Because our four-legged family members like presents too!
By Lauren Hubbard, Nov 8, 2019
Does your pet really need a luxury bed or perfectly festive sweater? Probably not. But when it comes to gift-giving, even your pet (or should we say especially your pet) deserves a lavish show of your love. Here, we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite gifts to treat your dog or cat.
Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed
Give your favorite pup a warm place to rest their head with this cozy heated bed.
Embroidered Velvet Pet Stocking
We’re sure you won’t find a lump of coal in these precious velvet stockings.
Holiday Gingerbread House Cat Scratcher
This cozy gingerbread house scratcher doubles as holiday decor.
Cuddly-Coat Grooming Shampoo
Keep them looking shiny and silky with this luxe dog shampoo.
Santa Mouse and Reindeer Cat Toy
Look out Rudolf! These plush cat toys will keep your feline friend entertained all season.
Isabella Blush Pet Bed
For the pet who accepts nothing less than the best.
Dog DNA Test
If you’ve ever wondered about Fido’s pedigree, this DNA test can help you figure out your furry friend’s heritage.
Gingerbread House Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy
Some cute holiday themed toys are just what your pup needs to get into the seasonal spirit.
Puppy Uppers Treat Canister
This elegant striped canister is one treat container you won’t mind displaying.
Ambush Interactive Cat Toy
Make your indoor cat feel like a master hunter with a toy that keeps them guessing , like this one which sends an enticing feather popping out of its openings at random intervals—like a kitty version of Whack A Mole.
Cornelia Dog Sofa
Doesn’t your four-legged family deserve a sofa as beautiful as yours?
Rugged Quilted Dog Blanket
It may be cold outside, but your dog won’t be with this ultra-plush quilted blanket.
Lauren Hubbard is a freelance writer and Town & Country contributor who covers beauty, shopping, entertainment, travel, home decor, wine, and cocktails. Read the full article by Town & Country here
If you are looking for something special for New Year’s Eve, Monaco has plenty to offer
Winter holidays are the time for people to get rid of their everyday issues and try to relax. Monaco is famous for its Christmas markets, indoor parties, outdoor celebrations, parades, concerts, and activities for children. This country is the leader in entertaining activities, due to its numerous casinos and beautiful seashore.
On Christmas Eve, Monaco becomes the centre of special performances and gala dinners. Most hotels and restaurants offer special packages and organize colourful parties.
New Year’s Eve is equally impressive with its parties all over Monte-Carlo. It might be hard to choose where to celebrate. One of the best places to meet the new year at the stroke of midnight is the shining Casino Square.
It’s the end of a decade, the end of an era. As 2019 comes to a close and we prepare to welcome 2020 with hopeful hearts, it only makes sense to send off the last year—and last ten years—in style. A simple soiree won’t do this time around. Instead, think bigger: We’re talking two celebrations in two time zones via private jet, an epic house party at one of London’s toniest hotels, and a private party in Dubai for you and 49 of your closest friends. Here are 11 New Year’s Eve celebrations at luxury hotels worth splurging on—after all, how many times do you get to don your finest duds, pop the bubbly, and send off a decade?
Private Fly Package, Sydney, Australia, to Honolulu, Hawaii
Since a decade New Year’s only comes along once every ten years, may as well celebrate twice, right? Private Fly’s New Year’s Eve Twice Package will fly up to eight people from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii in a Gulfstream G650ER, the world’s fastest flying private charter jet. Start off in Sydney, where you can catch the fireworks bursting over the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge at midnight. Then depart Sydney at 2am on the jet—which will be stocked with whatever food and drinks you request—and arrive in Honolulu at 8:30pm, ready to party all over again. From $275,000 for eight passengers.
Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, Dubai
Want to ring in the new decade with 49 of your closest friends and family? Rent Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s outdoor private event space, Palm Garden, for a little over $81,000, and the space is yours for the night. Celebrate with up to 50 people, including cocktails, a sit-down dinner, a countdown with Champagne, and incredible views of Dubai’s fireworks display from one of the highest points in the world. Dance under the stars as DJ performances and live entertainment continue into the early hours for 2020. Starting at $81,000; call the hotel to book.
