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Savvy families are skipping' turkey trauma' for the stress-free hospitality of country inns and B&Bs

Move over Granny! The traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma's has been replaced by Thanksgiving getaways where cooking and cleaning is abandoned for gourmet fare and relaxing strolls. According to the National Restaurant Association, surveys taken in 1996 and 2000 showed a measurable increase in those choosing to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner away from home. Substitute nerve-wracking family scenes with a country inn getaway, complete with splendid Thanksgiving fare -- even turkey take-home bags. If you just want to enjoy your immediate family, or are seeking an alternative family, let these innkeepers welcome you into their homes. inns offer a wide variety of Thanksgiving getaway packages -- many geared toward travelers looking for an affordable alternative to days of kitchen prep and cleanup. For those seeking everything from the traditional turkey and stuffing to a step back in time to a Thanksgiving dinner with the Amish, visit, and click on Special B&B Deals. Here you'll be treated to a complete menu of packages, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Open Houses, and Last Minute Getaways.

If you want to enjoy T&T (turkey & trimmings) at a B&B, sample these Thanksgiving weekends from

Churchtown Inn, Churchtown, PA
Celebrate Thanksgiving Amish-style in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Guests are welcomed on Thanksgiving Day with a roaring fire and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Thanksgiving dinner at the home of an old-order Amish family, complete with a buggy ride through the fields and a visit with the farm animals. This is a wonderful way for guests to mingle with a society of people that represents America's many traditions. Rooms are from $75 to $145 for two. The Amish dinners are $35 per person extra. Info: 800?637?4446 or

The Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern, Chester, VT
What could be more American than a traditional Thanksgiving celebration in Vermont, reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting? Guests at The Stone Hearth Inn relax by the fire, tantalized by the wonderful aromas emerging from the kitchen, while the innkeepers prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey with all the trimmings, plus homemade pies. Served family style, guests have the opportunity to mingle and meet, then relax in the library, or take in the football games in the recreation room after the meal. Multiple-night packages are available (the longer you stay, the less you pay per night) starting at $299 double for the two-night package, up to $499 for two for the five-night package, including Thanksgiving dinner, plus and breakfast for two each morning. If Mother Nature cooperates, early-season skiing may even be available at nearby Bromley Mountain! Info: 888-617-3656 or

Darby Field Inn, Albany, NH
Complement the wonderful mountain views you can enjoy at the Darby Field Inn with a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner, available to all guests staying for three or more nights over the holiday weekend. Noted by Travel & Leisure as one of the "50 best inns in America," many Darby Field guest rooms and suites feature in?room whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, so you'll have no trouble simply relaxing after your sumptuous meal. If Mother Nature co-operates, make the first tracks of the season on the inn's private cross country ski trails. Info: 800-426?4147 or

Inn on Mill Creek, Ridgecrest, NC
Combine a traditional Thanksgiving with a kick off to the Christmas holidays. Start your getaway with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with all the trimmings. The next day, enjoy leftovers in a picnic lunch as you search for and cut the perfect Christmas tree in North Carolina's northern mountains. The package includes three nights lodging for two, three breakfasts for two, Thanksgiving dinner for two a picnic lunch and a tree to take home, all for $510.00. Stay a fourth night, and you'll receive a ten percent discount. Info: 877-735-2964 or

Bross Hotel - Paonia, CO
Spend Thanksgiving in Paonia and experience the holiday as it was celebrated 50 years ago. Attend church, have a family dinner with all the trimmings, bake cookies, watch a Christmas parade, shop for art and antiques, play games, help decorate the hotel for Christmas, and attend the lighting of Paonia's nativity scene. Your Thanksgiving weekend package includes five nights lodging, four breakfasts, two lunches (Th. & Sat.,), two dinners (Th. & Fri,), along with cookies to take home, starting at $325 for single occupancy and $450 for two. Info: 970-527-6776 or

McKay House Bed & Breakfast Inn - Jefferson, TX
If you dread cooking that huge turkey, bring the whole family (or don't!) to the McKay House. On Thanksgiving Day, enjoy a traditional midafternoon dinner with all the trimmings, served fireside in the Garden Conservatory. After dinner, relax in the cozy parlor with a piece of pie and the football game, or curl up with a good book. This Thanksgiving, the McKay House family will be your family! The package includes dinner for two and a one-night stay, Wednesday or Thursday for $145; or dinner for two and a two-night stay, only $225. Info: 800-468-2627 or

Reservations are required for all Thanksgiving packages. Children are welcome at most inns at Thanksgiving, although many are not suitable for very young ones. Inquire for details.

For more delectable Thanksgiving getaways go to and click Thanksgiving Escapes from the pull-down menu. Here's a sampling of the participating inns:

Collingwood Inn, Ferndale, CA
Gingerbread Mansion, Ferndale, CA
Taharaa Mountain Lodge,Estes Park, CO
North Carolina
Adger House, Waynesville, NC
The Brookview Manor Inn, Canadensis, PA
Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, VT
Mountain Rose Inn, Woolwine, VA

For other autumn, holiday or last minute getaways, visit where a host of special escapes and deals from B&Bs throughout the world can be accessed.� is the leading online bed & breakfast reservation network, listing over 27,000 bed & breakfasts and inns throughout the United States and internationally. A wide variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase gift certificates accepted at over 2200 U.S. bed & breakfast inns, subscribe to a free newsletter, and post questions on expert?hosted message boards. Founded in 1994 by Eric Goldreyer,'s goal is to provide the best possible experience for innkeepers and inngoers alike.

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