California Thanksgiving Getaways for 2016

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

23 photos
1/23
Getty Images/iStockphoto
2/23
Getty Images
Give yourself a holiday that will really leave you saying "Thanks."
3/23
Montage Laguna Beach
If you're looking to splurge, consider The Montage in Laguna Beach and its special offer : Guests take a private jet from Orange County to Napa Valley wine country where you will enjoy a hot air balloon tour over and a champagne brunch and a private wine tour. At the end of the day, a private jet charters you back for a sunset Studio Garden tour with Executive Chef Craig Strong. Pricing begins at $9,795 for the offer available through December 1, 2016. Details here
4/23
Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area
Giving Thanks in Yosemite Valley: Dinner reservations can be made at any of the locations from The Ahwahnee to Yosemite Lodge Mountain Room Restaurant or the Wawona Dining Room. Call 888.413.8869 to make reservations.
5/23
Stefanie Mullen
Thanksgiving at the Hotel del Coronado: This could be an excellent way to enjoy the holiday at one of San Diego’s premier hotels – Hotel del Coronado. Reserve your place for dinner inside the Crown Room or the oceanfront Ballroom. Book a stay and you can include a game of tennis before dinner or a walk along the beach afterward.
6/23
Diana Wroblewski/California Fall Color
Get a taste of the changing seasons with the leaves in Big Bear and at the same time sneak in a run at the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. No need to train in advance, runs are offered in 3, 6, and 9 mile distances. Prizes include whole turkeys and costumes are encouraged. For more information .
7/23
Florence

Take in the fall colors at Sequoia National Park

: If nature cooperates, you could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and some pumpkin pie after playing in the snow near at Wuksachi Lodge. Before the end of the holiday weekend, check out a truly regal tree - the world-famous General Grant Tree. No need to pack all that gear. The lodge offers cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals.
8/23
Getty Images
Stillwater Bar & Grill at The Lodge at Pebble Beach offers a Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet for those who want to sneak in a little turkey between rounds on Nov. 24. 2016. Check the menu and call (831) 625-8524 for reservations.
9/23
San Diego Zoo/Facebook
With this being the centennial celebration of The San Diego Zoo, what better place to spend the holiday than Albert's or the Treetops Restaurant? Get menu and pricing information here
10/23
Courtesy Roaring Camp Railroad
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. Or take a trip on The Santa Cruz Big Trees & Pacific Railway on one of the oldest and most historic lines in California. Buy advanced tickets online.
11/23
[2011] Mission Hills Inn
Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights beginning Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Check for information on packages and rates.
12/23
Queen Mary Instagram photo
Alice in Winterland: The Queen Mary in Long Beach offers winter activities from ice skating to caroling at CHILL.
13/23
Hollywood Christmas Parade Facebook
The 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, November 27, 2016 on Hollywood Boulevard. Celebrities expected to appear include Grand Marshal Olivia Newton John and several Days of Our Lives cast members. Crowds will enjoy marching bands, balloons and floats. Get information here
14/23
Sagrada Wellness
Sagrada Wellness offers yoga retreats in the San Luis Obispo wine country. Reconnect your mind, body, and spirit from November 25 - 27, 2016 For more information click here
15/23
Courtesy Fairmont San Francisco
For just $1,299 you can stay in the uniquely decorated Santa Suite at the Fairmont San Francisco. The hotel describes the special offer as where "Santa and Mrs. Claus call “home” when they are in San Francisco." The hotel also offers Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinners. Get information here.
16/23
Getty Images
The Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom will offer Thanksgiving fare with a pinch of Disney magic on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Call (714) 781-DINE, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Reservations are now being accepted. Get information here.
17/23
Thanksgiving Weekend in Nevada City: Serve up a little history with your holiday when you take the family to Nevada City, home of one of the most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Be part of the annual Cornish Christmas and grab a bag of chestnuts roasted on an open fire or enjoy miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, dog walking and horseback riding inside Empire Mine State Park.
18/23
Courtesy Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows
The buffet may be soldout but Squaw Valley still offers a getaway with a little action as the ski resort celebrates Opening Day the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Get more information here.
19/23
Getty Images
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.
20/23
Wine Train
Wine Train Thanksgiving : Skip the in-laws’ and enjoy hours of eating, relaxing and being pampered aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Reservations and other information available at (800) 427-4124. Prices start at $166 per person.
21/23
L'Auberge/Facebook
Enjoy an early walk on the beach and then gather with family and friends at KITCHEN 1540 and savor Executive Chef Nathan Lingle's three-course Thanksgiving menu at L'Auberge Del Mar.To reserve your table, call 858-793-6460.
22/23
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
23/23
Getty Images

Find more getaway ideas in our special section Worth the Trip.

Contact Us