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Whitsunday Islands
Ring in 2020 alongside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, home to some of the whitest sand in the world. The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s New Year’s Eve experience for two begins with a sunset helicopter trip to picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach where a bottle of Champagne awaits. Chopper back to the resort and settle into one of four private cabanas for live entertainment, indulgent seafood, loads more drinks, and front-row seats to stunning fireworks lighting up the star-filled dark sky. $1,350 per adult; just four packages for two people each are available.
The Little Nell, Aspen
A legendary luxury hotel in snowy Aspen, The Little Nell is known for its epic New Year’s parties, and this year they’ll be going all out for their 30th anniversary. For those who want to be surrounded by other party-goers, the Dom Pérignon Party will transform the hotel into a chic circus with musical acts, dancers, and acrobats. Mingle in the Hennessy Lounge to the sounds of All That Jazz Sextet and dance to DJ Cyn in the Belvedere Lounge. The Dom Pérignon Lounge will host dueling DJs Niiko and Swae, while an Ice Bar will serve shots of Hennessy Cognac paired with freshly made donuts. Count down to midnight with a fire show leading up to sparkling fireworks over Aspen Mountain. From $650 per person, including bottomless Dom Pérignon, access to top-shelf liquor, canapés, oysters, and a cheese bar.
For a more private affair, book the VIP Cliquot Cats experience, either for the 8pm or midnight fireworks show. Arrive to a private Veuve Clicquot lounge in the Silver Queen Gondola Building with a DJ and drinks. Next, board your private snowcat (one of three available) to be driven to an exclusive seating area overlooking Aspen, complete with chairs, plush blankets, and a glowing fire pit. Here, you’ll be greeted by your dedicated host, who will serve Champagne, caviar, and blinis while you enjoy your front row seats to the fireworks show over Aspen Mountain. Rates are $12,000 per snowcat, which seats 12; drinks and food included.
Faena, Miami Beach
Miami is never a bad choice for a party, and the over-the-top Faena doesn’t skimp on celebrations. This year’s New Year’s Eve party theme is Tropical Baroque, combining the drama and glamour of Europe’s Baroque period with South American romance. The festivities begin at the hotel’s gilded Cathedral, where guests are greeted with Champagne and cocktails along with live performances. A decadent multi-course feast awaits at your choice of restaurants (pre-fixe dinner from $650 per person); choose Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos and indulge in black truffle and artichoke carpaccio, Osetra caviar and Hanging A5 Wagyu tenderloin, or dine at Pao on the ocean view terrace to savor dishes like Alaskan King Crab with trout roe and white truffle and smoked kama congee. After dinner, head to the Living Room or Tree of Life (tables from $500) and dance the night away. As the clock counts down to midnight, meet at Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth sculpture on the beach for exciting live musical performances (from Keba and the Usual Suspects, Jahzel Dotell, and Cimafunk), a dazzling fireworks display, and a few surprises along the way. Tickets from $250.
Palais Coburg, Vienna
Ring in the new year like the royalty you are at this palace hotel in Old World Vienna. Palais Coburg will adopt a Golden Twenties theme for the 2020 party, beginning with a gala dinner at either Clementine Im Glashaus ($325 for a seven-course meal with wine, a Champagne toast at midnight, and party admission) or in the Staterooms with star chef Silvio Nickel, who will share his best creations from 2019 ($875 for nine courses with Champagne toast, additional $770 for rare wine pairing, inclusive of Champagne toast and party admission.). At midnight, head to the Grand Portico Terrace for Champagne and fireworks to the sounds of the Blue Danube Waltz and the bells of Stephen’s Cathedral. Afterward, the party continues in the lobby with a specially choreographed performance by members of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Keep celebrating into the early hours at the Golden Twenties main party, featuring two bars, visual effects, and a DJ. Starting to flag? Not to worry: The hotel keeps with Austrian tradition, offering sausages and goulash in the early hours to boost energy levels.
