Three Last-Minute Getaways To Be Thankful For

Cozy up in Vermont, trek through Peru, or graze with the other black sheep.

Still no invites for Thanksgiving dinner? Or, maybe invites you’d rather not accept? There’s still time to pack up and head somewhere to be thankful for this holiday.

Peru Al Toque

Although Thanksgiving may be an inherently American holiday, who says you can’t give thanks while exploring some other part of the world? For anyone who may not have plans already locked in this year, there is still time to join Zoom Vacations, a company specializing in gay group travel, on its upcoming week-long journey through Peru

The Plaza de Armas in Lima, Peru. Photographed from a higher perspective.
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The trip takes place November 18-25 and will make stops in Peru’s capital, Lima; the Sacred Valley, an important region to the Incan empire; the 15th-century Incan citadel of Machu Picchu; and Cusco, a city filled with great architecture, markets, and galleries. Along the way, the group will boarding the Belmont Hiram Bingham, a five-star luxury train on which they will be served a Thanksgiving feast while being shuttled along the Urubamba Riverto.

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Thanksgiving for the Resistance

Even dissenters, outcasts, and ne’er-do-wells need a break. So if you’re the one in your family everyone gets warned about, head to the ACE Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs for its annual Blacksheep Weekend. Highlights include a live performance by Earth Moon Earth, nightly dance parties, a pop up fair, and, of course, Thanksgiving dinner with the other black sheep.

Photo courtesy of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

Stowe It

Perhaps you imagine a more traditional Thanksgiving setting but without all the hassle of cleaning and prepping a giant meal. If so, the Stowflake Mountain Resort & Spa, a family-owned and operated establishment in Vermont, is offers would-be guests a seasonal incentive to ditch home for the holidays: stay three or more consecutive nights over Thanksgiving, and stay Thanksgiving night free of charge and enjoy a special holiday menu.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.