Why not take your Thanksgiving festivities to the south this year? Atlanta is the heart of Georgia — the perfect place to celebrate the day we give thanks to our nation. Here are some fun (and tasty) ideas to fill your day!
DINE LIKE A KING (WITHOUT COOKING). On a recent trip to the ATL we discovered Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Built in 1967, designer John Portman created the first open atrium hotel for the brand’s 22-floor lodgings. On the main floor, you’ll find its signature restaurant Sway, which brings the flavors of Southern cooking together with the freshest local ingredients (including honey they harvest in their own beehive on the hotel’s rooftop!). And they’re doing a Thanksgiving meal that sounds delish!
This Thanksgiving family-style dinner includes farmer greens, Vidalia onions, radishes and dried cranberries with white balsamic vinaigrette. The main course is maple roasted turkey with giblet gravy and a cranberry-orange relish, and you can choose three sides from traditional stuffing and green beans to three-cheese mac and cheese. Of course, there’s dessert: pumpkin pie anyone? (Sway actually has the town’s only PIE BAR, stocked with homemade seasonal pies!) How much for all this goodness? It’s only $28, with children under 12 half-price and children under 5 FREE! Make your reservations here.
All that turkey tryptophan will make you sleepy! So why not make it a night to remember and book a room inside the hotel? During our stay, we rested our heads in a Crown Suite, which offers ridiculously spacious accommodations in two separate rooms – a living space with a full dining area and L-shaped couch; and a bedroom suite. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s 1,260 guest rooms all provide complimentary WiFi and KenetMD products in the spa-inspired bathrooms. Perfect place for that late-night slice of pie!
GET IN SHAPE. How about burning a few calories before dinner? The Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K attract thousands of runners and walkers eager to share in the holiday spirit and give thanks for their health and fitness. You can register online.
GIVE BACK. Want to volunteer your services on Thanksgiving Day? You can serve dinner and deliver food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and surrounding areas; feed the homeless at Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, starting next Monday; or “adopt a family and provide food and holiday items to a family in need through Families First. It feels good to help out your fellow man!