The Knickerbocker, New York City
The Knickerbocker is renowned for its epic New Year’s Eve party, which always offers the best and closest (just 150 feet away) view of the Ball Drop in Times Square, but is still pleasantly away from the fray. In addition to the party on its St. Cloud rooftop, the hotel offers a $150,000 New Year’s Eve Experience that gets you more than bragging rights. The VIP experience includes luxury accommodations in one of the hotel’s four Tribute Suites, dinner at Charlie Palmer, VIP access to the New Year’s Eve party atop Times Square on the St. Cloud rooftop (with reserved seating in a private, illuminated Sky Pod), a dedicated butler for any food and beverage service, premium bottle service and top-shelf libations, personal luxury velour throws and hand warmers to keep you warm, a Champagne toast at midnight, and live entertainment all night long. Package starts at $150,000.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives
If you want to get away from it all but still party until the fish come home, book a stay at one of the over-water villas at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas over New Year’s. To mark the occasion, a Moulin Rouge themed party will bring cabaret performances, live music, and fireworks to the idyllic island. Start the night with craft cocktails and a gala dinner in the company of stilt walkers, contortionists, fire shows and aerial acrobatics. After dinner, head to the party at SKY and count down under the millions of stars as fireworks light up the sky. Tickets $850 per adult and $425 per child.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii
Get ready to hula you way into the next decade at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The Kona hotel is hosting a Havana Nights New Year’s Eve Gala, complete with a rum bar, vintage cars for Cuban street vibes, and a cigar roller. Tasty Cuban bites include Cuban tamales, yuca frita, ceviche, lomo saltado, camaronep, Paella de langosta, pollo asada, flan de coco, and arroz con leche. The party, which is held at the grand entrance of the resort overlooking the signature pool and the ocean, will also feature live music by the band Impulse and a poem composer who types custom poems on the spot on a vintage typewriter. Stick around for the private fireworks show at midnight. From $395 per person.
The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas
The New Year’s Eve party at The Cape is ideal for foodies and music lovers who also appreciate epic ocean views. The evening starts with a lavish dinner ($268 per person) prepared by multi-award-winning Chef Enrique Olvera at his restaurant on property, Manta. This year, he’s bringing the spirit of his famous restaurant Pujol for a one-night-only mash-up menu of both dining hotspots. After dinner, head to the rooftop party for musical performances by Breakbot & Irfane, Yuksek, and Aeroplane. while El Arco loom in the background. The morning after, The Cape is hosting The Cure Day, a poolside barbecue. Entrance to party from $225 per person, $450 per person for private cabana.
Thanksgiving is a time to relax and reflect, to be with family, and to tell the Dog god how grateful we are for Her wonderful gift. (Dogs.)
It makes sense, then, that we might want to share some of our Thanksgiving spoils with our dogs, even if we do not normally allow them “people” food. (Though I personally allow my dog certain “people” foods fairly regularly, unless you think that is bad, in which case I abstain from taking a stance on the subject.)
But is our whole Thanksgiving plate up for grabs — the turkey, the stuffing, the thing your family makes as part of a cherished but ultimately disgusting tradition — or are there certain foods we should avoid giving them? I reached out to Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer of the American Kennel Club, to see if he could offer us some Thanksgiving guidelines.
Moderation Is Key
“Whatever it is, we have to realize that we have to do it in moderation,” Klein said. Even if you feel like he or she might deserve it, spoiling a dog with food is never a particularly kind thing for a human caretaker to do. “Whenever there’s a change in diet for a dog, they can have a problem with things like vomiting and diarrhea.” Even though some dogs might seem like they can eat anything including literal trash, you can never really predict how a dog is going to react. “So we want to make sure, when we talk about dangers, not to overdo it on even the safe-to-eat foods.”ADVERTISEMENT
Look Out for Insidious Raisins and Grapes
“Under all conditions, and in any amount, we know that raisins and grapes can cause kidney issues in dogs, and this will warrant a trip to the emergency room.” But it’s not just the obvious boxes of raisins (or slightly more pleasant boxes of Raisinettes) that we need to look out for.
“Raisins and grapes can be insidious over the holidays,” Klein said, “popping up in places we might not remember.” That is, various kinds of cookies, trail-mix bars, certain dressings, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Raisins are sneaky little demons, and we have to be on the lookout and vigilant at all times.
No Leeks, Onion, or Garlic
Although they’re not as dangerous as raisins and grapes, onions and garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs — particularly raw onions and garlic. “So we have to be very careful about not allowing our dogs to have anything with onions or garlic, because they can cause problems — as tasty as they are,” Klein said. And it’s true — they are tasty.
