Waterfront view from the Restaurant at Alderbrook Resort and Spa, Hood Canal, WA

This Thanksgiving get away from the city sights (so, traffic) and sounds (you, crying inside because you’re stuck in said traffic), and take a relaxing trip to Walla Walla, Hood Canal, Portland, or even Bend. Your family will be thankful for it.

The London Grill (Portland)
If you’re just in need of a change of cityscape, check out the elegant and historic Benson Hotel where there will be a three-course dinner at The London Grill. To no one’s surprise ever, The London Grill will be serving up free-range turkey (but please no Colin the chicken jokes) with braised dark meat. For those who are so over turkey on Thanksgiving, order the seared salmon or grilled New York Strip steak. 1-8pm, 503-228-2000. $36-$46/three-course prix fixe.

Meadows at the Lodge (Bend)
For an Oregonian dinner sans hipsters and Portland weird, try Meadows at the Lodge at Sunriver Resort. Its four-course feast features options such as a slowly braised turkey roulade, an autumnal apple sage stuffing, and whipped Yukon gold potatoes. Or throw tradition to the wind and go for the slow roasted prime rib (yes), more whipped potatoes (obvious yes), Yorkshire pudding (yes in a British accent), and mushroom marsala jus (you know the answer to this). Choosing dessert from this prix fixe menu is easy because you’d get a trio of pumpkin cinnamon panna cotta, pecan bourbon caramel pie, and semisweet chocolate s’more. 1-8pm, 541-593-3740. Four-course prix fixe. $52/adult, $24/children ages 6-12, free/children 0-5.

The Restaurant at Alderbrook (Hood Canal)
For a Thanksgiving getaway worthy of a North Face ad, visit the Restaurant at Hood Canal’s Alderbrook Resort and Spa. Start the three-course meal with a seasonal holiday pumpkin bisque or a hearty salad followed by a classic brined turkey and sage stuffing. Or go full PNW and order the cedar plank roasted salmon accompanied by cranberry balsamic quinoa, bacon braised Brussels sprouts and ruby red grapefruit beurre blanc. And if a lush Pacific Northwestern feast doesn’t really do it for you, stay the night and indulge in spa treatments, PGA-class golf, or the Christmas tree and resort lighting Friday evening, Nov 28.  11am-9pm, 360-898-5500. Three-course menu from $39-$57. 

The Great Hall (Bend)
Eat in what sounds like a dining hall from Game of Thrones, except no bowl of brown or imminent threat of danger. What it does have is a buffet full of Thanksgiving fare, from pumpkin and chive soup with croissant croutons, to roasted turkey with giblet gravy and honey glazed ham with stone ground mustard. And no Great Hall is complete without a selection of gourmet cheeses and charcuterie. Plus there will be sides and desserts aplenty to please even the pickiest of eaters such as classic pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and plum pudding. Historic Great Hall, 2-7pm, 541-593-1000. $48/adults, $24/children 6­-12, free/children 0-5.

Grille at Crosswater (Bend)
Chef Jason Greene presents an upscale Thanksgiving experience at the Grille at Crosswater, another solid restaurant out of Sunriver Resort. This prix-fixe menu is for resort guests only, and it comes with a bounty of entrees: roasted turkey with gravy, wild King salmon with béarnaise and Dungeness crab, and rounded out with slow roasted prime rib with a rosemary au jus. 5-7pm, 541-593-3400. Holiday prix fixe $47/adults, $23/children 6-12, and a kids menu is available for children ages 5 and under.

Marc Restaurant (Walla Walla)
Calling all lovers of vinting and vintage, the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel will be hosting its 14th annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at the Marc Restaurant. Move aside mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (though both will be present in abundance), this buffet features unique options like cherrywood smoked salmon, espresso and butternut squash soup, agave-glazed ham with a whiskey pepper jus and much more. Since the Marc Restaurant does wine pairings so well year-round, peruse their expansive wine list and sip on local Washington wines that complement each dish. For dessert, the adventurous diner can try the nitro station serving housemade pumpkin gelato and sweet potato sorbet. 11:30am–4:30pm, 509-524-5139. A la carte. $34.95/adults, $29.95/seniors, $19.95/children 6-12, free/children 0-5.

 

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