Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

A good place to spend Thanksgiving in the East

A good place to spend Thanksgiving in the East

Jul 31st, 2006, 04:26 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 57
A good place to spend Thanksgiving in the East

My Mom died this past January, Thanksgiving at her home was always our favorite Holiday. This Thanksgiving we (myself, Hubby and 12 yr old son) want to do something different. We are thinking about taking a trip since son will have the whole week off. We live in WV and would like to drive somewhere to spend a few days. Any suggestions? I have heard of 'The Homestead' in VA, but wondered if son would be bored there. I'm really open to any suggestions as long as it's in the East (we will be driving)
iluvmyrott is offline  
Jul 31st, 2006, 04:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 46
I am sorry to learn of your loss.

You are wise to plan something very different for Thanksgiving this year.

Williamsburg would be a good choice, if your son is intrigued by American history.

L.M. Sunshine
littlemarysunshine is offline  
Jul 31st, 2006, 04:49 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 57

I love that idea! My son loves science AND History! I was also thinking of Gettysburg.
iluvmyrott is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 04:02 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 24,624
Forgive me, but what will your father do this Thanksgiving and what about other family members who depended on Mom doing Thanksgiving? Have you considered having it at your house?
dfrostnh is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:22 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 1,068
dfrostnh - Forgive me, too, but I thought your post was a bit presumptuous and insensitive. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps her father is already gone, and that she's asking for locations so she doesn't have to visit grief so soon again? And perhaps there aren't any relatives she wants to cook for. She and her family have asked about a place to go away from the traditions they've lived with for many years probably so that they can temporarily escape the grief...and you suggest that she take care of the other members of her family (who may or may not exist) at home...full of memories. Sometimes escape can be a good thing...even if it is temporary.
kamahinaohoku is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:30 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 8,296
Bless you at this difficult time. So sorry to learn of your loss.

A friend went through this year before last, and took a cruise last year over Thanksgiving with her husband and children for the exact same reason. They escaped the cold, spent a wonderful trip together, and dealt with many emotions regarding their loss.

I just lost my dad in November, a week before Thanksgiving. We could not bear to leave my mom alone, so we all spent Thanksgiving and Christmas with her at her house so the house wouldn't seem SO empty on the holidays. If I lost my mom, though, I think I might travel for the holidays, too, because it'd be so hard not to "return home."

Good luck with your decisions.
BayouGal is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:52 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 3,194
dfrostnh, I agree, your post was way insensitive and uncalled for. She asked for travel advice, not personal advice and it really is none of your business. Hope she isn't scared off.

How about DC? Lots to do for your son and it would be an easy to find a special place for your Thanksgiving dinner.
wyatt92 is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:53 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 13,814
There are a lot great outdoor activities that a 12 YO boy might enjoy at The Homestead. The catch is obviously the weather. There is a Kids Club but 12 is the upper boundary and mine, at 12, would not have been interested in hanging with the little kids.

Williamsburg is a great place to spend Thanksgiving.

I agree with the DC suggestion too. Lots to do & see there, both indoors and out.

So sorry abou the deaeath of your Mom. That first year of firsts without them is such a struggle. Good for you for thinking ahead for ways to cushion the loss around the holidays.
obxgirl is online now  
Aug 1st, 2006, 07:03 AM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 14,111
I am sorry for your loss. My dad died at Christmas and even though that was forty years ago, the holiday still brings up some mixed emotions.
I suggest Charleston, SC. Tons to do and the weather will be mild enough to enjoy the outdoors.
cmcfong is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 07:03 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 808
Sorry about your loss. Celebrating holidays is especially hard after the loss of the one you enjoyed so many traditions with.

If my kids had a week off at T/Day, I would look into something warm-a cruise, the Caribean, etc. but then again, I live in a cold climate, so i'm always looking to escape.

Another thought-how about Boston and New England. Very historic, lots to do,

Williamsburg is a great suggestion too.

Rachel is offline  
Aug 1st, 2006, 07:32 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,157
From WV I'd probably say DC as well though your son may have already been there on school trips? We spent a couple of Thanksgivings in Charleston and had relatively mild weather. There are so many good restaurants to choose from, the beach, the aquarium, the Yorktown. How about Philadelphia/Valley Forge area? Stopping by Gettysburg and Hershey's Chocolate world on the way?
leahinsc is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
Nov 1st, 2008 05:11 AM
United States
Sep 5th, 2007 08:58 AM
United States
Sep 23rd, 2004 01:17 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:42 PM.