“We want to stay away from any cooked poultry bones, turkey or chicken, because they become very brittle after they’re cooked.” Bones, when eaten, can lead to choking and severe internal damage. Klein says to make sure you keep an eye on where you’re disposing your cooked poultry bones, make sure your trash can is covered, and “make sure everyone’s paying attention. Don’t forget about our friendly little Fido the crook.”
Watch Out for Fatty or Spicy Foods
“When we talk about stomach issues, we talk about two things: the obvious gastroenteritis, which is when a dog eats something that doesn’t agree with him and the next thing you know there’s vomit and diarrhea all over the house, and pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the organ called the pancreas.” Some dogs are sensitive to very fatty (or spicy) foods, and this danger tends to pop up in things like ham and gravy around the holidays.
“What you’ll see in certain dogs that have a tendency to have pancreatitis is that they won’t immediately show signs — sometimes for a couple of days — and then they’ll get quite, quite ill and need to be hospitalized.” Pancreatitis can be triggered by a number of factors, Klein said, but if you know your dog has a predisposition for it, you shouldn’t alter their diet too much, and you certainly don’t want to give them anything fatty or spicy.
Keep Your Medication Out of Reach
Dr. Klein also shared a danger that might not immediately come to mind, from his days as an emergency-room veterinarian. “On Thanksgiving and Christmas, friends and family come to visit and they bring suitcases, and purses, and within them they bring Zip-Lock bags of anti-anxiety medications, or sleeping pills, or marijuana. And they don’t always leave them closed.”
He said he’s seen many a sick animal after they ingested an unknown amount of pills that were kept, for travel, in an unsealed and unlabeled Zip-Lock bag. “And they come into the emergency room and we don’t know how many, what, or when.” He recommends keeping all medication out of reach of children and animals, and always labeling your travel Zip-Locks. Even if it’s marijuana? you’re wondering. Yes!
The Safe Options, Finally
Oh my God, can we give our sweet friends anything on Thanksgiving?! Yes! “Turkey itself is quite safe,” Klein said, “especially the white meat, and especially in moderation.” Not the skin, though, which can be full of things like butter, salt, and sometimes garlic powder — don’t give that — “but the white meat is perfectly fine to give.”
Cranberries are safe, too, but we need to be careful when they’re used in a (typically sugar-heavy) sauce or dressing. A little can go a long way, in that case, and again we have to look out for those insidious raisins which can sometimes find themselves in cranberry-sauce incarnations.
Steamed vegetables are fine, too (string beans, asparagus, sweet potatoes), but not vegetables cooked in any sort of cream or butter sauce, or cooked with a lot of sugar and fat. Perhaps steam some vegetables for your dog friend and put them aside? He doesn’t have to know what he isn’t getting.
And While We’re Here
Dr. Klein says he assumes you know dogs can’t eat chocolate, but he’s seen many holiday mishaps occur when chocolate is left out on a dining-room table; so watch out. (Ditto cocktails.) And make sure your dog isn’t too stressed about the party atmosphere. “It’s asking a lot of a dog to understand the workings of a large family gathering. Most of them are fine with it, but we can’t assume that every dog will be.” True. Or every person!
We get it: sometimes the holidays can trigger a yearning to escape. Sure Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday, but who could argue that bickering with one’s extended family over just about any topic while you feast is a pleasant—though time-honored— tradition. Here’s the thing, though: turkey time doesn’t have to be contentious. You could always skip town…
If you would rather forgo the big dinner altogether in hopes of avoiding the inevitable red-or-blue disputes while you pass green beans, we have found the perfect retreats for you across the country. And the best part is that they all include the traditional trimmings of the special holiday, so you don’t have to miss out just because you’re not home for the holidays. For more Turkey Day escape plan inspiration, read on.
The Sagamore Resort, Adirondacks, New York
Holding court for over a century on picturesque Lake George in the Adirondacks, the 133-year old Sagamore Resort offers guests a Donald Ross-designed 18-hole golf course, hiking, tennis, and spa (as well as fishing and swimming during the summers). The resort kicks off a long-weekend with a Family Movie Night and campfire with s’mores on Thanksgiving Eve. On the big day, guests can watch the Macy’s Parade in the Rec Center or football at the pub, enjoy a holiday movie marathon, and then sit down to Thanksgiving dinner at La Bella Vita or a Thanksgiving buffet in the ballroom. The day after Thanksgiving, the resort has a Gingerbread House making, a mini golf invitational, and a tree lighting with Santa and Mrs Claus, including hot cocoa and hot toddys.
