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5 best Thanksgiving getaways from Boston

Escape the city and head to these destinations near and far for a fun long weekend.

JQ Louise
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JQ Louise
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While we all love fall in New England, sometimes getting out of town can be the best medicine for the short days and chilly weather. And if the fam won’t get too mad at you, Thanksgiving is one of the best times to travel—especially outside of New England. With cheap international flights, a free four-day weekend and an excuse to skip the annual Thanksgiving drama, a November getaway sounds pretty nice, as long as you can somehow avoid the busiest travel day or the worst time to travel for Thanksgiving. We rounded up the best places to visit this year and the best part is they are all a nonstop from Logan. But if you are looking to stay a little closer to home, while still getting out of Boston check out our guide to the best weekend getaways or the best day trips from the city.

RECOMMENDED: Time Out Boston travel tips

Best places to travel from Boston this Thanksgiving

Nantucket is amazing all year round, but it is especially magical in the off season. The summer crowds are gone, but the ocean breeze and charming streets are still there.

Eat ator, The Whale (38 Main St, 508-825-5897) located right on the cobblestoned main street in downtown Nantucket, if the weather is still nice you can enjoy eating on or The Whale’s back patio. Joining the island’s foodie ranks last summer, Sister Ship at Faraway Nantucket is a shiny beacon on Centre Street. The farm-to-table restaurant presents a Mediterranean-influenced menu with all their ingredients sourced from farmers and producers throughout Nantucket. 

Stay at: Faraway Nantucket (29 Centre St, Nantucket, MA 02554) is the chicest new spot right in the center of town. The Faraway has one of the most sought after qualities a hotel can have—being brand new while feeling as if it has always been there. The funky décor, quality service and amazing rooms leave you feeling as if you have booked a stay at your own Nantucket holiday home.

Miami
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Miami

If you are craving some tropical sunshine, your best bet over Thanksgiving weekend is Miami. With lots of flight options from Boston to either FLL or MIA, you should still be able to find a deal if you are flexible with times. Shake off the start of seasonal affective disorder at the beach this month.

Eat at: Miami is filled with amazing places to dine but here are a few to add to your list. Joia Beach (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail) is the beach club of your dreams. This Mykonos style club offers a menu filled with fresh produce and meats grilled to perfection and when you pair all that with their tasty cocktails, you will want to lounge there all day (and you probably will!). If you haven’t been to Miami in a while, you will probably find yourself strolling the streets of Wynwood admiring all the street art and when you start feeling peckish, head to Oasis Wynwood. Essentially an open-air food hall, try bites from lots of Miami’s top restaurants including: Chikin, Buya, Alidoro, and Prince Street Pizza. Last but not least, any trip to Miami has to include at least one night out and if you are already in Wynwood, head to La Otra for a night of dancing to some amazing Latin beats. This nightclub offers an amazing place to enjoy drinks with your friends and of course dance your heart out.

Stay at:  EAST Miami. EAST is a Hong Kong based hotel brand and they pride themselves of bringing the perfect amount of work and play to a destination. Located in the Brickell City Centre, EAST is in the heart of it all—except the crazy scene that is Miami Beach. I prefer staying in Brickell and visiting Miami Beach, rather than staying there.

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Barcelona
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Barcelona

Keeping on the theme of sunshine and warmth, Barcelona is a surprisingly easy hop from Boston thanks to the frequency of flights on discount carrier LEVEL or its big sister, Iberia. And for a long weekend, Europe is great because from Boston you fly overnight so no travel time is wasted getting there.

Eat at: Barcelona is known for its tapas bars and there are plenty of them. But one you have to visit is Vinitus. This newer restaurant offers amazing food at even better prices. But also, be sure to visit Bar Veraz at the Barcelona EDITION, where they serve locally produced vermouth, craft beer and delicious cocktails. And if you can get in head to Paradiso, which is constantly at the top of all the “best bars” lists. 

Stay at: The Barcelona EDITION (Av. de Francesc Cambó, 14, 08003 Barcelona, Spain) is a stylish enclave near the Gothic Quarter and El Born, both of which are must see neighborhoods for first time visitors to Barcelona. With 100 rooms and suites, all equipped with custom-made Le Labo bathroom products, the property has a boutique feel with the services of a big brand. And what’s great is that you can use and collect Bonvoy points here as well. The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop with a pool, sun loungers and an amazing restaurant. And after you have had your fill of tapas, the Asian fusion flavors will be a delightful change of pace. And trust us, your friends will get major FOMO when you post a snap of you enjoying some cava with a view of Barcelona in the background.

London
Photograph: Courtesy Hotel Cafe Royal

London

We all know that London is always a good idea. And thanks to a flurry of nonstop flight options from Delta, JetBlue, American, British Airways and Virgin from Logan, there are plenty of ways to get there from Boston any day of the week. So, if you have been craving a jaunt across the pond this year, Thanksgiving week could be the perfect time to do so—it’s not a holiday week over there so crowds will be minimal at all the major sites!

Stay at: Hotel Café Royal (10 Air St, London W1B 4DY) is and under-the-radar hotel for American tourists because it is not a part of any major hotel group. However, its location in between Mayfair and Soho makes it’s the perfect home away from home for shopping, nightlife and world class dining—and not to mention sightseeing. The rooms are modern and spacious, with huge bathrooms and dream showers—you have never seen a marble bathroom like these, they are literally floor-to-ceiling marble. But the big news lately for the hotel is that they have a new dining concept on site by Alex Dilling. The restaurant features a modern take on traditional French gastronomic cuisine and overlooks Regent Street. With just 34 seats, Dilling’s first self-titled restaurant is an intimate, stylish spot worth a visit.

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Dubai
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Dubai

Lastly, Dubai may seem like a world away, but it is just a 12-hour nonstop from Boston. And while that may seem like quite a while, with just one flight and no connections it is not as bad as you may think and after a few years of not being able to travel internationally, isn’t it time we all started to check off those bucket list destinations?

Stay at: FIVE Palm Jumeirah (No. 1 Palm – Dubai) is the place to stay if you are looking for a party on the beach. FIVE Hotels takes music seriously, they launched their own record label this year and host international DJs every week at their beach party, Bohemia. Some of the big names have included MORTEN, Lost Frequencies and Robin Schulz. So, if you are into music or even just music when it’s played on the beach under a gorgeous sunset, while drinks are flowing, this is the spot for you. The hotel is beautifully modern and the service is impeccable. There are 14 eating and drinking spots on the property, so if you wanted you never have to leave throughout your stay. Try them all, spend some time at the beach, in the pool and of course dancing to the music at Bohemia, BLING or the Penthouse and come back to Boston refreshed and ready to take on the winter!

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