Can you believe the Thanksgiving holiday is just a little over two weeks away? It seems like just yesterday we were waiting with anticipation for the first autumn leaf to turn red. Now the end of fall is here and we are now gearing up Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Thanksgiving! Not only is it a time to gather together with family and friends to give thanks to another year together, but it is my very favorite feast of the year! If there is one thing I can never get enough of, it is the tried and true staples of the Thanksgiving meal. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes (smothered in gravy of course!) green beans, sweet potato casserole (with all those little marshmallows on top), yeast rolls, and pumpkin pie….those are just a few of my favorites. My mouth is watering in anticipation just thinking about it! Every family has their own different method of preparing the meal (I personally always seem to get stuck with the not-so-glamerous job of “potato peeler”) and it may seem like lot of work but the end result is a tasty holiday spread fit for a king!
I know many of you will be traveling for Thanksgiving, and because of that, some may not be planning to take on the daunting task of preparing the many dishes it takes to make up the standard feast. I can’t blame you…it is a lot of work, especially if you don’t have an army of cooks on hand. But the good news is if you’re spending your Thanksgiving holiday here in the NC Smokies, you’ve got plenty of dining options that will ensure you get your fill of turkey and more. There are numerous restaurants throughout the county that will be open on November 26th and are ready for you to join them for a delicious, local Thanksgiving meal. We always suggest booking reservations early or at least call ahead to guarantee you have a seat at their table, even if the restaurant normally doesn’t require a reservation. We would hate for you to miss out on that all yummy turkey and dressing!
Check out the list to right for restaurants that will serving up Thanksgiving dinner. This is the current list we have, but check back with us as there may be a few more added soon. For more information on each restaurant and other activities to keep you busy during you’re stay, give us a call or poke around the website a bit more! We think you’ll love everything we have to offer you for not only a tasty meal but to keep you busy during you’re stay. We look forward to having you spend the holidays in Haywood!
Check out www.cataloocheevalleytours.com for more information about Esther’s fantastic eco-tours into Cataloochee Valley. You’ll experience rich history, natural beauty and of course, the reintroduced elk population and other wildlife, just like these wild turkeys!
Where to Dine on Thanksgiving Day
The Imperial – Canton
The Terrace Hotel – Lake Junaluska
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
828-454-7664 Reservations (walk ins possible)
The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa – Waynesville
Cork & Cleaver – Brunch
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
The Tap Room – Thanksgiving Dinner
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM Reservations Required
Cataloochee Ranch – Maggie Valley
Seatings at 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.
Country Vineyard Café – Maggie Valley
Open Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Serving a traditional Turkey Dinner and limited menu
J Arthur’s Restaurant – Maggie Valley
Open Noon – 6 p.m.
Serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal
The Maggie Valley Club – Maggie Valley
Thanksgiving Buffet from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reservations Required 828-926-4848
Cataloochee Ski Area Kitchen – Maggie Valley
Lake Logan Episcopal Center – Canton
Laurel Ridge Country Club -Waynesville
12:00 Buffet Style
Reservations 828-452-0545 Ext. 2
*We are still adding to our lists of restaurants for Thanksgiving Day. Please call 828-452-0152 as the holiday draws closer for more listings.*