America’s oldest seaside resort—opened in 1816 and celebrating its 200th anniversary this year—Congress Hall offers seasonal activities like gingerbread house building and hosts a special Thanksgiving buffet, as well as a sit-down meal, at its Blue Pig Tavern. For the long Thanksgiving weekend, guests can have breakfast with Santa, enjoy a live-theatrical performance of It’s a Wonderful Life during dinner, and take in carolers over a cup of hot cocoa during the Winter Wonderland concert series.
Thanksgiving is a wildly popular holiday on on Kiawah Island, a private retreat known as the most luxurious of the small islands dotting the coastal South—over 40,000 visitors will descend over the weekend. The island goes all out over Thanksgiving, particularly at the Sanctuary, its five-star oceanfront hotel. Highlights include the Thanksgiving Feast buffet in the Sanctuary ballroom, Pumpkin Hockey, an early-morning 5K Turkey Trot fun run, and family sand sculpting. The weekend concludes with Kiawah Island Real Estate’s annual Party in the Park, featuring low-country food and drinks, face painting, games, and a performance by Darius Rucker. The morning after Thanksgiving, Santa arrives for a tree lighting ceremony, with extras like cookie and ornament decorating on offer.
With cranberries a way of life in Wisconsin, Thanksgiving is done right at the Edgewater, a lakefront hotel in state capital and college town Madison. On the Monday before Thanksgiving, the giant Christmas tree arrives from a local farm and kicks off three days of decorations. On the big day, there’s a Thanksgiving brunch including local specialties like Amish turkey with bourbon cider glaze and leek mac and cheese made with three types of Wisconsin cheddar, and it all culminates on the day after Thanksgiving, when the Edgewater flips the switch on the tree and celebrates the seasonal opening of their ice rink. Santa pays a visit, as does University of Wisconsin mascot Bucky Badger.
The Four Seasons Ko Olina offers guests a plethora of island-flavored Thanksgiving feasts, including a pan-Asian Thanksgiving buffet at La Hiki, a Thanksgiving brunch at Fish House, and Thanksgiving dinner at Noe, the resort’s Italian-meets-Hawaiian restaurant. On the day after Thanksgiving, the resort debuts its Moonlight Market, which features acclaimed Hawaiian artists and artisans, including lauhala weavers, shell jewelry designers, coconut weavers, and featured White House aloha-wear designer Jana Lam. That post-Thanksgiving night, the resort also introduces its La Hiki Asian Night Market Buffet, featuring crab claws and prime rib, authentic dim sun and adobo and a “build your own” ramen bar, giving guests an alternative to traditional holiday fare.
At the St. Regis Aspen Resort, you can expect Thanksgiving-themed wine pairings and afternoon spent on the slopes or at the spa. At sundown, guests congregate by the front entrance for the ceremonial sundown champagne sabering while there are nightcaps and roasted s’mores at Shadow Mountain Lodge from 9 p.m. until midnight.
Park City’s Montage Deer Valley offers a slew of family-focused events over Thanksgiving weekend. Take part in flag football on the grand lawn, learn archery at the resort’s annual turkey-themed Turkey Shoot lesson, enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet at Apex restaurant, and cap it off with a family photo overlooking the Wasatch Mountains. To celebrate the lead-up to Christmas, offerings include cookie decorating classes, holiday mug decorating, gingerbread house unveiling and their fifth Annual Christmas tree lighting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, including live entertainment, holiday cookies and a gourmet hot chocolate bar. Oh and skiing should be underway too.
Las Vegas’s the Park turns into a winter wonderland on the Monday before Thanksgiving, when its first-ever tree lighting ceremony will feature a 60-foot-tall Silver Tip Fir tree adorned with 3,000 holiday ornaments and 13,000 lights, plus 16-foot-tall Ornament Tunnels. After visiting Santa, listening to carolers, and taking a spin on the ice skating rink, guests can pop over to MGM Grand across the street to watch football at TAP Sports Bar with Turkey Sliders or a T-Day Plate with all the fixings, a special Thanksgiving day menu at Michael Mina Pub, or delicacies like oyster foie gras at Iron Chef Masaharu Moritmoto’s spot Morimoto.
