga Hotel

Take Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station (ALB) if traveling from NYC. The distance from Albany-Rensselaer Station (ALB) is 76.3 miles, while the distance from Utica Station (UCA) is 40.1 miles if traveling from Western NY.

Rent a car from Enterprise! You can pick up your car rental at ALB, or be taken to your rental car if stopping at UCA. Use the code, NYTRAIN, for a discount when making your reservation. Click here to reserve your car or call Enterprise’s Albany office: +1 518-427-3893. Or, Enterprise’s Utica office: +1 315-736-0002.

The Otesaga Hotel is located on the shore of Lake Otsego and within walking distance to downtown Cooperstown, which is rich in New York history. For Thanksgiving, the hotel is offering two separate dinners; one at Hawkeye Bar & Grill, and the other in the Glimmerglass dining room. The Thanksgiving Feast in the Glimmerglass dining room and Thanksgiving Dinner at Hawkeye Bar & Grill are sold out for this year, but plan ahead for your next Thanksgiving! Enjoy a classic Thanksgiving three-course prix fixe meal for the price of $58 per person!

Looking to visit during another holiday? Otesaga Hotel offers special dining experiences during New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day!

No matter how you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, you can rest assured that Amtrak will provide you with a relaxing, fun holiday.

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