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Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
The 102-acre luxury resort in Rancho Palos Verdes offers a bevy of holiday events. The Friendsgiving package includes two passes to the spa or a round of golf at the Links, a bottle of ONEHOPE wine, and an in-room movie night with candy. Or choose from a three-course prix-fixe dinner at fine dining restaurant Mar’sel, live entertainment and a buffet in the ballroom, or a casual seaside turkey sandwich complete with pumpkin pie and other classics at Nelson’s before retreating to one of the four ocean-view pools with a cocktail.
A Hawaiian paradise for Disney-lovers of all ages, Aulani has plenty of special Thanksgiving offerings for those fleeing the mainland. Give thanks with seaside dining at Aulani’s restaurant Ama Ama, celebrate with a Hawaiian-style Harvest Feast, live music, and characters in the Kaiona Ballroom, indulge in a Thanksgiving buffet at Makahiki—including oysters, crab claws, green tip mussels, and a poke station—or just grab a quick turkey-lunch to-go before finding your inner kid at the resort’s Rainbow Reef snorkeling experience, one of its two water slides, on the lazy river, or by exploring its awe-inspiring collection (the island’s second largest) of original cultural artifacts.
Located on 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, luxury retreat Blackberry Farm is an ideal place to spend the holidays, with a staggering list of events and offerings for the long weekend. There’s a welcome reception, a performance by composer Jonathan Wolff (best known for the Seinfeld theme song), family bingo, family trivia, a Turkey Trot 5K, a turkey fry tradition of peanut soup and angel biscuits for lunch on the lawn, teen game night, flag football, a holiday cocktail clinic, and, of course, special Thanksgiving dinners in the Barn and in the Dogwood, featuring Blackberry Farm’s renowned gourmet cuisine.
Nantucket’s only all-season destination resort, the Nantucket’s traditional Thanksgiving buffet for 250 people is renowned on the island. It’s held in the 1926 Grand Ballroom, complete with all the trimmings prepared by executive chef Josh Schoen and featuring antique fire truck rides for the family. Guests at the hotel can also do the famous Nantucket Annual Cold Turkey Plunge, in which hundreds of people dress up before jumping into the icy waters off Children’s Beach. After the Turkey Plunge, there’s “hot cocktail hour” in the heated outdoor hot tub.
Holiday traditions are huge at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington D.C., which kicks off its annual festivities on Thanksgiving Day with a Mayflower event that brings together police, firefighters, EMTs, and public servants working on the day to enjoy a holiday feast. The event takes place on a 53-foot Mayflower Truck, which is parked directly in front of the hotel and outfitted in fine linens; hotel staff, guests, and volunteers dress in Thanksgiving-inspired costumes to serve meals. For hungry guests, the hotel offers brunch at Seasons Restaurant, including a room filled with nearly 30 Thanksgiving pastries and desserts, or a three-course menu at Bourbon Steak that includes heritage turkey, pecan pie doughnuts with a whiskey pecan glaze, and signature dishes such as Michael’s lobster pot pie and Hudson Valley foie gras.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Located half an hour north of San Diego, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa is throwing their first-ever 5K Turkey Trot this year, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Later in the day, guests can enjoy a feast over live music at the resort’s signature restaurant Veladora, where executive chef Jarrod Moiles has prepared a buffet with both classic favorites and gourmet alternatives, including roasted pumpkin bisque, chilled seafood, mac and cheese with herb bread crumbs, slow roasted turkey breast, chorizo, and herb stuffing.
Set on 40 acres in Newport, Rhode Island, Castle Hill Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property, provides guests with a classic New England Thanksgiving. Chef Lou Rossi—an alum of NYC’s three-Michelin-starred Per Se—showcases the local harvest with appetizers like Native littleneck clams, Matunuck oysters and chilled white shrimp, plus herb roasted Helger’s Farm turkey with sage gravy and cranberry sauce, and a selection of pies, pastries and tarts. The hotel also features a spa, the Retreat at Castle Hill by Farmaesthetics, and has a selection of romantic and rustic rooms and cottages available by the beach, overlooking the harbor, and on its namesake hill.
Riverside, California’s Mission Inn Restaurant is renowned for its yearly Festival of Lights, which starts previewing on Thanksgiving Day and features fresh-falling (faux) snow, a fireworks show, and over 400 light up, animated figures, as well as Dickens carolers to start off the holiday season. For the big day itself, the hotel’s Grand Parisian Ballroom features bottomless mimosas; a seafood display of snow crab, mussels, Gulf shrimp, smoked fish, mussels, ceviche; carving stations featuring prime rib and ham; an assortment of farmer’s market vegetables and salads; seasonal fruits; cheeses; and charcuterie; plus morning favorites such as eggs benedicts, Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes, an omelet station, and a dessert display including a copious selection of tarts, pies, cakes. Just try buttoning your pants after that.
Spend Thanksgiving at Maui’s Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, which is located on 54 acres adjacent to the sacred Honokahua Preservation Site, which is transformed into a holiday retreat with sparkling lights, sweet treats, and special events. Included on the itinerary: a Thanksgiving Buffet Feast at the Terrace (with live music and Keiki hula for Kids), a four course Thanksgiving dinner at the Banyan Tree, or a three-course Thanksgiving Dinner at the Alaloa Lounge, fun holiday treats like the Thanksgiving on a bun burger, a traditional pumpkin pie shake with spiced pumpkin gelato and pie dough crumble, a hot cider station and even special feast of thanks cocktails.
In the center of Los Angeles and a heartbeat from Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard, and West Hollywood, the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers guests who stay over the holiday a third night free, while their modern Italian restaurant Culina will include a special Thanksgiving menu. Meanwhile, Jeff Leatham—the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris and the man responsible for that hotel’s world-renowned floral decorations—is returning to the hotel, where he began his career, to design its lobby floral installations for the holidays (and beyond).
The iconic Miami Beach hotel goes all-out—in signature, over-the-top Miami style—for several Thanksgiving options at its celebrity-chef driven restaurants. Football cabana packages are available for those who want to enjoy the game poolside, while traditional dinners include family-style Thanksgiving at StripSteak by Michael Mina featuring a slow-roasted turkey, or a Thanksgiving buffet at Vida—including a rotisserie, charcuterie, imported cheeses, giblet gravy, sage gnocchi, and mushroom truffle jus corn bread, plus a dessert station including crème brûlée, cakes and pies, and spiced carrot cake with toffee crunch. Guests who want to celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach can pick up a special housemade turkey burger flavored with cranberry mostarda and truffled turkey gravy on offer at Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina before walking down to the waterfront.
San Diego’s famed Hotel del Coronado does Thanksgiving by the Pacific the right way. Every year the hotel hosts a lavish feast in the ballroom—and this year is no exception. Attendees can expect an indulgent feast with all of the traditional trimmings of Thanksgiving, with live music and an ocean front view to boot. What more could you ask for?
NADINE JOLIE COURTNEY Nadine Jolie Courtney is a lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Town & Country, Robb Report, and Angeleno. ROXANNE ADAMIYATTRoxanne Adamiyatt is the senior editor at Town & Country, where she writes about lifestyle, fashion, travel, and beauty.
From the protective ‘superhero’ to the dependent ‘sneak’, experts have revealed what your pet’s favourite sleeping position reveals about their personality.
British animal behaviourist, Professor Peter Neville, shared his insights after a study from pet wellbeing website Itchpet.com revealed two-thirds of owners share their bed with their dog or cat.
He said: ‘When choosing their sleeping positions, our pets are broadly seeking to maintain and enhance their close protecting bond with us, rather than any desire to control us or monopolise territory.
‘But they do cleverly learn to use their appeal and warm benefits they bring to us to train us to meet their individual night-time needs and desires and to shift our sleeping habits to accommodate theirs.’
Here, a closer look at the 10 most popular pet sleeping positions and what they say about your furry friend…
1. The Faithful
Lies at the foot of your bed by your feet
Restless sleeper: Dogs and cats at the end of the bed want to keep an easy escape route
While this seems like the actions of a dutiful and worshipping dog, you are of course horizontal in bed and so there is no respectful acknowledging posturing here.
More likely is that you are a restless sleeper and this is as close as he or she can be to you while keeping an easy escape route.
2. The Knee Nuzzle
Nestles in the bend of your legs as you lie in the foetal position
Handing over responsibility: This cozy position allows pets to totally relax and sleep like a baby
Warmth and all-enveloping security are the key attractions here as you all curl up in that ‘artificial womb’ together. This pet can be more than happy to hand over all responsibility for their well-being to you as if they are a puppy or kitten again.
In this perfectly protected environment, they don’t need to make any more decisions and literally sleep like a baby.
3. The Donut Divider
Curls up in a ball between your legs
Complete quiet: A cat or dog snuggled in this way is able to ‘sound-proof’ their sleep
Smaller pets can enjoy the comforting slight compression of your legs on either side and blankets above and below, provided you stay still of course.
Both cats and dogs are able to hear far higher frequencies of sound that are ‘ultra-sonic’ to us, so by getting themselves in a sound-proofed warm ‘bubble’ bordered by our legs can help protect them from any unwanted noises that might disturb them.
4. The Wall
In between you and your partner
Centre of attention: This position could suggest the pet is closer to one partner than the other
This position might be an innocent warmth and security choice from your pet, but there may be an element of strategy here too.
A dog, or sometimes a cat, that is especially bonded to one partner might just be keeping the other at distance and is trying to ensure that he or she gets whatever attention might be on offer.
5. The Pillow Bandit
Takes over the entire pillow
Needy: A Pillow Bandit wants to be in prime position so that you see them when you wake up
A less likely position if you snore, this position is usually the preserve of smaller dogs and cats who find the extra softness. As soon as the Pillow Bandit wakes, they will usually insist on waking you up too.
Your face is immediately accessible to be targeted with a rub or a lick to ensure that breakfast is delivered pronto.
6. The Under-Cover Lover
Under the duvet
Close bond: A dog or cat under the covers will be enveloped in your ‘common smell’
It’s the ultimate in dark safe dens to hide away in a reassuring warm heap where body smells and pheromones combine to create a comforting ‘scent fug’.
Cats and dogs are notoriously indifferent of their owners breaking wind and this paradoxically might add to the security of an enveloping ‘common scent’ in sleeping under the duvet.
Just as some people sleep better under weighted blankets, some dogs also relax better if they are lightly compressed by bedcovers.
7. The Cuddle Bug
Cuddles you in the crook of your arm
Seeking reassurance: A Cuddle Bug can feel the reassurance of your heartbeat
This gets the pet closer to your face where he or she can probably feel the reassurance of your heartbeat, while yet also affording a quick escape route to other parts of the bed or to the floor if you turn or alter position in your sleep.
The Cuddle Bug may also aspire to being a fully-fledged Pillow Bandit, and this position may just be a short reaffirming step in their process of training you to accept and enjoy their advancing expectations.
8. The Sneak
Inches further up the bed to get closer to your head
Dependent: The Sneak crawls towards the pillow in search of your reassuring breathing
Often also with aspirations to become a Pillow Bandit, the Sneak is probably quite a dependent soul who loves nothing more than to rest and snooze ever closer to your face where he can feel your heartbeat and hear your gentle breathing while you sleep.
9. The Superhero
Sprawls out on their belly next to you
Protector: A superhero at the end of the bed is ready to move at the sign of any disturbance
This may be a bit of a compromise position by dogs – and only very rarely by cats – who want to keep close secure contact with you for a while and enjoy being petted on the head and massaged down their backs as you relax, but which prevents them from overheating if your bed is very warm.
It may also be that the Superhero chooses this splayed position rather than curling up or stretching out so they are increasingly ready to look after you if there are disturbances at night. Your welfare is their welfare after all.
10. The Octopus
Sprawled out in the middle of the bed and you’re right on the edge
Taking advantage: This pet knows how nice you are and that you would do anything for them
A very common position for many pet owners to find themselves in in the morning. The pet starts out nicely sharing bed space with their loving owner, but gradually expands occupancy of the bed during the night, perhaps to get more comfortable and dissipate heat if you are too warm.
This pet knows how nice you are, taking advantage of your good nature as you move to accommodate them as they steadily stretch out in your half-awake state and shove you, ever so gently, to the side.
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